Cecilia Gastón, Executive Director, Violence Intervention Program: Cecilia Gastón began her tenure as Executive Director of VIP in June 2008. She has a strong track record of service to disenfranchised groups, especially in the Latina community. In 1998, she was recognized as one of El Diario/La Prensa’s Outstanding Women of the Year for her commitment to social justice and women’s health issues. Prior to heading VIP, she worked at Inwood House, one of New York City's leading teen pregnancy prevention programs. She has also served as program director of multiple supportive housing programs serving people living with HIV/AIDS.
Currently, Ms. Gastón is an active board member of The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The New York Woman’s Agenda. She has served as a consultant and board member for the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, a board member for the New York Women's Foundation, member of the New York Women’s Foundation Grants Committee, and a member of Women in Health Management. She was a National Urban Fellow and recipient of the Capstone Award in Public Administration.