Will Jenkins has more than a decade of communications and policy experience at the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, the House and Senate, and international nonprofit organizations. Over the years, he has also worked with many film, TV, and other media makers on stories that impact public policy and social issues.
During his time in the federal government, Will worked on a wide range of issues, including criminal justice reform, drug policy, mental health, immigration, healthcare, national security, the environment and education. At the White House, he helped plan interviews and events with President Obama and senior officials and oversaw high profile events and policy announcements. These included a successful year-long campaign for $1 billion in new treatment funding for the opioid epidemic. As a legislative aide in Congress, Will guided from introduction to enactment the first legislation to protect American military members from the health effects of toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, which have been called this generation's Agent Orange.
In the field of creative media, Will has trained or advised hundreds of filmmakers and other media makers on politics and social impact through the Sundance Institute, the South by Southwest Festival, the Tribeca Film Institute, Warner Bros., and other organizations. He was Policy Director for the Impact Film Festival at the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, where he coordinated screening discussions with politicians, filmmakers, celebrities and reporters. In 2013, he developed the American Film Institute's first Political Bootcamp for Filmmakers. At the Center for Media and Social Impact, he co-authored a series of studies on creative media and political advocacy. He has also written and produced media on social and political issues.
Will founded the Democratic Communicators Network, which has organized training and mentoring for hundreds of political staffers for more than a decade. He created the White House Public Affairs Leadership Workshop, a five-month leadership development program for political appointees from federal agencies. Drawing on his federal experience, he co-authored an article on media campaigns in The Public Sector Innovation Journal. He serves as a board member of Working Films, an advisor to the New Left Accelerator and a co-chair of the NEXUS Working Group for Film, Media and Story.