Founder & Principal
Education & Community-Based Org.
School Design & Education
Education & Community Outreach
Property Management & Real Estate
Building Compliance & Comm. Outreach
Since 2010, A. Redd Sevilla has served as the Executive Director of the New Life Community Development Corporation, a local non-profit that builds relationships with the immigrant population in Central Queens. He oversees 10 programs with a reach of over 30,000 people per year. He also serves as one of the Directors for Community Board 4 in the Elmhurst/Corona neighborhood where he resides. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in structural engineering and 13 years experience in construction project management.
Lawrence Zhou is the son of immigrants from Shanghai, China. He grew up in Queens and currently resides in Elmhurst. Lawrence has earned a Certificate in Commercial Property Management from NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. He has held various roles in the real estate industry, including as Property Manager of Hudson River Park Trust, a New York State public benefit corporation, where he managed a portfolio of twenty (20) commercial properties consisting of 2.5 million square feet. Lawrence is currently a Real Estate Analyst at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Prijo Thomas is an Assistant Director of Finance at NYU Langone Medical Center within the School of Medicine. Prior to this role, he was an Analyst and then Associate at Goldman Sachs in Jersey City, NJ. Post college, Prijo served for six months as volunteer staff worker for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at the City College of New York. He holds his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Investments from Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College.
Grace Yun is the Director of Support Services at a Unity Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, where she oversees the special populations programs for grades 6 through 9. Prior to this role, Grace taught students with special needs for 7 years. She also helped launch a Green Dot charter high school in Los Angeles as a member of the founding team. She has experience creating specially designed instruction for students with special needs in multiple content areas. Grace obtained her master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in education with a specialization in special education.
Brenda Frias is the daughter of Dominican immigrants, raised to believe in the importance of education and bicultural advocacy. She has experience in teaching and leading academic programs in school-settings, afterschool settings, and youth empowerment organizations. Currently, Brenda is a Younglife leader at Inwood Academy for Leadership, where she mentors high school students and organizes camping trips and activity clubs, and she directs the high school division of Pathways, a new, community-based mentorship program.
Saffiyah Gonzales Madraswala is the daughter of immigrants from the Philippines and Pakistan. She grew up in Edison, NJ, graduated with a degree in women’s studies from Barnard College, and taught middle school reading and special education in New Orleans through Teach For America (TFA). She then joined TFA-NY as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development, where she coached nearly 100 teachers in schools across New York City, before moving into a role focused on staff-facing development around diversity, equity, and inclusiveness (DEI). She is currently a Managing Director of DEI Capacity Building and is pursuing an MA in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College.
Karishma Desai is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, whose research interests sit at the intersections of globalization, immigration, gender, teacher education, and curriculum. She has served as a teacher, instructional coach, staff developer, and consultant in elementary and middle school settings. At present, Karishma serves as a literacy and leadership consultant working with Unity Preparatory Charter School in Brooklyn. She is also co-leading an international educational development project in Zanzibar to enhance in-service teacher education policy focused on literacy.
Michael Dorcelly is a Community School Director at Frederick Douglass Academy II through a partnership with the Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem at Teachers College, Columbia University. He began his career in New York City public schools in 2013 by serving as a Leadership Trainer/Program Facilitator with the Leadership Program, Inc. Michael completed his undergraduate studies at William Paterson University, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in English writing and interpersonal communication. He obtained his master’s degree in comparative and international education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Anupa Jacob is a Manager within the Assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP serving large public and non-public clients. Prior to this, she worked as a financial analyst for Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. She earned her Master in Business Administration from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business and holds an active CPA license in the state of New York. She enjoys reading, travelling and being in the company of family and friends. She lives in Albertson, New York with her husband and son.
Debbie Thomas is a first generation Indian-American, born and raised in Queens, New York. She earned her undergraduate degree in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. Debbie has experience working with the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Services, the Department of Labor, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, litigating child abuse and neglect cases in Manhattan Family Court. Debbie is currently a Staff Attorney for the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and serves as a faculty member for the Administrative Judicial Institute, training faculty and newly hired Hearing Officers in substantive areas of law.
Chris Kong is a Sales Executive at Hanweck, a leading provider in options data and analytics. He began his career at Metlife before spending a number of years with Moody’s Analytics in various front office and sales roles. Chris graduated from Binghamton University where he studied Biology, and met his wife. In addition to his professional career, he is a father to 3 beautiful children, and an active member at a local church in Elmhurst, Queens.
Priscilla Walton is a relentless and deeply caring educator, seeking to serve students through a rich, holistic, and rigorous education. Her dedication is driven by the belief that all children are empowered when their sense of wonder is ignited by engaging curriculum. Priscilla has served as an educational leader in elementary and middle school settings, both district and charter. She has designed and directed instructional programs at the K-6 grade levels, as well as professional development both on school-wide and network-wide levels.