Bishar Jenkins Jr.
Bishar Jenkins Jr. is a native of Trenton, New Jersey. The decades-long disinvestment in Trenton and the stark injustice of health barriers for Black and Brown neighborhoods in the city inspired Bishar from an early age to actively work toward actualizing a future where Black and Brown communities thrive in an ecosystem of wellness. Bishar started his career as an Emerging Leaders Intern with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in 2014, where he began to hone his interest in health policy. As Bishar’s interest in health policy was expanding, his work evolved to focus on the domestic HIV epidemic and its impacts on Black gay men and Black transgender women. Prior to his tenure as the CBCF Health Policy Fellow, Bishar served in grantmaking, policy research and intervention dissemination capacities at AIDS United, Fenway Institute, and NASTAD, respectively. During Bishar’s graduate studies, his master’s capstone project focused on the intersection of interpersonal violence and HIV among Black gay men. His research prioritized uplifting intracommunity and grassroots solutions to address these dual epidemics and was intentional about rejecting stigmatizing and carceral solutions to these structural injustices. Bishar earned a Master of Public Policy degree from Brandeis University and represented his cohort as commencement speaker for the May 2020 graduation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.