Durand is a graduate of Hampton University, where he played percussion and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. He later earned a degree in Audio Engineering from Full Sail University in Orlando, Fl., and received certification in Social Media and Web Analytics from Emory University.
Prior to leading digital media strategies, Durand lived, ate, slept and engineered in studios for major label recording artists. Over the last 10 years, Durand has worked as an Account Executive with CareerBuilder.com and as a Digital Media Consultant for Venadar. His experience ranges from driving sales through digital marketing to technical aspects of live production.
Durand is a vigorous continual learner and is fascinated with learning how digital media and technology impact urban communities around the globe. Originally from Nashville, TN., Durand participated in church and various community based organizations including F.A.N.G. (Fisk Area Neighborhood Group) and the Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church where he played drum set for the Youth Choir. He was also a percussionist in the Pearl-Cohn Comprehensive High School Marching Band, becoming Drum Major in his senior year. Most recently Durand has been very active in the local Atlanta community, specifically his residential district 12, where he is the Communications Chair for NPUV, Chairperson of the NPUV Community Forum Planning Committee, and President of the Storage Depot Lofts HOA.
Durand is passionate about serving others and is thrilled to play a role in the transformative work that the Atlanta Music Project is doing.