Stuart with his dogStuart Figueroa, Employment Specialist, joined PYD in May 2017. In this role, Stuart serves as a bridge connecting YEP participants to meaningful employment opportunities in their communities. Empowering youth towards realizing their dreams and achieving self-efficacy is one of Stuart’s great passions, and his commitment to social justice and equity informs his work at PYD.

For the past 10 years, Stuart has worked in youth development through the fields of social work and higher education. His perspective and approach to this work has also been shaped by diverse and formative life experiences, perhaps most profoundly a solo transcontinental bike tour from Boston to San Francisco in 2011.

When he is not serving the PYD community, Stuart enjoys spending time with family, hiking with his dog, Lando, and firing up his grill.