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


Awo Quaison-Sackey

VP Human Resources

International Travelers Insurance



Pam Weisz

Business Development and Communications Associate 

Strive International


Paulo Ribeiro

Investment Professional


Rachel Barnard

Founding Director

Young New Yorkers



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


Rachel Barnard

Executive Director, Founder rachel@youngnewyorkers.org

Shawntiara Hayes

Peer Mentor and Program assistant


Mansura Khanam

Graduate Programs Coordinator


Ashley Martin

Finance and Contract Management


Azeya Webb

Arts and Wellness Facilitator


Keeley Davenport

Executive Assistant & Office Manager


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