Linden HorvathCapital Roots, Development CoordinatorMore
Linden works with the AI Center of Excellence, a Troy nonprofit creating an ecosystem around artificial intelligence in the Capital District by building community competency in the application of AI to create job growth, incubate startups, facilitate research and development, and solve real-world problems. Her position draws on prior experience as the Development Coordinator at Capital Roots where she wrote and managed grants in addition to coordinating donor management efforts.
Originally from Appalachian Ohio, Linden has long been committed to social justice issues, especially those involving the environment and food. While obtaining her Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Linden had the opportunity to build her policy and legal experience through an internship with the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic.
An itinerant traveler, Linden has lived in Berlin, Istanbul, and Florence. Her varied experiences—from being a professional teacher to crafting sustainable community development plans for eastern Ohio with Ohio State University Extension—have allowed her to build a varied stable of skills and passions. Linden is committed to creating community engagement and access to power systems through exploring the areas where policy, research, and advocacy meet, with an emphasis on using food systems as a lever for social and structural change.
Linden has been an avid reader since childhood, and enjoys crafting narrative to communicate complex concepts in an approachable way, whether it be for fundraising, community engagement, or art. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and has had poetry published in compilations on several continents.Less
Stephen LansingPublic Consulting Group, Senior Healthcare Program SpecialistMore
Stephen Lansing currently works for Public Consulting Group (PCG) as a Senior Healthcare Program Specialist in the New York State Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP). In his current role, Stephen’s responsibilities include managing the OHIP-wide Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) process, coordinating data and fiscal analysis of Medicaid programs, and assisting the Executive Deputy Medicaid Director with the New York state budget process.
Stephen is passionate about civil rights, healthcare, education and how these policy areas impact people with disabilities. Prior to his work with OHIP, Stephen worked as a Medicaid Home and Community Based Service Coordinator, a Self-Direction Support Staff for individuals with developmental disabilities, and a Residential Counselor for people with severe and persistent mental illnesses.
Originally from the Capital District, Stephen graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology, before earning a Master of Social Work (MSW), from the University at Albany. He received his licensure in Social Work (LMSW) in 2015 and is currently a doctoral student at the SUNY Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, studying Political Science with a concentration in Policy and Law. His research focuses on disability rights, healthcare policy, and constitutional law. Moving forward, Stephen plans to integrate his academic research, advocacy, and direct care experience to develop policies and laws to protect and serve vulnerable populations.Less
Amanda WilliamsCommunity and Communications AssociateMore
Amanda L. Williams is the Community and Communications Associate at an all-girls public charter high school in Albany, New York. She is originally from Flint, Michigan and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University. Amanda served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellow in Albany, New York for two years. Her time in AmeriCorps*VISTA had a very positive impact on her life, as she discovered ways to combine her passions for community service and education by applying the social justice skills she learned in undergrad with the leadership and analytical skills she developed through the AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellows program to service her students. In those years, Amanda built an intercollegiate mentor program, working with over 50 college students from five different institutions. She primarily worked with secondary education students, helping them to earn over 7,500 community service hours. Amanda’s passion for community service has fostered numerous partnerships and inspired students to develop their own leadership skills into progressive career pathways. In partnering with many non-profit organizations through her work, she has earned an award from the YMCA of the Capital Region in 2016.
Amanda has dedicated most of her life to service but is also passionate about racial equality and higher education. Amanda is passionate and supportive of policies that work to strengthen access and opportunities for disadvantaged youth to reach and succeed in higher education. Amanda aspires to earn her Master’s degree and to continue working in the education field.
Amanda personally loves hip hop music, spoken word poetry, and theatre. She volunteers as a lighting technician, as well as by serving meals to those in need.Less
Amy MartialNew York State Department of Civil Service, Human Resources SpecialistMore
Amy Martial serves as a Human Resources Specialist at the Department of Civil Service, Division of Classification and Compensation. The Division is committed to upholding the New York State Merit System Program and effective management of the state’s enterprises, through job classification and fair/equitable pay programs. In her role, Amy is involved with the organizational management activities of assigned state agencies. She prepares written review documents, and performs related research and analysis, in the assessment of requests to create and assign salary grades to positions and job titles in the state.
Amy is a 2017 graduate of the University at Albany, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, and plans to enroll in a Master’s program in Public Administration in the future. During her time at the university, she served as an Executive Board member for the Haitian Student Association and WACRIA, a non-profit organization dedicated to the furtherance of the rights and societal status of African women and children in the diaspora. She also served as an intern at the Global Institution of Health and Human Rights where she provided written Creole interpretation services for the Prisoner’s Legal Service of New York.
Amy spent a great portion of her childhood in Haiti, where she witnessed the effects of a state failing to represent the interest of its people. From her experience, she developed a commitment to champion on behalf of the marginalized, the disenfranchised and the oppressed in any capacity. Amy is passionate about multiculturalism, women’s rights, and dismantling socio-economic impediments. She has prioritized staying connected to her roots through non-profit involvement and other community support initiatives. As a recent permanent resident of the Capital Region, Amy endeavors to continue to use her voice in the service of the public and those in need.
Brianna PhillipsCAPTAIN Community Human Services, Street Outreach/Safe Harbour Case ManagerMore
Brianna Phillips is the Street Outreach Case Manager for CAPTAIN Community Human Services. She meets youth in Saratoga, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. She engages youth on the street, living in encampments, shelters, or drop-in centers, and works to provide them access to basic necessity items, stable housing, and referrals to community resources. In February of 2018, she also began serving as the Case Manager for Saratoga County Safe Harbour, identifying and meeting youth survivors of human trafficking and connecting them to a multitude of community services. She had the opportunity to speak at the Saratoga County Safe Harbour Conference in October 2018, as well as at Albany Law School on the topic of human trafficking. Brianna found her passion for working with at-risk youth when she began working as a Youth Care Worker at the Charlton School in 2016.
In 2017, Brianna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Human Services from SUNY Empire State College. She was selected as a member of the 2016-2017 SUNY Empire Student Leadership Institute (SLI). As part of her SLI social action project, her team provided pallet gardens to shelters and transitional living programs across the regions of Central, Rochester, and Saratoga Springs. The mission of the project was to enlighten residents’ days with fresh produce and the opportunity to learn gardening skills.
Curtis M. EatmanCity of Schenectady, Innovation and Performance SpecialistMore
Curtis Eatman currently serves as the Innovation and Performance Specialist for the City of Schenectady. In this capacity, he reports to Mayor Gary McCarthy and provides key strategic analysis of Smart City policy, government data analysis and analytics. He advises the Mayor and Council on changing policy in regards to technology, finance and data analytics.
Curtis has five years’ experience in public finance and policy analysis. Prior to being appointed as the Innovation and Performance Specialist, he was appointed to serve as the Deputy Commissioner of Finance for the City. In this role, he managed and maintained the financial accounting systems, supervised various City agencies and assisted in the creation of the City’s budget. Prior to joining the City of Schenectady, he served as a Senior Legislative Fiscal Tax Analyst for the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee. In this role, he performed data management and legislative analyses for elected officials and senior staff members. Curtis has also served as a program coordinator for the Paterson Public Schools Department of Family and Community Engagement, where he developed, planned and executed department initiatives focusing on community engagement and empowerment of Paterson’s parents.
Curtis is passionate about human rights, racial and economic justice and healthcare policy. He also strongly believes in giving back to the community. He demonstrates his passion and commitment to public service by serving on various community commissions and boards. He currently chairs the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission, serves as an appointed trustee for the Schenectady County Public Library, and was recently appointed as a board trustee for Friendship Baptist Church.
Curtis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Communications and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University, where he graduated from the Renee Crown University Honors Program. Additionally, he earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Public Policy, where he was a Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellow, with a specialization in state and local government finance.
A proud native of Paterson, New Jersey, he relocated to the greater Capital Region in 2013.Less
David HowardNational Young Farmers Coalition, Northeast Campaigns DirectorMore
David believes in the power of liberal democratic institutions to protect and invest in people and to effectively respond to their needs and interests. David values the work of implementing thoughtful and equitable policies at all levels of government. He has been privileged to work for inspiring, thoughtful leaders who always put constituents first—igniting his passion for ensuring the voices of underrepresented constituencies are heard by policy makers.
David began his career as a Staff Assistant in former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin’s Des Moines office. Over almost six years with the Senator, David served in various capacities in Iowa and Washington, D.C., exploring policy issues ranging from transportation and tax, to agriculture and environment. Later, David served nearly four years as a presidential appointee in several roles at the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Obama administration. As Chief of Staff and Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, he helped to oversee three agencies with a combined budget of more than $4 billion and 11,000 employees. He is proud to have served through the last hours of the administration, pushing hard to help finalize an ambitious agenda set by President Obama and Secretary Tom Vilsack.
David currently serves as the Northeast Campaigns Director for the National Young Farmers Coalition—the only national agricultural non-profit that solely advocates for young farmers. As an advocate and organizer, he helps mobilize young farmers throughout the Northeast in pursuit of state and local policy changes to improve their success in farming. Outside of his professional work, David volunteers as an Associate Fellow and mentor with the New York State Academy for Public Service. David grew up in Portland, Oregon and the small town of Marble Rock, Iowa. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa.Less
Drew PearsonJ&B Importers, Head of ReceivingMore
Drew Pearson is an active and passionate community advocate in Schenectady, NY. In 2017, he founded Bike Old Dorp, a recurring social bike ride. Bike Old Dorp serves to girder the local bike community, introduce riders to many city neighborhoods, and build on-street confidence for both new and experienced riders. Drew runs semi-annual low-cost bike maintenance workshops, and is involved in pushing transportation equity across all modes of public transport. Drew serves on the Board of Directors for Electric City Barn, a nonprofit maker space that provides economic opportunity for local artists of all backgrounds. He is also working to build a collaborative network of small businesses in Schenectady, and is excited about diversifying growth in his adopted hometown. He often spends time frequenting and connecting local businesses. Drew has been a volunteer for multiple local campaigns, and is interested in studying voter turnout strategies and engaging the voting public through everyday service. In his free time, Drew is involved in local bike advocacy, plays Ultimate Frisbee, hikes and camps, and supports local arts with his partner Katherine Stephens. He is excited to be trained under an organization whose local footprint has produced powerful community leaders, whom he considers great examples.Less
Gabriella M. Cebada MoraNYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Environmental AnalystMore
Gabriella currently works as an Environmental Analyst at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and manages the agency’s Water Quality Program. She oversees a small team that implements state and federal regulations for waterbody health; guides water quality monitoring and analysis for bacteria, harmful algal blooms, and aquatic invasive species; and develops and implements projects to improve waterbody conditions. In addition, she provides project and policy review, grant management, and guidance on ecological stewardship. Gabriella has twice been awarded a Huddleston Award in Leadership from the agency: in 2012, as a member of a team, and most recently, in 2018, for her individual leadership and contributions.
Prior to moving to Albany, Gabriella worked for non-governmental organizations and non-profits on a variety of environmental and environmental justice issues ranging from the rights and sovereignty of Native Americans and indigenous groups to protection of water resources and natural environments. Her interests have led her to broadly engage with the public, agencies, and elected officials. She has worked with the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum, a local environmental advocacy group in her hometown of Riverhead, NY, traveled to Nevada to work with the Western Shoshone Defense Project on water rights and land sovereignty through national and international mechanisms, and attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to raise awareness and understanding of R.E.D.D. (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and engage forum members on the real-world impacts of this mechanism, and other large-scale projects, on indigenous and marginalized groups.
While in Albany, Gabriella has continued to engage her local community on environmental issues and environmental justice. She has assisted non-profits advocating for climate change solutions through grant writing and research. In 2013, she helped coordinate the Capital Region volunteers for the Two-Row Wampum Renewal Campaign that honored the treaty of 1613 between Dutch explorers and the Haudenosaunee Nation.
Gabriella obtained her B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and her M.S. in Resource Management and Conservation from Antioch University in New Hampshire. She lived, worked, and studied in Croatia for several years before returning to the United States.Less
Gordon CollierCare Design NY, Provider Relations SpecialistMore
Gordon Collier, born and raised in the Capital Region of New York, is the founder of Beyond Living, a practice that offers opportunities both on the micro and macro levels with individual and group counseling, organizational training and consultation, as well as public speaking. Gordon also currently works as a Provider Relations Specialist with the Care Design NY—a prospective Care Coordination Organization (CCO), a person-centered initiative in supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities along with their families, which reduces fragmentation of services and increasing quality and connectivity to supportive services. Gordon received his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University at Albany and has experience working with individuals living and coping with HIV/AIDS, mental health, and substance use. Gordon also serves on the executive committee on the Board of Directors of the Albany Damien Center and is an adjunct professor of Social Work at Siena College. At Siena College, he leverages his experience as a social worker and his experience as a young scholar of color to teach his students to lead with an open mind and an open heart. Gordon enjoys hanging out with friends and family, engaging in intellectual conversation, and offering an open ear to anyone in need.Less
Jacqualine C. LombardoSupport Ministries, Inc., Executive DirectorMore
Jacqualine C. Lombardo, Esq., serves as the Executive Director of Support Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing housing to low/no income individuals with chronic illnesses based in Albany, New York. From 2012 to 2013, she served as a student attorney in the Access to Justice Clinic, providing legal representation to low income individuals in the Kent County family court system. In 2013, she was accepted as a legislative intern for the ACLU in Hawaii where she advocated to state officials for laws relating to civil right issues. In 2014, she was admitted to the New York State Bar after receiving her law degree from WMU Cooley Law School. Upon returning to New York, she was one of the founders of an Albany-based company, Twill, where she served as the Chief Operating Officer until 2015. After practicing real estate law in Albany and Saratoga counties, she made the decision to return to school. In 2016, she received a Master’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and policy. In her current role with Support Ministries, Inc., she has been the leading force in financially restoring the agency and restructuring its four housing programs, and has led the way in strategic planning for continued success and expansion of its mission. Jacqualine is also a registered 200 hour certified yoga teacher, has served on multiple boards of directors, and in her free time, enjoys spending time with her family and her adorable pets.Less
James MitchellMission Accomplished Transition Services, Community Advocate ManagerMore
James Mitchell began serving the city of Albany in 2010 with The Altamont Program and later moved to Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP). In these organizations, he supported, and trained adults on how to re-enter the workforce using soft skills, modifying their perspective. Through this work, James learned how to engage with the clients he was serving, but also the entire city, developing working relationships with the community and different organizations throughout Albany like Mission Accomplished, Trinity Alliance, Catholic Charities, BOCES, and Maria College.
In 2011, James founded Young Futures, an organization that focuses on creating different art and educational programs, and encourages the conversation of mental wellness within the inner city. Young Futures has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club, Sunnyside Center, Youth FX, Ben & Jerry’s, and the Barn. Young Futures holds after school programs, summer programs, and weekend fun activities. James’ mission has always been based around family, growth, and partnership.
Since joining the Mission Accomplished Transition Services team as a Community Advocate Manager, James is continuing to support his community. As the Community Advocate Manager, he assists the Albany school district with ensuring that the Albany High School renovation project has a larger number of people of color in its business and workforce development. He builds relationships with the local labor trade union representatives on the Albany High School project and also assists individuals with connections to the unions and encourages MWBE to become certified and sub-contractors on this major project.Less
Jessica L. PidgeonNYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Federal Liaison, Program PlannerMore
Jessica L. Pidgeon, Ph.D. works for New York State, where she has been employed in an executive agency since 2013. She started as a graduate assistant and was later selected to serve as a New York State Excelsior Service Fellow from 2015-2017. She currently holds a full-time position at an executive agency as its lead federal liaison and long-term planner, where she is responsible for monitoring and reporting the agency’s progress on meeting its mission. In addition, Jessica assists in the research, implementation, and evaluation of innovative pilot programs that help support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, live more independent and community based lives.
Jessica is a first-generation college graduate of Siena College (B.A.), the University of California, Riverside (M.A., with distinction), and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY (Ph.D.), where she received the University at Albany’s Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award in recognition of the important contribution that her research on the political participation of individuals with disabilities, family members, and support staff in American elections made to the field of political science. She has continued her relationship with Rockefeller College as a mentor to graduate students and as an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Political Science, where she teaches courses on American politics and public policy.
Jessica prides herself on her dedication to supporting and providing a voice for the state’s most commonly underserved communities.Less
Kaitesi MunroeNYS Assembly, Legislative AnalystMore
Kaitesi Munroe is a first generation child of a Jamaican father and a Ugandan-Rwandan mother. Through her cultural upbringing, she quickly became aware of the importance of community nourishment and responsible governing.
Following completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University at Buffalo, she moved to London, UK to shadow a UN consultant of Namibia. With a strong desire to promote change on a more local level, Kaitesi moved back to Albany, NY to assume her new role as a Legislative Analyst at the New York State Assembly. Since then, she has drafted and passed legislation generating millions of dollars for state education and promoting further advancement for women and minorities in New York.
In addition to mentoring youth and working with refugees in her personal time, she has been involved with the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators (NYSABPRL) as the Scholarship Gala Coordinator and Labor Luncheon Coordinator for the past three years. A recent accomplishment she is most proud of is successfully coordinating the first annual NYSABPRL recognized Young Professionals networking reception, which saw over 200 guests in attendance.
Kaitesi is a graduate of American University’s Women & Politics Institute WeLead training program and is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate at the University at Albany Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. Throughout her advancement professionally and academically, she intends to be a continued agent of change to those around her.Less
Karla M. GareauWealth Advisory Group, Managing AssociateMore
Karla M. Gareau, MBA is a Managing Associate with the Wealth Advisory Group. She started her career in theatre and fundraising, then made the jump to finance with the Wealth Advisory Group in 2014. She spent 10 years working in non-profit agencies and is now working on giving back in a different capacity by building a community of people who will help change the culture around financial stigma.
Karla earned her B.A. in English from Marist College where she served as the President of the Marist College Council on Theatre Arts and received the Gerard A. Cox Award for excellence in theatre. She received her M.B.A. from the College of St. Rose with a specialization in not-for-profit management and was inducted into Delta Mu Delta for being in the top 20% of her class.
In her spare time, she sits on the Board of Directors for Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. She spends her free time reading and listening to true crime podcasts. She lives in Rensselaer with her boyfriend and two cats.Less
Maira Della PiaMore
Maira Della Pia is a leftist, queer, transgender woman currently seeking new opportunities. She is a relatively recent graduate of Binghamton University, having received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 2015. For three years, she worked as a Mechanical and Service Engineer for International Electronic Machines Corporation (IEM), a small engineering firm producing precision measurement equipment for the transportation industry. While working for IEM, Maira regularly traveled to foreign and domestic sites to meet with customers, demonstrate products, and to install and maintain equipment. She also helped to develop and troubleshoot several products in her capacity as an engineer. While her training is geared towards solving physical and mechanical problems, Maira prides herself on her ability to apply engineering principles to other various situations and systems, distilling the essence of problems and finding and weighing various solutions. She has a passion for conveying complex concepts to folks who may not come from technical backgrounds. She describes herself as gregarious, moderately extroverted, and one who strives to be kind and polite to others.Less
Nate ReulNew York State Division of the Budget, Budget ExaminerMore
Born and raised in the Capital District, Nate is an accomplished public policy professional with experience in and passion for community engagement, advocacy, policy analysis, and government affairs at the local, state, and federal level. Dedicated to improving the lives of our most vulnerable populations, Nate is currently a Budget Examiner at the New York State Division of the Budget. At DOB, Nate oversees several of New York’s largest government social programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Prior to returning to upstate New York, Nate was Public Policy Manager at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), a national, membership-based nonprofit based in the Washington, DC area. Among his legislative accomplishments at CADCA, Nate helped to successfully develop and pass into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, the first major federal addictions legislation in 40 years, along with dozens of other organizations over a two-year period. Additionally, Nate was a major driving force in development and passage of Lali’s Law, as well as inclusion of substance abuse prevention provisions within landmark education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Outside of his day jobs, Nate has volunteered on several political campaigns at the state and federal level, in positions that have brought him from door-to-door canvassing to developing campaign policies and platform development for candidates. These campaign roles have translated into successful grassroots organizing and advocacy campaigns, as well as development of innovative community planning strategies for issues such as public health, transportation, and economic development.
Prior to joining CADCA, Nate had a stint on Capitol Hill, working in the DC offices of Congressman Raul Ruiz and Congressman Paul Tonko in the United States House of Representatives. While in the House, Nate worked on public health and healthcare policy, transportation, energy, environment, and other social policy issues, helping to research and develop legislation for the Congress Members’ offices.
Nate earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, where he majored in History and Psychology, with a minor in German. He earned a Master’s degree in History from the University of Maryland, College Park. In his spare time, Nate is an avid traveler with an interest in architecture and historic preservation, and enjoys brewing beer, hiking, and playing guitar and rugby. Nate currently lives in Albany, New York with his wife and cat.Less
Nicole WeakleyAmerican National Insurance Company, Client Experience (CX) Communications SpecialistMore
Nicole Weakley has lived in Schenectady, NY, for 10 years. It is a city she is proud to call her home. Having held several professional roles in communications and marketing within the Capital District, Nicole is currently employed by American National Insurance Company, located in Glenmont, where she is a Client Experience (CX) Communications Specialist. She is also a co-founder and member of the company’s first Women’s Leadership Council, which began in mid-2018.
In addition to her professional life, Nicole is a member of the US Water Ski Show Team, a non-profit organization in Scotia. She has held several leadership roles on the team, and is currently heading up the team’s marketing and public relations efforts, in addition to providing coaching and safety instruction to budding water skiers. Nicole is also the Vice President and a Regional Representative for the Eastern Region Show Ski Association, a governing body in the national sport of show skiing. She has organized several water ski tournaments geared toward female empowerment, self-confidence, and building a sense of community. As a skier, Nicole has earned several awards and medals as both a team and individual competitor.
Nicole is honored to be a part of the Capital District chapter of NLC.Less
Samuel RoodsAlbany Damien Center, Grants and Community Relations ManagerMore
Samuel Roods currently serves as the Grants and Community Relations Manager at the Albany Damien Center, a non-profit that provides wraparound services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the New York State Capital Region. In his role, he is responsible for all agency grant writing and reporting to private foundations and corporations. Sam writes proposals for both operating revenue and projects/programs, coordinating stewardship activities and submitting reports for grant funding. Prior to joining the Damien Center, Sam served as a Program Administrator, International Policy, for the United States National Committee to the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC) at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). There, he coordinated U.S. policy on electrotechnical standards, specifically on conformity assessment and digital transformation. Sam has a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations, specializing in foreign policy analysis and international security, from Seton Hall University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Religious Studies from Hartwick College. At Hartwick, Sam served as captain of the men’s cross country team. Sam is a 2019 board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Hudson Mohawk Chapter. Having been raised upstate by two public school teachers, Sam recently moved back to the Capital Region from New York City following the birth of his son. When not working, Sam enjoys coffee, running, reading the news, and spending time with his family. A proud Democrat and progressive, Sam was raised to value political activism as well as the collective power of individuals.Less
Tydie AbreuNYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), Excelsior Service FellowMore
Tydie Abreu currently serves as an Excelsior Service Fellow at the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). She earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the Marxe School for Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY and is a 2016 Social Innovation Fellow at StartingBloc.
Tydie is passionate about education, anti-poverty initiatives and women’s issues. For over five years, she worked for the SEEK program at Queens College providing individualized academic support to students with low economic means. Most recently, she worked for the Food Bank for New York City speaking with K-12 schools, universities and civic groups about food insecurity and engaging them in anti-hunger volunteer activities across NYC. In her spare time, she runs a passion project that enables women who have survived trauma and toxic relationships to reclaim their power.
Tydie has also worked with various international organizations to provide meaningful support. She taught computer literacy to children in rural areas of India and to Bhutanese refugees living in the Bronx. While in grad school, she interned at the Clinton Foundation providing organizational support to the various departments working on international relief projects.
A native of Queens, NY, Tydie moved to the Capital Region in 2017. In her free time you can find her browsing through used book stores, listening to music, or practicing yoga.Less
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