Who We Are

Founded in 1997, the NYC Employment & Training Coalition (NYCETC) is the voice of New York’s workforce development community. We are the largest city-based workforce development association in the country with over 200 members providing jobs for over 600,000 New Yorkers.

Our members create jobs and connect underserved New Yorkers — primarily New Yorkers of color, New Yorkers with low- or moderate-incomes, New Yorkers with multiple barriers to employment, and New Yorkers who have been left out of the growing economy due to systemic and historic marginalization — to opportunities so they can support their families and give back to their communities.

Team Members


Gregory J. Morris
Chief Executive Officer


Annie Garneva
Interim Chief Executive Officer


Stephanie Birmingham
Director of Community and Operations


Lena Bhise
Senior Manager of Policy and Campaigns


MJ Delgado Ureche
Coordinator of Events and Operations



James Parrott
Senior Fellow

Melina Moe

Board of Directors

Officers + Executive Committee

Kathleen Culhane (Chair), President, Nontraditional Employment for Women

Jennifer Mitchell (Vice-Chair), Executive Director, The HOPE Program

David Garza (Secretary), President and CEO, Henry Street Settlement

Valerie Payne (Treasurer), Executive Director, Rebuilding Together NYC

Christopher Bloodworth, National Director, The Career Center, Entertainment Community Fund

Aaron Shiffman, Executive Director, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations


Ben Thomases, Executive Director, Queens Community House

Christopher Watler, Chief External Affairs Officer, Center for Employment Opportunities

David Meade*, Executive Director, Building Skills NY

Eileen Reilly, Vice President, Economic Development & Refugee Services, CAMBA

Faith Wiggins, Director, Homecare Education Fund, 1199SEIU Training & Employment Funds

Hannah Weinstock, Senior Director of Workforce Development, LaGuardia Community College

Helen Kogan, Executive Director, Metro, NPower

Janelle Farris, President and Executive Director, Brooklyn Community Services

Jerelyn Rodriguez, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Knowledge House

Katy Gaul-Stigge, CEO, Goodwill Industries of New York and Northern New Jersey

Keith Rasmussen, Executive Director, Seedco

Lakythia Ferby, Executive Vice President of Programs & Impact, STRIVE NY

Mike Dunne, Northeast Director, Equus Workforce Solutions

Paula Bailey*, Executive Vice President, Grant Associates

Shari Krull, Executive Director, StreetWise Partners

Wayne Ho*, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chinese-American Planning Council

*Chair of a Board Committee

Past Board Chairs

Julie Shapiro, The Door

Kelly Richardson, Per Scholas

Phil Weinberg, Strive

Randy Peers, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

Strategic Advisors

Kenneth Adams, President, LaGuardia Community College

Ben Branham, Chief Communications Officer, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Rasmia Kirmani Frye, Consultant

Larry Irving, Founder and President, The Irving Group

Arva Rice, President, New York Urban League

NYC Workforce Business Council

Linda Baran, President and CEO, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce

Laura Colacurcio, Vice President, Association for a Better New York

Tavonia Davis, Regional Director For Government Affairs and Public Policy, Verizon

Carley Graham Garcia, Senior Manager for Public Policy and Head of External Affairs, Amazon NYC

Thomas Grech, President and CEO, Queens Chamber of Commerce

Matthew Harrigan, Co-Founder, Company; Partner, CEO, Company Ventures

Jake Hirsch-Allen, North America Workforce Development and Higher Education System Lead, LinkedIn

Debbie Kenyon, Vice Chairman and Senior Partner, L&M Development Partners

Jenna LaPietra, New York Metro Local Market Development Lead, Accenture

Elizabeth Lusskin, President, Long Island City Partnership

Sabina Mehmood, Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, Bloomberg LP

Randy Peers, President and CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Angela Pinsky, Senior Government Affairs Manager of New York and New Jersey, Google

Merrill Pond, Executive Vice President, Partnership for NYC

Andrew Rasiej, Founder and CEO, Civic Hall

Andrew Rigie, Executive Director, New York City Hospitality Alliance

Kate Slevin, Senior Vice President of State Programs and Advocacy, Regional Plan Association

Lisa Sorin, President, Bronx Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Edward Summers, CEO and Founder, The Thinkubator

Jessica Walker, President and CEO, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Eric Westphal, Senior Director of Global Corporate Affairs, Cognizant

Kate Wittels, Partner, HR&A Advisors




Robin Hood Foundation

Robin Hood Power Fund

Ford Foundation

JPMorgan Chase




Ira de Camp Foundation

Altman Foundation

NYC Workforce Funders


Pinkerton Foundation

NYC Council

Fund for the City of NY

Event Sponsors

1199SEIU Training & Employment Funds



Brooklyn Community Services

Brooklyn Navy Yard Corporation

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI)

Building Skills NY


Capalino & Company

Center for Employment Opportunities

Chinese-American Planning Council

Civic Hall


Commonpoint Queens


Equus Workforce Solutions

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

General Assembly

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey


Grant Associates

Henry Street Settlement

Hot Bread Kitchen

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Knowledge House



New York City Economic Development Corp. (NYCEDC)

Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW)


Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT)

Per Scholas

Ponce Bank

Queens Community House (QCH)


Business Partners


Association for a Better New York


Bloomberg LP

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Bronx Chamber of Commerce

Civic Hall



Company Ventures


HR&A Advisors

L&M Development Partners


Long Island City Partnership

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Queens Chamber of Commerce

Regional Plan Association

Staten Island Chamber of Commerce


The Thinkubator


Workforce Partners

Center for NYC Affairs at The New School (CNYCA)

Center for an Urban Future (CUF)

City University of New York (CUNY)

Consortium for Worker Education (CWE)

Invest in Skills NY/C


Literacy Assistance Center (LAC)

New York Association for Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP)

Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI)

Inclusive Growth Partners

Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development (ANHD)

NYC Inclusive Growth Initiative (IGI)

Regional Plan Association (RPA)

Human Services Partners

Asian American Federation

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA)

Hispanic Federation

Human Services Council (HSC)

National Urban League

New York Immigration Coalition

New York Urban League

Nonprofit New York

United Neighborhood Houses (UNH)