Jasmine Jones, MPA
Jasmine is the first director of Abundance, a movement dedicated to shifting how philanthropic dollars are allocated to Black-led and Black-centered organizations. Prior to Abundance, Jasmine led the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund and successfully mobilized millions of dollars to address students’ and families’ needs during the pandemic while deepening the Fund’s focus on racial equity. During that same period, she served as a founding core member and strategic advisor to the Richmond Rapid Response Fund, establishing the foundation for a guaranteed income program in Richmond, CA.
Jasmine joins Abundance with deep and direct experience in community organizing, government, and philanthropy with a focus on education equity, economic security, and police accountability in disinvested communities. She was a founding member and the lead organizer at the Black Organizing Project based in Oakland, California. During her time with the Black Organizing Project, the organization played a leadership role in developing and adopting historic school climate policies in the Oakland Unified School District. Jasmine was appointed by Mayor Gayle McLaughlin to the Human Rights and Human Relations Commission in the city of Richmond, CA in 2013, and served as the Chair of the commission from 2014-2017 addressing workers’ rights and community policing.
Before taking the helm at the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, Jasmine served as a movement grantmaker at the San Francisco Foundation, overseeing a $2.3 million portfolio establishing access to opportunity in education, employment, and wealth building. Jasmine believes that through empathy, public policy, and deep financial investments sustained over time, we can create a world where everyone can thrive, especially Black people who have historically been disenfranchised.
Jasmine was born and raised in Richmond, CA. She received her Masters of Public Affairs from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Sociology from San Francisco State University.