Meredith Jenkins

Director of Operations

mjenkins@niet.org

As director of operations, Meredith provides strategic leadership, management, and support for NIET’s operational needs, systems, and processes. With over 15 years of experience in operations and leadership, Meredith’s background is rooted in children’s services.

After graduating from Arizona State University (B.S. in Psychology), Meredith moved to New York City to pursue an international rugby career while working in children’s services and special events for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. For 4 years, Meredith proudly represented the U.S. on the Women’s National Rugby Team as she enjoyed traveling the world and experiencing different cultures.

Meredith moved back to Arizona, where she owned and operated a children’s fitness center for 5 years before joining Cardon Children’s Medical Center where she assisted with the hospital experience for children and their families. Following this role, Meredith became the Director of Resort Experience at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, overseeing recreational and family-friendly programming, activities, and special events. Most recently, Meredith served as the VP of Culture & Operations for a start-up public relations agency, where she established operational and human resource systems, policies, and procedures for the rapidly growing company.

 Meredith  Jenkins

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

While I am not an educator myself, I come from a long line of educators in my family - and I also married an educator! As a parent and someone who has dedicated their career to children’s services, I am honored and inspired to be part of such a great, philanthropic organization. NIET is full of passionate, engaged, intelligent, and dedicated people who truly believe in our mission to give all students the opportunity for success.

What do you do in your free time?

Spend as much time as possible with my family (2 kids, 1 dog, 1 axolotl) while exploring nature and the great outdoors.  We love to go hiking and camping in northern Arizona, roadtrip to California, visit family when we can, and take the occasional staycation. During football season, you can find me rooting for the Arizona Cardinals!