Staff & Leadership

CCC’s small professional staff works closely with each other, our Board of Directors, Advocacy Council, and professional colleagues, both inside and outside of government, to make New York City a better place to be a child.


Jennifer March, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Jennifer March took on the role of CCC’s Executive Director in 2007 after many years in the public sector including in the Finance Division of the New York City Council. Jennifer was a lead architect of CCC’s Securing Every Birthright Campaign, which c …


Stephanie Gendell, Esq.

Associate Executive Director for Policy and Government Relations

Stephanie Gendell supervises CCC’s Policy Associates and Government Relations work and manages CCC’s Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice portfolios. Stephanie often serves as an expert on children’s issues for the media, particularly in the fields of ch …


Gregory Klemens

Associate Executive Director for Development, Marketing and New Media

Gregory Klemens oversees CCC’s fundraising, marketing and online activities. He attended Sarah Lawrence College and began working at CCC in 1992 as Development Assistant, became Director of Development in 1995 and Associate Executive Director in 2005. …


Elysia Murphy

Associate Executive Director for Communications and Civic Engagement

Elysia Murphy is responsible for CCC’s communications and community engagement activities, including managing efforts to expand CCC’s presence in the media, web and social media and supervising staff managing the adult and youth Community Leadership Co …


Apurva Mehrotra, MPA

Director of Research and Data Analysis

Apurva Mehrotra leads CCC’s research and data analysis unit in the production of various print and web-based products, and other data-driven tools to bolster CCC’s mission and advocacy efforts. In this role, he is responsible for managing CCC’s Keeping …


Julio Minaya

Director of Administration and Finance

Julio’s work encompasses managing the organization’s fiscal operations, human resources, office management, IT support, database management, and assisting with the coordination of CCC’s special events . He began working at CCC in 1993 as a student inte …


Laura Jankstrom, LMSW

Director of Civic Engagement Programs

Laura Jankstrom is responsible for CCC’s civic engagement programs, which educate and mobilize New Yorkers around our priorities for children. These programs provide participants with information about public programs and policies and give them the too …


Grant Cowles

Senior Policy and Advocacy Associate for Youth Justice

Grant Cowles manages CCC’s policy and advocacy work for Juvenile Justice, Education, and Youth Services. His work focuses on advocating for budgets, laws and policies that improve the lives of youth in schools, communities and the justice system.  Gran …


Lena Jayaram

Associate for Development

Lena Jayaram is a member of CCC’s Development Office, managing donor and public relations, fundraising campaigns, special events, grant writing and supporting foundation and corporate relations. Lena brings a diverse skill set in fund development and s …


Hetali Jokhakar

Policy Associate for Research and Data Analysis

Hetali Jokhakar is a member of CCC’s Research and Data team where she helps to maintain all aspects of the Keeping Track online tool.  She also gathers and analyzes data, and conducts research on a wide range of topics to inform CCC’s data-driven publi …


Bijan Kimiagar, Ph.D.

Senior Associate for Community Based Research and Data Analysis

Bijan Kimiagar is responsible for CCC’s community data collection projects. These projects complement the Keeping Track data and elevate the voices of community members, service providers, and other experts, especially when public data are lacking. Bij …


Elcoma Nichols

Office Assistant

Elcoma helps to keep CCC office running by answering phones, managing AV equipment, welcoming visitors to CCC and assisting on special events. Before joining CCC, he worked for Ronald McDonald House Charities as an Office Clerk. He is currently enrolle …


Lorraine Tate

Executive Assistant and Board Liaison

Lorraine is responsible for managing the Board calendar, assisting the Executive Director with all communications, assisting with our Community Leadership Course, staffing CCC’s nominating committee, answering CCC’s phones, and keeping everyone at CCC …


Elora Tocci

Public Affairs Associate for Digital Communications & Civic Engagement

Elora Tocci helps manage CCC’s digital communications around programmatic and civic engagement work. She aims to ensure that the stories of CCC’s people and programs are told in authentic, impactful ways that raise awareness about both the problems New …

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