Yorman Nunez is currently a research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he coordinates the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative. BCDI is a place based initiative that seeks to harness local assets and drive a comprehensive regional economic development strategy that is focused on building wealth, ownership, and business leadership among low- and moderate-income residents of the Bronx, while fostering an environmentally just and sustainable regional economy.
Before joining M.I.T., Yorman was a community organizer with the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition for eight years, working on school reform campaigns and economic development projects. During that time he helped build the Urban Youth Collaborative, a city-wide coalition of youth organizations focused on improving New York City’s Department of Education. He is currently a board member at NWBCCC. In addition, he has directed several political campaigns, most notably being the field director for the New Roosevelt Initiative’s independent expenditure, which successfully unseated former State Senator Pedro Espada. Yorman has taught both community organizing and spoken word at the high school level in the Bronx.