Marcus Shaw came to Chattanooga from Baltimore, Maryland, in 2017 to lead CO.LAB, a local nonprofit that nurtures startups and empowers entrepreneurs. But his background runs the gamut from engineering and finance to leading diversity efforts for corporations. Shaw is a former senior director of business development and partnerships for Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that helps build diversity and leadership pipelines for corporate institutions, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. In that role, he grew partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and led the proposal for an entrepreneurship development program focused on women and minorities. He is also the founder of a boutique consulting company that specializes in working with startups and small to medium-sized businesses. Shaw holds a master's of business administration from Duke University, as well as a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Morehouse College and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.