Daniele Baierlein is the Executive Director of the Mayor's Fund. She previously served as Senior Advisor and Director of Development. With 20 years of fundraising, policy, and partnership building experience in New York, Washington, DC and throughout the country, Daniele has oversight of Development, Programs and Policy at the Mayor’s Fund. She leads the effort to foster public-private partnerships between City agencies, the private sector and the philanthropic community. Her prior experience includes positions with Madison Square Garden Company, the Podesta Group, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen. She serves on the board of the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation NY Chapter, which develops a global community of youth volunteers who are dedicated to leadership and service, and is the Leadership Seminar Chair of the New York Metro Chapter. Daniele is a member of the Jenkins Hill Society, a women's donor network built to close the donor gap. She has a bachelor's in environmental conservation and political science from the University of New Hampshire. While working full time, Daniele earned a Juris Doctor at the Catholic University of America School of Law. In 2017 she was named to City & State’s New York City 40 Under 40.
Irfan serves as the Senior Programs and Policy Manager at the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. Irfan manages the New York City Soccer Initiative and oversees a diverse array of public-private partnerships. Prior to joining the Mayor's Fund in 2016 as the Programs and Policy Associate, Irfan served as the Financial Literacy Coordinator at the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC), a nonprofit organization that provides culturally competent social services to recently arrived immigrants. Irfan joined AAFSC in 2014 as a Development Assistant, where he composed grant proposals for several direct service programs. He also successfully fundraised and designed the first-ever financial literacy initiative called, the Financial Revitalization through Economic Empowerment project, which provides personal economic planning courses and coaching services for immigrants and survivors of domestic violence. Previously, he worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations that specialize in areas of international education, interfaith relations, and global peace and security. Irfan is a graduate of Manhattan College and currently resides in Manhattan.
Najma Ali Chermin serves as Counsel and Director of Programs and Policy at the Mayor's Fund, where she facilitates partnerships and oversees contractual relationships between the Mayor's Fund, institutional donors, City agencies and local community-based organizations to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of public program services to New Yorkers. Najma has extensive experience in New York City government, serving in various different capacities. In her most recent role, she served as Associate General Counsel at the New York City Department of Social Services where she was responsible for overseeing the legal processes required for opening new homeless shelters, including guidance on litigation strategy, shelter procurement and regulatory requirements. Najma also previously served as Associate General Counsel at the New York City Mayor's Office of Operations, where she provided legal guidance on a wide range of issues related to advancing the City's policy goals through data-driven approaches. Najma is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and a native of New Jersey.
Hannah Forgeron serves as the Development Associate at the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Hannah supports the Development team in all fundraising, data maintenance, donor management and logistical needs. Prior to joining the Fund, Hannah served as the Finance Assistant for the East Coast and Midwest on a record-breaking U.S. Senate race in Arizona. After successfully helping Mark Kelly elected to the Senate and flipping Arizona blue, Hannah brought her passion for fundraising to New York City. Hannah is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder and currently resides in Manhattan.
Aarthi Gunasekaran serves as the Programs and Policy Manager at the Mayor's Fund and oversees a diverse array of public-private partnerships, including ThriveNYC. Prior to joining the Mayor's Fund, Aarthi worked on the Field Team for the Beto O'Rourke for Senate campaign. She previously served as the Policy Advisor for the NYC Mayor's Office for International Affairs, where she developed policy initiatives to showcase NYC's local efforts in building a more sustainable and equitable city on the global stage. In this capacity, Aarthi designed the Global Vision|Urban Action program, which produces analysis of how the UN's Sustainable Development Goals are implemented on the local level and shares best practices on how NYC will reach key environmental and social targets. She also steered a coalition of cities to influence the UN Global Compact for Migration – the first, intergovenmentally negotiated agreement seeking to address international migration and the rights and protections of migrants. Before joining city government, Aarthi worked at the Center for American Progress on the National Security and International Policy team focusing on the Asia-Pacific region. Aarthi is a graduate of Boston University. She grew up in India, Singapore, France and Texas, and currently lives in Manhattan.
Cesaryna Pena is the Administrative and Programs Associate at the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. In her role, Cesaryna provides administrative and programmatic support across Mayor's Fund teams, which include serving as Deputy Agency Chief Contracting Officer. Prior to joining the Mayor's Fund, Cesaryna was an Administrative Assistant at a small middle-market investment banking firm while completing a full-time course load at Medgar Evers College. Cesaryna graduated with a Bachelor's in Public Administration in May 2015. She has also interned with the Fiscal Operations department at the Mayor's Office as well as with the public relations department at Bloomberg LP. Cesaryna was born in New York City and lives in upper Manhattan with her parents and three younger brothers.
Jill Price serves as the Director of Finance and Operations at the Mayor's Fund and oversees all aspects related to finances, operations, and human resources. Jill is formerly from Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center as Chief Financial Officer after serving as the Director of Administration and Finance with National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. from 2012 through 2019. Jill has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, graduating from Adelphi University. She has worked for various organizations including the General Vision Services as a Controller, the Harlem United Community AIDS Center and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Jill also holds a Certificate of Graphic and Digital Design from Parsons School of Design, New School University.