UB is led by families and social, health, and educational service-providers from the Brownsville community. This community-first leadership strives for equity and upends top-down approaches to solving complex issues like disparities in early childhood development outcomes.

United for Brownsville’s Organizational Chart


Family Advisory Board (FAB)

The Family Advisory Board (FAB) is led by mothers, fathers, and grandparents who are the experts at raising children in Brownsville. FAB members represent the diversity of lived experiences in the neighborhood, including public housing and homeownership, entrepreneurs and homemakers, families small and large, and households involved in foster care, the shelter system, and special education. This depth of experience informs the FAB’s ideas for improving the early childhood system. The FAB meets monthly and shares decision-making power with the Provider Action Team.

In our commitment to diversity, UB is actively recruiting male members. If you you would like to join the FAB or know a good candidate, please reach out to us!

“Being a member of the FAB has given me an opportunity to get a better understanding of how important a child’s social emotional and language skills development is, meet other families in my community that I can share my experience — struggles and shining moments — as a parent with.
— Taurean, FAB Member

Provider Action Team (PAT)

Provider Action Team (PAT) members are the experts at serving children in the community. The PAT is composed of professionals from over 40 educational-, health-, and social-service providing organizations who work with infants and toddlers in Brownsville. Members work in early childhood education centers, hospitals and clinics, agency offices, and even clients’ homes. Monthly PAT meetings are open to FAB members, which facilitates collaboration and relationship-building as we pursue jointly-planned projects to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers.

UB welcomes any executive directors, program directors, managers, or other staff of service-providing organizations whose organizations work in Brownsville or serve infants, toddlers, and their families who reside in Brownsville. Reach out to us any time or come by a meeting to learn how we work!

“We will disrupt inequities and systemic racism, starting with our own work. We will collaborate with organizations and programs aligned with UB’s mission to share resources and co-create projects that benefit the Brownsville community and its families in a sustainable way. Our values for collaboration will be permanently present in our work.
— PAT Goals, identified November 11, 2018

The Leadership Council

UB is grateful for the guidance of our Leadership Council composed of executives from New York City agencies, nonprofits, and businesses that are at the forefront of early childhood development work in New York City. The Leadership Council began convening quarterly meetings in December of 2017 and has continued to grow and evolve as UB has grown.

The Leadership Council is explicitly not a decision-making body but an advisory group that lends advice and otherwise facilitates our work.


Eric L. Adams
Brooklyn Borough President

Gary Belkin
Chief of Strategy and Policy
Thrive NYC, New York City Hall

Dr. Torian Easterling
Assistant Commissioner
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Center for Health Equity

Rosanne Haggerty
President and CEO
Community Solutions

Matt Klein
Executive Director
NYC Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity

Harvey Lawrence
President & CEO
BMS Family Health Center

Keith Little
Executive Director
SCO Family of Services

Jennifer March
Executive Director
Citizens’ Committee for Children

Erasma Monticciolo
Founder and CEO
Power of Two

Chad Shearer
VP for Policy and Director
Medicaid Institute, United Hospital Fund

Maryanne Schretzman
Executive Director
NYC Center for Innovation and Data Intelligence

Dr. Megan Smith
Founder & Director
MOMS at Yale

Josh Wallack
Deputy Chancellor
NYC Department of Education

Kimberly Watson
Chief Operating Officer
Graham Windham

Stephanie Wilchfort
President & CEO
Brooklyn Children's Museum

Greg Worrell
Scholastic Education