Fatoumata Diallo grew up in Guinea. She is currently a BA/MA candidate in Accounting at Long-Island University – Brooklyn Campus. Fatoumata is part of many community organizations, a group leader and role model to various women organization. She most recently interned with the Treasury Division at the New York Department of Finance.
Melissa Mendez-Garcia, MBA, Rutgers University (2014), MPA, New York University 2003, and BA, Columbia University, 1995. Melissa currently works as the Director of the Catalyst Program, a community development program focusing on neighborhood and community revitalization in New York City. Melissa brings a wealth of policy, advocacy, and program experience to Catalyst from her work at New York University and, prior to that, with the City of New York's Parks and Recreation agency.
In her work with NYU’s Women of Color Policy Network, Melissa implemented and documented community initiatives, facilitated partnerships among government, community groups, and academics, and focused on developing advocacy and policy opportunities for youth. Prior to NYU, Melissa served in a number of capacities with the City, including Chief of Finance and Administrative Services. Melissa is a graduate of the Immigrant Civic Leadership Program with Coro NY in 2014. She served as Commissioner for the Women's Issues Commission under Mayor Bloomberg from 2009-2013. She is also a board member with the Commission on the Public's Health System.
Christian Damiba came from Burkina Faso. He holds an MBA from Adelphi University. Christian is the Director of the NYC Business Solutions, Upper Manhattan and Washington Heights Centers, which are managed by Harlem Commonwealth Council. He brings over 15 years’ experience as a business development, project, program and portfolio management as well as technology management leadership to the role. He has held business development and program management positions at firms such as the International Institute for Learning, Educate Online, AXA, and J.P. Morgan Chase. Christian is a Project management Professional (PMP) and a Six Sigma green Belt Certified.