Fall Cohort 2017
Alexandra Krueger is the Manager of Museum Affairs at the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library. She has been working at the New-York Historical Society for over six years. During this time, she has worked in the Visitor Services, Group Sales, Legal/Administration, and Curatorial departments. In her current role, she handles the finances and administration for the museum division which includes the curatorial, collections, exhibitions, graphics, and conservation departments. She works closely with the Museum Director and key executive museum staff to manage all administration matters supporting the museum collections and on-site and traveling programs for both art and history. Most notably in this past year, she had been the project manager for the Messages for the President-Elect initiative, the Tattooed New York exhibition, and a small Historical Society publication Treasures of the New-York Historical Society, an Abbeville Press Tiny Folio. Alexandra graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with honors in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and a minor in Business Management. After Marymount, she began pursuing a career in museums. She has had roles within the museum field in the areas of curatorial, collections, and digital media at prestigious institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. She is also an active member of the American Alliance of Museums and other arts and museum professional networks.
Amed Alfaraji is the Director for Community Outreach and Prevention Support at the Arab American Family Support Center (AAFSC). In this role he is responsible for identifying specific needs among marginalized populations, gathering information from communities at risk, disseminating vital knowledge to the community and directing those in need of resources. His current role includes working with community leaders and assisting the AAFSC’s President and CEO to forge collaborations with key social sector individuals supporting vulnerable populations; and representing AAFSC at key community gatherings as well as on social media. Amed is also tasked with helping and assisting newly-arrived immigrants and refugees to pay for their airfare to the IOM, through AAFSC’s New Immigrants and Refugees Fund program. He began his career as an interpreter in the fall of 2006 in Damascus, where he assisted refugees with translation and completion of legal documents. He also worked as a volunteer with the Anglican Church in Damascus. Amed is fluent in Arabic and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Literature from Alturath University Colleague.
Ansley is employed as Senior Manager, Membership & Development Operations at the Rubin Museum of Art, an arts and cultural hub in Chelsea. She oversees the Membership program and the Annual Fund. She also manages the development database and serves the External Affairs department with reporting, data analysis, and business processes. She is passionate about using data to drive strategy. Prior to her work at the Rubin, she managed the membership departments at the Museum of the City of New York and SummerStage at City Parks Foundation. Ansley holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MPA from Baruch School of Public Affairs with a focus on non-profit management. She is originally from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, with a population density of 92 people per square mile. She is a proud resident of the Bronx, with a population density of 32,000 people per square mile, and enjoys its rich cultural offerings, including world-class zoo, botanical garden, and history.
Anthony Negron is the Manager of Digital Programming at The New York Hall of Science. Mr. Negron project manages several initiatives that utilize digital tools and software (i.e. videoconferencing technologies, game design, 3-D modeling platforms and mobile application/probeware development) to educate K-12th grade youth around the world on topics covering a vast array of STEM concepts and practices. He is also a key member within the Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network which is a city-wide laboratory where educators, technologists, and mentors design innovative, connected educational experiences for youth. In 2016, he was named #Network50, an initiative at Mozilla to recognize individuals making a positive impact on Internet health. Mr. Negron is also a part of a selected group of professionals in the field of STEM and public education for The Lowline. His work with youth has been presented at such conferences such as Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), MozFest, Celebration of Teaching and Learning, Maker Faire NYC and at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Anthony has an MBA from Baruch College (CUNY)
Benjamín González leads the department of Grants Management at Interfaith Medical Center (IMC), which is located at the border of two Brooklyn neighborhoods struggling with historic social inequality and health disparities: Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights. In addition to monitoring the hospital’s portfolio of grants, he is the project manager for IMC’s Participatory Action Research (PAR) project. IMC’s PAR project took place in the summer of 2017 with the recruitment and training of almost 50 community residents who conducted more than a 1,000 surveys and four focus groups to develop a comprehensive plan that will address multiple social determinants of health affecting Central Brooklyn residents. Recommendations from this community-driven research will inform the hospital’s Community Service Plan, which Benjamín co-wrote after leading the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment. He also partnered with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Citi Bike to develop the city’s first Prescribe-a-Bike program pilot launched at IMC’s Bishop Orris G. Walker, Jr. Health Care Center: physicians prescribe physical exercise as medicine and patients are provided with lifestyle change materials including a one-year Citi Bike membership. Benjamín has more than 10 years’ experience writing, editing, and managing for non-profit and for-profit companies. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Yale in preparation for a post-baccalaureate premedical program or master of public health and master of urban planning joint degree program.
Denise Torres is the Director of HR & Operations at Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc., a nationally recognized South Brooklyn based, non-profit community development corporation that develops and manages affordable housing and community facilities, creates economic opportunities and ensures access to economic stability, organizes residents and workers, offers student centered adult education, and combats displacement caused by gentrification. Denise has over 12 years of experience working in nonprofit management in Brooklyn including experience in areas of recruitment, compensation, payroll and benefits administration as well as operations management and financial duties. She served as Office Manager/Bookkeeper at Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Inc. and Scenarios USA, and as Executive Assistant/Office Manager at Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. prior to her current role. She graduated from Baruch College with a degree in Human Resources Management.
Elizabeth Larkin is the Director of Programs at LiveOn NY. In this capacity she is responsible for the design, implementation, and management of LiveOn NY’s programmatic initiatives which help strengthen the agency’s 100+ member organizations- all working to improve the lives and communities of older adults in NYC and beyond. Working to support the ever-evolving aging network, Elizabeth also acts as a liaison with key groups including other nonprofits, government agencies, and stakeholders to ensure the voice of LiveOn NY’s members are heard and older adult’s needs are met. Elizabeth started her career working in a community based settlement house primarily working with individuals living with cognitive impairments and their caregivers as a program social worker and eventually in a NORC setting working with seniors that had severe issues with hoarding. It is within those years working with individuals that she fostered a deep connection with older adults, the aging network, and the non-profit world. She believes that working with and understanding individuals is the foundation for successful program development and administrative growth of nonprofits. Elizabeth obtained her master’s degree in social work from Lehman college. She is a LMSW and a field instructor for Master’s level social work students completing their internships at LiveOn NY.
Liz manages administrative and business processes at Urban Green, overseeing information technology, human resources, and office administration. She also manages the delivery of Urban Green’s workforce training courses, GPRO and Conquering the Energy Code, focusing on continual improvement of internal processes and customer satisfaction. She has over ten years of non-profit experience and a passion for creating positive change in communities, having worked with organizations including Turnaround for Children, The Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective, and Free Arts NYC. Liz holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and a M.A. from New York University.
Gabrielle Speaks is the Director of Board Relations and Special Liaison to the President at Community Service Society of New York (CSS), an organization that has been in New York for over 170 years that addresses the root causes of economic disparity through research, advocacy, litigation, and innovative program models that strengthen and benefit all New Yorkers. She has been at CSS for 10 years and in her current role she is responsible for all aspects of board management and supervises the executive office support staff. She is part of the senior leadership team and works closely with all aspects of the organization. She also coordinates special projects on behalf of the CEO. Prior to working at CSS she held positions at other social and economic justice organizations in New York and Washington D.C. including TransAfrica Forum and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). Gabrielle has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. from Howard University in Washington D.C. She attended the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania and was a participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) for two years teaching English to high school students in Kochi Prefecture, Japan. She is passionate about social justice issues, women’s rights, and human rights, and participates in volunteer programs locally and abroad.