Our programmatic leadership team consist of four individuals with decades of youth development experience. Our program staff are seasoned youth development professionals, who, on average, have over 10 years of experience providing culturally relevant direct services to Black and Latinx youth, and more than 8 years of experience working within our organization. Over 50% of our programmatic staff are alum of the organization and the majority of our operations and facilities team are also alum. Many of our staff are first generational college graduates and were raised in low-income families. 

Khary Lazarre-White

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Jason Warwin

Associate Executive Director for Programming & Training, Co-Founder


Wendy M. DeJesus

Director of Programming

Silvia Canales

Director of College, Career & Wellness

Marsha Jean-Charles

Director of Organizing

Jose Garzon


Janelle Bennett

HR Director

Katherine Acosta

Events & Communications Coordinator 

Alberto Alcantara

IT Associate

Hattress Barbour III

Chapter Leader

Mariela Perez-Batista

Licensed Social Worker & Wellness Counselor

Enmanuel Candelario

Chapter Leader

Abby Duran

ASPE Facilitator

Wendy Flores

Environmental Program Facilitator

Charita Gainey

Curriculum Evaluation Coordinator

Jasmine Garcia

ASTEP Coordinator

Ashley Gibson

Grants Assoicate

Jessica Goetz

Development Associate for Database and Operations

Shalom Haileselassie

Sister Sol Chapter Leader

Rhadia Hursey

Assistant Chef

John Paul Infante

Liberation Program Organizer & Facilitator

Sheba Jackson

After School Program Elementary Facilitator

Jodeen Johnson

Sister Sol Coordinator

Nicholas Peart

Senior After School Elementary Program Facilitator

Jay Pimentel

Office Associate

Rebecka Jerome

Executive Chef

Jorge Laboy

Chapter Leader & Training Facilitator

Logan Lyons

Office Associate

Frank Lopez

Senior ASTEP Facilitator 

Gabriel José Maldonado


Nia Morgan

Liberation Program Organizer & Facilitator

Mary Oloukon

Sister Sol Chapter Leader

Christian Pappas

Career & Workforce Coordinator

Meischan Parrilla

Facilities & IT Manager

Paula Ramirez

Sister Sol Chapter Leader

Janaira Ramirez

Environmental Program Organizer

Brittany Reyes

Senior Manager for College, Career & Wellness 

Nando Rodriguez

Senior Manager for Environmental Programming

Jimmy Rogers


Pablo Sanchez

Accountant Associate

Ralphie Santiago

After School Program Elementary Coordinator

Juanita Secor

Grants Coordinator 

Helen Stewart

Deputy Director of Development & Communications

Rae Stokes

College, Career, & Wellness Facilitator 

Juan Tavarez

Brotherhood Coordinator

Abraham Velazquez, Jr.

Liberation Program Coordinator

Trevor Walsh

Chapter Leader

Samantha Welbeck

Wellness Coordinator

Melvin Wright


Quanasa Wright

College Coordinator

Lead Consultants

NYC Government RelationsKasirer

NYS Government RelationsMalkin & Ross

Event ManagementEvent Associates

Legal SupportGibson Dunn