In her capacity as Policy Advisor, Chansi Powell assists the Executive Director in the development and implementation of the Cabinet's various policy initiatives and manages the Cabinet's Youth Leadership Council. Powell formerly worked at the Vera Institute of Justice, in its Center on Youth Justice where she managed Vera's partnership with a number of local, state and national juvenile justice agencies. Powell has also worked for the Carter Center's Democracy Program in Atlanta, Georgia, researching and synthesizing data on international human rights standards implicated during elections in countries emerging from conflict. Powell earned a Bachelor of Arts in English & Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a Master of Arts in French Language and Civilization from New York University in Paris. She also obtained law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Sola Amusan is a Senior Advisor with both the Children's Cabinet and the Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity). In this role, he supports the management of initiatives related to the Children's Cabinet and NYC Opportunity's anti-poverty portfolio, and helps to provide ongoing feedback related to performance data. Sola has wide-ranging experience in performance measurement and management, data analysis, project management and technical assistance. Prior to this role, he held several management positions at the NYC Administration for Children's Services (ACS). He most recently served as Director of Reports Development & Analytics, where he supported the Agency in its efforts to use data to inform program planning and improve provider performance. Prior to that, he oversaw the development and enhancement of a data system used to measure well-being of children in family foster care and monitored the performance of contracted providers and worked with Agency partners to identify gaps in services and procure for new programming.
Sandy has spent her career working in New York City's public and non-profit sectors. Her experience includes policy and legislative advocacy, public education and mobilization of diverse communities on community, city, state and national levels. She has been dedicated to racial, economic and social justice, community empowerment, public education, childcare, youth development, Latino and women's rights, and immigration reform.
Among Sandy's many roles, she was Senior Director of Affiliate Programs, at "I Have A Dream" Foundation's national office, providing support to its 17 affiliates located across the US and New Zealand. Sandy was Program Associate at The Atlantic Philanthropies, co-managing the Elev8 Community Schools portfolio, a $120 million, place-based initiative operating in Chicago, Oakland, Baltimore and the state of New Mexico. Sandy was Deputy Director at the Children's Defense Fund-New York, where she helped lead campaigns on child health, child care, juvenile justice, and youth organizing. Sandy was appointed Deputy Director of former Mayor David Dinkins' Office for Children and Families, which oversaw the City's Child Welfare, Child Care, Youth Services and Juvenile Justice; and Community Liaison at the Office of the Manhattan Borough President Dinkins. Sandy was the Associate Executive Director at Family Dynamics, a child welfare organization, Program Director at Goddard-Riverside Community Center's Youth/Adult Program, and a Teacher at the Association Daycare After School Program.
Originally from San Francisco, CA, Sandy earned her degree from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Angela Terry is charged with supporting the development and implementation of the Cabinet's various policy initiatives including the Cabinet's Fund for Early Learning FUEL community relations program. Terry has previously worked for various non-profit organizations as a youth development coordinator within NYC. Additionally, she worked at the New York City Department of Education as a Substance Abuse and Prevention/Intervention worker- SAPIS, community coordinator, school social worker and consultant for more than twenty years. Terry earned a Bachelor's of Science in Social Work from York College-City University of New York and a Master of Social Work from Fordham University.