Lyssa Jenkens currently serves congregations in the North Texas area as a consultant while developing an independent community ministry that draws on her expertise in organizational and social change. Jenkens will be ordained into the UU ministry in the fall of 2015 by the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, where she has been an active lay leader for two decades.

During seminary, Jenkens created an applied research program on the status of women and girls for the Dallas Women’s Foundation. Prior to that, she spent 20 years as the chief economist for the Dallas Regional Chamber and research manager for infrastructure planning in North Texas.

Jenkens lives with her wife in Dallas, Texas, and remains active as a volunteer with many community and UU organizations, including the Dallas Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty and the UUSC Council on Innovative Social Change.