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 | Nonprofit Excellence Awards Coordinator

Aaron Covarrubias | Nonprofit Excellence Awards Coordinator

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Aaron Covarrubias joined Nonprofit New York in May 2018. As Nonprofit Excellence Awards Coordinator, 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.


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.


Stacie Man | Office & Events Associate

Stacie Man | Office & Events Associate

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Stacie Man joined Nonprofit New York in November 2019 as the Office & Events Associate. Stacie brings with her a wealth of experience in both education and nonprofits. Prior to joining Nonprofit New York, Stacie was an Events Manager for the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association in Charlotte, NC, a nonprofit that supported Charlotte’s multi-family housing industry. Stacie holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and her husband have two cats, Molly and Tony Man.


Lakimja Mattocks | Chief Programs Officer

Lakimja Mattocks | Chief Programs Officer

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Lakimja Mattocks joined Nonprofit New York as the Chief Programs Officer in January 2020. Lakimja comes to us from Support Center, where she was the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships and Learning. At Support Center, she was in charge of overseeing the Professional Development portfolio which included their public workshops, customized trainings, Leadership Certificate Programs and Leadership Collaborative Cohort. Prior to joining the Support Center, Lakimja spent ten years in youth and staff development with a focus on youth leadership through service learning, college preparedness and access, work readiness, situational leadership and coaching. She possesses a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in Non Profit Management from Baruch College, loves to volunteer in the area of College Access and holds Alumni Leadership roles with her beloved alma mater, Temple University.


Alexa Salamé | Learning & Resources Manager

Alexa Salamé | Learning & Resources Manager

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Alexa joined Nonprofit New York in 2017 as Executive and Board Coordinator and later became Programs Coordinator. She is currently the Learning & Resources Manager and oversees Nonprofit New York's workshops and Learning Labs. 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.


Celine Yip | Research & Data Coordinator

Celine Yip | Research & Data Coordinator

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Celine Yip joined Nonprofit New York as the Research & Data Coordinator in January 2020. Celine recently finished her Fulbright program in China, where she researched sex education for Chinese students. Previously, Celine has worked, interned, and volunteered at nonprofits which served a variety of populations including LGBTQ+ homeless youth, older adults, and juvenile youth. She studied social work and policy at Columbia University and Pacific University. Celine is a huge fan of playing tabletop games, video games, and reading comics! She's always up for a game of Magic Maze or Codenames.