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Nonprofit Staten Island

This brand represents the 150 non profit organizations that are our members. Since 2005, the Nonprofit Staten Island (formerly known as SINFPA) has provided resources, support, and advocacy for the borough’s nonprofit community. Through year-round educational workshops, coalition building, affinity group, networking opportunities and resource sharing, we strive to ensure nonprofits have what they need to continue being service providers, employers, and active members of the Staten Island community. Nonprofit Staten Island membership includes over 150 cultural institutions, faith-based organizations, health care providers, senior & youth service providers, and local community groups that provide critical services and meaningful programs for our diverse Staten Island individuals, families, communities, and neighborhoods.

Nonprofit Staten Island provides the tools, resources, and advocacy for meaningful collaboration and culturally responsive community building across the borough and New York City. We’re excited to continue facilitating communication between nonprofits, community members, and stakeholders in other sectors. We support our members and those they serve by promoting intentional and inclusive spaces to uplift the needs and experiences of our diverse communities. Through coalition-building, affinity groups, and networking opportunities, Nonprofit Staten Island is prioritizing and elevating equitable and intersectional response from the nonprofit sector to both long-standing and emerging community needs.

‘Here’s to Staten Island’: Nonprofit association ushers in new era with rebranded name and look!

Nonprofit Staten Island, formerly Staten Island Not for Profit Association (SINFPA), is ushering in a new generation of community building, collaboration and coalition with a rebranding, the organization’s leaders and board members announced during a press conference Thursday morning on the Promenade near the National Lighthouse Museum in St. George.

“Unveiling our new name, logo and website is about more than just rebranding; it’s about restrategizing to best fulfill our ongoing commitment to ensure that all Staten Island voices are heard and served,” said our Executive Director Tatiana Arguello

We thank our members, community leaders, and neighbors for joining us in the important work that will propel our community forward. Together, we set the bar for quality of life and a brighter future in our communities. Nonprofit Staten Island celebrates this important moment of recommitment to the work of creating a culture and a space where Staten Islanders can see themselves working – with dignity, with respect and pride – in the borough that they love and live in.

Biographies

New Executive Director – Tatiana Arguello

The Nonprofit Staten Island is thrilled to share the appointment of its next Executive Director, Tatiana Arguello! 

Welcome, Tatiana Arguello — our New Executive Director!

The Nonprofit Staten Island (Staten Island Nonprofit) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Tatiana Arguello will assume the role of Executive Director as of June 21, 2022 succeeding current executive director Sharmila Rao Thakkar. In this role, Arguello will lead the organization in its next phase of growth and development to support, strengthen and build the capacity of nonprofit organizations on Staten Island.

“We look forward to welcoming Tatiana as our next executive director, said Adrienne Abbate, Chair of the Staten Island Nonprofit Board. “We know that her experience in advocating for and resourcing the sector as well as her plans to craft space to share best practices and address emerging needs will continue to deepen the work of the organization to serve nonprofits throughout the borough.”

Over the past decade, Arguello has held several positions working with community-based organizations and in partnership with New York City government agencies. Most recently, she served as director of workforce development for United Activities Unlimited (UAU), a NYC nonprofit providing youth development services, after serving as the director of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and in their fiscal department. As the director of workforce development, Arguello led UAU’s multi-borough expansion while ensuring agency-wide efforts were rooted in true service to the communities served. She supervised a team of over 250; balanced an annual budget of 4 million dollars; grew and maintained a portfolio of 700+ partners in the government, for-profit, and not-for-profit sectors; and oversaw the internship, workforce readiness, and community development experiences for tens of thousands of community members. Under her leadership, the workforce division expanded to include civic engagement and action initiatives, such as Get Out the Vote, Environmental Protectors, and the Count Me In! initiative, which focused on engaging, educating, and mobilizing the hard-to-count Staten Island communities around Census 2020. She pursued and secured $1.5 million in additional funding to better assess and respond to both long-standing and emerging needs and barriers facing the borough, such as COVID-19, gun violence, impact of the disaster, environmental protection, and public health and wellness crises.

Arguello also serves as co-chair of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group, is a board member of Peace Action Staten Island, and acts as a participatory budgeting advisor committee member for the NYC Civic Engagement Commission. She participates as a county committee member for the Democratic Committee of Richmond County, the Louis R Miller Awards Committee, a member of the First Central Baptist Church – Black History Town Hall Committee, and a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Society. She was a 2021 recipient of the SIEDC’s 20 under 40 Leadership award.

Staten Island Nonprofit / SI COAD Program Director – Frank Blancero

A native Staten Islander, Frank Blancero has spent much of his career working in Washington, DC as a brand builder, storyteller, and marketing campaign manager. His work across multiple brands and organizations over the last several years has lent him considerable experience in corporate for-profit environments, startups, and nonprofits alike. Frank’s emphasis on team leadership, organizational strategy, program management, and direction has remained a common thread in his approach across the various roles he has held. 

Most recently, and prior to returning home to Staten Island, Frank developed and directed the programs and operations at a young nonprofit that created a pathway for under-resourced communities to participate in local events in Washington, DC. It is in his previous position as Director of Operations that Frank grew his experience in coalition building and community partnerships in the nonprofit sector. 

Frank’s early career experiences with the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) on Staten Island were seminal in piquing his interest in the role of Program Manager for the Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SI COAD). At SYEP, he supervised groups and facilitated beach and waterway cleanups in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. These experiences, as well as recent collaborations with several nonprofit organizations, inspired Frank to become more active in the community, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join us in welcoming Frank!

Program Coordinator – Jessica Weng

Jessica Weng, who joined us through the CUNY Internship to Employment (I2E) program as a Marketing and Communications intern earlier this year, has been been promoted to a full-time position as Program Coordinator. In this new role, she is responsible for coordinating, developing, and implementing communications, outreach, and marketing projects including currently content development and management for newsletters, social media, events, and other member engagement and project coordination for the Association and SI COAD. We’re thrilled to welcome Jessica to our growing team!

Executive Board Members

Carol Bullock

Carol Bullock

Chair

Yesenia Mata

Yesenia Mata

Vice Chair

Mary Cottingham

Mary Cottingham

Secretary

Gabriele Delmonaco

Gabriele Delmonaco

Treasurer

Adrienne Abbate

Adrienne Abbate

Ex Officio

At Large Board Members

Rev, Dr. Holly Bonner

Rev, Dr. Holly Bonner

NYS State Chaplain Task Force

Laura Delin

Laura Delin

A Very Special Place, Inc.

Linda Dianto

Linda Dianto

National Lighthouse Museum

Joanne Gerenser

Joanne Gerenser

Eden II Programs

Candace Gonzalez

Candace Gonzalez

NY Center for Interpersonal Development

Jamilah LaSalle

Jamilah LaSalle

Bait-ul Jamaat – House of Community

Orit Lender

Orit Lender

JCC of Staten Island

Jennifer Lytton-Hirsch

Jennifer Lytton-Hirsch

Community Health Action of Staten Island

Nicole Meyers

Nicole Meyers

National Council of Negro Women-Staten Island

Janice Monger

Janice Monger

Staten Island Museum

Ilene Pappert

Ilene Pappert

Goodhue Center

Arlene Sorkin

Arlene Sorkin

Illuminart Productions

Karyn Turner

Karyn Turner

Kaleidoscope Mode Inc.

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