Our Backbone

 
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United for Brownsville’s backbone staff support the local stakeholders at the heart of our work: the Family Advisory Board (FAB) and the Provider Action Team (PAT).

By reorienting the early childhood landscape around the strengths of families and service providers, we can create an environment in which infants and toddlers will thrive.


 
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Kassa Belay

Co-Director, 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 educational inequities. 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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David Harrington

Co-Director, 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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Danielle Augustine

Project Manager
daugustine@community.solutions
347-669-3730

Danielle Augustine has a background in marketing and is a Native New Yorker. She is responsible for planning and overseeing UB initiatives (Discover Together Brownsville) and managing logistics and relationships within and between UB advisory bodies. Before joining Community Solutions, Danielle served as a Marketing Project Manager for a New York-based creative agency, where she oversaw day to day operations, managed a creative team and helped local and global nonprofit organizations develop and implement branding strategies. Danielle holds a BA in English from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.


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Dionne Grayman

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


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 holds a BA in English and Journalism, and an MS in Special Education. Dionne is most proud of being the mother of three incredible children who keep her hip, cool and dancing.

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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.