“To lift as I climb“ has been the motto for Jenell Mansfield as she has built her career. She was born and raised on the west side of Detroit and is a proud product of Detroit Public Schools. She was the first person in her family to obtain a college degree, graduating from the University Of Michigan with a double major focusing in Psychology and African American studies. During her undergraduate career, mentoring and facilitating pre-college opportunities for Detroit area high school students sparked her passion for youth. She used this passion to garner her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and to serve as a 2012 Teach for America Detroit Corp member. She went on to serve as not only a school teacher, but also a social worker in public and charter schools. In 2015, she joined Say Detroit Play Center as the Director of Academics, and after four years of serving the organization and the east side of Detroit she is now the Executive Director of the Parent Academy within the Detroit Public Schools Community District, Office Of Family & Community Engagement. The Parent Academy is a robust catalog of courses serving the parents of 53,000 students to support them in becoming their best selves for the success of their students and their families. Jenell is also a part of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority incorporated, alumna of the Michigan Political Leadership Program, and a member of the Michigan Democratic Party. In Jenell’s free time she enjoys spending time with her three children, listening to podcasts, and cooking.