Director of Advocacy, Equity & Community Empowerment

Jasahn M. Larsosa

Jasahn Larsosa is an accomplished facilitator and community organizer, newspaper contributor, political consultant, BMe Vanguard Fellow, and Focus: HOPE’s first Director of Advocacy, Equity & Community Empowerment.

Jasahn was chief architect of the office of Advocacy, Equity & Community Empowerment, which oversees Focus: HOPE’s advocacy toward systems change and its internal integration of race equity into all activities. In his role, Jasahn supervises a range of operations and programs, including organizational assessments; staff trainings; government affairs; and economic empowerment, community empowerment and youth social justice programs like the Generation of Promise.

Jasahn was born in Detroit and educated in Detroit Public Schools. He completed his undergraduate degree in Communications and Counseling at Ball State University before cofounding and serving as Chief Organizer of This Hood of Ours, a former Michigan nonprofit devoted to building collective power and driving change in communities of color. Jasahn is also a former officer of the project management company, Larsosa Management Services, which provides a wide range of consulting to nonprofit, political, public and private agencies.

Jasahn serves on a number of committees and boards and consults the national group The Bail Project. As a passion and out of gratitude for having successfully overcome the challenges of his own youth, Jasahn mentors others to advance their careers and enrich their lives. He resides on the west side of Detroit with his wife; three creative, smart and beautiful daughters; and two puppies in a beautiful redbrick home where his family is highly active in the neighborhood and is a pillar in the community.