Community Service

Brett PowellBrett M. Powell '00

2023 Parsons Community Service Award Recipient

Brett M. Powell '00 is the Associate Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, a 76-year-old non-profit hosted at Cornell University and overseen by an external Board of Directors. In this role, he manages 16 employees, and additional student staff, with related HR, financial reporting, budgeting, and grant administration, and data archiving and curation, software development, and membership and marketing teams under his purview. His many years of corporate marketing experience include serving as Senior Director of Marketing and Fan Experience at International Speedway Corporation at Watkins Glen International (NASCAR, festivals/hospitality/tourism/operations) and as Director of Business Development and Client Services at the creative marketing and communications firm Howell Liberatore & Associates, Inc.

Boy Scouts board Silver Beaver Awards

In 2015, Powell was recognized on the Central New York Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. For 12 years,
Brett served as an adjunct professor at the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and/or
Corning Community College. Brett holds an MS in Experimental Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and is earning his MBA at Cornell University. Brett earned his Eagle Scout award and has been recognized for his dedication to volunteering in receiving the Silver Beaver award (Boy Scouts of America) and the Parsons Community Service Award (Corning Community College). Watch his TEDx presentation on volunteering and civic engagement here.

Gary Decker, who nominated Brett for the award stated, "Brett is a proud graduate of SUNY Corning Community College and shares his experiences and fondness for the institution with everyone he meets. He truly believes that CCC was where he found himself and his calling in life."

Solar Car WGI Climbing Drumming

Brett is a musician, outdoor enthusiast, apiarist, and gardener, and is trying to learn Spanish as a second language.