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Paige’s Story

Paige, a bright third grade student on the autism spectrum, sat at home for nearly two months waiting for a school placement that would meet her needs. 

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Junior Board

Junior Board

The mission of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC)’s Junior Board is to support and promote the critical issues and efforts of Advocates for Children in a variety of ways, including:

  • Serving as an advocate for quality and equitable public education;
  • Providing input on AFC’s positions and raising visibility for the organization;
  • Connecting resources (both financial and in-kind) to the organization;
  • Organizing a variety of fund-raising projects that focus on the vital work of AFC;
  • Making current and future New York City leaders aware of AFC and our programs.


Melkis Alvarez-Baez (Co-Chair) 
Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York

Andrea Singer (Co-Chair) 
Apollo Global Management

Maria Angelov
Neuberger Berman

Jon Heller
Stone Harbor Investment Partners

Cyrus Kharas 
Arabella Advisors

Andy Laine
Office of New York State Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman

Tara Raam
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Natasha Seng

Lauren Smith
Palantir Technologies

Jolie Yang
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Gary Yin

Rebecca Zwilling
XIN Development

If you are interested in joining Advocates for Children’s Junior Board, please submit a completed application [PDF] and an updated copy of your resume to

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