Kevin serves as the public spokesperson for the organization, directs all aspects of the organization, accountable for strategic planning, human resources, finance management, fundraising, management leadership, and policy-making (in joint effort with Board of Directors), and turning "neighborhood of circumstances" into "neighborhood of choices".
Before his employment with NEST, Kevin supervised and managed various projects for the City of Waterbury, including the $36 million dollar restoration of the historic Waterbury City Hall designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert.
Kevin is the owner of m.e.s.h., an architectural design-oriented practice focused on modern design and urban planning with a focus on sustainability.
When did you join NEST?
Why did you decide to join NEST?
I am born, raised, and reside in Waterbury and a graduate of Hampton University where I received my Bachelor of Architecture. I wanted the education and training I received to benefit the city where I was raised, especially disinvested neighborhoods.
What is it about NEST that has kept you engaged with our work/mission?
The opportunity of making ones dream of owning a home a reality or keeping someone from losing their home. Creating homes that challenge the perception of what affordable homes look like.
Please share a memory or story from your time at NEST.
My most recent memory was helping Julius Person paint the Martin Luther King Park basketball court on a Saturday with other residents and my twin boys, listening to Old School Hip-Hop music. It was a good visual of the community coming together around a common cause.
Looking forward, what are your greatest hopes for the future of NEST?
That our work with residents and partners turn the north and south end of Waterbury into neighborhoods of choice and not circumstance. That NEST becomes a household name throughout our service area and the go to agency when it comes to neighborhood revitalization.
What are 3+ things you like to do in your spare time?
I am a foodie. I have an avid interest in seeking out new food experiences. I will go on a road trip and travel great distances to dine on quality and creative food. And when I plan a vacation, I want to experience the best eats in the city, town, or state.
I enjoy spending time in New York City – hanging out in Bryant Park or Brooklyn Bridge Park, taking in some sounds at the Lincoln Center, enjoying a play (dramas, not musicals), viewing the architecture, and exploring new restaurants.
I enjoy experiencing architecture; I will plan a trip or vacation around visiting architectural buildings/sites.