Jamal Grant is a first year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Serving African American Communities fellow at the HKS Center for Public Leadership. Jamal was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering (2015). His work experience has been as an Aerospace Systems Engineer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and as the Founder and Director of The NET Mentoring Group, a Boston-based nonprofit aimed at closing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) achievement gap for young girls and underrepresented minorities. In March 2019, Jamal served as the Lead Filmmaker and Producer for the Ase Research Film Project, a film centered on wealth inequality, race relations and progress in South Africa 25 years since the end of apartheid. His career aspirations are to research and craft innovative pathways to economic empowerment for marginalized communities in the 21st century.