November 2009



from the e.d. Host a 2010 Coro Fellow leadership new york's new leadership partner
coro fellows celebrates its 28th year coro's newest board member

from the e.d.

We are close to concluding our strategic planning process and the development of a new vision for the Coro New York Leadership Center.  It is an accomplishment in which we take great pride.  Through this exercise, we came to realize that what happens in the training room was just the beginning of our impact.  It was in fact only through the work of our diverse and effective alumni that we are able to achieve our true results.  This represents a true paradigm shift for how we think about our work.

One of our first steps to realize this vision is to redefine what it means to be a Coro alumnus. If our goal is for alumni to sustain a lifelong commitment to participate in civic life, we want to articulate these new expectations of Coro alumni in our recruitment efforts and reinforce them through our curriculums.  If our goal is for alumni to utilize their Coro skills for developing innovative and effective solutions to public issues, we want to develop new programming for alumni to reinforce their Coro training.  If our goal is for alumni to collaborate with the Coro community across sectors and boundaries as they engage in public issues and civic life, we want to develop new strategies to allow the Coro community to more effectively connect with one another.     

With our new  theory of change for the first time we are setting forth expectations for Coro alumni as well as thinking about new ways to build, support and sustain the Coro alumni community.  You can help us with this vision right now.  As you read below about the incoming classes of the Leadership New York and Fellows program, think of them not just as current participants, but as the newest members of the Coro community who share your commitment to making New York a better city for all who live and work here.  With that orientation, think about what we can do together.

As always, I welcome your ideas and feedback at as we think about new ways to build the leadership community of the city.


Scott E. Millstein

Host a 2010 Coro Fellow

As partners in Coro's mission to build and strengthen the leadership community of New York City, we encourage you to support the Coro community by hosting a Fellow for an upcoming placement cycle. These diverse opportunities to work with government, campaign, labor, business and non profit hosts provides the basis of the Fellows 9-month learning program. The success of the Fellows program is dependent on solid, fulfilling field placements with supervisors and hosts who understand Coro's programs and values.

Patrick Killackey (LNY XVIII) recently supervised current Fellow Sophia Tu this fall: "Sophia has been a great presence for us. She is wise and mature beyond her years. I have been so impressed with her interactions and enjoyed the opportunity to have an excuse to get out there for open-ended discussions and to think about leadership styles and career paths again."

A few opportunities remain to host a 2010 Coro Fellow for the upcoming Business (Jan 4- Jan 28) and Non-profit (March 8-April 1) placement cycle. Please contact Aditi Chakravarty at or 212-248-2935 x303 about availability and placement fees.

 Thank you to our recent Fellows placement hosts





leadership new york's new leadership partner


Leadership New York (LNY) launched its 21st cohort on the evening of September 17th, 2009.  The 52 participants from the public, private and nonprofit sectors gathered on the rooftop of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation's Central Park Arsenal Building to begin their year. null preview Leadership New York alumnus and Parks Commissioner, Adrian Benepe, shared his insights into the program's ongoing value.  LNY XX alumni Esther Alix, Leslie Findlen, Cedric Gaddy, and Ryan Wilder joined us to help illuminate Issue Day planning.  From September 24th through September 27th, the participants reconvened for their opening retreat at the Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT to begin building its learning community while exploring issues of leadership and power and privilege.  You can meet this year's class HERE

One of the changes for this year's program is the introduction of a new leadership curriculum developed through a partnership with Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA).  Led by CLA's managing director, Alexander Grashow (Fellows 1998), null previewwe have introduced their concept of Adaptive Leadership, a practical leadership framework that helps individuals and organizations adapt and thrive in challenging environments.  At the core of this framework is bringing about a real challenge to the status quo.  This alignment with the overall goals of Coro training to influence and inspire others to effect change in society is why we are excited to bring these new ideas to the work of the cohort, the participants' workplaces, and the civic issues examined on Issue Days.  You can read more about CLA and their work HERE.

coro fellows celebrates its 28th year

With great excitement we recently started our 28th year of the Coro Fellows in Public Affairs.  Our twelve Fellows come to us after a long, rigorous national process of application and selection. We are thrilled to welcome yet another passionate, dynamic group of young people into the Coro leadership community. You can meet this year's class HERE.

The Coro Fellows kicked off their program year in September with a community Logic Study of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. During this week-long intensive exercise, they were tasked with discovering the logic, character and subtleties of Crown Heights. Based at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, a program of the Center for Court Innovation, and graciously hosted by Deputy Director Ife Charles (LNY XVII), the Fellows spent their week speaking to people who live and work in the community. The study concluded with a final public report of their findings to local citizens.

On her experience working with the Coro Fellows, Ife said, "Knowledge gained and not shared is dead knowledge. As an alum, I have a responsibility to those coming into Coro to share my world. The Fellows' project was a tremendous effort--- they put their hearts into it, and all twelve had such genuine humbleness about them, genuine concern and eagerness to serve, that really touched me and the people of Crown Heights. It made it that much easier for me to serve them."

We would like to thank the following placement hosts for providing support to Coro and creating meaningful learning experiences for the Fellows:


Nancy Barthold (LNY X), NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

Christel Brellochs, NYC Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access

Raina Cheikin, NYC Office of the Mayor, NYC Service

Nicholas Gerry-Bullard (Fellows 2009), NYC Office of the Mayor, NYC Service

Jennifer Hogan (Fellows 2003), NYC Department of Education

Patrick Killackey (LNY XVIII), Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Marco Lowe, NYC Department of Small Business Services

Nicole Moorehead, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

Commissioner Fatima Shama, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs

Travis Terry (LNY XV), Capalino + Company

Shula Warren (LNY XX), Office of NYC Councilmember Gail Brewer

David Woloch, NYC Department of Transportation


Bernard Holloway (Fellows 2008), Mark Winston Griffith for City Council

Christie Huus, Bloomberg for Mayor 2009

Sarah Johnson (Fellows 2008), SEIU 32BJ

Jillian Matunden (Fellows 2002), AFSCME

Chuck Lesnick, Re-Elect Chuck Lesnick Council President

Camille Rivera, SEIU 32BJ

coro's newest board member


Coro New York is proud to welcome our newest board member, Fellows alumnus and former staff member, William Malpica. After completing the Fellows program, and following its multi-sector approach, Will went on to work in various positions in the government, non-profit annull previewd private sectors. He then came back to Coro New York as Director of Recruitment while attending Fordham Law School, and upon graduation embarked on a career in corporate finance. He began his legal career with Mayer Brown LLP and moved on to become Director at ABN AMRO Bank, a Dutch financial institution.

Will is now the Senior Vice President in the Legal Department at The Royal Bank of Scotland. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors at one of his most memorable Coro Fellows placements, the Latino Justice Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF).