The Melting Pot Foundation US
Holding a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Bard College, Lucas Denton has had a diverse career, working as a forester, a researcher for the New York City Commission on Human Rights, as a Union Ironworker at the World Trade Center, and in a variety of culinary positions, from dishwasher to line cook. Most closely informing his work in Brownsville has been the 10 years of experience Denton has offered as a volunteer. Serving in capacities ranging from mentor to outreach to organizational development, Denton has worked with organizations combating substance abuse and alcoholism, harm reduction organizations and needle exchanges, with street outreach programs providing services for the homeless, as a literacy educator, and with the Left Forum, serving as outreach coordinator for America’s largest conference of the academic left. These experiences combined with an academic background steeped in a sociological understanding of economic and ethnic disparities in America have allowed Denton to work together with the Brownsville community over the past two years to develop a comprehensive and sensitive approach to addressing public health disparities in the community through the Brownsville Community Culinary Center.