Hi there! My name is Marcos and I'm a social entrepreneur, tech strategist, leadership developer, designer, and organizer of unique event experiences focused on educating, empowering, and connecting the social change online and offline!
I'm the founder of SocialChange.is a story, idea, and resource sharing platform for social entrepreneurs and social intrapreneurs to share diverse experiences, new ways of thinking, and lessons learned in creating innovative forms of social impact.. I'm also the co-founder of Be Social Change and co-organizer of Be Social Change New York Meetup, a community of change makers, social entrepreneurs, start-ups, techies, non-profits, educators students, and overall do and want-to-do gooders collectively building a network that fosters the spreading of new and innovative ideas, supports building an infrastructure for social entrepreneurship, and provides opportunities for members to make the world a better place.
I am the former Vice President of Programs at The White House Project where I served as the lead architect in developing innovative ways to deliver a cross-sector leadership development experience for women early in their career. I'm also the author of The Turbulent Twenties Survival Guide: Figuring Out Who You Are, What You Want, and Where You’re Going After College, an expert speaker on the psychology of life after college, Gen Y, and Millennial topics, an elected official in New York City as well as owns two hyperlocal clothing companies in New York City and Washington, DC.
Education & Work
I earned my B.A. in psychology from Amherst College and my Masters in Organizational Management as well as a certification in Leadership Coaching from The George Washington University. Before joining The White House Project, I worked as a Leadership Researcher and Technology Strategist for the Girl Scouts. Here I developed innovative strategies for measuring the new Girl Scout Leadership Experience as well as led a team of IT strategists and Girl Scout CEOs to kickstart the development of a technology strategy for the Girl Scouts movement. Previously, I was Research Officer for the American Psychological Association where I examined education and workforce trends within psychology.
In typical Millennial Renaissance Worker fashion, in a former life I was a personal trainer, spinning instructor, case manager at a community mental health clinic, substitute teacher, and sales consultant. Like other fellow Millennials, I have worn many hats but all my experiences have allowed me to develop a diverse skill set that let's me take disparate ideas from a wide variety of field to develop innovative solutions to difficult problems.
Books & Writing
In my last book The Turbulent Twenties Survival Guide: Figuring Out Who You Are, What You Want, and Where You’re Going After College, I provided the first comprehensive understanding of the psychological challenges that Generation Y and Millennial graduates are experiencing as they make the transition from college to today’s brave new working world. The book sheds light on what graduates face after college as well as provides psychological solutions on how young people can adapt and thrive in the 21st century. The Turbulent Twenties Survival Guide is also the first book to provide insight into the all-to-common problem of Post-College Depression. I'm also the author of Feeling Good for Life, a self-help book that shows readers how to use the power of exercise and nutrition to conquer anxiety and depression.
In other writings and in my blog, I take a psychological approach to illuminate the personal, social, and challenges facing college graduates and young professionals in the 21st century. I also focus on exploring how Generation Y and Millennials are changing the nature of work and organizations and creating a new economic and political reality. Lastly, I have also written on personal branding and help recent graduates establish an online presence that will help move their career forward in the direction they truly want.If you are still deciding what you want to be in your life before college, sites like collegeonline.org aggregate data from multiple college opportunities.
Media & Speaking
As a noted expert on Millennials and the psychology of life after college, workforce trends, and professional development, I have been featured in local and national media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, MSNBC, The Examiner, Boston.com and Filla.ca. I often share my expertise at universities and career conferences across the country and frequently speaks about creating meaning and purpose after college, career strategies for thriving in today’s rapidly-changing working world, the development of psychological intelligence for professional success, networking 2.0, personal branding in the Internet Age, and managing Generation Y (book Marcos for a speaking engagement).
To contact me or book me for a speaking engagement, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I currently live in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and absolutely love my community as well as Brooklyn as a whole. I have lived many places since graduating college (Boston, D.C, Taos, NM [where I'm originally from], Barcelona, DC, and now New York City) and I have finally found a place to call home. And when you find that sense of home after college, you want to do what you can to make your community a better place. To that end, I'm currently an elected official in New York City as a County Committee member and represent a section of Fort Greene. I also volunteer at Fort Greene Strategic Neighborhood Action Partnerhsip (SNAP) who's mission is to provide to low and moderate income residents, in and near Fort Greene, access to gainful employment, further education, and quality health care by offering programs in technology, entrepreneurship and life skills. I'm also involve with the Brooklyn Food Coalition, a grass-roots organization working on changing the food system in Brooklyn neighborhood by neighborhood. I'm also a writer and editor at our hyperlocal neighborhood newspaper, The Hill Brooklyn and former Board Member of the Fort Greene Association.