A2I adds Prominent Legal Expertise to the Foundation
The Aspire 2 Inspire Foundation, Inc. welcomes Rasheed Ali Cromwell to the Foundation, as Pro Bono Legal Support and a catalyst to Strategic Planning efforts. As a fourth generation Historically Black College and University (HBCU) graduate, Rasheed brings an appreciation, sensitivity and insight into what it means to be a college student. With A2I's focus on building its College Endowment Fund, brings his powerful and diverse experiences as an attorney, entrepreneur, and educator to keep the foundation aware of the latest collegiate trends related to school funding and student needs.
Professionally, Rasheed has served as a federal law clerk in U.S. Federal District Court in the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division), worked as an attorney at Finnegan & Henderson, a prominent intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C., served as a co-owner and operator of a quick service restaurant (QSR) and currently serves as the founder and President of The Harbor Institute, and an educational consulting firm based out of Washington, DC.
Some of his work has been highlighted in Essence magazine’s feature on social justice in Black Greek Sororities (July 2015, Reality v. Roots), Ebony (March 2017) and he has been the recipient of awards from both the National Association of Student Professional Administrators (NASPA) and the Association of Fraternal and Sorority Advisors (AFA) for his work in the areas of curriculum development as it relates to leadership development and students of color.
He graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Chemical Engineering where he served as Student Government President and joined the Mu Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He later graduated from Texas Southern University with a Juris Doctorate (J.D) where he was honored as the Thurgood Marshall Student of the year for his academic excellence and leadership towards the community.