Our Staff

Our staff work to advance positive social change by enabling diverse leaders to reflect, grow, learn, collaborate, and most importantly lead.

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.

Garret 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.

Midori Valdivia

Chief Operating Officer
Midori@coro.nyc

Midori (she/her) is an urban planner, a transportation professional, and the Chief Operating Officer for Coro New York. Her prior roles included Chief of Staff to the Chair & CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Deputy Commissioner for Finance & Administration at the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, and Senior Advisor to the Executive Director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Midori immigrated to the United States as a young girl. She received her degrees from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and Penn State University. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Micco Sarno

Special Assistant to the Executive Director Micco@coro.nyc

Micco Sarno is the special assistant to the Executive Director. Prior to joining Coro in the summer of 2021, Micco worked on the Adem for Congress campaign as the field organizer. He worked on volunteer management and also helped create and direct the campaign’s in-house fellowship program. Micco has also previously worked with the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Youth Safety and Development. Micco was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2019.

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

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 Sunset Park, Brooklyn. 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.

Densia Wray

Leadership New York Program Manager Densia@coro.nyc
Densia was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. As a child of Jamaican immigrants, her upbringing sparked her passion for empowering and uplifting marginalized communities. This passion led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Community Change Studies at the City College of New York. After attaining her degree, she completed a year of service with AmeriCorps to continue her work in social justice as a Community Outreach Coordinator at Neighbors Together, a soup kitchen in Brooklyn. There, she supported city and state-wide campaigns for affordable housing.

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.

Board of Directors

Our dedicated board includes leaders from the private, social, and public sectors—including many Coro alumni—with the insight and experience to help guide the growth and sustainability of Coro.

Andrew H. Kimball

Coro Chair | Chief Executive Officer, Industry City

Melissa Roman Burch

Coro Vice Chair | Executive General Manager, Lendlease, Inc.

Melody Rollins Downes

Coro Treasurer | Client Advisory, Head of Institutional Core Client Service, Bridgewater Associates

Andrew Cantor

Coro Secretary | Senior Vice President, Related Companies Inc.

Board

Aaron Koffman
Principal, Hudson Companies
Achaibar (Dan) Sawh
Founder & President, HD Consulting Group
Alison Hirsh
Senior Advisor, Maya Wiley for Mayor
Andrea Hagelgans
Managing Director, NY Corporate and Public Affairs, Edelman
Angelene Superable
Communications Advisor and Deputy Press Secretary, NYC Office of the Mayor
Angie Kamath
Dean at School of Professional Studies, New York University
Anne Pollack
Darrel Gay
Partner, Arent Fox LLP
David I. Moskovitz
Senior Managing Director, Accenture
Fatima A. Shama
Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Americas, Bloomberg
Gregg Bishop
Executive Director, Social Justice Fund
Jamie Torres Springer
President, MTA Construction & Development
Jeffrey Plaut
Founding Partner, Global Strategy Group
Joe Gagliano
Executive Vice President, Chief Tax Officer, American Express Company
LaAsia Hundley
Vice President, Facilities & Field Services, Con Edison
Mehul Patel
Chief Operating Officer, Midtown Equities
Monisha Nariani
Director, Global Business Practices and Reg. Affairs, Citi
Nancy Youman
Leadership New York 1996
Patrick B. Jenkins
President, Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates
Richard A. Caccappolo
Chief Operating Officer
Sandra Altine
VP, Diversity and Inclusion, Meta

Board Emeritus

Anne Pollack

Peter Neger

  –  Coro Alum