Our Staff

The Lower Eastside Girls Club staff represents a cross-section of people, most whom live on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, many who were born and raised here who are also raising their children here. The women and men on staff and the over 100 active mentors are between the ages of 22 and 65 and represent diverse heritages that include the Caribbean, Africa, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Europe and the Americas. Our staff members come from a wide range of economic classes and educational experiences, from PhDs to GEDs, and share a sense of mission—a vision of the future—and a passion for young people and the neighborhood we work in. 

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Board of Directors

Ian Blumenstein, Esq., Attorney, LESGC Board Treasurer

Julia Cheiffetz, Executive Editor, HarperCollins Publishers

Selena Ching, Planning Director, Figliulo & Partners

Anil Dash, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ThinkUp; Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Makerbase, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Activate

Rosario Dawson, Actress, Founder of Voto Latino, Partner of Studio One Eighty Nine

Tricia Donegan, Founder and President, Bikram Yoga Lower East Side

Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization, American Museum of Natural History

Jen Gatien, Independent Film Producer

Judith Helfand, Founder and Filmmaker, Chicken & Egg Pictures

Angie Klein, VP of Consumer Sales Strategy and Distribution, Verizon

Lisa Laukitis, Esq., Partner, Skadden Arps

Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D., Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church Executive Director, The Middle Project, Inc.

Kevin McHugh, Artist and Conservationist

Lyn Pentecost, Ph.D., LESGC Co-Founder and Executive Director, LESGC Board Executive Committee

Steve Perricone, Managing Partner, Pilot Capital Ventures, LESGC Board Executive Committee

Rosie Rodriguez, Independent Consultant, LESGC Board Co-Chair

Gael Towey, Producer and Director, Gael Towey & Co. Short Films, LESGC Board Co-Chair

Rachel Weingeist, Arts Administrator, Curator and Collections Advisor, Perera & Co

Cheryl Wilkins, Senior Director of Education and Programs, Center for Justice, Columbia University