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

Joe Lombardo

Development Associate/Grant Writer

Deniro (Billy) Robinson

Outreach / Community Partnership Manager

Adam Thung

Communications & Technology Associate

Financial Fitness Program

Junaid Abdin

Financial Coach

Shishana Evans

Financial Counselor

Gwendolyn Hartstein

Financial Counselor

Philip Nelson

Financial Counselor 

Angela Santos

Tax Preparer

Pedro Salazar

Program Manager

Tatiana Williams

Director of Tax and Income Support

Petra-Ann Younge

Financial Fitness Program Director

Workforce Development Program

Ricardo Carrion

SBS Accounts Manager

Joshua Humphries

Workforce Development Assistant Director

Kristie Acosta-Reyes

Program Assistant

Ruth Taylor

Business Accounts Manager

Far Rockaway Workforce Development

Brittany Bye

Outreach Specialist

Roni Wilson

Youth Pathways Career Advancement Coach

Shaquan Hoke

Employment Coordinator

Barbara Taylor

Administrative Assistant

Youth and Young Adult Program

Youth Pathways

Luciano Bongiovi

Youth Pathways Success Coach

Adolpho Casillas

Employment Services Manager

Erin Dzikas

Program Assistant

Kevin Guzman

Youth Pathways Employment Coordinator

Gwen Kincaid

Program Assistant

Roniel Perez

Youth Pathways Engagement Specialist

Nicole Perry

Youth Pathways Assistant Director

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


Lanish Alston

Assistant Director Jobs-Plus East Harlem 

Enjoli Alvarez

Assistant Director Jobs-Plus Astoria

Felipe Ayala, Jr.

Career Advancement Coach Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Daniel Canelo

Financial Counselor Jobs-Plus Astoria

Carlos Cano

Program Manager of Worker Cooperatives

Oliver Allen-Cummings

Community Coach Jobs-Plus Astoria

Terry Dussek

Employment Services Manager Jobs-Plus Astoria

Natasha Edwards

Career Advancement Coach Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Kevin Garcia

Community Organizer Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Lucy Goldstein

Career Pathways Manager Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Ivette Gomez

Community Coach Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Rosmayra Guerrero

Employment Coordinator Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Timothy Holcob

Community Coach Jobs-Plus Astoria

Jamal Khan

Director of Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Nyema May

Community Ambassador Jobs-Plus Astoria

Andrade Newby

Financial Counselor Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Bryant Nichols

Employment Services Manager Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Quneetsha Odom

Career Advancement Coach Jobs-Plus Astoria 

Ismelda Perez

Program Assistant Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Alexander Rodriguez

Employment Coordinator Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Abigail Rosado

Program Assistant Jobs-Plus Astoria

Jose Santana

Training Specials Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Elyse Springer

Community Coach Jobs-Plus East Harlem

Victor Tucker

Career Pathways Manager Jobs-Plus Astoria



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.