Michael J Fox Foundation
Kennedy serves as a board member of The Michael J. Fox Foundation which was founded in 2000. At the Foundation’s Inaugural ‘A Sunny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s’ Dinner in 2005, Kennedy along with fellow board members raised $6.4 million towards researching a cure for Parkinson’s. In 2007, The Michael J. Fox Foundation funded over $25 million in new grants, nearly 90 percent toward translational or clinical projects, putting them over the $100- million mark in research funded since inception.
Kennedy joined several top entertainment executives to serve UCLA’s Executive Board for the Medical Sciences. Through their fundraising efforts, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center opened its doors in June 2008. The one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure (eight above ground) is situated on four acres at the southwest corner of Westwood Plaza and Charles E. Young Drive South. The hospital encompasses the operations of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Click here for more information about UCLA Medical Center.
Through her role as an Honorary Board Chair of Workplace Hollywood, Kennedy is committed to providing opportunity for the best-trained and most diverse individuals within the entertainment industry. “Leaders in the industry astutely recognize that increasing diversity in this important industry is important from community, social and economic perspectives,” says Kennedy. Through internships, career development training and job placements, Workplace Hollywood provides critical services to communities of color and disadvantaged individuals who are trying to break into the economic mainstream of Los Angeles’ society. Click here for more information about Workplace Hollywood.
American Film Institute
As a member of the Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2008, Kennedy aided in guiding the institute with their various programs, the direction of the AFI Conservatory, and the selection of their yearly Lifetime Achievement Award. Kennedy also contributed to the AFI Awards as a Jury member in 2001. Click here for more information about the American Film Institute.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Kennedy serves on the Academy Museum Committee which projects to open the Academy Museum in Hollywood in 2012. The Academy’s Board of Governors appointed Kennedy as its Vice President for 2008 to 2009. Prior to her appointment, she participated as a governor for the Producers’ branch since 2002. Click here for more information about the Acedemy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.