Meet Tyrina Newkirk, the IEJF’s New Program Officer
The IEJF is thrilled to welcome Tyrnia Newkirk as its new Program Officer. Tyrina will manage the IEJF’s growing grant portfolio and bring her wealth of experience to improving our processes, outreach and impact. Prior to joining the IEJF, Tyrina was the Community Programs Manager at Susan G. Komen–Chicago where she was responsible for grant management, community partnerships and the advocacy arm of the organization.
Let’s get to know a little more about Tyrina:
Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t find in your LinkedIn profile.
I can be pretty competitive when it comes to games and sports. I’m barely more than 5 feet tall but I played volleyball and basketball growing up so let’s just say I enjoy a good challenge. These days, I enjoy being competitive on word games like Taboo or Scattergories with friends.
What are you most excited about regarding your new role as IEJF program officer?
I am most excited about building relationships with all of the community partners across the state that advance the IEJF’s mission. The community partners are the real superheroes! They are on the ground doing the work that improves equity in our justice system and I am proud to support their efforts.
Best place you’ve traveled to?
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Even though I visited in late October for my birthday, the tropical weather was perfect and the ocean was beautiful. I enjoyed learning about the indigenous cultures and seeing how their traditions are still present in the city’s modern culture. Ziplining and ATV’ing through the rainforest wasn’t so bad either!
Best book you’ve read or series you’ve watched recently?
Lovecraft Country. Admittedly, it was hard to follow so I did a lot of googling in between episodes but it was a very well-acted and well-directed series. Lovecraft Country is a historical fantasy sci-fi series unlike anything I had watched before. It kept me on the edge of my seat every week wanting more.
Number #1 thing you’re looking forward to doing when we can safely loosen social distancing?
I am most excited to resume spending time with my family more regularly. Not seeing my family for the holidays or much at all this past year has been tough. I took the time I had with my family members for granted and now I miss them so much. I am looking forward to a big family dinner with friends and family as soon as the social restrictions are lifted.