Meet Our Team
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President and CEO
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, is a minister, community activist and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. He works tirelessly to encourage the Hip Hop generation to utilize its political and social voice.
Rev Yearwood is a national leader in engaging young people in electoral activism. He leads the national Respect My Vote! campaign and coalition (www.respectmyvote.com). In the 2012 Elections, numerous celebrity partners have joined the campaign to reach their fan bases, including Respect My Vote! spokesperson 2 Chainz.
Liz Havstad, Chief Operating Officer
Liz Havstad is Hip Hop Caucus’ Chief Operating Officer, leading the diverse team, grassroots leaders, and cultural influencers that make Hip Hop Caucus one of the nation’s most dynamic 21st century civil and human rights organizations.
Her strategic direction, organizational management, and ability to build strong partnerships, have contributed to Hip Hop Caucus growing in size, capacity, and efficacy year over year. Liz joined Hip Hop Caucus in 2006, two years after its founding. In her various roles for nearly ten years at Hip Hop Caucus, Liz has implemented national campaigns, regional and national tours, and advocacy efforts for progressive issues.
Young Hustle, Manager, Communications and Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
Jordan “Young Hustle” Eversley is the Communications and Strategic Partnerships Manager for Hip Hop Caucus. He implements Hip Hop Caucus’ messaging strategy across the organization’s digital and events platforms, as well as across its grassroots leadership network. He also cultivates relationships with cultural influencers and media outlets to amplify Hip Hop Caucus’ messages and calls to action.
Terence Muhammad, Advocacy Manager
Terence “TC” Muhammad has been a community activist and organizer for over two decades. His experience spans voter mobilization campaigns, issue advocacy, and coalition building in African American communities, faith communities, on college campuses, and among civil rights and progressive organizations.
Burundi Partlow, Director of Special Projects
Burundi Partlow is Director of Special Projects for Hip Hop Caucus and has worked with the organization since its founding in 2004. He uses his nearly two decades of experience in entertainment business, finance, and executive leadership to create strategic partnerships and pilot innovative projects for Hip Hop Caucus.
Malik Yusef, Director of Arts and Culture
Five-time Grammy winning artist, poet, songwriter and producer Malik Yusef is Director of Arts and Culture for Hip Hop Caucus. At Hip Hop Caucus, Malik directs organizational and campaign strategies that utilize arts and culture to reach communities and move them to action. He brings his unparalleled relationships across music, film, television, poetry, and fine arts, and organizes his peers to contribute their talents to Hip Hop Caucus’ cultural strategies.
Messiah Ramkissoon, Advocacy Fellow
Trinidad-born, New York-based emcee MESSIAH has a message: words possess power. His own power was uncovered at the tender age of four, when he was encouraged to write and perform poetry by a second mother who once joined Bob Marley’s musicians and Olu Dara onstage.
Lisa Fager, Director, Public Policy and Solutions
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Nakisa Glover, National Climate Justice Organizer
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