Executive Director
Andrea Salwen Kopel
akopel@ncjwny.org, 646-884-9460

Andrea is the leader of the staff team at NCJW NY and as such is responsible for all aspects of organizational management including programming, fundraising, and administration. Andrea comes to NCJW NY with 25 years of experience in non-profit management in New York City. She began her career at the national office of Planned Parenthood, working in communications and media relations. She has since served as Director of Program Services for Citymeals-on-Wheels, serving homebound elderly New Yorkers; V.P. of Community Programs at the non-profit Big Apple Circus, bringing the joy and laughter of the Circus to disadvantaged populations nationwide; and as Executive Director of Room to Grow, providing comprehensive services to families raising babies in poverty. Andrea holds a B.A. from Barnard College and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Programs Team

Chief Program Officer
Naomi Skop Richter
nskoprichter@ncjwny.org, 646-884-9461

Naomi Skop Richter is NCJW NY’s  Chief Program Officer. Her work actualizes our mission of improving the quality of life for women, children and families in her work with the Pregnancy Loss Support Program, Children’s Literacy Program, the Jewish Women’s Resource Center, Knitwits, the Back 2 School Store and Council Lifetime Learning. Naomi previously worked as the Program Manager at the Jewish Teen Funders Network, where she supported the field of Jewish teen philanthropy. She began her professional career as a clinical social worker with a variety of populations, and has been a dedicated volunteer lay leader for Limmud NY, a volunteer-led organization. Naomi holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, a Master of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

 

Social Worker
Letitia Maun
lmaun@ncjwny.org, 646-884-9471

Letitia is the social worker at NCJW NY. She facilitates three support groups, including two bereavement groups for women and men who have lost their spouse/partner and one for caregivers of a spouse/partner with memory impairments or Alzheimer’s. She plans the Council Lifetime Learning’s Healthy Living Series, enlisting guest speakers to address issues on health and well-being, and oversees LINC (Lunch, Interaction, Nurturing and Companionship), a bi-weekly program for people with memory impairment. Letitia also works as a social worker at Lincoln House Outreach. She began her social work career as a medical social worker at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center where she worked for 11 years. Letitia holds a B.A from the University of California at Berkeley , a Master in Education from Teachers College, and a Master of Social Work from Columbia University.

 

Program and Volunteer Coordinator
Denise Paradiso
denise@ncjwny.org, 212-687-5030 x 0

Denise greets everyone at the Council House front desk, working with Council Lifetime Learning participants on registering for classes, and acting as support with daily activities and events. She is retired from her professional career as a project director in the cosmetics industry and looks forward to using her skills in this new position. Denise holds a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

Hunger Program Coordinator/Caseworker
Karla Ignacio
karla@ncjwny.org, 646-884-9472

Karla is the Hunger Program Coordinator and Caseworker at NCJWNY.  Raised in the Dominican Republic, her work is influenced by the inequalities she experienced growing up, which led her to do food drives at an early age. She has been working in food justice in New York for over five years, working with organizations like Swipe Out Hunger, the CUNY Food Security Advocates Project, POTS, Young Invincibles, and SingleStop. She currently serves as a research assistant at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. Passionate about social justice and exploring intersections of race, gender, and food access, Karla holds a B.A in Sociology from Lehman College.

 

Social Work Intern
Giselle Garcia
giselle@ncjwny.org, 646-884-9469

Giselle is the Social Work Intern at NCJW NY. She is currently a graduate student at the Silberman School of Social Work at CUNY Hunter College on the clinical track. Giselle comes to NCJW NY with experience in the social service field. She worked at the Jewish Board as a Vocational Specialist assisting individuals ages 18-65 with mental illness find and maintain jobs and enroll in schools through individual and group work. Giselle also worked with high school students at Harlem Prep Charter School. Giselle has her B.A. from CUNY’s John Jay of Criminal Justice in Forensic Psychology.

Giselle’s availability is:
Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 AM – 5 PM and Fridays from 9 AM – 4 PM.

Advocacy Team

Director of Advocacy and Volunteer Engagement
Aviva Zadoff
azadoff@ncjwny.org, 646-884-9466

Aviva heads up our political advocacy work, partnering with our Advocacy Leadership Committee to further NCJW NY’s advocacy efforts. Aviva is also responsible for the coordination of volunteers for our various programs including our Hunger Program, The Children’s Literacy Program, The JWRC and our Back 2 School Store. Before taking on this position Aviva was a volunteer leader at NCJW NY as the chair of our Reproductive Rights and Justice Initiative. Aviva began her career as a social work caseworker in the Bronx and then transitioned into the policy world, holding positions in several New York City government offices. Aviva received her B.A from Brandeis University and then went on to receive a Masters in Social work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in their Community Organizing, Planning and Development track.

Development Team

Development & Communications Manager 
Sarah Burstein
sburstein@ncjwny.org, 646-884-9465

Sarah works with the Development team in all aspects of fundraising, including individual appeals, grants, special events, and database management. She also coordinates all communication efforts. Growing up in New Jersey, she graduated from Boston University in 2018 with a B.A. in journalism. While reporting on Boston politics and local organizing initiatives at B.U., she developed a passion for social issues and women’s rights. Previously, she interned at the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, a non-partisan organization that works to elect pro-choice women throughout Massachusetts.

 

Finance and Operations Team

Director of Finance & Operations
Rita Shapiro
rs@ncjwny.org, 646-884-9463

Rita oversees all aspects of finance, human resources, facilities, and day-to-day operations of NCJW NY. She joined the organization in 1996 and has made herself indispensable ever since. Rita has a B.S. in Accounting and Economics from Belarus University. She has competently shepherded the organization through complex legal matters, insurance issues, and real estate transactions, while still staying on top of day-to-day issues such as payroll, benefits administration, accounts receivable and accounts payable.

 

Head of Maintenance and Mail 
Danny Freire
dfreire@ncjwny.org, 212-687-5030 ext. 489

Danny is the maintenance worker/mail clerk at NCJW NY. He has a background in different types of maintenance work and brings a diverse skill set to our building. He runs the NCJW NY mailroom, sets up our building for various events, and is in charge of building maintenance.

 

Cook and Food Pantry Assistant 
Mario Vivar