Jhenielle Reynolds is the Program Manager for Community Health Acceleration Partnership (CHAP). In this role, she partners with CHAP’s directors to support the organization’s portfolio of maternal health and community health grants and serves as CHAP’s liaison to the New Jersey Birth Equity Funders Alliance.
Jhenielle has worked in the public sector, with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and in communities throughout her career. She is the founder of BloomMama Birth Services where she assists expectant families in Northern New Jersey as a birth and postpartum doula. Her interest in birth work and commitment to birth equity was sparked after living in rural Argentina and working with a team of midwives and obstetricians to learn more about birth practices. It was here that she encountered the framework of parto humanizado which loosely translates as “humanized birth” and centers the needs of the birth giver during labor and childbirth.
Prior to joining CHAP, Jhenielle worked at Bloomberg Philanthropies where she oversaw a successful national initiative to increase the number of high-achieving lower income students attending top colleges and universities. Jhenielle also worked in higher education as a virtual college advisor, supporting students throughout the college application process, and began her career as an Admissions Counselor at her alma mater, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Jhenielle’s passion for increasing access and strengthening the capacity of systems and individuals to do impactful work began while attending high school in England, where she interned abroad with ORBIS—the world’s only flying eye hospital—in Da Nang, Vietnam. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies–Global Health in Latin America, with minors in Medical Anthropology and Spanish for the Health Professions from UNC Chapel Hill.