Cyrus Garrett is the Executive Director of New York City’s Young Men’s Initiative. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Garrett served as a political analyst for Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization funded by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He arrived at Everytown for Gun Safety after serving as the Deputy Director of Cabinet Planning for President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration. Mr. Garrett earned this honor after serving as a Deputy Field Director in Ohio for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Prior to the 2012 Presidential Election, Mr. Garrett served as a speechwriter to the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) for the U.S. Department of Education. From 2009-2011, Mr. Garrett was the special advisor to Director, Gray-ling Williams at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Counternarcotic Enforcement (CNE), and the lead staffer on Western Hemisphere international affairs, congressional relations. His role was to assess the flow of bulk cash and weapons from the U.S. into Mexico, Central and South America.
Prior to his appointment at Homeland Security, Mr. Garrett helped implement the inaugural White House Internship program during the spring of 2009. He holds the distinctions as being one of the first 100 staffers to serve on President Barack Obama’s 2008 general campaign as a regional political director at the state of Indiana. Prior to joining the campaign, Cyrus Garrett worked as a gang and drug counselor at the Eldora State Training School for Boys in Iowa.
Mr. Garrett attended both the University of Illinois and University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and obtained his bachelor’s degree in criminology from UNI.
Ifeoma Ike is Deputy Director of the Young Men’s Initiative. In this role, Ms. Ike oversees the day-to-day work of YMI and its staff. She also serves as an in-house specialist on social justice, advocacy, strategic partnerships and communications. Prior to YMI, Ms. Ike consulted non-profits, elected officials, and social justice start-ups in special projects and policies aimed at empowering socially disadvantaged communities.
A former Capitol Hill staffer, Ms. Ike served as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow in the Office of late Donald M. Payne and as a civil rights counsel on the U.S. House of Representative Judiciary Committee. While transitioning from the Hill back to New York, Ms. Ike wore many hats including serving as a policy advocate for the Innocence Project, facilitating the creation of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys and launching Black and Brown People Vote, a civic engagement initiative.
She holds a B.A. and M.A. from West Virginia University in Applied Communication Studies; J.D. from CUNY School of Law; and LL.M. in Advanced Litigation and Dispute Resolution from The George Washington University Law School.
Natalia Diaz is the Strategic Partnership Coordinator for the Young Men’s Initiative. Natalia is responsible for identifying and cultivating external partnerships that will support the mission of YMI across New York City. Additionally, she supports the development of community engagement strategies and serves as the liaison to YMI’s Advisory Board.
Prior to joining YMI, Natalia was the NY Organizing Manager for Young Invincibles where she served as a Navigator in New York’s Hudson Valley and served as Junior Board Co-President for St. Christopher’s Inc. in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Natalia holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an M.P.A. from Pace University.
Jahvaris Fulton is a Special Assistant for the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI). In this role, he assists YMI’s efforts with both public and private agencies to create opportunities for young people of color, specifically in the areas of juvenile justice, health, education, and employment. Mr. Fulton also contributes to YMI’s community engagement strategies, identifying opportunities and platforms to better engage young people of color in YMI’s programming.
Prior to joining YMI, he was a congressional intern in the Office of Frederica S. Wilson, serving three consecutive summers in both her district and DC office. Mr. Fulton is a graduate of Florida International University with a B.S. in Information Technology.