Melissa FentonCrescent MuhammadGiovanni CruzAJ Rios

Melissa Fenton

Melissa has over 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, with deep experience in fundraising, finance and operations, strategic planning, communications, real-estate, and event planning. Melissa has dedicated her career to helping underserved communities and creating sustainable business models for long-term organizational success. Melissa has worked with senior leadership and boards of…
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Crescent Muhammad

Crescent is located in the West Coast division of CUP. Prior to CUP, Crescent was SVP of Development at Marquee Media, where she managed programming material for new multi-cultural streaming services and led communication efforts for a national launch. She also developed new show concepts including content starring Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker in…
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Giovanni Cruz

Giovanni De Jesus Cruz has over 18 years of experience in the asset management operations and middle office space supporting institutional portfolio managers and sales and trading.  He has worked at a number of large banks, including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and Alliance Bernstein with responsibilities for client reporting, investment accounting, project management and operational…
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AJ Rios

Native of New Jersey, AJ Rios is the Marketing, Community and Engagement Manager for the Council of Urban Professionals. This will include producing and editing all of CUP’s marketing and online content, as well as, building sustainable community connections that will proliferate CUP’s mission for networking, developing corporate partnership opportunities and recruitment efforts through CUP’s…
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