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.
Tax Program Coordinator
Stephanie Harper hails from Kansas City and has lived in Baltimore, MD for 14 years. She is a dedicated poet, writer, and artist with over 15 years of extensive experience in the urban art communities creating a narrative centered in literacy & equity.
Ms. Harper coordinates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helping Howard County taxpayers receive free tax preparation services. In addition, she provides tools and resources to aid clients in understanding their tax filing status, deductions and other relevant tax information.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore.
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.
Strategic Initiatives Intern
Born and raised in Columbia MD, Nathaniel Sager has spent much of his time at Hammond High School learning about the inner workings of finance and business. Mr. Sager graduated from the ARL Academy of Finance and has placed second in the National Personal Finance Challenge two years in a row. He also recently graduated from high school and will be attending Loyola University in the fall with a major in finance. Mr. Sager will be working on the development of financial content and tools tailored specifically for New Americans in Howard County. Nathaniel Sager believes in the organizational vision and is eager to make a change in his community.
J. MacKenzie Brewer
J. MacKenzie Brewer is from the northern suburbs of Chicago from a small town called Evanston. Mr. Brewer just completed his first year of undergrad at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. He has declared his major in Business Finance which was a natural path for his as he has observed much of his family who work in the field of Business at various levels. Mr. Brewer will be working with the financial staff to learn more about applying the principles of finance to everyday business in the non-profit sector. J. MacKenzie Brewer is grateful for this opportunity and looks forward to contributing to the growth and well-being of the Howard County community.