Our Team



Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega established the center in 1976, inspired by a vision to create an international organization to promote and link communities of African Descent. She has guided the capital campaign for the renovation of the landmark firehouse at 120 East 125th Street that is now the Center?s new home. Dr. Moreno Vega has been an advocate for cultural equity, cultural studies, and education. As the second director of El Museo del Barrio, one of the founders of the Association of Hispanic Arts, Network of Centers of Color, and the Roundtable of Institutions of Colors, Dr. Moreno Vega has contributed to assuring that the contributions of African and African descendants are integral to the lives of civil society in the Americas. She has conducted research in Yoruba belief systems in the African Diaspora and has organized international conferences uniting scholars and traditional experts focused on expanding the knowledge and importance of sacred African Diaspora traditions. Moreno Vega, an adjunct professor at NYU?s Tisch School of the Arts, is co-founder of the Global Afro-Latino and Caribbean Initiative (GALCI), a former program of Hunter College/Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. She is chief editor of Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora (Arte Publico Press) and author of The Altar of My Soul (One World/Ballantine, 2001). She is director and co-producer of the documentary When the Spirits Dance.


Melody Capote


Melody Capote joined the staff of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in 1984 as a development associate. She successfully created a capital campaign for the completion of CCCADI?s brownstone on West 58th Street in Manhattan. She continued her development work and has since identified, expanded and secured private sector funding for the organization, fostering long-term relationships with partners including the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Hearst Foundation, New York Community Trust, Time Warner and Con Edison. In her role as external affairs director, she has built collaborations with local New York City-based organizations like Loiza Festival/El Barrio, Lincoln Center, The Studio Museum, Bronx Museum, the Apollo, SummerStage, Roberto Clemente State Park and others. She is a graduate of the City College of New York and received a fellowship at the Tennenbaum Leadership Institute at the New School, and completed Columbia University?s Not-for-Profit Executive Management Certification.


Danetta Jimenez


Dan'etta Jimenez is responsible for the management and development of CCCADI's education, family programs, prospective new gallery initiatives, and the Center's ICA Fellowship Program for arts professionals. Ms. Jimenez was CCCADI's first Director of Education and served for over 10 years. During her tenure, she developed the Center's formative cross-cultural, African Diaspora-based curricular programs comprised of performance, visual, dance, and spoken word traditions. Prior to rejoining CCCADI, she was the Director of Education & Public Programs at the Museum for African Art, and before that served as the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Weeksville Heritage Center where she developed innovative K-12 art education history- based curriculum in 19th and early 20th century Black America. Ms. Jimenez holds a MS. Ed. degree in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, a B.A. in Liberal Studies conferred by Excelsior College, and program certification in Ethnic Studies from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa with a program concentration in African American, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities.

Kadrena Cunningham


Kadrena Cunningham is responsible for implementing and managing various aspects of education programs for schools and educators: including teacher professional development, administration and development of required program materials, and the tracking of expenses, documentation, and evaluation components. A dedicated educator, arts and culture professional with over fifteen years of experience, Ms. Cunningham is skilled at audience engagement and curation of authentic experiences through imaginative programming. Ms. Cunningham has an undergraduate degree in Graphic/Communication Design from Chicago State University, a Masters from Pratt Institute in Arts and Cultural Management and a Masters of Science in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education.


Suhaly Bautista Carolina


Suhaly Bautista-Carolina is an artist, educator and community organizer. Before joining CCCADI as the Director of Public Programs, Suhaly served as the first Engagement & Education Manager at the public art nonprofit, Creative Time. She is the founder of the Afrofuturism book club, Black Magic and has worked in various capacities with organizations such as Artspace, FOKUS and The Brooklyn Children's Museum. In 2015, she was a panelist at ArtPrize7's "Reflecting the Times: Arts & Activism" alongside Dread Scott and Arts.Black. She is a 2016 alumna of CCCADI?s Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship and a recent graduate of Columbia University's Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute, "The Many Worlds of Black New York." Her photographic documents and writings have been published in Insight Magazine, United Nations? International Museum of Women and Caribbean Vistas Journal. She has enjoyed solo exhibitions at NYU and La Casa Azul Bookstore. As of 2016, she is also a Weeksville Ambassador and Summer Arts Residency Fellow Scholarship recipient. Suhaly earned her B.A. and MPA from NYU, where she was named one of ?NYU?s 15 Most Influential Students.? She lives in Brooklyn with her wife, Naiema.


Janey Sackey


Janet L. Sackey is a social media specialist, blogger, and artist dedicated to uniting the African Diaspora through communications initiatives. She graduated from West Chester University with a B.A in World History and Web Technology. Before joining the CCCADI staff, she was the Social Media Manager for One.1 Management and IB Talent Management. In 2012, she founded the music blog The Musical Hipster Feed to promote the underground, local and global music scenes. She was a 2015 participant in the NYCT Cultural Agenda Fund, Cultural Advocacy & Equity Program. In the future, she plans on having a website geared towards the narratives of people of color and having a globally influenced online shop. Janet manages all communications, social media accounts, digital work, PR assignments, and collateral development.









Marie Brown
Marie Brown
Board Chair
Literary Agent
Marie Brown Associates
Monifa Akinwole Bandele
Monifa Akinwole-Bandele
Campaign Director
Bobby Shepard
Bobby Shepard
Independent Filmmaker
Lumunba Akinwole Bandele
Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele
Senior Organizer/Criminal Justice Project
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
Sandino Sanchez
Sandino Sanchez
Director of Teen Employment Programs Children's Aid Society
Marinieves Alba
Marinieves Alba
Educator and Cultural Advocate
Nyoka Acevedo
Nyoka Acevedo
Sapna Lal
Sapna Lal
President the LAL Firm, LLC
Kelly Vilar
Independent Investment Advisor, Primerica
Dr. Marta Moreno Vega
Marta Moreno Vega
President & Founder Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
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