Kendra Chiu oversees the research, writing and reporting of private and state grants, and is involved in most of Outreach’s programs through internal and external marketing, outcomes evaluation, and more. Chiu also consults with the President and Executive Vice President on matters regarding juvenile justice advocacy and reform.
Chiu joined Outreach in 2009 as a Special Projects Associate and assisted in a wide range of administrative and fund development projects. Through the years, she helped attain private funding for the Outreach Academy in Richmond Hill, an adolescent treatment model the agency introduced during a time of juvenile justice reform in New York City. Her efforts also helped Outreach renew several cycles of private and state funding for the Outreach Training Institute from sources such as the New York State Department of Health (DOH), Robin Hood and Tiger Foundations, and more. Most recently, the DOH funds launched a new training program for Master’s level healthcare workers seeking CASAC skills.
Chiu has applied her research expertise and attention to detail to help modernize Outreach’s organizational structure and systems. She has also assisted in the agency’s first website redesign and launched its first social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn), which she continues to manage. In July 2016, Chiu assumed the position of Director of Grant Management and Special Projects.
While at Outreach, Chiu continues to maintain her connection with her alma mater St. John’s University. As an Adjunct Professor, Chiu instructs incoming freshmen on sociology and New York City’s history through the Discover New York course program under the University’s Institute for Core Studies.
An enthusiastic volunteer, Chiu has been a Big Sister/mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC for more than seven years, and served as the co-president of its Asian Mentoring Committee for three. She has also volunteered her time as a GED Instructor for Columbia University’s Community Impact program where she taught Reading, ELA and Social Studies to adult learners.
In 2013, Chiu was awarded the Community Excellence award by the National Association of Asian American Professionals for her work at Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2008, she was credited for her role in helping faculty and staff debut The Clothesline Project at her university’s campus during National Crime Victim’s Rights Week. The initiative received recognition from Councilmember Rory Lancman, and remains an annual campus event.
Chiu received both her Master and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. John’s University.