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.

Gregg Bishop

Gregg Bishop

Interim Executive Director, Coro New York

Gregg is currently the Interim 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.

Prior to this role, Bishop served as the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) where he was charged with running a dynamic City agency focused on equity of opportunity, that leads to economic self-sufficiency and mobility for New York City’s diverse communities. During his tenure, he connected small businesses to over $200 million in capital, certified a record 9,000 Minority and Women business enterprises, connected over 100,000 New Yorkers to good paying jobs, and invested over $10 million in capacity building programs across the five boroughs. In addition, over 10,000 city residents were trained with new skills in the technology, healthcare, industrial and manufacturing and hospitality sectors. He also developed and launched several initiatives aimed at structural barriers minorities face, including Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC) and Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC).

Born in Grenada and raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, Bishop received a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing and Management Communication from Florida State University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida A&M University. He studied International Management and Marketing in Tokyo, Japan, and is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, and the Coro Foundation’s Leadership New York. Bishop is an adjunct professor at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs and serves on several boards including Red Hook Initiative and Junior Achievement of New York. He is also the incoming Vice President elect for the Alpha Gamma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Maya Gutierrez

Maya Gutierrez

Senior Director, Leadership New York

maya@coro.nyc 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.

Daryl Garrett Jr.

Daryl Garrett Jr.

Director, Strategic Partnerships

daryl@coro.nyc 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.

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.

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

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.

Cassandra Garita

Cassandra Garita

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

cassandra@coro.nyc Cassandra (Cassie) Garita joined the Coro team in 2018. She served as the organization’s Development and Communications Associate before assuming her current role as the Program Manager of 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. 

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.

Archana Menon

Archana Menon

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.