Rashid Shabazz serves as Vice President of Communications for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (the Campaign). The Campaign spun-off from the Open Society Foundations; U.S. Programs with a 5-year support grant of $10 million in February 2015. Shabazz joined the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs staff in March 2009 as a Program Officer with the Campaign for Black Male
Shabazz joined the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs staff in March 2009 as a Program Officer with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement – an initiative focused on addressing the exclusion of large numbers of black men and boys from economic, social, educational, and political life in the United States.
While at the Open Society Foundations, Shabazz helped to lead investments in Strategic Communications, Arts and Culture and led the launch of the first ever Black Male Achievement fellowship in partnership with Echoing Green. Prior to joining Open Society, Shabazz served as Senior Account Executive with Fenton Communications working on One Nation, a national initiative to shape public perception of American Muslims.
With over 17 years of experience as a grassroots media and communications organizer, he has also been a contributing writer to several publications. Shabazz is most recently featured in the new books, Question Bridge: Black Males In America and Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding. He holds a B.A. in English from George Mason University, an M.A. in African studies from Yale University and an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughter.