As strategy manager for the Service Strategy department, Jasmine supports MCAN's service programs — AdviseMI, College Completion Corps, and AmeriCorps VISTAs — by seeking collaboration and alignment. She works with the MCAN team and statewide partners to improve program effectiveness. Jasmine’s efforts help leverage service as a strategy to increase Michigan’s postsecondary attainment rate and help our state reach Sixty by 30.
Jasmine is drawn to work where she can serve her community. As a former AmeriCorps VISTA, Jasmine attributes her service experiences as the catalyst for her career. After graduating from Olivet College, she volunteered at Heifer International Learning Center in Perryville, Ark., where she taught visitors about issues of hunger and poverty, as well as sustainable solutions to care for the earth. She was subsequently hired as the program’s volunteer coordinator, and recruited volunteers who were passionate about sustainability. Following her time at Heifer International, Jasmine served one term as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Shared Youth Vision Partnership within the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (now the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity), where she worked to build capacity for state and nonprofit organizations focused on high school completion and college access for Michigan youth. She returned to Olivet College to serve as its coordinator of student success. Most recently, Jasmine worked for the Ingham County Health Department, first as AmeriCorps VISTA program director and then as health equity and social justice coordinator.
Jasmine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and sociology from Olivet College. Growing up, she was taught the importance of education and was often reminded by her family that knowledge is power and that once you learn something, it is yours forever. In high school, Jasmine was part of a local college access program called Y Achievers, where she was afforded the opportunity to engage with local professionals of color and visit historically black colleges and universities. These opportunities served as further inspiration to pursue higher education.
Outside of work, Jasmine enjoys spending time with her two children, who love superheroes and video games. She is a gardener and board member with Capital United Land Trust, and she has a small garden on the east side of Lansing called Beulah's Basket. Jasmine also serves as vice president of the Lansing Association for Humans Rights.