Melkis Alvarez-Baez Named “New York Nonprofit 40 Under 40 Rising Star”

By Diana Davenport, Vice President for Administration, The Commonwealth Fund

Congratulations to Melkis Alvarez-Baez, Director of Programs for the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, who has been selected as one of New York Nonprofit Media’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.

Anyone who has ever applied for the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, served on the selection committee, funded or been part of the management of the Awards knows just how good Melkis is at her job. She’s hardworking, detail-oriented, thoughtful, strategic and accomplished—not to mention kind.

Many of the Rising Stars work for organizations that have participated successfully in the Awards program. Congratulations to them, to Melkis, and to all 40 Rising Stars for this well-deserved honor.

2015 New York Nonprofit 40 Under 40 Rising Stars

Melkis Alvarez-Baez, Director of Programs, Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York

Walter Barrientos, Long Island Coordinator, Make the Road New York

Gregory Brender, Co-Director of Policy and Advocacy, United Neighborhood Houses

Moria Cappio, Vice President of the Early Childhood Division, The Children’s Aid Society

Elizabeth Clay Roy, Chief Strategy Officer, Phipps Neighborhoods

Tara Colton, Senior Vice President of Programs, Seedco

Michael Patrick Coughlin, Chief Quality Assurance Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City

Lisa Crook, Director of Juvenile Justice Programs, Leake & Watts

Amy Cruz, Chief Operations Officer, Breakthrough New York

Nicole Cuttino, Staff Attorney, Lawyers Alliance for New York

Jess Dannhauser, President & CEO, Graham Windham

Aria Finger, CEO, DoSomething.org

Elizabeth Galati, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Resource Development, Federation of Organization

Laura Gale, Program Director, Coro New York Leadership Center

Lis Goris, CFO, Orange AHRC

Sally Greenspan, Program Director for Vulnerable Populations, Enterprise Community Partners

Jason Grosso, Senior Director, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services

Rachel Herman, Founder and Executive Director, PAWS NY

David Howard, Senior Vice President – Research, Evaluation & Learning, Covenant House

Michelle Jackson, Associate Director and General Counsel, Human Services Council of New York

Jarrett Lucas, Executive Director, Stonewall Foundation

Josh Mandelbaum, Executive Director, 826NYC

Micaela Mercado, Senior Research Associate, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy & Research

Emily Miles, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Johanna Miller, Advocacy Director, New York Civil Liberties Union

Annie Minguez, Director of Community Relations, Good Shepherd Services

Wes Moe, Senior Director of Programs, New York Cares

Ellen Murphy, Vice President of Communication, YMCA of Greater New York

Eugenia Oh, Chief Governance Officer, “I Have A Dream” Foundation

Julianne Pannelli, Program Manager, New York State Disaster Case Management Program

Louis Pelino, New Business Director, Catholic Guardian Services

Jessica Rosati, Chief Programs Officer, Long Island Cares

Lia Schwartz, Senior Communications Officer, The Children’s Village

Sebastian Solomon, Director of New York State Policy, Legal Action Center

Mohan Sivaloganathan, Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President, Sheltering Arms

Betty Ann Tamaisar, Assistant Department Director, Workforce Development Department, Bronxworks

Katie Tynes, Director of Volunteer Services, Win

Lauren Weybrew, Assistant Public Relations Director, UNICEF

Kimberly Williams, VP, Integrated Policy and Program Solutions, Mental Health Association of NYC

Mon Yuck Yu, Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff, Academy of Medical & Public Health Services

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