Rick Jennings …
30 Years of Making a Difference in Our Neighborhoods
Rick Jennings was raised in Washington, D.C., where he earned a four-year football and track scholarship to the University of Maryland and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. After an NFL career that was cut short by injuries, including a Super Bowl victory with the Oakland Raiders, Jennings worked his way up to regional management for the Xerox Corporation, where he won numerous awards and distinctions.
Recruited by then-Mayor Joe Serna to run for the Sacramento Unified School District Board in 1996, Jennings served 12 years on the school board. During his tenure, he helped develop a strategic action plan to improve academic achievement for every child, spearheaded a facility improvement plan, helped pass two bond measures totaling $420 million, and promoted new and innovative ways to meet the needs of a diverse student population.
Since 1997, Jennings has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Fathers and Families, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and building communities in Sacramento. The Center currently serves over 2,100 young people and adults with after school programs and parenting classes. Additionally, Jennings has volunteered as a coach for youth sports and on various boards, commissions and neighborhood groups.
In 2014, Jennings was elected to the Sacramento City Council, to serve the Greenhaven/Pocket, Valley Hi and new Delta Shores neighborhoods.
Jennings and his wife of 39 years, Cassandra, have lived in Greenhaven/Pocket since 1986.
They are the proud parents of two children and four grandchildren, with another one on the way.