The Project Jasmine board of directors is made up of Jasmine’s family and friends, and community leaders. Together, we are working towards curbing gun violence and domestic abuse in South Carolina and nationwide. We carry this mission in honor of Jasmine Gantt, and the many women and men like her, whose lives were taken too soon.
The Project Jasmine Board of Directors:
Mr. Morris Gantt, Founder
Founder, Project Jasmine Board of Directors
Native of Columbia, SC, Morris Gantt graduated from Eau Claire High School. While at Eau Claire, he played basketball during the George Glymph dynasty.
After high school he went to work for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health as an electrician. He served as a electrician for over 20+ years. He then worked for Allied Chemical Corporation for 23 years.
Morris has now dedicated his life towards the fight to end domestic and gun violence through Project Jasmine. He is a Financial Director at MWR Financial, a member of Vettes Are Forever, and volunteers for HUSH No More; a local domestic violence non-profit organization. Morris is the oldest of four siblings, the father of five children. He loves traveling, playing basketball, jogging and enjoys spending time with his family.
Anthony James, Secretary
Secretary, Project Jasmine Board of Directors
Mr. Anthony James has more than thirty years of experience as an environmental engineer in regulatory compliance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in earth and environmental resources management from the University of SC. Mr. James is a professional engineer registered in the state of SC. He is also a SC certified public manager. Mr. James is retired and enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and attending car shows.
Justin Johnson, Treasurer
Treasurer, Project Jasmine Board of Directors
Justin Johnson serves as the Treasurer on the Project Jasmine Executive Board. Justin Johnson grew up in West Columbia, SC. He graduated from Brookland Cayce High School in 2005 and attended Johnson & Wales University shortly after. Justin has had a successful career in finance and is currently using those skills to help people establish a financial future at Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union. Justin is a recipient of the Palmetto Beacon Award for displaying a positive attitude in his daily work and life in general. He is the one whose light never goes out. Justin currently lives in West Columbia with his wife and two daughters.
Hamilton Jacobs Sr., Executive Director
Executive Director, Project Jasmine Board of Directors
Hamilton Jacobs, Sr., a native of Columbia, South Carolina is an accomplished motivational speaker, mentor, and musician. He is the youngest son of three children to Pastor Micheal L. Jacobs, Sr. and Sybrena Jacobs. Hamilton attended public schools in Richland County School District One and is a proud graduate of Eau Claire High School. Hamilton attended Benedict College in Columbia, SC, and currently is a licensed real estate agent with Excel Real Estate. He resides in Southeast Columbia with his wife Faith L. Jacobs and their four sons Zion, Jordan, Prince John Micheal, and Hamilton Jr.
Hamilton’s love for the community and children has driven his passion as a community and civic leader. He is a mentor to countless youth and teens and is the founder and CEO of The Bridge Over Foundation which is an non profit organization that is focused on being a bridge to success to all individuals in every aspect of life. Hamilton also coaches with nationally acclaimed AAU basketball program Team Unleashed South Carolina (TUSC). His love for youth and sports also has led him to serve as former Hopkins Packers Pop Warner Football team president and coach. Hamilton is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and currently he serves as the vice chairman of The Board of Assessment appeals for Richland County, on the Community Engagement Board for Westinghouse, and also with the Columbia Urban League Youth Professionals .
In his spare time, Hamilton loves spending time with his family and friends and loves to cook and grill for his loved ones. Hamilton’s motto can be found in Proverbs 1:5 which states, “a wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.