Jody A. Jencks serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for Tides Family Services.  In her current capacity, Jencks is responsible for developing and executing human resources strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization.  Her areas of focus are Talent Acquisition, Talent Development and Learning, Total Rewards, Workforce Planning, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Human Resources Operations, and Performance Management aligned with the mission, values and organizational imperatives.

Prior to her current position, Jencks was the PVD HealthWorks director for the City of Providence where she developed specialized healthcare and social assistance workforce partnerships, created diverse youth and adult training pipelines, career pathways, and other workforce solutions for the demands in the healthcare and social assistance industry.   As the PVD HealthWorks director and state healthcare intermediary, she actively transformed system solutions that impacted the communities, people and health equity in Rhode Island.

Jencks tenure was as the director of workforce development for the Care New England Health System and senior human resources business partner for Butler Hospital.  Under her workforce development leadership, she increased the labor market supply of healthcare workers by identifying untapped pools of potential workers, disseminated information on health careers to the community, worked with local government and educational institutions on training opportunities, leader in regional healthcare apprenticeships and collaborated with multiple collective bargaining units on talent pipeline.   As the senior human resources business partner, Jencks strategically supported the human resources operations, employee relations, and stakeholders for a leader in behavioral health.

Jencks has a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management from Roger Williams University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island.  She is a Leadership Rhode Island Theta II alumni and a graduate of the Annual Giving Certificate program from the Wisconsin School of Business.  She has worked in the non-profit business profession for more than 15 years, and currently serves as a member of the board for the State of Rhode Island Apprenticeship Council, Substance Use Mental Health Leadership Council, Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families, and the Horizon Healthcare Partner collaborative.