Whether in my place of employment, faith community, or city, I try to build connections with a mix of idealism and pragmatism. While I am a down-to-business type of guy, I believe firmly that we must be ambitious with our vision. Our dreams feed us with glimpses of the possible as we work toward it in the present. I am a firm supporter of empowering locally controlled organizations and of power structures that build their agendas from the bottom up.
As an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, I had the distinct pleasure of being exposed to many facets of community development. I served as part of a research team working with the Sector 4 Community Development Corporation as they explored the possibilities for finally launching the Brooks Landing project, which had been in the works for nearly two decades.
That project led me to apply and be selected as a member of the first Urban Fellowship cohort in Rochester. There I spent significant time with faculty and municipal experts discussing the complexities of urban issues ranging from poverty, to crime, education, and access to grocery stores. As part of that Fellowship I had a placement in St. Joseph's Community Center, where I worked on a transitional housing grant and came to more closely know the community in which I lived. Further pursuing these interests I eventually studied with Leadership Rochester and the Main Street Institute.
These days my work is primarily related to the Arts and Religious Life. I am part of the management team of "The Space," a communal performing arts venue in Rochester, New York. Our vision is to keep the venue available at an exceedingly affordable rental rate so that artists may have access to a flexible and unique space in which to share their work with an audience. The entire management team of The Space – all artists ourselves – is committed to maintaining it as a place where original and creative works can be affordably conceived, developed, and produced.