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Jenifer Gamble, Ph.D.

Field Education Director and Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Jenifer “Jeni” Gamble has spent more than 20 years working to improve policies, systems, and services for the most marginalized and vulnerable throughout the US and globally, including survivors of gender-based violence, marginalized children and youth, and those experiencing homelessness. Gamble earned a BA from the University of Kentucky, and MSSW and PhD degrees from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. Gamble’s doctoral research captured the backgrounds and behaviors of nonprofit leaders in seven North American cities to better understand the opportunities and challenges the NGO sector will face during leadership transitions in the future.

From 1997 – 2010, Gamble’s work focused on eliminating gender-based violence and improving criminal justice and victim service programs, including leading technology projects and advocacy campaigns across the US to institute and improve civil and criminal victim notification services. From 2010 – 2018, Gamble worked in the Washington, DC area and focused on global and girls’ education policy, practice, and research. During this time, she served as the Associate Director of the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution, where she accelerated the policy priorities of one of Brookings’ fastest growing research centers and developed CUE’s girls’ education research portfolio. In this, she advised dozens of scholars and country leaders, and made meaningful contributions to various public sector safety and education plans, including the United States Global Strategy To Empower Adolescent Girls (2016), while also co-chairing the Girls CHARGE collaborative of more than 60 global organizations and overseeing the Echidna Global Scholars program.

In 2019, Gamble was selected as an Ambassador for the United State of Women for West Virginia in support of her efforts to develop and promote social business opportunities for West Virginia women in recovery. Gamble has also held leadership positions with organizations including the National Alliance to End Homelessness (DC), Appriss Inc. (KY), the Center for Women and Families (KY), and Discovery Learning Alliance (MD), and has also consulted to numerous organizations around strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, and organizational growth.


  • Ph.D., Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville
  • MSSW, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville
  • BA, University of Kentucky


  • Macro practice and organizational systems
  • Non-profit leaderships
  • International social work


    • Nonprofit leadership development, transitions, and administrative capacity building
    • Accelerating non-profit impact through social enterprise models
    • Innovations in global education and gender equality


    • Academic Administrative Team
    • Committee on Anti-racism, Equity, and Justice
    • Curriculum Committee
    • MSW Committee
    • Field Education Committee


    • Board of Directors and Co-Secretary, Finn Church Aid Americas