Paul K. Kennedy
Paul K. Kennedy is the Director of Environmental and Social Performance (ESP) at the Millennium Challenge Account (MCAL). He leads MCAL Environmental Sector in providing support to MCAL Sector Leads and relevant stakeholders, to address environmental issues related to the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact implementation in Liberia. Mr. Kennedy is a Public Health professional with over ten years of experience, managing Health and Environmental Programs around the world. Prior to joining the MCA-Liberia Team, Mr. Kennedy worked with several renowned healthcare and developmental organizations in the United States and other countries. In his career profile, Mr. Kennedy has successfully managed programs and projects valued over $5 million US Dollars annually. He has served in various strategic leadership positions and played key role in building capacities of individuals and strengthening systems and organizations worldwide. Mr. Kennedy also served as an Assistant Professor, teaching Health Science Courses and managing the Administrative Internship Program at his Alma Mata, Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences in Washington, DC.
Short Bio Timeline
This is Paul's timeline detailing his activities from the early 90s
Paul's engagement and commitment to humanitarian relief, human and community development and advocacy programs.
He completed his undergraduate studies at Howard University in Washington, DC, where he received Bachelor of Science degrees in Health Sciences, with emphasis on Health Management Sciences and a Master of Science (MSc) in Physician Assistant Study
He further obtained a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Walden University, USA
Paul will be contesting the 2020 Midterm Senatorial Election, as a candidate in Gbarpolu County.
Paul's Full Profile
Paul K. Kennedy is a Liberian native, born and raised in Sappimah Town, Bopolu District, Gbarpolu County. Gbarpolu is a mineral (Gold, Diamond and Timber) rich geographical region of Liberia, located approximately 65 miles from Monrovia, the Nation’s capital.
Paul is the founder and President of Kennedy Hope Foundation (KHF), a not for profit organization providing health, education, agriculture and social support services for youths, women and the vulnerable population in Liberia. KHF has touched the lives of over 50,000 people in different parts of Gbarpolu to include churches, schools, hospitals and community organizations. Mr. Kennedy has passion for human capacity development, he has often contributed to community development and advocacy programs. His diligence and commitment to youth and community services made him prominent amongst his peers during the Liberian civil war of 1990s.
His active commitment to community development provided him the opportunity to travel to the USA to pursue higher education and professional development opportunities. He completed his undergraduate studies at Howard University in Washington, DC, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Health Sciences, with emphasis on Health Systems Management; and a Master of Physician Assistant Sciences (MPHAS) in 2008 and 2009 respectively. He further obtained another Master Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Walden University, USA in 2011.
While in the United States, Paul’s desire for helping minority and underserve communities, a passion enforced by his training at Howard University and work experience in both public and private sectors in the District of Columbia, greatly influenced his healthcare career path. Prior to return to Liberia, where he is contributing to the infrastructure and human capacity development, Mr. Kennedy worked as a healthcare professional for over 10 years, serving low-income communities in the Washington DC area. Mr. Kennedy currently works as the Director for Environmental and Social Performance (ESP) with the Millennium Challenge Account Liberia. In his career, Mr. Kennedy has immensely contributed to and provided technical support for the development and management of health systems, programs and personnel; strengthening health systems, developing human resources for health (HRH), and improving health workers productivity.
He has collaborated with United Nations Agencies, community based organizations and International Donor Agencies, in shaping programs that have impacted the lives on many sick and less fortunate people around the world. During the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak in Liberia, Mr. Kennedy voluntarily worked as part of the EVD Incident Management Team as Health Attaché, assisting the Liberian Mission in Geneva, Switzerland. In that role, he helped in developing policies, managing surveillance reporting systems and providing updates to Liberia’s donor partners. Mr. Kennedy is a multi-cultural team player and motivator, with effective communication and leadership skills. He is often excited about helping young people to build systems, improve services and outcomes in underdeveloped communities worldwide.