Staff and Boards

Staff and Boards


Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Staff

Executive Office
Ken Knuckles, Chief Executive Officer
Blair M. Duncan, Executive Vice President, Administration and General Counsel
Ella Johnson, Executive Assistant

Business Investments and BRISC
Joseph Middleton, Director of Community Partners
Program and Nonprofit Investments
Verdery Roosevelt, Senior Vice President, Program and Nonprofit Investments
Cheryl Anhava, Program Officer, Cultural Industry Investment Fund
Lindsey Crane, Program Officer, Cultural Industry Investment Fund
Workforce Development
Yahshaanyah Hill, Director of Workforce Development
Jose Calderon, Program Officer, Workforce Development
Finance and Administration
Gaffar Mohamed,
Chief Financial Officer
Ayesha Codrington, Controller
Rodrigo Villavicencio, Assistant Controller
Danessy Pico, Office & Human Resources Manager
Deja Jeter, Receptionist

Elizabeth M. Harris, Deputy General Counsel
Cedric Smith, Compliance Officer
Sara Farhall, Legal Analyst

Information Technology
Gordon Lane, Information Technology Officer

Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Board of Directors

Joseph J. Johnson III (Chair)
Nikisha Alcindor
Shahabuddeen A. Ally
Mario L. Baeza, Esq.
Ronald Benjamin
Kevin Chavers
Maurice Coleman
Diane Collier
Teresa Eyring
Anthony Q. Fletcher
Amir Kirkwood
Maurine Knighton
Harriet Michel
Keith Taylor, Ed.D.
Carmen Vasquez

Business Resource and Investment Service Center Board of Directors

The Business Resource and Investment Service Center (BRISC) is an independent 501(c)(3) organization funded and staffed by UMEZ with an independent board of directors, chaired by Maurice Coleman. It was established to fill the space between microcredit and business loans for Upper Manhattan entrepreneurs.

Linda Scott (Chair)
Steven Berrios
Christopher Brown
Lisa Downing
Kenneth Knuckles
Colleen Lewis
Harriet Michel
Charles Patrick, III
Gardner Rivera
Torian Robinson
Beatrice Sibblies
Keesa Schreane