Cedric Jennings is the Director of the DC Council's Office of Youth Programs, where he develops and manages quality programming that educates and empowers youth to become agents of change in their communities through civic engagement. He previously served as a social worker with the DC Child and Family Services Agency and with the Progressive Life Center, which serves children who have been neglected and abused in foster care.
In 1998, he was featured as the main subject of the national bestselling book, A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey From the Inner City to the Ivy League, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind. The book chronicles Jennings' life growing up in Washington, D.C., and attending Brown University. Currently, the book is required reading at numerous educational institutions across the country. Jennings received a bachelor's degree in educational studies from Brown University. He also earned a master's degree in education in human development and psychology from Harvard University and a second master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Michigan.