CUP Welcomes a Dynamic Summer Team!

CUP is excited to on-board it's first class of Program Coodinator/Senior Interns. As CUP's network continues to swell, we are also expanding our own capacity. Our new additions are here to supplement our staff in leadership programs, development, and  membership & communications. Throughout the summer, you are likely to see our wonderfully talented interns at our events. If you see them, be sure to introduce yourself as they are working very hard on behalf of the CUP mission and ensuring that we are meeting the needs of our many members and those in our extended network! Meet them below:

Mark Rutledge is a recent transplant to New York City with a background in public policy and management consulting. He comes to New York with an interest in innovative approaches to advocacy and entrepreneurship. This summer he will be supporting Elisa Espiritu on CUP's Leadership Development and Access to Capital & Opportunity programs. From his internship with CUP, Mark hopes to gain a better understanding of the aspects and considerations around managing large scale non-profit and social enterprises.

Charlene Etienne will be working closely with Program Manager, Elisa Espiritu and Executive Director, Chloe Drew planning events and furthering CUP’s overall mission. She was attracted to CUP because of their support of and dedication to empowering women. Currently Ms. Etienne is an M.A. candidate at NYU and pursuing her Master’s in Global Affairs and hopes to have a positive impact on the lives of women around the world. Ms. Etienne holds a B.A. in English Literature from Pennsylvania State University.

Tiffany Ferguson is a graduate of Hunter College where she earned a BA in Dance and Urban Affairs. Tiffany's interest in cross sectoral collaborations drew her to CUP's commitment to developing leaders and leveraging diversity across sectors. She hopes to learn about how the public, private, and nonprofit sectors can be collectively mobilized to create sustained social change. During the summer, she will work closely with Ijeoma Obilo, CUP's Program Manager responsible for DLS events, membership, communications and CUP's Board and Senior Management Diversity Initiative.

Valerie Moreyra is an NYU student majoring in Politics, double minoring in Business Studies and Spanish. She is very excited to be interning this summer with Program Manager Ijeoma Obilo and Program Coordinator/Senior Intern Tiffany Ferguson, planning CUP events, managing social media and providing capacity support in marketing, membership and communications. With a future in Global Affairs, Valerie is attracted to CUP's ability to prepare talented, visionary minority and women professionals to become powerful political leaders. She hopes to acquire essential leadership skills this summer while interning at CUP.

Are you or do you know someone who may be interested in interning at CUP? We accept interns throughout the year for short and long term commitments. For more information, contact Ijeoma Obilo at