Brennon Marcano

CEO, The National GEM Consortium

Marcano has over 20 years of experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. His leadership experience spans multiple industries, primarily financial services, technology, and media and entertainment.

Prior to joining GEM, he was the Executive Director of the Council of Urban Professionals, (CUP) a non-profit whose vision is to seek parity at the highest levels of business and civic engagement. During his two-year stint at CUP, the organization grew its corporate partnerships by 50%, had its most financially successful gala, placed a record number of diverse individuals on boards, and had a promotion rate of over 40% within one year for program participants.

Prior to CUP, Marcano was the Executive Director of Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS), an innovative non-profit. Under his leadership, over a nine-year period, the organization grew to an entity with a budget of over $10 million operating in nine states (19 cities) and internationally in France (under the name SociaLift).

Marcano sits on the City University of New York’s, School of Professional Studies Foundation Board, as well, the board of EyeBeam a New York tech non-profit. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Marcano holds a Master’s degree in Technology Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Journalism from Baruch College.