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Eileen Torres
Executive Director


Eileen Torres has been the Executive Director of BronxWorks since May 2014. As the leader of the agency, she serves as the ultimate advocate for the 60,000 residents of the Bronx that receive services from BronxWorks as well as the 900 employees across the organization. Eileen has been with BronxWorks since 1995, starting in administrative roles, serving as Admin Counsel and General Counsel, and stepping in as interim Executive Director/COO in 2013. Her education and background as an attorney have been invaluable in guiding BronxWorks in the highest standards of nonprofit governance and as an implementing partner for many New York City government programs.  

As the current Executive Director, Eileen has built upon the legacy of her predecessor, Carolyn McLaughlin, and expanded the scope, reach and impact of services to the Bronx community. Under her direction, BronxWorks has added multiple new sites, formed many new public and private partnerships, and received outside recognition for its effective work including the 2013 New York Nonprofit Excellence Award.  

A graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School, Eileen earned a B.S. from Pace University and a J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law. She is the chair of the UNH Executive Directors Council, on the board of UNH, Lawyers Alliance for New York, the Human Services Council, and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Center for Bronx Non-Profits. Eileen serves on the executive committee of Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities and is also a member of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities CEO Council.

Eileen is a Bronx native, having spent her formative years in northern Manhattan and the north central Bronx.

Scott Auwarter
Assistant Executive Director

Scott became BronxWorks Assistant Executive Director for Case Management Programs in 2002 after serving as a department director for seven years. He is an alumnus of the State University of New York at Cortland and has a Masters degree from the Hunter College School of Social Work. After graduating from college, he served for two years in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone.

Scott first joined BronxWorks as a student intern in 1986 and has been a full-time staff member since 1988. His portfolio includes BronxWorks street homeless services, family shelters, HIV/AIDS services, and foster care prevention programs. Scott created our Homeless Outreach Team, oversaw BronxWorks foray into the homeless services arena, and is widely recognized as an expert on homelessness.  He oversaw BronxWorks role in dramatically reducing street homelessness in the borough and has done innovative work in addressing the health needs of chronically homeless individuals.

Erica Coleman
General Counsel

Erica Coleman serves as General Counsel to BronxWorks, overseeing legal and compliance matters as well as human resources, employee education and training, information technology, and quality assurance.

Prior to joining BronxWorks, Erica worked as Pro Bono Practice Attorney at Winston & Strawn LLP where she exclusively represented nonprofits in corporate and transactional legal matters. Before that, Erica practiced law in various private and nonprofit settings, including nearly five years as an associate in the Business, Financing & Restructuring Group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, followed by 2.5 years as Director of Programs & Operations at Start Small Think Big, a Bronx-based nonprofit organization on a mission to further community economic development through pro bono legal services.

Erica graduated cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law in 2008.

Gordon Miller
Chief Financial Officer

Gordon joined BronxWorks as Chief Financial Officer in 2019.  He provides executive leadership over BronxWorks finances, including financial planning.  Gordon has an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a bachelor's degree from Adelphi University.  He has years of professional experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Gordon served as Director of Finance at the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA), a child welfare and mental health services organization.

John Weed
Assistant Executive Director

John joined BronxWorks in 1990, becoming a department director in 1995 and serving as Assistant Executive Director for Community Programs since 2002. His duties include oversight of programs that serve immigrants, families, and senior citizens. John created BronxWorks Early Childhood Learning Centers, our Avenue St. John walk-in office, several entitlements programs, and our Heights Community Farmers Market.

John has previously worked at the Latin America Women’s Network, the NYC Commission on Human Rights, and served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. He graduated from the University of New Mexico and holds an LMSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work.

Senior Leadership

Noel Concepcion
Director of Adult Homeless Services Department
 
Ursula Cooper-Hunter
Department Director, Children and Youth Services
 
Gianna Dell'Olio
Director of Advancement and Communications
 
Gilbert Domfeh
Controller
 
Anca Dragomirescu
Director of Human Resources
 
Amy Greenbaum-Strauss
Director of Training and Education
 
Bibi S. Karim
Department Director, Community Health, Positive Living, FEP, Immigration Services, and ESOL
 
Arturo Lopez
Director of Legal Services
 
Bassem Massoud
Director of Grants and Contracts
 
Rudy Murillo
Director of Operations
 
Yonnel Olivo
Director of Information Technology
 
Amanda Pérez
Director of Quality and Compliance
 
Maria Rivera
Department Director, Senior Services
 
Robert Rivera
Director of Security
 
Shali Sharma
Department Director, Supportive Housing and Health Policy
 
Ken Small
Development Director
 
Julie Belizaire-Spitzer
Department Director, Homelessness Prevention and Access to Benefits
 
Betty Ann Tamaisar
Department Director, Workforce Development
 
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