Fall Cohort 2022
- Ahyoung KimAsian American FederationAhyoung KimAsian American Federation
Since joining AAF in 2019, Ahyoung Kim has worked for immigrant small businesses at the city, state and federal levels. She also worked with foundations and corporations to ensure support for the needs of the pop-and-pop stores, particularly during the height of the pandemic. Her work pushes for increased access to information and resources, fair business practices and commercial revitalization in areas of high Asian American and immigrant populations.
During her tenure, Ahyoung has expanded AAF’s footprint in small business communities of Murray Hill, Queens, Astoria, Elmhurst and Sunset Park. Her expertise in outreach and on-the-ground concerns for immigrant small businesses is based on direct contact with hundreds of Asian small business owners across the city through AAF’s direct technical assistance program and continued policy and advocacy discussions with immigrant small business organizations.
- Alex ArsoAlex Arso
Alex Arso is the Government Affairs Manager at Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank. She received a B.A. in International Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Touro University. She has been an employee of Long Island Cares since 2020 when she joined the emergency response team as a result of the pandemic. Soon after she converted to a full-time position and since has established a reputation as a skilled and dynamic Government Affairs Manager, fostering program success and advancing objectives of anti-hunger advocacy campaigns to secure policy wins.
Other non-profit organizations to which she has made a positive contribution include the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Manhattan Youth. In addition, Alex completed a research project for the US Department of State as part of a Diplomacy Lab on “Youth and Security,” and presented her findings on a panel at the Academy of Criminal Justice Conference in 2019.
She enjoys connecting with others who challenge the status quo with a commitment to positively impact future generations.
- Brittany CouchPentacleBrittany CouchPentacle
Brittany Couch holds a BA in Entertainment & Media Studies and a certificate in Music Business from The University of Georgia. Prior to working at Pentacle she was the studio manager for Dancefx and then ALDEN MOVES Dance Theater, where she honed her graphic design and arts administration skills. Brittany has multiple years of experience as a post-production assistant for documentary films and as a stage manager for national touring dance competitions and events. In addition to her work at Pentacle, she is NEVILLE Dance Theatre’s Booking Coordinator, a dance instructor, and a media coordinator for Open Call Dance Competition. She brings a fervent enthusiasm to Pentacle for cultivating young leaders and connecting arts organizations with the tools they need to empower their artistry.
Brittany Couch (she/her) began her creative journey at the age of 5 as a competitive dancer and would eventually find her place as an instructor and administrator for various educational organizations in Georgia and New York. She holds a BA in Entertainment & Media Studies and a certificate in Music Business from The University of Georgia. Brittany has multiple years of experience as a post-production assistant for documentary films and as a stage manager for national touring dance competitions and events. She now serves as Education & Outreach/Marketing Manager for Pentacle, an arts services nonprofit providing unique and robust programs for performing artists at critical stages in their careers. At the same time, Pentacle enriches the cultural landscape through cross-sector partnerships in multiple communities across the city of New York and the United States. Brittany brings fervent enthusiasm to Pentacle for cultivating young leaders and connecting arts organizations with the tools they need to empower their artistry.
- Cara FlynnThe CUNY School of Public Health FoundationCara FlynnThe CUNY School of Public Health Foundation
Cara has served as the Development Manager at the CUNY School of Public Health (CUNY SPH) Foundation since Fall 2021. The CUNY SPH Foundation advances the achievement of CUNY SPH’s mission, vision, and values as New York City’s public school of public health through fundraising, building strategic partnerships, and providing services as a champion for the school’s students as they embark on public health careers, and its faculty as they work to educate the next generation of public health professionals.
Cara has been a development professional since 2013, serving in roles at a youth career development organization and a Gramercy area, K-8 school for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. She also works as an independent fundraising consultant supporting organizations in fundraising strategies and grant writing.
Cara earned her BA in sociology from Fordham University and completed graduate level fundraising coursework at New York University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-NYC Chapter and the Fordham University Young Alumni President’s Club.
- Carmen PineiroThe Bronx DefendersCarmen PineiroThe Bronx Defenders
Carmen Pineiro was born and raised in the Bronx. She has been organizing communities for over 22 years, particularly in the Bronx and East Harlem. She is fluent in Spanish and has an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Bronx Community College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from John Jay College graduating Cum Laude. Her work has been focused on grassroots organizing and building power for low-income people of color in addition to grassroots fundraising as a tool to build community power. Carmen previously worked at Community Voices Heard where she was the Sustainable Communities Organizer, Public Housing Organizer, Participatory Budgeting Organizer, and Individual Giving & Events Coordinator during a 7-year span. Prior to that she organized in her community against Predatory Equity and fought for fair housing. She is extremely passionate about ending all forms of oppression and building grassroots leadership by developing and strengthening communities. She is currently working towards building transformative change by moving impacted individuals with professionals to empower communities to thrive through education, leadership, organizing, and civic engagement that will assist in transforming laws and policies that impact the most marginalized communities.
- Cesar PaganYoung Audiences New YorkCesar PaganYoung Audiences New York
Cesar Pagan is the Community School Director at P.S. 165 located on the upper west side of Manhattan. Cesar has a true passion for youth development, managing community based programs for over 10 years. He aims to improve student grade point averages, test scores and attendance rates. Cesar served as the Chairman of Youth and Education in his hometown of the Bronx. He has organized peace rallies, health fairs and community basketball tournaments, assisting community members obtain resources through events. Cesar is happy to create leaders out of young people and inspiring them to be great.
- Dana NurseYouth CommunicationDana NurseYouth Communication
Dana Nurse is Youth Communication’s Director of Culturally Responsive Education. From Brooklyn by way of Trinidad, she is a former high school special education teacher and most recently served as the ELA Content Specialist for the NYCDOE’s Office of Assessment. Dana holds a BFA from Emerson College in Writing, Literature, and Publishing and a MSEd from St. John’s University in Special Education. She is committed to anti-racist education and uplifting youth voices. She is an afrofuturist nerd, a sometimes poet, and loves dachshunds maybe a little bit too much.
- Denise QuijadaSadie Nash Leadership ProjectDenise QuijadaSadie Nash Leadership Project
Denise is the current Partnership Manager at Sadie Nash Leadership Project, a non-profit that provides leadership development and social justice education to young women and gender-expansive youth of color. Her role at Sadie Nash is centered around bringing social justice programming to schools and CBO’s that want to support the leadership development for female-identifying persons serving almost 200 young people across NYC and Newark, NJ annually. During her time with Sadie Nash, she developed programming centered on healing justice and wellness, in response to the pandemic, and has created structures to support wellness practices that are embedded across the organization for both participants and staff.
Denise’s professional career has been focused on supporting underserved communities in the New Jersey/NYC area. Denise has over 15 years of experience in providing emergency medical services to urban communities. Additionally, she has dedicated time to providing mental health treatment and crisis response in non-profit healthcare settings that serve predominantly low-income communities. Denise holds both a BA in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies and an MSW, including a certification in Human Services Management, with a concentration in Global Social Work from Rutgers University, NJ.
- Elitsa Bella KichukovaVIP Community Services, Inc.Elitsa Bella KichukovaVIP Community Services, Inc.
Elitsa Bella Kichukova is a non-profit professional with a decade of varied wealth of knowledge and experience working in the healthcare sector for underserved communities. Elitsa Bella holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Healthcare Management from the School of Business and Accounting at Monroe College and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration from The School of Allied Health at Monroe College. After her Master’s degree graduation, Elitsa Bella earned a Continuing Education Certificate in Project Management from The School of Business and Accounting at Monroe College.
In her current role as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and the Board Liaison at Vocational Instruction Project Community Services, a non-profit organization in South Bronx, Elitsa Bella is driven by a deep understanding of the needs of under-resourced communities. Her expertise encompasses all aspects of non-profit management, and with a track record of strong performance in high-pressure environments, Elitsa Bella skillfully manages the operations of the organization.
Elitsa Bella believes that leading from the middle is all about communication and bridging the links between the Senior leadership, the Board of Directors, and the staff. Elitsa Bella uses a transformational leadership style to inspire growth, promote loyalty, and instill confidence in team members. Elitsa’s well-rounded experience represents strong analytical skills and office management – all that while being an effective team player who happens to speak three languages.
- HC HuynhThe Elizabeth Foundation for the ArtsHC HuynhThe Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
HC HUYNH (they/them) is an arts administrator and cultural worker. They are currently the Director of Special Projects at The Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts and the Managing Director of the United States Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA). HC has developed programming for artists and arts writers through various partnerships with a primary focus in cultivating inclusive and vibrant communities. They have produced programming with various organizations such as the United Nations, Teachers College, Columbia University, the Maryland Institute College of Art, The Vera List Center, the SEAD Project, and many others.
In addition to their current positions, HC is a board member on the Nomination and Governance Committee of Raw Art Works, a youth arts organization that provides youth from underserved communities with arts programming. HC has served as a SEA Change Lab mentor for the SEAD Project, providing both professional and personal guidance to young adults part of the Southeast Asian diaspora.
They received their MFA in Painting & Drawing from Pratt Institute and a BFA as a dual major in Studio Education and Painting at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
- Isa Del BelloBrooklyn Bridge Park ConservancyIsa Del BelloBrooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
With a background in elementary education, Isa moved to New York to pursue a master’s degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. Shortly thereafter she began teaching with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy as an environmental educator, introducing numerous students to urban ecology and wild spaces found within and around the park. At present, she continues to strategically build and develop the Conservancy’s education team and environmental education spaces. Areas of specialty include youth empowerment, differentiated instruction, curriculum development, educational psychology, environmental education, environmental stewardship and environmental conservation. She holds a M.A. in developmental and cognitive psychology with a concentration in risk, resilience and prevention, specifically examining socio-epidemiology and human development across the lifespan. In addition she holds a B.A. in elementary education with dual concentrations in science and literacy.
- Jacqueline WuRandall's Island Park AllianceJacqueline WuRandall's Island Park Alliance
Jacqueline R. Wu is the Park-as-Lab Research Coordinator at Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) in New York City where she develops and conducts environmental monitoring projects around the Island. As a non-profit park steward in New York City, RIPA understands the importance of outdoor space and its positive impacts. Jackie is proud to lead Park-as-Lab, a program focused on fostering community science and collaborative studies of the Park’s urban ecology, in partnership with local advocacy groups, universities, and students of all ages.
Prior to RIPA, Jackie has worked along various bodies of water as an environmental researcher, informal educator, and wetlab assistant. She received her B.S. in Natural Resources with a concentration in applied ecology from Cornell University and her M.S. in Marine Biology from Northeastern University.
- Jeanne Ortiz-OrtizPro Bono NetJeanne Ortiz-OrtizPro Bono Net
Jeanne is the Pro Bono & Strategic Initiatives Manager at Pro Bono Net (PBN), a national nonprofit that brings the power of the law to all by building cutting-edge digital tools and fostering collaborations with the nation’s leading civil legal organizations. At PBN, she coordinates and grows state and national digital initiatives to expand access to legal help information and strengthen the work of volunteer attorneys and legal advocates helping people with their legal problems. She first joined PBN as a Disaster Response Legal Fellow to coordinate cross-program goals and work with organizations, law schools, and law firms in building innovative efforts to respond to the legal needs of people impacted by climate disasters.
Before joining PBN, Jeanne provided free legal representation and employment discrimination litigation on behalf of low-income transgender people in Puerto Rico and worked as a legal fellow with the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center. During law school, she founded an award-winning Ms. JD chapter to connect law students and facilitated reproductive and constitutional rights workshops in communities across Puerto Rico.
Jeanne is the Vice-Director of the American Bar Association Disaster Legal Services Program, where she helps coordinate immediate and free temporary legal help for disaster survivors across the country. She is an On The Rise Top 40 Young Lawyers Honoree and a member of the New York City Bar Association Pro Bono & Legal Services Committee. Jeanne is bilingual and admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and New Jersey.
- Jeffrey MooreRising GroundJeffrey MooreRising Ground
Jeffrey Moore joined Rising Ground in 2013 and has held many positions during his tenure with the organization. He currently serves as the Director of the Runaway Homeless Youth Division which provides Transitional Independent Living programs and Mental Health Services for young people at risk of homelessness.
In addition, Jeffrey is an experienced facilitator as he is a certified trainer in multiple trauma models, as well as Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), a model developed by Cornell University to support youth in crisis situations. Jeffrey also works with other nonprofit organizations such as the YMCA and the National Urban League as a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) consultant, to develop curriculums and workshops to increase youth engagement in STEM-related careers.
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Jeffrey has a Bachelors in Criminal Justice from SUNY Buffalo State College, and a Masters in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
- Jennifer KalterNew York Transit MuseumJennifer KalterNew York Transit Museum
Jennifer Kalter is a museum educator and administrator who has held leadership positions in a variety of cultural institutions. She is committed to making museums accessible, relevant, and engaging. Her professional experience includes roles at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Folk Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Please Touch Museum, The Cloisters, the Jewish Museum, and the New York City Department of Education. Her research interests, national conference presentations, and papers include topics such as accessibility, digital learning, empathy, mindfulness, and audience development. In her current role as Assistant Deputy Director, Education, Public Programs, and Visitor Experience at the New York Transit Museum, she leads a team that implements access, adult, family, school, and public programs, and the museum-wide visitor experience. She holds a BA and MA in Art History, certification in mindfulness instruction, and certification in non-profit leadership from Leadership Fellows New York.
- Judith OhikuareNY Writers CoalitionJudith OhikuareNY Writers Coalition
Judith is a poet and writer, and the Operations & Development Director at NY Writers Coalition, a nonprofit organization in Brooklyn that provides creative writing workshops for underserved and marginalized groups in New York City. She was previously a staff writer at Refinery29 where she covered work and money and edited the popular “Money Diaries” series.
Prior to R29, Judith worked on staff at Cosmopolitan and Inc. magazines writing and editing stories about entrepreneurship, technology, and personal finance; she also served as an editorial fellow at The Atlantic on the “Sexes” and Health channels.
- Karin StepanyanArab-American Family Support CenterKarin StepanyanArab-American Family Support Center
Karin Stepanyan is currently Senior Program Director for Solution Based Casework Preventive Program at Arab American Family Support Center. She joined the organization in 2019 as a Supervisor for the Preventive Program. The goal of the Preventive Program is to help strengthen families, prevent child abuse, protect the rights and security of immigrants and work to end domestic and gender based violence. Her works also includes empowering immigrants and refugees with the tools needed to successfully acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in the community. Karin has a long history working in the non profit sector. She is motivated towards servicing the public and helping children and families remain safe. She conducted the Powerful Families group for the Casey Families organization. Her group leading experience also includes working as a Daily Living Specialist for Women In Need. She led sessions focused on financial literacy, vocational goals and self advocacy. She has previously worked in the Respite Care Program for Steinway Child and Family Services in which she applied treatment strategies to support security of families and prevent foster care placement. She also helped individuals receiving HRA assistance with medical or mental health barriers to find employment. Her volunteer work includes Hurricane Sandy relief and working at Queens Hospital psychiatric unit. Born and raised in Queens, NY, she is an alum of St. John’s University Rehabilitation Program. She has also done post graduate studies towards mental health counseling.
- Kristina Rivera LugoCasita Maria, IncKristina Rivera LugoCasita Maria, Inc
Kristina Lugo is currently serving as the Interim Co-Executive Director at Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education. Kristina has worked at Casita Maria for the past 10 years and has held roles as a direct line staff member for its educational programs, then as a program administrator, operations manager, human resources generalist, and, finally, finance director. Kristina has been vital to Casita Maria’s stability, as she has created effective results-driven systems, recruited and led a sound finance team, and nurtured an organizational culture that operates from a holistic approach.
Kristina is herself a former “Casita Kid”, and takes great pride in the work she has accomplished and the organization’s impact on the lives of thousands of young people and their families since its inception in 1934.
- Latoya BaileyThe Guidance Center of WestchesterLatoya BaileyThe Guidance Center of WestchesterLatoya Bailey is the Administrative Services Director at The Guidance Center of Westchester. Born and raised in New York City, she has always worked to support her community at organizations such as START Treatment and Recovery Center based in Brooklyn or JASA based in Manhattan. Latoya holds an MBA from Mercy College and an BA in Sociology from CUNY York College. She is committed to doing great work at amazing community-based organizations however she can. Aside from that, she is a huge nerd and has a very handsome cat named Pitou.
- Madeline BestMadeline Best
Madeline Best grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and has lived in New York City for 17 years. She studied dance at Bennington College and has been a lighting designer for over 20 years. Her recent design projects include collaborations with Moriah Evans, Yve Laris Cohen, Heather Kravas, Ursula Eagly, Milka Djordjevich, Efrian Rozas, luciana achugar, Andrea Kleine, Anne-B Parson/Big Dance Theater, and many others.
Madeline brings her many years of experience working collaboratively with dance, theater, and visual artists to her administrative practice – using project management, collective visioning, and creative problem-solving as the bases for her approach to organizational operations.
In her more than 15 years at The Chocolate Factory Theater, Madeline has held several roles of increasing scope and responsibility, moving from Production Intern, to Production Manager, to her current role as Director of Operations. In addition, Madeline brings her experience as a working theater artist to The Chocolate Factory Theater’s current capital design and renovation project. Her unique perspective has helped guide the project while simultaneously prioritizing ease of use and optimized facility functionality.
- Matthew GreeneOpening ActMatthew GreeneOpening Act
Matthew Greene has been working in youth development for over a decade, coupling his artistic career with a passion to lift up and empower the rising generation. From his college years studying playwriting and working in residential treatment facilities, he saw the potential to bring theatre education to the passionate, creative young people who are too frequently overlooked. After moving to New York City in 2010, he spent his days as a youth care worker with Boys Town USA and his nights and weekends in rehearsals and work sessions. He worked as Co-Artistic Director of the Broadway Academy, a summer camp based in Nebraska, and held numerous guest artist roles working with high school students on both coasts. His work with Opening Act began as a Teaching Artist in 2015, leading after-school theatre programs at some of the city’s most under-resourced public high schools. Leading these talented teens through the process of creating, rehearsing, and debuting original plays in Off-Broadway theaters further cemented Matthew’s belief that arts programming should be available to everyone. In 2017, as part of a three-year strategic plan, Opening Act hired Matthew to create the Act 2 College and Career program. The program was conceived as a response to student and alumni interest in support beyond the stage, and Matthew was eager to make the dream a reality. Drawing upon his teaching and youth development experience, his years as a foster parent helping to navigate the CUNY system, and his belief that theatre education provides a strong foundation for any career path, Matthew piloted the Act 2 program, now in its fifth year. Through Act 2, Matthew has created college and career access programming for hundreds of Opening Act students, using theatre arts as an entrypoint to tackle the daunting postsecondary landscape. Additionally, Act 2 provides support for alumni through ongoing artistic and professional training, networking opportunities, and a paid fellowship program that builds transferable skills through creative production opportunities. Opening Act is the proud recipient of the HelloInsight HI Impact Award, and Matthew remains committed to developing the social-emotional capacity of students and alumni through arts education. As a playwright/librettist/lyricist, Matthew’s award-winning work has been produced on both coasts and in several places in between, including Working Artists Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row, and the New York International Fringe Festival.
- Michelle LawrenceSafe HorizonMichelle LawrenceSafe Horizon
Michelle M. Lawrence is the Director of Anti-Racism Organizational Development and a member of Senior Team at Safe Horizon where she plays a leading role in Safe Horizon’s work to address and combat systemic racism and moves Safe Horizon towards being a more racially equitable and inclusive workplace and organization. She is part of Safe Horizon’s Anti-Racism Steering Committee and works closely with internal working groups dismantling white supremacy and white organizational culture and affinity groups co-chairs in developing and coordinating an annual action plan. She is leading conversations about racism throughout the organization, and partnering with external consultants to further the organization’s work to create lasting, measurable change. Michelle is known for her honest and frank conversations about race and racism and is known in the field as a racialized Black woman that is not afraid to speak her truth.
- Nabila TajBrooklyn Defender ServicesNabila TajBrooklyn Defender Services
Nabila Taj is Supervising Attorney in the Immigration Practice at Brooklyn Defender Services, where she represents noncitizens facing deportation. Previously, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic at CUNY School of Law and has served as an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at the Empire Justice Center. Nabila received her J.D. from the CUNY School of Law and her B.A. from Trinity College.
- Richard M. SmithSchool of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical GardenRichard M. SmithSchool of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden
Richard M. Smith is the Director of the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. A National Historic Landmark and advocate for the plant world, the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden, established in 1891, is the largest garden in any city in the United States. For the past 90 years, the School of Professional Horticulture at NYBG, the only nationally accredited hands-on horticulture program in the country, has educated and trained motivated individuals to become horticulturists of the highest caliber.
Richard, a Florida native, comes to New York with over 10 years of horticulture education experience. He has worked with the range of education from primary, secondary, post-secondary, adult to professional learners. Richard has served in a variety of roles such as a Master Gardener working with public and private gardens, a Biological Scientist researching innovative specialty crop and medicinal plant production methods, a plant nursey owner and consultant working with growers throughout the United States, South America, and Asia, and as a teacher and department lead of a public-school agricultural/horticultural sciences program focused on developing content and curriculum for professional horticulture industry certification.
Richard is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Florida College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences with concentrations in Environmental Horticulture, Nursery and Greenhouse Management. After acceptance of a graduate student position with the University of Florida, Richard ‘s small plant nursery gained national attention and was highlighted in print such as Greenhouse Management Magazine, Growing Produce Magazine, and Hop Culture Magazine; on radio and podcasts such a To A Certain Degree, NPR-WMFE Intersection, Experimental Brew podcast, and What Ales You podcast; and with presentations at FNGLA’s Landscape Show, Florida Brewer’s Guild, and the Master Brewers Association. Richard’s classroom experience, working with over 1,200 students, has been awarded the Duke Energy STEM Partnership Impact Grant for the use of hydroponic crop production and the Lockheed Martin STEM Partnership Impact Grant for the use of precision agriculture in experiential education. Richard has served on the board of the Florida Academy of Science as the Natural Resources Chair and on the board of the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Associate Action Chapter in Orlando, Florida.
As a member of the Fall 2022 Leadership Fellow New York cohort, an initiative of the New York Community Trust, Richard is excited to take this professional development opportunity and expand on the knowledge, skills, and tools of the program to build initiatives focused on helping organizations develop a broader reach, create greater access, and enhance collaboration in preparation of more individuals to become successful leaders in the green industry.
- Sinthia Peña-OrtizCoalition for Hispanic Family ServicesSinthia Peña-OrtizCoalition for Hispanic Family Services
Sinthia Peña-Ortiz serves as the Program Director of the Bushwick Community Partnership at the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services (CHFS). Before this role, she worked as an advocate for domestic violence survivors, immigrant families, and the safety and well-being of children. Sinthia has over ten years of experience serving families of color, immigrants, and low-income families. She received her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and her Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School.
- Yuby HernandezGhetto Film SchoolYuby HernandezGhetto Film School
Yuby Hernandez is a New York City Native from Washington Heights, Manhattan. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2013 where she received a BA in Biology.
She later began her career in nonprofit management, completing a year of service for Repair the World in Baltimore, where she rediscovered her passion for art and storytelling. After having moved back to NYC, her work led her to co-direct two short documentaries igniting her passion for film and pushing her to attain her MFA at the School of Visual Arts SocDoc program. She then worked in the festival circuit at notable organizations such as Tribeca Film Festival, SFFILM, and Catapult Film Fund. She also Associate Produced the Sundance premiered, Award-winning documentary: Aftershock.
This led her to combine her passion for filmmaking with her dedication to serving the community, instilling creativity and perseverance in those she works with to join the team at Ghetto Film School as the Global Roster Director.