Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report

Thank you for being part of our Bold, Grand, and Inspired story.

In Fiscal Year 2021, like in our prior 106 years, Grand Street faced old and new challenges head-on: the COVID-19 pandemic, the ensuing economic crisis, and the renewed fight for racial justice. We took bold actions on grand ideas in an inspired way. The results were programs and services that strengthened and grew to meet the needs of our community.



Fiscal Year 2021 was one of the most challenging years in our history.

When our neighbors were vulnerable in the wake of COVID-19, we rose to the occasion. We dramatically expanded our food distribution and provided 43,600 packages of food to seniors and other community members.

Vaccines save lives. We made it clear how important getting vaccinated was by hosting walk-in vaccination sites, partnering with health organizations to educate our community, and requiring COVID-19 vaccinations and masking for all staff.

This year’s challenges did not slow down our momentum.

During the pandemic we opened three new Head Start Centers in Brooklyn, more than doubling the number of zero-to-four-year-old children served–and their families–to 894 throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

We stood with our community when they needed us.

Advocacy is a core tenet of our work. Whether demanding that Black Lives Matter, educating our community on the importance of vaccines, insisting on proper funding for vital programs, or fighting violence and vandalism in our neighborhoods, Grand Street takes action to ensure that everyone feels safe and has a voice in their neighborhood.
Grand Street started three new Community School programs, expanding our community school partnerships with three new Community School programs in Brooklyn.
88% of our youth participants expressed that they increased their interest in STEM subjects.


Our Impact is Expansive. We are preparing for the future.

Our $15.58 million investment in our Community Center at 80 Pitt St. on the Lower East Side is making space for 20 percent more programs that will serve our community for generations to come.

Early Childhood
Our Head Start Centers work on a 2gen model, providing resources, services, and education to children and their parents.
The community school partnerships at Grand Street bring our services into schools, providing easier access for students and families.
Our vibrant programs for older adults prevent isolation, create community, and reduce food insecurity.
Individuals + Families
Grand Street’s wrap-around services mean that whether you need help with tax assistance, navigating immigration, or applying for government benefits,we’re here for you.

FY Revenue & Expenses Report

We’re positioned for success

Our revenue, and our impact, have nearly doubled over 6 years.

Our young people are innovators

Teen Technology Center

We opened a new Teen Technology Center funded by Best Buy Foundation. Filled with state of the art recording, virtual reality, 3D printing, filming, and web development equipment, this center provides youth with a space to explore their interests and seek out exciting new possibilities.

Providing a space for youth to explore their interests and seek outexciting STEM-based possibilities.


Our neighbors inspire us

The meaningful connections we share with our community push us to support them.

Meet Fiona
We served 867 families like hers in 2021.

Advocacy is a core tenet of our work. Whether demanding that Black Lives Matter, educating our community on the importance of vaccines, insisting on proper funding for vital programs, or fighting violence and vandalism in our neighborhoods, Grand Street takes action to ensure that everyone feels safe and has a voice in their neighborhood.

Meet Bin
We served 867 families like hers in 2021.

Bin has been attending programs with the Grand Coalition of Seniors for 15 years. Last year, she had surgery on her shoulder, severely limiting her mobility.

“Since the pandemic began, Grand Street started to distribute pantry bags to the community. If I don’t have a doctor appointment on the pantry day, I will always go to the center and get a food bag from there. I had my shoulder surgery last year, and I was not able to go there in person, however, Mr. Yeh (Senior Programs Case Worker/Activities Coordinator) he always helped me to get a food bag afterward.”

Bin says Tai-Chi at Grand Street has helped her rehabilitate her shoulder.

Our staff last gathered for a staff appreciation event in December 2019. We look forward to coming together again this September 2022

Our diverse and experienced board is vital to our bold strategic planning, grand financial management, and inspired future.

Board of Directors

Ralph W. Rose
Sylvia M. Montero
Alberto Jimenez
Alan Jay Brazil

Committee Chairs

Adam Angelowicz
Brett Dearing
Brian Gomez
Tameka Green
William Hubbard
Tamara Hubinsky
Bryan Koplin
Joyce Lee
Kenneth W. Liebman
Sumya Ojakli
Amy R. Pasquariello
Victor Rasuk
Jenna Shen
Nicholas Stein
Diana R. Breen
Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee
Andrew G. Celli, Jr.
Ad Hoc Capital Campaign Committee
Stephen  J. Dedyo
Investment Committee
Alexander Gardner
Board Development Comittee
Scott Gewirtz
Fundraising and Income Generation Committee
Tracie Golding-Gerson
Early Childhood Committee
Alberto Jimenzez
Youth Services Committee
David M. Lee
Audit Committee
Sylvia M. Montero
Ad Hoc Racial Equity Strategy, Ad Hoc Board Self Assessment Comittee
Mario Tufano
Finance Committee

Executive Team

Our first-class staff are leaders in their fields. From executive leadership to essential front line staff, our team is knowledgeable, agile, and mission-focused.

Robert Cordero
City + State 50 over 50
Clovis Thorn
Managing Director,
Development & Communications
Harvard Kennedy School Nonprofit
Management Program
Elsa Pereira
Coro Leadership NY Felow
Willing Chin-Ma
City & State Above & Beyond
Maria C. DeJesus
Human Resources
Columbia Business School Developing Leaders Program
Thanh Bui
Youth & community development
Network for Youth Success Bold Leadership Award

We are Resilient

When faced with immense challenges, these staff went above and beyond for our neighbors during the pandemic.

Ayana Reefe

Chun J Kang

Doris Estevez

Emily Hartford

Ines De La Nuez

Ingrid Villatoro

Jacquana Foxworth

Jeron Saint Fleur

Josephine Southerton

Keh-Yueh "Carrie" Chen

Lee Bong “Danny” Li

Makeda Peters

Mandy William

Marcia Jordan

Marcial Cruz

Maurice Rawls

Melanie Ma

Michael Khalique

Oskar Noam

Yan Huang

Staff Resilience Awardees from our older adults services team confronted the COVID-19 pandemic when no one had answers, providing home food deliveries, wellness calls, and care packages for home-bound seniors.

We prioritize our people

Early Childhood educators gather for team building atour new Head Start center in Bedford Stuyvesant.


Our Grand Street Racial Equity Affinity Team (GREAT) was formed in FY21 to further commit ourselves to ensuring that staff are represented, respected, and supported in the way that they deserve.

Sylvia M. Monero
Tameka Green
Hannah Omolade
Mimi Woldemariam

Our Staff are from Our Communities

Grand Street’s place-based services require an intuitive knowledge of the communities we serve. By hiring our neighbors, we have the opportunity to help develop leaders that deeply believe in our mission.

Race/ Ethnicity

Thank you for standing with us.

Through generous donations from supporters like you, Grand Street is able to provide the support and programs that our community has come to rely on.


Ellen and Andrew G. Celli, Jr

The Joseph H. Flom Foundation

The Robert J Fraiman Jr. & Melanie C. Harris

Charitable Fund

Sylvia M. Montero

Amy R. and Tony Pasquariello

Susan Pernick

Irene Ritter Foundation

Ralph W. Rose & Anna Holmgren, MD

Katie and Nicholas Stein


Bessemer Trust

The Heller Foundation

Furth Family Foundation

Mr. & Mrs. Susan and Jeffrey Goldstein

Rexford Fund

Kim and David Wagman Foundation


Diana R. Breen and Michael Ritter

Investors Bank

Tracie F. Golding-Gerson and Brian Gerson

Joyce Lee and Brian Kim

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Kenneth and Joanne Soto



Adam Angelowicz

Janis and Andrew Arno

Brian and Barbara Barrett

Carsten Beith

Elwood and Catherine Davis

Chris Dunn and Leyla Vural

Scott Eisen and Madonna Park

Thomas M. Flexner and Deban Flexner

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Arlyn and Edward Gardner

Scott and Laura Gewirtz

Kathy Gonnella

William Hubbard and Gisella de la Rocha

Tamara Hubinsky and Adam Bremner

Robert and Suzanne Koroshetz

David Kramer

Mary and John LaMattina

David M. Lee and Yukari Lee

Leroy Street Studio


Michael Malave

Brian McIndoe

The Mraz Family

Ziad Ojakli

Mark and Joan Peters

Stephen and Lisa Plavin

Ayone Raichaudhuri and Shefali


Theodore Robb

Dr. Laura and David Ross, Inc.

Andy and Samantha Saperstein

Richard, Ann, John & James Solomon Families Foundation

Brandon and Erin Stanton

Ellen Stein

The Dianne and David Stern Foundation

Jack Taylor

Amy Rose and Allen Weinberg



Jim and Pat Cary

Robert Cordero and Glorisel Cordero

Jacob Doctoroff

Judith Ellis

Celeste Frye

George Gewirtz

Steven Goldberg, BakerHostetler

Peter and Roberta Hirsch

Joe and Claudia Jensen

Alberto Jiménez and Maya Jiménez

Kaye Kirschner

Cynthia and Peter Liebman

Katherine Mechner

Malcolm K. Montgomery

Timothy Nelson

Sumya Ojakli

Alex Okun

Adrienne Orlan

Alan Ritter

George and Tanya Ruff

Eliza Sweren-Becker

Mario Tufano and Hayley Tufano

Lori-Ann Wynter



Nancy and Howard Adler

Ally Financial Inc. Corporate Citizenship

Bruce Ballard

Boxwood Means LLC

Richard Bruno

David and Robin Carlin

Susan S. Code and Howard Code

Dr. Jordan J. Cohen and Lee Wolf

Stephen J. Dedyo

David J. Farber Esq.

Anne-Marie Flatley

Alex and Linda Gardner

Scott and Lauren Gilbert

Janno Lieber and Amy Glosser

Andy Goldman and Susan Heilbron

Tameka Green

Valerie and Chris Grosso

Anne and John Herrmann

T Hubinsky LLC

Marjorie Ives

Alexandra Nicholson

Dorie L. Paparo

Jean and Henry Pollack Fund, Inc.


ASAP Computer Maintenance Inc.

Patricia A. Austin

Sharyar and Laura Aziz

Edward Bralower

Sarina Bronfin

Jennifer Brown and Noelle Leonard

Isabel Ching

Jeffrey A. Fagan and Connie S. Fishman

Thomas Fahey

Diane K. Fox

SBrit Geiger and Mary Sue Lindley Geiger

Ms. Margot Hodes

Jonathan and Brenda Insull

Melba Padilla

Willing and Chi Yuen Ma

Marvin Makofsky

Ms. Roberta Mewshaw

Seymour and Carole Margolin

Robert A. Medvey

Herbert E. Nass

Mike Rogers

Dr. and Ms. Sonnenblick

Up to $149

Jennifer S. Adler

Megan Baqui

Roger Bernstein and Nicole Gordon

Andrew A. Beveridge

Bartley and Rachel Breinin

Rome Celli

Michelle Crichlow

John and Elizabeth Dougherty

Susan and James M. Dubin

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Forte

Spencer Freedman & Sophia Conroy

Jennifer Friedlin

Celeste Frye

Stuart W. Gold

Kathy Gonnella

Matthew Greenberger

Linda S. & Barrett Gross

Gregory Gutierrez

Harvey and Gail Hecht

Robert Hellman

Debbie Hooyer

Christopher Hricko

Gladys and George Janava

Maryellen Karl

Alina Kwak

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred B. Landsberg

Susan & Andrew Lese

Murray Levi

Hal R. Lieberman Esq.

Julie Lim and Lloyd Herman

Courtney Lum

Jonathan Manley

Robert Margolis

Lauren Margolis

Ms. Michelle Marx and Mr. Danny Marx

Frances Mattera

Carol McHugh

Kara Meyer

Lucy Nero

Eileen Newman

Harry Noble

Alice and Philip Olick

Anna Patil

Joseph Poulos

Shirley Raps

Laurette and John Rindlaub

Zita Rosenthal

Stephen Saxl & Alice Naude

James W. Schmitt

Barbara and Irving Scott

Max R. Shulman Esq.

Dorothy L. Simpson

Jeremy Stein

Lewis E. Stein

Robert Stein

Sydney and Jonathan Stern

Richard B. H. Stern

Richard I. Stern

Olivier Sultan and Birgitte Jensen

Alice J. Tenney & Budd Wiesenberg

Clovis Thorn

Brad Tipper

Hannah Yoon

Second Century Capital
Campaign Donors 2021

The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust

Ralph W. Rose and Anna Holmgren, MD

The Mary Lincoln Bonnell Revocable Trust

Ellen and Andrew G. Celli, Jr

Tom & Deban Flexner

Robert J. Fraiman, Jr. and Melanie Harris

Jenna and Jeffrey Shen

Alan J. Brazil

Bryan and Amy Koplin

Stephen J. Dedyo

David M. Lee and Yukari Lee

Joyce Lee and Brian Kim

Diana R. Breen and Michael Ritter

Alice Chin

Alberto Jiménez and Maya Jiménez

Alexander and Linda Gardner

Michael B. Nash

Brad and Kyong Coleman

Foundation & Corporate
Institutional Funders

The Barker Welfare Foundation

Best Buy

The Brooklyn Community Foundation

City National Bank

The Clark Foundation

The Clubhouse Network

Conscious Kids Foundation

Consolidated Edison Company of New York

The Frances L. & Edwin L. Cummings Memorial Fund

Door Dash

The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation


The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation

The Lily Palmer Fry Memorial Trust

The Charles Hayden Foundation

The Hyde & Watson Foundation

L&M Development Partners

The Martha Mertz Foundation

The Metzger-Price Fund

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The NYU Community Fund


The Robin Hood Foundation

The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation

The Sunshine Foundation


UJA Federation

United Neighborhood Houses

Venable LLP

The Verizon Foundation

The Wells Fargo Foundation

Government Funders

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Administration of Children and Family Services

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

NYS Office of Children and Family Services

NYS Office of the Aging

NYS Department of Health

NYC Department of Youth and Community Development

NYC Department of Education

NYC Department for the Aging

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

NYC City Council