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Meet the leaders working together to make a difference in our community.


Elsie McCabe Thompson has held an unwavering commitment to help the underserved throughout her career – providing her decades of experience, strategic leadership, and vision to the nonprofit, cultural, legal, and government sectors. Prior to Mission Society, Elsie shepherded the Museum for African Art as its President for 15 years. In this capacity, she guided an organizational revitalization and led a financial and brand turnaround to establish the Museum prominently in New York. She also served as Co-Founder and Director of the National Urban Technology Center, as Chief of Staff to then-Mayor David N. Dinkins, and was a Senior Litigation Associate at Shearman & Sterling. Elsie received a BA at Barnard College, Columbia University, and her JD from Harvard Law School.

Elsie McCabe Thompson

President & CEO

V. AnnDenise Brown has worked with Mission Society of New York City for nine years, previously serving as Senior Director of Children’s Programs. Prior to her time with the Mission Society, she worked internationally in research, training and program evaluation – holding positions at The Balm In Gilead, an NGO supporting faith-based organizations, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and the World Health Organization. She has a DrPH from Columbia University and a MA in Education from Cornell University.

V. AnnDenise Brown

Senior Vice President,
Program Operations


Sara Elghobashy is a seasoned fundraiser with over a decade of experience in helping to elevate the missions of social impact organizations in New York City and beyond. Prior to joining Mission Society, she served as a Senior Director at Advance NYC, a nonprofit consulting firm, where she oversaw fundraising, communication, and strategic planning for a portfolio of social service, arts, and international development organizations. She began her career at the Arab-American Family Support Center, and has since worked with Women Aware, Room to Grow, and Women’s World Banking. She is a native Arabic speaker, and holds a BA in Religious Studies and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies from New York University.

Sara Elghobashy

Senior Vice President, 
External Affairs


Richard Lustig is a strategic nonprofit human resources leader with demonstrated accomplishments in education, human services, healthcare, publishing, and sustainability. Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of large nonprofits, including the International Rescue Committee, The Center for Discovery, Physician Affiliate Group of NY, and Consumer Union (publisher of Consumers Reports). He has experience partnering with senior leaders to create high performance cultures, and build and improve HR departments. He received a BA in Political Science from CUNY, a MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a MA in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Rick Lustig

Senior Vice President,

Human Resources


Sharada Singh is an accomplished Financial Leader with over twenty years of experience in nonprofit accounting. Throughout her career, she has provided timely and creative solutions to financial problems, and decision-relevant information to improve deliverables. She is especially skilled in effectively managing varied activities and operations with efficiency, and has extensive experience in the integration of financial, program, and fundraising operations. Prior to the Mission Society, she worked with The Women’s Prison Association & Home and The Children’s Aid Society. Sharada holds a MBA from Ramapo College of New Jersey, and a BA from Queens College of the City University of New York.

Sharada Singh

Senior Vice President,
Finance & Administration

Office of the President

Elsie McCabe Thompson 

President & CEO

Molly Murphy

Communications Manager

Sandra Seminara

Creative Manager

External Affairs

Sara Elghobashy 

Senior Vice President,
External Affairs

Lillion Hunt 

External Affairs Associate

William Marty

Facilities Maintenance Worker

Winston Rodney

Director of Facilities Operations

Sharada Singh

Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration

Finance & Administration

Allison Diaz

Accounting Manager

Rosario Maceiras

Senior Accountant

Jonathan Maldonado 

Facilities Assistant

Human Resources

Yvonne Balli 

Human Resources Operations Manager

Keisha Berkeley

Human Resources Specialist 

Kevin Little 

Human Resources Assistant


Rick Lustig

Senior Vice President,

Human Resources

Program Operations

V. AnnDenise Brown

Senior Vice President, Program Operations

Alim Barry

Program Director, Washington Irving HS

Casey Castro

Director of Contracts and Outcomes

Amy Estrella

Education and Curriculum Development Specialist

Llina Garcia

Program Director,
PS 192

Aniqa Garrison

Program Director, Bronx Community High School 

Connie Hines

Program Director, Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School

Edrick Johnson

Associate Vice President, Career and Education Pathways

Tiffany Johnson

Program Director, PS 175

Aida Maldonado

Program Director, PS 85

Sara Mena

Program Director, ELLIS

Lorraine Mignotte

Program Director, Harlem Renaissance High School

Lawrence Munoz

Data Associate

Tikimba Richardson

Program Director, Brooklyn Democracy Academy

Emanuel Roderick

Program Director, Harlem Village Academy

Carmen Rosario

Senior Director of  Children’s Programs, Education and Operations

Waleska Salcedo

Program Director, PS 33

Su Wang

Program Director, Emma Lazarus HS

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