Kevin Hickey serves as the Director of High School and Bridge Programs at Jewish Vocational Service, where he leads college and career programs and public policy advocacy efforts on behalf of children, youth, families, and the unemployed. Kevin’s career is built on helping marginalized youth and families achieve self-sufficiency. Kevin approaches his work with the belief that today’s problems require nonprofit leaders to drive for impact in both direct service provision and public policy advocacy roles. In collaboration with nonprofit service agencies, public policy advocacy groups, and low- and moderate-income families and others, Kevin’s leadership has resulted in more than 3,500 jobs for youth, $15+ million in new funding and other policy victories from the City and County of San Francisco to support children and families, and voter-approved reauthorization (November 2014) of the Children’s Amendment, which secures $75+million annually for the next 25 years for local children and youth programs. Kevin approaches his classroom instruction as teacher, facilitator and coach. He strives to foster passion and skill in public policy advocacy with real-world application and engagement of course assignments. Bridging his career in workforce development with his university teaching role, Kevin provides students with support in job search and career planning in order propel their success towards fashioning a more humane and just world. Kevin holds teaching appointments at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and the University of San Francisco (USF). He earned his B.A. at SFSU in Psychology and an M.A. in Nonprofit Administration at USF. Kevin is a proud veteran of the United States Navy.
Nonprofits and public policy; leadership