Jasmine Taylor, a Compton, California native and USC Sol Price School of Public Policy alumna, was named executive director of the USC Black Alumni Association on February 13, 2023. A widely respected nonprofit leader with decades of experience, Jasmine has dedicated her energies to providing educational opportunities and improving access to education for marginalized youth nationwide. After the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, she worked with the Constitutional Rights Foundation and RebuildLA to create her first nonprofit—at age 16!
In 2002, Jasmine co-founded a charter management organization that established the Community Harvest Charter School in South Los Angeles, which U.S. News and World Report later named one of the nation’s “Top 100 High Schools.” She then went on to lead nonprofits in Baltimore, Dallas and Las Vegas before returning to Los Angeles in 2020 to serve as the COO of A Place Called Home—a nonprofit that provides a safe, nurturing environment, with programs in the arts, education and wellness, for young people in South L.A.
In recognition of the initiatives she has led and the impact that her work has had on urban youth, Jasmine is the recipient of the prestigious Reinhard Mohn Fellowship and the National Urban Fellowship. She is a Coro Women in Leadership alumna and a dedicated public servant who believes that education is a human right. She has, therefore, dedicated her life and career to closing achievement gaps and leveling the playing field for underserved youth nationwide for 30 years.