DeShawn Dominique Jenkins joined the Alliance Française d’Atlanta in June Prior to this post, she served as managing director of Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (GWEI), a program aimed at developing leadership and business skills and internationalizing the thinking and connectivity of women entrepreneurs in Atlanta and in emerging markets. She also served as managing director of Africa Atlanta 2014, a multi partner, citywide series of events highlighting Atlanta as anexus for reinventing the cultural and economic bonds among Africa, Europe, & the Americas, also at the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.
She presented a Ted Talk at TEDxAtlanta about the project and her experience living and working on the continent of Africa.
She is an international projects, campaigns, and communications strategist who has knowledge and experience working on a broad range of issues including entrepreneurship and innovation, global health, women’s leadership and social justice in the public, non-government and nonprofit sectors in the United States and Africa with organizations including the American Cancer Society Global Health Division where she served as a Global Programs Specialist, Oxfam International where she was West Africa Region Fair Trade Social & Popular Campaigns Manager, the Southern Center for International Studies holding the post of Director of Communications and Development Associate, USAID and UNAIDS.
DeShawn holds a BA in international affairs from Oglethorpe University and received a Diploma in French Language Studies at L’Institut de Touraine in Tours, France. She also completed Master level studies in International Development at Clark Atlanta University. DeShawn is the recipient of a U.S. Department of Defense Boren Fellowship where she studied business French and culture in Senegal, and she worked in the Republic of Guinea with Africare as an IFESH (International Foundation for Education and Self Help) Fellow.
DeShawn serves on several nonprofit boards focusing on capacity development in Africa including Women Helping Women (Republic of Guinea, Dominican Republic) and The African Soup (Uganda). She is a member of Rotary Club of Atlanta West End, and an alumna of Buckhead Leadership.