Staff Bios

Stephen4Serving as Executive Director of New York Common Pantry, Stephen Grimaldi works with senior staff and alongside the Board of Directors to develop programming that not only reduces hunger and poverty and increases nutrition outcomes for those the Common Pantry serves, but also promotes dignity and maximizes self-sufficiency using holistic and comprehensive approaches. As the Executive Director, Stephen is responsible for implementing policies and procedures and coordinating all fundraising activity to promote diversification and innovation. He represents the Pantry at the city, state and national level on issues that impact the people it serves, and was elected to the Food Bank for New York City’s Strategy Council.

Previously, Stephen was the Deputy Executive Director of Urban Pathways, where his duties included promoting and maintaining quality programming, supervising agency-wide operations, and fundraising. He also served Lenox Hill Neighborhood House as the Shelter Director of its Park Avenue Women’s Shelter and on its Homeless Outreach Team. Earlier in his career Stephen was the Social Services Director of a large housing organization in Brooklyn.

Stephen Grimaldi received an M.S.W. from Hunter College School of Social Work and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). He has completed all but his dissertation on his Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the CUNY Graduate Center.

 

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Daniel Reyes is the Deputy Executive Director. He has been with New York Common Pantry since 2003. Daniel oversees all program related departments within the organization including Food Programs, Senior Nutrition Programs, Social Services, Nutrition Education and Office/Facilities Administration. This includes resource acquisition practices and expectations for social services curriculum development and evaluation processes for Nutrition Education, procedures and protocols for Food Programs and Senior Nutrition Programs, including the web-based menu ordering system that allows pantry participants to order at the Common Pantry or from home and oversight of city-wide mobile food support for low-income seniors. As the Deputy Executive Director, he provides additional support and oversight to the Finance Department and the Development and Communication Department.

Daniel represents the NY Common Pantry as the Vice Chair for the Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Consumer Advisory Board; on the Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnerships (CCARP) Partnership Board; and on various community-engaged research projects to address social determinants affecting health disparities in low-income communities. Previously, he has served on the Partnership for a Healthier New York City; Go Green East Harlem Steering Committee; the Communities IMPACT Diabetes Center steering committee; and the Advisory Board of the New York Junior League.

Reyes started his professional career as a high school teacher before transitioning into the social service sector. Prior to the Common Pantry, he worked in other community based organizations managing programs in supportive housing, youth development, and family services.

 

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Neill Bogan serves New York Common Pantry as Senior Director of Development and Communications. In that capacity he supports the Board and Executive Director in setting and carrying out strategies to sustain the Pantry’s programs and to promote public awareness of their impact. He collaborates closely with program staff and directs the Development Department with oversight of grants and direct mail solicitations, special events, publications, and web and social media outreach.

Prior to joining the Common Pantry, Neill served as Director of Development and Communications at the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in the Bronx and as Assistant Development Director for The Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Earlier he pursued a successful career in the arts, serving as writer and producer on projects seen around the U.S. and overseas and winning both Obie and Gold Record awards.

 

Carolyn Hamrak, Senior Director of Finance, is an experienced financial manager with a substantial background in the nonprofit and financial services sector.  As the Senior Financial Manager for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Education Department, she was responsible for preparing and overseeing the budget as well as managing gifts, grants and endowments.  Additionally, she managed all areas of finance including: P&L review, variance analysis, revenue, expense, grant and donor reporting, general ledger, accounts payable and receivables, cash management, and reconciliations.  She was particularly effective in developing financial tools and models to enhance the annual budget process and enable departments to make better informed business decisions.

Prior to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carolyn was the Director of Budget Operations at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and Senior Financial Analyst at The Metropolitan Opera.  She developed, managed and administered both institutions’ budgets.  Carolyn began her financial career as a Corporate Analyst for a commercial property management real estate firm and held various analyst roles at Bankers Trust and JP Morgan.  A graduate of St. John’s University, she holds a BS in Finance.  She is also a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional with a certificate from Fiscal Management Associates in New York.