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.
Director, Fellows Program in Public Affairs
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Vice President, Programs and Training
Senior Director, Leadership New York and Alumni Training
email@example.com As Senior Director at Coro, Maya is a member of the executive team focusing on strategy, budget and staffing needs, and directs the full cycle of the Leadership New York Program. The LNY program design won national recognition from the George B. Kaiser Foundation and is replicated in two states. She also delivers tailored training and technical assistance for external clients.
Prior to Coro, Maya structured and delivered talent development training for 300+ staff members globally for the Ford Foundation and managed a national resource center for over 150 national sites for the I Have A Dream Foundation. Maya earned a self-designed BA (cum laude) from Dominican University and was awarded the competitive National Urban Fellowship to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration (valedictorian) from Baruch College. Maya is a proud AmeriCorps alumna.
Consultant, Coro Partners
firstname.lastname@example.org Meredith came to Coro in early 2017, bringing with her the lessons she learned over many years while creating positive change here in New York City in the fields of education, public health, mental health, and youth development. Working for causes she cared deeply about, Meredith became interested in the ways in which our leadership styles and communication skills impact our ability to fulfill our purposes and pursue pressing and powerful missions. As a Coro Partners Consultant, Meredith creates and holds space for individuals and teams so they can experience personal transformation, build relationships, and develop the skills and shared language necessary to become more effective change-makers.
Meredith is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She holds a Master’s Degree from Hunter College and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fordham University. She finds joy in listening to podcasts and audiobooks, spending time in nature with her dog, and playing clarinet in a community marching band. Meredith is a proud Americorps alumna of City Year New York.
email@example.com Molly has spent the past decade working across industries as a facilitator, consultant, coach, convener and strategist with the goal of helping people, teams and movements own their stories, build intentional culture, break down barriers to justice and equity, and democratize leadership. As Senior Faculty, Molly has the privilege of partnering with teams and institutions to investigate, understand and tackle their most pressing challenges. Molly brings expertise in human behavior, positive psychology, somatic practices, systems theory, change management, and Adaptive Leadership to her work. With a commitment to courage, honesty and curiosity, Molly creates and holds sacred spaces for people to build deep self-awareness and take action on their most pressing work. Prior to joining Coro, Molly led strategic initiatives at a variety of nonprofits and worked as a mental health clinician. Molly is a Licensed Master Social Worker who holds an MSW from Hunter College and a BA in English and Creative Writing from Suffolk University. She finds balance in life with vegetarian cooking, works of fiction, restorative yoga and lots of time in nature. Molly is a proud alumna of AmeriCorps and Coro.
Consultant, Coro Partners
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Daryl Garrett Jr.
Director, Strategic Partnerships
email@example.com Daryl comes to Coro New York Leadership Center with nearly 15 years experience in nonprofit fundraising development. Prior to joining Coro, Daryl served as Senior Manager, Corporate Giving at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Daryl’s work experience includes leading fundraising development efforts for various national and local nonprofits including the MLK National Memorial Foundation, National Society of Black Engineers, Hope Community, Inc., and The Washington Center. In 2013, Daryl returned from Peace Corps service in the country of Vanuatu in the South Pacific.
Additionally, Daryl is a member of a number of various professional and volunteer-based organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., past-member of 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C., and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In April 2016, Daryl received an Executive Education Certificate in Nonprofit Management through The Center for Nonprofit Leaders at Fordham University.
From 2016-2018, Daryl served as Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the National Alumni Association of Shaw University. Daryl is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and received his B.A. in International Relations & Political Science from Shaw University.
firstname.lastname@example.org Laura works as a leadership coach, facilitator and change consultant in and beyond New York City. She has spent her career designing and leading transformative change processes for individuals and groups. Laura centers human connection and equity in all her endeavors and helps people do what’s necessary to unlock greater effectiveness, partnership and results. Her clients have included a diverse set of organizations including Snapchat, Goodwill, MIT, NYC Department of Education, The Motherhood Center, Spotify, and Grace Institute. Before launching her independent practice, she served as Senior Director of Training and Consulting at Coro Partners and, prior to that, Director of the Coro Fellows Program.
Laura has a background in the arts and brings a creative energy to her work and a style that is deep, playful, purpose-driven and authentic. She brings expertise in the areas of leadership development, change management, team dynamics and culture change, as well as extensive experience in designing curriculum to facilitate transformative learning, cohort development and program design. She has trained with New Ventures West, Social Transformational Project, and The People’s Institute, and her work draws upon her experience with the Adaptive Leadership framework, DiSC Leadership Assessment and Interpersonal Leadership Styles instrument and her own mindfulness practices. Laura 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.
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Garrett J. Lucien
Senior Director, Neighborhood Leadership Program, Immigrant Civic Leadership Program & Workforce Systems Leadership Program
email@example.com 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.
Program Manager, Neighborhood Leadership Program, Immigrant Civic Leadership Program & Workforce Systems Leadership Program
firstname.lastname@example.org Cassandra (Cassie) Garita is the Program Manager for three Coro programs: Immigrant Civic Leadership, Neighborhood Leadership, and Workforce Systems Leadership. Originally from Southern California, Cassie moved to NYC to advance her career in the nonprofit sector. She joined the Coro team in 2018 as the Development and Communications Associate and later transitioned to the programming team to support the growth of Coro’s part-time, adult programs. Prior to Coro, Cassie 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. Cassie has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Columbia University, a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California Santa Barbara, and has completed post baccalaureate work in multi-subject education.
Assistant Director, Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship
email@example.com 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.
Director, Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Program Manager, Leadership New York
Archana@coro.nyc A keen believer in community and culture building, Archana‘s work has taken her across borders and industries. With a background in journalism and politics, she has experience in diplomacy, media, marketing, and technology. This has included covering entrepreneurship in Dubai and India, teaching creative writing to middle and high-schoolers, and managing large-scale, high-stakes initiatives at the Embassy of India in Washington, D.C. She also launched and led internal employee development projects where staff passions were encouraged and celebrated.
Archana spent four-plus years working overseas and returned to the US with Wandering Local, a writing project exploring home and individual identity through travel. She is an Ithaca College graduate and a recent New York City transplant with the City 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.
Program Manager, Fellows Program in Public Affairs
Jaymie@coro.nyc Jaymie has been fortunate to build her career working with organizations that foster leadership development through service. She is a proud alumna of City Year Chicago, where she served from 2010-2012. After moving to New York, she completed her degree in English Language Arts at Hunter College and is passionate about education, service, and access for all people to both. Her work has included teaching children, youth, and adults, designing and facilitating service-learning programs, and leading large-scale service events via her time at Girl Scouts and buildOn. She is thrilled to join Coro as the Program Manager for the Fellows Program and support each cohort of leaders as they create meaningful change in New York. When she’s not working, you can most likely find her singing karaoke, competing in skeeball, and buying office supplies she doesn’t need.
Associate, Communications and Development
email@example.com Jay joins Coro with over a decade of experience in marketing, communications, and fundraising. Prior to joining Coro, Jay served as the Manager of Individual Giving and Special Events at The HOPE Program. In 2009, she joined the New Jersey Nets of the NBA, working in sales, marketing and serving as project manager for the NETS Chamber of Commerce. Following the team’s move to Brooklyn, N.Y., she transitioned to prospect cultivation and stewardship at various institutions, including NYU School of Law, Fairfield University and Pace University.
Jay is a former DI collegiate athlete, serving as a three-year captain for the Women’s Basketball team at Central Connecticut State University. She received her B.A. in Marketing from CCSU and her M.P.A in Nonprofit Management from Pace University.