2016 03 19 06 11 58 2 Rob Jackson

Rob Jackson


Founder and Executive Director, Beats Rhymes and Life

Rob Jackson is a passionate community leader, educator, and multi-faceted artist. As the Founder and Executive Director of Beats Rhymes and Life, Rob is intent on creating a community-based organization that identifies strategies to address socioeconomic injustices and mental health/wellness disparities. Beats Rhymes and Life pioneered one of the first hip hop therapy programs as an innovative and pragmatic approach to transform and uplift the lives of at-promise youth. 

With over twenty years of experience working in social services and coming from a family lineage of therapists, Rob combines innate abilities with extensive clinical insights to facilitate transformation on an individual, community, and systemic level. As a talented hip hop artist, he brings a unique perspective in integrating the worlds of mental health and urban culture to effectively serve marginalized youth throughout the Bay Area. Rob speaks regularly at conferences, trainings, and workshops about best practices developed by Beats Rhymes and Life. 

Rob is an Oakland native and actively involved in the multicultural community. He received a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University.