I am a real estate developer, urban revitalization strategist, MacArthur Fellow and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. I am responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous economic developments, technology & green-infrastructure projects, policies and job training & placement systems. My practice focuses on talent-retention to reducing Brain Drain in American low-status communities, such as my hometown, the South Bronx. I help develop vision and strategies to transform low-status communities into thriving mixed-use local economies, to increase wealth building opportunities across demographics left out of historic financial tide changes. I am also Director for Community Regeneration at the solar equity organization, Groundswell and own the Boogie Down Grind Cafe.

What will students be able to take away from your class?

A better awareness of how unfounded but easily accepted assumptions can inhibit our ability to solve problems.

What are your responsibilities at the Keller Center?

I am a lecturer of ENT200: Creativity, Innovation and Design. I feel that my primary responsibility is to help students understand and move beyond the everyday obstacles that get in the way of creative responses to problem solving in work as well as in the rest of their lives.

What do you appreciate most about the Keller Center?

Extremely supportive staff across the board - very generous community of professionals at all levels. As a new professor, Chris MacPherson, Jessica Leung, Derek Lidow and Elaine Caron were especially magical!

Share an inspiring story about your time at the Keller Center.

Several students shared not only that they were not creative and because they were not born with "the creativity gene" they were destined to continue on the non-creative path they were on. Watching those same students move beyond their self-imposed boundaries, apply practices they learned in class and utilize talents and connections they were not previously aware of was easily the most inspiring part of my semester.