September 8, 2020

2020 WOA Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice Award Honoree

Nicole Jenkins-Rosenkrantz

2020 Women of Achievement Honoree

~ Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice Award ~

Congratulations Nicole!

Thank You For Living Out YWCA Spokane’s Mission

As a leader and woman of color, Nicole Jenkins-Rosenkrantz knows unjust and inequitable systems firsthand. She is a dedicated and passionate activist, educator, and administrator. In her role as Community Partnerships Manager at Spokane Public Schools (SPS), she has been instrumental in transforming the culture and direction of the school district. As a womanist and leader, she is committed to empowering others and creating equity for students of color.

Nicole is the drafting author of the SPS resolution on racial equity, which the school board unanimously passed in June. Her previous 17-year tenure with the Spokane County Juvenile Court showed her how the judicial system negatively and disproportionately affects students of color. She saw that students of color are arrested and expelled from school at higher rates than their white peers, a matter the racial equity resolution addresses.

While drafting the resolution, Nicole collaborated with the governance board, district administration, and families of school-age children. Through it all, she navigated difficult conversations and developed a shared mission. The racial equity resolution is a bold and proactive systematic change that was made possible by Nicole’s leadership and dedication.

As both a strong leader and team player, Nicole builds authentic relationships with others. Her servant-leadership style inspires collaboration and her voice and actions promote change.

Nicole’s love for our community and her commitment to equity is evident through her involvement with local organizations. She is a member of the Diversity Advisory Council at SPS, a board member for the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center, President of Just Lead Washington board of directors, and is on YWCA Spokane’s Race and Social Justice Committee.

Through her kindness and compassion, Nicole exemplifies the ideals and attributes of humanitarian and social justice work. She has dedicated her career to improving the lives of others. Despite enduring resistance and oppression, she remains unwavering in her beliefs and commitment to serving our community. Nicole promotes equity and social justice everywhere she goes and truly embodies the mission of YWCA and this award. YWCA Spokane is honored to present Nicole Jenkins-Rosenkrantz with the 2020 Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice Award.


A two month celebration of those who live out YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

This campaign will honor our 2020 Women of Achievement award winners and invite the community to take YWCA’s Learn & Give challenge focused on inspiring change during Domestic Violence Action Month.

September 1st through October 31st, 2020, YWCA’s ONE MISSION campaign will serve to celebrate women leaders in our community, raise awareness about the compounded experiences of domestic violence survivors, and look to raise $275,000. Proceeds raised support YWCA Spokane’s services for domestic violence victims and their children, including emergency shelter, counseling, legal services, job readiness, child care, and Pre-K programs for low income children and their families.

Please join us as we celebrate Nicole and the other 2020 award honorees through this new campaign. 

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Consider making a donation in honor of the outstanding women we acknowledge at this inspiring celebration. As our biggest, most critical fundraiser of the year, the Women of Achievement Awards benefit our programs and services directly, allowing our reach to grow further and our mission to be realized. Simply put, we cannot do this work without you!


About YWCA Spokane

For 117 years, YWCA Spokane has been helping women and children overcome social, economic, and personal barriers in order to accomplish their goals and achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives. Today, areas of focus include supporting victims of intimate partner domestic violence, promoting early childhood education, and confronting racial and social justice issues that negatively impact our clients and our community.

In 2019, YWCA served over 17,000 women, children, and families. Services include a continuum of wrap-around support: 24-hour Helpline and Safe Shelter, Counseling Center, Mental Health Services, Child Advocacy, Civil Legal Assistance, Legal Advocacy, and Economic Empowerment Advocacy. YWCA’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) provides 3- and 4-year-old children with the social and learning skills necessary for successful entry into kindergarten.

By working at the intersections of inequality, poverty, and domestic violence, YWCA Spokane is able to disrupt longstanding societal patterns of trauma. To learn more, take a look at our 2019 annual impact report.


This awards celebration would not be possible without the incredible support of our 2020 sponsors. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities contact Dana Morris Lee, YWCA Spokane Chief Philanthropy Officer, at or call 509-742-0111.




2020 Mission Partner


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Corporate Sponsors

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To learn more about sponsorship opportunities contact Dana Morris Lee, YWCA Spokane Chief Philanthropy Officer, at or call 509-742-0111.

By: Erica Schreiber

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