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CCCADI STAFF

 


MROSAMARGARITA ROSA INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Margarita Rosa is a lawyer and an organizational leader with experience in the government and nonprofit sectors.  From 1995- 2015 Rosa was Executive Director of the Grand Street Settlement in NYC where she oversaw the delivery of early childhood education, after-school programs and supports for adults of all ages to more than 10,000 New Yorkers annually.

She is currently Interim Executive Director of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in New York City.

Appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo, Rosa was the first Latina, the first woman and, at the time of her appointment,  the youngest person to serve as the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights. She has taught in Graduate Schools of Public Service/Public Affairs at Baruch College and at New York University, and at the Fordham Law School. Rosa has served on the Boards of Directors of a number of not-for-profit organizations and as a member of several government Commissions and Task Forces. She has also served as a trustee of Princeton University.

Rosa received an A.B. degree from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Harvard Law School. She has served as a trustee of Princeton University.


Melody CapoteMELODY CAPOTE  DEPUTY DIRECTOR

MCAPOTE@CCCADI.ORG

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.

 


EDUCATION AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Danetta Jimenez
DAN'ETTA JIMENEZ- DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

DJIMENEZ@CCCADI.ORG

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 - SENIOR EDUCATION MANAGER

KCUNNINGHAM@CCCADI.ORG

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.

 

 

 

 


COMMUNICATIONS AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Janey Sackey
JANET L. SACKEY - COMMUNICATIONS AND SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

JSACKEY@CCCADI.ORG

Janet L. Sackey is a social media specialist, blogger, and artist dedicated to uniting the African Diaspora through digital 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's 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.

 

 


BOARD

Lumunba Akinwole Bandele
Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele

Board Chair
Senior Organizer/Criminal Justice Project
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

Sapna Lal
Sapna Lal
President the LAL Firm, LLC

 

Monifa Akinwole Bandele
Monifa Akinwole-Bandele
Campaign Director
momsrising.org
 

Sandino Sanchez
Sandino Sanchez
Director of Teen Employment Programs Children's Aid Society

 
Marie Brown
Marie Brown
Literary Agent
Marie Brown Associates
Nyoka Acevedo
Nyoka Acevedo
Educator
Kelly Vilar
Independent Investment Advisor, Primerica

Dr. Marta Moreno Vega
Dr. Marta Moreno Vega
Advisor to Board of Directors

Founder of Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute


 

 
   
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