Jasmine Ayres
Policy Liason, Policy Matters Ohio

Jasmine Ayres is a daughter of Columbus, born and raised on the north side. She graduated from Northland High school in 2008 where she was Valedictorian and played Varsity Football. She went on complete her bachelor's degree in History from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Her first job out of college was working as a field organizer in Columbus, helping to elect President Obama. After the election, Jasmine substitute taught at Columbus City Schools. In 2015, Jasmine returned to university where she received her Master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Since returning to Columbus she has coached football at Northland High School, helped register over 20,000 people to vote, and run for Columbus City Council. She most recently worked as a youth outreach specialist for the Huckleberry House. She also served as the community development officer for the Community of Caring Development Foundation, the development arm of New Salem Baptist Church, where she has been a longtime parishioner. Jasmine currently works as the Policy Liaison for Policy Matters Ohio, a non-profit policy research institute working to create a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio through research, strategic communications, coalition building and policy advocacy.