Our People2021-06-10T20:45:44+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.

Isabel Fields

Development Associate — Individual Giving, 2021 to present.  Smith College, B.A. 2021.
Contact Isabel at ifields@urbanjustice.org

Operations Team:

Human Resources & 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.

Daniella Oria

Operations Specialist, Citibank Service Year Fellow, 2020 to present; Boston College, B.S. 2020.

Clarisa Ortiz

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

IT Services

Brian Fortin

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


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.

Varsha Singh

Director of Budgets & Contracts, 2018 to present; University of London, SOAS, M.S. anticipated 2021; Amherst College, B.A. 2014.

Syeda Tasnim

Deputy Director of Grants, 2019 to present; CUNY School of Law, J.D. 2015; Swarthmore College, B.A. 2008.

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