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ABNY Staff

ABNY Staff

ABNY Staff

Melva M. Miller

Chief Executive Officer

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Melva M. Miller

Chief Executive Officer

Melva M.
Miller

Melva M. Miller, the Association for a Better New York’s first Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the overall success of the organization through economic development, long-term planning, stakeholder engagement, strategic partnerships, and the expansion and evolution of ABNY’s membership. Prior to this role, Ms. Miller led the organization’s Census initiative for an accurate count of New York where she supported and supplemented the 2020 census efforts by the U.S. Census Bureau, State and City of New York, and in coordination with community-based organizations in an effort to help New York State and City achieve the most accurate census count possible.

Ms. Miller has also served as the Deputy Borough President of Queens, working with the Borough Presidents on moving Queens forward. Ms. Miller’s achievements include the creation of the Jamaica NOW Action Plan, a $153 million stakeholder-driven strategy to increase quality employment, economic diversity, and financial security in downtown Jamaica. She was also the lead organizer of the Western Queens Tech Strategic Plan, an initiative that produced a five-year, $300,000 planning initiative that produced a blueprint for equitable growth of the Long Island City and Astoria tech ecosystem. Ms. Miller has held several senior economic development roles throughout her career, including Director of Economic Development for the Borough of Queens and Executive Director for the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District. She serves on the Boards of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity New York City, and the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.

Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work, and received a second Master’s Degree in Philosophy from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Social Welfare program at CUNY’s Graduate Center.

Laura Colacurcio

Vice President

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Laura Colacurcio

Vice President

Laura
Colacurcio

Laura Colacurcio is the Vice President of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY). Ms. Colacurcio is responsible for developing and executing ABNY’s strategic direction, priorities, programming, and agenda; overseeing ABNY’s Young Professionals and ABNY Women networks, and working with more than 250 member organizations on issue-specific advocacy campaigns and policy proposals.

Prior to ABNY, Ms. Colacurcio worked as Director of Operations for fellow New York civic organization, Citizens Budget Commission (CBC), and was responsible for administration, oversight, board development and retention, and event planning for the organization. She previously served as CBC’s Development Associate. Before joining CBC, she worked as Senior Account Manager for the online auction firm Charity Folks. Ms. Colacurcio graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a minor in economics.

Email: lcolacurcio@abny.org

Public Policy Director

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Public Policy Director

Aaron
Sanders
Aaron Sanders is the Public Policy Director at the Association for a Better New York (ABNY). Mr. Sanders is responsible for developing and executing ABNY’s public policy agenda to positively impact New York State and City. Prior to ABNY, Mr. Sanders worked as Associate Director of Advocacy and Policy for the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) and was responsible for increasing financial and policy support for natural areas through advocacy and strategic partnership. Before joining the NAC, he worked as Community Outreach and Organizing Manager for The LGBT Center. Mr. Sanders graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in Government and Political Affairs. He also graduated from Villanova University with a master’s in political science.

Email: asanders@abny.org

Madeline McCormack

Membership and Events Manager

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Madeline McCormack

Membership and Events Manager

Madeline
McCormack

As the Membership and Events Manager for the Association for a Better New York, Madeline McCormack manages all of ABNY’s memberships. She closely monitors membership recruitment strategies and retention efforts for the more than 250 member organizations. She is responsible for processing new member applications and adding new members to the ABNY website. Prior to working at ABNY, Ms. McCormack interned in the Alumni Relations department of Fordham University where she worked on the Reunion Events team. Additionally, she interned for Cancer Support Community where she served as a Program Intern, assisting with the Transportation Assistance Grant program. Ms. McCormack graduated with a degree in Communications concentrating in New Media, and Media, Culture, and Society from Fordham University.

Email: mmccormack@abny.org

Communications Coordinator

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Communications Coordinator

Sophie
Wright

Sophie Wright is the Communications Coordinator at the Association for a Better New York (ABNY). She is responsible for executing and monitoring communications strategies for ABNY by creating marketing and public relations materials. Ms. Wright brings communications, marketing, and business development experience acquired from working at Global Strategy Group (GSG), a public affairs and research firm. She most recently served as a senior leader on the Guest Relations Team at Eleven Madison Park, a three Michelin-starred restaurant. Ms. Wright received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Email: swright@abny.org

John Napisa

Special Events Coordinator

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John Napisa

Special Events Coordinator

John
Napisa

John Napisa is the Special Events Coordinator at the Association for a Better New York. His responsibilities include volunteer coordination for all ABNY events, as well as background activities ensuring the smooth operation of events. Mr. Napisa is currently attending Hunter College pursuing a dual-degree in Chemistry and German Language and Literature.

Email: jnapisa@abny.org

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