Vincent Purcell

Social Impact Designer


Vincent Purcell is a Robert W Deutsch Foundation Social Design Fellow with the Center for Social Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and an Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellow with distinction from the Open Society Foundation's national Campaign for Black Male Achievement. His practice utilizes technology and media to co-create sustainable, effective methods for economic empowerment in socio-economically distressed communities of Baltimore. He values the use of empowerment and co-creation models for community development. Vincent’s work is recognized in locally and internationally by Ignite, VentureWell, the Clinton Global Initiative University and AshokaU.

By working in cross-sector partnerships from the grassroots-level to the federal government, he leverages the power of design in community development and social practice. He co-founded and runs a community makerspace for young adults in East Baltimore called boomspace that works to provide opportunities for communities of color to enter technology entrepreneurship and career pathways. Vincent co-founded and publishes the McElderry Park Star community newspaper, is co-director of the Create Baltimore conference. Vincent is co-owner of a Baltimore-based social impact studio called boomco.