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.

Adem Bunkeddeko

Adem Bunkeddeko

Executive Director, Coro New York

adem@coro.nyc Adem is the Executive Director of Coro New York. He is tasked with leading a civic leadership organization that believes meaningful change comes from collaboration: people in business and communities, schools and unions, government and nonprofits, working together to find creative solutions and strengthen our democracy.

Adem brings a unique combination of vision, energy, experience, and local expertise. Prior to Coro, he worked in a variety of managerial roles across the private, public, and social sectors and is a two-time candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. Most recently, Adem served as senior advisor to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s (LISC) Project 10x—an initiative designed to upend the racial and opportunity gaps in America.

Adem’s parents are war refugees who fled Uganda’s turbulent civil war to seek sanctuary and opportunity in the United States. They settled down and successfully reared their New York City-born children in a modest one-bedroom apartment. Adem’s parents turned what had been a nightmare in Uganda into their version of the American Dream.

A product of the New York City public school system, Adem was fortunate enough to earn scholarships for high school and college. Adem is one of the first members of his family to graduate from college and earn a graduate degree. He received a B.A. from Haverford College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Archana Menon

Archana Menon

Director of Leadership New York

archana@coro.nyc  Archana joined Coro in 2019 and oversees the organization’s only tuition-based civic leadership development program. She co-designs curriculum and facilitates training for two concurrent cohorts of 35 multi-sector changemakers while leading recruitment and communication for the program. She also curates alumni events and delivers training for external Coro clients. Archana founded and leads Coro’s internal Impact Metrics Working Group.

A keen believer in community and culture building, Archana‘s work has taken her across countries and sectors. This has included speechwriting and managing large-scale, high-stakes initiatives at the Embassy of India in Washington, D.C., and four-plus years in Dubai co-leading the rebranding of a digital marketing company and reporting on the UAE’s entrepreneurship scene. She also designed and delivered employee professional development programs at Samsung 837, consulted with Create Labs to deliver the inaugural STEAM Zone of the 35th Loisaida Street Festival, and taught creative writing to middle & high-schoolers.

Archana returned to the US in 2017 to join the changing national conversations around belonging with Wandering Local, a project exploring home and individual identity through writing and travel. She is an Ithaca College graduate and appreciates New York City for offering her constant travel while staying rooted. Her work, travel, and growth is fueled by a commitment to leaving the world better than she found it.

Gladys Sosa

Gladys Sosa

Development and Communications Manager

gladys@coro.nyc Prior to joining Coro New York at the start of 2021, Gladys Sosa served as founding Director of Alumni Affairs at The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School, a middle school the New York Times called ‘The country’s most closely watched educational experiment’. She successfully established six support programs, three annual events, and two scholarships along with success metrics, data tracking systems, and communications platforms. More importantly, over the six years at TEP she established a community for a growing network of young alumni to lean on in years to come. Gladys’ interest in leadership development really took off during the Summer of 2012, as Dean of Students at Sadie Nash Leadership Project, a program which has successfully promoted leadership and activism among young women in New York City.

Gladys was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She attained her B.A in Socioloy & Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Wesleyan University. She is also a proud and active alumna of Legal Outreach, a four-year comprehensive program that equips participants for college success.

STAFF CONTACT:

Coro New York Leadership Center
42 Broadway, Suite 2001
New York, New York 10004
(212) 248-2935 | main phone 
(212) 248-2970 | fax

Garrett J. Lucien

Garrett J. Lucien

Vice President of Programs & Training

garrett@coro.nyc Garrett Lucien is Coro’s Vice President of Programs & Training. 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.

Cassandra Garita

Cassandra Garita

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

cassandra@coro.nyc Cassandra (Cassie) Garita joined the Coro team in 2018. She oversees Coro’s 3 partner programs including the Immigrant Civic Leadership Program, Workforce Systems Leadership Program, and Neighborhood Leadership Program. Cassie also co-designs and facilitates alumni trainings and external engagements, most recently working with the inaugural cohort of the REBNY Fellowship. Prior to Coro, Cassie was an educator and facilitator with Peace Corps South Africa. Here she implemented local capacity-building projects while also operating nationally to train incoming volunteers and their South African counterparts in project design, management, and evaluation. She holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University, a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara, and has completed post-baccalaureate studies in multi-subject education. 

Stefania Trelles

Stefania Trelles

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

Stefania@coro.nyc Stefania (Stef-ah-knee-ah) is passionate about leadership development, change management work, and fostering personal and professional growth that centers self-care practices. She approaches capacity building through an asset-based lens, focusing on strengths and opportunities. Since joining the social-sector in 2011, she 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. As 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.

Zehra Imam

Zehra Imam

Director of the Fellows in Public Affairs Program

Zehra@coro.nyc Zehra Imam is a teacher and the founding director of Illuminated Cities (IC), a global education organization. In the United States, she has worked in the field of education in Detroit, Madison, Chicago, the South Bronx, and Brooklyn, NY. Globally, she has taught public speaking to midwives in Pakistan, Urdu in India, English and Humanities in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Zehra is an alumnae of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a 2018 Global Journalism Fellow through the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and completed her Master’s degree in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.