MEET THE BOARD
For over a decade Yasmin has spent her free time mentoring inner city youth, and preparing them to enter higher education and the workforce. Yasmin dedicated six years serving the Obama Administration at both the White House and the Department of Homeland Security. During her tenures, she has served as a key point person in the Office of Management & Administration and the Office of Partnership and Engagement respectively. Yasmin was inspired to start the Hustlers Guild off of the foundations of her career and things she love most; outreach ,development, music, and youth advocacy. With a love of hip hop and understanding the importance of youth development, she felt it made sense to extend her resources as a blueprint for those in her community who need it most. Yasmin is a graduate of Alabama State University, where she received her BA in Communications.
Executive Director & Chair
Jason Spear (MPA), a native of Piedmont, Alabama, has a wealth of experience working in the public sector championing causes that positively impact communities of color. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and History from Tuskegee University in 2009 and an MPA from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in 2019. Currently, Jason works as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. As a co-founder of the Hustlers Guild, Jason is passionate about providing access to youth in under-resourced communities to enter STE(A)M careers.
Kevin Beckford recently finished serving the Obama Administration as a Special Advisor at the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he managed a variety of projects related to the expansion of ConnectHome--a White House initiative geared towards providing Internet access to the nation's most vulnerable. As a Special Advisor, Kevin was responsible for research efforts concerning the initiative and advised fellow senior level officials and desk officers on how to best engage Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and members of the community.
Prior to that, Kevin worked for the White House as the Domestic Policy Portfolio Lead in the Presidential Correspondence Office. Kevin has also worked as a consultant for the New York City Department of Education, and taught high school/middle school History and English in Philadelphia. He also interned for Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman before joining the Obama administration. A strong progressive with grassroots organizing experience, Kevin hails from New Jersey where he frequently visits to mentor high school students.