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 is a native of Piedmont, Alabama and a 2009 graduate of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, where he earned his degree in Political Science/History. For more than five years Jason worked as an Legislative Associate and Deputy Communication Director for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, where he worked on a portfolio of issues, which included health care, education, and foreign affairs. Jason was also Congresswoman Norton’s advisor and event specialist for the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys. Currently, Jason is a full-time student at The New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where he is earning his Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy.
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.