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Staff

Jasmine S. Brewer

Executive Director

A native of Chicago, Jasmine Brewer has worked in Community and Economic Development for nearly the last 15 years developing affordable housing plans, executing strategic plans for nonprofits and directly helping individuals and families reach their goals through Housing Counseling. Ms. Brewer transitioned to the DMV area in 2015 to bring her experience to the National Community Reinvestment Coalition working in the Community Development department with the NCRC Housing Rehab Fund and later with their national HUD intermediary arm – the Housing Counseling Network. Most notable in both of these roles is that Ms. Brewer played a vital role not only to secure an increased level of funding but also increased the visibility of the organizations and programs. This kind of activity was critical in both the maintenance of existing partnerships as well as the development of new partnerships.

Ms. Brewer brings her experience bringing strategic and creative strategies to connect low-to-moderate income communities with resources that aid in the growth and sustainability for clients. During the height of the foreclosure crisis, Ms. Brewer not only aided troubled borrowers facing foreclosure to stay in their homes, she also negotiated nearly $2 million in loan modifications. She has coupled this kind of hands-on experience with her training to provide comprehensive plans to other nonprofits as they continue to develop their programming and diversity funding. With a well-documented track record in the management and oversight of nonprofit organizations and a passion to empower individuals and families to achieve financial stability, Ms. Brewer’s vision to grow the programs of MakingChange will be an important benefit to the residents of Howard County.

Ms. Brewer holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning & Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

DurShawn Robinson

Financial Counselor

DurShawn Robinson a native of Washington, DC following nearly 25 years of experience or more in the administrative/financial field in the Federal Government. Mrs. Robinson developed a strong interest in assisting individuals in mastering the challenges of personal finance, which drew her to MakingChange. Working principally with people in the DMV communities from her local assembly, Prince Georges Community College and from referrals she provided financial counseling and education services to over 250 people since 2013 and has witness their success in becoming debt free, mortgage free and financially at peace. She has a passion to empower individuals and families to achieve financial stability,

As a MakingChange part-time employee she will serve as the Financial Counselor/Education Manager with a focus on a range of programs. Her primary duties involve one-on-one financial coaching/counseling and education by presenting innovative and interactive classes and workshops to establish and promote financial literacy and good financial behavior and habits. She will represent MakingChange in the community and at outreach events. She has over seven (7) years of experience within financial coaching/educating and is highly respected by clients, government, colleges, and nonprofit organizations. She has extensive education and background in leadership, mentoring, community outreach, coordinating and managing volunteer staff, and most importantly for MakingChange, Financial Counseling. Mrs. DurShawn Robinson is a candidate for her AFCPE® counseling, coaching, and CFP® certification. She holds a Certificate in Financial Planning Education from Kaplan University, an Associate degree in IT Networking from NOVA Community College a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Averett University and is a certified John Maxwell Trainer (JMT) speaker, trainer, and coach.

Leslye D Williams

Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Coordinator

Leslye D. Williams observed the lack of guidance and information available to low-to-moderate income clients and decided to become active to become a resource. Ms. Williams started her work in Washington, DC assisting clients identify their personal obstacles and coordinating services that were available to assist them in reaching their goals. Her work in assisting clients is centered around empowering individuals and families to become self-sufficient to lead financially sustainable and stable lives.

Ms. Williams works with HUD-assisted families who receive Housing Choice Vouchers to increase their earned income and reduce dependency on welfare assistance and rental subsidies. As the FSS Coordinator, Ms. Williams ensures that clients are aware of resources in the Howard County community that are available to assist them as they work through their long-term plan. The work that Ms. Williams provides to clients as a liaison between understanding their needs and meeting their needs through resources in the community is critical to the success of individuals and families in this program.

Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and is certified as a Victim’s Advocate and Domestic Violence Advocate. She has 15 years of crisis management, community outreach, program coordination, and case management experience.

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