Jasmin Iolani Hakes is a mother, a champion of arts and education in the nonprofit world, a veteran operative of political campaigns and fundraising, and an award-winning author whose writings speak to self-improvement, overcoming hardship, and the power of women.

With over fifteen years of communications and fundraising experience, she has managed county, state, and federal political campaigns in a variety of capacities, from advisory to finance director. As a director of development in the nonprofit sector, she has helped nonprofits achieve fiscal stability and sustainable growth through capital campaigns, organization mergers, board development and training, and multi-year grants.

The once-homeless single mom of two grew up in a small town on the Big Island of Hawaii, where her world view was shaped by trips to the public library and through participation in dance. She now uses her diverse life experiences to inform her work and encourage women to turn their perceived limitations into unique strengths.

Jasmin’s work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee. She was the recipient of a Hedgebrook residency, an organization dedicated to support women authoring change.

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