Our team is comprised of veterans, students, activists, designers and more. We have more than 25 years of experience in working directly with the homeless and for social good. We aren't do-gooders, we are good starters.

Our Mission:
It's simple; we seek to eradicate homelessness, not just in Metro Atlanta but across our nation.


Meet our Leadership team

India Hayes:  Co-Founder, CEO  India Hayes has volunteered domestically and internationally for more than a decade. Assisting the homeless resonates personally with her because she has seen first hand the effect of homelessness on citizens of Atlanta. Hayes feels that when you empower women, whether it be within the US or overseas, an entire community is transformed. Mothers, daughters, and female leaders carry on traditions and educating, aiding and informing women is something that Hayes believes will make a community more sustainable and holistically sound. Hayes is a firm believer in volunteer efforts being feasible, viable and most importantly desired by communities in need.

India Hayes: Co-Founder, CEO

India Hayes has volunteered domestically and internationally for more than a decade. Assisting the homeless resonates personally with her because she has seen first hand the effect of homelessness on citizens of Atlanta. Hayes feels that when you empower women, whether it be within the US or overseas, an entire community is transformed. Mothers, daughters, and female leaders carry on traditions and educating, aiding and informing women is something that Hayes believes will make a community more sustainable and holistically sound. Hayes is a firm believer in volunteer efforts being feasible, viable and most importantly desired by communities in need.

Anita Jones:  Founding Member  Anita has a background in film making, broadcast design, motion graphics, and business. She has supported public health initiatives with this federal agency for close to a decade. She also devotes a great deal of time to homelessness prevention projects and is an original founding member of Mini City. Anita Jones' award winning, compelling and compassionate documentary on the homeless of Atlanta can be seen  here .

Anita Jones: Founding Member

Anita has a background in film making, broadcast design, motion graphics, and business. She has supported public health initiatives with this federal agency for close to a decade. She also devotes a great deal of time to homelessness prevention projects and is an original founding member of Mini City. Anita Jones' award winning, compelling and compassionate documentary on the homeless of Atlanta can be seen here.

Sourabh Jha:  Co-Founder, CFO  Sourabh Jha is a current PhD candidate , with a major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His work focuses on creating novel and efficient air cooling solutions. Sourabh’s research has been funded by the Airforce office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI), Apple, Google, and Intel to name a few. He is not limiting himself to the world of engineering and actively engages in assisting community ventures like Mini City with creating meaningful partnerships.

Sourabh Jha: Co-Founder, CFO

Sourabh Jha is a current PhD candidate , with a major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His work focuses on creating novel and efficient air cooling solutions. Sourabh’s research has been funded by the Airforce office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI), Apple, Google, and Intel to name a few. He is not limiting himself to the world of engineering and actively engages in assisting community ventures like Mini City with creating meaningful partnerships.

Harold Alexander:  CTO

Harold Alexander: CTO

Staff members and fellows

 
Jas Jackson,  Data Analyst  Jas Jackson earned her B.S. in Management Information Systems from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Post graduation, she thought she'd go straight into an IT career. However, she quickly and intuitively realized she was drawn to data, user research, and social impact. Her projects range from web and twitter scraping to big data analytics. She loves to learn and teach close friends about the tech world. She is thrilled to be working with Mini City Atlanta as their Data Insights Analyst.  She is passionate about opportunities that involve UXD research or improving a product that will solve a particular problem to create positive local or global impacts through data research. She draws compelling trends with and narratives with the data she reveals for Mini City.

Jas Jackson, Data Analyst

Jas Jackson earned her B.S. in Management Information Systems from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Post graduation, she thought she'd go straight into an IT career. However, she quickly and intuitively realized she was drawn to data, user research, and social impact. Her projects range from web and twitter scraping to big data analytics. She loves to learn and teach close friends about the tech world. She is thrilled to be working with Mini City Atlanta as their Data Insights Analyst.

She is passionate about opportunities that involve UXD research or improving a product that will solve a particular problem to create positive local or global impacts through data research. She draws compelling trends with and narratives with the data she reveals for Mini City.

Olivier Niyibizi,  Fellow  Olivier Niyibizi   is a rising junior and Emory Scholar, studying Computer Science at Emory University. He is academically focused on Computer Science – particularly Computer Organisation and Programming – but, he also enjoys taking Chinese classes and exploring topics in Philosophy. He actively seeks out opportunities to get involved on campus, whether that be as the Vice President for External Affairs for his fraternity, as a Library Ambassador, or a member of the International Students Conversation Partners Program. Coming from the city of Nottingham in the East Midlands, he has a love for tea and biscuits (the cookie kind, not the bread kind)! Beyond Emory, he hopes to impact society by supporting the advancement of technological equity and security.

Olivier Niyibizi, Fellow

Olivier Niyibizi is a rising junior and Emory Scholar, studying Computer Science at Emory University. He is academically focused on Computer Science – particularly Computer Organisation and Programming – but, he also enjoys taking Chinese classes and exploring topics in Philosophy. He actively seeks out opportunities to get involved on campus, whether that be as the Vice President for External Affairs for his fraternity, as a Library Ambassador, or a member of the International Students Conversation Partners Program. Coming from the city of Nottingham in the East Midlands, he has a love for tea and biscuits (the cookie kind, not the bread kind)! Beyond Emory, he hopes to impact society by supporting the advancement of technological equity and security.

 
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What We've Achieved

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  • Mini City has secured 500 Near Field Communication Enabled wristbands for our homeless citizens. Like Fit Bit, this is wearable technology. It is an exclusive membership for homeless citizens only. It unlocks a world of services at no charge to them, such as securing legal identification and generating vital employment forms.

  • Mini City has secured a partnership with Tech sponsor Tagstand, based in California and operating directly with Mini City of Metro Atlanta

  • Launched Mini City Pilot; which will assist 500 homeless individuals in Metro Atlanta.