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Spring Cohort 2024

Anna K. Danziger Halperin
Center for Women's History at New-York Historical Society
Anna K. Danziger Halperin
Center for Women's History at New-York Historical Society
Anna K. Danziger Halperin is the Associate Director of the Center for Women’s History at New-York Historical Society. Anna received her doctorate in history from Columbia University, and her research has been published in academic journals such as Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Twentieth Century British History, and featured in popular outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, Time, and Vox. She has previously taught courses in history, museum studies, women’s studies, and race and ethnicity studies at Columbia University, City University of New York School of Professional Studies, and St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, and conducted public policy research at the Urban Institute and Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Since joining the Center for Women’s History in 2019, she has curated multiple exhibitions and special installations, including Women’s Work, currently on view, and previously Women March; Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Title IX: Activism On and Off the Field; Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming; The Feminist of Oz; and Milk: Life, Death, and Women’s Work.
César Ventura Tapia
Fund for the City of New York
César Ventura Tapia
Fund for the City of New York

César Ventura Tapia is the Program Manager at Fund for the City of New York. He oversees the NYC Community Planning Fellows and as well as the Sloan Public Service Awards and the Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching High School Science and Mathematics programs. Prior to his role at the Fund, César worked as the Assistant Director of the Leadership and Innovation Office at New York University in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He was responsible for leading innovative projects such as university grant competitions, supporting the Leadership and Innovation doctoral program, and organizing leadership development summits for C-Suite level leaders.

César earned his bachelor’s from CUNY Brooklyn College where he double majored in Puerto Rican and Latinx/e Studies, and Political Science. His passion for giving back to his community led him to be an active organizer that supported initiatives for underrepresented and immigrant communities. As an advocate for higher education, his interests and research has been focused on educational equity, primarily on community responsive pedagogy to better educational outcomes for court-involved youth. César obtained his master’s in Education Leadership, Politics, Advocacy (ELPA) from New York University. He is invested and committed to engaging students in the pursuance of their post-graduate experience. As a first-generation college graduate, Cesar Ventura Tapia deeply understands the value of education. He credits his resourceful style from working over 13 years in the hospitality industry. This experience, coupled with years of cross-sectional experience in operations and management in the nonprofit sector and higher education has allowed him to thrive.

Frankie J. Alicea
CO/LAB Theater Group
Frankie J. Alicea
CO/LAB Theater Group

Frankie J. Alicea (he/they) is a theatre maker, educator & producer. Since receiving his BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2012, they’ve worked throughout the US and abroad and has extensive training in devised theater techniques, arts integration and trauma-informed theater & educational practices. They have created and spearheaded a wide range of theater education programs throughout Connecticut, New York, southern California, creating & facilitating curriculum to support students K-12, adults & neurodiverse folks. Frankie most recently served as the Associate Artistic Director of Diversionary Theatre and a Senior Teaching Artist with La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA and currently works as the Director of Programs for CO/LAB Theater Group.

Ibrahima Souare
NYPACE
Ibrahima Souare
NYPACE

NYPACE’s Executive Director, Ibrahima Souare was formerly Senior Community Development Officer at LISC NY, where he spearheaded initiatives in economic development, affordable housing, health equity, and financial opportunities. Notably, Ibrahima successfully launched a COVID-19 relief fund, allocating nearly $4 million to support over 300 BIPOC and women-owned businesses. As a passionate advocate for small businesses, he secured funding and managed a network of community-based organizations across the NYC metro area, championing the growth of small and women- and BIPOC-owned businesses. Recognized as a rising star in City & State’s New York City 40 Under 40 in 2021, Ibrahima holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from CUNY Lehman College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College’s Marxe School as a National Urban Fellow. Currently, he strategically leads and implements growth strategies for NYPACE.

John Marimuthu
Grace Institute of New York
John Marimuthu
Grace Institute of New York

John Marimuthu is currently the Director of Talent Services at Grace Institute of New York. John manages a dynamic team of Talent / Job Placement Specialists and a alumnae coordinator. John is responsible for overseeing job placement, employer development and retention services. Prior to working for Grace Institute, John held a variety of roles including the title of Assistant Director for five consecutive times over the course of ten years while working within the Higher Education industry. John is passionate about helping others and finds fulfillment in the roles he has held over the course of his professional career as he was able to play a small part in the pursuit of educational and career development for his former students and current participants. John found the transition between Higher Education and the Non-Profit sector to be equally rewarding due to the level of impact he is able to have on the lives of the participants he serves. John holds a bachelor’s degree from Molloy University formerly known as Molloy College and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University as well as two digital badges / micro credentialing in Higher Education Management & Operations and Student Advising & Counseling from Stony Brook University’s School of Professional Development.

John Pham
Queens Public Library
John Pham
Queens Public Library

John Pham is a mission-driven nonprofit professional who is passionate about fundraising for education and lifelong learning. He has a track record of securing seven-figure grants from government funders and six-figure contributions from foundations and corporate donors.

John serves as an Assistant Director of Development at Queens Public Library. Since joining the Library in 2014, he has won $36.3 million in programmatic, general operating support, and capital grants from institutional donors. John’s portfolio areas include adult literacy, workforce development, community health, older adult programming, immigrant services, and the arts. He conducts prospect research, proposal writing, grants management, and stewardship of donors in these areas. John has secured support from major funders including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Mellon Foundation, X-PRIZE, the New York State Education Department, the New York Community Trust, Bank of America, Capital One, and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).

Prior to his time at the Library, John worked for five years at ReServe, a nonprofit that puts older professionals to work with nonprofits and public agencies. As Director of ReServe New York, John oversaw and administered the organization’s $3 million portfolio of programs in New York City.

John earned his Master of Public Administration from CUNY (City University of New York) Baruch College and his bachelor’s degree from the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Baruch. His volunteer experience includes serving on the Hunter College Elementary School Parent Teacher Association’s Benefit Committee, where he has helped fundraise hundreds of thousands of dollars. John is a co-founder of The Table, a microchurch in the Upper East Side.

Susan Dunbar
Girls Inc. of Long Island
Susan Dunbar
Girls Inc. of Long Island

Susan Dunbar brings nearly 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector to her role as Program Manager at Girls Inc. of Long Island. In this capacity, she leads programmatic initiatives, spearheading strategic planning, cultivating partnerships, and ensuring curriculum quality to empower young women. Susan’s expertise extends from her tenure with arts organizations, where she specialized in managing school partnership programs. Committed to fostering positive change, Susan combines her passion for education and youth to drive meaningful outcomes for girls across Long Island.