Jaylen Hackett is a second year MPP candidate at Harvard Kennedy School of Government from Mobile, AL. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from The University of Southern Mississippi. For the past 8 years, I have worked on issues of equity and closing the opportunity gap for those living in poverty and creating strategies to improve outcomes. Jaylen has experience working with K-12 and higher education institutions; government on the federal and local levels; and also through nonprofits and foundations. His work expands across the country with partners like the Mobile County Public School System(MCPSS), Jersey City Housing Authority, New Profit, City of Trenton, NJ, and Robin Hood Foundation, the largest poverty fighting organization in New York City. Jaylen has also been able to work on nationwide initiatives like the Wilson Institute by Harlem Children's Zone to spread cradle to career models across the nation and with the Obama Foundation in assessing and strategizing the My Brother's Keeper initiative to support boys and young men of color.