A network that young people can count on

Our Board of Trustees

Passionate about our mission and experts in their fields, our Board of Trustees helps ensure the health
and impact of our organization.

Board of Trustees

Jamaal Thomas | Chair

Equity and Access Representative for the Office of Institutional Equity and Access, Yale University

Lloyd Doaman | Treasurer

Executive Director, Carver Community Development Corporation

Ellen Fried | Secretary

Legal Consultant

Alexander Paddington

Executive Director, J.P. Morgan

Ann B. Siegel

Senior Vice President for Operations & Capital Programs American Museum of Natural History

Christine Pahigian

Executive Director, Youth Justice Network

Mark B. Rubin

Geller Advisors LLC, Former Board Chairman (2013-2019)

Neil Callahan

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Pilot Growth Equity

S. Rebecca Neusteter, Ph.D.

Executive Director, University of Chicago Health Lab

Scott Simon

Vice President, Corporate Development Officer, Johnson Controls, Inc

Co-Founders and Directors Emeritae

Norma Green

Barbara O. Grodd

(1926 – 2018)

Director Emeritus

Hwan-yoon Chung

Our Staff

Youth Justice Network has a profoundly dedicated staff who share a commitment to break cycles of
incarceration and build an equitable justice system.

Angelica Delacruz

Arches Mentor

Anthony DeJesus

Coordinator, Arts and Cultural Activities

Bernard Shepherd

Case Manager

Lita Osborne

Program Director, Family Matters

Christine Pahigian

Executive Director

Christopher Rodriguez

Mitigation Specialist

Damon Avinger

Arches Mentor

Detra C. Royal

Human Resource Manager

Dilson Hernandez

Mitigation Specialist

Douglas Brandt

Senior Job Developer

Esmeralda Martes

Director, Advocacy and Support Services, Bronx

Felicia Mosley Smith

Associate Executive Director

Grace Ko

Assistant Director, Miller Center for Special Mitigation

Jack Powers

Senior Youth Advocate

Jasmin Luciano-King

Director, Advocacy and Support Services, Manhattan

Jermaine Ferguson

Youth Mentor

John Gordon

Deputy Executive Director

Jonathan Weinstein

Grants Administrator

Juliana Novello

Senior Mitigation Specialist

Kandi Johnson

Senior Youth Advocate

Kareem Aljoe

Director, Shifting Gears

Kellyann Hayes

Data Analyst

Kevin Green

Senior Career Specialist

Ledwin Rodriguez

Youth Advocate

Marc Washington

Program Director, Arches

Messiah Ramkissoon

Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships

Mia Abrahams

Director, Development and Communications

Michael Brundidge

Director, Career Services

Michael Lauture

Youth Mentor

Noá Watford

Senior Youth Advocate

Omar Branch

Senior Case Manager

Patrick Edge

Youth Mentor

Paul Barrow-Colon

Case Manager

Robert De Jesus

Program Director, Friends to Fathers

Robert James

Senior Director, Transitional Service

Salvatore Pepe

Director, Finance & Administration

Shoba Nair

Director, Research and Evaluation

Sophie Mindes

Development & Grants Manager

Tasneem Yoosufali

Senior Mitigation Specialist

Taylonn Murphy

Parent Coach, Arches Mentor

Teresa Morales

Accounting Manager

Tina Lee

Director, Center for Education

Venus Core

Director, Advocacy and Support Services, Brooklyn

Victor Marte

Lead Mentor, Arches

William Martinez

Mitigation Specialist

Our door is always open

Get in contact with any of our staff members, or take a look at available opportunities to join our team.

Our Community Partners

We're grateful to partner with a powerful network of community organizations who support the
healing, wellbeing, and dreams of our participants.

Our Funders

We are grateful for the support and partnership of our funders.

We are also grateful for the support and ongoing partnership of our government funders:



NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)
NYC Department of Probation
Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ)
Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)

Join Our Fight

Stand in solidarity with our mission to break cycles of inequality and fight systemic racism by giving young people the opportunities they have been denied. Join our community, and together we can make a difference.