Jeff has spent almost 20 years working to create opportunities for marginalized youth populations and communities. Early in his career, Jeff founded The DJ Project–a seminal program that leverages a hip-hop pedagogy to validate and empower youth that are disconnected from more formal educational institutions. Since then, he has led organizations and collaborated with school networks to strengthen youth employment, teen pregnancy prevention, family engagement, college access, and K-8 out-of-school time programs. A Bay Area native, Jeff graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and received his Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. Jeff’s favorite childhood book is A Sick Day for Amos McGee, because it reinforces values of compassion, charity, and loyal friendship.