Our Team

Many brilliant people have made Young New Yorkers a reality. Our team is multidisciplinary, grassroots, voluntary, and gorgeous-hearted. We are characterized by our shared commitment to empower our young participants to change the world.

Board of Directors

Chair

Awo Quaison-Sackey

VP Human Resources

International Travelers Insurance

 

Secretary

Pam Weisz

Business Development and Communications Associate 

Strive International

Treasurer

Paulo Ribeiro

Investment Professional

President

Rachel Barnard

Founding Director

Young New Yorkers

 

Directors

Richard Wolf, Esq

Former Executive Director 

NYC Board of Corrections

Dr. Mary McLeod

Professor of Architecture

Columbia University

 

Maryanne Paul, Esq

Senior Counsel

Tetragon Financial Group Limited

Joan Rosenbaum

Independent Consultant

Former Director

The Jewish Museum

 

Cultural Ambassadors

Carri Twigg

 

Cosmo Baker

Laura Stylez

 

David CHINO Villorente

Dr. Ian Wilson

Lisa Cooly

Team

Rachel Barnard

Executive Director, Founder rachel@youngnewyorkers.org

Shawntiara Hayes

Peer Mentor and Program assistant

Shawnti@youngnewyorkers.org

Mansura Khanam

Graduate Programs Coordinator

mansura@youngnewyorkers.org

Ashley Martin

Finance and Contract Management

ashley@youngnewyorkers.org

Hannah Rotwein

Program and Production Assistant

hannah@youngnewyorkers.org

Azeya Webb

Arts and Wellness Facilitator

izzy@youngnewyorkers.org

Keeley Davenport

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

keeley@youngnewyorkers.org

Ash Rucker

Teaching Artist

Mimi Zhu

Teaching Artist

David CHINO Villorente

Teaching Artist

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors are Young New Yorker graduates who come on staff to assist new programs and guide new participants.

Daniel Aguilar (2012)

Monasia Lerece (2013)

Shawntiara Hayes (2015)

Mateo Ray (2015)

Harrison Rodriguez (2014)

Kimani Jackson (2014)

Emmanuel Agorioge (2014)

Kennya Luna De Olarte (2018)

Ambassador Board

Samantha Anderson

K.C. Boyle

Shawnda Chapman Brown

Michele Bruno

Alexander Casertano

Renee Casertano

Ting Ting Cheng, Esq.

Lawrence Ciarallo

Joanna Cox

Ian Grunert

Kristine Herman (Co-chair)

Lisa Jensen (Co-chair)

Matt Kipilman

Daniel Littlewood

Serafina Maiorano

James McEvoy, Esq.

Lena Neufeld

Tyler Nims, Esq.

Ross Offinger

Shakiva Pierre, Esq.

Jessica Rofé, Esq.

Aduke Thelwell

Kathryn van Voorhees

Anastasia Voron