CUP Fellows Program

The CUP Fellows Program is a transformative, one-year leadership development experience for early-to-mid career professionals of color across sectors who are deeply committed to supporting their communities through impactful contributions to the nonprofit and public sectors. The CUP Fellows Program workshops and speakers provide participants with insight into the challenges and opportunities in the civic sectors, and encourages participants to harness their power and relationships to create meaningful change through board service, political engagement, volunteerism, public-private partnerships, social entrepreneurship, and more. 


  • Monthly sessions including workshops, featured speakers, and intentional group discussion
  • Opportunities to connect with CUP’s esteemed program alumni, as well as public servants, nonprofit leaders, and organizations seeking volunteers and board members
  • Access to CUP’s calendar of events for ongoing professional development, networking, and informal peer-to-peer mentoring


  • The CUP Fellows Program is geared toward self-motivated professionals of color from all sectors (public, private and nonprofit) with 5-10 years of professional work experience, a demonstrated commitment to public service, and a desire to acquire new skills and information to maximize their civic impact.

Session topics may include:

  • Fundraising and the Art of the Ask
  • Public Speaking and Communication
  • Impacting the Political Landscape
  • Nonprofit Board Governance
  • Values-Based Leadership
  • Coalition Building and Problem Solving
  • Leadership Style Assessments
  • Current Events and Complex Social Issues

CUP believes that, now more than ever, it is critical that diverse professionals are equipped and empowered to realize their full potential and profoundly shape our future. If you are committed to being part of the solution, yet feel you could benefit from building your skill set and network of supporters, we hope you’ll apply to join our 2018 Fellows class! We need you and the world needs us.  




 To donate directly to the CUP Fellows Program, please click here.


Meet the 2018 Fellows

  • Denise Acron

    Denise Acron is a Senior Staff Attorney at Manhattan Legal Services where she practices in the Government Benefits Unit. In this role, she represents low income clients and litigates federal, state, and city cases concerning government benefits. Manhattan Legal Services, ...

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  • Jaime Angarita

     Jaime A. Angarita is the Chief Operating Officer of the Child Center of NY, a child-focused not-for-profit with over seventy locations, more than 1,000 employees, and a yearly budget of approximately fifty million that aims to fight the poverty, educational, ...

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  • Christinea Chase

    Christinea Chase is a Multinational Account Manager at MetLife/MAXIS Global Benefit Network working in the Global Employee Benefits group. Christinea's passion for people and travel has brought her into this specific international space of delivering multinational solutions to clients and ...

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  • Roberto Concepción, Jr.

    Roberto Concepción, Jr. is an Equal Employment Opportunity Investigator at New York University where he conducts neutral internal investigations of complaints of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and sexual misconduct. Prior to joining New York University, Roberto represented both employers and employees ...

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  • Alicia Criner

    Alicia is currently Director of Digital Marketing at L'Oréal, where she manages the ecommerce business and digital media for the $1 billion Lancôme brand. Prior to this position, she also managed digital marketing for the Kérastase and Shu Uemura Art ...

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  • Rasheim Donaldson

    Rasheim Donaldson is an Assistant District Attorney at the Bronx County District Attorney's Office with a focus on investigating and prosecuting violent felonies, ranging from armed robbery to attempted murder. Rasheim is a trial lawyer with experience in conducting criminal ...

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  • Mike Han

    Mike Han is an Account Supervisor at Ogilvy and Mather, one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world. Mike began his five-year tenure at Ogilvy as a member of the Associates program, a highly-competitive rotational training program for ...

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  • Uchenna Ibekwe

    Uchenna is an experienced financial services attorney and compliance professional with a focus on investment management and the securities markets. Currently, she is a Vice President in the Legal and Compliance Division of Morgan Stanley where she advises the investment ...

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  • Alisha Liggett, MD

    Alisha Liggett, MD is the Director of Pediatrics at a bustling federally qualified healthy center (FQHC) in New York City. She provides comprehensive primary care, and HIV specialty care to children and adults in Harlem and Bronx community. Her expertise ...

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  • LeMel Lindsey

    As Senior Program Manager, LeMel Lindsey is responsible for the oversight of the formation of new BIDs throughout the city as well as the expansion of existing BIDs. New York City currently has a network of 73 BIDs that respond ...

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  • Nneka Martin, Esq.

    Nneka Martin is an Attorney in the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at the New York City Fire Department (“FDNY”). In this role, Nneka has a variety of responsibilities including conducting internal investigation of discrimination and retaliation, making recommendations to the ...

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  • Ray Mateo

    Ray Mateo focuses his practice on criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and complex civil litigation. Ray has extensive experience interacting with federal and state law enforcement agencies and regularly represents clients facing complicated immigration concerns. Prior to joining Calcagni & ...

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  • Benjamin Mensah

    Benjamin Mensah is an investment analyst at Paulson & Co, a multi-strategy hedge fund based in NYC. He focuses on special situations investments across the capital structure in various sectors. Previously, Ben was an investment analyst at SVP Global, a ...

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  • Uthman Olagoke

    Uthman Olagoke is a strategic program and project manager experienced in program development and delivery, and data-driven interventions in the civic and public sectors. Currently, Uthman is a manager at 100 Resilient Cities, an initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation ...

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  • Evelyn Perez-Albino

    Mrs. Pérez-Albino is an Associate in the Labor & Employment group at Sabin Bermant & Gould, LLP, a firm which serves as general counsel to Advance Publications, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Condé Nast. Her practice focuses on providing the ...

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  • Amber Peterson

    Amber Peterson is the Director of Program Innovation at LitWorld, a non-profit that promotes literacy and social emotional development through storytelling. In her role, she oversees the creation, maintenance, and revision of new programs, projects and curriculum, and the development ...

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  • Michelle Pham

    Michelle Pham is an attorney at the law firm of Pryor Cashman LLP. Ms. Pham counsels public and private companies on a broad range of corporate transactions focusing on mergers and acquisitions. She also advises clients on general corporate matters, ...

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  • Tiffany Reaves

    Tiffany Reaves is the Community and Player Programs Manager for Madison Square Garden Basketball. In this role, she sets the strategy for community activation and partnerships and oversees all philanthropic contributions and fundraising. She spends time working with nonprofits and ...

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  • Alexander Robinson

    Alexander Robinson is a Senior Associate at Davis Polk LLP. Alex has a broad-based commercial litigation practice focused on government investigations, international arbitrations and civil litigation in state and federal courts, with specific experience involving securities fraud, bankruptcy, antitrust, and ...

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  • Adam San Miguel

    Adam is an experienced international business leader with deep expertise in sales, business development, and building go to market strategies. With over a decade of experience in the technology sector, Adam currently works for Dell Technologies, where he oversees the ...

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  • Fernando Snowden-Lorence

    As Program Manager for The Fellowship Initiative in New York, Fernando Lorence manages the curriculum, partnerships, budgeting and internal collaborations for the program. He reports directly to the Head of The Fellowship Initiative and partners closely with the Employee Engagement ...

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  • Adan Soltren

    Adan Soltren Esq. is a staff attorney with The Legal Aid Society's Harlem Community Law Office. Adan works closely with tenant associations and groups of tenants in Manhattan on a wide array of legal matters pertaining to New York housing ...

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  • Samantha Stone

    Samantha Stone is an Associate Director in the U.S. Corporate Ratings practice at S&P Global. She has been covering a portfolio of investment grade and high yield companies in the Retail and Restaurants team since 2014. Prior to this, Samantha ...

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  • Demetrius Thornton

    Demetrius Thornton has dedicated his life to providing access to career mobility and building programming that amplify untold stories. As Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) he leads and develops agency wide policies and ...

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  • Eric Wilson

    Captain Eric Wilson currently serves as a Company and Battalion Tactical Officer at the United States Military Academy, West Point. In his role, he is directly responsible for teaching, coaching and mentoring 140 Cadets and oversees the leader development of ...

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  • Kimberly Wilson

    Kimberly Wilson is a senior digital strategist, storyteller, and all-around editorial/content person. In her role as Director of Social Media at Entertainment Studios, she is responsible for strategically expanding TheGrio's social media footprint to increase traffic referrals, engagement and build ...

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For a list of all past Fellows Program participants, click here.