Carmen Kennedy-Rogers serves as the senior program officer of education for The Skillman Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s efforts to improve educational opportunities in Detroit.
Carmen most recently served as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Avondale Schools in Auburn Hills, where she was responsible for providing leadership and vision to the District by supporting its efforts in planning, implementation, development, direction, review and evaluation of curriculum and instructional services. She oversaw the District’s federal programs, career and technical education services, assessments, research and educator evaluation services. Prior to that role, she served in five different Michigan school districts as a high school basketball coach, physical education teacher, athletic director, and high school principal at a turnaround school. Carmen currently serves as a board member for Wayne State University College of Education Board of Visitors and the Michigan Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Board of Directors. Previously, she served on the Michigan High School Athletic Association Representative Council.
Carmen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and three degrees from Wayne State University, including a Master of Arts in Sports Administration, School Counseling and an Education Specialist Degree. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Michigan-Flint.
Carmen is married to Alex Rogers, Jr. and together they gratefully raise their son, Alexander Rogers, III. They reside in the Detroit Metro area with their rescue dog, Molly. Outside of work, she focuses on self-care by meditating, reflective journaling, living a healthy lifestyle, and spending quality meaningful time with family and friends.