Staff

Staff members provide unique backgrounds, talents, and experiences to CUP. Staff works closely with the Board of Directors to execute CUP’s programs, events, and initiatives.


  • Melissa Fenton

    Melissa has over 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, with deep experience in fundraising, finance and operations, strategic planning, communications, real-estate and event planning. Melissa has dedicated her career to helping underserved communities and creating sustainable ...

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  • Christen A. James

    Christen A. James is an award-winning, full-spectrum professional, who’s spearheaded initiatives that have generated gains across multiple industries. Christen is proud to serve as CUP’s first COO in it’s 12-year history – overseeing  organizational strategy, planning and growth, finance, HR, ...

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  • Crescent Muhammad

    Crescent has oversight of key initiates that are driving CUP’s growth on the West Coast. Prior to CUP, Crescent was SVP of Development at Marquee Media, where she managed programming material for new multi-cultural streaming services and led communication efforts ...

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  • Keisha Sutton-James

    Keisha Sutton-James is a creative who utilizes media and live events to elevate and engage audiences with topics that are relevant to culturally rich communities and women. Keisha spent over a decade in media management at Inner City Broadcasting Corporation ...

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  • Silvana Marmolejos

    Silvana Marmolejos is the External Relations Director for the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP). CUP is committed to closing racial equity and inclusion gaps by creating pipelines to power for professionals of color. As the External Relations Director, Silvana’s primary ...

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  • Shani Phillip

    Shani Phillip is Programs Manager with the Council of Urban Professionals. In this role she is responsible for working with corporate partners to curate and execute professional development programs. She is also responsible for coordinating and delivering CUP legacy events ...

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