Virginia Humanities

Kenn Speicher is a co-founder of NOVA Friends of Refugees, an all-volunteer grassroots network of more 1,000 members formed in 2016 to assist and advocate for refugees. He is an original organizer and Board member of its sister organization, One Journey, a global grassroots movement changing the narrative about refugees by celebrating their talents, stories, and accomplishments. Working with resettlement agencies and other aligned groups, NOVA Friends of Refugees and One Journey envision a world where refugees are welcomed, valued, and supported so they and their host communities can thrive together.

Kenn is a leader in the social justice activities of the United Methodist Church in Virginia, especially in the areas of peace, non-violence, immigrant and refugee advocacy, and support for veterans dealing with PTSD. Kenn leads advocacy and community engagement for the Northern Virginia Coalition for Refugee Wellness, assists education projects in Haiti for Mount Olivet UMC in Arlington, and organizes the annual Arlington CROP Hunger Walk. A graduate of the University of Delaware (M.P.A from the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration), Kenn is retired after a career in advertising and marketing. He lives in Arlington with his wife Ann.