Jamal Grant (he/his) is a first-generation American and is the son of Trinidadian immigrants. He was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts (Dorchester) and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering (2015). Jamal has worked as an Aerospace Systems Engineer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and is the Founder and Director of The NET Mentoring Group, a Boston-based non-profit aimed at closing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) achievement gap for young girls and underrepresented minorities. Outside of his non-profit and engineering work, Jamal participates in international human & civil rights fellowships that have led him to Rwanda, Detroit and Atlanta to study the history of colonialism, resistance and social progress. In March of 2019, Jamal served as the Lead Filmmaker and Producer for the Ase Research Film Project (Aseresearchfilm.org), a film centered on wealth inequality, race relations and progress in South Africa 25 years since apartheid. Currently, Jamal is a dual MPP/MBA candidate (2022) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a ‘Serving African American Communities’ fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership and is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum’s Boston Hub. His career aspirations are to research and craft innovative pathways to economic empowerment for marginalized communities in the 21st century.