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Jasmine Vasandani

Program Manager, Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative
New York City Department of Small Business Services

New York, NY

Jasmine is the Program Manager for the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative, which helps New Yorkers—focusing primarily on women of color, immigrants, and youth—start their own worker cooperatives or convert existing businesses into a cooperative one. She has also worked in the fields of art curation, urbanism, science fiction, immigration policy, library sciences, cooperativism, and civic engagement. Jasmine received her MA in Theories of Urban Practice at The New School where she wrote her thesis on how Octavia Butler’s science fiction can be used as a strategy for creating cooperative communities in NYC. Prior to graduate school, Jasmine lived and worked in India for nearly three years where she worked on experimental arts projects. She received her BA in Art History from the University of California.