Our Staff

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

Garrett Lucien

Executive Director, Coro New York

Garrett (He/Him) is Coro’s Executive Director. He 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.

Gladys Sosa

Development and Communications Manager


Prior to joining Coro New York at the start of 2021, Gladys (She/Her) 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.

Micco Sarno

Manager of Strategic Initiatives


Micco (He/Him) 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.

Densia Wray

Program Manager of Leadership New York


Densia (She/Her) 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.

Gila Ward Menda

Director of Leadership New York


Gila (She/Her) is the Director of the Leadership New York (LNY) Program at Coro New York, and is originally from Haifa, Israel, and Denver, Colorado. Her professional background is in global nonprofit leadership development, learning and development, and facilitation. Prior to Coro, she held roles at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a leading global humanitarian assistance organization, and at HOW Institute for Society, a nonprofit think tank. Passionate about cross-cultural learning, coaching, and social change, Gila has served in long-term field service placements in India, Zimbabwe, Honduras, and Ukraine. She has held board leadership roles in her local neighborhood, is a coach in-training with Conspiring Women Coaching Co-op, and is honored to be a New York 92Y Women inPower Fellow. She holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, an M.P.A. from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, and lives in Manhattan with her family.

Patricia S. Ureña

Director of the Fellows in Public Affairs Program


Patricia (She/Her) joined Coro in the Fall of 2022 as the Fellows Program Director, overseeing the full-time cohort program for aspiring leaders in public affairs. Prior to Coro, Patricia served as a senior community engagement manager at NationSwell where she supported social impact leaders across different industries. Her prior roles include Membership & Program Manager at The New York Junior League and Administrative Manager at TEP Charter School. She has extensive experience in community building, leadership support, member relations, program / project management, and nonprofit administration. She obtained her BA from Boston University in International Relations. She believes deeply in creating systems and spaces that center people and promote an equitable and inclusive society. Patricia enjoys fitness, sports, romance languages, Dystopian literature, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends. She grew up in Upper Manhattan and is the daughter of Dominican immigrants. She currently lives in Westchester County, NY. Patricia is passionate about supporting leaders and building community.

David Rivera

Assistant Director of the Neighborhood Leadership and REBNY Programs


As Assistant Director of Coro’s Neighborhood Leadership and REBNY programs, David (He/Him) is responsible for assisting in key areas of program management, operations, communications, and relationship management. Before joining Coro, David served as a Community Engagement and Training Specialist for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). While there, he facilitated training for over 200,000 New Yorkers on Mental Health and Covid-19 and built partnerships with community and faith-based organizations across New York City. David was also a liaison between DOHMH and the Department of Education which led to training over 10,000 teachers and school administrators. He is a native New Yorker and received his Bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz.

Elisa Nolasco

Program Manager of the Felllows Program in Public Affairs


Elisa (She/Her) joined Coro in the Fall of 2023, as the Fellows Program Manager, supporting the Program Director and cohort of aspiring young leaders. Prior to Coro, Elisa worked in the criminal justice reform space, both in direct services and policy campaigns. She has advocated for young girls in the juvenile justice system, supported adults navigating the civil repercussions of arrest, and secured housing for low-income families in New York. She graduated with honors from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a BA in Public Policy and Social Justice, and holds an MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She also co-hosts and produces a bi-weekly podcast called Culture Colander, which analyzes different social and cultural phenomena.

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.

Fatima Shama

Coro Chair | Head of Diversity and Inclusion in the Americas, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Gregg Bishop

Coro Vice Chair | Executive Director, Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation's Social Justice Fund

Achaibar (Dan) Sawh

Coro Treasurer | Founder & President, Haydan Consultants Inc.

Aaron Koffman

Coro Secretary | Managing Principal, The Hudson Companies Inc.


Susanna Aaron

Sandra Altine

VP, Diversity and Inclusion, Meta

Richard A. Caccappolo

Chief Operating Officer, MailOnline

Andrew Cantor

Executive Vice President, Related Companies

Wellington Chen

Executive Director, Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation

Darrell Gay

Partner, Arent Fox LLP

Tal Golomb                                  

Partner, Fried Frank LLP

Andrea Hagelgans

Managing Director, NY Corporate and Public Affairs Edelman

Alison Hirsh

Assistant Comptroller for Pensions and Senior Adviser, Office of the Comptroller

Wayne Ho

President/CEO Chinese American Planning Council

LaAsia Hundley

Vice President, Facilities & Field Services, Con Edison

Patrick B. Jenkins                       

President, Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates

Angie Kamath

Dean at School of Professional Studies, New York University

Sarah Lewis

Vice President, Health Equity Hartford Healthcare

Arlenis Morel 

Co-Executive Director, Make the Road New York

David I. Moskovitz

Senior Managing Director, Accenture

Monisha Nariani

Director, Global Business Practices and Reg. Affairs,  Citi

Mehul J. Patel  

Head of Commercial Office, Rudin Management Company

Jeffrey Plaut

Founding Partner, Global Strategy Group

Melissa Roman Burch

Chief Operating Officer, NYC Economic Development Corporation

William F. Squadron                               

Assistant Professor, Elon University

Angelene Superable

Communications Advisor and Deputy Press Secretary, NYC Office of the Mayor

Travis Terry

President, Capalino+Company

Jamie Torres-Springer

President, MTA Construction & Development

Nancy Youman

– Coro Alumni

Board Emeritus

Anne Pollack

Peter Neger