NMIC Advisory Board

NAB plays a strategic role in developing awareness of NMIC’s programs and providing opportunities for NMIC’s growth by leveraging social media, events, and individual fundraising to support overall goals. Members have opportunities to create, plan and participate in service activities (volunteer days, volunteer drives, awareness campaigns, etc.); help plan and host fundraising events (happy hours, crowd-funding campaigns, etc.); and interact with NMIC staff and network with Board of Directors. Meet our Advisory Board below!

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Caitie Adams
Member

Caitie Adams is a fundraising professional passionate about advancing opportunities for youth education and development. She currently serves as the National Institutional Giving Manager for iMentor, an organization headquartered in New York City whose mission is to build mentoring relationships to empower first-generation students to graduate high school, succeed in college and career, and achieve their ambitions.

Prior to iMentor, Caitie served as the Development Director for South Bronx United where she also volunteered as a College Prep Mentor. After leaving her hometown of Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 2015, Caitie lived in Washington Heights for over seven years. She now resides in the Bronx with her husband Francisco, their son Tomás, and their dog Yoda. She enjoys writing, good food, and exploring her neighborhood. Caitie has an MA in Sociology and a BA in Environmental Studies, both from Cleveland State University.

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David A. Aviles
Member

David A. Aviles possesses over 15 years of leadership and management experience in fast-paced non-profit, and for-profit work environments. Consummate professional in the fields of education, human services, operations, customer service, retail, workforce, community engagement, and youth development. A firm believer in the value of  building meaningful relationships and connecting community residents to opportunities. 

David is currently a Community Partner Manager with New York City Workforce1 Career Center’s Bronx Region. Workforce1 is one of the nation’s largest providers of employment, training, education, career development, and community partner resource services. Connecting thousands of candidates with opportunities for economic growth and social mobility.

David is also the founder of Career Ready Resume, based in New York City, serving as Chief Executive Officer from 2017 to 2021. Career Ready Resume, headquartered in New York City, is a consulting firm providing job seekers, career changers, students, and recent graduates with professional self-marketing tools and additional services to assist with job and career advancement.

Prior to New York City Workforce1 Career Centers, David served as a Manager of Workforce Initiatives for the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, and as a ranking member of their Leadership Academy.  Successfully leading Workforce Development programs operating within the New York City Department of Education Public School System (NYCDOE) and in conjunction with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Empowering at-risk young adults ages 16-21 years old through education, life & employment skills training, coaching, character building, mentorship, and the cultivation of strategic corporate and non-profit partnerships across the New York City area. Providing hundreds of our promised youths with economic mobility and a stronger foundation for a successful present & future. Preparing them to become active members and future leaders within their communities.  

David holds a Master of Business Administration Degree in Management, an Undergraduate Degree in Information Technology, and is a Master of Human Resource Management Degree candidate. David is also a Master Certified Coach and holds certificates in Advanced Management, Non-Profit Leadership, Project Management, and Adult Education. 

David is also a writer and youth advocate; his current works focus on Youth Education, Mentorship, Career Guidance, and Economic Development. In addition, he serves as a Board Member at Ithaca College. 
Marlon Barrett

Marlon Barrett
Member

Marlon Barrett brings years of experience in the banking industry, having managed retail branches and excelled in team building and problem-solving. 

As a seasoned banking professional, Marlon has overseen diverse portfolios of accounts demonstrating expertise in managing both deposit and lending. Beyond his professional achievements, Marlon is deeply committed to community engagement. He has spearhead initiatives to expand community outreach and foster relationship with local leaders.

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Elizabeth Conde
Member

Elizabeth Conde, LMSW-SIFI, AWA is a School Social Worker. She is responsible for providing social, emotional and academic support for students in her caseload. For the past twenty-six years she has worked with different populations and programs including domestic violence, homeless, teen mothers, adult education, substance abuse, college and career counseling. Elizabeth is a Civics Teacher helping individuals to become U.S. Citizens and be able to exercise their right to vote.

Elizabeth holds an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts Psychology from Hudson County Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Rutgers University-Newark, a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University, SIFI certification (Seminar Training in Field Instruction) and College Advising Program Certification from Columbia University.

 

Elizabeth is a co-author and Award Winning Author in Latinx/e in Social Work and author of Empathy.

 

Elizabeth serves in the Board of Siembra Today.

 

Elizabeth is the Founder of Conde Consulting Services.

 

Elizabeth is a bilingual Social Worker who speaks, writes and reads Spanish.

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Ana Cristina Garcia
Member

Ana Cristina Garcia believes healthy communities can create health and wellbeing for all. Her career in community health has included policy advocacy, coalition development, and performance improvement. She is currently the Senior Director of Community Engagement and Health Equity at Memorial Sloan Kettering. She’s a proud Cuban-American, Harlem resident, and New York public school parent.

Ana Cristina holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a Master of Science in Marketing and Strategic Communications from Fordham University. She has worked for public and private sector organizations, including NewYork-Presbyterian, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Vermont Department of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees.

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Jordan Green
Member

Jordan Green is a change agent with deep roots to the Upper Manhattan community. 
With professional stops in Florida, Maryland and California, he is elated to return back to his neighborhood and share his array of insights to help better the place that built him. His array of corporate experiences led to him founding Exit 18 Creative Collective, a full service marketing & advertising agency rooted in the same community he hails from. While not working he’s the proud dad to one daughter, one dog, and one cat.
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Francisco Guzman
Member

Francisco Guzmán is Corporate Counsel for Labor & Employee Relations at Amazon.com, where he is part of a team that provides advice and counsel on all labor issues. Prior to joining Amazon, Francisco was an Associate in the Labor Management Relations group at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP in the New York office where he represented companies in unfair labor practice charges and representation cases before the National Labor Relations Board.

Francisco started his legal career as a field attorney in the Brooklyn, NY office of the National Labor Relations Board. As a field attorney he investigated charges of unfair labor practices and prosecuted violations of the NLRA. In addition, he conducted elections to determine union representation preferences, and served as hearing officer in contested representation matters.

 

Francisco earned his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and B.A. from New York University. He is also an alum of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and the Peggy Browning Labor Law Fellowship. Francisco was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up Washington Heights, NYC.

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James Holmes
Member

James Holmes is a banking and financial professional with over 20 years of experience in the banking and finance sectors to include large scale Corporate and Institutional, Small Business and Consumer client relationships.

James has a passion for people in building and leading teams to success and currently serves as First Vice President for Valley Bank in Manhattan, New York.

As an immigrant himself (United Kingdom), and as a resident of Manhattan, James strongly believes that “when our communities succeed, then so do we.”
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Meldis Jimenez
Member

Meldis Jimenez was born and raised in Harlem. Before serving as a community organizer for Broadway Housing Communities (BHC), she assisted New York City Tenants through the Eviction Prevention Hotline at Catholic Charities Community Services, a Case Management Department that ensured no New Yorker in need is turned away for a large variety of services; such as  illness, job loss, hunger, housing instability or almost any other hardship.

Most recently, she helped launch the BHC Youth Leadership Institute and is published through CUNY Academic Works an Oral History Project publication titled, ‘Dreaming of Home: Youth Researchers of Color Address NYC’s Housing Crisis’ to help youth organize social-political movement & advocate for policies to address the housing crisis which has historically intentionally disadvantage BIPOC communities. She is an awardee of the Emily Menlo Marks Fall 2021 Scholarship from United Neighborhood Houses(UNH). The Emily Menlo Marks Scholarship Program is a scholarship awarded to UNH member organization employees who have shown skill, leadership, contributions to their settlement house and community, commitment, and likelihood to remain an active and dynamic contributor in the organization.

 

She graduated from LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, in May 2017 as a Liberal Arts: Math & Science Major. Since 2017, she has dedicated her career to community service, advocacy, and youth development programs. Now a junior enrolled in The City College of New York, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology.

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Jose Miranda
Member

Jose Miranda is the Associate Executive Director of Youth, Family, and Immigrant Services at Sunnyside Community Services.
Jose has 15 years of nonprofit program experience working in the fields of financial capability building, housing, community organizing, legislative advocacy, youth development, and immigrant services. Jose has lived in West Harlem for over 10 years and aims to build more community and counteract the effects of gentrification in Northern Manhattan. In his spare time Jose enjoys reading, photography, cycling, lifting weights, and taking his dog Leo on walks along the Hudson River.  
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Wendell Tong
Member

Wendell Y. Tong is a lawyer and writer who is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute more to Washington Heights, where she has lived for almost twenty years.  

Wendell most recently served as a Housing Law Attorney at the Urban Justice Center, in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. She has twenty years of litigation practice in Toxic Torts, Products Liability, Mass Torts, and Municipal Liability. She is admitted to federal and state courts in New York and California. 

 

Wendell is a naturalized U.S. citizen of Hakka ethnic heritage. As a child, she experienced deportation from her country of birth. Thus, she has a deep interest in diasporic communities everywhere and in the history of migration. She is glad to live in New York City and be of service to the community.  

 

Wendell is a writer. Her articles on the subject of inclusive law practice have been published by the American Association of Justice. She is a student and a teacher with The Writers Studio. 

 

A good week for Wendell is when she has managed to visit all five dog parks in Washington Heights and Inwood with her mixed breed pup. She also enjoys treats from local eateries.  

 

Wendell studied law at UCLA (J.D.) and Spanish, English, Chinese, and Japanese literature at Brown (B.A.) and Columbia (M.A.). 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Serve at least one 1-year term. 
  • Attend at least 75% of the four quarterly Advisory Board meetings (typically scheduled on a weekday evening). 
  • Contribute a minimum of 15 hours of volunteer service with NMIC, which can include hours volunteered by friends, family or colleagues that are facilitated by the member.
  • Develop and conduct activities that will introduce and engage new contacts (individuals, partners, corporations, etc.) to NMIC’s work.
  • Help amplify NMIC’s message by sharing our social media content.
  • Work closely with NMIC staff and Board in the planning and conducting of service and fundraising activities. 
  • Make an annual donation or personal fundraising goal. 
Qualifications

The ideal candidate has a passion for serving as a catalyst for positive change for residents of Upper Manhattan and the South and West Bronx. They should be service-oriented, reliable and motivated, possess strong leadership abilities, have excellent planning skills, and be willing to promote NMIC’s programs, fundraising, and volunteer opportunities. 

How to Apply

The application process for NAB membership is temporarily closed and will reopen in December 2024. Please visit us again at that time to access the application. 

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