Kenyatta Thompson is the Lead Community Organizer with the Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice. Her experiences in her native Brooklyn, New York exposed her to disparities in police surveillance, access to educational opportunities and overall outcomes for those in her neighborhood. These early experiences remained with her, and propelled her to challenge the justice system.
Prior to joining Katal, Kenyatta worked as a Workforce Developer at Roca Inc. in Springfield, MA. There, she facilitated Workforce Readiness groups with young people who had been incarcerated. The disparities that existed in Brooklyn were present in Springfield, which in turn, shaped Kenyatta’s path towards justice. Previous internship experiences have also shaped her path. Kenyatta has worked with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on prison suicide prevention strategies, the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services on statewide suicide prevention policy and with State Senator Eric P. Lesser (D-Longmeadow, MA) on criminal justice reform and constituent cases in his district.
A self-described east coast nomad, Kenyatta also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in Hartford, CT. Outside of work, Kenyatta enjoys long walks on the beach, skateboarding through her neighborhood and re-runs of MTV’s Daria.