Patrick Hendricks - Why I Believe Memphis Academy

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A quality public school education should not be a luxury, nor should it be a rarity. I’m a native Memphian and attended two public schools for my K-12 education: John P. Freeman and Central High School. I had wonderful experiences inside and outside of the classroom at both schools and graduated with the critical thinking skills necessary to thrive at a challenging liberal arts college and law school. I want every child in Memphis to have access to the same high-quality education that I experienced, and Believe Memphis Academy is poised to ensure just that. 

Believe Memphis’ name says it all. The school is rooted in the belief that all children deserve access to an excellent education that is challenging, dynamic, and most important, provides them with the skills to lead lives full of opportunity. 

I hope to use my skillset to ensure that Believe Memphis is equipped with the resources necessary to make the school a model for quality public education for years to come. 


Patrick Hendricks is a native Memphian, Central High School graduate. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lake Forest College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis. Mr. Hendricksbrings extensive development experience to the Board of Believe Memphis Academy, having worked on national fundraising campaigns while based in New York City and Memphis. Mr. Hendricks also worked as Project Manager of Mayor Wharton’s Innovation Delivery Team, where he secured $1.8 million in matching funds through public-private partnerships to advance the Mayor’s chief priorities. Prior to his current role at St. Jude’s Research Hospital, where he serves as relationship manager for approximately 200 family, corporate, and private foundations, he spent two years working for Shelby County Schools as Community Relations Manager. Mr. Hendricks brings a deep passion for education equity and wants to see education in his hometown thrive.