CUP Fellows Program

The CUP NY 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 NY 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.

  • The 2021 New York Fellows application process is now closed.


  • Monthly sessions from February 2021 to January 2022 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 NY 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.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be employed full-time in the New York tri-state area at the time of application, and must plan to remain employed throughout the fellowship. Internships and part-time positions do not meet this requirement. Special consideration is given to applicants who have current or prior experience in the public service sector.
  • Applicants must not be currently participating in another significant fellowship program, and cannot participate in another fellowship at the same time as the CUP Fellows Program, which runs from February until January.
  • Applicants must commit to attending the monthly Saturday sessions which will begin at 9:30am. Applicants must also be willing to make the time commitment to meet all deadlines and complete all assignments, as well as pre-session readings and written exercises (approximately two hours per month in addition to the sessions).

Selection of CUP Fellows is based on the following criteria:

  • A demonstrated commitment to CUP’s mission to connect, empower and mobilize the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service through relevant work and volunteer experience
  • Experience of, and/or potential for, advanced leadership
  • Academic, professional and/or community achievement
  • Professionals of color and women from the business, consulting, digital and technology, finance, legal, media and entertainment, non-profit and public sectors


  • 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.


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

Meet the 2020 Fellows

  • Qyana Agina

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  • Bernard B. Armoo

    Bernard B. Armoo is an associate attorney at Bryant Rabbino LLP. Bernard practices with the Capital Markets and Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions practice groups of the firm. In his role, Bernard represents issuers, lenders, investors, placement agents and underwriters ...

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  • Nadege E. Benoit

    Nadege E. Benoit is a Captain in the United States Army currently serving at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In her capacity at the Academy, she serves as a coach and mentor to 120 cadets helping to ...

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  • Kat Bloomfield

    Kat is a nonprofit executive and fundraising professional who has inspired nearly $12 million in charitable giving over 10 years. As an avid arts and STEAM advocate, she feels a strong connection to the principles of social entrepreneurship, particularly centered ...

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  • Jerry Bruno

    Jerry Bruno is the Strategic Project Manager within the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Administrator’s Office. In his role, he advises on the DHS strategic plan and manage high-level collaborations such as ThriveNYC, the City’s commitment to ...

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  • Miguelina Camilo

    Miguelina Camilo was born in the Dominican Republic. She immigrated to the United States with her parents in the late 1980’s. Miguelina received her B.A. degree in Political Science from New York University in 2007 and her Juris Doctor from ...

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  • Nikki Carroll

    Nikki Carroll is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP who works with Fortune 500 companies to enable large-scale digital transformations of their finance organizations. She has supported transformations for some of the largest players in healthcare and telecom. Prior ...

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  • Michael Chang

    Michael Chang is the Deputy Director, Global Finance Operations at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization that works with refugees and displaced people to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In his role, Michael works to drive ...

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  • Ekta Dharia

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  • Elise Drew León

    Elise Drew León is Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at the School of American Ballet (SAB) at Lincoln Center. In her role, she works to ensure that SAB is a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization according to its behaviors, policies, ...

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  • Favio German

    Favio German is a manager within the client services team of Public Works Partners. In this role, he leads teams of consultants to meet the management, programmatic, and operational needs of the firm’s social sector clients. Favio’s driving mission is ...

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  • Marcus Haymon

    Marcus Haymon is an Associate Partner at Dalberg Advisors, a strategy consulting firm focused on social impact and global development. He leads Dalberg’s U.S. justice, equity, and mobility practice. Marcus has led several engagements on strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, and ...

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  • Aisha Haynes

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  • Aubrey Herrera

    Aubrey Herrera is a Digital Product Manager at Goldman Sachs in the Private Wealth Management business. She and her team are responsible for enhancing the experience of Private Wealth clients and advisors through technology. She entered finance and technology by ...

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  • N. Camille Lewis

    N. Camille Lewis is an expert professional nurse with over a decade of experience caring for clinically complex patients. In her newest role as a Clinical Nurse Supervisor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, she provides administrative, educational, and clinical ...

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  • Alicia Cepeda Maule

    Alicia Cepeda Maule is the Innocence Project’s first Digital Engagement Director. Since 2015, she has led a team that has contributed to exponential audience and revenue growth as well as the passing of dozens of wrongful conviction reform laws. Alicia ...

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  • Lorenzo Mendez

    Lorenzo Mendez is a Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Higher Education and Not-for-Profit Investment Banking Group. He works with colleges, universities, and other not-for-profits to access the public and private capital markets. In addition, Lorenzo is a project manager for ...

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  • Michael J. Molina

    Michael J. Molina is an Associate Attorney at Belluck & Fox, LLP, where he represents families and victims of asbestos-related terminal cancer, including Veterans and first-responders, against corporations who caused the disease through environmental hazards and dangerous consumer products. Before ...

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  • Justin Nowell

    Justin Nowell is a corporate associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. In his role, Justin is counsel for public and private acquirers and targets, advising on a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and corporate ...

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  • Modupe Olaye

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  • Evin Floyd Robinson

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  • Varun Sanyal

    Varun Sanyal is Vice President, Real Estate at Kasirer. Kasirer is a full service lobbying and government relations firm, advocating on behalf of a wide range of clients who seek local expertise in navigating government. Varun advises real estate clients ...

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  • Leslie Swain

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  • Gabriela Tejedor

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  • Jorge L. Vasquez, Jr.

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  • Sherese A. Ward

    Sherese A. Ward currently serves as Chief of Staff and Strategy for the Division of Human Capital at the New York City Department of Education. In this capacity, she oversees the execution of the division’s strategic plan, while supporting cross-functional ...

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  • David E. White Jr.

    David E. White Jr. is an associate in Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s Restructuring and Finance Department. Mr. White represents borrowers and issuers across industries in all financing aspects of complex corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and spin-offs. Mr. ...

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  • Traci Wilkes Smith

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