Lead for Poughkeepsie Fellow & MASS Community Liaison
Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Talent joined MASS in 2021 as a Lead For Poughkeepsie Fellow and MASS Community Liaison where he will be leading community immersion initiatives to ensure that community voices are reflected in the design and operation of the newly constructed Youth Opportunity Union in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Talent will be leveraging his backgrounds in business, community organizing, and economic development to lend a hand with the national gun violence memorial initiative and the Poughkeepsie 9.44.55 project which aims to redesign the arterials to improve safety and travel time reliability, while also making them better integrated with the fabric of Poughkeepsie.
Talent received his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and minor in Leadership Studies from the State University of New York at Fredonia and his Master’s of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. There, he studied the intersection of social impact and entrepreneurship and how business can be used as a catalyst to solve pertinent social issues and restore dignity to communities on the fringe. For these reasons, Talent was drawn to MASS to continue learning about how human centered design and architecture can act synergistically to catalyze innovation and improve the quality of life of individuals in his hometown of Poughkeepsie and around the world.