CORO STAFF

Our staff is passionate about creating transformative learning experiences for a wide range of communities in New York City. We work across sectors, industries, and age groups to help others reflect, grow, learn, collaborate, inspire and lead.

Elaine Roghanian

Elaine Roghanian

Director, Fellows Program in Public Affairs

elaine@coro.nyc Elaine has always been fascinated by the way language shapes personal and political identity and affects relationships across all areas of life. She finds opportunities to explore the power of words and of people daily, and is grateful to connect to this passion in her role as the Director of the Fellows Program in Public Affairs. As an alumna of the 2015-2016 Fellows class and the former Assistant Director, Elaine is deeply rooted in her purpose and connection to this program, its people, and its legacy. Prior to joining Coro, Elaine graduated from Villanova University with her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Honors. At Villanova, she cultivated her interests in leadership development by serving as a Resident Assistant, leading students in the Service Learning Community, and editing the Honors literary magazine. In her free time, Elaine enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring new places.

Elizabeth Maguire

Elizabeth Maguire

Assistant Director, Development and Communications

elizabeth@coro.nyc Elizabeth joined Coro in 2015 after graduating magna cum laude with high honors in History from New York University. Prior to joining Coro, Elizabeth developed her interest in fundraising and public policy through internships with several immigrant advocacy organizations, including Make the Road New York and New Immigrant Community Empowerment. While at NYU, Elizabeth was co-Editor in Chief of the school’s undergraduate history journal and her senior thesis on the militarization of the U.S. Mexican border won the prestigious Albert S. Borgman Prize for the best thesis in the social sciences. Elizabeth was a 2017 Fellow in the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service, a highly selective leadership and career accelerator program at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, and is a member of the New York Immigration Coalition’s Young Professionals Leadership Council. She currently lives in Queens and enjoys food, biking, and knitting.
Kristen Illes

Kristen Illes

Vice President, Programs and Training

kristen@coro.nyc  Kristen is fascinated by people, organizations, systems and how change is enacted in pursuit of a better state of being. She is passionate about leadership development through her work with others and strengthening her own practice. Throughout her career, Kristen has held a variety of leadership positions with a focus on training, strategy, organizational development and building high-performing teams. Since joining Coro in 2009, Kristen has been a senior leader responsible for co-designing and executing an ambitious strategic plan, building a team who delivers high-quality leadership development programs grounded in the experiential Coro methodology, shaping culture, designing new programs and launching Coro’s consulting practice, Coro Partners. She loves working with clients around program design and facilitating leadership development experiences that plant the seeds for transformative change. Kristen is accredited by the Association for Talent Development (ATD) as a Certified Performance & Learning Professional and earned her Master’s degree in psychology from Marist College.
Maya Gutierrez

Maya Gutierrez

Senior Director, Leadership New York and Alumni Training

maya@coro.nyc Maya’s career has focused on building leadership capacity across a wide range of audiences.  As Senior Director at Coro, Maya participates in the strategic planning, culture and talent development of the organization and manages the full cycle of the Leadership New York Program from recruitment to alumni engagement (program design has won national recognition and replication from the George B. Kaiser Foundation).  She also delivers tailored training and technical assistance for external clients.

Prior to Coro, Maya structured and offered talent development and leadership programs for 300+ staff members globally for the Ford Foundation and managed a national resource center for over 150 sites for the I Have A Dream Foundation. Maya earned a self-designed BA (cum laude) from Dominican University and was awarded the National Urban Fellowship to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration (valedictorian) from Baruch College. Maya is a proud AmeriCorps alumna.
Meredith Cornelius

Meredith Cornelius

Manager, Training and Consulting

meredith@coro.nyc Meredith joined Coro as a Manager for the Training and Consulting Practice in early 2017. Having served as a corps member with City Year New York in 2007-2008, she has long felt passionate about fostering a just and engaged city. Since her corps year, Meredith has continued to work toward positive change here in New York City through program management in a variety of settings including public health, mental health, and youth development. She has experience in sexual and reproductive health education for youth in foster care, counseling services for adult union members, mentoring services for youth who have an incarcerated parent, and adolescent peer training. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Fordham University. She lives in Brooklyn and enjoys crossword puzzling, listening to podcasts, and baking delicious gluten-free treats.
Molly Rodau

Molly Rodau

Director, Training and Consulting

molly@coro.nyc Molly is committed to creating space for others to build self-awareness, transform relationships, and ignite curiosity. As Director of Training and Consulting at Coro, Molly has the privilege of bringing Coro tools and frameworks into new and exciting spaces and partnering with teams and institutions to investigate, understand and tackle their most pressing challenges. Molly brings expertise in human behavior, systems theory, change management, facilitation and Adaptive Leadership to her work. Before joining the Coro team, Molly worked at a number of nonprofits, where she managed strategic partnerships, drove volunteer engagement efforts, and developed and led comprehensive volunteer training programs. Molly has also worked as a mental health clinician and has traveled and worked extensively with community groups in Central America. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker who holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and an undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing from Suffolk University. Molly is a proud Coro Fellows alumna.
Gia Vera

Gia Vera

Manager, Recruitment

gia@coro.nyc Gia Vera is a daughter of immigrants who grew up in Jackson Heights, New York; the most diverse community in the world. Growing up her mother was active in local Columbian political groups, instilling in Gia a passion for civic engagement that inspired her to study Political Science and History at Queens College and to intern for Councilwoman Melinda Katz. She decided to become a public servant and obtained her MPA from Binghamton University. Gia comes with professional expertise in marketing, outreach, human resources and diversity recruitment strategies. During her tenure at Icla da Silva Foundation, a recruitment center for the National Bone Marrow Donor Program, she worked on diversifying the national bone marrow registry, giving blood cancer patients of all ethnicities access to life-saving transplants. While working at Human Right First, she managed the immigration hotline and volunteer program. She also comes with professional experience in the private sector having worked as a project coordinator for a local business service center in Queens.

Cassandra Garita

Cassandra Garita

Associate, Development and Communications

cassandra@coro.nyc Originally from Southern California, Cassandra moved to New York to advance her career in public service. Driven by her passion for youth and community development, she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. From 2016-2018, Cassandra served as a School and Community Resource Project Volunteer with Peace Corps South Africa. In this role, she worked in a primary school as an ESL educator and implemented various literacy programs within her community. Prior to Peace Corps, Cassandra graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and completed a post baccalaureate program at California State University Channel Islands in Multisubject Education in 2016. Currently residing in Harlem, Cassandra enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and exploring different parts of the city.

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Cynthia Wong

Cynthia Wong

Director, Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship

cynthia@coro.nyc Cynthia joined Coro in 2015 after serving as Coordinator of the CUNY Start program at Medgar Evers College in central Brooklyn. A committed public service professional, she has spent several years building community leadership and strengthening resources in diverse neighborhoods across New York City. At the Coalition for Asian American Children & Families, Cynthia helped launch a leadership development program for pan-Asian high school students aiming to make positive changes in the educational system. As Senior Program Officer at the Union Square Awards, she oversaw grants and technical assistance programs for grassroots organizations working to address the city’s most pressing social justice issues. Cynthia is a proud member of the National Urban Fellows alumni network and Greenlining Academy Alumni Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, and a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College in New York City.
Garrett J. Lucien

Garrett J. Lucien

Director, Neighborhood Leadership & Immigrant Civic Leadership Program

garrett@coro.nyc Garrett is the Program Director of both the Immigrant Civic Leadership Program and Neighborhood Leadership. Garrett is a Neighborhood Leadership 2012 Alumni who joined the Coro team in 2013 with more than 16 years of community and economic development experience. Before coming to Coro, Garrett worked with SoBRO for eight years, most recently as the Senior Director of Economic Development and Financial Services. While working at SoBRO, he specialized in assisting immigrant entrepreneurs establish new businesses throughout the Bronx. He also brings a wealth of experience in facilitating groups and leading retreats and workshops. Garrett holds a B.A. from SUNY New Paltz and a MBA from Keller Graduate School of Business in New York. Garrett is a second generation New Yorker who is passionate about helping people to develop skills to create positive change within themselves and their communities.
Jared Schuster

Jared Schuster

Office Manager

jared@coro.nyc Jared has been the Office Manager at Coro since May 2016. Currently pursuing his degree in public administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, he brings with him three years of operational management experience. Proud to be a New Yorker, Jared is excited to support Coro programming. Jared hopes his experience in operation management will help enhance Coro’s vision and provide quality support for its staff and clients. Currently residing in the Bronx, Jared enjoys spending spare time reading, playing the piano, and walking his dog.
Laura Gale

Laura Gale

Senior Director, Training and Consulting

laura@coro.nyc Laura has spent her career designing transformative learning experiences for a wide range of communities in New York City, including artists and audiences, students and educators, executives and early career professionals. As Senior Director of Training and Consulting, Laura is responsible for bringing Coro’s training and expertise into organizations across the city and beyond. Through this work, Laura helps teams and organizations tackle complex leadership challenges and collaborate across differences to build capacity, culture, self-awareness, and effectiveness. She also oversees the Fellows Program in Public Affairs, which she led at Coro for four years. Before coming to Coro in 2011, Laura founded and managed a nonprofit arts organization, serving as Executive Artistic Director for eight years, and worked in urban schools, using creativity as a vehicle for change-making to support the leadership and development of hundreds of New York City students and teachers. She holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Organizational Development from The New School, as well as undergraduate degrees in Theatre and Sociology.
Ruth Santos

Ruth Santos

Finance Manager

ruth@coro.nyc Ruth began her career as a bookkeeper at age 15 while still in high school and has been unstoppable since. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Accounting from Pace University in New York City while working full time in a multi-million dollar international merchandising company and steadily climbed the corporate ladder at the same company from entry-level bookkeeper to executive-level Director of Finance & Operations. Her career has expanded since into the engineering, health, social services and non-profit arenas. Ruth has had a life-long interest in serving her community and has held positions on the Board of Directors of The Committee for Hispanic Children & Families as Treasurer and Board Chairperson as well as full time work at the organization as Director of Finance and Administration.
Scott Millstein

Scott Millstein

Executive Director

scott@coro.nyc Scott has been the Executive Director of the Coro New York Leadership Center since 2008. Under his leadership, Coro developed a new strategic vision, expanded its programs, developed new partnerships with city government, and increased the number of participants and alumni engaged in the organization. Prior to Coro, Scott spent 10 years as Chief of Staff, Chief Operating Officer, then Interim CEO overseeing day-to-day operations at Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victim assistance organization. Scott has also worked for the City of New York in various leadership positions at the Department of Homeless Services, the Mayor’s Office, and the Parks Department. He serves on the National Advisory Board of the Center for Community Partnerships, which strengthens local, national, and international networks of institutions of higher education committed to engagement with their local communities. Scott is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a graduate degree in public policy from Columbia University.
Staci Taustine

Staci Taustine

Director, Youth Leadership Academy

staci@coro.nyc Staci joined Coro in 2015 and has enjoyed supporting the growth and expansion of the Youth Leadership Academy. She is a passionate advocate of youth voice and the power of youth-adult partnerships. She is a 2011 Teach for America Corps member and taught in West Baltimore for three years. There, she implemented social emotional learning strategies in the classroom and facilitated district training to encourage teaching the whole child. She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Urban Education from The Johns Hopkins University. She is passionate about helping people achieve their potential and believes that together we can be the change we wish to see in the world. She is a fan of traveling, green tea, indoor cycling, and anything written by Malcolm Gladwell.
Seema Choudhary

Seema Choudhary

Assistant Director, Fellows Program in Public Affairs

seema@coro.nyc Seema Choudhary is a New York City native who comes to Coro with a strong nonprofit background, particularly in education and youth development. She has worked with various groups and organizations including the School District of Philadelphia, the Ministry of Education in Spain, South Asian Youth Action, and Queens Library. Seema is passionate about providing individuals with the resources that they need to drive change in their communities. This passion paired with her interest in training and facilitating is what brought her to Coro. Although she is rooted in Queens, Seema is a traveler at heart. Having been to over thirty countries, her favorite part of traveling is connecting with the soul of a new place through its locals. Seema is a National Urban Fellows alumna and completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the City University of New York. She earned her BA in Anthropology from Queens College and an MPA from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College.