Dr. Yasmene Mumby
“At the nexus of scholarship, art, and social movement, Dr. Yasmene Mumby enjoys collaborating with leaders in education, advocacy, and wellness, including the ACLU, Working Families Party, National Geographic, Leadership for Educational Equity, Yoga Alliance, and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Organizations trust her consult on their equity initiatives, communication strategy, and brand narratives when sharing their stories of impact.
Yasmene writes about inequity, culture, and wellbeing. Over 2000 people read her 5089-word essay Amplify Black Voices: Yoga, you can do better. She created the NPR hosted audiodocumentary, Higher Purpose, about an organization that supports people with legal system records to gain livable wage employment in Baltimore. Her latest sound art piece Ahimsa, the audiomemoir on yoga, wellness, and Black Lives in 2020 is out now.
She began her career teaching in her hometown, Baltimore. Frustrated by the inequities impacting the achievement and wellbeing of students and teachers every day, she channeled her deep grief in schools as a trained Organizer through the Industrial Areas Foundation. Yasmene led numerous organizing victories with over 3,000 parent, teacher, and student leaders, from securing filtered lead-free water for students to organizing teachers in an unprecedented contract negotiation to stopping $150 million in operational budget cuts to securing up to $1 billion to rebuild schools.
A graduate of the McDonogh School, Yasmene earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and its School of Education, along with a Juris Doctor from University of Maryland School of Law and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Her organizing and teaching background continue to shape her journey as a writer unafraid of sharing stories of folx historically unheard.