Community and National Initiatives Program
Emani Jerome joined Knight Foundation as Miami program associate in March 2018. For several years, Jerome worked for City Year Miami where he held several positions and worked in the Little Haiti, Overtown, Liberty City and North Miami communities. During that time, he managed teams of AmeriCorps members while they executed an academically rigorous intervention program in several high-need middle and high schools focusing on addressing poor attendance, behavior, and course performance in reading and math. As City Year Miami's learning and development manager, he developed deeply collaborative relationships with organizations across Miami to help train and educate the site’s 212 AmeriCorps members.
From there, Jerome worked as the assistant director of the Center for Leadership and Service at Florida International University where he oversaw the student engagement portion of the university’s social innovation strategy. This included overseeing a civic engagement mini-grant awarded to students to help fund community service projects in Miami, as well as a social entrepreneurship competition where students could pitch ideas for social ventures and receive mentorship and funding opportunities from a diverse range of industry professionals.
Jerome is passionate about connecting marginalized communities to opportunities that stimulate long-term cultural and economic growth.