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Board of Directors

Eliza Factor - Board President, founder of Extreme Kids & Crew and author

Vanessa Connelly - Board Vice President, Onsite Sales Director at Terra Holdings Development Marketing

Patricia Wolff - Board Treasurer, Finance and Marketing Consultant

Claire Nitze - Board Secretary, Social Worker at Jewish Board for Children and Family Services

Kamari Alexander - Managing Director, Lippman Jungers LLC

Carmen Carey - Technology Executive

Kevin Kinsella - Writer covering the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors for the Foundation Center

Shell Lee - Operations and Supply Chain Expert, and Volunteer Firefighter

Nyasha Manigault - Director of Finance, East Harlem Tutorial Program

Nat Rubin - Restaurateur and Massage Therapist

Gisela Sanders-Alcántara - Producer and Editor for TV/Film, and Media Educator, CUNY TV and BRIC

Amy Stone - Vice President of Operations, Health Management Systems

Micaela Walker - Freelance Photographer and Researcher

Elizabeth Wollman - Associate Professor of Music at Baruch College, CUNY

Jamie Luft - Guidance Counselor at Origins High School

Melissa MorgenlanderAdjunct Professor of Children and Youth Studies at Brooklyn College

Eric Nicklas - Director of Research and Strategic Planning at Forestdale and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia School of Social Work

Ghita Schwarz - Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and Author

Jennifer Sellar - Senior Digital Image Archivist at The Museum of Modern Art

Amy Weber - Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Julie Cavanagh - BS Special Education, MS Curriculum & Teaching

Emily Antoniades, Senior Grant Writer
Melanie Flaxer, Education Specialist
Janet Olguin, Bookkeeper
Russell Abbott, Financial & Operations Specialist

All full-time staff are Red Cross CPR/ AED and First Aid certified


Mary Duke Biddle Foundation

Frank & Ruth E. Caruso Foundation

Catalog for Giving

The Stephen Colbert Americone Dream Fund

City Council District 38 Discretionary Funding

Department of Cultural Affairs

Department of Youth & Community Services

The FAR Fund

Flom Family Foundation

The Hyde & Watson Foundation


Investors Foundation

Magic Pebble Foundation

Meringoff Family Foundation

New York Community Trust

NYU Langone Medical Center

The O'Connell Organization Family Foundation 

William J. & Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation

Laura B. Vogler Foundation 

Joseph Leroy & Ann C. Warner Fund

Youth Inc.