GOODTalks Bios: Troye Bullock Jr.

Troye Bullock, Co-FOunder and Chief Operating Officer of GOOD in Washington, DC is now the host of the video series GOODTalks in partnership with WNET/PBS' Chasing the Dream

Troye Bullock Jr. is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for GOOD. He is a pioneer in the social impact space, creating equity and opportunity for the nation’s most at risk populations. Those who have historically experienced trauma and poverty. As a native of Washington, D.C., Troye knows what it means to be poor and experience trauma. Growing up in a forgotten community, Troye was the oldest of three to a mother who suffered from Sickle Cell Anemia and was bedridden during his childhood. It is because of this, Troye took it upon himself to focus on athletics and academics at a young age. He excelled at DeMatha Catholic High School and earned a scholarship to Georgetown University, where he played football and studied Sociology. It was at Georgetown where he found his passion for social impact as he mentored and tutored juvenile youth and ran a Saturday program to increase the test scores of low-income African American high school students. Troye completed a thesis study on Affirmative Action and Inequity in America’s Higher Education system.

In 2016, Troye graduated from Georgetown University, co-founded GOOD, and became a Teach for America Corp member in Washington, DC. GOOD is a collaborative of organizations seeking to combat violence and move families out of poverty on a block by block basis. By implementing success driven plans for each individual in entire households, GOOD is leading the charge to redefine what it means to move families towards self-sufficiency.

GOOD, also is known for its impact on the reformation of the Juvenile Justice system in Washington, D.C. Through the Credible Messenger Initiative, GOOD works with the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services to take incarcerated youth out of facilitates, pinpoint specific problems that led them into crime, and provide them with individualized plans to change the trajectory of their lives. Ultimately, creating a pathway to success by focusing on restorative practices using transformative mentorship and family engagement services.

As a leader in the Credible Messenger initiative, Troye created impactful youth engagement strategies on a micro and macro level by leveraging partnerships with government agencies, public and private workforce providers, mental health agencies, and local nonprofits. By providing youth with opportunities to grow their education, expand their professional index, and address traumatic experiences, Troye was able to move youth out of the system and into both colleges and the workforce. He also was able to develop data driven systems for successful transformative mentorship, including individualized outcome and tracking mechanisms.

Under GOOD, Troye also co-founded the GOODFund which is a Venture Capital firm that invests in minority owned growth stage businesses and affordable housing, while leveraging these investments to facilitate training and hiring of impoverished individuals. The focus of the GOODFund is to ensure all citizens in America get a fair shot at funding for their businesses and a fair shot at entering the workforce beyond the low skilled labor industry.