Will Jenkins has more than a decade of communications and policy experience at the Obama White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, Congress, and international nonprofit organizations. Over the years, he has also worked with many film, TV, and other media makers on stories that engage public policy and social issues.
During his time in the federal government, Will served as a spokesperson to news outlets on a wide range of issues, 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 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 has been called this generation's Agent Orange.
Will has trained or advised hundreds of film, TV, and other media makers on social impact and public policy engagement strategies through the Sundance Institute, South by Southwest, the Tribeca Film Institute and other organizations. He was Policy Director for the Impact Film Festival at the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions and developed the American Film Institute's first Political Bootcamp for Filmmakers. He is co-author of a research series on films and policymaking published through American University (http://cmsimpact.org/). He has also produced videos on social and political issues.
Will founded the Democratic Communicators Network, which has organized training and mentoring for hundreds of political staffers, and created the White House Public Affairs Leadership Workshop, a five-month leadership development program for political appointees from federal agencies. He serves as board member of Working Films and as an Advisor to the New Left Accelerator.