December 30, 2020

Announcing the 2021 Catalysts for Change Leadership Program Cohort

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region is excited to announce the inaugural Catalysts for Change Leadership Program cohort! Based on the Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders program at The Gifford Foundation, the Catalysts for Change Leadership Program is an 8-week board development series that will focus on increasing inclusiveness and diversity on nonprofit boards and linking leaders to supporting nonprofits. The program consists of 15 community members currently looking to join a local nonprofit board or new to serving on a board. After completing the program, participants will be connected to local nonprofits in the area looking for new board members and will join a network of leaders looking to change the state of diversity on nonprofit boards.


Amanda Boyd, MA
Community School Coordinator
Albany City School District


Ginny Casper
Assistant Director, International Programs
Union College


Phylicia Coley, MS.Ed
Director of Residence Life
The College of Saint Rose


Paul Collins-Hackett, Batman

Executive Director
The RED Bookshelf


Erika Endres

Communications and Marketing Professional


Ebony Mayo

Solutions Professional, SEFCU
Treasurer & Board Member, CRWIA – Capital Region West Indian Association


Zilpa Oduor

Coordinator of Employment Services
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants


Keshana Owens-Cody

Sr. Director, Community Empowerment
Alliance for Better Health


Khadijah Peek, J.D., M.S.

Legislative Office Manager/Banks Committee Director
NYS Senate


Jen Pincus, MPA

Director, Data and Technology
Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS)


Michael Snyder

NYS AmeriCorps Program Director
American Red Cross


Gladys Valverde

Contracting Manager, New York eHealth Collaborative
Board Member, Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth


Danika Vittorio, MBA

Business Analyst
MVP Health Care

The Catalysts for Change Leadership Program is an initiative of the Capital Region Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action (IDEA)Collaborative facilitated by the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. To learn more about the Community Foundation’s IDEA efforts, please visit: