We are happy to announce and welcome back Gloria Ramón to Brooklyn A as its Chief Development and Strategy Officer. Gloria served as the Director of Development and Communications at Brooklyn A from 2011 to 2016. During her tenure, she secured and managed over $7M in multi-year grants and contracts and conducted organization-wide strategic planning with the Board of Directors and Senior Management.
Gloria has over 16 years of resource development, organizational capacity building, and strategic planning experience. Previously she oversaw development for The Century Foundation, served as Executive Director of Atlas: Developing Immigrant Youth, and consulted with a wide variety of nonprofits. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service of the University of Southern Maine and since departing from Brooklyn A, earned a Master of Business Administration from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.
Gloria returns to Brooklyn A with this depth and breadth of valuable experience at an exciting moment of its 51-year history. “I have been committed to the important work of Brooklyn A for close to a decade. I am excited to return to the organization to help support and foster its next phase of strategic planning and growth.”
The blossoming of the Development department continues with two internal promotions.
Sarah Block has been promoted to Senior Development Manager after serving as the Development & Communications Associate for two years. In her new role, Sarah’s focus will continue to be on building cultivation strategies to strengthen relationships with individual and institutional partners and elected officials as well as on creating outlets for client-centered communications that highlight structural issues faced by our communities. She also promotes individual and collective healing through leading Brooklyn A’s Mindful Monday sessions.
Prior to joining Brooklyn A, Sarah worked in development and communications at Ayuda, an immigrant-serving non-profit in Washington, DC; in program evaluation at the Smithsonian Institution; and earned a Master’s in Public Anthropology.
Anne Leonardo has been promoted to Development Associate. While expertly supporting all areas of the team, first as a volunteer and then as the Development Coordinator for the last 2 years, she has developed a specialty in grant writing. She will continue to contribute these skills to Brooklyn A while she prepares to enter law school to pursue public interest law in the fall of 2020.