Joseph Lynn Kitchen
For the last seven years, Reverend Joseph Lynn Kitchen has been at the forefront of the education reform movement. As an educator and policy advocate, Rev. Kitchen has worked with dozens of schools and districts to prepare workshops and trainings on innovative methods to reform urban schools.
Rev. Kitchen began his advocacy in middle school when he joined the organization Students Against Violence Everywhere following the Columbine school shootings. His community organizing earned him an appointment by then-Fresno City Councilwoman Cynthia Sterling to the Edison Merger II Planning Committee at the age of 18. After spending more than a year on the committee, Rev. Kitchen decided to step down after the body, planning commission, and city council voted to take private property held by many black families for decades in southwest Fresno for private development that didn’t benefit the local community.
In addition to his educational work, Rev. Kitchen serves as the executive vice president of the Young Democrats of Maryland, the Prince George’s County representative on the WMATA Advisory Council, and the secretary of First Book DC. He is on the NAACP executive committee and is the founder of the non-profit Young Voices.