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Neighborhood Dinner in Brooklyn

In 1994, The New York Women’s Foundation inaugurated the Neighborhood Dinner to celebrate the diverse cultures in New York City and the courageous leaders that are working to make their communities a better place for all. The Neighborhood Leadership Award honors the power of women acting in and for their communities.

The Foundation also presents the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award to a woman-owned business whose presence enriches the community and demonstrates a deep level of commitment to Brooklyn. The Neighborhood Dinner in Brooklyn also features The Foundation’s grantee partners whose advocacy and service make Brooklyn a borough where women and families can thrive.

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November 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Lepercq Space - BAM Cafe
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Neighborhood Leadership Awardees

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    Alyssa Aguilera

    Alyssa Aguilera is the Co-Executive Director of VOCAL-NY, a statewide grassroots organization that builds power among low-income people impacted by HIV/AIDS, drug use, homelessness, and mass incarceration. At VOCAL-NY, Alyssa oversees the organization’s advocacy, direct services, development, and communications work.

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    Alyssa Aguilera

    Co-Exceutive Director of VOCAL-NY

    Alyssa Aguilera is the Co-Executive Director of VOCAL-NY, a statewide grassroots organization that builds power among low-income people impacted by HIV/AIDS, drug use, homelessness, and mass incarceration. At VOCAL-NY, Alyssa oversees the organization’s advocacy, direct services, development, and communications work. She also leads campaigns to end discriminatory and unjust policing and courtroom practices, create alternatives to the drug war, and address the collateral consequences of mass incarceration. Under her leadership, VOCAL-NY has doubled its budget and staff, tripled the harm reduction services it provides for drug users in Brooklyn, and won dozens of laws and policies that promote health, safety, and justice for some of New York’s most vulnerable residents.

    Additionally, Alyssa serves as Executive Director of VOCAL-NY Action Fund, the affiliated 501(c)4 electoral and lobbying arm that has helped elect progressive candidates in New York City and State. Alyssa has previously organized in the Health Justice program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Boston Workers Alliance, and SEIU’s Justice for Janitors campaign. She is a board member of Communities United for Police Reform Action Fund and Brooklyn Perinatal Network. She graduated from Harvard with a BA in government and Latin American studies.

     

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    Julia Jean-Francois

    Julia Jean-François, LCSW, PhD, is the Co-Director at Center for Family Life (CFL) in Sunset Park, a neighborhood based settlement house providing integrated human services to a low-income, immigrant community in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Jean-Francois oversees CFL family counseling and foster care programs, community resource center, employment services and cooperative business development, and jointly oversees Board and development activities with Co-Director Julie Brockway.

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    Julia Jean-Francois

    Co-Director at Center for Family Life in Sunset Park

    Julia Jean-François, LCSW, PhD, is the Co-Director at Center for Family Life (CFL) in Sunset Park, a neighborhood based settlement house providing integrated human services to a low-income, immigrant community in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Jean-Francois oversees CFL family counseling and foster care programs, community resource center, employment services and cooperative business development, and jointly oversees Board and development activities with Co-Director Julie Brockway. Before joining CFL in 2003, she served as Director of Operations at the Puerto Rican Family Institute, a mental health and child welfare provider in New York City focusing on service to the Latino community. She has extensive experience in the provision and management of child welfare and workforce development services. She teaches research methods and ethno-cultural methods in social work practice at the schools of social work at New York University and Rutgers University, and has taught statistics and sociology at the University of the People. She received her BA from Barnard College, her MSW from New York University and PhD from the Columbia University School of Social Work.

Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awardee

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    Cynthia Gordy Giwa

    Cynthia Gordy Giwa is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Black-Owned Brooklyn, a curated guide to Black-owned, Brooklyn-based businesses and the people behind them.

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    Cynthia Gordy Giwa

    Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, Black-Owned Brooklyn

    Cynthia Gordy Giwa is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Black-Owned Brooklyn, a curated guide to Black-owned, Brooklyn-based businesses and the people behind them. The platform’s goal is to spotlight some of the best in local food and drink, home and design, style, wellness and culture — helping more people to discover and support Black ventures. A marketing executive, communications strategist and award-winning former journalist who served as the first White House correspondent for Essence magazine, Giwa has written extensively about issues at the intersection of race, culture and politics. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, NPR, Slate and The Root.

     

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