Staff & Contractors

 

Jazmin Tanner

Co-Founder and President

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With youth development programs being pivotal in Jazmin’s growth, she has been tenacious in ensuring everyone has the opportunities those programs afforded her. Jazmin is a catalyst for youth empowerment, an intersectional gender and economic equity advocate, as well as a career readiness and STEAM education champion. Outside of her work for Project Z, Jazmin is a Technical Program Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she serves as a chaos calmer for teams creating and running products that allow users to edit and access Wikipedia from mobile devices and desktop computers.

She has been recognized as an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, World Economic Forum Global Shapers DC Curator, National Black MBA Association DC Mentor of the Year, and Inductee of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Jazmin has provided board development and growth strategies for education nonprofits including City Year DC, as well as programmatic advising to health NGOs such as the Oddariya Foundation.

While pursuing her degree in Marketing and English at Virginia Commonwealth University, Jazmin formed the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Alumni group and began mentoring elementary students through the Carver Promise program. During that time Jazmin coached high school students to compete and ultimately win MBA-level case competitions. Jazmin would go on to become the Chair of the Leaders of Tomorrow program, pro-bono, serving as the youngest NBMBAA-DC Board member in 2017. She also represented millennials on ad-hoc committees at the national level.

In 2013 upon graduation from college, Jazmin established marketing service offerings for Virginia’s largest commercial sheetfed printer, Worth Higgins & Associates as their first Digital Marketer. Jazmin has worked as a Principal and Senior Consultant at Infinitive Inc. and Booz Allen Hamilton, respectively. During her time as a Consultant she worked in both the commercial and federal technology markets for clients in health and education industries.

 

Kolbey Gardner

Program coordinator (contractor)

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Kolbey Gardner is an author, serial entrepreneur, activist and President of a United Strategies Group a firm that has advised organizations and individuals in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. As a data & technology-driven firm, Kolbey specializes in using technology to develop innovative strategies to influence policy and trends in the marketplace. Notably, Kolbey previously served as the Statewide a Political Director in the Georgia Lt. Gubernatorial Race in 2018 with Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico. Prior to forming United Strategies Group, Kolbey worked in Corporate Operations at Apple and Verizon Wireless. Kolbey an Alumni of Clark Atlanta University where he studied Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and is still very active in the National Alumni Association. Kolbey is also active In the Human Rights Campaign and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc, where he served from 2011-2017 on the National Board of Directors advising the organization as it celebrated its 100 year anniversary.