Thomas Showalter, Executive Director, is an expert on education and workforce policy and related areas (disability policy, juvenile justice, antipoverty programs), as well as Congressional politics and processes. Before coming to NYEC, Thomas advised advocacy organizations and foundations on communications and strategic planning at a Bethesda-based public relations and public affairs firm. He also spent almost five years on the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, working for chairmen Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA). With the committee.
Kristal Romero, NYEC Membership Engagement and Outreach Coordinator, comes from a direct service background where she spent 3 years working with individuals living with HIV/AIDs at a Silicon Valley nonprofit. She spent the 2016 Election Cycle working on a Congressional campaign in California.
Kate O'Sullivan, NYEC Consultant, worked at NYEC from 1995-2008. She built NYEC's hallmark quality standards effort, the Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet). As an independent consultant since 2008, she has helped networks and funders to develop, deliver, support, assess, and improve youth employment programs and systems.
Don Spangler, NYEC Consultant, has served as policy advisor to the Philadelphia Youth Network, one of the nation's leading youth workforce intermediary organizations, since its inception in 1999, where he developed extensive expertise in youth workforce activities and related aspects of youth education, employment and training.
Board of Directors
John Martinez, Chair, Director of Program Development Development and External Affairs- MDRC, New York, NY
Lisa Johnson, Vice Chair, Associate Director of Programs NIWL- FHI 360, Washington, DC
Ellen Zinkiewicz, Treasurer, Youth and Community Service Director- Nashville Career Advancement Center, Nashville, TN
Karine Kanikkeberg, Secretary, Resource Teacher- Kern County High School District, Career Resource Department, Bakersfield, CA
Tad Asbury, Vice President & Executive Director- Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Bethesda, MD
Sharlet Barnett, Chief Executive Officer- Arizona Call-A-Teen Youth Resources, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Eugene Bell, Executive Director- Kings View Skills 4 Success, Madera, CA
David Brown, Senior Fellow- Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD
Ernest Dorsey, Assistant Director- (Baltimore City) Mayor's Office of Employment Development, Baltimore, MD
Glenn Eagleson, Senior Planner and Policy Analyst- Department of Children, Youth & Their Families, San Francisco, CA
Melinda Giovengo, Executive Director- YouthCare Seattle, WA
Kathy Hamilton, Youth Transitions Director- Boston Private Industry Council, Boston, MA
Andrew Moore, Senior Fellow- National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, Washington, DC
Hector Rivera, Chief Operating Officer- Our Piece of the Pie, Hartford, CT