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Julius Valentine Maina currently works as a Partnership Specialist at the U.S. Census Bureau. In this role, he establishes strategic partnerships with organizations that serve as the “trusted voices” in their communities and develops creative census outreach strategies with the goal of increasing participation among traditionally hard to count areas/populations in the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census. Prior to this role, Julius Valentine Maina worked as a Policy and Inclusive Innovation Specialist at the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). In this role, he worked to build and strengthen relationships with federal agencies, business/trade associations, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and other organizations working to support and advocate for the growth of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). Highlights in this role include working on the team that launched the Entrepreneurship and Business Conference at the 2016 Essence Festival and drafting an MOU between MBDA and Opportunity HUB centered on increasing entrepreneurship-led economic development at HBCUs. Mr. Maina has also worked as a First Year Instructor/Retention Advisor within the Earl G. Graves School of Business at Morgan State University and a First Year Assessment and Statistics Coordinator in the Office of the Provost at the University of Baltimore. Mr. Maina holds a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Quantitative Methods in Development (Economics minor) from University of Maryland Baltimore-County and a master's degree in Human Resource Development from Bowie State University. He also recently attained his Juris Doctorate degree, while working full time, from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
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