David Fischer is the founding Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment (MOYE). For 15 years before joining MOYE, David worked as a researcher, strategist and administrator in New York City's workforce development field. He served as Senior Director for Career and Technical Education (CTE) with the NYC Department of Education (DOE) from 2011 to 2014, managing a portfolio of over 400 CTE programs in virtually every sector of the economy. At DOE, he designed and implemented new program models blending education with work experience and tied new CTE program development to labor market demand. David began his career in workforce development as a researcher at the Center for an Urban Future, where he authored a series of reports, briefs and opinion pieces on subjects including demographic change in the local workforce, reforms to city job training and placement initiatives, and CTE's potential to prepare students for high-value careers.
Leah Hebert is the Deputy Executive Director for the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment. Leah has spent the last decade working in public service including higher education, union management, government, and the nonprofit sector. Most recently, Leah was the Interim Chief Program Officer and Chief Strategy Officer at Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, a city-wide nonprofit that focuses on youth workforce development and education specifically for out of work, out of school youth. Leah has a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
Zain Khan is the Associate Director of Policy & Programs at the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment, where he combines his passion for youth development and increasing pathways to the workforce. In this role, he manages pilot programs and special projects oriented towards improving employment and education outcomes for young adults. Previously, Zain was a Program Manager at the Arab American Family Support Center leading their youth programs, including piloting a weekend art program and a counseling program for high school students focusing on peer support and skill-building activities. Before moving to New York City, he worked on providing job services to refugees and immigrant communities at Upwardly Global in Detroit; and as a researcher at the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education & Research (PILER) in Karachi, Pakistan. Zain holds a Master's degree and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Ginnah Etah is a Project Manager at the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment. Ginnah joined MOYE as an Urban Fellow interested in uplifting sustainable methods for community development and achieving equity by creating intentional opportunity, access and support. Prior to this role, she worked as a Community Relations Coordinator at Success Academy organizing legislative advocacy and managing communications. Ginnah is a graduate of Dickinson College with a B.A. in Sociology.