Tony Shu

2019 Cheng Fellow

Tony Shu is a senior at Harvard College studying a special concentration in Urban Studies. He is the co-founder of Breaktime, a non-profit working to end young adult homelessness through transitional employment and financial empowerment. Breaktime operates Boston’s first transitional employment program specifically for young adults experiencing homelessness. During the pandemic, Breaktime has employed 25 young adults experiencing homelessness who have worked to prepare and serve over 650,000 meals for families in need across Boston. Tony has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Social Impact and has been recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. At Harvard, Tony is also a Technology Innovation Fellow (Roberts Family Fellow) at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Paulson School of Engineering, served as President of the Harvard College Real Estate Club, and dances with the Expressions Dance Company (hip-hop). He is passionate about mindfulness, housing, and urban innovation.