Nonprofit New York Staff

Nonprofit New York's staff brings with it a blend of backgrounds as diverse as its membership.

Melkis Alvarez-Baez | Chief Operations Officer

Melkis Alvarez-Baez | Chief Operations Officer

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Melkis Alvarez-Baez joined Nonprofit New York in 2011 as Associate Director for Special Programs and became Director of Programs in 2014. As COO, Melkis oversees all of Nonprofit New York’s internal operations. Prior to Nonprofit New York, Melkis worked with Advocates for Children of New York, a nonprofit working to protect every child's right to an education. Melkis is a member of Job Path’s Board of Directors, Program Committee Chair of Advocates for Children’s Junior Board, and Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the NYC Alumni Committee of Harvard’s Center for Public Interest Careers. Melkis has served as a Team Leader for the New York Women’s Foundation’s Grants Advisory Committee. Melkis is a graduate of Harvard College and the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.


Matthew Cheng | Development Manager

Matthew Cheng | Development Manager

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Matthew Cheng joined Nonprofit New York in August 2016 as Development Coordinator, and was promoted to Development Manager in October 2018. As Development Manager, he coordinates Nonprofit New York's fundraising efforts by cultivating and maintaining relationships with the corporations, foundations and individuals that support Nonprofit New York's programs. Matthew holds his M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU. He and his partner have a French bulldog named Dim Sum.


Aaron Covarrubias | Education & Training Manager

Aaron Covarrubias | Education & Training Manager

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Aaron Covarrubias joined Nonprofit New York in May 2018 as Education and Training Manager. He brings a wealth of experience in adult education and nonprofit management. Before joining Nonprofit New York, Aaron worked at Upwardly Global, a nonprofit organization that helps skilled immigrants and refugees secure professional employment. He served in different positions while spearheading educational initiatives, such as revamping their client's training experience and implementing a national ESL program. Prior to that, Aaron worked in a top private university in Mexico leading faculty and all student affairs. He holds a B.S. in Administration, a B.S. in Education, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Education. He plays guitar in an underrated, independent, reggae-rock band and lives in Brooklyn.


Tiloma Jayasinghe | Chief Programs Officer

Tiloma Jayasinghe | Chief Programs Officer

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Tiloma Jayasinghe is currently the Chief Programs Officer at Nonprofit New York. She is also an Activist Fellow at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and a gender justice consultant. She was most recently the Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, a non-profit organization working to end gender-based violence. Prior to that she was a Social Affairs Officer at the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women where she was responsible for analyzing and identifying policies and practices eliminating violence against women from an international perspective. She lives in NYC with her husband, two daughters, and dog.


Chai Jindasurat | Policy Director

Chai Jindasurat | Policy Director

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Chai Jindasurat joined Nonprofit New York in March 2019 as Policy Director. Prior to joining Nonprofit New York, Chai served as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Mayor's Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a Public Policy Fellow at the Citizens Budget Commission, and directed national policy work at the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. While at OMB, Chai was given a Volunteer Service Award by the Budget Director for creating OMB's first Employee Resource Group (ERG) for LGBTQ and ally staff. Chai currently serves as a financial management Teaching Colleague at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, where he obtained his MPA as a David Bohnett fellow and Point Scholar, the national LGBTQ scholarship fund. Chai also holds a BFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Kelly McLain | Communications Manager

Kelly McLain | Communications Manager

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Kelly McLain joined Nonprofit New York in April 2018. In her role as Communications Manager, Kelly works with the team to develop and implement communication strategies that promote Nonprofit New York’s training and education, knowledge management, membership programs, and movement building work. Prior to joining Nonprofit New York, Kelly managed marketing and public relations for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. Kelly holds a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in English from the University of Alaska Anchorage.


Alexa Salamé | Programs Coordinator

Alexa Salamé | Programs Coordinator

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Alexa joined Nonprofit New York in 2017 as Executive and Board Coordinator and later became Programs Coordinator. In her time at Nonprofit New York, she has worked to support the Executive Team, the Board of Directors, and the Programs Department. Alexa comes to Nonprofit New York with a background in the arts, having worked as a theatrical producer and artist. She holds a degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.


Taïna Sanon | Membership Manager

Taïna Sanon | Membership Manager

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Taïna Sanon joined Nonprofit New York in October 2017 as the Membership Manager and works closely with Nonprofit New York’s Chief Program Officer, Tiloma Jayasinghe, to strategize, envision and implement membership programming and services according to Nonprofit New York’s strategic plan goals. Prior to joining the Nonprofit New York team, Taïna worked for Free Arts NYC and the Brooklyn Historical Society. She is passionate about community building and being a connector for individuals and organizations who want to network and collaborate in order to become stronger as a whole. Taïna holds a degree from NYU's Stern School of Business.


Katie Spencer | Executive & Board Associate

Katie Spencer | Executive & Board Associate

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Katie joined Nonprofit New York in early 2018 as Executive & Board Associate. In her role, In her role, Katie supports Nonprofit New York's executive team and the Board of Directors. She also assists with office management, event coordination, and all programmatic efforts. Katie is the Co-Founder and CEO of City Lyric Opera, a nonprofit that provides a one-of-a-kind experience for audience members by welcoming them to the operatic art form without judgement, expectation, or financial burden. Prior to her work with Nonprofit New York, she worked as a program assistant at Carnegie Hall. She received her MM from The Manhattan School of Music.


Sharon Stapel | President & Executive Director

Sharon Stapel | President & Executive Director

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Sharon Stapel comes to Nonprofit New York from the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP), where she was the Executive Director of the nation’s largest LGBTQ and HIV-affected anti-violence program. She was named a White House Champion of Change and was recognized by President Obama for her advocacy work. Stapel directed units at South Brooklyn Legal Services and the Legal Aid Society and coordinated the Street Law Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She is a graduate of CUNY School of Law and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has served as an adjunct professor at CUNY School of Law and Hunter College. Sharon lives in Brooklyn with her wife, two kids, and three cats.