Jasmine S. Brewer
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.
Financial Counseling Educator
DurShawn Robinson, a native of Washington, DC with 25 years of experience in the administrative/financial field in the Federal Government. Mrs. Robinson hasa strong interest in assisting individuals in mastering the challenges of personal finance, which attracted her to MakingChange. Working principally with people in the DMV communities from her local assembly, Prince Georges Community College and from referrals, she has 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 serves as the Financial Counselor/Education Manager with a focus on a range of financial topics. Her primary duties include group education presenting innovative and interactive classes and workshops to establish and promote financial literacy and good financial behavior and habits. She has over seven (7) years of experience within financial coaching/educating and is highly respected by clients, government, colleges, and nonprofit organizations. 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.
A native of Columbia, MD Michelle Royal has worked in Property Management helping to provide housing for a range of communities both luxury and mid-range. Ms. Royal also worked for the State of Maryland helping to facilitate and regulate Early Childhood Centers. Ms. Royal brings her experience in creative marketing, counseling and resident services contributing to adding over $1 million in sales/revenue in property management and retaining clients. Ms. Royal attended both Howard and Coppin State with a focus in Business Management. Ms. Royal aim is to contribute to her hometown by counseling and assisting residents in need. Her vision is identical to our organization as she looks forward to making a change.