Hey, I'm James, new Account Manager with co:census
Growing up in Bushwick, Brooklyn, my first experience with inequality hadn’t occurred until college. It was in my first year at BMCC – which I reluctantly, at the behest of my parents attended – when I realized that up until this point I had spent my academic years in schools riddled with problems that my fellow freshmen from different backgrounds had not faced. There were many opportunities that me and my peers were not afforded due to the structure of our public school system and factors that we, as a community, were unaware of. It was this “a-ha” moment for me in which I realized that I wanted to be more than a reflection of what the world expected of me and I wanted to ensure that my work positively impacted and empowered disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities, respectfully.
From undergrad to co:census
Once transferring to City College I realized exactly how to fulfill that dream – through education. I graduated with my B.A. in English in 2016 and enrolled in the NYCTF Fellowship, teaching English to 7th & 8th graders until I finished my fellowship and earned a M.A. in English Education (7-12) in August 2018. I found myself yearning to want to make an impact larger than my classroom and so I spent the next few years thinking about how I can do that.
Today, I am an Account Manager here at co:census, realizing the next step of my dream to empower both disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities. As an Account Manager, I look forward to being part of the process of closing the civic gap and empowering communities, just like Bushwick, through technology.