We are excited to introduce the Neighborhood Leadership Program 2021 cohort! These participants will be using New York City as their classroom to explore how they can influence meaningful change and address complex challenges across NYC’s commercial corridors. By the end of the program, participants will develop a deeper understanding of policy and decision making in the city, the skills to lead change in their organizations and communities, and a network of engaged and influential alumni to support them in reaching their goals.


Rachel Brandon

Marketing & Events Manager, Village Alliance

Katherine Brill

Community Engagement and Marketing Coordinator, Grand Street BID

Ryan Cagle

Industrial Business Program Assistant, BOC Network

Tali Cantor

Planning Associate, Union Square Partnership

Ariana Cipriani

Manager of Neighborhood Development, Mosholu Preservation Corporation/Jerome Gun Hill BI

Lorial Crowder

Small Business Development Program Director, Community League of the Heights

Abigail Ellman

Director of Planning and Development, Cooper Square Committee

Regina Fojas

Senior Vice President, Times Square Alliance

Jennifer Furioli

Executive Director, Jamaica Center BID

Katty Garces

Program Manager, Woodhaven BID

Ionna Jimenez

Associate Director, Placemaking & Workforce Development, Brownsville Community Justice Center/Center for Court Innovation

Angela Pennyfeather

Director of Marketing, Fifth Avenue Association

Lisa-Marie Pierre, PhD

Program Manager, Economic Development, Bronx Community College/CUNY

Dina Rabiner

Co-President, Cortelyou Road Merchants Association

Leonor Reina

Executive Director, REMA4US, Inc.

Claudia Rincon

Marketing and Events Manager, Myrtle Avenue Partnership

Catherine Roepke

Digital Media + Community Engagement Manager, Meatpacking District BID

Camelia Tepelus

Executive Director, Morris Park BID

Neil Wagner

Business Service Program Manager, Queens Chamber of Commerce


Neighborhood Leadership is a partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services.
Funding support has also been provided by New York City Council, Citi Bank, and TD Bank.