M. Von Nkosi
President, Institute for Local Innovations, Inc.
ABEN: A Black Education Network
A Bit About Me
I am passionate about the work I do with ABEN because of the work and commitment to young, next-generation leaders across the African Diaspora.
I travel with and fly a drone as a hobby to capture aerial footage of cities I visit around the world.
I am the principal of Liquid Studios, a collective of like-minded professionals operating
from a "shared vision of ” helping communities optimize their potential
(www.liquidstudios360.com). I optimized Smart Growth Strategies for municipalities
through expertise in housing, land use policy, public/private development, and strategic
planning. In 2007 post-Katrina New Orleans, I directed $30-million of Disaster Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. In June 2012, I founded the NOLA-based Institute for Local Innovations (www.ili360.org). From 2016 to 2021, I designed and brought the Mi Rialiti [my reality] Smartphone App to market (www.mirialiti.com). In 2017, I inked a five-year agreement with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to help push NASA technology into the marketplace, and in 2019
inked a NASA patent license agreement for technology to process tera- and petabytes
of data with an initial focus on existing and future climate data.