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Vivian Santora

President & CEO

Prior to joining PowerPlay NYC, Vivian worked extensively in fundraising, politics, and government affairs in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. She worked on President Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate race, re-election campaign and leadership PAC, government affairs for Cablevision, for the Girl Scouts of the USA and Women's World Banking. In 2005, she started her own consulting company, providing strategic advice in fundraising, event management, and government affairs for public and private sector clients. Vivian graduated from American University in 1997 with a Master's in Public Administration and a focus in public policy. In addition to earning an MPA, Vivian also holds a bachelor's in both English and Women's Studies from The University at Buffalo.

Malaika Lambert

Director of Programs

Malaika Lambert is a youth sports professional who has an extensive background in youth and community development. Malaika holds a Masters in Sports Management from Brooklyn College. She enjoys inspiring youth and adults to be physically active through sports and is currently the lead coach and co-founder for the Brooklyn Lightning Track & Field Club in Coney Island. She has a passion for track and field and truly enjoys introducing youth to the sport. Prior to working at PowerPlay NYC, Malaika played a key role in developing youth and community athletic programs within New York Road Runners and Harlem Children’s Zone. Outside of work, Malaika is an avid artist, loves to run, and enjoys traveling.

Patrick Okwir

Measurement, Evaluation, Assessment & Learning Fellow

Patrick Okwir has worked as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Grants officer at Global Health Corps, a Vaccines Coordinator at Clinton Health Access Initiative, a Community Health Fellow at the African Union (AU) Ebola Response Mission, and a Community Health Manager for a Ugandan professional non-profit. He is passionate about harm reduction, holistic adolescent health, HIV/AIDs, youth employment, sexual and reproductive health, and women empowerment. He is curious, adventurous, loves challenges, flexible, innovative, a design thinker, and fluent in English, French, and Spanish.

MEET THE POWERPLAY TEAM

They’re a dedicated group of industry leaders who share a deep belief in PowerPlay’s mission and our girls.

Vivian Santora

President & CEO

Prior to joining PowerPlay NYC, Vivian worked extensively in fundraising, politics, and government affairs in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. She worked on President Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate race, re-election campaign and leadership PAC, government affairs for Cablevision, for the Girl Scouts of the USA and Women's World Banking. In 2005, she started her own consulting company, providing strategic advice in fundraising, event management, and government affairs for public and private sector clients. Vivian graduated from American University in 1997 with a Master's in Public Administration and a focus in public policy. In addition to earning an MPA, Vivian also holds a bachelor's in both English and Women's Studies from The University at Buffalo.

Malaika Lambert

Director of Programs

Malaika Lambert is a youth sports professional who has an extensive background in youth and community development. Malaika holds a Masters in Sports Management from Brooklyn College. She enjoys inspiring youth and adults to be physically active through sports and is currently the lead coach and co-founder for the Brooklyn Lightning Track & Field Club in Coney Island. She has a passion for track and field and truly enjoys introducing youth to the sport. Prior to working at PowerPlay NYC, Malaika played a key role in developing youth and community athletic programs within New York Road Runners and Harlem Children’s Zone. Outside of work, Malaika is an avid artist, loves to run, and enjoys traveling.

Bettina Fuchs Margolin

Director of Finance

Bettina Fuchs Margolin brings significant financial management and social impact experience to the team at PowerPlayNYC. In her career, Betty has managed financials for small businesses, private schools, public schools, and various entities of the financial services industry. Throughout these roles, Betty championed the benefits of positive social impact. As CAO for Equity Division at Credit Suisse, Betty developed and executed the employee volunteering engagement program for the New York region. Immediately prior to joining PowerPlayNYC, Betty worked with The Robin Hood Foundation and Koya Leadership Partners, participating in LeaderLink, increasing the capacity and impact of Non-Profit Organizations and Benefit Corporations by developing executives from the entrepreneurial or private sectors to directly support the social sector. Betty earned a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the City University of New York, Baruch College. Betty is a CPA and a Series 24 financial services manager.

Patrick Okwir

Measurement, Evaluation, Assessment & Learning Fellow

Patrick Okwir has worked as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Grants officer at Global Health Corps, a Vaccines Coordinator at Clinton Health Access Initiative, a Community Health Fellow at the African Union (AU) Ebola Response Mission, and a Community Health Manager for a Ugandan professional non-profit. He is passionate about harm reduction, holistic adolescent health, HIV/AIDs, youth employment, sexual and reproductive health, and women empowerment. He is curious, adventurous, loves challenges, flexible, innovative, a design thinker, and fluent in English, French, and Spanish.

Joneé Billy

Director, Strategic Partnerships and External Affairs

Joneé Billy is dedicated to positive youth development through effective program design, community engagement and effective partnerships. She has over 10 years of experience working with NYC youth overseeing after-school programs and facilitating year-round programs for organizations like Counseling in Schools, Play Study Win, Cornerstone, and Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF). She is passionate about promoting equity through philanthropy, volunteerism, and social responsibility using sports as a gateway. Joneé holds a Masters in Sports Management from the City University of New York - Brooklyn College and a BA, Political Science; Sports Management from Mount Holyoke, Massachusetts. Joneé was also a former Professional Basketball Player for the Savaria Basketball Club.

Hayley Davis

Development Manager

Hayley Davis is a passionate professional committed to youth development and female empowerment. She is experienced and skilled in the areas of fundraising, communications, public health, nutrition, program development and management, and higher education. Most recently, Hayley served as Development and Communications Coordinator at West Side Campaign Against Hunger where she helped raise significant funds to ensure continuous access to fresh, healthy food with dignity for over 20,000 individuals in NYC. Prior to that, Hayley spearheaded the development and launch of LIU Brooklyn’s Early College Scholars Program, which offers credit-bearing college courses, tutoring, mentoring, and a multitude of other resources for free for high school students across Brooklyn, NY. Hayley holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from SUNY Potsdam and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health with a Nutrition Concentration from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.

Megan Galligar

Program Manager

Megan Galligar has a Master of Science in International Health from the University of Leeds, graduated as the MSC Academic Representative and was awarded with the Nuffield Centre Prize for Social Contribution. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health from the University of North Florida and recently moved to NYC from Jacksonville, Florida where she ran an after-school literacy program at the YMCA. She has experience working in non-profits, child obesity research, and teaching internationally and domestically. Megan loves the outdoors and riding her bike whenever she gets the opportunity.

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