Justin Hubbard first became involved with Congo Initiative in 2007, when he was invited to help implement CI’s flagship institution, UCBC. A one year commitment turned into two, and then three. Each year he grew more passionate about Congo Initiative as he witnessed its impact. In 2010, he returned to the U.S. to pursue a Master’s Degree in Divinity at Duke University and engaged in theological reflection on topics such as ethics, race, identity formation, social and international policy.
He remained committed to the important role that education and non-profit organizations play in empowering individuals and supporting community development. After working with World View at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (a public service program that offers professional development in global education for K-12 and community college educators) Justin was invited to join Congo Initiative USA in 2016 to help improve its communications and development.
After serving a year and half as interim Executive Director, Justin was appointed as permanent ED in January 2022. Justin is dedicated to ensuring the sustainability and scalability of Congo Initiative, believing that it serves as a beacon of hope and a leader in developing changemakers to ignite systemic change in Congo.
Justin has over 12 years of experience working with public service and non-profit organizations, seven of which are with Congo Initiative. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Individualized Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in Divinity and a certificate in International Development Policy from Duke University. He currently lives in Baltimore with his wife Thaniyyah and their son Gibran.