“I am so grateful for the experience I had in Hunter’s Urban Policy and Leadership Program. As a practitioner in the youth development field for almost two decades, I entered the program looking to incorporate a theoretical perspective of youth policy and community engagement, as well as gain the necessary managerial skills to thrive as an executive leader in the nonprofit and public sectors. Between the program’s flexibility towards my professional interests and easy access to highly knowledgeable faculty, I was able to expand my scholarship beyond my initial expectations. I left the program feeling prepared and confident for the new professional challenges that lied ahead.”
For over twenty years, Marc Fernandes (he/him/his) has been deeply involved in the organizational, programmatic, policy, and advocacy sides of youth development and community engagement efforts across sectors. He has provided extensive positive youth development training and consultation to government jurisdictions, school districts, and nonprofit organizations.
Marc joined Youth INC, a non-profit capacity builder for NYC-based youth development organizations, in April 2019 and is currently Director of Impact Evaluation. In his role, Marc oversees Youth INC’s Metrics Program and youth development efforts. He provides thought partnership to Youth INC leadership, staff, and the nonprofit partner network they serve. Marc supports youth-serving nonprofits in the exploration of research-based evaluation tools, assists partners to better understand social-emotional learning outcomes through an anti-racist and culturally responsive lens, and provides training and coaching to facilitate growth of quality youth programs, staff development, and organizational change. Marc is also the creator and facilitator of Elevating Youth Development, a community-centered series on race, DEI, and mental health across the nonprofit sector.
Marc holds a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Multicultural Counseling from The Evergreen State College and a Master of Science in Urban Policy and Leadership from Hunter College. Outside of Youth INC, Marc is a member of The Door’s Advisory Committee and an organizer with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) to dismantle NYC systems and institutions that perpetuate racism and injustice. He is also a strong ally and advocate for the Tourette Syndrome community. He lives in Queens with his wife Ivette and their children Luca and Johan.