Marilyn Jenkins

Founding Director
Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA)

“After more than 30 years in the nonprofit world,” says Marilyn Jenkins. “I am so very grateful to have had the privilege of serving.” Her work with ACLA, a membership organization, supported a network of nonprofits and their boards in this region.

“I can’t think of a more rewarding and satisfying path,” says ACLA’s founding director. “I have met a host of inspiring leaders and seen first hand the value the sector brings to our community. I look forward to continuing to learn and be amazed!” Believing that “living” her work provides the best instruction, Marilyn has also served on numerous nonprofit boards.  

Marilyn admires the sector for: “Its resilience, optimism, and true commitment to making the better world a better place for all.”

Her role models include: “I most admire those who dare to try something new – to change the status quo. Folks like Hildy Gottlieb come to mind.

Marilyn hopes for future leaders? “That they be daring and bold – as it will take strong hearts and determination to build a world that embraces everyone.

What’s on her nightstand; “I’m a big fan of Henri Nouwen, and a copy of You Are The Beloved sits on my bedside table for daily inspiration. “

Marilyn often enjoys breakfast with: “An everything bagel with smoked salmon, capers, and cream cheese.”

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