Rob Jackson A Hip-Hop artist, educator and youth advocate, Rob Jackson is a representative of Oakland’s multicultural community. He received a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. With an extensive background in the field of Education and expertise in curriculum development, Rob co-founded Beats Rhymes and Life with Tomas Alvarez in 2004 to serve the mental health needs of the youth of color. With over ten years of experience working with marginalized youth, and fifteen years as a Hip Hop Artists, Rob has helped BRL bridge the worlds of mental health and urban culture to effectively serve youth throughout the Bay Area and the Bronx, New York. As BRL’s Chief of Staff, Rob is responsible for staff development and ensuring program fidelity.

Beats, Rhymes and Life (BRL) is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization in Oakland, California that serves youth between the ages of 12-24 years. Our mission is to improve mental health and social outcomes among marginalized youth by using hip-hop as a catalyst for positive change and development.