Aishatu R. Yusuf, MPA, Ed.D. (c), has over a decade of experience in crafting innovative solutions to address some of society’s most complex problems. She approaches systemic change management head-on from an intersectional framework that confronts both the impact and extent of race and gender bias in the administration of justice for marginalized groups, including low-resource communities, system-impacted people, youth, girls, and women. At Impact Justice, Aishatu has created, evaluated, and sustained a portfolio of transformational projects that work to reform and transform social systems. Some of these projects include California Justice Leaders: a first-of-its-kind AmeriCorps reentry mentorship program for formerly incarcerated young adults, The Homecoming Project: a social justice extension of the sharing economy model that pairs returning citizens with welcoming community hosts, and Food in Prison Project: the first national effort to call attention to the crisis of food inside America’s prisons.
Aishatu has presented at conferences, universities, and government agencies nationwide. She has provided legislative testimony, drafted education policy for Congressional leaders, and has been interviewed by numerous national and local publications, on-air television, and podcasts. Aishatu is a current doctoral candidate at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education and holds a Master of Public Administration from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah.