Staff & Leadership

Jennifer March became CCC’s Executive Director in 2007 after 15 years in the public sector including senior positions at the Finance Division of the New York City Council and guiding research and advocacy at CCC as the agency’s Associate Executive Director. Jennifer has been a driving force behind CCC’s efforts to advance legislative, policy, and budget reforms that have helped achieve historic victories for children, youth and families throughout the city and state. Read More >

Alice Bufkin, MPAff

Associate Executive Director For Policy and Advocacy

As Associate Executive Director for Policy & Advocacy, Alice Bufkin leads CCC’s policy strategies and advocacy priorities focused on the impact of city and state budget, policy, and legislation on New York’s children and their families. For three years leading up to this role, she served as CCC’s Director of Policy for Child and Adolescent Health, during which time she led CCC’s Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids campaign and managed CCC’s budget and legislative advocacy related to child and adolescent health and behavioral health. Prior to joining CCC, Alice served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition, where she led the coalition’s policy and legislative strategy to increase statewide access to reproductive and preventive healthcare. She also served as a Policy Associate with Texans Care for Children, where she led the organization’s advocacy work related to infant and maternal health, early intervention, and family financial security. Read More >

Elysia Murphy

Associate Executive Director For Communications And Civic Engagement

Elysia Murphy is responsible for CCC’s communications and community engagement activities, including managing efforts to expand CCC’s presence in the media, web and social media and supervising staff managing the adult and youth Community Leadership Courses. Read More >

Gregory Klemens

Associate Executive Director For Development, Marketing And New Media

Gregory Klemens oversees CCC’s fundraising, marketing and online activities. He attended Sarah Lawrence College and began working at CCC in 1992 as Development Assistant, became Director of Development in 1995 and Associate Executive Director in 2005. Read More >

Bijan Kimiagar, Ph.D.

Associate Executive Director For Research

Bijan Kimiagar leads the research and data analysis unit, which produces data driven reports, maintains the Keeping Track of New York City’s Children database, and conducts community-based assessment projects to better understand both welcomed and worrisome neighborhood level trends. Read More >

Julio Minaya

Director Of Administration And Finance

Julio’s work encompasses managing the organization’s fiscal operations, human resources, office management, IT support, database management, and assisting with the coordination of CCC’s special events.He began working at CCC in 1993 as a student intern, and was promoted to Senior Associate for Development & Administration, prior to assuming his current position. Julio graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Read More >

Laura Jankstrom, LMSW

Director Of Civic Engagement Programs

Laura Jankstrom is responsible for CCC’s civic engagement programs, which educate and mobilize New Yorkers around our priorities for children. These programs provide participants with information about public programs and policies and give them the tools to advocate as part of our vast network of volunteers and supporters. Laura coordinates CCC’s Community Leadership course which, since 1962, has helped concerned citizens build the capacity to become champions of change to make New York City a better place for children. She also manages YouthAction NYC, CCC’s multi-faceted after school program for high school students. Read More >

David Mutton

Director Of Institutional Giving

David is responsible for CCC’s foundation and corporate giving. Prior to CCC, he worked for nine years at The Moth, a non-profit arts organization, where he helped exponentially increase the organization’s contributed income streams and contributed to its rise as an international cultural phenomenon. David holds a BA in History and an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. Originally from Britain, he has lived in New York for more than a decade and recently became an American citizen. Read More >

Rebecca Charles

Policy and Advocacy Associate

Rebecca Charles manages CCC’s policy and advocacy work related to economic mobility and homelessness. Her work focuses on improving outcomes for children in areas such as tax credits, food security, and housing. Prior to joining CCC, Rebecca served as the Racial Justice Research Coordinator for Columbia’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy, where she utilized census data to inform social policy implications for communities of color. Her main research examined how the Black-white child poverty gap is impacted by federal welfare transfers and tax credits. She also brings with her direct experience in child welfare as a case planner for Children’s Aid, and in K-12 education as an AmeriCorps member. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Pace University and a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University. Read More >

Marija Drobnjak, M.S.

Senior Research Associate For Data Resources

Marija Drobnjak is a member of CCC’s Research and Data team. She is responsible for leading and supporting the development of several CCC data resources and publications, including the biennial Keeping Track data book, as well as continually improving the user experience and interactive tools available on Keeping Track Online. Her expertise, particularly in geospatial data analysis and mapping, contributes to developing these data resources, as well as research on a range of CCC’s child and family policy topics. Read More >

Robert Guttersohn is a member of CCC’s Communications and Civic Engagement team. He is responsible for creating, organizing, and supporting the organization’s digital and print content. In his role, Robert helps build awareness around CCC’s advocacy efforts by creating graphics and data visualizations for print and the web. He also manages CCC’s main website and many of its coalition’s sites. He supports CCC’s advocacy and outreach efforts through email marketing, social media and media relations. Read More >

Jack Mullan

Research Associate

Jack Mullan is a member of CCC’s Research and Data team. He is mainly responsible for the collection and analysis of census, administrative, and community-based data that goes into CCC’s research products and publications. As a research associate, Jack aims to build on CCC’s methods of data collection and presentation to expand public knowledge of child and family issues. Read More >

Elcoma helps to keep CCC’s office running by answering phones, managing AV equipment, installing and configuring computer hardware and software systems. Before joining CCC, he worked for Ronald McDonald House Charities as an Office Clerk. Elcoma holds a B.S. in Biomedical Informatics from New York City School of Technology and is currently pursuing his M.S. in Information Technology Management. Read More >

Caitlyn Passaretti

Policy and Advocacy Associate

Caitlyn Passaretti manages CCC’s policy and advocacy work related to child welfare and youth justice portfolios. Her work focuses on improving outcomes for children, youth, and families involved in the child welfare and justice systems, specifically working to keep families together and policies supporting restorative and transformative justice. Prior to joining CCC, Caitlyn was a National Organizing Manager centering cis and transgender Black girls and gender expansive youth of color in policy and advocacy both locally and nationally to change the current state of policy that harms Black girls and gender expansive youth. In addition, she has worked in homeless services, organizing to abolish the criminal/legal system and internationally with the United Nations supporting youth programming. Caitlyn is a licensed social worker and holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University. Read More >

Carlos F. Rosales

Community Outreach & Engagement Associate

Carlos Rosales joined CCC in 2018 as the Community Outreach & Engagement Associate to focus on cultivating and strengthening relationships with CCC’s community-based partners, child and family service providers, elected community leaders, neighborhood alliances, faith-based organizations, and the children and families living in New York City. Carlos brings a range of dynamic experiences over the last 8+ years including facilitation, partnership development, and uplifting community voice through participatory engagement. Read More >

Lorraine Tate

Executive Assistant And Board Liaison

Lorraine is responsible for managing the Board calendar, assisting the Executive Director with all communications, assisting with our Community Leadership Course, staffing CCC’s nominating committee, and keeping everyone at CCC organized. She joined the CCC staff in 1995 as an Administrative Assistant and was later promoted to her current position. Prior to working at CCC, Lorraine worked for many years at Hartsfield & MacFarlane Vaughan, a law firm in the Bronx, as an Executive Secretary. She graduated from Fitz-Henley’s Business Institute in Jamaica, West Indies. Read More >

Cristina Onea

Research Associate

Cristina Onea is a member of CCC’s Research and Data team. With an extensive background in Participatory Research methodologies, Cristina aims to bring a participatory approach to building on data and research at CCC. Prior to joining CCC, Cristina worked with The Public Science Project, along with multiple non-profits in New York City, to investigate national issues around education, policing, and surveillance. She is also an experienced educator and has been lecturing in the CUNY system for six years. Cristina holds an MA and an MPhil from the City University of New York, where she is currently earning a PhD in Critical Social Psychology. Read More >

Rimsha Khan

Research Associate

Rimsha Khan is a member of CCC’s Research and Data (R&D) team. She collaborates with members of the R&D team to prepare written analyses on population trends, and to produce a wide variety of regular publications such as the Keeping Track Data Book. She is responsible for analyzing quantitative government data as well as assisting with CCC’s community-based research assessments on child and family policy issues. Read More >