Kumar Raj, senior program officer, leads the Foundation’s Community & Youth Leadership and College & Career Pathways.He also supports the Foundation’s Youth Employment, Youth Development and My Brother’s Keeper work.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Kumar completed his Master’s in Public Policy at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where he also completed his bachelor’s degree. Kumar worked with Ashoka’s Youth Venture for several years, stateside and abroad, helping young people launch their own social ventures based on the needs they identified in their communities. Kumar also has experience working with startup companies, teaching English to migrant farmworkers and working in city government. He volunteers his time with the Michigan Humane Society and Downtown Boxing Gym.
Kumar was born and raised in Flint, MI and now calls the city of Detroit home.