Qasim is imbued with the spirit of justice and equity-driven by love for Black people. He has spent the past 15 years working in the nonprofit sector focused on education, youth organizing, and economic equity. Qasim enjoys developing excellent teams, recruiting committed staff, and forging strategic partnerships with those with a shared community-centered vision, whether serving as the Regional Director of Playworks Louisiana, as Director of Teacher Recruitment with New Schools for New Orleans, or the Director of Partner Growth for Change Machine. Qasim has led organizations, teams, and external partners by leveraging his knowledge in capacity building and organizational infrastructure to deliver creative activism, expand profit growth, and increase program efficiency. Qasim uses his strength as a strategist as a Lead Mentor to local entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders with Propellors Impact Accelerator. Qasim has received several fellowships, including Urban League of Louisiana’s urban leaders for equity and diversity emerging leaders through the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Propeller’s Growth Accelerator, 4.0 schools Essentials, and Tulane University Mellon Program. He has the honor of serving as the Board Chair of a Black Creatives Guide and embraces his inner creative through photography, poetry, and film. Qasim fully adopts being a Blerd, enjoying anime, comics, chess, reading, collecting vinyl, and nerding out on the latest tech. He is a proud third-generation Harlemite residing in New Orleans with his soulmate and partner Tiye.