Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez

Position: Executive Director
I joined the NYFC team in March 2016, and serve as the Executive Director. Before joining NYFC, I worked for a number of non profit organizations including the National Urban League, Seedco, and the United Nations Population Fund in Mexico City. In addition to my work at NYFC, I’m an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work where I teach about promoting and retaining diversity in the workplace. I received my MPA and MSW from Columbia University and my Bachelor of Science from Skidmore College. sfriedman-gonzalez@newyorkersforchildren.org

Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez

Executive Director

I joined the NYFC team in March 2016, and serve...

Seline Surita-Seda

Position: Youth Coordinator

I joined NYFC in June 2021. As the Youth Coordinator, I am responsible for providing assistance to our Alumni and Leadership Team members. Prior to joining NYFC, I gained experience through several foster care youth development programs and held a position as a grief counselor, where I advocated for youth and parental figures. I received my BS in Criminal Justice with a double minor in both Psychology and Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

ssurita-seda@newyorkersforchildren.org

Seline Surita-Seda

Youth Coordinator

I joined NYFC in June 2021. As the Youth Coordinator,...

Maurice Reid

Position: TechLink Associate

I joined NYFC in January 2021. As the TechLink Associate, I serve as the key point person, mentor, and community leader for youth in foster care participating in the TechLink program. Prior to NYFC, I worked in the technology sector, in addition to being a motivational speaker, advocate, and consultant for various non-profit organizations such as the Children’s Village, Philanthropy New York, Vera Institute, HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services, and the Redlich Horwitz Foundation. I received my BA in International Relations from New York University.

mreid@newyorkersforchildren.org

 

Maurice Reid

TechLink Associate

I joined NYFC in January 2021. As the TechLink Associate,...

Sylvie Krause

Position: MSW Intern

I joined NYFC in October 2020. As Master of Social Work (MSW) Intern for the 2020-2021 school year, I am responsible for working with youth who have applied for NYFC’s COVID Emergency Funding Program as well as assisting with the Peer Mentoring Program. Prior to NYFC,  I completed a service year with AmeriCorps in 2017 and subsequently worked for a disability and racial equity focused nonprofit in Washington, D.C. In the future, I hope to make mental health education and resources more accessible to all. I received my BA in Urban Studies and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh. I am currently pursuing my MSW from Columbia University.

skrause@newyorkersforchildren.org

 

Sylvie Krause

MSW Intern

I joined NYFC in October 2020. As Master of Social...

Dylan Larson-Harsch

Position: Development VISTA

I joined NYFC in 2021 as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. In my role as VISTA, I support the Development Department by identifying new sources of funding, preparing grant proposals, tracking donor information, and creating social media and marketing materials. Before starting my year of service at NYFC, I worked in journalism, publishing, and education. I graduated from Carleton College with a BA in English in 2019.

Dlarson-harsch@newyorkersforchildren.org

Dylan Larson-Harsch

Development VISTA

I joined NYFC in 2021 as an AmeriCorps VISTA member....

Ellen Ampofo

Position: Director of Programs

I joined NYFC in February 2020. As Director of Programs, I’m responsible for providing day-to-day oversight of NYFC Signature Programs and leads program planning and implementation for pilot initiatives. Before joining NYFC, I worked for over 14 years in the field of higher education and youth development. This included a position as Director of Edgies Teen Center and College Prep Program at Educational Alliance, and as the Youth Academic Advisor here at NYFC and at SUNY Buffalo State. I received my BSc in Social Work and my MSc in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from SUNY Buffalo State.

eampofo@newyorkersforchildren.org

 

Ellen Ampofo

Director of Programs

I joined NYFC in February 2020. As Director of Programs,...

Cassandra Rosser

Position: Administrative Associate

I joined NYFC in May 2014. As Administrative Associate, I am responsible for all administrative and operational tasks required in our office, assisting all departments. Before joining NYFC, I worked for over 10 years in higher education. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, specializing in Fiber Arts. I am also a professional studio artist working in mixed-media textiles.

crosser@newyorkersforchildren.org

Cassandra Rosser

Administrative Associate

I joined NYFC in May 2014. As Administrative Associate, I...

Joi Campbell

Position: Youth Academic Advisor

I joined NYFC in October 2018. As Youth Academic Advisor, I’m responsible for providing direct support to the recipients of NYFC’s signature programs. Before joining NYFC, I worked for over 13 years with New York City youth and young adults from at-risk communities, including as Life Coach Program Director at Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School. I received my BA in Psychology and my MS in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University.

JCampbell@newyorkersforchildren.org

Joi Campbell

Youth Academic Advisor

I joined NYFC in October 2018. As Youth Academic Advisor,...

Yeymi Hoffmans

Position: Senior Director of Finance and Administration

I joined NYFC in September 2016. As Senior Director of Finance and Administration, I’m responsible for the overall financial management of the organization, including establishing financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. Before joining NYFC, I worked for over 15 years in the fiscal management space, including as VP of Budgets and Grants of the National Urban League. I received my MBA from Long Island University and my BA from Bernard Baruch College.

yhoffmans@newyorkersforchildren.org

Yeymi Hoffmans

Senior Director of Finance and Administration

I joined NYFC in September 2016. As Senior Director of...

Emma Porter

Position: Data VISTA

I joined NYFC in 2021. As the Data VISTA, I help with the collection, interpretation, and presentation of data to measure the efficacy of our programs. Before NYFC, I graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Economics.

eporter@newyorkersforchildren.org

Emma Porter

Data VISTA

I joined NYFC in 2021. As the Data VISTA, I...