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.

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 & Associate Consultant, Coro Partners

meredith@coro.nyc Meredith joined Coro 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

Senior Director, Coro Partners

molly@coro.nyc Molly is committed to creating space for others to build self-awareness, transform relationships, and ignite curiosity. As Senior Director of Coro Partners, 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.

Stefania Trelles

Stefania Trelles

Consultant, Coro Partners

stefania@coro.nyc Since joining the social-sector in 2011, Stefania has had the opportunity to manage several mission-driven community engagement and education reform programs that use the arts as a tool for empowering NYC communities. She is committed to approaching change through an assets-based lens, focusing on strengths, capacities, and opportunities. Stefania is a proud alumna of Public Allies, an Americorp program committed to diversifying NYC’s leadership. She believes it is crucial to have platforms that make room for the multiple narratives and perspectives of often marginalized groups. Stefania holds an M.S. in Organizational Change Management from the New School and a B.A. in Sociology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Born in Ecuador, raised in North Jersey, and currently residing in Brooklyn.

Javon Robinson

Javon Robinson

Associate, Development & Communications

javon@coro.nyc Javon joined Coro as the Development and Communications Associate in May 2019. Before arriving, she worked as the Development and Database Coordinator at the Women’s Sports Foundation. Her primary responsibilities included processing all monetary contributions and managing the organization’s database. Javon is an alumna of NYC Service Civic Corps, a local branch of AmeriCorps geared toward increasing volunteerism within the boroughs. She graduated from Pace University in 2013 with her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Administration at NYU Wagner. In her downtime, Javon loves to try new restaurants, watch movies, and explore New York City.

STAFF CONTACT:

Coro New York Leadership Center
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New York, New York 10004
(212) 248-2935 | main phone 
(212) 248-2970 | fax

Garrett J. Lucien

Garrett J. Lucien

Senior Director, Neighborhood Leadership Program, Immigrant Civic Leadership Program & Workforce Systems Leadership Program

garrett@coro.nyc Garrett Lucien is the Senior Director of three Coro programs: Immigrant Civic Leadership, Neighborhood Leadership, and Workforce Systems 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 an 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.

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.
Shakeerah Fredericks

Shakeerah Fredericks

Office Manager

shakeerah@coro.nyc joined Coro as the Office Manager in 2019. Before coming to Coro, Shakeerah worked with Facilities and Operations for Columbia University. She worked with the New York City Department of Education as a consultant and Program Coordinator for the Office of Post-Secondary Readiness and the Special Education Office. She earned her undergraduate degree in English at the City University of New York at York College. Aside from her strong administrative background, Shakeerah is a theatre enthusiast who someday hopes to combine her passion for art and youth development. 

Cassandra Garita

Cassandra Garita

Program Manager, Neighborhood Leadership Program, Immigrant Civic Leadership Program & Workforce Systems Leadership Program

cassandra@coro.nyc Cassandra is the Program Manager for three Coro programs: Immigrant Civic Leadership, Neighborhood Leadership, and Workforce Systems Leadership. She joined the Coro team in 2018 with professional experiences traversing the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.  Prior to Coro, Cassandra served as a School and Community Resource Project Volunteer with Peace Corps South Africa. She ran programs throughout her local community aimed at improving literacy rates and increasing teacher capacity. She also facilitated trainings around the country for new volunteers and their South African counterparts on project design, management, and evaluation. Driven by her passion for youth and community development, Cassandra is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit management at Columbia University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has completed post-baccalaureate work in multi-subject education.

Isabel Luciano

Isabel Luciano

Assistant Director, Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship

isabel@coro.nyc Isabel joined Coro in 2018 after spending several years training city staff and residents in North America to implement Participatory Budgeting (PB) and community engagement processes that meaningfully engage youth and low-income communities. Having seen first-hand how much can be learned about a neighborhood by opening decision-making processes to those that are typically left out of them, Isabel is passionate about helping to equip youth with the tools they need to impact their city. Isabel holds a Masters of Planning from the University of Toronto. Outside of work, she can be found roaming the streets of New York and finding new places to eat.

Francesco Tena

Francesco Tena

Director, Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship

 francesco@coro.nyc Francesco prepares young people to take on leadership roles in their communities. He started his career as a teenager in Boston City Hall, surrounded by adults who actually listened. Since then, Francesco has been dedicated to addressing youth employment disparities, developing meaningful civic engagement in local government, and empowering young people to take control of their future (and their budgets). Prior to joining Coro, Francesco worked in youth development for 10 years. At the Boston Public Health Commission, he supported youth programming designed to diversify the pool of health professionals in Boston. Francesco then went on to lead youth civic engagement for the City of Boston as the Manager of the Mayor’s Youth Council. In this capacity, he oversaw the first three cycles of Youth Lead the Change, the nation’s first youth exclusive PB process and winner of the 2016 Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation. Francesco then worked with the Participatory Budgeting Project for two years to guide and grow PB across the US and Canada, particularly in rural areas and in schools. Outside of work, you’ll find Francesco experimenting with the latest civic tech, upgrading his custom built PC, and trying on cool shirts at a thrift store.