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
Spanning over 15 years experience in strategy, sales, facilitation and writing/editing, Jahan began a career in publishing as an Account Manager for Time Out New York before moving on to the editorial side as the Associate Editor for Beyond Race magazine. Prior to Project Inkblot, Jahan co-founded an arts and social impact online publication managing a team of 15 contributors where she produced, edited and/or wrote over 100 articles/multimedia content interviewing social entrepreneurs with a global impact including Boushra Almutawakel, the first woman Yemeni photographer, and author and food activist, Bryant Terry.
Jahan is also the co-creator/executive producer of Fit the Description, a video interview series between Black male civilians and Black male officers sharing their personal experiences with, and within, law enforcement. Using strategy, empathy and design principles, Jahan co-designed and co-facilitated an accompanying interactive workshop to engage audiences in conversations around identity, leading events at spaces from Neuehouse to Fordham University.
Jahan earned a B.A. in Communications and Culture from Clark University and is the recipient of the Kate Spade and Company Fellowship at the New Museum Incubator, NEW INC. An avid traveler, Jahan has lived in far-reaching locales from Colombia to Scotland. She is a proud native New Yorker and currently resides in Brooklyn.