Dr. Keisha E. McKenzie is Senior Vice President of Programs, a position she has held since June 2019. Prior to that, she served as Director of Digital Strategy and managed the Groundswell Movement organizing community, consulted with other program team members on deepening their impact through Auburn’s digital platforms, and collaborated with the Auburn communications team on public or movement-facing content.
Originally from the UK, Keisha completed college in Jamaica and graduate studies in technical communication and rhetoric at Texas Tech University, where she supported the Provost’s Office with policy writing and both academic re-accreditation (SACS) and athletic recertification (NCAA). Her research addresses the British government’s scientific and public communication about weapons of mass destruction (2002-2003). Post-graduation, Keisha formed McKenzie Consulting Group, a communication, systems-level strategy, and social good firm. Keisha has since worked as a communication/development strategist, faith organizer, and consultant, and served on several faith-rooted justice nonprofit boards across the United States. As director of Believe Out Loud, an advocacy, digital organizing LGBTQIA Christian platform, Keisha managed a respected affirming faith-based program, supported justice campaigning among lay people around the US, and led the team in internationalizing the program’s content.
Keisha participates in Seventh-day Adventist congregations in New York and Maryland, and appears in the how-to dialogue film on faith, gender, and sexuality, Enough Room at the Table. Keisha believes that all people have inherent worth and dignity, that we deserve a world where all of us can flourish, and that people of faith have a responsibility to help make that world real.