We are excited to introduce the inaugural Workforce Systems Leadership Program (WSLP) cohort! These participants will be using New York City as their classroom to explore the changing workforce development landscape, drive innovative practices, and collaborate to improve the workforce system for low-income NYC residents seeking employment and career advancement opportunities.

Karen Bornarth

Head of Workforce Development, Hot Bread Kitchen

Caitlyn Brazill

Executive Vice President, Per Scholas

Shanna Castillo

Dir., Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability, NYC Housing Authority

Mara Cerezo

Senior Program Officer, Green City Force

Michelle Clarke

Executive Director, NYC Department of Small Business Services

Darly Corniel

Education Director Program Operations, Consortium for Worker Education

Deirdre Duke

Corporate Director HR Programs, Northwell Health

Elizabeth (Liza) Ehrlich

Chief of Workforce Development, NYC Parks

Stacie Evans

University Dir. for Language & Literacy Programs, The City University of New York

Sheree Ferguson-Cousins

Program Director, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey

Leah Hebert

Deputy Executive Director, NYC CYE

Michele Knox

Brooklyn Program Director, The HOPE Program

Amanda Kogut-Rosenau

VP Programs, Nontraditional Employment for Women

Chris Neale

Deputy Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Workforce Development

Evelyn Ortiz

Deputy Director, NYATEP

Sean Reyes

Deputy Dir. of High School Programming, Sunnyside Community Services

Seema Shah

Assistant Deputy Superintendent, Innovation, NYS DFS

Beth Spektor

Director of CUNY Internship Programs, The City University of New York

Heather Sutton

Asst. Dir. Engagement and Partnerships, The NYC LMIS, Center for Urban Research

Kevin Tse

Deputy Director, Chinese American Planning Council

Harini Venkatesh

Deputy Exe. Director, CTE Partnerships & Strategy, NYC Department of Education

Takiyah Weekes

Dir. of Career Readiness, Early College & Career Schools, NYC DOE

Phoebe Williams

Senior Director, Program Quality & Delivery, Year Up

Dina Zagari-LiMandri

Asst. Deputy Commissioner-Education Services, DSS-HRA-FIA


Generous funding support for WSLP has been provided by Ira W DeCamp Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Mizuho USA Foundation, NYC Department of Small Business Services, and Solon E. Summerfield Foundation.