Prior to his selection as a National Urban Fellow, Mr. Haynes served as the Advancement Coordinator at Liberty Hill Foundation. In this position, Jordan collaborated with key advancement team stakeholders to support Liberty Hill’s fundraising efforts and donor services. Responsibilities included preparing reports, correspondence and other related documents for donors. He also led the process of daily gift entry. Before Joining Liberty Hill Foundation, Jordan supported fundraising efforts at The Music Center (TMC) in Los Angeles, the third largest performing arts center in the United States. While at TMC, Jordan served as one of four chairs of the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee.
Jordan is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with B.A. in Global Politics and a minor in Chinese Studies. During his time at CSULB, Jordan served three years as a cabinet member of the Model United Nations Team, and in 2016, was selected as the Academic Coordinator and trainer for the upper division United Nations practicum courses. In his final two years of study, Jordan interned as a staff writer at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism for the U.S.-China Today publication. He successfully published an article about Chinese real estate development in Downtown Los Angeles. Most recently, he completed a professional certificate in Nonprofit Management: Fundraising and Development from UC San Diego. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honors Society, and an active member in the Association of Fundraising Professionals greater Los Angeles chapter.
Following his undergraduate studies, Jordan lived for 2 years in Southern China where he engaged in missionary work throughout Southeast Asia. While in China, he led a team of volunteers in community building by connecting local students and young professionals to volunteer opportunities. In returning to the states, Jordan began working in the non-profit fundraising field because he was drawn to storytelling and advocacy. Jordan also works with church congregations to engage in social justice conversations as meaningful leaders in their communities instead of reluctant bodies to change. Passionate about youth development, he has served as a teen minister and mentor in his local church congregation since 2016.
In 2023, Jordan began a fellowship with the New Leaders Council Los Angeles chapter. In this leadership development incubator, Jordan’s capstone project ‘Reparations: The Path to Redemption” led him to connect with local elected officials and donor activists committed to seeing economic justice come to fruition. He was also elected to serve as the Fundraising Lead for the year end graduation and fundraiser.
Jordan’s indignation against injustice has taken him to the front lines of work all around the world, standing amongst the most passionate and qualified advocates in the fight. As a black, queer man, Jordan has always had a deeply personal connection to the fight for change. Inspired by the skills of his fellow advocates, he joins this year’s National Urban Fellowship cohort with the desire to gain skills to become a thought-leader for economic and racial justice policy.