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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  • Linda Hassan

    Linda Hassan is Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships and Business Development for the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP). In this role, Linda is responsible for supporting and expanding the organization’s corporate and foundation relationships to enable the organization’s continued growth. ...

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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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  • Marne Braddock

    Marne Braddock is the Senior Development Manager at the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP), a nonprofit whose mission is to connect, empower, and mobilize the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. In this role, Marne supports all facets ...

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  • Richard Scott Brookshire III

    Richard Scott Brookshire III is a veteran of the United States Army, having served seven years as a Combat Medic (OEF ’11, 170th IBCT) and as a Senior Line Medic with the New York State Army National Guard’s 1-69th Infantry. ...

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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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  • Chantele Howai

    Chantele Howai is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director for the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP).  Chantele is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Executive Office while serving as primary liaison to internal and external partners on ...

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