My father instilled in me at a young age a deep passion for service and activism. We owe it to our past leaders and future innovators to collaborate and address our present challenges.
Jasmin Shaheed-Young is the founder of RISE INDY and has been civically engaged in local and state politics from a young age. Inspired by her father’s fight for equity in the criminal justice system, Jasmin created RISE to fight for educational equity for students in Indianapolis. She possesses a keen eye for strategy, long-term planning and understanding the needs of constituencies, elected officials, and diverse perspectives. In RISE INDY’s first year, Jasmin was responsible for raising $3 million from a diverse group of local and national contributors. She also built a team rooted in social justice, driven by equity, and empowered by diverse experiences in politics, policy, and education. In only a year, RISE has engaged more than 5,000 Marion County residents, built 7 community-led coalitions with over 100 members, donated $50,000 to Indianapolis schools – including the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation, and launched the Circle City Leaders Fellowship for community members interested in learning how to run campaigns for public office.
Prior to establishing RISE INDY, Jasmin served as Vice President for a nationwide real estate development and construction company, where she led business development, government relations, marketing, communications, as well as corporate responsibility efforts. Jasmin also spent more than five years working in political fundraising at the local and federal levels. Her efforts led her to building national relationships which segued perfectly to several civic activities, including board leadership positions with the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce (Business Advocacy PAC), Women for Change (Founding Board Member), and several other development initiatives. She currently serves on the board of Goodwill of Central Indiana and the Indiana University Academic Medical Center, as well as the Central Indiana Racial Equity Fund Steering Committee.
Jasmin is a graduate of Hampton University. She has been a proud mentor for students in and around Indianapolis. She currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband and three children.