Who We Are
Harlem RBI’s staff works diligently to improve the lives of the youth and families of East Harlem and the South Bronx. Harlem RBI employees strive to demonstrate our organizational values of: teamwork, respect, diversity, promise, effort, integrity and, of course, fun!
Harlem RBI was named as one of the top 50 non-profit organizations to work for in the nation by The NonProfit Times in 2011, 2013 and 2014. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in the nonprofit industry, benefiting the industry's economy, its workforce and businesses.
FULL-TIME STAFF BIOS
Executive Director at Harlem RBI since 1997, Richard Berlin is also a founding member of Harlem RBI's DREAM Charter School. Mr. Berlin began his connection with Harlem RBI as a volunteer baseball coach in 1994. Under his leadership, Harlem RBI has grown from a seasonal recreation program with one staff member to a thriving community-based organization recognized locally and nationally with numerous awards for programmatic and operational excellence.
Mr. Berlin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and attended a Master's Program in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England. Additionally, he has completed certificate programs at Columbia University's Institute for Not-for-Profit Management in both Non-Profit Management and Leadership Development. Mr. Berlin has also been a Leadership Fellow at the Citizens' Committee for the Children of New York City.
Mr. Berlin, who frequently speaks on topics related to non-profit management, governance, and sustainability, has served as an adjunct faculty member at The New School University's Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Policy. He also serves as the vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the National Summer Learning Association.
Jeremy Abarno, Chief Talent Officer, is responsible for all of Harlem RBI's strategic talent efforts. He oversees recruitment and hiring, workforce planning and coaching and professional development in addition to growing a more diverse and inclusive environment within the workplace. Jeremy started as a teacher in East Harlem in 2000 and has dedicated his career to the children of New York City. He has served as the principal at PAVE Academy public charter school. Prior to joining Harlem RBI, Jeremy was the managing director of talent at Ascend Public Charter Schools in Brooklyn, a network of nine schools serving more than 4,000 students in central Brooklyn. Jeremy holds a Master’s in Special Education from City College and a School Building Leader license from Baruch. He holds a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from New York University.
Felicia Crump, Chief of Staff, provides the Management Team with external support as well as the coordination of internal management projects. Prior to her current role, Felicia worked as the Academic Counselor to the Men's Basketball Team at the University of Connecticut, where she was responsible for the academic support and performance of the programs’ student-athletes. She has also previously held positions in the Community Affairs Departments at Major League Baseball and the Community and Player Programs Department at the National Basketball Association. Felicia is rejoining the organization, having originally served as Harlem RBI's first Development Assistant. Felicia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art History from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master's Degree in Sports Management and Sociology from the University of Connecticut.
Megan Hodges, Chief Development Officer, leads development and communications to execute all of Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School's fundraising efforts. Additionally, Megan is responsible for growing contributions to Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School from individual and corporate supporters and oversees event based fundraising. Megan received her Bachelor's in Communication Studies from New York University. Prior to arriving at Harlem RBI, Megan worked as an Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships and Planning for Princeton University, where along with other responsibilities she prepared and reviewed campaign strategies targeting University alumni and other potential donors. Megan also has a strong background in industry research and sales and marketing.
David Houlihan, Senior Director of Administration oversees Information Facilities, and Administration. Prior to arriving at Harlem RBI, David served as an Intern for the United States Trade Representatives Office where he researched, analyzed, and provided recommendations for the President’s trade advisory committee. David also worked at Coney Island Prep as a Director of Operations, where he planned and executed school expansions and location, and improved the operations department’s ratings from 60% to 100%. David holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University, a Master of Science of Teaching from Pace University, and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University.
Karina Saltman, Chief Program Officer, serves as Harlem RBI's Chief Program Officer – managing all programs at Harlem RBI in both East Harlem and the South Bronx.Prior to joining Harlem RBI, Karina served as the executive director of Summer Search New York City. During her tenure (which began as Director of Programs) she doubled both the organization's budget as well as the number of youth served, while also focusing on improving program quality. Karina was born in NYC and grew up in Teaneck, NJ. She graduated from Brown University, where she received a BA in Portuguese and Brazilian studies. After Brown she joined the New York City Teaching Fellows program where she received a Master's in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College while teaching 3rd and 4th grade in a South Bronx public school.
Andres Satízabal, Chief Strategy officer, will define and implement new organizational strategy, and increase organizational performance by aligning priorities and defining and supporting culture alignment and talent strategy. Prior to arriving at Harlem RBI, Andres served on the Board of Trustees at DREAM Charter School. Andres also worked at Mckinsey & Company as the Engagement Manager, in which he led several clients’ growth strategies, successfully grew their impact by defining, piloting, and scaling up various strategies. To add, Andres served at Advantis Consultoria Gerencial as a Project Manager, where he participated in over 25 successful consulting engagements in Latin America. Andres holds a Masters of Business Administration from New York University and Bachelor of Arts in Business from Universidad De Los Andes.
“As an organization, we are setting clear goals to improve, expand and develop skills that will help us continue to deliver excellent services for youth.”
— Jen Chau Fontan,
Director of Talent Development
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