Jasmine Kurjakovic | Emerge Pennsylvania

Class of 2016

Jasmine KurjakovicJasmine Kurjakovic grew up the second oldest of 8 children in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father worked as a union carpenter and her mother was a stay at home mom and later on started working as a real estate agent. Her mother was born in former Yugoslavia, giving Jasmine a global perspective on the world. Jasmine’s father's family has been from the Pittsburgh area for at least 8 generations back, although her grandmother claims that is just one side of the family and the other goes back farther. Her family was poor but she never knew it. Jasmine grew up playing the violin and piano, and learned French in school. Her mother is an amateur tennis player and they went to the city parks a lot while growing up to either play tennis, run, or use the city pools. As one of eight children she was always able to find something to do.

Jasmine attended private school on scholarship until 4th grade when she transferred to the Pittsburgh Public School system. Growing up, Jasmine always said she never wanted to get into trouble because one day she would be a Diplomat and work for the State Department. Then one day in high school Jasmine decided that she would one day going to become the Editor-In-Chief of Vogue Magazine. Shortly after, she met a group of students at Carnegie Mellon who started a teen magazine and asked her to edit and write for the magazine. Upon graduation from high school, she moved to New York City with the magazine where she became the managing editor, handled marketing efforts, and wrote for the music section interviewing musicians and reviewing concerts.

At 25 years old Jasmine returned to Pittsburgh to attend college with a major in Political Science and minor in French with summer semesters in France, London, and later Montenegro and an internship in Northern Ireland.

Upon graduation, Jasmine worked in sales for another start-up. This time the job was less music industry and more steel industry. She started in sales and then moved into analysis. Since steel tends to be an indicator of what is going on with the economy, it's very useful for a job in politics and gives her a valuable perspective.

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