- Name: Brian Hull
- Address: Providence, RI
- Phone: 401-580-3321
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a passionate and dedicated advocate for low-income populations, with a background in community organizing, political advocacy, budget and taxation policy, and leadership training, I explore strategies to better engage low-skilled and low-literacy adults into local economies through targeted economic and workforce development programming. I have great interest in developing and implementing innovative strategies that seek to increase the number and quality of job opportunities in local urban areas, build entrepreneurship training and support, and generate and retain wealth locally.
Related Skills: Policy Analysis and Development, Strategic Assessment, Community Organizing, Coalition Building, Group Facilitation, Working Group Management, Team Leadership, Political Communication and Advocacy, Policy Briefs and Memo Writing, Intermediate Spanish
June 2012 - Present
Senior Analyst, Strategy Consulting Practice
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
- Analyze local economic conditions and workforce readiness to determine industry clusters with the highest potential for market opportunities to facilitate business growth, job creation, and wealth generation for local residents.
- Evaluate how large community-based institutions such as hospitals, universities, and arts and culture venues can contribute added economic benefit to local areas by bolstering their roles as purchasers, employers, workforce developers, cluster anchors, infrastructure builders, service providers, and real estate developers through alignment with a broader economic development agenda.
- Advise and consult with policymakers, businesses, and community leaders about economic development strategies to promote vibrant urban marketplaces built upon local assets unique to individual regions and neighborhoods.
- Conduct research and data analysis of the critical factors for economic growth in urban environments to inform public officials about the best practices that deliver the most significant impact and identify the necessary services to actualize economic development goals.
January 2012 - May 2012
Economic Development Project Manager
City of Worcester, Office of Economic Development
- Formulate an economic development plan for the City of Worcester by undertaking four-part strategic assessment of the local economy to understand its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for leveraging additional economic development through a baseline analysis, development agenda, strategic focus on key areas, and detailed research and analysis.
- Identify key industries, clusters, and occupational groups critical for economic development goals, including profiling the manufacturing sector, the arts, cultural, and nonprofit sector, and the downtown areas to discover major opportunities and challenges to growth.
- Refine and propose final economic development strategy based on critical review of the city's current economic conditions and priorities by undertaking focused research and planning in key areas to understand the problems and opportunities, assess the existing resources and programs within key areas, and identify needs, obstacles, resources gaps and other factors that shape effective strategies to achieve economic development goals.
June 2011 - March 2012
Workforce Development Consultant
City of Providence, Pathways to Opportunity Office
- Conducted thorough skills gap analysis between Providence's labor force and current and projected employment opportunities by researching and analyzing education, skill, and literacy levels of Providence workers and appraised employer demand for labor in Rhode Island.
- Reviewed and deconstructed current workforce development and job training system in Rhode Island to understand how providers deliver training services to Providence residents and identify the challenges to the efficient delivery of training services due to funding constraints and misalignment, operational and programmatic inefficiencies, or support service limitations.
- Developed comprehensive actionable list of recommendations and implementation procedures to modify the current workforce development system in order to improve service delivery, achieve better employment outcomes for Providence residents, and better engage low-income and low-literacy populations in job training programs to facilitate employment.
September - December 2011
Commercial Land Trust Consultant
Broad Community Connections, New Orleans, LA
- Analyzed current community land trust funding models for best practices and adapted model for commercial property redevelopment in New Orleans.
- Evaluated land use patterns, zoning regulations, lease and property rates, and alternative development projects to determine targeted redevelopment zone to best leverage financing for maximum impact.
- Calculated financing strategies for three scenarios of building and land acquisition, property redevelopment, and leasing or sale using numerous debt and equity sources available to Crescent City Community Land Trust and Broad Community Connections.
May 2007 - April 2011
State Political Coordinator
Rhode Island Progressive Democrats
- Created and executed issue advocacy campaigns through community organizing, citizen engagement in the political process, and empowerment and leadership training.
- Organized educational events and facilitated coalition building through partnership formation with allied community-based organizations to coordinate activities for mutual goal attainment.
- Liaised with elected officials and government employees to recommend and influence legislation, and mobilized voter turnout for political candidates.
- Facilitated biweekly organizational membership meetings of up to 50 persons, focused organizational energy and capacity through guided action, and mediated interpersonal conflict among members.
August 2010 - May 2012
John F. Kennedy School of Government | Harvard University
Master in Public Policy
- Coursework: Social and Urban Policy, Urban Politics and Planning, Economic Development Planning and Finance, Business Cluster Analysis, State and Local Public Finance, Housing Policy, Economics, Statistics, Management and Leadership, Persuasion.
- Awards: Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Fellowship in Innovation, Summer 2011
- Activities: Social & Urban Policy Professional Interest Caucus, Taubman Center for State and Local Government, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Progressive Caucus
September 2005 - May 2008
Rhode Island College
Bachelor in Political Science
- Cumulative GPA 4.0, Summa Cum Laude
- Herbert R. Winter Award, Excellence in Political Science
- Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society
July 2002 - December 2010
Hull Grenier Studios
Co-Owner / Professional Photographer
- Managed daily operations of studio workflow and oversaw accounting, finances, and marketing strategies for company with $450,000 in annual revenue.
- Created and executed business plan focusing on maintaining long-term client relations.