Officers and Staff

Olajide Williams MD MS

Founder and President

Doug E. Fresh

Founding Artist

Easy A.D. Harris

Director of Hip Hop Educational Programming

James M. Noble MD MS CPH

Chair of Research

Madeleine Gordillo

Research Coordinator

Ellyn Leighton-Herrmann

Senior Staff Associate

Mindy Feldman Hecht

Treasurer, Social Media Director, and Ambassador Program Manager

Artie Green

Director of Music Production

Monique Hedmann

Director of Operations

Amparo Abel-Bey

Senior Project Officer

Lenfis Valdez

Research Coordinator

Our Board

Olajide Williams MD MS, Chair

Board Member

Dana Austin

Board Member

Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn

Board Member

Tony Drootin

Board Member

Doug E. Fresh

Board Member

Ian Ellis James

Board Member

Raymond Javdan, Esq.

Board Member

Terry Nelson

Board Member

James M. Noble, MD MS CPH

Board Member

Kelly Fogel

Board Member

Monique Hedmann

Board Member

Mindy Feldman Hecht

Board Member

Tiberius Vadan

Board Member

Advisory Board

John Allegrante, PhD – Teachers College at Columbia University

Clayton Banks – Ember Media

Lori Benson – YMCA of Greater New York

Patricia Butts, Sr. – Abyssinian Baptist Church

Mary Liz Casey – Marketing Executive

Elizabeth Cohn, PhD – Columbia University School of Nursing

Chuck D – Hip Hop Artist/Musician

DMC – Hip Hop Artist/Musician

William Gerin, PhD – Pennsylvania State University

Olubenga Ogedegbe, MD MS MPH FACP – New York University School of Medicine

Michelle Paige Paterson – Former First Lady of New York State and Director of Integrative Wellness at Emblem Health

Rob Shepardson – SS+K

Scott Silverstein – Yolo Candy, LLC

Timothy Knipper – Music Education Advocate

Student Advisory Board

PS/IS 266 in Queens:
Rafael Montán
Roman Panchmia
Claire Varghese
Daniela Font
Niko Kontonis
Maria Palagian
Xavier Ramos
Eileen Shum

Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School in Manhattan:
Lanasia Armour
Spencer Harden
Kahdir Joseph
Rashonna Cloud
Ely Eusebio
Isabelle Pacin
Lori Rose
Braylan Stewart
Natasha White

PS 16 in Brooklyn:
Jeremiah Papaleo
David Estrada
Noriana Rosario
Maritza Estrada
Andre Artis
Nahki Davis
Karitza Herrera
Trinity Little