Co-Director, National Department of Youth
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Lorenzo is a teacher, musician, youth advocate, and speaker. He is a 2011 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Government. Since graduating he has returned to his hometown of Brooklyn, NY where he is actively engaged in his local community. As a youth leader, “Ren” has held classes and forums for youth on issues ranging from networking and job preparedness, to personal and spiritual growth. He has been blessed to have the opportunity to engage in issues affecting the community through his work for community leaders, activists, and politicians such as Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, Congressman Ed Towns, Governor Howard Dean, Governor Terry McAullife, Kevin Powell, Jeff Johnson, Cornel West, and President Barack Obama among others.
Lorenzo is a founding member of I.M.P.A.C.T. (Intelligent Men Purposefully Accomplishing College Together), whose mission is to recruit, retain, and launch minority men to and through prestigious liberal arts colleges and into high impact careers and/or graduate schools. Through mentorship, life coaching, lectures, and community service, IMPACT’s goal is to leverage its ideas, talent, and core values for the betterment of communities across the globe.
Lorenzo is also the founder and owner at Global Development Initiate. Through his work with the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA) Lorenzo has recreated their Invictus program as a youth initiative that strives to foster collective resource sharing in an effort to engender “a holistic approach to youth development,” in which there are no gaps in the educational, social, and emotional development of youth.
A global citizen, Lorenzo has traveled across the world, visiting several countries in Africa, South America, and Europe. As part of his college experience, he worked in Senegal for a semester and also studied drumming with master percussionists in Ghana. Lorenzo represents the sixth generation of minister/activist/preacher in his family, and is excited to carry this generational legacy forward into the future.