About Be Social Change

Be Social Change is the largest social impact community in New York City empowering people from all sectors and industries to build purpose-driven careers, businesses, and lives. We provide year-round professional development classes, social entrepreneurship education, networking events, panel discussions, peer mentorship and resource-sharing tools to help people accelerate their careers and grow their social impact. Our mission: build social sector capacity by making professional development affordable and accessible to all. Join our community of purpose-driven professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives today!

Be Social Change Team

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Marcos Salazar

Co-Founder + Executive Director
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Marcos Salazar is a social entrepreneur, career + life coach, consultant, speaker, and community builder. He works with professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives to help them pursue work they are passionate about, become financially successful, and create lives that make the world a better place. He does this through 1-on-1 coaching, nonprofit and businesses consulting, and on a larger scale as Co-founder + Executive Director of Be Social Change where he’s built the largest social impact community and professional development hub in New York City. You can learn more about Marcos and his coaching work at marcossalazar.com.

For most of his career Marcos has led a double life. By day he’s been a nonprofit innovator as a Research Officer for the American Psychological Association examining education and workforce trends, as a Tech Strategist and Leadership Researcher for Girl Scouts of the USA integrating large-scale data management systems and leading a team of Girl Scout CEOs to develop a technology and social media strategy for the Girl Scout Movement, as well as VP of Programs at the White House Project designing leadership development programs to increase the number of women elected into office and executive positions within the private sector. By night Marcos tapped into his entrepreneurial spirit by launching two clothing companies, publishing two books (he is currently working on his third), helping people develop healthier lifestyles as a personal trainer and spinning instructor, as well as leveraging his political muscle to become an elected official in Brooklyn.

With Be Social Change Marcos has integrated these two lives where he leads his team on educating and connecting the next generation of purpose-driven professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives. Over the past two years Marcos has developed and curated over 150 events, educational programs, and workshops empowering people from all sectors to build careers, business and lives that make a positive impact on the world. This work has put him at the center of a rapidly growing social impact space and provides him with a unique perspective for understanding and influencing trends within social innovation, entrepreneurship, tech, and the future of work.

Marcos is a sought after speaker delivering keynotes, workshops, and training for conferences, nonprofits, corporations, and universities on purpose-driven career building, social innovation, entrepreneurship, personal branding, community-building, and Millennial engagement. He also gives training on Lean Startup for Social Innovation, focused on integrating a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation into nonprofits and social enterprises. His work has been featured in local and national media outlets including the New York Times, Fast Company, Washington Post, Forbes, MSNBC, The Examiner, and Boston.com.

Marcos earned a B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College as well as a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certification from The George Washington University. Marcos is a board member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and an American Express Leadership Academy Fellow.



Founding Team

Brenton Gieser

Co-Founder & Board Chair

Allie Mahler


Catherine Gieser


Elizabeth Foggie


Greg Barrett