Who We Are


The Leaders

Jonathan Gardner

Jonathan Gardner

Executive Director

Beverlee Sanders

Beverlee Sanders

Operations Manager

Devon Henderson

Devon Henderson

Resource Development Manager

Marq Brown

Marq Brown

Student Impact Leader

Charles King

Charles King

Student Impact Manager

Dominique Prescott

Dominique Prescott

Brand Manager

The History

GardHouse was established in 2019 after learning that students of color have been graduating from college twice as likely to be unemployed for the last 50 years. 

Our team leverage the stories of peers and industry expert opinions to identify key factors that led to this systemic crisis:

College students of color were lacking the social capital to further connect them to opportunities.

Available resources were not as easily accessible to due to a lack of awareness, income, or support.

We launched in Charlotte to assist the City in climbing out of an economic mobility deficit. Ranked 50 out of 50 for upward economic mobility, Charlotte’s community leaders developed recommendations that could create necessary change. However, at the time of GardHouse’s inception, there were no work-based programs that primarily focused solely on college students of color.


To increase post-graduate employment opportunities amongst college students of color by maximizing work-based programming.


To eliminate the systemic barriers college students of color face when seeking post-graduate employment

Years of Employment Disparities

The Partners


The Board

Tierra Hunt, AvidXchange

Kristi Orange, Teach for America

Daniel Davis, Comcast

Jordan Pineda, The Forum for Youth Investment

Carlo Moore, Red Ventures

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