Shawon Jackson, originally from University Park, Illinois, is the founder of Vocal Justice, an early-stage organization whose mission is to empower Black and Brown youth to become socially conscious leaders through a culturally affirming public speaking program. Before launching Vocal Justice, Shawon worked with an education nonprofit in the Dominican Republic and did federal consulting with Deloitte. He graduated from Princeton, where he studied public policy and served two terms as student body president. He’s now a Harvard MPP / Stanford MBA student. When he’s not working, Shawon loves dancing hip-hop, bachata, and merengue.