Beth Breger, Executive Director
Beth Breger joined LEDA as its Executive Director in September of 2009. Most recently, she served as the Director of Special Projects in the Office of Student Enrollment Planning and Operations at the New York City Department of Education (DOE), where her responsibilities included developing and implementing enrollment policy reforms and managing enrollment issues for the system’s special population students. Prior to working at the DOE, she served as the Director of the School Connection Center at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), where she launched the first-of-its-kind school admission office for court-involved students, in partnership with the City and State juvenile justice agencies. Before CASES she spent eight years working at the Open Society Institute (OSI), the foundation funded by George Soros. While at OSI she founded the Urban Debate Program and the New York Urban Debate League, initiatives which have successfully re-introduced policy debate to underserved school districts around the country. She also managed the foundation’s educational grantmaking. Beth received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Anthony Guyton, Program Assistant
Anthony Guyton, a LEDA Cohort 1 Scholar, joined the staff in September 2014. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Sociology and certificate in African American Studies. While earning his M.S.Ed. in Special Education, Anthony spent two years teaching in Harlem through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. Most recently, he worked for TriNet Ambrose as a Payroll Coordinator. As Program Assistant, Anthony provides administrative support to all components of the LEDA Scholars Program.
Euriphile Joseph, Deputy Executive Director
Euriphile joined LEDA in September 2014 from her role as a Project Manager for New York City’s HHS Connect. Prior to her work with the City, she was the Chief Operating Officer of ReServe, Inc., a national organization that leverages the talents and passions of older adults to the service of their communities. At ReServe, she also worked to expand the organization into five US cities, and brokered partnerships with community-based organizations, foundations and public institutions to strengthen ReServe’s impact. Before ReServe, she served as a Special Assistant to the President at The After-School Corporation, a nonprofit dedicated to giving all kids expanded learning opportunities that support, educate and inspire them. Euriphile is particularly interested in efforts that broaden opportunities for people of all ages to contribute to their communities and honor their potential.
Iris Early, Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Iris Early graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in Political Science, a minor in sociology, and a concentration in Africana studies. She joined LEDA in November of 2008. She is most interested in pursuing racial justice and human rights in her professional career and she brings this passion to her work at LEDA. She has worked with organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and the National Conference for Community and Justice in Los Angeles. She spent several years working as a Recruitment and Admissions Officer for LEDA until becoming the Director of Recruitment and Admissions. Iris develops partnerships with schools and community-based across the nation to recruit future LEDA Scholars.
Joseph Lee, Development and Communications Officer
Joe began his time at LEDA in 2013. In the past, he has had the opportunity to work with several nonprofit organizations that address a range of issues, including religious tolerance, mental health, homelessness, employment training, and access to the arts. He attended Brown University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. In his role as the Development and Communications Officer, Joe provides support for the organization’s fundraising efforts and for engagement with both LEDA Scholars and the general public.
Josh Rosenthal, Director of Curriculum and Facilitation; Senior Program Officer
Josh Rosenthal has been with LEDA since 2007. Beginning as a Facilitator, Josh has since served as the Director of Curriculum and Facilitation for LEDA’s intensive academic summer course, Aspects of Leadership. After earning a B.A. from the University of Iowa in Communications and Journalism, Josh earned an M.Sc. in Sociology, Culture and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He began his teaching career at St. John’s University in New York, while doing Ph.D. work in Sociology at The New School for Social Research. He has also taught Sociology, Ethics and Public Speaking at Coyne College in Chicago. In Fall 2013, Josh began a full-time position with LEDA as a Senior Program Officer.
Nadila Yusuf, Director of College Guidance
Nadila joined LEDA in May 2013 as the Director of College Guidance. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Wheaton College as a Posse Scholar from New York City. Before coming to LEDA, Nadila received an M.S. Ed in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her transition to higher education, Nadila completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowship in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh she created and facilitated women’s leadership circles, lead college access workshops, and taught English as a foreign language. Nadila has also worked with social justice and educational organizations such as the Sadie Nash Leadership Project and Breakthrough Collaborative. As Director of College Guidance, Nadila supports and guides LEDA Scholars during the college application journey and financial aid/scholarship process.
Phillip Scotton, School Outreach Officer
Phillip joined LEDA in August 2013 as the School Outreach Officer. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Sociology and African and Afro-American Studies and a minor in Social and Economic Justice. Before coming to LEDA, Phillip worked extensively in college access with multiple Federal TRIO programs in the North Carolina area, which lead him to receive an M.S.Ed in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Shortly after, Phillip participated in the Southern Education Leadership Initiative interning as an Education Policy Analyst at the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) working to better social justice and education reform in the south by collaborating with Superintendents in over 100 counties in Georgia to compile the only school district data summary and survey regarding austerity cuts. Phillip’s passion to provide resources and opportunities for students of similar backgrounds is expressed in the words of William Butler Yeats: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
Tara Gellene, Director of Writing Instruction; Senior Program Officer
Tara Gellene joined LEDA in 2008 as a Writing Instructor for the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute. Tara began her teaching career in the University Writing Program at Columbia University, while doing Ph.D. work in English and Comparative Literature. She teaches writing and literature courses at Yeshiva University, Montclair State University, and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. She has earned an M.A. and M.Phil. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University. In Fall 2014, Tara began a full-time position with LEDA as a Senior Program Officer.
Viviana Cordero, Community Outreach Officer
Viviana joined LEDA in September 2014 as the Community Outreach Officer. She graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Art in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish Literature with a concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies. Before coming to LEDA, Viviana was a Program Coordinator at the Posse Foundation, where she spearheaded annual recruitment operations and supported the New York Program team. Previous to that, she was a paralegal and an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher through a civic literacy program, supporting a large immigrant community in northwestern Queens. Viviana is committed to educational equity, diversity in higher education and has worked with community empowerment, leadership development, and social justice organizations, including Being Latino and NICE. In her role as the Community Outreach Officer, Viviana focuses on recruitment marketing and outreach to identify and develop partnerships with community based organizations and leadership programs across the nation.
Zachary Cherry, Operations Manager
Zach Cherry graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought. Prior to officially joining the team, Zach worked alongside LEDA’s Summer Institute for years while employed at Princeton University’s Conference and Event Services office. In the summer of 2011, he worked as Administrative Director for LEDA’s Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute before becoming Office Manager and, later, Operations Manager in the New York office.