Board of Directors
Sandra Harris, Chair, is the Assistant Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at Columbia University Medical Center. In her role, she is responsible for maintaining community and institutional relations, developing partnerships and promoting university and community programs that impact the health and well-being of the northern Manhattan community. Sandra’s work in the northern Manhattan community began 23 years ago as a constituent services liaison with then State Senator Franz Leichter, where she developed a keen understanding of the needs of her community. This led to a career change, which resulted in her working at Alianza Dominicana and later becoming Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative.
Sandra has a Masters degree in Social Work from Hunter College and Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Human Services- Metropolitan College of New York. Currently, she is a member of the American Public Health Association, National Association of Social Workers and the NJ Mental Health Counselor’s Association.
John Lyons, Treasurer, is a Research Assistant in the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development. In his role he manages research projects and is responsible for qualitative and quantitative analyses. Prior to Mr. Lyons’ work at the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education he was part of the NMIC staff from 2002 through 2009, first as an English Language Instructor and later promoted to Director of the Adult Education Program. In his English Language Instructor position, Mr. Lyons developed numerous courses and workshops as part of the English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) curriculum. As the Adult Education Program Director he managed the program’s funding and assisted with agency-wide strategy. Mr. Lyons’ English Instructor path began at BKC International House in Moscow, Russia where he taught grammar and communicative English at all levels from children to professionals.
John has a Ph.D in English Education from New York University Steinhardt and a Masters degree in Language and Literacy from the City College of New York.
Edward Cuesta is the New York Coordinator at Dominicanos USA. In his role Mr. Cuesta provides management and supervision of an on-the-ground, civic engagement operation situated in Hostos Community College. Prior to joining Dominicanos USA, Mr. Cuesta served as Recruitment Strategist at the City University of New York Murphy Institute School of Professional Studies where he was responsible for the development of successful recruitment for certificate and academic degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Earlier in his career Edward worked in the money remittance industry in roles ranging from General Manger at Envios Abreu y Collado, Ltd. to Corporate Account and Area Development Manager for the Northeast Region at Sigue Corporation.
Edward has a Masters degree in Urban Studies from the City University of New York Murphy Institute School of Professional Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the City University of New York, City College.
Evelyn De La Rosa is an active community member. Ms. De La Rosa served as Account Manager at AT&T Interactive where she was responsible for technology-related customer service issues and delivered expertise in redesigning and updating clients’ websites. Prior to her position at AT&T Interactive, Ms. De La Rosa served as a Workforce Management Analyst/Project Manager at Washington Post, Kaplan Higher Education where she administered change order processes and implemented systematic plans in restructuring IT to work more efficiently. Preceding her work at Kaplan Higher Education, she was a Marketing Manager, Team Leader and Senior Loan Officer at Newbridge Mortgage Corporation where she provided training for new loan officers.
Evelyn has a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership/Management from Mercy College and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information System and Business Administration from Manhattan College.
Jeffrey M. Rosengarten, Chair Emeritus, is the Senior Vice President of Operations at Touro College and University System. He is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for real estate, construction and facilities planning as well as human resources, campus security and other auxiliary services. Mr. Rosengarten previously served as Vice President of Administrative Services at Yeshiva University (YU), and began his professional career at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he directed the outpatient primary care clinics of the affiliated Jacobi Hospital Center. From 1982 through 2015, he served as Yeshiva University's main campus Director of Personnel where he had responsibility for the various administrative supporting services across YU's three Manhattan campuses.
Jeffrey has a Bachelor’s degree from Queens College of the City University of New York and pursued graduate studies in management and administration at the New School and Baruch College.