The YWCA-NYC envisions a day when the diverse women of New York City, once seen as at risk or working poor, can sustain themselves and their families, and are empowered to define and attain their own unique goals and aspiration, contributing to strong communities, building a better New York for everyone.
YWCA of the City of New York President, Dr. Danielle Moss-Lee says of the promotions, “I look forward to strengthening the YWCA and facilitating career advancement for YW team members who are committed to helping us to create a new and sustainable future.”
Lisa M. DeCicco is named our new Chief Administrative Officer
Lisa DeCicco has been an employee and member of the YWCA for over 10 years. In her tenure she has been part of the Senior Management Team overseeing Operations and H.R. for the organization. She reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer. In her role she supervises the daily operations of the YW, creating new policies and procedures, helping to design an organizational database and has launched new initiatives in our H.R. Department. Lisa was instrumental in organizing and coordinating our move from 610 Lexington Avenue to our new offices at 50 Broadway as well as the YW Family Resource Center. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Communications along with two professional certifications in Human Resources Management from Pace University. Lisa is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). She lives in Duchess County New York, volunteers at her community church with The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, dedicated to assisting those in need and seeking charity and justice. She loves to laugh and enjoys spending time with her son.
Sonia Ramirez is named Managing Director of Program Operations
Sonia Ramirez has been on the Senior Director team for the YWCA for almost four years. During that time she has supervised three Early Learning Centers, an Extended Day program and a Pregnancy Prevention program in East New York. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from St. Johns University, and holds two professional certifications in Paralegal Studies and Project Management from Baruch College. Currently, she is working towards completing her M.A in Public Administration from Post University, and is scheduled to graduate in May, 2014. Sonia received her first internship and job at one of the YWCAs early learning centers. This introduction to the non-profit sector sparked her interest in the importance of early childhood education. Sonia lives in New Jersey, enjoys volunteering and supporting non-sectarian organizations such as Gods Love We Deliver, and is an avid yogi.
Anmarie Paul is named Managing Director of Out of School Time Initiatives
Anmarie Paul, formerly Senior Director of YWCA Elementary School Programs, and Director of the YWCA PS 329 and PS 209 programs consecutively, has been a valued member of the YWCA team since 2006. Anmaries journey with the YWCA began with a passion for social justice and a desire to invest in young people and their families. She has utilized her love of the arts and community to create a wide variety of successful programming for young people including school wide environmental science fairs, an anti-violence community art project, several student musicals, and student directed film projects. Anmarie received a BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, completed the African Diaspora studies program at the School for International Training in Cape Coast, Ghana and recently received a certificate in Non Profit Management from Baruch College and the Partnership for After School Education. During her tenure at the YWCA, Anmarie has grown to become a youth development professional with a strong vision and an engaging pedagogical approach that creates impactful change in the lives of the students. Her personal philosophy is: A positive attitude coupled with showing love towards all people in your daily life is a purposeful act of social activism.
Hanaa Arafat is named Managing Director of High School and College Bound Initiatives
Hanaa Arafat is primarily responsible for the strategic development and implementation of mission driven high school programming at the YWCA. She joined the organization in October of 2003 as a full time internship coordinator at our after school program located in Murry Bergtraum High School. In that role, she successfully developed jobs and internships for more than 150 inner city youth. Since then, Ms. Arafat has grown into leadership roles as a Program Director and then Senior Director of High School Programs. Her accomplishments include expanding the Murry Bergtraum High School after school program to serve more than 500 hundred students yearly, establishing high school programs at Independence High School and Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies, playing a key role in the YWCAs advocacy efforts to promote fair funding standards for high school after school programs, and developing signature programming such as our STEM initiatives for girls. Ms. Arafat received her BA in English Literature and Womens Studies from the University of Minnesota and her MA in Near Eastern Studies with a concentration on gender studies and history.
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.