Los Angeles native Brandale Randolph has made the list of ’50 Most Influential Business Leaders of Color by the Charles Regional River Chamber and Get Konnected in Needham, Massachusettes.
“This list aims to celebrate, document and showcase the plethora of professionals and executives of color making a positive contribution to the economic and social fabric of Greater Boston’s Western Suburbs,” said the Chamber in a release.
Brandale is the founder/CEO of 1854 Cycling Co. which manufactures e-bikes that could soon become an integral part of law enforcement agencies around the globe.
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Brandale’s research and analysis indicated that formerly incarcerated people were deeply in need of work opportunities and that the cycling industry was in desperate need of more mechanics.
In 2016, he founded 1854 Cycling, a Framingham-based bike company that seeks to create living-wage jobs for formerly incarcerated people.
He is currently developing a new product that would improve community relations by helping to connect police to other professionals as they respond to calls involving citizens going through mental health crises, medical issues, or other emergencies that aren’t directly crime-related.
Randolph has written two books on financial literacy, conducted seminars on workforce readiness, worked with underserved youth in Lubbock, Texas, and given a TEDx talk titled “Stop Throwing Breakfast Sandwiches at the Poor.”
Randolph is also the co-founder of Project Poverty, a nonprofit focused on implementing strategies to reduce poverty.
Congratulations Brandale, well deserved!
To read the full list of honorees click here.