Seat at the Table


The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) empowers diverse professionals to develop connections, opportunities, and expertise that best position them for top leadership roles, resulting in transformative impact on our communities.

Through our Seat at the Table, CUP secures board placements for our talented and highly motivated members so that, individually and collectively, our organization fulfills its mission of enhancing the capacity of organizations, institutions and agencies to better serve our communities. We are placing people of color and women on non-profit and public sector boards – a strategy for developing long-term structural change, increasing the diversity of boardrooms, and holding non-profit organizations accountable for creating boards that reflect their stakeholders.

In addition to securing board matches, our Seat at the Table offers trainings to equip members with the knowledge and skills needed to make a difference once they are at decision-making tables.


How Does Board Matching Work for CUP Members?

How Does Board Matching Work for Non-Profit Partners?

Recent Board & Staff Matches

Kashay Sanders | Safety Net Project - Urban Justice Center
David Hubbard | Brightpoint Health
Bryan Warner | The Opportunity Agenda
Trey Muldrow | Brightpoint Health
Dana Reed | Brightpoint Health
Tanya Blocker | After-School All-Stars
Sivonne Davis | After-School All-Stars
Valerie White | Brooklyn Arts Council
Angelina Taitt | Museum Of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (Mocada)
Deirdre Guice Minor | Brightpoint Health
Charlita Cardwell | Cuny School Of Professional Studies
Faizah Malik | Center For Urban Pedagogy
George Suttles | Safety Net Project - Urban Justice Center
Jerika Richardson | Safety Net Project - Urban Justice Center
Ricardo Garcia-Amaya | World Policy Institute
George Suttles | Odyssey House
Andrea Chin | Creative Arts Workshops for Kids
Chloe Drew | Latino Justice
Radhika Giri | Bloomingdale Family Program
Omari Jinaki | Bloomingdale Family Program
Melissa Howell | MoCADA
Joel Scott | North Bronx Youth Sports Association, Inc.
Sonnia Shields | Bloomingdale Family Program
Karen Bolaji | Worlds of Money
Samantha Erskine | GEMS
Devaughn Fowlkes | CLOTHS
Juan Torruella | Children of Bellevue
Steven Wolfe-Pereira | New York City Economic Development Corporation
Malik Franklin |  Sustainable South Bronx
Stephan Nicoleau | Holcombe L. Rucker High School for Community Research
Anka Twum-Baah | Opus 118
Vincent Harris | Housing Works
Denora Getachew | Union Settlement
Lydie Hudson | Children of Bellvue
Jennifer Turner | Groove With Me, Bronx Lighthouse
Stephanie Smith | Community Resource Exchange
Leslie Talbot | State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Dr. Christina Jenkins | NYC Health & Hospitals Board
Robert Reffkin | Panel for Educational Policy
J. Donald Rice Jr. | NYS Thruway Authority/Canal Corporation Boards
Rashida Mendes |  Financial Control Board
Chinwe Onyere | NY Botanical Gardens Board
Obi Onyeagoro |  Commission on Increasing Diversity in State Government Workforce
Tim Sebunya |  Brooklyn Public Library
Lesley Horton |  Weston United Community Renewal
Lesley Horton |  NYC Lobbying Commission
Wale Adeosun | New York State Common Retirement Fund
Anka Twum Baah | Opus 118
Jeanine Conley| Early Stages
Janco Damas | Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
David Hinson | Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Juny Francois | Economic Development Corporation
Gregory Weston | NYS Board of Real Estate
John Rhea | New York City Housing Authority
Natasha Holiday | Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
Lyneir Richardson | Brick City Development Corporation
Obinna A. Onyeagoro | SUNY Purchase College Council
Leslie Talbot | State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Erica Irish Brown | State of New Jersey Investment Board
Adrienne Harris | StartingBloc Inc.
Bernel Hall | TEAM Academy Charter School


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