Jordan Stockdale is the Executive Director of the Young Men's Initiative. In this role, Jordan manages YMI's investments and initiatives across education, health, criminal justice and workforce development.
Jordan most recently served as Deputy Executive Director of the Close Rikers Initiative at the NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ). In this position, Jordan also managed the implementation of Raise the Age as well as school climate and safety reforms for the office. Jordan also previously served as Program Director of School Climate Initiatives at MOCJ and as an education policy analyst for the First Deputy Mayor. Before working at the Mayor's Office, Jordan served as a Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, Spain, and a special education teacher in Harlem.
In 2017, Jordan launched Hire Harlem – a platform that promotes businesses that hire locally, reinvest in the community or are owned by women or people of color (MWBEs). Jordan has a master's degree in Special Education from Hunter College and a master's degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University.
Nathifa Forde is the Deputy Executive Director with the Young Men's Initiative. She is responsible for overseeing the ongoing operations and procedures for YMI, in addition to strategically developing policies, programs, and partnerships that support youth and young adults of color in eliminating disparities and structural barriers that continue to negatively impact their pursuit of a high quality of life.
Prior to joining the team, Nathifa was the Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships with the NYC Center for Youth Employment, where she focused on developing inclusive workforce strategies for special populations. She has also served as a National Urban Fellow, in which Nathifa was placed at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and utilized her extensive background as a youth developer towards incorporating youth voice into the grant-making process. She has had a decade-long career in the NYC non-for-profit sector in various roles, from a Performing Arts teacher to a Program Director.
Nathifa is a proud alumna of Medgar Evers College, where she currently teaches within the Public Administration department. She has also earned her MPA as a National Urban Fellow at Baruch College.
Natalia Diaz is the Director of Programs for the Young Men's Initiative. Natalia has been with the Young Men's Initiative team since June 2015. Natalia is currently responsible for overseeing the investments YMI is making in education programming and supporting the development of new programs and initiatives. She previously served as the Strategic Partnerships Coordinator.
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 currently serves as Program Analyst 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.
Mahbuba Hossain currently serves as Project Coordinator for the NYC Young Men’s Initiative. Prior to joining YMI, Mahbuba was an Urban Fellow at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services working in the Office of Education and Employment Initiatives. Additionally, she’s worked at the New York City Department of Education as a Strategic Planning Associate in the Chancellor’s Office and interned for former United States Representative, Joseph Crowley, in immigration affairs at his Queens District Office. Mahbuba is a graduate of Fordham University with a B.A. in Political Science.
Marco Perez Jr. currently serves as a Special Assistant for the NYC Young Men’s Initiative. His role is to support the planning and management of YMI summer programming and events. As well as manage social media strategy development and implementation for YMI’s media. Prior to joining the team, Marco was a Campaign Manager for a City Council Race. Furthermore, he has interned for the Community Affairs Unit (CAU) at the Mayor’s Office, bridging gaps between city agencies and NYC residents. Additionally, he has worked on several other campaigns as a social media strategist/outreach coordinator. He is an OppNet Fellow Alumni ‘20 who served as a junior anthropologist at the Student Diplomacy Corps. Marco has obtained a B.A. in Political Science and a Concentration in History of European Diplomacy from Hunter College in May of 2020.
Ismini Mangafas currently serves as a Special Assistant for the Young Men's Initiative. Prior to joining YMI, Ismini was a community organizer and campaign manager for advocacy, issue-based, and electoral campaigns throughout the United States. She spearheaded recruitment initiatives, research, and community engagement strategies for non-profits as well as community-based organizations grounded in social justice. In Nashville, Ismini attended Vanderbilt University with a full-tuition scholarship from the Posse Foundation and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Government. While an undergraduate, Ismini was a member of the Affordable Housing Research Cohort and the 2018 Undergraduate Speaker on Neuroscience and Law at the Annual Osher Lecture Series. Currently, she is also a Fellow at Allelo.io, a start-up that uses AI to improve civic discourse, and Principal Investigator at the International Socioeconomics Laboratory, where she co-leads a research team that examines the correlation between infrastructure funding and community income status.