Meet Jeff

Jeff Jenkins has been a resident of Chicago’s 47th Ward for nearly 20 years. Jeff is a homeowner, small business owner, a husband, father, artist and active community leader.
Jeff lives a block from Welles Park with his wife Julie, his two kids Max and Samantha Jenkins, and their two rescued canines, Junebug and Rosie Rae.

Together, Jeff and Julie co-founded Midnight Circus in the Parks, their citywide non-profit based right here in the 47th Ward. This program reaches 20,000 Chicagoans each year all across our city, has raised $300,000 for 47th Ward parks, and $1 million for Chicago parks citywide.

Across the ward and the city, Jeff has been a leading voice on key public issues: full funding for our neighborhood schools, the creation of an elected school board, balanced zoning and development, public safety and government accountability and transparency.

His hands on experience of bringing stakeholders together, finding common ground, and creating real lasting change to improve the lives of Chicagoans in our ward and across our city have been a hallmark of Jeff’s work and life.

As a parent and neighbor with two children in his local public school Jeff understands the importance of fully funding and resourcing our schools, not only in the ward but citywide. Thriving schools underpin the fabric of a community and Jeff has been a leader on this issue for years.

Jeff’s leadership for the community includes: Coonley Elementary Local School Council, 6 years // Founding Board Member of Raise Your Hand Action // Friends of Amundsen & GROWCommunity // longtime speaker at Chicago Board of Education meetings // Member – North Center Neighborhood Association – Zoning Committee

Jeff’s willingness to look for creative, proactive solutions has lead to groundbreaking work in the field of animal welfare, where he has also been a leader. When the Humane Society of United States asked Jeff to help address the epidemic of dogfighting in Chicago, Jeff stepped up.

As co-founder and lead trainer of the of their End Dogfighting Campaign, Jeff helped young men on the south and west sides of Chicago build positive human and animal bonds through weekly positive reinforcement training classes and an influx of animal wellness resources.

Jeff continues to bring his message of positive reinforcement training and humane education to young people through The Anti Cruelty Society’s AfterSchool advocates program, and also with Found Chicago and Canines and Company right here in the 47th Ward

Jeff stepped up, as he always has, to support Chicago families impacted by the tragedy of Hurricane Maria.

Jeff worked with elected officials, the Mayor’s Office, Park Advisory Council Members and local community leaders to host a Benefit Performance of the Midnight Circus for the American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois – raising $18,000 in one day for families in Puerto Rico. 

Jeff’s years of experience putting words into action, working with people from all walks of life, from communities all across Chicago made this happen.

Jeff has a long history creating real, measurable results to improve the lives of everyday Chicagoans.

Jeff Jenkins is running for 47th Ward alderman because the need for transparent, inclusive and ethical government is at an all time high.

Jeff is the person to do the job for Chicago’s 47th Ward. He has been matching his values with action for 20 years in Ward 47 and is ready to do more to help more people.