Executive Director, World Without Genocide
Ellen J. Kennedy, Ph.D., is the founder and Executive Director of World Without Genocide, which provides education about past and current conflicts and advocates at local, state, and national levels for policies and legislation that promote peace and justice.
She is an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Kennedy has received many awards for her work, including Outstanding Citizen from the Anne Frank Center in New York, Higher Education Leader of the Year from the National Society for Experiential Education, Outstanding Service Award from the Midwest Sociological Society, Community Service Award from the University of Minnesota, Human Rights Award from the UN Office of Church Women United, and the Change-maker award from the Minnesota Women’s Press.
World Without Genocide has received a Certificate of Merit and the Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award from the State of Minnesota – Office of the Governor.
Kennedy is a member of the Edina Human Rights and Relations Commission, the United Nations Association of Minnesota Advisory Council, a board member of the FBI Minneapolis Citizens Academy Alumni Association, a board member of Forward Global Women, and past president of the Minneapolis University Rotary Club.
Kennedy has a BA degree from the University of Michigan, three masters’ degrees, and two doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota.