The Hustlers Guild
Kevin Beckford has been serving as 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. The organization has exposed over 7,000 students to coding and workforce enrichment opportunities at organizations such as Facebook, Google, Sony Music, and Roc Nation.
He has also served as the Advancement Manager for Urban Assembly where he has supported policy and external outreach for the public school network. Beckford was a 2020 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity.
From 2014-2016, Beckford worked as the domestic policy portfolio lead in the White House Presidential Correspondence Office under the Obama administration and as a special advisor to Secretary Julian Castro in the U.S. Department of Housing and Development. While working for the White House, he successfully advocated for more inclusive and responsive communication practices concerning race relations and police brutality.
Prior to serving as a political appointee under the Obama administration, Beckford taught Social Studies and English to high school students in Philadelphia. He 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.