Kassa Belay

Co-Director of UB, SCO Family of Services
kbelay@sco.org • 347.918.7870

Kassa supports partnerships between SCO Family of Services and municipal agencies, nonprofits, and community organizations working in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He brings his background in organizing and collective impact to SCO’s expertise in children’s services and its long history in Brownsville. Through his work, he often finds himself participating in initiatives that require a multi-sector approach to address complex issues regarding community development and the educational achievement gap. Kassa graduated from The New School with an MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management. Previous to that, Kassa graduated from Concordia University, in Montreal, Canada, with a BA in Anthropology and Sociology. Kassa was born in raised in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain.

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Dionne Grayman

Accountability and Engagement Consultant
dionnegrayman@gmail.com • 718-218-4951

Dionne Grayman facilitates paradigm shifts: Whether providing a liberated space for mothers of color to create internal support networks to better address external challenges or ensuring that marginalized communities have opportunities to be seen and heard, her work is grounded in amplifying voice.

An educator, Dionne has facilitating learning for a range of young people from incarcerated youth on Rikers Island to students at Brooklyn Technical High School. In her current role as staff developer for the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, she is responsible for training and coaching staff in the implementation of restorative practices inside of New York City schools.

In her role as community engagement consultant for United for Brownsville,  she works alongside project leadership to co-create strategies; engage in thoughtful planning; provide skilled facilitation, and ensure that their commitment to be held accountable to community members is a high priority. Dionne has carried her work from the classroom into the wider community, where she continues to believe that the collective power of the people is the most effective mechanism for leading transformation from within and informing policy without. In her

A lover of all things Toni Morrison, the Golden Era of Hip Hop and coffee, Dionne holds a BA in English and Journalism, and an MS in Special Education. She credits her parents for the idea that being a smart black girl with glasses is an act of revolution.

Dionne is most proud of being the mother of three incredible children who keep her hip, cool and dancing.

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David Harrington

Co-Director of UB, Community Solutions
dharrington@community.solutions • 347.454.2115

David has a background in education management and is the proud father of a Brooklyn toddler. He brings Community Solutions’ data-driven, collective impact, and quality improvement approaches to solving the entrenched issue of inequity in early childhood development. Prior to Community Solutions, David was an Associate Director for the Office of District Planning at the New York City Department of Education, where he engaged in strategic planning on school rezonings and other projects that improved learning conditions for tens of thousands of students in the Bronx and Queens. He has also directed educational programs at Legal Outreach, Inc., a non-profit college preparatory organization for students from underserved populations, and led fundraising and communications for a nonprofit bilingual school in Honduras. David hails from Hartford, CT, and has degrees from Grinnell College and Columbia University. 

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Jason Ludwig

Intern

Jason Ludwig was born and raised in Brooklyn. He graduated from Drexel University in 2017 with a BA in History and an MS in Science, Technology, and Society.

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