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. 

  • Application Fee: $150 for corporate sector; $100 for non-profit/civic sector applicants.
  • Deadline: Monday, December 2, 2019 at 5pm. Thank you to all the applicants who submitted their materials for the 2020 Fellows class. The application process is now closed. 
  • Questions? Please email CUP at


  • Monthly sessions from February 2020 to January 2021 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 a future Fellows class! We need you and the world needs us.

The application process is now closed for the 2020 Fellows class. The online application for the 2021 CUP Fellows class be available in Fall 2020.    


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


Meet the 2019 Fellows

  • Portia Allen-Kyle

    Portia is an Advocacy and Policy Counsel for the Campaign for Smart Justice at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she focuses on pretrial justice and bail reform, in addition to being tasked with developing a strategy to challenge racism ...

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  • Stephanie Brown

    Stephanie Brown currently serves as associate counsel in the Governor’s Authorities Unit, which provides oversight of the governance and operations of more than 50 independent state and bi-state agencies on behalf of the Governor. Stephanie works directly with several authorities, ...

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  • Van Ann Bui

    Van Ann Bui is the Director of the SEO Law Fellowship program with responsibility for overseeing program implementation in order to strengthen their Fellows’ preparation and success in law school, expanding law firm partner relationships, increasing contact and communications with underrepresented students ...

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  • Shabbir Chaudhury

    Shabbir Chaudhury is in-house counsel for MetLife, where he provides strategic advice to MetLife’s U.S. businesses and focuses on protecting business interests related to the sale, suitability, performance, and operations of individual and group annuities and insurance products.  He also ...

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  • Jomaire Crawford-Booth

    Jomaire Crawford Booth is a senior associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. She specializes in complex commercial litigation and white collar investigations with a focus on securities and antitrust lawsuits, breach of contract disputes, cross-border criminal and regulatory ...

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  • Nora Daniel

    Nora Daniel currently serves as Deputy Director for Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs for the New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services. In this role, she works with elected officials at the local, state, and federal level to advocate on behalf ...

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  • Betina Dowdell

    Betina Dowdell joined Goldman Sachs in 2017 in the Private Wealth Management area of the Investment Management Division, where she is a Private Wealth Advisor based in New York. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Betina provided structured lending solutions to Financial Institutions and non-profits at ...

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  • Quintin Haynes

    Quintin Haynes is the Executive Deputy Commissioner at New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Quintin is responsible for the agency's asset management and business resilience strategies. He oversees the divisions of Real Estate Services, Facilities Management, Construction and ...

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  • Lydia Shih-Ying Hu

    Lydia Hu joined Spectrum News in January 2018 as an investigative reporter. Before NY1, Lydia was an investigative reporter and weekend evening anchor at WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama for more than two years. She earned a "Best in Broadcasting 2017" ...

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  • Hetal Jani

    Hetal Jani is a first generation South Asian American and New York City native, which has colored her experience as an educator and her interest in how culture, society, and inter-personal relationships affect an individual’s development. Ms. Jani has over 15 years of experience ...

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  • Connie Lewin

    Connie Lewin is the Director of Strategy at Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE). Connie Lewin has spent her career in both private and non-profit sectors helping organizations grow and scale their initiatives. SHE is a global social enterprise that takes a market-based approach towards addressing overlooked ...

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  • Josephine Martínez

    Josephine Martínez currently serves as the Director of Talent Acquisition Projects for the National Football League. Josephine's role allows her to continuously tap into her passion for problem-solving and executing innovative solutions for her clients. Before joining the NFL, Josephine ...

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  • David Mitchell

    David is a labor and employment senior associate at Hogan Lovells in the New York office.  In his role, David provides practical advice to corporate and management clients on labor and employment issues.  He counsels companies on a variety of ...

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  • Shanell Mosley

    Shanell oversees Sports Partnerships at UNICEF USA and manages relationships with US sports leagues, teams and athletes that are dedicated to educating, advocating and fundraising to help the world’s most vulnerable children. It is her personal mission to help others find ...

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  • Andrea Nill Sanchez

    With over a decade of experience in media, law, labor, and advocacy, Andrea has spent her career working to advance racial, economic, and social justice. She previously served as a Director at The Raben Group, where she managed a portfolio ...

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  • Dr. Chris O’Neal

    Dr. Chris O’Neal owns two dental offices in under-served Brooklyn communities where he treats patients from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and ethnicities. He, and his associates provide general dental, and specialty treatment; from basic cleanings to cosmetics, implants, and ...

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  • Dumar Paden

    Dumar Paden has over a decade of experience as an educator and school leader. He currently serves as an Academic Dean at Achievement First Public Charter Schools, a nationally recognized high performing charter network serving over 13,000 predominantly Black and Latino students ...

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  • Shantel Palacio

    Shantel Palacio is the Chief of Staff of the Brooklyn South NYCDOE Borough Office, where she supports Brooklyn South’s Executive Superintendent, Executive Director and 5 Superintendencies with significant discretion and decision-making authority to ensure the adequate provision of coordinated support ...

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  • Janet Peguero

    Janet Peguero is the current Rezoning Manager for the New York City department of Small Business Services (SBS). In this role she manages the various points of agreements for the agency, as it pertains to recently and previously rezoned neighborhoods. ...

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  • Estefania Ponti

    Estefania Ponti is Brooklyn College’s Assistant Director of Advising Assessment and Student Success and serves as a member of the Brooklyn College’s Veteran Task Force. Additionally, Dr. Ponti serves as an adjunct lecturer in the department of Sociology and Anthropology ...

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  • Jen Queliz

    Jen Queliz is an associate attorney at Cozen O’Connor, where she practices within the firm’s Labor & Employment group.  In her role, she advises employers across various industries primarily on discrimination, leave, and restrictive covenant issues and represents her clients in related ...

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  • Hector Silva

    Hector Silva is a Vice President focusing on Organizational Strategy within the Consumer and Investment Division at Goldman Sachs. In his role, he focuses on defining the target operating model for the organization and executing on strategic initiatives.  Prior to ...

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  • Ravieschwar Guru Singh

    Guru Singh is an associate at Cooley LLP, where he counsels innovative, high-growth private companies and start-ups in corporate and finance matters. Prior to Cooley, he was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where he advised a mix of clients ...

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  • Terrence Taylor

    Terrence A. Taylor is a Senior Marketing Associate at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Group. Currently, Terrence manages two of the firm’s largest sponsorship assets: Madison Square Garden and the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. Within ...

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  • Mauricio Videla

    Mauricio Videla is an attorney and federal commissioned bank examiner with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. His practice focuses on the assessment and enhancement of risk and control frameworks in large, complex financial institutions and contributing to enforcement actions ...

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