CUP Fellows Program

The CUP Fellows Program is a transformative, one-year leadership development experience for early-to-mid career professionals of color across sectors who are deeply committed to supporting their communities through impactful contributions to the nonprofit and public sectors. The CUP Fellows Program workshops and speakers provide participants with insight into the challenges and opportunities in the civic sectors, and encourages participants to harness their power and relationships to create meaningful change through board service, political engagement, volunteerism, public-private partnerships, social entrepreneurship, and more. 


  • Monthly sessions including workshops, featured speakers, and intentional group discussion
  • Opportunities to connect with CUP’s esteemed program alumni, as well as public servants, nonprofit leaders, and organizations seeking volunteers and board members
  • Access to CUP’s calendar of events for ongoing professional development, networking, and informal peer-to-peer mentoring


  • The CUP Fellows Program is geared toward self-motivated professionals of color from all sectors (public, private and nonprofit) with 5-10 years of professional work experience, a demonstrated commitment to public service, and a desire to acquire new skills and information to maximize their civic impact.

Session topics may include:

  • Fundraising and the Art of the Ask
  • Public Speaking and Communication
  • Impacting the Political Landscape
  • Nonprofit Board Governance
  • Values-Based Leadership
  • Coalition Building and Problem Solving
  • Leadership Style Assessments
  • Current Events and Complex Social Issues

CUP believes that, now more than ever, it is critical that diverse professionals are equipped and empowered to realize their full potential and profoundly shape our future. If you are committed to being part of the solution, yet feel you could benefit from building your skill set and network of supporters, we hope you’ll apply to join our 2018 Fellows class! We need you and the world needs us.  




 To donate directly to the CUP Fellows Program, please click here.


Meet the 2017 Fellows

  • Adeola Adejobi

    Adeola Adejobi is an attorney at New York City’s Housing Preservation and Development Agency (HPD), the largest municipal affordable housing preservation and development agency in the nation. Since 2015, she has chaired the Real Estate Committee for the Metropolitan Black ...

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  • Akinyemi Akiwowo

    Akinyemi T. Akiwowo is a Vice President in the Legal and Compliance Division of Morgan Stanley. As a member of the Global Regulatory Relations Group, Akinyemi engages in strategic and centralized management of the Firm’s regulators with a particular focus ...

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  • Guillermo C. Artiles, Esq.

    Guillermo C. Artiles is a Senior Associate at McCarter & English, LLP. Mr. Artiles focuses his practice on intellectual property, specifically Hatch-Waxman litigation in federal court. Prior to joining McCarter, Mr. Artiles served as a law clerk to the Honorable ...

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  • Joseph D. Borrero

    Joseph Borrero is a Vice President in Global Compliance at Goldman Sachs & Co. He focuses on compliance testing within the Investment Banking and Private Wealth Management divisions. Previously, Mr. Borrero was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & ...

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  • Samra Brouk

    As’s Director of Business Development, Samra Brouk leads corporate partnerships at, the global not-for-profit that empowers Gen Z and Millennials to take action around social causes. With 5MM active members worldwide, is the largest member organization for ...

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  • Veronica N. Dunlap, Esq.

    Ms. Dunlap is Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”). The DCA protects and enhances the daily economic lives of New Yorkers to create thriving communities. DCA licenses more ...

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  • Brandon Espinosa

    Brandon joined Youth INC in 2015 as an Associate Director of Development. Brandon is also the Co-Founder of a womenswear brand called Milané Noir, which was founded in 2014. In addition to his current responsibilities, Brandon is an active contributor ...

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  • Scharon Gordon

    Scharon Gordon is a Vice President at Arena Investors on the Asset Management team focusing on structured finance investments. Prior to joining Arena, Scharon was an investment professional on the Structured Credit trading desk at Marathon Asset Management covering residential ...

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  • Henry L. Greenidge, Esq.

    Henry L. Greenidge is an experienced attorney and policy advisor who has focused on infrastructure policy—including resiliency, sustainability, broadband, and energy. Henry is currently the Associate Director for External Affairs in the New York City Mayor’s Office where manages legislative ...

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  • Jessica Harris

    Jessica Harris is passionate about joining forces with bold thinkers and doing purpose-driven work that has transformative outcomes for individuals and communities around the world. For the last six years, Jessica's career has focused on building strong public-private partnerships and ...

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  • RyAnn McKay Hooper

    RyAnn McKay Hooper is a Senior Trial Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Her work focuses on collective bargaining, workers’ rights, and workplace harmony. Her resume reflects a dedication to mediation and traditional labor law in both the ...

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  • Ariel Johnson Lin

    Ariel is a Vice President in Sports & Entertainment Marketing at JPMorgan Chase & Co. where she manages the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, a year-round global corporate running series, which attracts over 250,000 participants in seven countries on five continents. ...

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  • JP Kernisan

    JP Kernisan is a Senior Associate at Duane Morris LLP. JP’s practice is focused in the area of labor and employment law. In addition to providing advice and counsel to clients on all aspects of labor and employment law, JP ...

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  • Ezinne Kwubiri

    A respected leader in her industry and amongst her peers, Ezinne Kwubiri, is diligent, ambitious, fearless, and intelligent. An alumnus of Howard University, she studied accounting and began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Soon after, she joined, Viacom Media Networks as ...

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  • Engy Lamour

    Engy Lamour is an engagement manager in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York office and a member of the Asset Management Practice. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Engy worked as a search consultant at a boutique executive search firm in ...

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  • Rance Lee

    Rance Lee currently serves as the Associate Director of Admissions at the United States Military Academy. In his role, Rance oversees the department’s budget, marketing, public relations, and information technology functions; as well as the planning and execution and the ...

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  • Mark Loyka

    Mark Loyka is the US Country Director at Glasswing International, an international NGO that empowers communities by changing the lives of children and youth facing poverty and violence. Glasswing invests in the existing resources of communities in Latin America – ...

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  • Diane Lucas

    Diane Lucas is an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the New York State Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau. There she works to enforce the civil rights of all New Yorkers. The Bureau helps to promote voting rights, ...

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  • J. Andres Mayor

    J. Andres Mayor is an attorney at the law firm of Day Pitney LLP, he joined the firm in 2006 and was named Partner in 2015. Mr. Mayor has experience representing companies in complex matters in the state and federal ...

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  • Melissa McNamara

    Melissa McNamara is a Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations at Macquarie Group. At Macquarie, she supports external initiatives for the Infrastructure and Real Assets business. She previously worked in the Communications Practice at Global Strategy Group, ...

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  • Nekpen Osuan

    Nekpen Osuan (@NOsuan) is a seasoned project manager and analytics professional and Co-Founder of WomenWerk, a women's empowerment nonprofit based in New York City. Currently a product manager for a Fortune 100 financial services firm in New York City, Nekpen ...

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  • Ray Reyes

    As Director of Internships and Career Success, Ray manages The Opportunity Network’s high school and college summer internship program. Before OppNet, Ray was an Assistant Director and Career Counselor at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, where he ...

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  • Abdul Sada

    Abdul Sada currently serves as the Director of Internal Communication with the Suffolk County Government, Office of County Executive Steve Bellone. In his role, Abdul is responsible for liaising with the numerous departments and agencies in the County to promote ...

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  • Stella Safo

    Dr. Stella A. Safo is an HIV primary care physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is the Program Director for Health Systems Design at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health ...

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  • Seth Steed

    Seth Steed is an Assistant District Attorney in the Conviction Integrity Unit of the Bronx County District Attorney's Office, where he investigates claims of actual innocence and wrongful conviction. Seth has served as Appellate Counsel in the Criminal Appeals Bureau ...

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  • Joseph Tillman

    Joseph A. Tillman is a founding member of 1844, a group of black male lawyers at New York City’s large law firms; the group’s name is in reference to the year that the first black person, Macon Bolling Allen, was ...

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  • Raquel Vazquez

    Raquel Vazquez is currently a Project Manager in Multifamily New Construction Programs at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). At HPD, Raquel manages several low-income and mixed-income new construction affordable housing projects across New York ...

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  • Jason Wang

    Jason Wang is a Vice President / Associate Banker of the Citi Private Bank, where he provides a holistic approach to ongoing relationship management for ultra-high net worth individuals and families. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 Licenses. Previously, ...

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  • Andrew H. Yong

    Andrew H. Yong is an attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Andrew’s practice focuses on corporate financings and he has advised corporate clients, private equity sponsors and lenders on a variety of transactions ranging from public mergers & acquisitions, ...

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For a list of all past Fellows Program participants, click here.