DISTINGUISHED MENTOR AWARD
KYLE L. BENNETT, a native of Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. He has devoted his personal and professional life to lending his time and talents in service to the Rhode Island community.
Kyle attended North Carolina A&T State University and Rhode Island College where he studied Electrical Engineering and Secondary Education, Mathematics. Kyle is married to his lovely wife, Eneida Bennett, a corporate paralegal with Hinckley Allen. He is the proud father of a beautiful daughter, Jenneya Bennett.
Kyle is the Director of the Public Policy and Equity for United Way of Rhode Island. In this role, he manages a team of people with a focus on defining challenges for our community and moving equitable policy that addresses the unmet need with an acute focus on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities. It is Kyle’s goal to create systems that serve the greater good while helping people with immediate needs that have been historically left behind. His primary focus is to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have a safe, affordable and healthy place to call home.
Prior to working for United Way, Kyle held several community based positions including Director of Black Affairs for the City of Providence and Communications Specialist for the RI Air National Guard. He has served on numerous boards and committees. Currently he is Chair of the RI Housing Resources Commission. Kyle is a Past Master of Celestial Lodge #2, and Grand Senior Warden, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Rhode Island.