Sandra ShellyBrandon SlaughterRudy R. RacineManasi RaveendranMilan ReedEdda SantiagoCarina PatrittiMeropi PeponidesDeborah MirabalMoya M. O’ConnorChristelle OnwuKareema (Bee) Partin

Sandra Shelly

Born and raised in NYC, Sandra is a political strategist and creative producer with over a decade's worth of leadership experience on electoral and issue advocacy campaigns. Currently, serving as the Director of Partnerships and Program at A/B Partners, she leads a national program to counter mass disinformation among diverse communities. In her extensive political…
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Brandon Slaughter

Brandon is the Director, 9-16 Education Partnerships, on the Work-Based Learning Labs teams at HERE to HERE. Within this role, Brandon supports HERE to HERE’s high school and CUNY partners in their efforts to expand and enhance work-based learning. For the past decade, Brandon has worked to improve education outcomes for young people through strategy,…
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Rudy R. Racine

Rudy R. Racine is the Vice President of WeCARE Operations for Equus Workforce Solutions. In this role, he is tasked with leading one of New York City’s largest vocational rehabilitation programs. Under his leadership, Rudy’s team works to address the needs of New Yorkers receiving cash assistance who are also dealing with medical and/or mental…
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Manasi Raveendran

Manasi Raveendran is Counsel and Trust & Compliance Officer for IBM, advising and providing support to the business primarily with respect to anti-corruption regulations. Prior to her current role, Manasi was on an international assignment with IBM in India, acting as one of the Regional Trust & Compliance Officers for India/South Asia. Manasi has also…
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Milan Reed

Milan has devoted her career to public service and to advancing education and urban policy. She currently serves as the Manager of Operations and Program Policy for the New York City Department of Education (DOE), Division of Early Childhood Education. In this role, Milan leads strategic initiatives to support the expansion of early childhood education,…
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Edda Santiago

Edda Santiago is the Campaign Manager for John Sanchez, City Council Candidate for District 15 in the Bronx. Prior to joining the campaign, Edda was an attorney at the Legal Aid Society, where she fought to keep New Yorkers in their homes and was frequently interviewed by local Spanish speaking media including Univision 41, Telemundo…
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Carina Patritti

Carina Patritti is a proud New Yorker. She was raised by Uruguayan parents in a bilingual household in New York City. Currently, Carina is an attorney in the Immigrant Youth Representation Project at The Legal Aid Society of New York where she defends immigrant children in immigration court and in family court. She works with…
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Meropi Peponides

Meropi Peponides is a theater maker, artistic producer, dramaturg and podcast producer. Her work explores cross-cultural affinity and seeks to disrupt cultural hierarchies by drawing inspiration from and lifting up BIPOC and nonwestern traditions. She is one of the three Directors of Soho Repertory Theatre in New York City, where she has produced the previous…
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Deborah Mirabal

Deborah Mirabal is chief of staff and vice president in the Global Investment Research (GIR) division at Goldman Sachs. She is co-author of several publications, including Closing the Gender Gaps: Advancing Women in Corporate America, The Great Reset: A Framework for Investing After COVID-19, and Sustainable ESG Investing: Turning Promises into Performance. Before joining GIR,…
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Moya M. O’Connor

Moya M. O'Connor is an accomplished trial attorney whose practice focuses on the defense of complex matters in State, Appellate, and Federal Court. More specifically, Moya provides litigation counsel in the fields of premises liability, automobile liability, labor law, property damage, subrogation, personal injury, and other intricate tort matters. Moya also has experience handling workers'…
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Christelle Onwu

Christelle N. Onwu is the Director of Social Work Unit, Lead Advisor for African Diaspora Communities, and Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. She was a 2017 graduate of the Coro Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP), and serves as an Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal…
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Kareema (Bee) Partin

For the past two years, Kareema has served as the Associate Director of the JCC Manhattan's Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival where she manages all aspects of the occasion. The festival provides five days of films and events to spark conversation and activate social change during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend. In the…
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