Meet Jasmine, the BN360 Spotlight Professional for July 2020

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to present the 2020 BN360 Spotlight Professionals.

Each year, BN360 highlights 12 up-and-coming young professionals who strive for professional growth and development, care for their community, and are passionate about the future of the Buffalo Niagara region.

Jasmine Fluker Ansah

Managing Director of Program Continuum | Teach for America Buffalo
Founder and Executive Director  | Pivotal Paradigm Project

 

Jasmine is the Managing Director of Program Continuum for Teach For America Buffalo. Through her work, Jasmine is committed to ensuring that students in the communities she serves will have access to quality education. Through prioritizing human-centered culture she has ensured the program has improved in both diversity and inclusiveness. She has also strengthened local community connections. Through her leadership, the region is on the path for all classrooms with Teach For America corps members to be an inclusive and academically rigorous environment.

In addition to her role at Teach For America, Jasmine has started a new venture. The Pivotal Paradigm Project a full service diversity, equity and inclusion consulting firm. The mission is to change the current paradigm existing though deliberate interventions around diversity, equity and inclusion. The goal is to revolutionize spaces (corporations, nonprofits, and educational spaces) through creating radical inclusivity.

Jasmine is a graduate of Alabama A&M University, earning a bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management Information Systems. She is also a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Dual Master’s in Education, Policy, Organization and Leadership and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Earlier this year, she participated in the Ustahimilivu Dadas program facilitating learning for Kenyan school leaders and educators. This program brings together North American and Kenyan educators who are committed to healing and transforming our world through education for marginalized communities and who focus on the experiences and leadership of women and girls. In 2019, Jasmine was honored by the Buffalo Business Journal as a part of the 30 under 30 class, in recognition of her work as a local educational equity leader, diversity practitioner and community advocate. She was also honored in the Changemakers 30 under 30 class for her extensive work in the Buffalo educational community. She was also honored by the National Urban League Young Professionals for as a select distinguished member. She will be featured in a TedEducation talk about fostering inclusion later this month.

First Job: 

Jasmine’s first work experience came from working in the shoe department of Academy Sports and Outdoors.

Greatest Professional Win:

My greatest professional successes are tied to community organizing. Before moving to Buffalo, I was a part of leading a team that held the New Orleans school board accountable and lead to policies that affected restorative justice for at-risk students. Every success I have had has been tied to the liberation of others. It is what gives me energy, and I intend to do it for life.

Best Piece of Professional Advice:

The best thing you can do as a professional is show up as yourself everyday with your unique talents and attributes. If you also happen to be a person of color never shrink yourself or change who you are to match the dominant culture. Always be a part of shifting the culture to be more inclusive. We all have a unique set of skills and traits that make us who we are. The world deserves to experience you, fully.

Community Corner:

Jasmine is an active member of the community:

  • Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals – Education Committee Chair
  • City Year Buffalo – Educator Advisory Board
  • HBCU Thinktank – Historically Black Colleges and Universities Advocacy
  • Plymouth Crossings – Board of Directors, Development Committee
  • United Way Next Generation – Advisory Board, Community Impact Committee Chair
  • West Side Community Services – Board of Directors, Finance Committee
  • RAHMA – Board of Directors

Thoughts on living and working in Buffalo Niagara:

I love living and working in the region. As a transplant it took me some time to get acclimated to the climate and culture here, but now I feel at home. My work is primarily in education and my biggest hope is that all students in this region receive a quality education. That’s always been my hope for black and brown students, and I would love to see that liberation starting from the classroom.

On Being a BN360 Spotlight Professional:

I’m completely honored and humbled by the selection. I am also so happy to be recognized with such a dynamic group of professionals.

Top 5 Favorites: 

  • Favorite Mural: Freedom Wall
  • Best Buffalo Hidden Gem:Remedy House, Black Monarchy, Five Points Bakery
  • Go-to Buffalo Food: Wings
  • Best Buffalo Activity/Hobby: Summer Concert Series
  • Place you would take someone new to Buffalo: Canalside