Our Team

 

Staff

Vivian D. Nixon

Executive Director

 

Les Hayden

Deputy Executive Director

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Maria Santangelo

Director of Programs

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Melanie Steinhardt

Director of Development & Communications

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Lettisha Boyd

Associate Director of Technical Assistance

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Jesús reyes-velardo

Associate Director of Academic Support

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april smith

Technical Assistance Specialist

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Jordyn Rosenthal

Senior Associate of Policy & Advocacy

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Anna Giannicchi

Academic Counselor

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Wendy Romano

Program Support & Events Coordinator

Jacqueline Thompson

Recruitment, Intake, and Support Coordinator

Angela Diaz

Academic Counselor

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Ivelisse Gilestra

Community Organizer

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Randall Vair

Grants Associate

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Raphael Anil

Operations Associate

 

Board

Peter Bakstansky

Board Chair

Retired, Federal Reserve Bank

Barbara Martinsons

Founder

Retired, AVJ Management

Irene Branche

Director of Development

The HOPE Program

Barat Dickman

Division Vice President

ADP

Liza Eaton

Director of Talent Development & Recruitment

NBC News

Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin

Chief of Housing Community Activities

New York City Housing Authority

Jacki Kelly

Executive Director

The Writing Revolution

Rashida Richardson

Director of Policy Research

AI Now Institute, NYU

Tony Smith

Retired

The Horticultural Society of New York

Dawn Walker

Associate Vice President of Communications & Marketing

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Bridget Williams

Senior Vice President of Strategy & Operations

Hearst Newspapers