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CO-FOUNDER, JESUS POWELL
Jesus Powell is an educator, artist, and Co- Founder of the Black Achievement Fund. He recently served as a Dean of Students and founding staff member of KIPP NYC College Prep in the South Bronx of New York. KIPP NYC College Prep, since 2009, serves 1,200 students of color, from all five boroughs of New York city and has 97% high school graduation rate and 91% college matriculation rate.
Prior to this position, Mr. Powell served as a
paralegal and office manager for Bonjean Law Group and Harrison Trading Group Company’s satellite office in New York. During his time at Bonjean Law Group, Mr. Powell worked to represent defendants in criminal and civil rights abuse cases. He also was personal and office assistant to the founders of both Harrison Trading Group and Bonjean Law Group.
Previously, Mr. Powell worked for the Bronx Defenders, one of the premier public defenders offices in the country. During his time at the Bronx Defenders, Mr. Powell helped support five attorneys in representing indigent clients, providing them some of the best representation in the country.
Upon leaving college, Mr. Powell helped found a roofing company with his father that employed all people of color and guaranteed all staff an hourly rate 15% higher than any roofing company in the region. After this Mr. Powell became a substitute teacher in his hometown, teaching grades K-12, bilingual classes and special needs classes.
Mr. Powell received his B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia, and his M.A. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Mr. Powell enjoys traveling, drawing, and reading.
"The greatest weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the minds of the oppressed."
- Steve Biko
"I never let school get in the way of my education."
- Mark Twain
By Any Means, Malcolm X
Strength to Love, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Prophet, Khalil Gibran
The Philosophies & Opinions of Marcus Garvey, edited by Amy Jaques-Garvey
A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
The Age of Reason, Thomas Paine
Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville