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


Richard Wolf Esq.

Past Executive Director

NYC Board of Correction



Pam Weisz

Director Institutional Relations

The Jewish Board


Awo Quaison-Sackey

VP Human Resources

International Travelers Insurance


Rachel Barnard

Founding Director

Young New Yorkers



Dr. Mary McLeod

Professor of Architecture

Columbia University

Maryanne Paul, Esq

Senior Counsel, Tetragon Financial Group Limited


Joan Rosenbaum

Independent Consultant

Past Director

The Jewish Museum

Carri Twigg

Political Strategist 

VH1 Correspondent 


Cultural Ambassadors

Cosmo Baker

Laura Stylez


David CHINO Villorente

Dr. Ian Wilson

Lisa Cooley


Advisory Board

Lisa Schreibersdorf Esq. 

Executive Director

Brooklyn Defender Services

Denise Wirsig

Project Coordinator

Brooklyn Defender Services


Rachel Barnard

Executive Director, Founder rachel@youngnewyorkers.org

Shawntiara Hayes

Peer Mentor and Program assistant


Mansura Khanam

Graduate Programs Coordinator


Jordan Morris, PhD

Program Evaluation and Innovation


Ashley Martin

Finance and Contract Management


Hannah Rotwein

Program and Production Assistant


Azeya Webb

Arts and Wellness Facilitator


Teaching Artists

Lunar New Year (LNY)


Glenna Gordon

Andre Lambertson

Mata Ruda

David CHINO Villorente

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)

Kimani Jackson (2014)

Emmanuel Agorioge (2014)

Kennya Luna De Olarte (2018)

Founding Members

These people are incredible and we could not have done it without them.


Wayne Brown, Founding Member, Teacher

Brian Buckner, Founding Member, Designer of the Young New Yorkers identity.

Greg Bugel, Design

Sara Feinberg, Esq. Co-Founder

Amanda Jack, Esq

Sydney Peck, Esq.

Hemangi Pai, Esq.

Marni Low, Social Worker

Oakley Ogden

Founding Member, Therapist, Educational and Behavioral Advise

Josh Ratner

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