CARA partners with a host of government, university, and community-based organizations to develop and implement programming.

Advisory Board

CARA’s Advisory Board plays a critical role in CARA’s long-term planning. Our Board reflects the diversity of CARA’s work and includes school and community-based practitioners, policymakers, academics, funders, and young people impacted by CARA’s programs.

Advisory Board members include:
  • Juana Alejandro: Former Peer Leader at Hostos Community College | Student at Baruch College
  • Lisa Cowan: Vice President of Programs | Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
  • Cass Conrad: University Dean, K-16 Initiatives | City University of New York
  • Marcus Felder: Director | Posse Veterans Programs
  • Michelle Fine: Distinguished Professor | CUNY Graduate Center
  • Norm Fruchter: Senior Policy Analyst | Annenberg Institute for School Reform
  • Nicole Rodriguez Leach: Philanthropic Advisor | Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
  • Bennett Lieberman: Principal | Central Park East High School
  • Judith Lorimer: Deputy Director, Options Center | Goddard Riverside Community Center
  • Allison Palmer: Director of College Access Center | New Settlement Apartments
  • Christine Rodriguez: Former Youth Leader & current College Bridge Coach | Student at Eugene Lang College
  • Mandy Savitz-Romer: Senior Lecturer on Education | Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Jennifer Stredler: Senior Director, Philanthropy & Engagement | Salesforce Foundation
  • Andrea Soonachan: Deputy Director of Career Readiness | New Visions for Public Schools
  • Emily Van Ingen: Director of Programs | Cypress Hills LDC

Current and Past Funders

CARA’s work is made possible by the generous funders who have recognized the value and importance of CARA’s approach to college access and persistence.

Learn more about supporting CARA's work