Name: Marcus Shoffner
What years have you lived in Lawrenceville? 2018-Current
Why did you move to Lawrenceville? Relocated from NC for work
Current job title (if employed): Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Venture Outdoors
Why do you want to be on the LU Board? I’d like to utilize my skillset to assist in the development of an equitable community. I appreciate the development to date and would like to be part of the board to bring an additional perspective.
Volunteer, Non-Profit, or Board Experience: Director of DEI for a non-profit, Lawrenceville Corporation Board Member (2021-current), Lawrenceville Neighbors in Need (2020-current), Lawrenceville Food Pantry Volunteer (2020-current), Lawrenceville DEI Committee Member (2019-current).
What makes Lawrenceville unique? Why? It’s unique compared to other communities due to the investments in real estate and the mix of business clientele which has had an effect on the neighborhood. But it’s also unique that the community is pushing for inclusionary zoning and additional legislation to lay a foundation for inclusion within housing.
What is one thing you would like to work on within the neighborhood? Why? Green boulevard and Arsenal Park Plan; Both projects could reshape mobility and recreation.
How are you involved in the Lawrenceville community? Neighbors in Need committee, LC Board, LU DEI Committee
What would you bring to the LU Board (e.g. experience, skills, perspective, network, etc.)? DEI perspective, outdoor industry contacts nationally and locally (conservation, recreation, stewardship, infrastructure), additional collaboration between Lawrenceville Corporation and United.
What’s one fun fact that others might be surprised to know about you? I’m a twin.