Investing in Non-Profit Leaders of Color Who are The Power Fund Leaders and where they are creating impact
Investing in Non-Profit Leaders of Color
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BERNELL GRIER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IMPACCT BROOKLYN
DR. NANCY GUTIÉRREZ
PRESIDENT & CEO THE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Bernell Grier joined IMPACCT Brooklyn, a community development organization, as Executive Director in 2016, bringing with her 30 years of experience, including her tenure as Director and Vice President of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Affordable Housing Program and her time as CEO and COO at Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, Inc. Ms. Grier holds an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College and a B.A. in Economics from City University of New York, City College.
Dr. Nancy Gutiérrez is the President and CEO of The Leadership Academy, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization
dedicated to cultivating culturally responsive leadership in school and system leaders. She proudly began her career as a teacher and award-winning principal in her home community of East San Jose, CA. Dr. Gutiérrez holds an Ed.L.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She teaches at Harvard, NYU, American University, and Latinos for Education and serves on the boards of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC), The Hunt Institute and brightbeam . She was a Fall 2019 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and was named one of the top 100 most influential leaders in education in New York in 2020 by City & State.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER CONEY ISLAND PREP
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WORKER’S JUSTICE PROJECT (WJP)
Leslie-Bernard Joseph, born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, is an educator, attorney, and social impact leader. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Coney Island Prep, a K-12 charter school serving over 1,100 scholars across four campuses. Mr. Joseph began his career teaching fifth grade in the Bronx through Teach For America, before joining the founding team at Coney Island Prep as the school’s first Dean of Students. He has also worked as an associate at the law firm Skadden,
Ligia Guallpa, the daughter of a former day laborer and a garment worker, is the Executive Director of the Worker’s Justice Project (WJP). For more than ten years, she has been organizing New York City’s day laborers, construction workers, domestic workers, and, most recently, app-based delivery workers to build a government and economy that works for all of us. Ms. Guallpa is currently leading some of the most critical issues of our time, including immigration, workers’ rights, climate change, and inequality. Under her leadership, WJP has 12,000 members and is growing, and has built three comprehensive workers’ centers in Brooklyn to provide education, organizing tools, and a variety of resources to amplify members’ voices in the workplace and the community.
Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; as an associate at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company; and as a managing director at the Harlem Children’s Zone, where he led a portfolio of 8 programs serving approximately 4,400 students across HCZ’s K-12 pipeline. Mr. Joseph received his A.B. in Politics and African American Studies from Princeton, where he served as both student body and Black Student Union president. He holds a J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School and an M.Ed. from Stanford Graduate School of Education. While at Stanford, Mr. Joseph was a 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. He is also an alumnus and former trustee of Prep for Prep, a non-profit organization in New York City.
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