Legacy of Leadership

A Legacy of Listening & Leadership

The following provides a brief overview of many leadership accomplishments and recognitions of John Jenkins.

Mr. Jenkins has more than 45 years of successful experience in developing and providing policies and programs that promote human dignity, life-style affordability, and personal development. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

Education Recognitions

  • Alumni Award: South Side / Malcolm X Shabazz High School
  • Alumni Community Leadership Award: Bates College
  • National Education Leadership Award: National Trio Achievers-Upward Bound Program
  • Board Member NEASC: New England Association of Schools & Colleges
  • Certificate of Completion: Harvard University – Mayor’s Institute on City Design

Public Service

  • Mayor of Lewiston Maine
  • Maine State Senator
  • Mayor of Auburn Maine (first person in Maine history to serve as Mayor of two municipalities and win a citizen-initiated write-in campaign for Mayor)
  • Incorporator: Forum Francophone Des Affaires
  • Initiated the Regional Service Center Commission
  • Started Maine’s first Youth In Public Service Program
  • Chairman Maine Diversity Commission: Published report
  • U.S. Department of Labor – Glass Ceiling Commission: Two published books
  • Initiated Lewiston-Auburn’s First Business To Business Expo
  • Former Board Member: NEASC – New England Association of Schools & Colleges

Community Service

  • Teacher: Lincoln Academy – Students voted him: “Most Likely to Turn Your Day Around”
  • Former Head Start Teacher
  • “Bridges Out Of Poverty” Program – Certificate of completion
  • Secured “40 & 8” boxcar for WWII Veterans
  • Planning & Presenter: “From Opiate to Opportunity for Veterans” Conference
  • Fundraising: Gold Star Families
  • Fundraising: Suicide Prevention
  • Former Board Member: Partners In Ending Hunger

Leadership Recognitions:

  • Maine Bar Association – Judge John W. Ballou Award: Mr. Jenkins was the first non-attorney to receive the state’s highest community leadership award
  • Small Business Owners Association
  • Unum Corporation: Former Director of Multi-Cultural Marketing and Business Development
  • Maine Criminal Justice Academy: Critical Skills Instructor Trainer
  • Maine National Guard: Instructor Award – Hand-to-Hand Combat Training
  • Maine State Legislature
  • New Jersey State Legislature
  • Kentucky State Legislature: Kentucky Colonel
  • Community Leadership Award – Danville Grange
  • Lewiston-Auburn Chamber of Commerce
  • Lewiston-Auburn Sports Hall of Fame
  • Maine State Sports Hall of Fame
  • World Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • International Black Belt Hall of Fame

The Work Beyond The Words: John teaches leaders the importance of serving before leading and listening before legislating. Below are two video excerpts from his commissioned leadership series called: Principled Leadership  for Elected Officials: Maine Municipal Association State Conference.

*Video excerpts: Principled Leadership: I-Patience, II-Responsibility of Stewardship: (click on this link) http://vimeo.com/16775462

Authorized by the candidate, paid for by Jenkins for Governor Committee Treasurer-John Jenkins / www.jenkinsforgovernor.org