Spring Cohort 2019
Alexandria Sumpter-Delves, newly promoted Division Director of Youth Workforce where she oversees Queens Community Houses’ young adult workforce programs. Alexandria served as Program Director, for Queens Community Houses’ Young Adult Food Sector Initiative Project (Queens Connect) which provides young adults 18 -24 years of age with the essential skills
needed to succeed in the World of Food. Alexandria transitioned to Queens Community House from the City University of New York (CUNY) where she managed the training partnership between CUNY and the NYC Housing Recovery Office (HRO). Prior to working with CUNY, she served at the Police Athletic League (PAL), as a Manager of Training and Volunteer Services, where for nearly a decade she provided oversight of the Professional Development Committee, Training and Development Committee and developed the stand alone mentoring program, GirlTalk. Before joining PAL, she held a number of progressively responsible positions in youth development and community service at Safe Space, Public Allies New York, Common Cause New York, and Columbia University. Her career also includes work in fundraising, marketing, and public relations. She holds a BA in Communications and Psychology from CUNY.
Alliy Drago serves as the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO, as well as Trustee Liaison at the New-York Historical Society. Her duties include board management, high-level donor stewardship, event logistics, executing special projects, monitoring staff activity across all departments, and facilitating communication with elected officials and city, state, and federal agencies.
Raised in New Jersey near the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, she joined New-York Historical in 2014 to pursue her passion for local history and interest in non-profit administration after a career in the performing arts. Alliy is a graduate of Syracuse University.
Amanda Walker is currently the Associate Director of After School Programs at Union Settlement.
Previously, from 1991, Amanda was a participant in one of Union Settlement’s after school programs. She would go on to start work in one of the middle school programs as the Program Director’s Assistant in 2008. In the following years, she gained experience and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, becoming a Site Supervisor in 2011 and then a Program Director in 2015.
Through her show of excellence in running program and always being an example and help to multiple programs, she was promoted to her current position where she oversees the operation of 10 afterschool programs.
Amber Davis is the Operations Manager of Herstory Writers Workshop, an organization
bringing unheard voices into the public arena, transforming lived experiences into written memoir powerful enough to change hearts, minds and policy. She provides programmatic and administrative support for writing workshops within the jails, school districts, and communities across Long Island and NYC. In her role, Amber is continuously working to strategize and implement ways to help sustain the infrastructure. She is committed to using writing as a tool for change with a deep desire to make the Black community stronger through divulging into the mental health stigma through her own writing. She comes from the world of investments and banking, previously employed at Bethpage Federal Credit Union and New York Community Bank. She currently serves as an active board member at CAY Community Services Organization, a Brooklyn based non profit providing individualized training and services in computer applications for individuals with special needs.
Amber holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology from SUNY Old Westbury. She is currently completing her Masters of Business Administration at LIU Post, serving as a peer mentor to first year students and co-teaching in the Fall semester of 2019. She has also graduated from Herstory’s Facilitator training institute, completing her field placements working with young women incarcerated on Rikers Island and with students who have not succeeded in the traditional school setting through the Nassau BOCES Twilight program.
As Manager of Individual Giving and Stewardship at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), Amy works closely with members of NYSCI’s President’s Council, as well as provides assistance in donor cultivation and the production of profile-raising events. Prior to this role, she was the Development Associate on the team for a little over two years. Amy holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The New School, and currently resides in Queens with her family.
Angela Lee has worked in the non-profit sector for the last 10 years. She is currently the Human Resources Director at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, the nation’s largest healthcare clinic dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community. Angela specializes in recruiting, staff development, and managing employee relations. She currently supervises a team of five HR staff. She is dedicated to creating and maintaining a diverse, sensitive and affirming environment for both patients and staff and she is currently working with a team of individuals to plan for Callen-Lorde’s expansion into Brooklyn in 2020. Angela received her B.A. from Brooklyn College.
Angie Carpio is currently the Director of Operations & Strategic Advancement at exalt, an educational internship program for court-involved youth. Prior to exalt, Angie worked at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, where her portfolio included Raise the Age implementation, School Climate and Safety initiatives, and closing Rikers Island. She is passionate about criminal justice reform, and highlights organizational health as a valuable means to support changemaking.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management and Social Policy from the New School.
Arisly Rodriguez is the Senior Director of the Child Trauma Response Team Program at Safe Horizon. She graduated from New York University with her Master’s in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of New York. Arisly has over 9 years of experience working with children and their families whom have experienced some kind of trauma in their lives. She has worked within Safe Horizon for several years growing from a Case Manager to Clinical Forensic Specialist at the Child Advocacy Center. She was a Clinical Supervisor at Housing works,Inc then returned to Safe Horizon after 2 years where she has grown from a Clinical Director to now a Senior Director. Ms. Rodriguez has a passion to grow and support staff to excel in their own careers along with the desire to empower and support families through their traumatic experiences.
“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed it means the damage no longer controls our lives.” -Unknown
Brooke has spent her career working in education and community outreach in New York City as well as South America. After graduating from Brown University in 2005, Brooke spent three years living in South America where she worked with Amnesty International and TransformeArte, researching human rights violations and organizing events and campaigns to raise awareness.
She returned to the United States and started working at Read Alliance, a nonprofit that pairs teen tutors with kindergarten and first-grade students who are struggling with reading. During her time at Read Alliance, Brooke created strong relationships with schools in all five boroughs of New York City and managed program quality which resulted in student growth in reading skills in addition to a positive change in the confidence and motivation levels of students and teen tutors. Most recently Brooke has been managing the daily and strategic plans for the operations of charter and parochial schools which has allowed her to create systems that maximize efficiency.
Brooke has been using her background in program management to continue to enhance programming at Generation Citizen in New York. She believes that every student needs the civic knowledge, skills, and support to use their voice to create a better future and reach their full potential.
Brooke enjoys being active and trying new activities such as surfing. She is constantly planning her next trip and believes that traveling is the best way to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone.