Presentation Sisters, San Francisco, have announced the hiring of their first Executive Director, inaugurating a new model of leadership for the congregation. John Kenyon will direct the temporal business of the congregation, including mission advancement, human resources, finance, communications, and I.T.
At an introductory gathering on April 7, 2022, Sister Michele Anne Murphy, President, said “I am very happy on behalf of the Leadership Team, the Sisters, Associates and staff to welcome John Kenyon as the first Executive Director of the Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco.” She noted that John has worked with the community for some time as a consultant in the strategic planning process, especially in the areas of communications and technology, but is now learning more of the mission, the values, the traditions and culture of this organization as he settles into the position. She assured him of the support of the community as he goes forward, and then those present raised their hands in blessing over him.
John Kenyon is an educator and strategist who has worked exclusively with nonprofits for over 25 years. He has worked with communities of women religious for over 15 years including the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Sisters of St. Francis, and the Sisters of the Presentation. Before being named Executive Director, John’s recent engagements included Santa Clara Domestic Violence Technology Collaborative, ACLU of Southern California, Connecting Up Australia, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. John has been an adjunct professor at University of San Francisco as well as a featured speaker across the US, England, Australia and globally online.
John introduced himself to the community by noting his appreciation for their comfort in embracing the vulnerability that is required to create the new organizational reality. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to step into the role of Executive Director and help with the work that the team is doing to support the community, the mission, and the legacy of the Sisters. We are ushering in a new era together, a new chapter for you and a new chapter for me, and so we are all going to be learning alongside each other.
“My goal is to come into this role with an open heart and a watchful reverence for what has been and what is and all the exciting emerging opportunities. I see an abundance of possibilities before us as we travel this path, and I so look forward to doing good work together with all of you.”