NPCC Staff

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee's staff brings with it a blend of backgrounds as diverse as its membership.

Melkis Alvarez-Baez | Chief Operations Officer

Melkis Alvarez-Baez | Chief Operations Officer

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Melkis Alvarez-Baez joined NPCC in 2011 as Associate Director for Special Programs and became Director of Programs in 2014. As COO, Melkis oversees all of NPCC’s internal operations. Prior to NPCC, Melkis worked with Advocates for Children of New York, a nonprofit working to protect every child's right to an education. Melkis is a member of Job Path’s Board of Directors, Program Committee Chair of Advocates for Children’s Junior Board, and Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the NYC Alumni Committee of Harvard’s Center for Public Interest Careers. Melkis has served as a Team Leader for the New York Women’s Foundation’s Grants Advisory Committee. Melkis is a graduate of Harvard College and the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.


Matthew Cheng | Development Coordinator

Matthew Cheng | Development Coordinator

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Matthew Cheng joined NPCC in August 2016 as Development Coordinator. In this position he coordinates NPCC's fundraising efforts by cultivating and maintaining relationships with the corporations, foundations and individuals that support NPCC's programs. Matthew holds his M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU and plays the violin with the Queer Urban Orchestra.


Aaron Covarrubias

Aaron Covarrubias

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Aaron Covarrubias joined NPCC in May 2018 as Education and Training Manager with a wealth of experience in adult education and nonprofit management. Before joining NPCC, Aaron worked at Upwardly Global, a non-profit organization helping skilled immigrants and refugees secure professional employment, where he served in different positions spearheading educational initiatives including the revamp of their clients' training experience and the implementation of a national ESL program. Prior to that, Aaron worked in one of the top private universities in Mexico leading their faculty and all students' affairs. He holds a Bachelor's in Administration, a Master's in Education, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Education. He plays guitar in an underrated, independent, reggae-rock band and lives in Brooklyn


Constance Ferber | Knowledge Director

Constance Ferber | Knowledge Director

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Constance Ferber joined NPCC in 2013 as Executive and Board Coordinator and became Program Coordinator in 2014. In her current role as Knowledge Director, Constance oversees NPCC’s use of data, outcomes measures, and reports and resources on sector surveys and assessments. Prior to NPCC, Constance worked for CRS in their Health & HIV unit. She is also on the Young Professionals Board of the Washington Heights CORNER Project, a New York City-based harm reduction organization. Constance has a B.A. in Sociology from the College of Wooster and a M.A in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University.


Tiloma Jayasinghe | Chief Programs Officer

Tiloma Jayasinghe | Chief Programs Officer

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Tiloma Jayasinghe is currently the Chief Programs Officer at NPCC. She is also an Activist Fellow at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and a gender justice consultant. She was most recently the Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, a non-profit organization working to end gender-based violence. Prior to that she was a Social Affairs Officer at the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women where she was responsible for analyzing and identifying policies and practices eliminating violence against women from an international perspective. She lives in NYC with her husband, two daughters, and dog.


Kelly McLain | Communications Coordinator

Kelly McLain | Communications Coordinator

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Kelly McLain joined NPCC in April 2018. In her role as Communications Coordinator, Kelly works with the team to development and implement communication strategies that promote NPCC’s training and education, knowledge management, membership programs, and movement building work. Prior to joining NPCC, Kelly managed marketing and public relations for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. Kelly holds a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in English from the University of Alaska Anchorage.


Alexa Salamé | Programs Coordinator

Alexa Salamé | Programs Coordinator

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Alexa joined NPCC in 2017 as Executive and Board Coordinator and later became Programs Coordinator. In her time at NPCC, she has worked to support the Executive Team, the Board of Directors, and the Programs Department. Alexa comes to NPCC with a background in the arts, having worked as a theatrical producer and artist. She holds a degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.


Taïna Sanon | Membership Manager

Taïna Sanon | Membership Manager

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Taïna Sanon joined NPCC in October 2017 as the Membership Manager and works closely with NPCC’s Chief Program Officer, Tiloma Jayasinghe, to strategize, envision and implement membership programming and services according to NPCC’s strategic plan goals. Prior to joining the NPCC team, Taïna worked for Free Arts NYC and the Brooklyn Historical Society. She is passionate about community building and being a connector for individuals and organizations who want to network and collaborate in order to become stronger as a whole. Taïna holds a degree from NYU's Stern School of Business.


Katie Spencer | Executive & Board Associate

Katie Spencer | Executive & Board Associate

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Katie joined NPCC in early 2018 as Executive & Board Associate. In her role, Katie supports NPCC’s executive team and the Board of Directors. She also assists with office management and all programmatic efforts. Katie is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director for ARE Opera, a nonprofit that strives to make opera accessible, relatable, and enjoyable for all people. Prior to her work with NPCC, she worked as a program assistant at Carnegie Hall. She received her MM from The Manhattan School of Music.


Sharon Stapel | President & Executive Director

Sharon Stapel | President & Executive Director

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Sharon Stapel comes to NPCC from the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP), where she was the Executive Director of the nation’s largest LGBTQ and HIV-affected anti-violence program. She was named a White House Champion of Change and was recognized by President Obama for her advocacy work. Stapel directed units at South Brooklyn Legal Services and the Legal Aid Society and coordinated the Street Law Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She is a graduate of CUNY School of Law and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has served as an adjunct professor at CUNY School of Law and Hunter College. Sharon lives in Brooklyn with her wife, two kids, and three cats.


Robert J. Vanni

Robert J. Vanni

Senior Consultant, Government Relations

Robert J. Vanni, Esq. is a graduate of NYU School of Law and Columbia Business School and was vice president, general counsel and secretary of The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. A former corporate associate with Shearman & Sterling, Vanni has also served as the first general counsel of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as legislative assistant to Assemblyman Anthony G. Olivieri (deceased), and in legal positions with the United Nations Secretariat.

He has been a member of the board of directors of many nonprofit organizations, including the Board of Advisors of the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, Co-Chair of the Committee on Museums, Libraries and Collections of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Afghanistan Relief Committee, the America-Italy Society, Metro International, and the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. Vanni has served on various committees of the Bar Association of the City of New York, including the Committee on International Law, International Trade (founding chair), Art Law, Non-Profit Organizations, and the Committee for the United Nations.