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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

Program Director

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.

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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

Program Director

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.

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