Sinclair Matthew Skinner is an African American engineer, human rights activist, political adviser, serial entrepreneur and former elected official in Washington, D.C. He is a Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology evangelist and an advocate of the advancement of African communities in relation to the African Diaspora. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
May 31, 1969|
Great Falls Montana
|Occupation||Engineer ,Entreprenuer ,Politician , Activist|
He is also the co-founder and CEO of Pan an African Bitcoin startup Bitmari.
Skinner was Born in 1969 in Great Falls Montana and raised by his father, a US Air Force officer, and his mother, a dedicated housewife. In 1987 he enrolled in Alabama’s Tuskegee University, he was eventually elected President of the University’s Student Government Association.
In 1993 the Skinner led a student protest of the “oppressive and misguided policies common at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s)”, and organized African-Americans throughout the south in HBCU preservation efforts and demonstrations. Skinner’s campus activism forced him to leave Tuskegee University and transfer to Howard University to continue his goal of becoming an engineer.
In 1995 at Howard, Skinner helped organize students nationally for the Million Man March, the largest all-male march ever held in the United States with an estimated 1 million African-American men in attendance. Also at Howard, Skinner and Nik Eames worked with civil-rights giant Lawrence Guyot, who encouraged them to get involved in local politics in Washington, DC, ultimately leading them to run and win positions as advisory neighborhood commissioners—while still students.
After graduating from Howard University, Skinner purchased a former crack house across the street from Howard and organized his neighbours to help eliminate drug trafficking on the block.
In 1999, Skinner opened the Georgia Avenue Kleaners which eventually grew to a chain of four locations. The dry-cleaners was not a financial success, but Skinner’s success and reputation as a philanthropist grew within the Washington, DC African-American community.
Skinner worked for numerous engineering companies including Ohmeda, Inc., Honeywell, Pillsbury, McDonnell Douglas Corporation and The Architect of the Capitol where he performed testing and development for the space shuttle’s main engine controllers, manufacturing for a flour mill company and designed roadways in Macon County, Alabama where he was an apprentice to Curtis Pierce, the first African American county engineer in Macon County, Alabama. Skinner later became the first African American student named to the National Board of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Skinner is a Bitcoin entrepreneur and evangelist. In 2015 he co-founded BitMari Inc with Christopher Mapondera.
In 1996, Skinner was the campaign manager for D.C. city council candidate Nik Eames of the “Umoja” political party. Eames became the first member of his party to get ballot representation for city council in Ward 1 of Washington, D.C.