Executive Director, BronxWorks
Eileen Torres started working at BronxWorks, a multiservice nonprofit agency that helps Bronx families improve their economic and social well-being, in 1995, and since then she has worked her way up to becoming its executive director in 2014. Upon taking the leadership role, Torres has been the spokeswoman for more than 45,000 Bronx residents and the organization’s 800 employees.
She currently serves on the boards of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, the Lawyers Alliance for New York and the advisory committee for the Center for Bronx Nonprofits. Her leadership and legal experience has allowed for BronxWorks to continue flourish as a safe haven for immigrants, homeless individuals and families, those impacted by HIV/AIDS and adults transitioning from welfare to employment.
Executive Director, East Side House Settlement
The East Side House Settlement, which has the distinction of being one of New York City’s oldest nonprofits, is an organization that provides low-income communities with educational programs to help them improve their economic opportunities.
Various elementary, middle and high schools as well as day care facilities work with the organization to provide children across the city with access to excellent academic resources.
Daniel Diaz has served as executive director of the charity for less than a year and has quickly helped intertwine more social services into educational programming. Serving on a variety of community boards also makes Diaz an important figure in the nonprofit world of the Bronx.
Co-founder, South Bronx Unite
As an environmental activist and co-founder of South Bronx Unite, Mychal Johnson has dedicated his life to making a positive difference in his community. South Bronx Unite, which is known for its efforts to block FreshDirect’s move to the Bronx, is a coalition of organizations, residents and allies who fight political, economic and social injustices in the South Bronx.
Recently, under Johnson’s leadership, the coalition received a $40,000 grant from the New York Foundation to transform an old rehab facility into a community center. Additionally, Johnson currently serves on the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, Watershed Advisory Committee in the New York City Parks Department, Mott Haven-Port Morris Community Land Stewards and on the New York City Community Land Initiative.
Michael Max Knobbe
Executive Director, BronxNet
BronxNet, a nonprofit, independent media organization, has provided local television programming for Bronx residents since 1993. Michael Max Knobbe, the organization’s executive director since 2002, is a key player in expanding public access resources, guiding media production and connecting local organizations with the viewers of BronxNet.
Knobbe co-founded the Alliance for Community Media’s New York State Chapter, where he works with other media organizations to make sure state and national news is easily accessible to the public. Knobbe’s current projects include launching two new channels, developing more educational programs for high school and college students, and ensuring that viewers are informed with matters not only concerning the Bronx community, but also the world.
Chairman, Bronx Chapter, National Action Network
Rev. Kahli Mootoo has long served as a pastor and local religious leader, but he also serves a larger flock as chairman for the Bronx chapter of the National Action Network, a civil rights organization that, among other causes, fights for criminal justice, voter protection, corporate responsibility and accessible education.
A graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan and New York Theological Seminary, Mootoo has also served on the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS and as a real estate and government consultant. Mootoo has been an outspoken advocate for his community on a wide variety of topics, including actively supporting health care legislation in Albany and fighting for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal prekindergarten program.