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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DR. EDWARD SUMMERS
JESSICA SANTANA PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER AMERICA ON TECH (AOT)
PRESIDENT AND CEO THE THINKUBATOR
Dr. Edward Summers is the President and CEO of The Thinkubator, an innovation and workforce nonprofit based in the Bronx. Prior to The Thinkubator, Dr. Summers served as the inaugural Executive Director of The Bronx Private Industry Council (PIC) Powered by HERE to HERE, a coalition of Bronx businesses that focused on creating long-term talent pipelines to support their local hiring needs. Dr. Summers also served in executive-level management roles at several colleges and universities including Long Island University, Union College, and Marist College.
Jessica Santana is the Co-Founder and CEO of America on Tech (AOT). Before co-founding AOT, Ms. Santana worked as a technology consultant for global brands and was one of the inaugural technology anchors on Univision. A graduate of Syracuse University, she has received numerous accolades for her work in social entrepreneurship, including being named a 2020 City and State Brooklyn Hero for her community efforts during COVID-19.
ANNETTA SEECHARRAN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHHAYA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
DENNIS M. WALCOTT
PRESIDENT AND CEO QUEENS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Annetta Seecharran is the Executive Director of Chhaya Community Development Corporation. She has a 25-year track record of breaking down barriers and creating opportunities that rebalance power and access for those that have been locked out. Prior to becoming the Executive Director at Chhaya, Ms. Seecharran was the Director of Policy & Advocacy at United Neighborhood Houses and the Executive Director of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA). Before SAYA, she ran YouthNet International for the International Youth Foundation and created YouthActionNet, now a leading global initiative promoting youth social entrepreneurship. A Guyanese immigrant raised in the Bronx, Ms. Seecharran holds an M.A. in international political economy and development from Fordham University and a B.A. in political science from Manhattanville College. She serves as a New York City Civic Engagement Commissioner and is a long- serving board member of the New York Immigration Coalition.
Dennis M. Walcott – a lifelong resident of Queens and former kindergarten teacher – is the President and CEO of Queens Public Library, one of the nation’s largest public library systems with 66 locations in the most diverse urban area in the world. Prior to joining the Library, Mr. Walcott served as the state- appointed monitor of the East Ramapo School District and served in the Bloomberg Administration as the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and the Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development. Before joining public service, Mr. Walcott served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Urban League for 12 years and the Executive Director of Harlem- Dowling West Side Center for Children and Family Services for five years.
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