Ya-Sin Shabazz is a Gulf Coast native from Pass Christian, MS. After two years as Director of the Steps Coalition’s Gulf Coast Regional Collaborative, Shabazz recently chartered a small business consulting firm, SO Alternatives, LLC, and looks forward to a 2020 return to Hijra House, a community and faith-based organization anchored in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Under Shabazz’s leadership, Hijra House launched the Efficient and Renewable (ENR) Initiative, prioritizing minority contractors in energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE/RE) projects and teaming with organizations and advocates to educate minority communities on energy policy and planning. Shabazz aims to prioritize a transformative Just Transition in Mississippi’s energy industry while revamping Hijra House; coordinating 2020 Vision: A Gulf Coast Plan for Community Economic Development; and streamlining existing Hijra House programs around food, energy, and water.
Shabazz also serves on the Board of the Mississippi Food Policy Council and the Biloxi Islamic Center (BIC), and spearheads BIC’s pursuit of increased, faith-based programs. Shabazz received a Baccalaureate in Economics/ Political Science from Yale University and is the previous owner/operator of Noor Residential Electrical Services.