Jaylen Hackett (he/his) is a Masters in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a focus on educational opportunity and poverty alleviation. He is a native of Mobile, Alabama and received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from The University of Southern Mississippi. During his time at Southern Miss, he became a community advocate in supporting students from low income backgrounds within the area through his work inside schools and after-school programs. He was also a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Congressional intern and completed the Public Policy International Affairs Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University. He spent the two years before coming to HKS completing his Teach For America fellowship as a Middle School Math Teacher in Charlotte and on last summer, he worked at the Jersey City Housing Authority in supporting efforts to revamp the on-site summer camps across five housing sites. This past summer, Jaylen served as a Summer Associate at Robin Hood Foundation supporting educational technology efforts across New York City and continues his work with Robin Hood through working with the Policy Team, and supporting the Grant Readiness Insights Training program to support non-profit organizations in gaining financial support.