A lifelong Waterbury resident, Bilal joined the Foundation’s staff in 2017. He works primarily in two focus areas: youth development and grassroots initiatives. His responsibilities include grantmaking, facilitating community conversations, and listening to the needs, desires and hopes of Waterbury residents.
Prior to the Foundation, Bilal worked as a marketing and development manager for a Waterbury theatre. He also worked as an assistant antiquarian bookseller in Waterbury, aiding in the cataloguing and processing of books, ephemera, and art in the areas of Americana, poetry and letters.
In his off hours, Bilal is pursuing a thesis-track master’s degree in English at Central Connecticut State University. There, he continues the work he started at the University of Connecticut during his undergraduate studies by focusing, primarily, on queer theory, LGBTQ literature and literary theory.
Favorite Experience in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills
My great-uncle immigrated to Waterbury from Lebanon in the mid-1910s and opened a confectionery store on East Main Street, called Tajildeen’s Corner. In the 1980s, my parents immigrated to take over the store and start a family. Some of my fondest memories and greatest experiences involve spending time with our neighbors in downtown.
Ask Bilal about
His summers in Lebanon, some of his favorite books or effective strategies for identifying a community’s needs