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World Café with NYU Alumni

NYU alumni are making their mark on fields from the arts, to technology to social enterprise. Students can learn about leadership at its best through intimate small group conversations with notable alumni about key leadership lessons they have learned along the way.


Participating Alumni include:

This is a photograph of James Barry

James Barry is a Brooklyn, NY Native with over 15 years experience in Construction Management in NYC. Projects include the Tribeca Grand Hotel, Lincoln Center Promenade, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. James Graduated from the Schack School of Real Estate with a Masters in Construction Management. As part of his coursework at NYU James Participated in a trip to Port Au Prince Haiti to meet with Local Group Leaders and Business owners to help with the rebuild efforts. He was featured in the documentary about the effort titled HaitiRedux directed by Fredric King. James also has been a volunteer with for seven years. ACE Mentor is a program that teaches High School age Students about Architecture, Construction, and Engineering and encourages them to pursue college degrees in those disciplines with scholarship incentives. James is also a board member of the NYU Alumni Society.

It is a picture of Jessica Bynoe.

Jessica Bynoe is the Executive Director of Variety the Children’s Charity of New York, a foundation dedicated to supporting programs that transform the lives of children through the arts. Prior to leading Variety New York, Ms. Bynoe served as the Director of Strategic Operations at Usher’s New Look Foundation and, before that, Program Officer for Youth Engagement at the Academy for Educational Development. Ms. Bynoe is internationally recognized for her expertise in youth development, civic engagement, and strategic philanthropy. She is the author of celebrated white papers Confronting the Glass Ceiling of Youth Engagement and The Art of Adding Value: Variety New York’s High Touch, High Impact Philanthropic Strategy. Ms. Bynoe holds a BA in Psychology and Metropolitan Studies from NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences as well as an MPA from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. As a native New Yorker, Ms. Bynoe also serves her city as President of the NYU College Alumni Association Board and a big sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

David Campaña is an experienced 20 year professional specializing in Executive Technology Management & Strategy, Application Development and Architecture. As the Vice President of Total Retirement Solutions Business Delivery, he is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the technology delivery organization within the Retirement line of business. Campaña ensures the successful execution and implementation of Retirement business and technology enhancements, projects and programs. Prior to this role, as an Enterprise Architect and Technical Standards Global Program Manager; he was responsible for identifying and recommending technical standards globally for the firm, managing over 1000 technologies and 3000+ applications. As the Chief Technical Officer at New York City Department of Finance, he was responsible for the systems and technology which collects over $20 billion in revenue, or 1/3 of the New York City fiscal budget. His responsibilities included developing and implementing enterprise architecture, policies, standards and technology. Campaña’s has also held senior technical management roles including Chief Technical Architect at MetLife, where he was responsible for the technology and systems that manage global assets valued over $360 billion. At Sanofi-Aventis, Campaña led the international team who developed and implemented the global portal platform for several lines of business. As an Applications / Acquisitions Manager at Gartner, he lead the technology merger and acquisition activity for the organization which included the acquisition a content research firm for $85 million.

Campaña's currently holds an MBA degree from Columbia University School of Business with a concentration on Strategic Management and a BS Degree from Polytechnic University (now NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering) in Mathematics.

Jennifer Cariño is an Education Programs Coordinator at the New York County District Attorney's Office. Jennifer oversees the office's educational outreach efforts in Manhattan and supervises its high school summer internship program. Prior to joining the District Attorney's Office, she served as a paralegal for a private practice in Queens where she handled worker's compensation and bankruptcy cases. Jennifer was also a co-founder of the New York State Youth Leadership Council, a youth-led organization that empowers undocumented immigrant youth to challenge the broken immigration system through leadership development, grassroots organizing, educational advancement, and a safe space for self-expression.

Jennifer holds a B.A. in Political Science from New York University's College of Arts and Science. As an undergraduate, she actively served on the program board of NYU's Academic Achievement Program. In 2010, Jennifer received the Opportunity Programs' Abu Bakar Maidin Award for Community Service.

Bill Ciaccio received a Bachelor’s Degree from NYU and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University. Bill has worked at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority/ NYC Transit since 1979 holding increasingly responsible positions. Bill holds the title of Senior Director, managing support functions for the MTA’s $5 Billion Infrastructure Capital Construction Program for Infrastructure & Sandy Recovery/Resiliency Work.

Bill is also on the National Council of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), the country’s premier public administration organization, representing this Region since 2007. Bill was previously President of the Greater NY Chapter of ASPA from 2001-07. In 2011, Bill was elected founding Chairman of the Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECOPA). NECOPA runs public sector/academic conferences in the Northeast and unites all students, academics, universities and professionals in this region in an information and contact sharing conference. Conferences have been held at Rutgers, John Jay, UMASS, and the University of Delaware.

Tausha Cowan

Tausha Cowan is a global media and communications professional with a background in digital engagement, strategic communications and multimedia journalism. Currently, Tausha oversees internal communications initiatives at Columbia Business School, where she creates new platforms and processes to enrich the school's brand and engage with faculty, students and staff. She has also worked in Corporate Communications at NBCUniversal and created new programming as a regular on-air contributor for NBC New York’s 24/7 information and lifestyle network, New York Nonstop.

In addition to her work in media and communications, Tausha is a travel enthusiast who contributes to the site She also serves as a career coach for New York Needs You and is a member of New York Women in Communications and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications. Tausha has a BA in Journalism from New York University and an MSc in Media, Communication and Development from the London School of Economics. 

Patrick Dorime

Patrick Dorime is an associate in Chadbourne & Parke LLP's Corporate Law Department. Patrick joined Chadbourne's New York office as a full-time attorney in 2012. His practice focuses on a broad range of domestic and international business transactions and corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and securities regulation and compliance. Patrick had the distinct honor of graduating from New York University's College of Arts and Science in 2009, where he received his B.A. in Politics. While at NYU, Patrick served as the President of both his Senior Class and a community-service based organization, the Gentlemen of Quality.

Following his graduation from NYU, Patrick attended law school at the Fordham University School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2012. During his tenure at Fordham, Patrick was instrumental in founding the law school's Committee to Increase Diversity in Business Law – an organization that focuses on increasing interest in and retention of attorneys of color in areas of business and corporate law.

This is a photograph of Scott Dwyer.

Scott M. Dwyer received a B.S. from Stern’s Undergraduate College in 2001 majoring in Finance, Marketing and Economics. During his tenure at NYU, he held various leadership positions within Residence Life and Stern Student Life and was a President’s C-Team volunteer. He was also selected for NYU's Corporate Leadership Alliance program. Scott is now a vice president and relationship manager with Cohen & Steers, a leading global investment manager with a focus on real assets. Prior to this, he was with JPMorgan Asset Management’s institutional marketing group. Scott is currently a vice president of the NYU Alumni Association and a board member of NYU’s LGBTQ Alumni Network. He is active with the 6th Street & Avenue B Community Garden as well as the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC). Scott was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Rye, NY and Fairfield, CT prior to attending NYU. He has lived in the East Village since graduation.

Ashley Faustin

Ashley Faustin is a public health professional with a background in behavioral and social sciences, health policy and health communication. Currently, Ashley works for the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging of Hunter College where she manages the delivery of professional development trainings for social services employees across New York State. She is also instrumental in the research and development of various initiatives to improve the delivery of services to vulnerable adults throughout the state. Prior to working for Brookdale, Ashley served as the Content Coordinator at the Harlem Health Promotion Center where she was responsible for the development and dissemination of comprehensible online health information to underserved populations in the Harlem community.

Ashley graduated from NYU in 2009 with a BA in History and a concentration in pre-med and earned her MPH from Columbia University in Sociomedical Sciences with a concentration in History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine.

This is a photograph of Fernando Ferrer

Fernando Ferrer, Vice Chairman of the Board, served as acting Chairman from January 1, 2013 to June 20, 2013. Mr. Ferrer is co-chairman and a partner at Mercury, a high-stakes public strategy firm. He also serves as a director of Sterling Bancorp, Sterling National Bank, and the Regional Plan Association.

Mr. Ferrer served in the New York City Council from 1982 to 1987 and was Bronx Borough President from 1987 through 2001. During his 14-year tenure he created housing for about 66,000 families. The borough saw a significant drop in crime, particularly in the South Bronx, and a steady rise in business and real estate investment.

In 2005, Mr. Ferrer became the first Latino to win the Democratic Party nomination for New York City Mayor. He served as president of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a non-profit, progressive think tank dedicated to economic and social justice; as a member of the board of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity; and as chair of the board of the Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association.

He earned his BA degree from the University Heights College of Arts and Sciences of New York University, and his MPA degree from Baruch College of the City University of New York. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Manhattan, Mercy, Herbert H. Lehman, and Metropolitan Colleges, the Eugene J. Keogh Public Service Awards from the Alumni Association of New York University, as well as hundreds of awards from schools, community groups, institutions, and faith communities.


This is a photograph of Megan Golden.

Megan Golden is currently a fellow at the NYU Wagner Innovation Labs and a fellow at the South Carolina-based Institute for Child Success. She is also a consultant to nonprofit organizations and governments seeking to increase their impact. She specializes in performance management, innovation, and innovative financing mechanisms for scaling and sustaining effective interventions. She recently conducted a feasibility study for South Carolina on “pay for success” financing for early childhood interventions and served on the advisory group for McKinsey & Company’s work on social impact bonds.

From 1999-2011, Golden was the Director of Planning and Government Innovation at the Vera Institute of Justice, where she worked in partnership with government to implement innovations in criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, school safety, mental health, and eldercare. In addition to creating and launching eight innovative programs, she led a major reform of New Orleans's criminal justice system and helped Chinese academics and officials pilot criminal justice reforms. In addition to her work at Vera, Golden directed the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at NYU Wagner from 2006 – 2009. Golden practiced law from 1992-1994 as a Skadden Fellow at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. In 1994, she was awarded a White House Fellowship. Golden began her career working for New York City government as an Urban Fellow. She has a BA in political science from Brown University and a JD magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law.

Jessica González-Rojas

Jessica González-Rojas is the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 25 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States. She is a strong voice for pressing reproductive health issues in the Latina community and a regular presence in national and local media including Huffington Post Latino Voices, El Diario/La Prensa, National Public Radio, the Bill Moyers Show, the Boston Globe, the New York Times and NBC Latino. Jessica was featured in Latina Magazine’s “Making Us Proud” series, was recognized on Cosmopolitan’s “2013 Power List”, has been named one of “13 Women of Color to Watch in 2013” by the Center for American Progress and was honored as a “Champion for Choice” by the National Council of Jewish Women and one of 2009’s “Mujeres Destacadas” (Women of Distinction) by El Diario/La Prensa.

At the age of 26, Jessica ran for political office and was elected to the New York State Democratic Committee for the 39th Assembly District, representing the diverse communities of Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst and Woodside. She served on the Board of Directors of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) and the New York City Transit Riders Council. Jessica worked at New York University for several years, previously serving as the Associate Director of the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs.

Jessica is an Adjunct Professor of Latino and Latin American Studies at the City University of New York’s City College and has taught courses on reproductive rights, gender and sexuality. Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner, with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Public Policy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Boston University, and completed a certificate program from the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

This is a photograph of Beverly Hyman.

Beverly Hyman is President of Beverly Hyman, Ph.D. and Associates, a management consulting firm in business for more than two decades. The firm provides consulting and training for effective internal and external communications, leadership development, organizational development, change management, and executive coaching. Clients include a broad spectrum from cultural institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, to academic institutions such as Princeton and Harvard Universities, to corporations such as Con Edison, Deutsche Bank, General Electric, HSBC and Wells Fargo, to governmental organizations such as The United Nations, the U.S. Department of Defense and New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority. Dr. Hyman and her associates work on every continent, and specialize in facilitation for cross cultural and transnational teams.

Under her leadership the firm has maintained a consistent focus: to bring democracy and diversity into the workplace, to leverage the potential of employees through engaging them and empowering them, and to build a culture of professional management, and visionary and inspirational leadership.

Beverly Hyman earned her Ph.D. in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University and holds an MS in Education. She has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences including The UN Decade Conferences for Women, The National Human Resources Conferences, and the AFL-CIO Professional Employees Conferences. She has facilitated The Day of the International Woman at the UN.

Dr. Hyman has served as Chair of the Dean’s Council of NYU’s Steinhardt School. She is Vice President of the NYU Alumni Association, and a founding member of the university’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. She earned Steinhardt’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003, and received the University’s Meritorious Service Award in 2008. Beverly Hyman is author of Training for Productivity, How Successful Women Manage, and How to Know If It’s Time to Go.

This is a photograph of Casey Heim

Casey Heim is a consultant within Accenture’s Public Service practice. He helps the people in public service organizations plan for and navigate change. Prior to Accenture Casey received his MPA from NYU Wagner. While there he worked at the Research Center for Leadership in Action where he helped to put together leadership learning sessions and conduct program evaluations. His career began at media advocacy nonprofit GLAAD where he worked in media relations, fundraising and volunteer management. Casey has a lifelong interest in leadership, particularly in how it can be spread around. He lives in Brooklyn with his fiancé.

This is a photograph of Kim Jordan.

P. Kimberleigh Jordan, Ph.D is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Performance Studies. She is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of religion, movement/dance, and Black Studies. Currently, Jordan is a Lecturer at Union Theological Seminary, as well as a member of the Faculty at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in Dance History. She also holds degrees from Union Seminary (M.Div.) and the University of NC at Chapel Hill (A.B).

Jordan is an ordained clergywoman in the United Church of Christ and has served as an Associate Minister at Marble Collegiate Church and Director of Worship at the Riverside Church in New York City. Her areas of ministerial focus are spiritual formation, liturgical design, ritual and the arts. She has choreographed and/or performed a number of liturgical dance works.

Prior to answering her call to ministry, Jordan danced professionally with various dance companies in North Carolina and New York and trained in the Dance Theatre of Harlem's Professional Training Program.

Besides being a scholar, artist, and minister, Kimberleigh Jordan is an occasional blogger and contributor to the Huffington Post, as well as author of “The Body as Reader: African Americans, Freedom, and the American Myth” in The Bible and the American Myth, Vincent L. Wimbush, editor.

This is a photograph of Zach Kazin

Zach Kazin is a programmer, producer, coordinator, and brand-centric media professional currently working as a video Programming Manager for The Aol On Network. Zach was a founding member of Illium Pictures, a New York based production company that produces film, web, music video, commercial, and corporate video products. Formerly, Zach worked as a Programming Coordinator for Karmaloop TV, building a multi-platform network around the successful lifestyle-media street culture brand, Karmaloop. Prior to that, Zach worked under the President of TV Network Development and New Media at Lionsgate Entertainment. Zach graduated from New York University Magna Cum Laude and as a Martin Luther King Scholar with a degree in Cinema Studies, Producing, and Spanish.

Diane Lucas

Diane Lucas is a public defender at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Division in New York City, where she represents people accused of crimes. Prior to that, she was an associate at a leading New York-based corporate law firm, where she also handled numerous pro-bono matters, including asylum and family law cases. Diane was the co-founder of ElevenSixTwelve, a not-for-profit company, which was dedicated to re-electing President Barack Obama through fashion and social media. She has organized a number of political fundraising events, and most recently organized a fundraiser for mayoral candidate, Bill de Blasio.

Diane has a strong belief in giving back to her community, both locally and abroad. She has traveled to West Africa several times for research and grass-roots organizing. She has worked with the Legal Resources Centre based in Accra, Ghana doing community education outreach, voting rights and health reform projects. Diane currently volunteers with Legal Outreach, an organization missioned to prepare urban youth from under served communities in New York City to compete at high academic levels. Diane has also organized a series of successful fundraisers for the African Leadership Academy based in South Africa; Girls Educational and Mentoring Services based in Harlem; and the NYC Public School Art Education Programs, among others.

Diane has a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School, and a Bachelors of Science in Economics from New York University, where she graduated with honors. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Incorporated. Diane enjoys politics, traveling, writing, organizing philanthropic events, and spending time with her family and friends.

This is a photograph of Gus Maimis.

Gus Maimis brings close to 30 years of construction experience to his position as vice president of STV’s Construction Management Division successfully executed and completed numerous projects for higher education, healthcare, transportation centers, multi-tenant housing, and commercial office buildings. As Project Executive on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, his responsibilities involved the oversight and management of all construction activities including scheduling and project finance for this most prestigious project other responsibilities involved the preconstruction and procurement phases.

Prior to coming to STV Construction, Mr. Maimis as founder and president of his construction management and general contracting firm, MKG Construction & Consulting, Inc. through the firms client first mentality was responsible for its growth and expansion over a 10 plus year span.

Mr. Maimis is on the Board of Directors of the Huntington Townwide Fund, the Board of Governors for the New York Building Foundation as well as the Director of Student Outreach and Scholarships for The Construction Management Association of America. He is an adjunct at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, a guest lecturer at Columbia University’s school of engineering and a Trustee for the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association. He is on the industry advisory boards of Polytechnic Institute of NYU, NYU Schack Real Estate Institute and State University of NY at Farmingdale school of Construction Management and Architecture. He is a contributing member of The New York Building Congress higher educational and public building committees, US Green Building Council as well as The Urban Green Council.

Mr. Maimis holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University.

Steven Miller is Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel at J.P. Morgan Chase. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Chase in 1992, Mr. Miller spent 20 years working in litigation at several law firms, including Rosenman & Colin (1978-1992) and Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn (1971-1978). He was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Milton Pollack (Southern District) from 1971-1971.

Mr. Miller has been a member of the NYU Board of Trustees since 2011. He served as President of the NYU Alumni Association from 2008-2010. From 2000-2002, he was President of the NYU Law Alumni Association (NYULAA) and is a current member of the NYULAA Board of Trustees.

Mr. Miller graduated from NYU School of Law in 1970 and received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967.

This is a photograph of Stephanie Mitchko

Stephanie Mitchko-Beale is responsible for the software infrastructure development of new consumer-facing technologies. She oversees the critical functions of technical product definition, engineering development and architecture around the backend platform for converged consumer media navigation and consumption experience. As a key member of Cablevision’s technology senior leadership team, she breaks new ground in bringing interactive and web technologies to traditional media models.

Ms. Mitchko-Beale is a technology, television and interactive advertising veteran with a strong record of first to market industry-leading products including developing Cablevision’s Multi-Room DVR (cloud based DVR service) system. Ms. Mitchko Beale builds the products, talent and platforms that create innovative entertainment and media services and supports Multi-Room DVR, Video On Demand as well as multi-screen evolution and advanced interactive applications for digital television and broadband. In addition, she develops linear advanced advertising applications such as telescoping, addressable advertising and VOD dynamic insertion.

She has received a Technical Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences for Pioneering Work in Implementation and Deployment of Network DVR. She also received an Emmy award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for Best Interactive Television Platform and a Technical Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Creation of Non-Traditional Programs or Platforms. The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and CableFAX named Stephanie the 2013 Women in Technology Award recipient. Multichannel News named her “Wonder Woman” in 2011.

She teaches as a guest lecturer on “Advanced Technologies for Business Applications” and “Technology Innovation in Business” at NYU / Stern Graduate School and is a Member of the NYU-Poly Enterprise Learning Board serving as a mentor for WICT. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from NYU POLY.

This is a photograph of Jack Myers.

Jack Myers is a media ecologist and chairman of MyersBizNet, an intelligence network and community of more than 200 media and advertising companies. Jack is a technology and economic visionary, award-winning documentary film producer, author and founder of the Women in Media Mentoring Initiative, His latest book, Hooked Up: A New Generation’s Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Saving the World, won the International Book Award for Youth Issues and was finalist for the USA Book Award.

Jack is the recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award and has been nominated for both an Academy and Emmy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He has been presented a World Music Award and co-produced the GE Focus Forward Films documentary series with Morgan Spurlock. Jack’s career includes sales and management positions at CBS Television, ABC Radio and Metromedia Outdoor. From 1984 to 2008, he consulted on technology, industry trends and shifting revenue-models for more than 250 media companies, marketers and agencies. Jack is a Board Member of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. He served on the Advisory Board for the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University where he studied Media Ecology with Dr. Neil Postman.

This is a photograph of Mel Ochoa

Mel Ochoa is the senior director of marketing & communications at Achievement First, a high-performing network of 25 non-profit, K-12, college-prep public charter schools in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. Prior to Achievement First, he was the acting director of marketing at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, Calif. -- a family destination dedicated to art, science and hands-on fun for children up to age 8. Previously, Mel was vice president of corporate affairs and a co-founder at BridgePath, an enterprise software provider to the staffing industry. While at BridgePath, he was responsible for the company’s public relations strategy, recruiting program and internal operations. Mel holds a bachelor’s degree with majors in history and rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship.


This is a photograph of Prentice Onayemi

Prentice Onayemi graduated in ‘07 with a BFA in Drama and minors in Applied Theater and Africana Studies. Shortly thereafter his work ranged from training non-violent offenders to build and install cabinets to talent strategy and operations for a network of charter schools. Eventually acting called him back full-time, and he also co-founded two non-profits: one focused on empowering survivors of armed conflicts and natural disasters through creative self-expression, and the other is a performing arts venue adjacent to his neighborhood in Brooklyn.

A native of the Southside of Chicago, his interests primarily lie at the intersection of the arts and education with an eye toward economic and community development. Currently he’s finishing his MBA at Columbia University, consulting for an arts-focused research firm, and co-authoring a series of case studies on Artist Social Entrepreneurs.

This is a photograph of Kate Otto

Kate Otto is a global health consultant to international development institutions, including the World Bank and USAID, and grassroots organizations in Indonesia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique and Haiti. She designs, deploys, and researches innovative mobile phone-based technologies to improve health service delivery in areas of HIV/AIDS care, maternal and child health and nutrition. Kate is also the author of Everyday Ambassador: Creating Connections that Last in a Digitally Distracted World, a 21st-century guide to crossing borders, barriers and comfort zones - and making a positive difference, no matter your background or experience. She writes for The Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor and on her website,

Kate graduated from NYU with a BA in International Relations (2008) and an MPA in Health Policy and Management (2009), and served as NYU Student Commencement Speaker in 2009. She is a proud member of many public service and social change communities including the Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship, the Truman Scholarship Program, the Academy of Achievement and the Luce Scholars Program.

This is a photograph of Ron Rapatalo

Ron Rapatalo’s career vision is coaching, connecting and inspiring others to find their best selves through healthier living, increased mindfulness/interconnection and stronger intention/strategy. Ron has been a talent shepherd for 10 years, recruiting and selecting hundreds of candidates to become education leaders. He currently consults, leading and supporting hiring searches for school districts and non-profits. Ron is also a coach, giving career advice on how to navigate career transitions and present oneself from networking to interviewing. He also support others on how to live healthier lives. Ron believes in the power of connecting with others to support, nurture and develop our talents. Ron is an active member of the NYU alumni community, serving as Vice-President of the NYU Alumni Association, co-founder of the Multicultural Alumni Group, co-chair of the Marketing and Communications committee, and a Young Alumni Leadership Circle patron. He is also a Highbridge Community Life Center board member and an iMentor volunteer.

This is a photograph of Victoria Shire

Victoria Shire provides national leadership of Enterprise’s Vulnerable Populations initiative. She sets strategic direction for all of Enterprise’s activities in ending homelessness, supporting the needs of our veterans and providing quality housing and services solutions for low-income seniors across the country.

In her nine years at Enterprise, she has also served as Deputy Director for the New York program, contributing to the successful development of nearly 3,000 affordable homes each year. In that role she ensured development and implementation of all programmatic initiatives, including Green Communities, and oversaw External Affairs, Operations and Public Policy.

Before joining Enterprise, Victoria served as business analyst for Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a $29 million social services agency, where she was responsible for the analysis of revenue-generating and social enterprise opportunities. Prior to her work in New York City she managed $10 million in child care contracts and developed an outcome evaluation system for a California community-based organization providing child care services to over 1,000 families.

She is on the board of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and is a steering committee member for the New York City Continuum of Care.

Victoria holds a master of public administration in nonprofit management and finance from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

Alethea Simon

Dr. Alethea Simon, RhD, CRC is the President and Executive Director of Greenhope Services for Women. Dr. Simon has 19 years of professional experience including staff development, university teaching, serving women and youth, and working with the criminal justice community. Dr. Simon holds a doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, a MA from New York University in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). In 2013, Dr. Simon was selected as a Fellow of the New York University's Research for Leadership in Action’s inaugural IGNITE Fellowship for Women of Color in the Social Sector.

As Greenhope’s Vice President of Programs and Policy, she formulated and administered clinical services, developed grants, devised program policies, planned long range goals and objectives, and reviewed data to determine department or division progress toward stated goals and objectives. On behalf of Greenhope Services for Women, she serves as a liaison for the New York City Alternative to Incarceration Coalition, is a member of the NY County Behavioral Health Diversion Forum, and is a member of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive committee "Work for Success," employment initiative for the formerly incarcerated. She is also the co-chair of the Manhattan Recovery Community Coalition.

Dr. Simon has served as adjunct professor at New York University, NYACK College and The College of New Rochelle teaching topics such as research methods and statistics, career counseling, and medical aspects of disabilities. As an educator, Dr. Simon is constantly seeking creative ways to foster a dynamic learning environment and promote creative thinking in the classroom. 

Monday, March 10, 2014



Eisner & Lubin Auditorium

Kimmel Center for University Life

60 Washington Square South, 4th Floor

New York, NY

Special thanks to our partners for their support of this special event:
NYU Faculty of Arts and Science
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
NYU Steinhardt
University Development and Alumni Relations

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