After 28 Years, Jennings Leaves H&K for America's Promise
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After 28 Years, Jennings Leaves H&K for America's Promise

After more than 28 with the same agency, Jim Jennings is leaving Hill & Knowlton to become head of marketing, communications, and development for America’s Promise.

Paul Holmes

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 28—After more than 28 with the same agency, Jim Jennings is leaving Hill & Knowlton to become head of marketing, communications, and development for America’s Promise, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping America’s youth.
 
“I have been thinking for some time about how to cap my career,” says Jennings. “I have worked in so many disciplines and I wanted to be able to apply what I have learned to a single cause where my core values would resonate and where I can do some good.”
 
America’s Promise was an obvious choice, he says, particularly now. “If our youth needed help before September 11, they sure need it now.”
 
America’s Promise was formed in 1997 in the wake of the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in Philadelphia, which was attended by four of five living presidents (with former First Lady Nancy Reagan representing her husband) and presided over by Colin Powell.
 
Since then, America’s Promise has created a diverse and growing alliance of organizations that aims to help young people build relationships with caring adults in their lives—as parents, mentors, tutors, or coaches; to provide safe places with structured activities during non-school hours; to offer kids a healthy start and a promising future; to teach marketable skills through effective education; and to provide opportunities to give back through community service.
 
Says Hill & Knowlton CEO Tom Hoog, “Jim Jennings is a consummate professional, a wise counselor and my great friend. It’s fitting that Jim will soon be lending his extraordinary talents to a group dedicated to youth, because there’s no one I know who more fully radiates youthful optimism and personal energy. We’ll certainly all miss Jim here in the office, but it’s comforting to know that he’ll be moving on to a dream job that helps him—and helps America—fulfill the dreams of idealism.”
 
Jennings joined Hill & Knowlton in n 1973, after graduating from Georgetown University, and was administrative assistant to Washington office president Robert Gray for seven years before becoming a senior vice president. He was named executive vice president in 1982, and executive managing director in 1996.
 
“I know it’s odd for a person to stay at one agency for so long,” says Jennings. “But I have had a great ride at Hill & Knowlton. It was a wonderful experience.”
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