Kevin Beckford2021–2024 Fellow: The Hustlers Guild
Kevin Beckford is the co-founder of The Hustlers Guild, a nonprofit that uses hip hop to expand access and opportunity to Black and Latinx youth in the innovation space. He also is a 2020 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity.
A first-generation college graduate of Jamaican heritage, Kevin is committed to dismantling barriers for Black and Latinx youth in education and workforce development. Through the Hustlers Guild, which has partnered with Snoop Dogg, NBA champion Matt Barnes, Sony Music U, and Facebook among others, thousands of students across the nation have received exposure to workforce enrichment opportunities.
From 2014-2016, Kevin worked in the White House Presidential Correspondence Office and he also served as a special advisor to Secretary Julian Castro at the U. S. Department of Housing and Development. Prior to serving as a political appointee under the Obama administration, Kevin taught African American history to high school students in Philadelphia.
Kevin earned his B.A. in African American Studies and Political Science from Yale University, his MPhil. in African Studies from the University of Cambridge, and his MSc. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.