A native New Yorker, Stephen Grimaldi remembers seeing the rise of homelessness as a child, and how his working-class and poor neighbors worked hard only to barely stay ahead of eviction. The desire to do something about this impacted him, but it was when his own family fell into financial difficulty as a teenager that he realized how hard ‘climbing out’ of poverty was. Motivated and compelled to develop solutions to food insecurity and living within such limited means, Stephen studied Political Science and Journalism as an undergraduate. His aim was to tell his and others’ stories within a policy context to create sustainable solutions for those struggling to make ends meet. Later, Stephen entered the Masters in Social Work program at CUNY Hunter. His first year placement was at Yorkville Common Pantry, the largest single-site food pantry in New York. After being a homeless outreach worker and then Social Services Director for a housing organization in New York, Stephen served as the Shelter Director at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a large settlement house in Manhattan. He then became Deputy Executive Director of Urban Pathways, a social service and low-income housing provider for the formerly homeless in New York City, where his duties included promoting and maintaining quality programming, supervising agency-wide operations, and fundraising.
In 2008, Stephen returned to Yorkville Common Pantry as Executive Director, helping to rebrand the organization as New York Common Pantry in 2012. Working alongside the senior team and Board of Directors, he has led the organization as it has grown to serve the entire city, with four brick and mortar and 200 mobile/partner sites. He believes the work of New York Common Pantry should be impactful, goal-oriented, efficient, and promote dignity and health while maximizing self-sufficiency using holistic, comprehensive and innovative approaches. He represents the Pantry at the city, state, and national level on issues impacting the people it serves, and is currently a member of The Roundtable: Allies for Food Access as well as the Innovative Capacity Coordination Group through the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy.
Judy Secon serves as NYCP’s Deputy Executive Director. Judy brings 30 years of experience in the non-profit field. She was a Vice President at Phoenix House Foundation, a leading non-profit drug rehabilitation center, and most recently the Executive Director at Rye Youth Council for 15 years. She has experience related to non-profit management, organizational development, human resources, grant writing and financial oversight and budgeting. Judy received a BA in Psychology at Brandeis University and Masters in Public Administration at New York University. At NYU she majored in Management and received the Raymond Lesquer Award for Highest Scholastic Standing. She comes to NYCP with a long history and understanding of social service delivery systems, program development, and community engagement.
Deana Murtha has 20 years of experience in development and communications. A former teacher, since 2001, Deana has worked exclusively in development at international, national, and local nonprofits, overseeing individual and institutional giving, working with boards, and determining strategy and trajectory of development and communications departments. She most recently worked as the NYC Development Director at Jumpstart, an early childhood education national nonprofit and previously held leadership positions at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, New York Association of New Americans, and ACE Programs for the Homeless. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Bridgeport, and a certificate in Non-for-Profit Accounting from NYU. Deana is committed to continuously learning and finds great satisfaction in determining solutions that increase effectiveness and efficiency.
Greg Onaifo started his career working for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in NY, before transitioning to the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and the Foot Clinic of New York, where he spent more than fourteen years, the last eight in the position of CFO. From 2000-2006 Greg was the Director of Finance & Operations for the Queens Village Day School in Jamaica, NY. Amongst other responsibilities, the highlights of his accomplishments include pioneering a full-scope revamp, streamlining and automating the financial processes, resulting in over $3 million in operational cost savings, and working with TD Bank, DOE, and DOH during the COVID-19 epidemic to secure a Relief Stimulus Package of $3.5 million for the College and the Foot Clinic of New York. A graduate of the Wroclaw University of Economics in Poland with a Master’s Degree in Business Management & Informatics, concentrating in accounting & information systems, as well as his Doctoral degree in Economic Sciences, Greg will complete his Executive MBA degree at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business in December 2021, specializing in finance, leadership, & change management. Fluent in both English and Polish, Greg is a tech-savvy, results-driven executive with extensive management experience in accounting, finance, IT, and operations in nonprofit and healthcare settings. He possesses a knack for driving optimal fiscal outcomes for stakeholders. In Greg’s own words, “I pride myself on being a collaborative team player and an experienced creative problem solver.”
Muhammad Al-Amin has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years, providing direct services to homeless individuals and families in need throughout New York City. Born and raised in Harlem, Muhammad is the current Managing Director of Programs at the New York Common Pantry. He oversees all aspects of the Social Services, Food Operations, Food Rescue, Live Healthy!-Nutrition Education and Food Equity Program, and the Nourish- Senior Nutrition Program.
Muhammad has been with New York Common Pantry Since 2010 when he came on board as the Project Dignity Case manager. In the first year with the organization, Muhammad transitioned from a case manager to the Program Coordinator for Project Dignity and was responsible for all components of the homeless services. In 2014, Muhammad became the Programs Manager for the newly consolidated Social Services Department. In 2015, he was promoted to the Director of Social Services Department where he supervised all aspects of the case management services. In 2022, he transitioned to the Managing Director of Programs.
Natalie Kim has nine years of experience in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining New York Common Pantry as the Managing Director of Human Resources in March 2022, Natalie was the Human Resources Manager at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF).
Natalie has expertise in HR Strategy, HR Technology implementation, Employee Relations, Compliance, Recruitment, Benefits, and various HR functions as a Generalist. Natalie oversees all HR initiatives and strives for innovation and development. Natalie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations from Rutgers University and is also SHRM-CP certified since 2019
Zoraya Nazario is NYCP’s Managing Director of Operations. She started at NYCP in 2016 as the Director of Senior Nutrition Programs. Zoraya has 10 years experience in hospital administration, project management, and mental health counseling. She was moved into her role as MD of Operations in 2021. Under Operations, Zoraya oversees facilities maintenance, information technology, warehouse operations, and fleet management. She has an MA from Iona College and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Zoraya is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an alumni of the AMEX Leadership Academy.
Zoraya was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, to two working parents native to Puerto Rico. She has always been interested in human behavior and the providing of services to others, which guided her to pursue degrees in Psychology. At NYCP, Zoraya is able to be part of a team dedicated to addressing food insecurity in NYC and fulfills her personal goal of giving back to her community.