Interim Executive Director
Julie (shown between two of our interns, Trinity and Xinyan) is an Interim Executive Director for nonprofit organizations undergoing leadership change in New York and Northern New Jersey. Scenarios USA is her fifth interim role since 2014.
Other nonprofits she has led include All Saints Community Development Corporation (Hoboken, NJ), Read Ahead (New York, NY) HOMECorp, and The Montclair Fund for Women (both in Montclair, NJ).
Julie has deep knowledge of best practices for board governance, fundraising, and a successful track record of improving nonprofit operations to build organizational capacity. As the first executive director of the Schumann Fund for New Jersey, she established a grant-making program devoted to improving early childhood education and alleviating poverty in Newark. She was also a Program Officer at the Victoria Foundation in the early 1990s. From 1991 to 2003, Julie was a founding board member and President of the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence, a local education fund devoted to addressing educational inequality in the Montclair Public Schools. Other career highlights include organizational and development consulting for the Newark Trust for Education in its start-up phase, and, from 2012-2013, serving as Director of Development at the Kaplan Educational Foundation in New York.
Julie is a Trustee of Partners for Women and Justice, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal help in New Jersey to low-income victims of domestic violence. At Partners, she serves on the Finance, Nominating and Strategic Planning Committees. She graduated from Smith College and the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Gloria Daniel has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a dual major in Television Production and Public Relations from Marist College. With a start in TV as an intern for the Tempestt Bledsoe Show, Gloria found her stride at Bloomberg TV. Gloria started out in the Video Library and then moved to the Television Operations team. On the Ops team she learned audio, technical directing, and directing. After a round robin in different departments, Gloria landed in the Master Control Office where she handled a team who were responsible for coordinating shows elements for live television.
Gloria came to Scenarios USA as an intern through the Development office. Then she was hired as the Youth Coordinator for Scenarios USA 2012 Youth Conference. Gloria joined the staff as the office manager and now has taken on the role of Associate Director.
After 14 years of coordinating live television and 16 years of volunteer work at various organizations, there was a natural shift from coordinating live TV to managing an active office and diverse staff. Scenarios USA is a live office environment and years of live television was great practice for coming aboard the team.
Director of Education
Steph Lassiter was raised in Cleveland and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After graduation, she worked for City Year Inc. in Detroit, Michigan and Seattle, Washington, managing AmeriCorps members to serve under-served youth. Steph later combined her Executive Masters in Not-For-Profit Leadership and Masters in Education to help start up a Charter school in D.C. After many years of serving other communities, Steph returned to her home in Cleveland to provide education and an arts integrated curriculum for under-served youth, through Scenarios USA.
Director of Development
Cecilia has worked in development for a number of years and has written grants for several nonprofit organizations, including NGOs affiliated with the UN. During her undergraduate studies at SUNY Buffalo she worked with community youth organizations and served as a mentor. Following college Cecilia worked in a law firm that specialized in nonprofit law, where she was inspired to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Affairs. Shortly after, she followed up her studies at the Columbia Business School Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals. She’s worked with several grassroots organizations and NGOs affiliated with the United Nations, focusing on underrepresented communities, which led to her working on films with a strong social impact component. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Cecilia formally our Development & Special Events Associate is happy to be promoted to the head of the Development team at Scenarios USA and to have the opportunity to share her passions for film and philanthropy at Scenarios.
Director of Media Production and Distribution
Rob York, Director of Media Production and Distribution, is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, has worked as a Producer, Line Producer, Production Manager, and Assistant Director on more than 20 features, as well as industrials, commercials, and television shows.
He helped to co-ordinate the first Scenarios USA film in New York City in 1999 and joined the staff full time in 2008. Rob’s reason for joining the staff is simple, “Now I get to use my powers for good.”
Development and Events Associate
Tara is a Midwestern transplant to NYC who has been passionate about the use of art as a medium for positive social change for most of her life. Before Scenarios, Tara worked as a production coordinator for independent film and has done event planning, volunteer coordinating, outreach, and organizing for other non-profit organizations, campaigns, film festivals, and art and theater projects throughout NYC. She is also an actor and graduate from The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, holds a B.A. in International Studies from Rockford University, and is an AmeriCorps alumn. She is honored to be a part of Scenarios and loves being able to combine her two biggest passions of film and civic engagement.