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Ian Blake

Community Building & Empowerment Manager

Ian is a Waterbury native and sits on various volunteer boards and commissions. He serves on the Board of Waterbury Neighborhood Council, Inc., as the Vice-President, and was recently appointed by the City of Waterbury’s Mayor O’Leary as a Job Good Job Committee member and Human Rights Commissioner for the city.


Ian comes to NEST with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and a minor in Legal Studies with a concentration in Project Management. In addition, Ian holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership, both from Post University.  

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When did you join NEST?

November 2018


Why did you decide to join NEST?

I decided to join NEST because they help individuals, families, and businesses actualize their vision of revitalization and inclusive community. 


What is it about NEST that has kept you engaged with our work/mission?

I assist with inspiring the lives of those in the Waterbury community and beyond through sponsored engagement activities and programs that I create or co-create through cross-functional collaboration with colleagues and or similar mission-driven organizations. I have developed numerous partnerships with local, national, and international organizations; to further NEST's mission and brand recognition. What has kept me engaged and committed to NEST is the intrapreneurship of establishing resources, connecting bridges, and improving the quality of life for all.


Please share a memory or story from your time at NEST.

My most incredible memory was working with my alma mater Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, to collect can goods for NEST’s Free Little Pantries. Unfortunately, the 100-year-old school is now closed.


Looking forward, what are your greatest hopes for the future of NHSW?

My greatest hopes for NEST are the continued trajectory of innovation through the vertical market of the affordable housing industry.


What are 3+ things you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy kayaking, fishing, and traveling.

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203-753-1896 Ext. 216

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