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Joshua Mbanusi

Program Associate

Joshua first joined MDC as the 2014-15 Autry Fellow and is now a program associate, primarily supporting MDC’s Passing Gear Philanthropy team, while managing the youth engagement strategy for one of MDC’s former projects, Made in Durham, a city-wide education-to-career partnership.

As a senior at Cornell University, Joshua developed and launched a campus-wide, one-to-one mentoring program to combat persistently low graduation rates among African-American males at his university. As the program’s architect, manager, and fundraiser, Joshua managed its expansion; organized bi-weekly workshops and professional development events; and raised more than $17,500 in his first year, in part from a $5,000 grant from PepsiCo. Upon graduating, Joshua taught a social justice course to ninth graders at KIPP: Gaston College Preparatory as a 2012 Teach for America corps member. In his previous work, Joshua has interned at the U.S. Department of Education, New York State Senate, and the Center for Community Self-Help.

Educational background: Policy Analysis and Management (Cornell University)