Boyuan Gao - Co-founder | Principal
In the past 15 years, Boyuan's work has spanned organizations impacting youth development, juvenile justice, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, environmental justice, music journalism, digital media, technology, women's entrepreneurship, and more. Her professional experience has spanned the roles of founder, editor-in-chief, marketer, community organizer, coach, content creator, and entrepreneur. All of this has primed her to dedicate her life to breaking cultural and racial silos.
Boyuan’s sweet spot is developing strategy and processes to successfully build and execute new digital and IRL initiatives, including several inaugural programs for women entrepreneurs, impacting thousands of women across the country. She is an executive producer and creator of Fit the Description, a docu-series exploring the nuances of race and identity. Boyuan has launched and operated several online publications highlighting underrepresented communities, reaching audiences in over 100 countries.
Jahan Mantin - Co-founder | Principal
In addition to co-founding Project Inkblot Jahan is the co-creator/executive producer of Fit the Description, a video interview series between Black male civilians and Black male officers speaking about their personal experiences around law enforcement. Fit the Description has been screened along the North East from WeWork D.C. to institutions of higher learning such as Hunter, Fordham and Columbia. Using the videos as a visual stimulus tool, Jahan co-designed and has co-facilitated interactive workshops to engage audiences with tools to transform their conversations around race, identity, and belonging. Currently, Fit the Description is being packaged into a digital curriculum for educators to use throughout the country.
Jahan's love for journalism led her to a career in publishing as an Account Manager for Time Out New York magazine. She later moved into the editorial world as the Associate Editor for Beyond Race magazine. Prior to Project Inkblot, Jahan co-founded Culturefphiles; an arts and social impact online publication featuring creative entrepreneurs including the first woman Yemeni photographer, Boushra Almutawakel, and author and food activist, Bryant Terry. An avid traveler, Jahan has lived in far-reaching locales from Colombia to Scotland. She is a proud native New Yorker and born and raised Lower East Sider. She currently resides in Brooklyn.