CUP Fellows Program

The CUP 2022 New York Fellows application process is now open!

Deadline Extended to November 16th, 2021

The CUP NY 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 non-profit and public sectors. The CUP NY 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 from February 2022 to January 2023 including workshops, featured speakers, and intentional group discussion
  • Opportunities to connect with CUP’s esteemed program alumni, as well as public servants, non-profit 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 NY Fellows Program is geared toward self-motivated diverse professionals from all sectors (public, private and non-profit) 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.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be employed full-time in the New York tri-state area at the time of application and must plan to remain employed throughout the fellowship. Internships and part-time positions do not meet this requirement. Special consideration is given to applicants who have current or prior experience in the public service sector.
  • Applicants must not be currently participating in another significant fellowship program, and cannot participate in another fellowship at the same time as the CUP Fellows Program, which runs from February until January.
  • Applicants must commit to attending the monthly Saturday sessions which will begin at 9:30am. Applicants must also be willing to make the time commitment to meet all deadlines and complete all assignments, as well as pre-session readings and written exercises (approximately two hours per month in addition to the sessions).

The Selection of CUP Fellows is based on the following criteria:

  • A demonstrated commitment to CUP’s mission to inspire, elevate and empower the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service through relevant work and volunteer experience
  • Experience of, and/or potential for, advanced leadership
  • Academic, professional and/or community achievement
  • Diverse professionals and women from the business, consulting, finance, law, media and entertainment, non-profit, technology and public sectors


  • Fundraising and the Art of the Ask
  • Public Speaking and Communication
  • Impacting the Political Landscape
  • Non-profit 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 a future Fellows class! We need you and the world needs us.

Apply Today - CUP 2022 NY Fellows Program



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Meet the 2021 Fellows

  • Grace-Ann Baker

    Grace-Ann Baker is Vice President, Human Capital at Annaly Capital Management where she develops and leads talent, compensation, technology and analytics initiatives for the firm. Prior to joining Annaly in 2015, Grace held compensation and analytics roles at AllianceBernstein and ...

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  • Kristin Braye

    Kristin Braye is the Diversity Recruitment Strategies & Events Interim Manager at the National Urban League where her aim is to develop recruitment strategies and career development opportunities to diverse candidates looking for employment. Born and raised in Texas, she ...

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  • Diego Carvajal

    Diego Carvajal is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (“DEI”) Educator and Consultant with VallotKarp Consulting. He works with global corporations, law firms, and museums in developing multi-year strategic DEI plans, global culture assessments, and educational seminars focused on anti-racism and ...

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  • Zoila Del Castillo

    Zoila Del Castillo is an Assistant Attorney General at the New York State Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau. In that capacity, Ms. Del Castillo prosecutes and investigates complex financial crimes that cross county lines, ...

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  • Jatae Daly

    Jatae Daly is a proud Bronx native who earned both her BA in Journalism and Business and MA in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy from New York University. She currently works as an Associate Director for the College Bound Initiative, ...

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  • Kristen Dufauchard

    Kristen Dufauchard is a marketing and communications leader with over ten years of experience designing and delivering campaigns for colleges, universities, and international brands. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Communications for the New York University (NYU) Division ...

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  • Quamid Francis

    Quamid is the Chief Diversity Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Veterans' Services. In this role, he provides strategic advice and analysis to the Commissioner to help guide decisions on policy and programs, ...

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  • Brian Idehen

    Brian Idehen is a Senior Associate at BurgherGray LLP a Minority-Owned New York based law firm and the Co-Chair of the firm’s Strategy & Marketing Team. His practice focuses on capital markets/finance and general corporate and commercial transactions where his ...

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  • Tobi Jaiyesimi

    Tobi Jaiyesimi is a Nigerian immigrant living in New York City. With over a decade of experience in public service, Tobi works at Empire State Development managing the Atlantic Yards and the Queens West Development Projects. As Project Director, Tobi ...

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  • Manuel Lorenzo

    Manuel Lorenzo is a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Neuberger Berman and works in the alternative investments group. He primarily supports the private equity, private credit, hedge fund and fund of hedge fund businesses. He coordinates the drafting ...

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  • Damion Martin

    Damion Martin is the founder and co-managing partner of MH Holdings focused on residential and commercial real estate. Prior to this, he has worked at a number of firms including Morgan Stanley, BlackRock, IBM, and Infosys across the US, China, ...

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  • Deborah Mirabal

    Deborah Mirabal is chief of staff and vice president in the Global Investment Research (GIR) division at Goldman Sachs. She is co-author of several publications, including Closing the Gender Gaps: Advancing Women in Corporate America, The Great Reset: A Framework ...

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  • Moya M. O’Connor

    Moya M. O'Connor is an accomplished trial attorney whose practice focuses on the defense of complex matters in State, Appellate, and Federal Court. More specifically, Moya provides litigation counsel in the fields of premises liability, automobile liability, labor law, property ...

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  • Christelle Onwu

    Christelle N. Onwu is the Director of Social Work Unit, Lead Advisor for African Diaspora Communities, and Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. She was a 2017 graduate of the Coro Immigrant Civic ...

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  • Kareema (Bee) Partin

    For the past two years, Kareema has served as the Associate Director of the JCC Manhattan's Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival where she manages all aspects of the occasion. The festival provides five days of films and events to ...

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  • Carina Patritti

    Carina Patritti is a proud New Yorker. She was raised by Uruguayan parents in a bilingual household in New York City. Currently, Carina is an attorney in the Immigrant Youth Representation Project at The Legal Aid Society of New York ...

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  • Meropi Peponides

    Meropi Peponides is a theater maker, artistic producer, dramaturg and podcast producer. Her work explores cross-cultural affinity and seeks to disrupt cultural hierarchies by drawing inspiration from and lifting up BIPOC and nonwestern traditions. She is one of the three ...

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  • Rudy R. Racine

    Rudy R. Racine is the Vice President of WeCARE Operations for Equus Workforce Solutions. In this role, he is tasked with leading one of New York City’s largest vocational rehabilitation programs. Under his leadership, Rudy’s team works to address the ...

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  • Manasi Raveendran

    Manasi Raveendran is Counsel and Trust & Compliance Officer for IBM, advising and providing support to the business primarily with respect to anti-corruption regulations. Prior to her current role, Manasi was on an international assignment with IBM in India, acting ...

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  • Milan Reed

    Milan has devoted her career to public service and to advancing education and urban policy. She currently serves as the Manager of Operations and Program Policy for the New York City Department of Education (DOE), Division of Early Childhood Education. ...

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  • Edda Santiago

    Edda Santiago is the Campaign Manager for John Sanchez, City Council Candidate for District 15 in the Bronx. Prior to joining the campaign, Edda was an attorney at the Legal Aid Society, where she fought to keep New Yorkers in ...

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  • Sandra Shelly

    Born and raised in NYC, Sandra is a political strategist and creative producer with over a decade's worth of leadership experience on electoral and issue advocacy campaigns. Currently, serving as the Director of Partnerships and Program at A/B Partners, she ...

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  • Brandon Slaughter

    Brandon is the Director, 9-16 Education Partnerships, on the Work-Based Learning Labs teams at HERE to HERE. Within this role, Brandon supports HERE to HERE’s high school and CUNY partners in their efforts to expand and enhance work-based learning. For ...

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  • Dionne M. Smith

    Dionne M. Smith is the Head of Field Marketing for Amazon’s Delivery Service Partner program, which provides accessible entrepreneurship opportunities across the globe. She transitioned into the tech industry from Mondelez International where she led strategy and built integrated marketing ...

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  • Jordan Stockdale

    Jordan Stockdale is the Executive Director of the Young Men’s Initiative at the NYC Mayor’s Office. In this role, Jordan manages YMI’s investments and programs across education, health, criminal justice and workforce development. Jordan previously served as Deputy Executive Director ...

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  • Courtney Stokes

    Courtney Delicia Stokes is a Financial Management Associate at Citigroup where she is completing a leadership rotation program and is currently on special assignment with Product Control Citibanamex in Mexico. She serves as the Co-Lead of Professional Development for Citi’s ...

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