Robert has spent nearly two decades in the nonprofit sector and works full-time as Director of Operations and Facilities on Manhattan's Upper West Side, managing a 45,000 sq.ft. multipurpose facility and a very mighty Operations Team.
Robert holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from the City College of New York. He is a proud native New Yorker and lives in Astoria with his wife of 20 years and his son. In his spare time you can find him literally running around the city training for half marathons, reading, and playing pick up basketball games
Before joining On-Ramps, Josh worked a Program Manager at Breakthrough New York, an education non-profit in New York City. In that role, he facilitated after school and summer enrichment programming for high-achieving middle school students at BTNY's Bronx program location. He also provided academic advising services to students and families in the program.
Josh obtained his B.A. in International Relations from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Josh moved to New York after graduating to pursue work in the social sector. Outside of work, he enjoys playing pick-up soccer and visiting museums.
Born and raised on a farm in Iowa, Kayla enjoyed a few years of city life in downtown Minneapolis before moving to Sitka, Alaska, where she lived for 20 years. Out of a desire to spend more time with family and dear friends in the Lower 48, Kayla and her husband recently relocated to Mathews County, Virginia, where they spend their free time playing Americana/roots/rock music, riding on Rails to Trails bike paths, enjoying good food and craft cocktails, and taking as many road/camping trips as possible.
Kristen spent the first 15 years of her career supporting top talent in non-profit organizations. She most recently served as Director, Talent Acquisition & Business Partner at Leadership for Educational Equity, where she executed hiring, staffing, business partner coaching, compensation, and employment branding. Kristen began her career at Teach For America, first recruiting corps members then leading within the internal human resources function on employee engagement, performance management, and analytics/reporting.
Kristen earned an M.S. in Human Resource Management & Development from New York University and a B.S. in Organizational Communication, Learning, & Design from Ithaca College. Kristen lived in New York City for a number of years and is currently based in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and working on DIY projects.
She holds a graduate degree in Chemistry from St. Xavier's College and a Diploma in Movement Arts and Contemporary Dance. She was recently selected to be one an artist-in-residence at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Curriculum in Motion for 2021-2022. Her passion project is to raise awareness, accessibility and provide opportunities in Indian Classical Dance through arts education.
She resides in Jamestown, NY with her husband and four cats. When not working, you can find her taking long walks while listening to podcasts or drinking chai on her front porch and people watching.
Monica possesses twenty- five years of experience leading teams in sales, marketing, talent, and diversity, equity and inclusion
capacities. During her corporate career, Monica was responsible for increasing the distribution and creating marketing strategies for cable television networks and other emerging platforms for companies such as BET- Black Entertainment Television and Disney and ESPN. In her Talent and DEI roles, she’s led and directed strategic DEI efforts while consulting with and guiding executive leaders on how to create an inclusive, equitable, and collaborative work environment
for all of their employees.
Monica’s experience also spans the nonprofit sector inclusive of social services, higher education, and K-12 education. Monica currently serves in a Talent capacity for a San Diego based non-profit that support transition aged foster youth. And since 2014 Monica has been partnering with for-profit companies and non-profit organizations as a consultant to help advance their equity, inclusion, and belonging commitments in the workplace and in their communities.
Monica is originally from the Chicago area and currently calls Fayetteville, NC home. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Media Communications from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK and a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago, IL. In her spare time, Monica enjoys eating delicious food, traveling, and attending live sporting events.
Prior to joining On-Ramps, Scarlyn started her career as a Consultant at Ernst & Young. Specifically, Scarlyn worked on client engagements in the Financial Services sector, where she provided support on the organization and implementation of various projects. Scarlyn also assisted EY’s Campus Recruiting team by participating in the interview and onboarding process for summer interns.
Scarlyn graduated form Bentley University and holds a B.S. in Management, with a concentration in Computer Information Systems. She is a native New Yorker from The Bronx, who enjoys music, writing, outdoor activities, holistic wellness and traveling.
Before joining On-Ramps, Imani worked in e-commerce at Jet.com, where she was responsible for driving revenue growth and creating the optimal online customer experience. Prior to Jet, Imani was an African-American Studies major at Yale University, finding the right balance across a rigorous course load, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work. Some of her extracurricular and volunteer activities included Latin dance, mentoring young Black women, and driving marketing for a university-wide conference.
A born and bred New Yorker, Imani is a proud resident of Brooklyn, NY. In her free time, you can find her curating music playlists, searching for her next piece of home decor, and creating space for others to bring their entire selves into a conversation.
She holds a B.A. in Communication from Brooklyn College and currently resides in Richmond, VA with her husband and pup. When not working, she enjoys songwriting and performing, and attending live concerts.
Aida currently serves within the Office of Strategic Operations at the New Jersey Department of Education. During her time with the Department, Aida has been able to further the Department's goals by developing innovative operations, reenvisioning policies and procedures, and revamping intradepartmental communication protocols. Additionally, Aida has had the opportunity to support many of the Commissioner's priority initiatives directly.
Aida holds a dual-BA in Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey and a MS in Global Affairs from Rutgers University. In addition, she is an alumnus of New Leaders Council – New Jersey and Lead New Jersey. She currently serves as a Founding Board Member of Latina Civic, an organization focused on the growing Latina engagement in civic and electoral activities in New Jersey. When not working or volunteering, Aida loves binge- watching television, enjoying her parents' exceptional Puerto Rican and Dominican cuisine, discovering new music, and finding fun weekend activities in South Jersey to enjoy with her husband and kids.
Before joining On-Ramps, Stephanie studied at CUNY Bernard M Baruch College and worked as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of a privately-held real estate firm in New York City. Part of her responsibilities included managing some of the most popular LED signs in Times Square, such as Coca-Cola, M&Ms and Samsung to name a few.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Stephanie just moved to New Jersey with her newly expanded family.
Prior to On-Ramps, Sarah was an Engagement Manager at Katzenbach Partners, LLC, where she led projects focused on human capital issues and where her work was profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Prior to working at Katzenbach, Sarah was Director of Organization Development at Skinklinic, a start-up skin care company, where she designed and led the recruiting, training, and performance management programs for nurses, doctors, and a retail team. Having helped build an organization from the ground up, Sarah understands the importance of not only attracting but also retaining great people.
Sarah is a graduate of Brown University where she received a B.A. in History. Originally from Arizona, but now very much a New Yorker, Sarah resides in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and dog Pepper.
As a first generation student, she previously obtained her B.A. at Rutgers University. It was here she developed her passion for social justice and activism, especially as it pertains to systemic racism and its ties to income inequality and access. Michelle later joined Teach For America, where she taught Middle School English and Social studies within NYC charter schools.
With her eye for data, organization, and teaching experience, she was given an opportunity by the founder of her previous network, to act as a Seasonal Recruiting Coordinator for the summer, hiring MS tutors for a fall program. She later acted as the Director of Recruitment for the network.
After residing in Brooklyn for a few years, Michelle recently moved back to her hometown of Jersey City, NJ, driven by a commitment to mission-driven work and a love for her city. She loves trying new restaurants, swimming and traveling.
Prior to joining On-Ramps, Les worked for several years in a variety of project management, instructional design, and client support capacities for academic technology services in higher education. Her other work experience includes teaching English as a Foreign Language classes for kindergarten through middle school students in South Korea. She has also done long-term, disaster relief volunteer work in Mississippi, Iowa, and Indonesia.
Les has an MA in individualized studies from Goddard College, an MA in learning sciences from Northwestern University, and a BS in biology from Mary Baldwin University. Originally from the Chicago metropolitan area, she now lives in Henrico, VA. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and creating artwork, spending time with family, and being in nature.
Prior to joining On-Ramps, Nakia was Vice President, People & Culture at Girls Who Code. In this role, she was responsible for establishing its people and culture philosophy by revamping recruitment strategies, developing initiatives to support both inclusion and diversity, and providing in-house leadership coaching.
Before joining Girls Who Code, Nakia worked at KIPP NYC as its Managing Director, People. By working closely with senior leaders and becoming the internal Human Resources consultant for the thirteen school and program leaders and regional directors, she transformed the Human Resources function from one managing only transactional interactions to one focused on strategic partnerships and led their diveristy, equity and inclusion initiative.
Prior to joining KIPP NYC, Nakia was the Director of Operations and Human Resources for the Manhattan Borough President's Office – Scott M. Stringer. Under her leadership, the operational and human resources functions of the two borough president's office locations and the twelve (12) Manhattan Community board offices were streamlined and strategically enhanced.
Nakia holds an M.P.A. from CUNY Baruch College, Marxe School of Public, and International Affairs, an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and a B.S. in Organizational Management from Nyack College. Nakia sits on the Board of Directors of STEM From Dance, a nonprofit organization focused on preparing Black and Latina girls for STEM education and careers through dance, holds the Lead Coach role with Represented Foundation supporting their V.E.R. Social impact Incubator fellows, facilitates equity training with MFEE (Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence) and continues to provide executive coaching and organizational development consultancy to nonprofit and for-profit leaders and organizaitons. Originally from Harlem, NY, Nakia lives in Montclair, NJ with her husband and two sons.
Sarah spent the first ten years of her career focused on K-12 education. At Carnegie Corporation of New York, she helped implement the Corporation's grantmaking strategy related to talent management in urban education. She previously worked for the CUNY Early College Initiative, which provides students who are historically underrepresented in higher education with a rigorous college-prep curriculum and early access to college-credit courses. In her early career, Sarah worked as a Data Analyst at the New York City Department of Education and as a Research Assistant at Jobs for the Future.
Sarah holds a B.A. in Education Studies from Brown University and an M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband and daughter.
With 10 years of experience in non-profit management, Lauren has expertise in fund development and program leadership. Through her work at Women In Distress (WID), a large-scale domestic violence (DV) center in South Florida, Lauren co-lead a $5M capital campaign and, as WID’s Director of Social Change, she drove the agency’s DV prevention and education initiatives.
Lauren earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Delaware and also received her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Pittsburgh, PA.
Before co-founding On-Ramps, Michelle worked in finance at Time, Inc., where she was responsible for both revenue growth initiatives and strategic cost containment. Prior to that, she worked at Deutsche Bank as an equity research associate. Michelle spent her early career working in elementary education, first as a teaching assistant and then as a classroom teacher.
Michelle holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and an M.Ed. from Columbia University, Teachers College. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles. Originally from Long Island, Michelle is now a proud resident of Brooklyn, NY. In her spare time, you can find her admiring her cat and dog, riding her bicycle, or working as a volunteer political organizer.
Monica started her career in the nonprofit sector, working as Director of People Operations and Chief of Staff at a global health organization based in Nepal. She subsequently led talent acquisition for an early-stage social venture; advised clients on human capital challenges and talent/DEI best practices as a consultant at Deloitte and boutique firms; and co-designed curricula on organizational design and development as a research and teaching assistant. Monica received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 2020, bringing a broad understanding of management and leadership to her work. She also holds a BA in Global Affairs & International Development from Yale University and has years of experience living, learning, and working overseas, which informs her perspective on how to build and lead inclusive teams.
A proud and passionate New Yorker, Monica spends her time outside of work walking around the city; eating food with friends; peddling on her Peloton; running with the New York Road Runners; or hanging out with her husband and cat, Freddie Mercury.
Over her career, Suzi has been led by a desire for communities and individuals to know their power, push for new possibilities, and act justly with compassion and courage. A few of her recent projects include consulting on successful local advocacy campaigns for just energy transitions and affordable housing access, spearheading fundraising campaigns for transportation alternatives in under-resourced neighborhoods, and catalyzing the launches of new local food cooperatives. Through all of this, Suzi is most at home when embedded in the work of organizing, strategizing, and relationship building. Having invested in staff, consultant, and board leadership roles, she brings a breadth of wisdom on the many collaborative perspectives needed to make good change grow.
Suzi holds a B.A. in Cultural Communications from James Madison University, studied Spanish literature and art at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and is currently working towards certification with Academy for Coaching Excellence. In addition to her role with On-Ramps, Suzi is also a career coach, moving from frontline advocacy to behind-the-scenes capacity building to facilitate change through what matters most — the people.
Originally from New York, you can now find Suzi rolling around the mountains and streams of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where she lives with her partner and their son. Suzi devotes time to organizing for adoptee and child welfare justice, brushing up on her salsa and Spanish, fair-weather bike commuting, reading, and pretending she still does yoga.
She is the Principal Consultant for Legacy HR Consulting, a firm that helps mission-driven organizations attract and retain their top talent through progressive HR strategy and support.
She has worked in small to medium-sized businesses in the Nonprofit, Health, Maritime, Architecture, and Engineering industries, building the HR function from the ground up. Throughout her career, she has always been tasked with developing the HR function from the ground up, creating HR strategy and policies that meet the strategic goals of the organization.
Julissa was born and raised in Bronx, NY, spent most of her time in Oklahoma City, OK, and currently calls Houston, TX home. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Oklahoma and her Master of Business Administration at Oklahoma Christian University. She is currently a certified Human Resource Project Manager. She is also certified as a LUMA Human-Centered Design Practitioner.
Prior to joining On-Ramps, Robert served as the Director of Young People For, a youth leadership development program housed in People For the American Way Foundation. There Robert built programs and raised funds designed to support historically marginalized college students beginning long-term careers in the Social Sector.
Robert started his career at The White House Project where he supported the development of a civic engagement program aimed at increasing women’s political participation. There, Robert helped recruit, hire, and support staff for the opening of four regional offices that have trained over 10,000 women to run for office.
Robert holds a B.A. in Philosophy and French from the University of Richmond. A lifelong New Yorker, Robert lives in Hell’s Kitchen with his family. When he's not in the office, you can find him practicing yoga, spinning, or testing a new recipe.
Previously, Cindy was the New York Executive Director at LIFT, a national nonprofit that works to break the cycle of poverty for families. In this role, she was responsible for strategy, fundraising and program development for the NYC site. She played a key role in helping the organization evolve its mission to focus on families with young kids, built and grew the local board and oversaw a relocation of the NYC office to the South Bronx.
Prior to joining LIFT, Cindy spent nearly 6 years at CFY (now called PowerMyLearning) with the last two years as the Executive Director of the New York City office. She oversaw significant expansion of CFY's programmatic work partnering with the NYC Department of Education in 100 public middle and high schools and hiring and managing over 40 full-time and 100 part-time staff.
In her early career, Cindy held various roles with a service learning organization in Washington D.C., Chicago and New York City. She also worked in a fundraising capacity with the Seattle and NYC AIDS Walks.
Cindy holds a M.A. in Community Development from North Park University, is a Coro Leadership-NY alum and served as an interim School Board Member in Richmond, VA where she resides with her husband and two daughters.
Laura holds a master's in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Mennonite University. After graduate school, she was part of an interdisciplinary research team studying faith-based organizations. This research involved conducting ethnography on two evangelical organizations in the DC area.
Laura has lived abroad in Ghana and Guatemala, and taught English in Honduras. A Nutella enthusiast, she lives in Richmond, Va and you can find her at a bookstore, museum, coffee shop or simply outside people-watching.
Claudia brings a variety of work experiences within the social sector. Prior to On-Ramps, she supported COVID patients and conducted public health research with the NY Department of Health as a Case Investigator. She also worked as a third grade Teaching Assistant at the education nonprofit Harlem Children’s Zone. As an undergraduate, she worked in criminal justice reform with the Legal Aid society of NY, as well as sustainable community development with Bedford 2030.
Claudia graduated from Bowdoin College in 2020 with a major in Government. In her spare time, you can find her trying out spicy recipes, running and swimming outside, and playing with her two cats.
In his spare time, Saad volunteers on the boards of Act to Change and Teach for America New York Collective, advocating for students and educators of color.
Previously, Michael worked at NPower, a national nonprofit that creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities. Michael was the Founding Program Director of the New Jersey region, overseeing the expansion of entry level and advanced technology workforce training programs in Jersey City and Newark. Additionally, Michael served as a national liaison between field staff and data operations in creating Salesforce solutions that advanced the organization’s effectiveness. Prior to NPower, he worked at the county government level supporting justice-involved youth in rehabilitation services and the completion of their high school education.
Michael received his M.A. in Counseling from New York University and a B.A. in Criminology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He is a Lead New Jersey ’19 Fellow and a member of the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunity Fellows Network. Originally from Minnesota, Michael now resides in Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Outside of work, he enjoys travelling, playing soccer, and trying new restaurants.
Prior to On-Ramps, she spent over a decade building and leading volunteer programs for several national non-profit organizations. Most recently, she was the Senior Director of Mentor Engagement at iMentor NYC, a national mentoring and college access organization, where she led a team in successfully recruiting and engaging thousands of volunteer mentors. Prior to iMentor, she led community engagement operations at Reading Partners, a national literacy nonprofit organization. She began her career with Safe Horizon, NYC’s largest victim services organization, where she served as a domestic violence and crime victim advocate in the Queens Criminal and Supreme Court.
Jasmin holds a B.A. in Psychology and Art History from Vassar College. A native New Yorker, she now resides in the Hudson Valley with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, Jasmin enjoys kickboxing, kayaking on Lake Oscawana, spending time with her family, and volunteering in her community.
When not working, Jess enjoys exploring new eats and outdoors in Richmond, Virginia and binge-watching shows with her two pups and cat at her side.
Before joining On-Ramps, Virnalisa Soares was a Rebate Supervisor for a Pharmaceutical insurance company for Medicaid members in 26 states. She managed a team of 40 and worked closely with 1 other supervisor to make sure manufactures were invoiced correctly. Living in New York she worked for a non-profit organization Independence Care System where she developed and managed their Transportation department and their Provider Relations department.
Virnalisa born and raised in Bronx, NY, loves to travel, play softball and golf. She graduated from LaGuardia Community College and attended Baruch College. She also volunteers at FeedMore Food bank in Richmond, Va. She also runs her own Wellness Business, Healthy Coach, where she makes special body butter blends for her clients and helps people transition to a healthier lifestyle.
Tracy lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her wife, two children, puppy, kitten, and fish.
Before joining On-Ramps, Andrew worked as a Recruitment Manager for Teach For America where he oversaw strategy, relationship-building, and support for candidates from colleges and universities across the Northeast. During his time on Teach For America’s recruitment team, he served as a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Council Member and co-led the LGBTQ+ affinity group. Prior to Teach For America, Andrew had also worked as a middle school teacher with a focus in students with disabilities in Brooklyn.
Andrew holds an M.Ed. from Brooklyn College and a B.A. from the University of Florida where he studied Political Science, Language, and Gender Studies. Originally from South Florida, Andrew now resides in New Jersey. In his spare time, you can find him listening to audiobooks, working on his music, or working out at the gym.
Prior to On-Ramps, Talei managed high-volume recruiting as a Project Coordinator at Tradesmen International, a staffing agency in the construction industry. She also worked at Target as an HR Generalist for a year.
Talei graduated in 2018 from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and studied architecture before pursuing a major in English . Originally from Fiji, Talei spent the second half of her childhood on Long Island, NY, and resides in Troy, NY. In her free time you can find her going on a road trip with her son, trying out a new hike, or doing a boot camp with friends.
Prior to co-founding On-Ramps, Harry worked for eight years at one of the nation's largest alternative asset recruiting firms, Glocap, where he was a Partner and Managing Director. As its first employee, Harry built and ran the company's Accounting and Operations division, and personally placed COOs and CFOs into many of the world's largest alternative investment funds and their portfolio companies.
Harry earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in Paleobiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from York, Pennsylvania, he now resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife, daughter and son. Before moving to New York, Harry traveled for sixteen months throughout Africa and the Middle East, eight months of which were spent atop a 1970s off-road motorcycle that he semi-successfully rode from Cape Town to Tel Aviv! Upon his return to the States, Harry co-founded and remains a Director of the Kalai Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that raises money for education in Africa. These days, outside of work, he can usually be found on the soccer fields cheering on his kids, in the kitchen cooking (and cleaning) for family and friends, or wandering around the streets and parks of New York in search of the perfect photo opp with his dog.