Staff

Staff members provide unique backgrounds, talents, and experiences to CUP. Staff works closely with the Board of Directors to execute CUP’s programs, events, and initiatives.


  • Chanda Gibson

    Chanda Gibson is the Executive Director of the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP).  She has dedicated her entire career, which has spanned the nonprofit, legal, political and financial services sectors, to advocacy and service with a dedicated focus on advancing social justice issues ...

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  • Avital Tamir Temchin

    Avital Tamir Temchin is the Managing Director for the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Leadership Institute. CUP’s Leadership Institute is a multifaceted professional development platform established to support CUP’s mission of equipping diverse professionals with the skills, connections, and opportunities needed to best ...

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  • Rashidah White

    Prior to joining CUP, Rashidah was the Manager of Finance and Administration at Edward Mills & Associates, where she worked for nine years. In this role, she managed the financial reporting of the company including the AR and AP functions. ...

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  • Janyce Hunt

    As Manager of Events & Special Programming, Janyce Hunt is responsible for the management and coordination of all events for the Council of Urban Professionals in New York City and Los Angeles. Janyce also leads the CUP Catalysts program, which ...

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  • Alicia McCalmon

    Alicia McCalmon is the Manager of Marketing & Communications, External Engagement, at the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP). As the Manager of Marketing and Communications, Alicia is responsible for managing all marketing and communication strategies, executing a daily social media plan, ...

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  • Melina Martin

    Melina Martin is the Chief of Staff for the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP). In this role, Melina works closely with the Executive Director to support the team in managing a range of projects, assist in implementing communications strategies, and ...

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  • Melinda Sánchez Donio

    Melinda Sánchez Donio is the Program Manager for the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Leadership Institute. As Program Manager, Melinda is responsible for the daily operations of CUP’s Leadership Institute, including the curation of program curriculum, coordinating and executing professional ...

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