America Needs You Staff

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Hosea Harvey

General Counsel

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Emily Daniels Ashton

Chief External Affairs Officer

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Adrienne Boykin

Chief Financial Officer

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Anna Verdiyan

Chief Operating Officer

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Nick Geremia

Program Partnerships Director

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Jules Goldberg Mangini

National Director of Program Operations

Connie Barcelo

Grants Manager

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Katie Feeley-Lussier

External Affairs Manager

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Richard Lopez

Finance and Administration Manager

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Mitch Mitchell

Development Coordinator

California Staff

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Dr. Theo Fowles

California Program Director

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Jennifer Herrera

California Program Manager

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Ariana Seymore

California Career Success Coordinator

Illinois Staff

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Satori Bailey

Illinois Executive Director

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Leah Brown Schneck

Illinois Program Manager

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Idara Eno

Illinois Career Success Coordinator

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Elisa Salgado

Illinois Career Success Coordinator

New Jersey Staff

Monica Anzaldi

New Jersey Executive Director

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Reena Chojar

New Jersey Program Manager

Alejandra Carbajal

New Jersey Career Success Coordinator

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Kadiatou Fofana

New Jersey Career Success Coordinator

New York Staff

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Jerome Joseph

New York Executive Director

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Ryan C. Hamilton

New York Program Director

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Arwa Chalisa

New York Career Success Coordinator

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Mars Doutey

New York Career Success Coordinator

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Anusuya Singh

New York Career Success Coordinator

Ivy Keen

New York Career Success Coordinator

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Marianna Tu
CEO

As CEO, I oversee ANY’s strategy and direction and work to ensure we always live up to our core values of excellence, accountability, community, integrity, curiosity and data & results. My mission as CEO is to rally all of our stakeholders, staff board members, partners, donors, Fellows and volunteers around a shared north star: results for Fellows.

Why I love working at ANY: This is a beautiful, diverse community of changemakers – I love walking into a workshop and feeling the energy in the air.

My favorite quotation: “It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life — daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct.” – Viktor Frankl

Where you can find me outside of work: Reading on my couch with my dog.

Reach out to me with questions about: ANY’s strategic plan, program model, mission, culture, history and future

More about me: After serving as a Mentor Coach, I joined ANY staff in 2012 and became its CEO in 2018. Previously, I was the New York Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange, a health education nonprofit. Before that, I worked at an international philanthropy consulting firm. I graduated from Harvard College with an English degree and spent time as an undergraduate volunteering for mentoring, education and health-related organizations, including Learning Enterprises (LE) and Pediatric HIV/AIDS Treatment Support (PATS). I am an area committee member for the Harvard Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC), and I love hosting dinner parties.

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Hosea Harvey

General Counsel

Hosea H. Harvey is the General Counsel at America Needs You.

He is a member of the Bar of the State of New York. Previously, he served as Associate General Counsel at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., where his practice focused on corporate operations, contracts, intellectual property, and human resources matters. Prior to Planned Parenthood, he was a corporate associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he specialized in corporate governance/regulations, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, and securities matters.

Before Cravath, Mr. Harvey served as a law clerk to Judge Ann Claire Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. While in law school, he served as a law clerk extern to Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. Mr. Harvey currently serves on the Board of Directors of PALS, a New York non-profit focused on enhancing the skills and careers of diverse New York area law students and early career attorneys. Mr. Harvey received his Ph.D. in Political Science and his J.D. degree from Stanford University, and his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

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Emily Daniels Ashton

Chief External Affairs Officer

As Chief External Affairs Officer, I lead ANY’s national revenue generating and external relations activities, as well as serving as part of the senior leadership team.

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: I am passionate about education equity and access, and believe that all students can be successful if given the right opportunity – and that’s exactly what ANY does!

Where you can find me outside of work: In my kitchen, getting creative with the limited ingredients in my pantry or watching English crime dramas with my partner, Dean. I also serve on the Board of the Vanderbilt YMCA in New York City and volunteer with New York Road Runners (I am a two-time marathoner and 14 time half-marathoner).

Reach out to me with questions about: Storytelling, fundraising and corporate engagement

More about me: Over my ten-year career in nonprofit management, I have raised millions of dollars in critical funding for numerous community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and Community Housing Partners. I earned my Master of Public Administration and Master of International Studies degrees from the North Carolina State University and my bachelor’s in Communications Studies and International Studies from Hollins University.

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Adrienne Boykin

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, I ensure a strong and collaborative process across departments with regard to budget creation and management, cash-flow management, grants compliance, benefits and administration.

Why I love working at ANY: I love the comfort of being able to bring my authentic self to work each day.

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: As a first-generation college graduate, I love the opportunity to support a mission that is aligned with my own life’s experience.

Where you can find me outside of work: Exercising, listening to podcasts or working on personal budgets.

Reach out to me with questions about: ANY’s budget, financial statements, benefits and administration

More about me: Before joining the ANY Program team in 2014, I worked in the accounting profession as a Senior Accountant at Balchem Corporation, where I was responsible for all accounting and financial reporting needs of a $50-million segment. Prior to that, I was a Transaction Services Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. I received my bachelor’s in Accounting from Fordham University and my Master of Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary College, located in the Hudson Valley of New York, where I grew up.

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Anna Verdiyan

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, I oversee ANY’s work toward realizing our strategic plan and strengthening our culture of high standards, focused execution, strong internal communications and continuous learning.

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: As a development economist with over 15 years of experience in human services and anti-poverty initiatives nationwide, I have seen families and communities trapped in the inter-generational cycle of poverty. I have also seen how education can be the most powerful strategy to tackle poverty one family at a time.

My favorite quotation: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of others” – Mahatma Gandhi

Where you can find me outside of work: Wherever my two sons are! I also enjoy outdoor adventures, traveling, creative writing and ballroom dancing.

Reach out to me with questions about: Career development, socio-economic supports, labor trends, professional mentoring, learning and development, recruitment and case management

More about me: I grew up in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, and trained as a development economist specializing in public administration and economics. Prior to joining ANY, I worked across large-scale private and nonprofit organizations where I led economic development and asset building initiatives advancing economic opportunities in New York and nationwide. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economics from Yerevan State University, and my Master of Public Administration from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

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Nick Geremia

Program Partnerships Director

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: I was a non-traditional, first-generation college student with absolutely no support structures in place, and I spent my first semester of college homeless. A program like ANY would have been a total game changer for me. My life’s work is supporting the success of my students so that they can have an easier go at college (and beyond) than I had.

Where you can find me outside of work: Playing with my bandApollo Sonders, or playing or watching soccer.

Reach out to me with questions about: College admissions, the transfer process, holistic or intrusive advising models, student development and support theories

More about me: I graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s in History and a minor in Education as a Social Science, and I am currently working on a master’s in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Hofstra University. Before joining ANY, I spent six years working for Quad Learning, where I implemented and managed a support program for high-achieving students. My work included direct support and advising, managing a portfolio of articulation partners and maintaining partnerships with community colleges across the United States.

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Jules Goldberg Mangini

National Director of Program Operations

As National Director of Program Operations, I manage all facets of the delivery of our Fellows program and all of its outcomes from recruitment through graduation.

Why I love working at ANY: I am inspired daily by the drive and hard work of our Fellows and the dedication of our Mentor Coaches.

Where you can find me outside of work: At the theater, at a concert or playing with my dog.

Reach out to me with questions about: Getting involved as a volunteer or joining the New Jersey Young Leadership Board

More about me: I was born and raised in New York City, but live in Jersey City now. After graduating from the University of Vermont, I worked in the music and fashion industries before transitioning into the higher education space. I worked in the Office of Student Affairs at Hunter College for two years before joining ANY in January of 2017.

 
 

Connie Barcelo

Grants Manager

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: As a first-generation college student myself, I am passionate about fighting for economic mobility for the next generation of ambitious first-generation students.

Where you can find me outside of work: Playing video games, painting, or trying to keep my houseplants alive!

Reach out to me with questions about: Grants, institutional relationships, your impact

More about me: I began my nonprofit career in 2011 with internships at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative and the Mint Museum. Before joining ANY, I led the Advancement team at Charlotte Bilingual Preschool to achieve revenue growth from $963K in 2018 to $2.4M in 2020. In 2019, I received the Association of Fundraising Professionals Diverse Communities Scholarship. In 2020, I was a guest speaker for the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center Nonprofit Essentials course. I received my BFA in Art Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011.

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Katie Feeley-Lussier

External Affairs Manager

As External Affairs Manager, I work with internal and external ANY stakeholders, own key communications strategy, and support the execution of a multi-faceted stakeholder engagement plan. As a member of the External Affairs team, I oversee fundraising, special events, and communications strategy for the national organization.

Why I love working at ANY: Working in such an open environment is something I really value. Seeing everyone’s unique talents and personalities come together to support our Fellows’ successes inspires me each and every day! Communication is how we connect to one another as people, and I love finding new ways to share the incredible stories of the ANY community.

Favorite quotation: “I tell you this to break your heart, by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world.” – Mary Oliver

Where you can find me outside of work: At the movie theater, making an elaborate dessert I was introduced to on the Great British Baking Show, or practicing ballet in my living room.

Reach out to me with questions about: Communications strategy and branding, digital and print content, individual donor stewardship, and job opportunities for alumni.

More about me: I’m from a small town in Massachusetts (about an hour outside of Boston) and attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Before moving to New York City I worked in the fashion industry, and I spent four years working as a Digital Planner for a fine jewelry company that’s leading the industry in sustainability and ethics.

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Richard Lopez

Finance and Administration Manager

As Finance & Administration Manager, I am responsible for daily internal and external operations at America Needs You.

Why I am passionate about ANY/Why I love working: Supporting other first-generation students allows me to work towards a mission that personally connects to my lived experience.

Where you can find me outside of work: Walking my dog Boba, cooking, cleaning

Reach out to me with questions about: Benefits and administrative support, professional development

More about me: Before joining ANY, I worked as the Finance & Operations Assistant for Marketing for Change where I tracked expenses and budgets and provided administrative support. I earned my B.S. in Finance from Florida State University in 2018 and am currently based out of the city of my alma mater Tallahassee, Florida.

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Mitch Mitchell

Development Coordinator

As Development Coordinator, I work with the External Affairs team to oversee gift processing and data management, as well as coordinating digital social media campaigns and supporting special events across our national network.

Why I love working at ANY: The people! It is incredible to work on such a passionate team, partnering with amazing volunteers and giving organizations, all for the benefit of enabling our ambitious and inspiring Fellows to maximize their potential.

Where you can find me outside of work: Playing Frisbee, checking out the best vegetarian places in NYC, or biking around in Pokémon Sword.

Reach out to me with questions about: Gift processing, data organization, special events, and social media.

More about me: I’m from Manassas, Virginia and attended Hollins University, where I earned degrees in business and economics. I began my time with ANY as an intern, and was excited to have the opportunity to move into a full-time role after graduation.

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Dr. Theo Fowles

California Program Director

As California Program Director, I lead curriculum development, network and community building for Scholars and Mentor Coaches, and the overall growth of the ANY-CA program.

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: I am the first of my immediate family to graduate from college, and I couldn’t have done it without a network of support.  I’m excited to be a part of that support network for our Scholars!

My personal motto: “Stay Motivated. Rise Together.” This reminds me to find my internal drivers for success and to celebrate and support others in their successes as well.

Reach out to me with questions about: networking, navigating the college experience, or just to brainstorm an idea!

More about me: Prior to working at ANY, I worked on campus at the University of Southern California, where I was the Center Supervisor for the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs. I served as an adviser to organizations like the Black Student Assembly and Black Graduate Student Network, while also providing one-on-one informal advising and championing broader diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.  My undergraduate degree is in Cinematic Arts, and my doctoral research explored how former foster youth use social media to navigate higher ed spaces.  I am a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

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Jennifer Herrera

California Program Manager

As California Program Manager, I am responsible for managing a cohort of students, recruiting Mentor Coaches, seeking donations for Clothing Day and managing our site’s internal communications.

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: As a first-generation college student myself, I understand exactly how difficult college and how confusing professional development and the workforce can be. I was lucky enough to find people along the way who helped guide me on my path to success, and I now want to be that same person for others. My goal is to uplift our students and help them feel confident in themselves throughout college and after.

Where you can find me outside of work: Anyone who has met me knows that I love ice cream! If you are ever looking for me, head to your nearest ice cream shop and there is a high likelihood that I will be there. I also greatly enjoy traveling and try take a trip a few months or so.

Reach out to me with questions about: How to get involved with the ANY-California program!

More about me: I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I received my bachelor’s in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and hope to one day return to graduate school to acquire a PhD in Education Policy. Prior to joining ANY, I worked with other education organizations and nonprofits in Los Angeles. Through those positions, I was able to learn more about the education system here in Los Angeles and how it impacts students in this city.

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Ariana Seymore

California Career Success Coordinator

As California Career Success Coordinator, I support our Fellows by nurturing the skills they need for their professional and academic endeavors, facilitating workshops and assisting with internships and mentor relationships.

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: I remember how intimidating navigating the world of college as a low-income student was, but I attribute much of my success and perseverance to my strong support system. College was a time of enormous growth for me, so the fact that I can provide that same support and encouragement to other students makes my work with ANY truly meaningful and exciting.

Where you can find me outside of work: Cuddling with my two cats while watching a true-crime series or superhero movie, spending time with family, or reading news about pop culture.

Reach out to me with questions about: The ANY-CA program or general questions about navigating college!

More about me: I am a Southern California native and graduate of the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s in Policy, Planning and Development (Urban Planning) and a minor in Cinematic Arts. I started my professional career in entertainment, working at United Talent Agency and a Netflix-affiliated production company in TV series development. My first exposure to nonprofit organizations was with groups like Global Girl Media and the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, where I met mentors who fostered my passion for social impact and who are still in my life today.

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Satori Bailey

Illinois Executive Director

As Illinois Executive Director, I oversee all aspects of the ANY-Illinois program.

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: It’s incredible to see the power of education to break cycles of poverty.

My favorite quotation: “I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.” – E. B. White

Where you can find me outside of work: I’m a big fan of listening to a podcast, cooking an elaborate dinner and drinking a glass of wine. My stressful days melt away when I get to be creative in the kitchen!

Reach out to me with questions about: Anything relating to the ANY-Illinois program!

More about me: I’m originally from Winthrop, Massachusetts, and I studied economics at a state school in Massachusetts. After graduation, I moved to Seattle and worked in corporate finance. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I needed my days to feel more meaningful and impactful. I shifted to the social service sector, and ten years after earning my bachelor’s, I graduated with my Master of Social Work. It was and continues to be a proud accomplishment for me.

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Leah Brown Schneck

Illinois Program Manager

As the Illinois Program Manager I support our Illinois team in creating robust opportunities for Fellows, Mentor Coaches, Career Coaches, and Associate Board to build together and grow professionally.

Why I love working at ANY: I appreciate that the ANY team is dedicated to changing the rules of the hiring game and providing a wrap-around support system for Fellows. The unique focus on mentorship and including current professionals in that change is powerful.

Favorite quote: “I appreciate you in advance”- Crystal Smith 

Where you can find me outside of work: Cooking, playing music, trying a new local restaurant, or canvassing for a local candidate.

Reach out to me with questions about: Volunteering as a Mentor or Career Coach, workshop content, contributing to ANY, or all things Chicago.

More about me: I was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from the Residential College at the University of Michigan. I worked in political organizing and youth development in Chicago and across Michigan before joining ANY in February of 2021. I am passionate about youth empowerment, civic engagement, and staying in touch with our imaginations.

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Idara Eno

Illinois Career Success Coordinator

As Illinois Career Success Coordinator, I support ambitious, first-generation college students in the Chicagoland area. My vision and passion is to support the progressive growth of our Fellows.

Why I love working at ANY: I love being able to invest in the future success of individuals who are driven to achieve their fullest potential!

My favorite quotation: “How can we make sure that in this rapidly changing world, nobody is left behind, and that all of us are stronger and more prosperous?” –Barack Obama

Where you can find me outside of work: Volunteering for the Children’s Ministry at church, trying to cook new recipes, deep in a good book or at a spin class.

Reach out to me with questions about: Fellow recruitment and relationship-building

More about me: Before joining ANY, I supported non-traditional college students in building resilience and skills for academic success. My passion for creating change goes back to my time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I received my bachelor’s in Human Development & Family Studies. Since then, I have grown more interested in analyzing how we can better serve underrepresented communities, families and individuals. I recently received my master’s in Human Services, with a concentration in Family and Community Service, and I hope to continue advocating for the allocation of comprehensive resources for the benefit of all people.

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Elisa Salgado

Illinois Career Success Coordinator

As Illinois Career Success Coordinator, I provide holistic support to ambitious, first-generation college students and their dedicated Mentor Coaches through professional, personal, and academic development. I am also the transfer lead at the Illinois site, where I assist our Fellows at community colleges in transitioning to a four-year institution.

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: As a low-income, first-generation college student myself, I understand the hardships our Fellows face in succeeding in college. I am excited to use my personal experiences to help mentor and advise those who come from a background similar to mine.

My Favorite quotation: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” –Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Reach out to me with questions about: Fellow applications, the transfer process, Fellow Leadership Council, or any other aspects of the ANY-IL program

More about me: I was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and received my bachelor’s in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to ANY, I served for two years with a college readiness program, College Possible, supporting students toward college admission and success throughout their academic journey.

Monica Anzaldi
New Jersey Executive Director

As New Jersey Executive Director, I oversee all aspects of ANY programming for our New Jersey location.

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: We help our Fellows see their full potential and access opportunities they otherwise may not have believed were available to them.

My personal motto: Sometimes you have to be your own hero.

Where you can find me outside of work: At my children’s sporting events or at the gym.

Reach out to me with questions about: Partnerships, growth strategy and volunteering with ANY

More about me: I bring to ANY over 20 years of leadership and management experience in the areas of business development, strategic planning, program design and implementation, partnership building, fundraising and career development. I am passionate about creating and executing organizational vision, strategies and goals while meeting the diverse needs of stakeholders. I grew up in Summit, New Jersey, and hold a bachelor’s in Public Policy from Duke University and a Master of Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

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Reena Chojar

New Jersey Program Manager

As New Jersey Program Manager, I support our New Jersey team in creating robust opportunities for Fellows, Mentor Coaches, Career Coaches, and our Associate Board to build together and grow professionally.

Why I love working at ANY: Going to college and starting a career can be intimidating. I love working at ANY because we help students build a network of peers and mentors and a strong foundation for their futures.

Where you can find me outside of work: At the nearest ice cream shop or hiking trail

Reach out to me with questions about: ANY’s New Jersey Program or how to become a Fellow!

More about me: I grew up in Northern New Jersey and got my Bachelor’s from New York University, where I studied Economics and Politics. Before joining ANY I worked in financial services and in politics. I am passionate about creating economic opportunity and mobility for young people.

Alejandra Carbajal

New Jersey Career Success Coordinator

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: As a first-generation college graduate and native of a low income community I quickly learned the importance of engaging in career readiness opportunities for advancement to obtain upward mobility. ANY’s dedication to providing economic mobility resources and opportunities for first generation college students greatly aligned with my passion to supporting students to build on their strengths, reach their goals and unlock their limitless potential.

My favorite quotation: “We all have battles to fight. And it’s often in those battles that we are most alive: it’s on the frontlines of our lives that we earn wisdom, create joy, forge friendships, discover happiness, find love, and do purposeful work.” ― Eric Greitens, Resilience

Where you can find me outside of work: You can find me cooking, engaging in outdoor activities and traveling. I am always searching for new recipes to try and new places to explore.

Reach out to me with questions about: How to become a Fellow or Mentor Coach, support services and the process of transferring from a community college to a four year university.

More about me: A little bit about my background is that I grew up in New Brunswick, NJ. I am from Mexico and Ecuador. I began my journey at Middlesex College and then transferred to Rutgers University where I obtained my Bachelors and Masters in Social Work-Management and Policy.

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Kadiatou Fofana

New Jersey Career Success Coordinator

As New Jersey Career Success Coordinator, I provide support to a cohort of Fellows in the ANY-NJ program. I work to ensure that all students have the tools and skills needed to accomplish their professional, academic and personal goals.

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: I am passionate about our mission because I am a first-generation college graduate. Through organizations similar to ANY, I had the opportunity to travel the world, become a better advocate for myself and achieve my dream of working in the human rights and nonprofit field. I want all Fellows to have the same gratifying experience I had throughout college and graduate school.

Where you can find me outside of work: Travelling all over the world, at home binge-watching Netflix shows, exploring NYC, networking at social events or trying out a new restaurant.

Reach out to me with questions about: Travel destinations, self-care tips, ways to get involved in your community, or simply more information about ANY-NJ!

More about me: I was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. I received my bachelor’s in Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University while working as a Match Support Specialist with Big Brothers Big Sisters of EHU. In 2019, I received my Master of Arts in Human Rights and Political Science. I have a deep interest in education equity, especially in low-income communities and developing countries. I believe that education is the most potent tool that can change the world by solving problems like poverty and gender inequality and bringing about economic and social development worldwide.

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Jerome Joseph

New York Executive Director

As New York Executive Director, I oversee all aspects of ANY’s flagship Fellows Program in New York.

Why I love working at ANY: I love being a member of a diverse community of individuals from many different backgrounds working together towards a common goal.

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: I’m a first-generation college student. When I look at our Fellows, I see myself. I vividly remember my struggles acclimating to college life and figuring out how to navigate the professional world, and I feel that it is my duty to pay it forward.

My personal motto: “Ubuntu” (Zulu, “I am who I am because we all are”)

Where you can find me outside of work: At the gym or at home in my back yard. I’m also a Harry Potter and comic book movie enthusiast, and I enjoy reading good books, riding my bike and boxing.

Reach out to me with questions about: The New York Fellows program, volunteering as a Mentor Coach and partnering with ANY

More about me: I grew up in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC. After college, I worked in schools for eight years, including as a Dean of Students with both Uncommon Schools and Achievement First. Before joining the ANY staff, I served as both a Mentor Coach and a Young Leadership Board member.

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Ryan C. Hamilton

New York Program Director

As New York Program Director, I manage the New York Fellows Program, where I have the pleasure of supporting our ANY Fellows and leading the team to meet our program goals.

Why I love working at ANY: I love working at ANY because the staff embodies both the mission and core values of ANY, and it drives me to give my all to make a difference for our Fellows.

Where can you find me outside of work: At a music festival, a concert, or walking around the city with my camera.

Reach out to me with questions about: Fellow support and how to volunteer, partner and/or contribute to ANY’s mission.

More about me: I am from Kansas City, Kansas, and have lived in New York for the past eight years. I have been a photographer for 10 years and run my own indie music site. For nearly four years, I worked in higher education at the City University of New York’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs.

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Arwa Chalisa

New York Career Success Coordinator

Why I love working at ANY: As someone who has had to learn and navigate college on their own, ensuring career success and providing fellows with the materials and instruments to ensure a successful future after college brings me joy. ANY ensures that every fellow has the opportunity to grow and learn an incredible amount of information to be ready for life after college.

My favorite quotation: “We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.” – Dr. Henry Link

Where can you find me outside of work: Doing anything outdoors, more specifically hiking or kayaking or exploring new places.

Reach out to me with questions about: You can reach out to me about internship opportunities, fellow support, student development, and more about the ANY program.

More about me: Some more about me is that I graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors in Political Science, and am a first- generation student. I am also a strong believer in second chances, community and spreading kindness.

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Mars Doutey

New York Career Success Coordinator

Why I love working at ANY:
I love helping improve outcomes for fellows and seeing them through their process of fully realizing what is possible for their careers and lives.

My favorite quotation:  
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” – Brene Brown

Where can you find me outside of work:
Going to a concert, seeing a play, or enjoying quality time with friends.

Reach out to me with questions about:
Practicing active listening and empathy for relationship building.

More about me:
I am from Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Brooklyn about a year ago. I attended the University of Oklahoma, where I received my BFA in Stage Management and Dramaturgy. During my time there, I was afforded many opportunities to see how practicing empathy and equity in all administrative tasks can change someone’s life. I hope to continue using these skills to help bridge the many accessibility gaps people experience in higher education.

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Anusuya Singh

New York Career Success Coordinator

Why I am passionate about the ANY Mission: Like our Fellows, I was also a first-generation, low-income, CUNY college student. Unfortunately, I was not aware of opportunities like ANY and had to navigate the professional and academic world on my own. I understand firsthand how nerve wracking and terrifying the process can feel, and I want to ensure that other students who are in my shoes do not have to feel the same way. I believe our Fellows are strong, passionate, and ambitious individuals and I am proud to support them every step of the way.

My favorite quotation: “Am I good enough? Yes I am.” – Michelle Obama

Reach out to me with questions about: Being an ANY New York Fellow!

More about me: I am Indo-Caribbean and have been living in NYC for the past 12 years. I graduated from CUNY Hunter College and am extremely passionate about volunteerism and mutual aid. I have spent my entire professional career in non-profit and nothing has made me happier! In my free time, I love reading, watching the Great British Baking Show, and doing yoga.

Ivy Keen

New York Career Success Coordinator

As a New York Career Success Coordinator, I oversee and provide holistic support to a cohort of driven Fellows. Throughout their program experience, I provide them with the tools they need to succeed both personally and professionally.

Why I am passionate about the ANY mission: As someone who had to navigate the college experience largely on her own, I believe programs like ANY exist to help bridge the invisible gap when it comes to navigating the college experience. Through community, mentorship support, and networking opportunities, Fellows are immersed into a cohort of peers who have similar life experiences. My work with students is grounded in the idea that a transformative college experience can take many different forms.

Where you can find me outside of work: Engaging with my local community, going to concerts, and trying new cooking recipes.

Reach out to me with questions about: Student development and support theories, college outcomes, the transfer process, and becoming an ANY New York Fellow!

More about me: Prior to joining ANY in 2020, I worked in higher education as a volunteer coordinator and career advisor where my work included working directly with students, leading programming, and working with campus partners. I graduated from Hope College with a bachelor’s in Psychology and Business Management, and I received my master’s in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.

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Maia Almendral Esteves

Curriculum and Training Director

As Curriculum and Training Director, I’m involved in a little bit of everything – from workshop curriculum to recruitment to staff training, I work with all the local sites to help them run the best program possible.

Why I love working at ANY: I love that ANY builds a community of people who care deeply about opening doors for the next generation of diverse leaders.

Where you can find me outside of work: Reading in Prospect Park, hiking or trying new foods.

Reach out to me with questions about: Curriculum, guest speaker opportunities and how to get involved with ANY

More about me: I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of California at San Diego expecting to go into urban planning, but the call to enter nonprofit work was too strong to ignore. Since then, I’ve run mentoring programs for more than 1,000 students and volunteers. I also earned my Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Nonprofit Management.

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Preethi Varma

Partnerships and Volunteer Engagement Manager

Why I love working at ANY: I enjoy working at ANY because I have the privilege to work with a small and passionate team here in Illinois. Also, ANY has a very clear mission and a holistic approach to partnership building which both guide my work every day.

My personal motto: “Nothing that’s worth anything is easy.”

More about me: I grew up in Northern Virginia and received a bachelor’s in Public Policy from the University of Virginia. Before ANY, I worked at a charter school and at a Chicago-based youth development organization as a Program Manager. I am also finishing the final year of my master’s at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. I am passionate about the power of mentorship and its influence on community development here in Chicago.