Jasmine Brewer

Sheena joins NCRC with nearly fifteen years of experience working as a faith-based social and economic justice activist, organizer, researcher, negotiator and non-profit administrator within the labor movement, where her work spans five continents.
Sheena recently served a labor research fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa where she conducted research on migrant sugar cane and banana farmers in Mpumalanga, South Africa, and participatory research with tea farmers in the Honde Valley, Zimbabwe. Her research contributed to two published works, the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center’s report titled “African Trade Unions and Africa’s Future: Strategic Choices in a Changing World” and “The Transformation of Work: Challenges and Strategies; Restriction and Solidarity in the New South Africa: COSATU’s Complex Response to Migration and Migrant Workers in the Post-Apartheid Era”
Sheena is very active within the cooperative movement and she has done study tours of cooperatives in Europe, India, Cuba, Mexico, South America, West Africa and throughout the United States, where she annually convenes cooperative experts to discuss reclaiming economic democracy through worker cooperatives and serves  as a speaker and incubator consultant. Sheena currently serves on the board of the (LRAN) Labor Research Action Network, a project of Jobs with Justice Education Fund, on the board of directors of a North Carolina based credit union, and is an emerging leader within the credit union arena.
She is committed to promoting economic justice through workforce development, wealth and asset building opportunities for those who are within under-served and disadvantaged communities, immigrants and ex-offenders while vigorously fighting predatory lending. She has a deep passion for accelerating workforce development through innovation within STEM fields to prepare low wage and low skilled workers for the age of the robot and digital revolution. When she is not working or serving her community, she is engaged in ministry work supporting her local ELCA Congregations, mentoring, engaging in anti-poverty and solidarity work within the interfaith community, hiking, cooking Louisiana Creole and Cajun inspired dishes, playing kickball, flag football, or hosting fundraisers for non-profits she’s passionate about.
Her favorite quote is “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Gandhi

Program Manager, Financial Equality Center and Housing Counseling Network
jbrewer@ncrc.org

Jasmine brings nearly 15 years of experience working in the field of community and economic development having worked with communities addressing affordable housing needs for both rental and homeownership while managing the foreclosure crisis in one of the hardest hit regions of the county in the Midwest.  Prior to joining NCRC’s Community Development department in 2015, Jasmine served as Director of Housing Counseling with Open Communities helping families avoid foreclosure and stabilize into affordable home loans which was a direct result of negotiating with local and national lenders.  In this role, she led local and regional committees geared towards addressing affordable homeownership needs in the state of Illinois.  In 2017, Jasmine transitioned to work with NCRC Development Corp (NCRC’s housing rehab fund arm) as the Consumer Relations Manager to oversee community partnerships and collaborate with local housing counseling agencies to connect their clients with GROWTH homes.  Jasmine’s experience working in fair housing, fair lending/predatory lending, housing counseling (both pre-purchase and foreclosure prevention counseling) and grant writing skills will bring additional expertise to the HCN team.  Jasmine Brewer has her M.A. in Urban Planning & Policy with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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