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Around Town | Jaa’far Abdullah

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Jaa’far Abdullah discusses his life journey to becoming the founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of GEO, a non-profit focused on creating second chances for members of society returning from prison.

While studying philosophy at Texas Tech, a poor life decision on how to finance is education led to his own incarceration.

Jaa’far was the first winner of the Texas Tech University iHub’s Social Innovation Competition! He now uses the grit and leadership skills he’s developed to create job opportunities for people that carry the stigma of having been incarcerated.

Nick is the Around Town host on Texas Tech Public Media, and a sustainable economic development consultant based on the High Plains. He graduated with his bachelors’ in biochemistry and psychology from Texas Tech University, and his medical doctorate from the Yale School of Medicine and master’s in public policy from Harvard’s School of Government. Nick can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter @nickbergfeld.
Radio producer at KTTZ-FM 89.1 in Lubbock, Texas for Texas Tech Public Media.