Staff and Boards

Staff and Boards

Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Staff

Executive Office
Kenneth J. Knuckles, Chief Executive Officer
Blair M. Duncan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Ella Johnson, Executive Assistant

Business Investments and BRISC
Jaime A. Gonzalez, Jr., Senior Vice President
Joseph Middleton, Director of Community Partners
Cultural Investments
Verdery Roosevelt, Senior Vice President
Cheryl Anhava, Program Officer
Lindsey Crane, Program Officer
Linda Fernandez, National Urban Fellow
Workforce Development
Yahshaanyah Hill, Director
Jose Calderon, Program Officer
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, Acting 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
Maurice Coleman
Kevin Chavers
Diane Collier
Teresa Eyring
Anthony Q. Fletcher
Maxine Griffith
Amir Kirkwood
Maurine Knighton
Harriet Michel
Rekha Nambiar
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 Linda Scott. 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
Geoffrey Eaton
Julian James
Kenneth Knuckles
Harriet Michel
Charles Patrick, III
Gardner Rivera
Torian Robinson
Keesa Schreane