Our People2021-10-13T12:32:43+00:00

Our People

Executive Team:

Development Team:

Gretchen Nealon

Director of Development, 2008 to present; Columbia University, M.S. 2006, M.P.A. 2006; North Central College, B.A. 1997.
Contact Gretchen at GNealon@urbanjustice.org

Hugh Ryan

Development Associate, 2011 to present; Bennington College, M.F.A. 2009; Cornell University, B.A. 2000.

Sarah Stapleton

Development Associate, 2021 to present; Smith College, B.A. 2021.

Human Resources and Office Services:

Josué Figueroa

Director of Operations, 2002 to present; SUNY Oswego, B.A. 2001.

Vanessa Rosario

HR Benefits Coordinator, 2016 to present; John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.S. 2013.

Judi Mercedes

Front Desk Coordinator, 2016 to present; John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.S. 2013.

Diana Lee

Operations Specialist, Citibank Service Year Fellow, 2021 to present; Villanova University, B.B.A. 2021

Clarisa Ortiz

Front Desk Coordinator, 2014 to present; Touro College, pursuing B.S.; Plaza College, A.S. 1990.

B.A. 2008.

IT Services:

Brian Fortin

IT Manager, 2019 to present; New York University, M.F.A. 2015; Dartmouth College, B.A. 2008.


Pio Lau

Senior Accountant/Grant Manager, 2021 to present; Binghamton University, B.A. 2012; Binghamton University, Masters in Accounting, 2013.

Idlir Kalemi

Fiscal Controller, 2013 to present; City University of New York – Brooklyn College, B.A. 2011.

Richard Alvarado

Director of Grants Management, 2009 to present; University of Connecticut, B.S 2004.  Milano The New School for Policy and Planning, M.S 2010.

Zerin Rahman

Staff Accountant, 2019 to present; Queens College, B.A. 2019.

To view the staff of a specific Project, please visit their section of our site.

Domestic Violence Project Staff
Freedom Agenda Staff
Human Rights Project Staff
Mental Health Project Staff
Peter Cicchino Youth Project Staff
Safety Net Project Staff
Sex Workers Project Staff
Street Vendor Project Staff


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