From the basement of an East Harlem housing project in 1984, STRIVE was founded to tackle the chronic unemployment in New York City. Our groundbreaking approach of intensive attitudinal training and long-term support proved to be an extraordinarily successful model for helping people stuck in poverty gain sustained employment and transform their lives.

Over the following decades, we honed a unique workforce model and matured as an organization, scaling up through our flagship site in East Harlem and through partner organizations and cities across the nation. Since inception, STRIVE has prepared more than 75,000 people for success at work and in life, gaining national recognition for our programs and an exceptional job placement rate of 70%.

STRIVE is now the nation’s leading solution for people who face the biggest obstacles to employment. Our proven model propels students into careers that lead to upward mobility and define the promise of the American Dream. When people are determined to lift up their lives, STRIVE provides the path to a career that changes everything.

 

Philip Weinberg
President & CEO

Hilda Romero
Chief Financial Officer

Lakythia Ferby
Executive Director, STRIVE New York

Greg Wise
National Vice President

 

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Cynthia Trevor
National Vice President of Development and Communications

Chair: Brian Friedman  President, Jefferies Financial Group Inc.

Chair: Brian Friedman
President, Jefferies Financial Group Inc.

Vice Chair: Judith B. McElnea  Partner, The Jeffrey Group

Vice Chair: Judith B. McElnea
Partner, The Jeffrey Group

Treasurer: Bonnie L. Howard  Independent Board Director

Treasurer: Bonnie L. Howard
Independent Board Director

Secretary: Andy Rahl  Retired, Reed Smith LLP

Secretary: Andy Rahl
Retired, Reed Smith LLP

Richard Barthelmes  Retired, Media Executive

Richard Barthelmes
Retired, Media Executive

Roy Castro  CEO, DM Ice Cream Corporation

Roy Castro
CEO, DM Ice Cream Corporation

Tonia O'Connor  CEO, Chopra Global

Tonia O'Connor
CEO, Chopra Global

Arthur Kokot  President, Kokot Reality Enterprises, Inc.

Arthur Kokot
President, Kokot Reality Enterprises, Inc.

Yvan-Claude Pierre  Partner, Cooley LLP

Yvan-Claude Pierre
Partner, Cooley LLP

Laurie Rosenfield  Chief People Officer, CBS Corporation

Laurie Rosenfield
Chief People Officer, CBS Corporation

Jay Sheehy  Sr. Vice President, Product Innovation, EmblemHealth

Jay Sheehy
Sr. Vice President, Product Innovation, EmblemHealth

Phil Weinberg  President/CEO, STRIVE International

Phil Weinberg
President/CEO, STRIVE International

Tony Steadman  Global People Advisory Services Industry Leader, EY

Tony Steadman
Global People Advisory Services Industry Leader, EY

Chairman Emeritus & Co-Founder H. Thompson Rodman Jr.  CEO, Fox Hill Real Estate

Chairman Emeritus & Co-Founder
H. Thompson Rodman Jr.

CEO, Fox Hill Real Estate

Laura Slutsky  President/CEO, People Finders Productions, Inc.

Laura Slutsky
President/CEO, People Finders Productions, Inc.

Randy Zeno  CEO, Urban Therapy/Twisted Sista

Randy Zeno
CEO, Urban Therapy/Twisted Sista

Co-Founder Samuel A. Hartwell   The Board of Directors and staff of STRIVE mourn the passing of Samuel A. Hartwell, Sr., our founder, Chairman Emeritus, and friend on July 11, 2019.   Read more about Sam in STRIVE’s legacy notice   .

Co-Founder
Samuel A. Hartwell

The Board of Directors and staff of STRIVE mourn the passing of Samuel A. Hartwell, Sr., our founder, Chairman Emeritus, and friend on July 11, 2019. Read more about Sam in STRIVE’s legacy notice.

STRIVE is grateful to our supporters

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Abell Foundation

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Bank of America

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Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund

Bob Barker Foundation

Booth Ferris Foundation

Brian P. Friedman Family Foundation

Cafritz Foundation

Capital One

Charles Stewart Mott

Chicago Community Trust

Citi Foundation

Consortium for Worker Education

Cox Foundation

Eddie & Joe Allison Smith Foundation

Federal Home Loan

Ford Foundation

Fowler Foundation

HAB Bank

The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

The Hartford

Irvin Stern Foundation

Jovid Foundation

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Mayor’s Fund for the City of NY

New York City Council

New York Community Trust

New York Women’s Foundation

New York City Department of Correction

New York City Human Resources Administration

N.Y. State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

N.Y. State Department of Labor

Parker Foundation

Pew Charitable Trust

PIMCO Foundation

Pitt County United Way

Ready Foundation

Reddy Donor Advised Fund

Richard and Susan Smith Foundation

Richard Saltonstall Foundation

Robin Hood

Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust

Rudin Foundation

Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

Santander Bank

Starbucks Foundation

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U.S. Department of Labor

Union Bank Foundation

United Way of Central Maryland 

United Way of Pennsylvania

United Way of Westchester Putnam

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