Paul Kennedy has lived in the metro Atlanta area for nearly 25 years. After moving to Roswell in 1996, graduating Roswell High School in 2004, and doing a couple years of undergraduate study, Paul entered into the Peace Corps in 2006 as a HIV Education Volunteer living in Mandeville, Jamaica. During his time in Jamaica, Paul was a part of numerous capacity building and community outreach events. In particular, Paul worked closely with the Jamaican Ministry of Health and the community health clinic located in Mandeville.
After returning home in 2008, Paul returned to university at Kennesaw State and ultimately earned his Bachelors of Science in Nursing as well as a certification in nonprofit management from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and became licensed as a Registered Nurse. With a desire to go further with his education and gain a deeper understanding in community development and nonprofit work, Paul enrolled in the Master’s in Development Practice program at Emory University. The program, which focused on international and community development, allowed Paul to develop greater skill sets in nonprofit management.
After graduating from Emory, Paul joined Emory University as a staff RN and eventually wound up in as a bedside nurse in the Medical ICU at Emory Midtown. During his time there Paul was able to witness the true effects of income and healthcare disparities among minority groups, with the language barrier prevalent in the Latino-community being an especially large barrier to care.
Paul now lives in Douglasville, GA with his wife, Angelica, and their two wonderful boys.