Speakers for the 2019 CenterLink Leadership Summit
September 19-21, 2019
Los Angeles, CA
ALEXANDRA BILLINGS is an actress, singer, author, teacher and activist.
Alex starred on Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of "The Nap" at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. Ben Brantley of the NY Times called her performance " ... a sensational Broadway debut ... " and " ... a marvel of glamorous menace."
Alex stars as "Davina" in the award-winning television series "Transparent." She stars opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the 2nd season of the Amazon series "Goliath." She has guest starred on "How to Get Away with Murder," "Grey's Anatomy," "E.R.," "Nurses" opposite Lynn Redgrave and the Ryan Murphy pilot "Pretty/Handsome." She starred in the ABC film "Romy and Michelle: A New Beginning,"one of the first times a transgender actress played a transgender character in the history of television. Her life story "From Schoolboy to Showgirl: the Alexandra Billings Story" for PBS television was nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary.
Jeanne Bell, MNA directs the Advancing Practice program at the Nonprofit Quarterly to advance critical conversations about nonprofit management and leadership. She also consults to organizations on leadership development and succession; current clients include the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
She is the former CEO of CompassPoint, where she stewarded the strategic evolution of the organization to focus on emerging leaders and emergent leadership practice with an explicit orientation to social change. She is the author of numerous articles on nonprofit leadership, strategy, and sustainability and co-author of several books, including most recently, The Sustainability Mindset (Jossey-Bass, 2015).
Jeanne's board leadership has included officer positions at the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and Intersection for the Arts. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Master of Nonprofit Administration program at the University of San Francisco's School of Management.
Andrea Jenkins is a writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.
She holds a Masters Degree in Community Development from Southern New Hampshire University, a MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and a Bachelors Degrees in Human Services from Metropolitan State University. She is a nationally and internationally recognized writer and artist, a 2011 Bush Fellow to advance the work of transgender inclusion, and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. In 2018 she completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.