Shari joined StreetWise Partners in August 2015. With a Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, Shari dedicated her early career to tackling issues related to mental illness, domestic violence and foster care. She spent the next 11 years at Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers where she held positions of Program Director, Development Director and Managing Director. Shari served as an Adjunct Professor at New York University, where she shared her expertise and worked to inspire others to join the non-profit space. As Executive Director for Grace Institute, Shari led the transformation of a century old organization into a market leader in workforce development. Shari was excited to join StreetWise and bring her passion for mentoring and job creation. She serves on the board of New York City's Education and Training Coalition and lives on Long Island where she is outnumbered by her husband and two sons.
Lauren Silberstein joined StreetWise Partners in November 2015 and oversees all aspects of programming in both the NY and DC regions. She is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW), receiving her Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 2004. Prior to StreetWise Partners, Lauren served as Director of Support Services at Grace Institute, a workforce development organization for women where she worked for 7 years. Overall, she has 11 years of management and program development experience working in organizations that serve disadvantaged communities, both at Grace Institute and Safe Horizon. Lauren lives on Long Island with her husband and three daughters.
Morgan Blackburn joined StreetWise Partners in January 2017. As Development Director, Morgan collaborates with the Executive Director and Program Director on strategies surrounding corporate relations, fundraising, marketing, and special events. Prior to joining StreetWise Partners, Morgan worked as a Development Coordinator at Grace Institute, a non-profit that serves as a tuition-free job training program for unemployed women in New York. Her main tasks included assisting with special events, major gifts solicitation, foundation solicitation, marketing, and expansion of donor community, as well as overseeing all volunteer and corporate relations. Additional work experiences include interning for the Oklahoma State Senate Democrats, the ACLU of Oklahoma, and ACLU National Headquarters in their National Security Program. Morgan received her Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, with a major in Women’s and Gender Studies and a double minor in US Government and Native American History.
April Griswold joined Streetwise Partners in May 2017. As Manager of Volunteer Relations, April is responsible for the overall recruitment and retention strategies of all volunteers. Prior to joining Streetwise Partners, April served as Associate Director of Corporate and Community Engagement at Food Bank For New York City leading all volunteer initiatives. April has several years of experience in volunteer management, special events, board development and fundraising. She enjoys giving back to her community and especially loves working with disadvantaged youth through various volunteer initiatives she organizes in her spare time. April holds a degree in Communications from Lincoln University. She lives in Jersey City, NJ with her husband and has two beautiful stepdaughters.
Monica Floyd joined StreetWise Partners in March 2018. Previously, Monica was a Program Manager at HandsOn Bay Area, a nonprofit that connects individuals with volunteering opportunities in their community. She loves working in her community and helping others get involved. Outside of work, she participates in a mentor program that supports first-generation college students. Monica is excited to bring her passion for mentoring and volunteer management to her role managing DC programming. Monica holds a Bachelor's degree from American University in International Development. She lives in DC and enjoys gardening and camping.
Simitha Kumar joined StreetWise Partners in September 2017. She manages the White & Case and Gallup programs in addition to mentee recruitment for the DC region. Prior to StreetWise Partners, she was the Program Specialist at Northern Virginia Family Service in the housing department where she aided homeless and low-income clients to obtain rental assistance. Simitha holds a Master’s degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai in India. Simitha is enthusiastic about volunteerism and has coordinated special events such as the International Yoga Day on the National Mall. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, meditation and cooking.
Amelie Lyons joined StreetWise Partners in January 2017. Prior to StreetWise Partners Amelie was a Development Assistant at Room to Read, assisting with event planning and donor communications. She graduated from Boston College in May 2016 with a degree in English and Women and Gender Studies. While attending Boston College Amelie interned at EmpowerHer and Girls Write Now, two mentorship-based non-profits, doing mentor outreach and managing the mentor enrollment process as well as assisting with events. She is excited to continue working in the non-profit field and to be part of the StreetWise team.
María Elena joined StreetWise Partners in May of 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Duquesne University and is a New York University certified coach. Previously, she worked at CarCharging Group where she assisted the sales team and at Vme Media where she was in charge of scheduling and promotion. Prior to this she had experience in various administrative, sales and customer service roles in the fashion and beauty industries. Thru her volunteer work, she has gained experience working with human trafficking survivors, children and the elderly. Most recently, she volunteers at Restore NYC where she assists with their Economic Empowerment program for women survivors of human trafficking. She is excited to have made the switch to the non-profit field and to be able to support others in reaching their goals through her work at StreetWise Partners.
Kristina Cepeda joined StreetWise Partners in August of 2017. She previously worked as a Program Manager at Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, where she was responsible for supervising high-quality, high-impact one-to-one mentoring relationships between adult volunteers and youth in New York City. Here she advised mentors, mentees and parents through on-going support, facilitated parent workshops, promoted youth goal achievements and provided resources and referrals to youth volunteers and parents. Prior to this she worked as a Foster Care Case Worker at SCO Family of Services; in this role she took on a comprehensive approach to the therapeutic, academic and physical needs of each family. Kristina has several years experience in non-profit organizations, case management, and working with individuals and families in disadvantaged communities and sheltered environments. Kristina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. Kristina looks forward to helping both mentors and mentees at Streetwise Partners to reaching their professional and personal goals.