Donnie Smith / Executive Director

Donnie Smith brings over 10 years of experience as an educator, writer and youth advocate. Donnie has served as an English teacher in the Chicago Public School District in both alternative schools and Magnet Schools.

Che “Rhymefest” Smith / Creative Director

In 2005, Che won a Grammy for co-writing the historic record “Jesus Walks,” performed by his childhood friend Kanye West. He has served as co-writer on many of Kanye’s albums including Late Registration, Graduation, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus.

The Honorable Hakim Dough / Communications Manager

The Honorable Hakim Dough is an "MC", Master of Communications, with an educational background in strategic business & marketing. Hakim graduated from FAMU with a bachelors degree in PR, and most recently graduated from CCC with a Master of Arts Management degree. Hakim was a participant in the Fall 2016 "Got Bars" Program and is now Communications Manager at Donda's House. He also serves as a Junior Mentor for the PROject US program.