MEET THE 2021-22 COHORT

We are excited to introduce the next Leadership New York (LNY) cohort! These participants will explore the social, political, and economic issues facing New York City today and learn how to navigate varying stakeholder interests. By the end of the program, participants will develop the personal leadership skills, NYC knowledge and multi-sector network to accomplish goals in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.

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Allison Jennifer Cooke

Entrepreneur, CEO of PM Shades, Formally an Operations Project Manager at NYC DOT

Passionate about impacting people from low/middle income communities who feel they have to limit their authenticity to fit into society.

Andrew Graham

Construction Project Manager, Lendlease

Passionate about affordable housing and finding creative ways to solve the housing crisis.

Anita Sonawane

Associate Vice President, Bessemer Trust

Passionate about ensuring an equitable and effective public education for students in New York

David Scatterday Treviño

Managing Director, Scatterday & Associates

Interested in innovative housing solutions for communities including immigrants, seniors, low-income families and the trans community.

Disan Davis

Program Manager of RockEDU Science Outreach, The Rockefeller University

Reimagining science and science education through lenses of access, equity, and justice for all.

Frank Brown Jr.

Associate Director of Pension Outreach, NYCERS

Focused on helping volunteers, civic leaders, elected officials, educators & city staff find solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

Gabriel Emanuel Hippolyte

Asst. District Attorney, Major Economic Crimes Bureau, Manhattan DA's Office

Passionate about creating a more equitable and accessible New York City through innovative and effective policies.

Gingi Pica

Director of Community Investment, L+M Development Partners

Committed to addressing the social determinants of health and improving the accessibility of quality affordable housing in New York City.

Harry Dixon

Vice President, Policy Governance and Regulatory Change Management, MUFG

Inspired by New York's "best in class" status across many categories and committed to making this city even better.

Hassan Mamun

Director of Accessibility, New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities

Interested in policy integration across public sectors & developing zoning policy through retroactive analysis & propositional planning.

Jamar Hooks

HRA Director of Special Initiatives, NYC Human Resources Administration

Passionate about LGBTQIA+ inclusion and creating a more fair and affordable city where no one needs to be homeless.

John Edward Anderson III

Senior Project Manager, Gilbane Building Company

Committed to building a world that is safe & equitable with opportunities for my family and neighbors regardless of their background.

John Morgan

Senior Analyst, HR&A Advisors, Inc.

Driven to find solutions for connecting people to opportunities through affordable housing and accessible transit.

Kimberly Rancourt

Director of Special Projects, New York City Department of Transportation

Dedicated to engaging communities in the physical transformation of their neighborhoods to improve safety, mobility, & access to open space.

Kristina Arakelyan

Director of Research and Evaluation (ENDGBV), HRA

Passionate about providing data-informed human services that meet the varied and changing needs of New Yorkers. 

Liat Krawczyk

AVP - Childcare Innovation Lab & Cyber NYC, NYCEDC

Passionate about building a more economically secure, mobile, and equitable NYC.

Lyle Sclair

Economic Development Representative, National Grid

Creating opportunities for all New Yorkers to succeed and grow in a changing economy.

Michael Morgan

Interested in adult and youth leadership via mentoring, access and opportunity.

Michael Napolitano

Director of the Partner Program & Technology, Fund for the City of New York

Inspired to make New York a more equitable City.

Monica Ealey

Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Human Resources Administration

Passionate about revitalizing the social fabric of NYC communities through housing and community development.

Onika Williams

Deputy Director, Membership and Service, NYCERS

Passionate about the relationship between homelessness and mental illness and how it affects our community.

Pedro Suarez

Program Director, Strategic Partnerships, LIFT-New York

Providing resources & career advancement to parents of young children, especially parents of color & immigrants in underserved communities.

Pervez Khaled

Department Manager, Consolidated Edison

Passionate about enabling clean energy future and making NYC better for everyone, especially for future generations.

Ravesa Bajo

Senior Policy Advisor, Deputy Mayor for Operations, Mayor's Office of New York City

Dedicated to increasing local economic development opportunities for refugee populations.

Ritu Malhotra

Corporate Responsibility Specialist, EY

Passionate about bringing equal opportunities to immigrant families in underserved communities and helping them fight injustice.

Robert Serrell

Executive Director, The Barrow Group

Interested in promoting greater diversity and inclusion in NYC arts and culture.

Sasha Ginzberg

Executive Director, Borough-Based Jail System, NYC Department of Correction

Dedicated to creating a smaller, safer and fairer justice system in NYC.

Sean Leahy

Director of Government Affairs, Sun River Health

Committed to identifying solutions that improve the accessibility and delivery of health care in communities across New York.

Shane Correia

Deputy Director of Government Partnerships, Center for Court Innovation

Committed to making our justice systems fairer, and more effective.

Sophia James

Deputy Director, Project Management, New York City Department of Education

Committed to driving innovation, policy, and equity & access to improve management of critical services for children & families.

Victoria Long Foley

Mediator, New York Peace Institute

Focused on the challenges facing NYC families and children including expanding excellence and equity in education.

Zack Goldberg

Senior Software Engineer, Google

Dedicated to building inclusive spaces and services for everyone, including people with disabilities.

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Ahmad Zeb

Deputy Chief Security Officer, NYCERS

Providing learning and internship opportunities to youth, so they are equipped with cyber security skills to do better & help NYC.

Alexandra Destin

Strategy Senior Manager, Accenture

Passionate about the professional and educational advancement of underserved groups.

Andrew Mendelson

Assoc. Dean & Professor, CUNY Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism

Interested in higher educational access, journalism, civic engagement, and providing a sense of hope & possibility to City residents.

Anke Stohlmann

Design Manager, Nava PBC

Passionate about creativity in education & dedicated to designing human-centered products/services that are effective and accessible to all.

Avninder Aujla

Director of Advocacy and External Affairs, Communities Resist, Inc.

Passionate about building an equitable and accessible New York City that is safe and affordable for every community.

Babatunde Akowe

Director of Procurement, New York State Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR)

Passionate about advancing economic opportunities for traditionally underserved communities.

Becky Yurek

Senior Design Liaison, NYC Department of Design and Construction

Committed to the power of high-quality public design to shape a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers. 

Bianca Sosa

AVP - Asset Management, NYCEDC

Drawn to New York City and all its character -- expected and unexpected.

Calvin Henry Harris Jr.

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, National Urban League

Interested in equity and civil rights, in all of its forms and possibilities.

Cruz Vargas-Sullivan

R&D Analyst, NYC DOE Office of Community Schools

Education justice and equity, restorative approaches to school discipline and public safety, environmental justice and climate action.

Derrick Denzell Spencer

Associate Director of Donor & Corporate Engagement, The Knowledge House

Passionate about eradicating white supremacy in the public sector and youth & community development that centers self-advocacy.

Efrain Mejia

Regional Director, New York City Criminal Justice Agency

Passionate about criminal justice reform and promoting innovation and fair treatment in the justice system.

Eke Williams

Assistant Director, Library Operations, Guttman Community College (CUNY)

Passionate about youth development and ending negative systemic structures.

Franny Civitano

VP - NYC Ferry Deputy Director, NYCEDC

Passionate about voting access for all.

Henry Goldschmidt

Director of Programs, Interfaith Center of New York

Inspired by the racial, ethnic, and religious diversity of NYC - committed to building a just and inclusive city for all New Yorkers.

Holly Harrison

Director of College and Academic Services, The Door

Committed to equity in higher education.

Jordan Jayson

Communications and Policy Director, Democratic Campaigns

Dedicated to contributing to legislation that is relevant to working families with young children.

Katja Kurz

Program Manager, American India Foundation

Interested in refugee integration, racial justice, and disability inclusion while building people power to create equitable communities.

Kristi Brown

Senior Design Strategist, NYC Mayor's Office of Operations

Committed to making NYC government work better for all New Yorkers.

LaMeane Isaac

Regional Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library

Empowering expectant people to make informed choices during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Lauren Margolis

Essex Market Mngr, Community Programming & Engagement, LES Partnership

Passionate about healthy food access, nutrition education, reviving NYC's public retail markets with affordable & high quality food.

Lukasz Kunicki

Operations Manager, AECOM

Improving city infrastructure and the built environment, mentoring younger generations, and equal access to quality education.

Melanie Wilkerson

Youth Justice Coordinator, Center for Court Innovation-- Staten Island Justice Center

Passionate about creating a more effective and human justice system for all.

Melissa D’Andrea

Chief Program Officer, Girl Scouts of Greater New York

Dedicated to providing NYC youth with the resources, education, love, and support they need to thrive.

Priyanka Jain

Co-founder and Director of Development, 3x3

Passionate about centering equity in programs and services and bringing about a cultural change in the civic sector.

Rhapsody Carrington

Associate Director, NYCERS

Dedicated to informing & supporting community seniors & teens in their life decisions i.e. asset management, housing, investments, etc.

Sam Jung

Deputy Dir., Inclusive Economic Dev. & Business Innovation, Office of the NYC Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives

Driven to advance equitable, non-extractive, and regenerative economic development strategies to address the growing climate crisis.

Sara F Ross

Community School Director, City Year New York

Passionate about access to equitable and sustainable educational opportunities for all students.

Sarah Mercanti

Manager of Board & Govt. Relations, Roundabout Theatre Company, Inc.

Passionate about expanding access to and inclusivity within NYC’s vibrant arts and culture sector, especially arts education.

Sarah Pizer

Development Director, The Hudson Companies

Passionate about affordable housing and fostering the creation of mixed income communities.

Sean Freas

AVP - Portfolio Management, NYCEDC

Passionate about equitable affordable housing, multi-modal transit infrastructure and an organically evolving economic industry.

Sharon Dhillon

Dir. of Regional Support, Students in Temporary Housing, NYC DOE

Dedicated to educating our youth equitably and effectively.

Timothy Schlauraff

Associate Chief System Operator, Con Edison

Educating and developing the youth within my community is a critical component of building city that is more equitable for all.

Tuwanda Harmon

Deputy Chief of Recreation, NYC Parks

Committed to strengthening collaborations, providing high-quality recreational services, and enhancing public programming across NYC Parks.

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