Our Staff


Executive Team

Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor

Co-Founder & CEO

David Miller

Chief Financial Officer

Agency Operations

Samah Ahmed

Finance/Administrative Assistant

Bethany Goldszer

Senior Director of Programs & Development

Ervin Kallfa

Data and Evaluation Manager

Telisha Lee

Assistant to the CEO

Petra Nelson

Development Associate/Grant Writer

Deniro (Billy) Robinson

Outreach / Community Partnership Manager

Carly Rome

Development Coordinator

Adam Thung

Communications & Technology Associate

Financial Fitness Program

Junaid Abdin

Financial Coach

George Espinal

 Financial Counselor

Shishana Evans

Financial Coach

Dan Ping He

Community Engagement Manager

Delia Xicotencatl Medina

SNAP Specialist

Henry Orbe

Financial Counselor

Angela Santos

Tax Preparer

Marlene Uraga

Financial Coach

Tatiana Williams

Director of Tax and Income Support

Petra-Ann Younge

Financial Fitness Program Director

Workforce Development Program

Tiffany Ali

Career Counselor

Ricardo Carrion

SBS Account Manager

Lyris Fullerton

Office Manager

Dana Matthews

SBS Account Manager

Dulce Xicotencatl Medina

Integration Coordinator

Monique Valles

Career Counselor

Brandee Lea-Walker

Retention Specialist

Far Rockaway Workforce Development

Shalisa May

Program Coordinator

Barbara Taylor

Administrative Assistant

Youth and Young Adult Program

Leif Ellis

Youth Career Pathways Coordinator

Miriam Jones

College Access Coordinator

Youth Pathways

Luciano Bongiovi

Youth Pathways Success Coach

Desiree Dionicio

Youth Pathways Program Assistant

Felicia Lee

Youth Pathways Employment Coordinator

Roniel Perez

Youth Pathways Engagement Specialist

Nicole Perry

Youth Pathways Assistant Director

Abigail Rosado

Youth Pathways Program Assistant

Eric Rweyemamu

Youth Pathways Career Specialist

Patricia Saenz

Director of Youth Pathways

Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union

Aurea Arias

Member Services Representative

Jessica Rondon

Credit Union Teller

Chhanda Sutton

Assistant Branch Manager


Felipe Ayala

Career Advancement Coach Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Alexandra Burgos

Community Organizer 

Carlos Cano

Program Manager of Worker Cooperatives

Oliver Allen-Cummings

Community Coach

Lucy Goldstein

Career Pathways Manager Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Rosmayra Guerrero

Employment Coordinator Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Jamal Khan

Director of Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Quneetsha Minor

Career Advancement Coach

Chanel Naylor

Community Coach

Andrade Newby

Financial Counselor Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Bryant Nichols

Employment Services Manager Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Vivian Nunez

Director Jobs-Plus Astoria

Ismelda Perez

Program Assistant Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Ruth Taylor

Business Accounts Manager







Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor

Co-Founder and CEO, Urban Upbound

Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Urban Upbound. Bishop Mitchell Taylor has lived in and around Queensbridge Houses for the past forty-three years. In 1991, he was installed as Senior Pastor of the Center of Hope International (COHI), a non-denominational church adjacent to the Queensbridge Houses. In 2004, convinced that a single church would not be able to mitigate the mammoth issues facing public housing residents, Bishop Taylor founded Urban Upbound, formerly known as the East River Development Alliance (ERDA). Bishop Taylor has been profiled by The New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, and other leading media outlets for his leadership around public housing, and has received prestigious awards including the New York City Public Library’s Brooke Astor Award, NYC Neighborhood Achievement Leadership Award, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York Martin Luther King Award. Bishop Taylor was also a participant in the United Way Executive Fellows Program and was chosen to participate in the highly competitive Achieving Excellence in Community Development program led by NeighborWorks and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Bishop Taylor is the author of Unbroken Promises, published by Whitaker House (2003). He currently serves as a Commissioner on the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Dave Miller

Chief Financial Officer

Dave Miller Is Urban Upbound’s Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Miller is accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the company, to include the development of a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results. Mr. Miller has over two decades of experience in finance and operations in both the private and non-profit sectors and holds a B.A in Accounting from Hofstra University.