Elliot Luscombe joined the Education Pioneers team because of his conviction that the challenges facing the education sector cannot be addressed without an infusion of new talent and interdisciplinary perspectives into the field.
He comes to Education Pioneers with a background in social work, youth development, and program management. He previously worked as a consultant, with various non-profit organizations and the New York City Department of Education, focusing on design, implementation, and management out-of-school time programs for adolescents in over 20 middle and high schools.
Elliot holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication from Stanford University as well as a Master’s in Social Work from the University at Albany, State University of New York.
5 Questions for Elliot:
1| What is your favorite school memory?
I went to the only public high school in my city and we were fortunate to have a healthy arts budget, including access to 35mm cameras, film, a dark room, and printing materials. In addition to learning how to shoot a camera, my high school photography class really opened my eyes to the way visual media is structured and arranged to be captivating to the human eye. For a class field assignment, we took a day trip to Montreal–I still have the negatives I shot that day, they’re among my most prized possessions.
2| Why do you work at EP and what do you love about it?
I work at EP because I believe in working towards social justice and view education as the single biggest lever that can be pulled to change the trajectory of a child’s life. What I love about EP is the passion of the people who work here, who believe deeply in the power of the communities we serve and the need for systemic change in our education system. I’m continually inspired by our staff, Fellows, and partners.
3| What has been your most memorable moment working in education?
My most memorable moment was a visit we organized for the 2013 EP New Jersey cohort where we visited Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark and got to speak with Principal Gemar Mills and students who were participating in The Future Project. It was one those moments where the work we do comes full circle and the impact it had on the cohort was incredible to witness.
4| What’s one goal you have outside of work?
To publish a book of photography with the stories about the landscapes and subjects I’ve shot since high school.
5| What’s your favorite place to bring visitors?
I love having folks visit the neighborhood where I live, Astoria in Queens. People from all over the world live here, the food scene is incredible, and Astoria Park is one of my favorite places in the city.