Our Team

 
 

Staff

Vivian D. Nixon

Executive Director

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Les Hayden

Deputy Executive Director

 
 
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Raphael Anil

Operations Associate

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Stephanie Bazell

Director of Policy & Advocacy

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Lettisha Boyd

Associate Director of Technical Assistance

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Anna Giannicchi

Academic Counselor

Angela Diaz

Academic Counselor

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Ivelisse Gilestra

Community Organizer

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Chris Massey

Associate Director of Career Services

 
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Melanie Steinhardt

Senior Advisor

 
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Jesús Reyes-Velardo

Associate Director of Academic Support

 

Jacqueline Thompson

Recruitment, Intake, & Support Coordinator

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Janelle Rollins

Career Coach

 
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Randall Vair

Grants Associate



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Wendy Romano

Program Support & Events Coordinator

 

Tim Ward

Associate Director of Communications

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Jordyn Rosenthal

Senior Associate of Policy & Advocacy

 
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Lisa Yankowski

Director of Development & Communications

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Maria Santangelo

Director of Programs

 
 
 

Board of Directors

Peter Bakstansky

Retired, Federal Reserve

Liza Eaton

Director of Talent Development &Recruitment, NBC

Tony Smith

Retired, The Horticultural Society of New York

Barbara Martinsons, Founder

Retired, AVJ Management

Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin

Chief of Housing Community Activities, NYCHA

Dawn Walker

Associate Vice President of Communications & Marketing, SUNY Downstate

Irene Branche

Director of Development, The HOPE Program

Jacki Kelly

Executive Director, The Writing Revolution

Bridget Williams

Vice President of Communications, Hearst Newspapers

Barat Dickman

Division Vice President, ADP

Rashida Richardson

Director of Policy Research, AI Now Institute NYU