CENTRAL Ward Council Candidate
Rashon K. Hasan is Newark native and is a son of the greatest city in the world. Rashon was educated in Newark Public Schools and attended The C.H.E.N. School, Clinton Avenue, and Bergen Street Schools for his elementary and middle school education. He graduated from Newark Tech (Essex County Vocational High School) in 2001 after developing trade skills in H.V.A.C.
Although Rashon attended Newark Tech for High School he played football for Malcolm X. Shabazz High School where he earned numerous county and state awards, but he is most proud of being named Bulldog of The Year in 2001, placing him among an elite group of athletes from the city of Newark. Rashon attended Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Rashon also earned his MBA from Florida Institute of Technology and Master Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University.
Rashon spent 10 years working as an Operations Manager for Verizon Inc. before serving as Vice-President of Advocacy for the Newark Charter School Fund where he managed the organization’s collaboration and advocacy grant portfolio. One of Rashon’s major projects while working at the Newark Charter School Fund was a residency verification audit of charter school students in the city of Newark, which helped Newark Public Schools save $5M during the 2016-17 school year.
Rashon’s current role is within the Youth & Engagement Division of The Aspen Institute where he serves as a Fellow Success Coach for the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship. The Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship is a new, place-based, multi-site initiative of the Aspen Institute Youth & Engagement Division that will develop the next generation of local, purpose-driven youth leaders. The Fellowship launched in Newark, NJ in 2016 and is helping develop young leaders who are passionate about improving their local community.
Rashon is a fierce advocate for public education and served as President of the Newark Board of Education. During his tenure on the Newark Board of Education 2013-2016, Rashon held the posts of Board Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee and