Our Leadership

Our leadership team is diverse in backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences but united by one common goal: helping Bronx residents overcome their challenges and create brighter futures for their families. Building on the contributions of our board members, supporters, partner organizations, and 900-plus employees, the BronxWorks leadership team charts a clear strategic path toward meaningful, long-lasting change.

Executive Team

  • Eileen Torres

    Eileen Torres

    Chief Executive Officer

    As the leader of the agency, Eileen serves as the ultimate advocate for the 60,000+ residents of the Bronx that receive services from BronxWorks as well as the nearly 1,000 employees across the organization. Eileen has been with BronxWorks since 1995, starting in administrative roles, serving as Admin Counsel and General Counsel, and interim Executive Director/COO in 2013. Eileen was appointed Executive Director in 2014. 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.

    Eileen has built upon the history of the organization 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. In 2023, the Board of Directors named Eileen the Chief Executive Officer of BronxWorks.

    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 on the board of United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) and serves as the chair of the UNH Executive Directors Council; she is also on the board of the Human Services Council (HSC), the Council Of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), and Lyft’s New York Racial Justice Alliance.

    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 the Assistant Executive Director for Case Management Programs in 2002 after serving as a Department Director for seven years. He first joined BronxWorks as a student intern in 1986 and has been a full-time staff member since 1988. His BronxWorks portfolio includes street homeless services, family shelters, HIV/AIDS services, and foster care prevention programs. Scott created our Homeless Outreach Team, spearheaded our foray into the homeless services arena, and is widely recognized as an expert on homelessness. He also oversaw our role in dramatically reducing street homelessness in the borough and has done innovative work to address the health needs of chronically homeless individuals.

    Scott is an alumnus of the State University of New York at Cortland and has a master’s 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.

  • Erica Coleman, General Counsel

    Erica Coleman

    General Counsel

    As General Counsel, Erica oversees legal and compliance matters as well as human resources, employee education and training, information technology, and quality assurance. Prior to joining BronxWorks, Erica was a Pro Bono Practice Attorney for Nonprofit and Community Development at Winston & Strawn LLP, where she exclusively represented nonprofits in corporate and transactional legal matters.

    Previously, Erica practiced law in various private and nonprofit settings, including nearly five years as an associate in the business, financing, and restructuring group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, followed by two and a half years as the Director of Programs and 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

    Gordon Miller

    Chief Financial Officer

    Gordon joined BronxWorks as Chief Financial Officer in 2019. He provides executive leadership over our finances, including financial planning, drawing on his 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, a child welfare and mental health services organization.

    Gordon has a bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University and an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

  • John Weed

    Assistant Executive Director

    John joined BronxWorks in 1990, became a Department Director in 1995, and has served as Assistant Executive Director for community programs since 2002. He oversees programs that serve immigrants, families, and senior citizens. John created our Early Childhood Learning Centers, our Avenue St. John walk-in office, several entitlements programs, and our Heights Community Farmers Market. Previously, John worked at the Latin America Women’s Network, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.

    John graduated from the University of New Mexico and holds an L.M.S.W. from the Hunter College School of Social Work.

Senior Leadership

  • Shauna Barry
    Shauna BarryDirector of Clinical Learning & Development
  • Julie Spitzer
    Julie Belizaire-SpitzerDepartment Director, Homelessness Prevention and Access to Benefits
  • Riziki Bushu
    Riziki BushuDirector of Grants and Contracts
  • Noel ConcepcionDepartment Director, Adult Homeless Services
  • Ursula Cooper-Hunter
    Ursula Cooper-HunterDepartment Director, Children and Youth Services
  • Gianna Dell'olio
    Gianna Dell’OlioDirector of Advancement and Communications
  • Amy Greenbaum-Strauss
    Amy Greenbaum-StraussDepartment Director of Training & Professional Development
  • Marjorie Jeannot
    Marjorie JeannotDepartment Director, Family Shelters
  • Bibi S. Karim
    Bibi S. KarimDepartment Director, Community Health, Positive Living, FEP, Immigration Services, and ESOL
  • Arturo Lopez
    Arturo Lopez, Esq.Director of Legal Services
  • Rudy Murillo
    Rudy MurilloDirector of Operations
  • Yonnel Olivo
    Yonnel OlivoDirector of Information Technology
  • Amanda Perez
    Amanda PérezDirector of Quality and Compliance
  • Felicia Rickett-Samuels
    Felicia Rickett-SamuelsVice President of Human Resources
  • Maria Rivera
    Maria RiveraDepartment Director, Services For Older Adults
  • Shali Sharma
    Shali SharmaDepartment Director, Supportive Housing and Health Policy
  • Ken Small
    Ken SmallDevelopment Director
  • Diana Smith
    Diana SmithDirector of Human Resources
  • Alexander Soto
    Alexander SotoDirector of Training & Learning Management Systems
  • Betty Ann Tamaisar
    Betty Ann TamaisarDepartment Director, Workforce Development