Employee Spotlight: Prince Mapp , Citizen’s Head of Community & Culture
As cities across the country reopen, Citizen is relaunching efforts to engage in communities on the ground, taking an in-person approach and going where our users live and work. Our team wants to showcase the power that Citizen can have to help people be stewards not only of their own safety, but of their communities as well. This week, longtime Citizen employee, Prince Mapp, is kicking off this work in Los Angeles. We caught up with him to learn more about his efforts.
Q: What brought you to Citizen?
A: I had been working for a long time in the violence interrupters space when I first heard about Citizen. Immediately, sensing the power the platform had to do good, I joined as an early employee back in 2016. I actually recorded the very first incident shown within the Citizen App. From the start, my mission at Citizen has been to help communities understand how our technology can benefit people. Every day, I work to see how communities can leverage our platform as a safety resource.
Q: What are you doing in LA?
A: I’m in LA to meet people in the community and to set up a local Citizen Community Team. This local team will help lead LA-based community efforts just like I do in my day-to-day across the country. Everything from bringing the community together to use Citizen to help find missing persons or pets, to highlighting fundraisers, volunteering services and other community gatherings. This on-the-ground team will focus on supporting underserved groups with the objective to more equitably bring personal safety to all.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve?
A: With all of our on-the-ground work, our goal is to showcase how to use Citizen to create more trust and compassion. We want to bring a human touch to the way Citizen can strengthen your personal safety. Over the past few years at Citizen covering incidents in communities, we’ve learned a lot about how to use our platform to stay safe and always informed. We want to share this knowledge and best practices on what works and what’s less effective. If you’re interested, please do reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What has been one of your stand out moments at Citizen?
A: Last year, our team hit the streets to help search for a missing 21-year-old autistic man whose family reached out to Citizen for help. When we found him, the missing man’s dad hugged me and said, “Prince, this is the best day of my life.” That meant the world to me and I’m always looking for ways to bring that joy to others with Citizen.
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