Be Social Change is a community-driven nonprofit on a mission to educate and connect the next generation of change makers. Through entrepreneurship education, community-building, and resource-sharing tools we empower people from all sectors and industries to pursue work they are passionate about and create lives that make the world a better place. Our vision is to create a world where every entrepreneur is a social entrepreneur, every career is an impact-driven career, and every business is a socially-conscious business. Join us in making this vision a reality.
Co-Founder + Executive Director
Marcos is a coach, consultant, entrepreneur, educator and community-builder. He advises and mentors entrepreneurs, professionals, and organizations in creating scalable solutions that grow their propose, profits and impact. He is currently the Co-founder + Executive Director of of Be Social Change, the largest social good community and professional development hub in New York City.
For most of his career Marcos has led a double life. By day he’s been a non-profit innovator as a Research Officer for the American Psychological Association, a Tech Strategist and Leadership Researcher for Girl Scouts of the USA, as well as VP of Programs at the White House Project. By night he’s been an entrepreneur launching two clothing companies, an author of two books (currently working on his third), as well as a former personal trainer, spinning instructor, and elected official in Brooklyn. With Be Social Change he’s merged these two worlds and is passionate about helping people change the world in their own unique way.
Marcos is a sought after speaker sharing insights at panel events, conferences, colleges, and corporations on the future of social innovation, entrepreneurship, workforce trends, Millennials, socially conscious consumer insights, and personal branding. His work has been featured in local and national media outlets including the New York Times, Fast Company, Washington Post, Forbes, MSNBC, The Examiner, Boston.com and Filla.ca. Marcos earned a B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College as week as a Masters in Organizational Management certification in Executive Leadership Coaching from The George Washington University.
To learn more about working with Marcos as a coach or consultant contact him here.
Strategy + Community Engagement
With a background in social entrepreneurship, Heidi’s strengths are in strategy, community engagement, and creative communication. She is committed to driving change by connecting passionate, talented individuals to other people, projects and ideas that will amplify impact, lead to an electric conversation, or result in inspired collaborations. Having studied social entrepreneurship at NYU, Heidi has been working with early stage non-profits, startups, and social projects since graduating. In addition to her work with Be Social Change, she currently manages community and communication for miLES (Made In The Lower East Side). While working for Lean Startup Machine, she was inspired by how powerful lean startup could be for change makers tackling social and environmental issues. Since joining the Be Social Change team, she has been working to adapt lean startup methodology to be more accessible and applicable in the social good space.
Raj has worked in large, mid sized, and small organizations-in various stages of development. As a creative, a particular interest in art and design complements an entrepreneurial acumen. His skills include strategic prospecting, relationship building, knowledge management and development strategy. A self identified global citizen, Raj is most passionate about unlocking human potential. In the future, he hopes to do this through economic empowerment, community building, and honest communication. He truly believes that together we can be the change we wish to see in the world.
Co-Founder & Board Chair