I’ve spent my career enabling social change through what I’ve come to understand as behavior design. From my early days getting people to report police misconduct at NYC PoliceWatch, through creating rubric based data tracking systems for schools at my EdTech startup, to my current work developing the habits of civic leadership for a new generation of leaders, the common question that moves me is been how can I enable the movement part of social movements through designing the behaviors and habits that will bring about a more just world.
Currently, I serve as the VP of Technology for Leadership for Educational Equity, where I help Imagine, Build, & Maintain the technology behind the nation’s largest member network fighting the injustice of educational inequity. My current big project is a digital transformation to put behavior design and customer experience (CX) at the core of our civic leadership development platform. The vision is to build a Web3 inspired home for leadership development — a platform for permission-less (bi-partisan, non-partisan) provisioning of progressive values anywhere in the US.
At heart, I’m a polymath and enjoy exploring domains of design, physics, anthropology, electrical engineering, statistics (especially bayesian analyses), public policy, AI and the arts. I bring my myriad of interests, and polymathic depth to my design practices.
Born and raised in the South Bronx, to Dominican immigrants, I am an alumnus of the Bronx High School of Science, Columbia University, The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and Lehman College of CUNY. I also hold a certification in Behavior Design from BJ Fogg’s Behavior Design Institute.
Previous work has included founding an educational technology company, being a 3rd grade teacher, serving on the board of a national prison abolition organization, and community organizing on issues of police brutality.
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