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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 [at] urbanjustice.org

Hugh Ryan

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

Operations Team:

Human Resources & Office Services

Josué Figueroa

Director of Administration and Office Services, 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.

Clarisa Ortiz

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

Emma Slosar

Operations Specialist, Citibank Service Year Fellow, 2019 to present; Villanova University, B.B.A. 2019.

IT Services

Alina Tsui

IT Manager, 2017 to present; City College of New York, B.A. 2014.

Brian Fortin

IT Coordinator, 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.

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


The Social Justice Accelerator awards chosen applicants an opportunity and resources to develop their social justice initiatives.

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The health and wellbeing of our staff and clients is of the utmost importance. While we deal with the effects of the coronavirus, our office will be closed. Our staff continues to work to serve our clients and communities, and can be contacted by email. Find out more information (including how to make face masks) here. Ok