Photograph by Luis Antonio Thompson

Professional Experience.

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (2019 - current)

Senior Vice President, Partnerships
New York City Economic Development Corporation (2016 - 2019)

Director, Mayor's Operations Innovation Team
City of Los Angeles (2015 - 2016)

Senior Advisor & Fuse Corps Executive Fellow
City of Los Angeles - City Administrative Office (2014 - 2015)

Publisher / Executive Director
City Limits (2009 - 2013)

Deputy Director
Center for an Urban Future / City Limits (2008 - Promoted)

Public Relations Officer
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2006 - 2008)

Senior Communications Coordinator, Public Sector Division
Georgia-Pacific Corporation (2001 - 2006)

Editor-In-Chief, New Writers Editor, Staff Writer
The Red & Black (1997 - 2001)


MBA - Sloan Fellowship in Innovation & Global Leadership
Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Sloan School of Management (2014)

MPA - Advanced Management & Finance
Columbia University-School of International & Public Affairs (2009)

BBA - Marketing
University of Georgia-Terry College of Business (2001)


The Poetic Repercussion (2004)

As I Look (2000)

Civic Leadership.

Founder, Convener
The Red Tie Soiree Annual Holiday Event (2003 - 2017)

President. Board of Directors
Helping Teens Succeed (2004 - 2010)

LEAD Program (2006)
Leadership Atlanta

Co-Organizer, New York
Online News Association (2009 - 2013)

Hull Fellowship
Southeastern Council of Foundations (2003)

Haas-Corporate Fellowship
University of California-Berkeley (2004)

Public Relations Chairman
National Conference on Black Philanthropy (2003)

Principal for a Day
Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (2004)

Program Chairman, 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
Southern Regional Council (2004)

Student Chairman, 40th Anniversary Commemoration of Desegregation
University of Georgia (2001)


Adjunct Professor-Public Management
City University of New York (2013)

Board of Director
Center for Community & Ethnic Media
City University of New York (2012 – Current)

Advisor, New Media Institute
University of Georgia (2013 – 2014)

Board of Trustee, Center for African American Male Research & Success
University of West Georgia (2005 – 2008)

Co-Organizer & Founder, Involvement Conference
Colin Powell School for Civic & Global Leadership
City University of New York (2013)

Awards. Honors.

Top 40 Under 40 Alumni
University of Georgia (2013)

Social Excellence Award-New York
Campari (2013)

Getty Mishmash Global Winner (“In This Shop”)
Getty Images (2012)

Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting
National Council for Crime & Delinquency (2012)

Sigma Delta Chi Award ("City Limits")
Society of Professional Journalists (2011 & 2012)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Proclamation: "City Limits" Day in New York City
City of New York (2011)

Izzy Award for Outstanding Independent Media
Park Center for Independent Media ( 2011)

Do Right Man
Essence Magazine (2006)

National Poetry Best Sellers List
The Poetry Foundation (2006)

Georgia Author of the Year (Finalist)
Georgia Writers Association (2005)

Poetry Book of the Year
Los Angeles Black Book Expo (2005)

Brother of the Year
Georgia (1999 & 2000) (Southern U.S. Region (2001)
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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