Jasmine Sudarkasa is the Executive Director of the Curve Foundation. Prior to joining Curve, Jasmine served as the program Fellow for the Effective Philanthropy Group at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In this role, she supported the foundation’s five-pillared approach to effective philanthropy, consulting with program staff on grantmaking strategy and evaluation, organizational effectiveness and equitable practice. In 2020, she designed and led a $15 million anti-racist grantmaking effort, a personal and career highlight.
Jasmine has been a capacity builder, development officer, trainer and cheesemonger – sometimes all at once. Before philanthropy, she served as a senior trainer on behalf of Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), the subject agency of the film Very Young Girls. In that role, Jasmine led a national training and technical assistance program on best practices for identifying and serving commercially sexually exploited and domestically sex-trafficked youth. Notable participants include the Dallas County Juvenile Department and the Miami State Attorney’s Office.
Jasmine received her bachelor’s degree in political science and comparative ethnic studies from Columbia University, but confesses to have learnt just as much from Chani Nicholas.