A New York City native, by way of Harlem, Arkatecht’s Founder & CEO, Yasmin J. Mattox, is now a proud Rochesterian. She attended Hunter College Elementary and High Schools, and graduated from high school on Long Island. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Alfred University in 2007, and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in International Studies from St. John Fisher College in 2011.
She has worked in the legal, mental health, renewable energy, and higher education fields, with the common thread being her interest and expertise in using interdisciplinary research as a foundation for informing problem solving for issues big and small. From 2012 until 2016, she owned a social science research and consulting firm, conducting psychosocial-oriented research and analysis for a variety of businesses in the United States as well as overseas. She excels in conducting mixed methods research.
She is married with three young daughters.
Anika Aftab joined Arkatecht as a fourth-year student at Rochester Institute of Technology. While she lives on Long Island, NY when not in school, she was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She studied Organizational Strategy and Healthcare Administration, along with Entrepreneurship and Neuroscience, in the School of Individualized Studies, a program that allows her to choose her own majors. A recent RIT graduate, she is now Arkatecht’s Strategic Partnerships & Outreach Lead.
Jamel Mattox serves as Director of Childcare Standards and Vetting. Mattox was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Webster, NY, attended Webster Thomas High School, and went on to earn Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice from Alfred State College and SUNY Brockport respectively. He has been a police officer since 2012, and he is married and father to three young daughters.
Mattox leads efforts into further researching, developing, and implementing first in class standards and vetting processes for childcare providers to better help working parents build the safe and reliable support systems needed to more easily allow them to attend work opportunities that are critically important to their professional advancement. Mattox will also co-lead efforts to ensure that Arkatecht supports the needs of working fathers in addition to mothers equally.
Mattox’s professional aspirations have long been driven by “wanting to help people,” and the fact that “he loves to problem solve.”