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Board of Directors

Joseph Hache

Joseph Haché,

Financial Advisor, JEH Advisors
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María Herminia Graterol,

Human Rights Attorney
Maria Herminia Graterol is a venezuelan women´s rights activist with a passion for the arts. Her career has focused on rights of women and children living in poverty and has taken her to many countries. She has been in love with theatre since she was 3 years old and is passionate about promoting the arts as a key element of quality education for all. She co-founded and directed the House of Language Acquisition (HOLA NYC) in NYC for four years. She currently serves on the Board of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) and continues to work with women’s rights activists all over the world through International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia-Pacific.

Amelia Vicini,

Partner, INICIA

A ten-year New York magazine publishing veteran, Amelia is currently a Partner at INICIA, a boutique asset management firm based in the Dominican Republic. She is a member of its Strategy and Investments Committee and chief promoter of INICIA Educación, an impact investment fund focused on positively impacting the DR’s education system through investments that improve learning outcome indicators.

Amelia is a board member at the American Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic, a board member at EDUCA, a private sector education advocacy organization, a member of the Board of Regents at Barna Business School in the DR as well as a past Trustee at Save the Children US. She has a B.A from Sarah Lawrence College.


Deborah Katznelson,

Geriatric Social Work Consultant
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Hiram Arnold

Hiram Miguel Arnaud

Financial Advisor, Strategies for Wealth

Hiram Miguel Arnaud is a financial analyst and holistic wealth advisor with Strategies for Wealth. Hiram works with individuals and families, and always considers the entire financial portfolio of his clients within the context of their ultimate goals and desired lifestyles. More importantly, he helps them understand the importance of making strategic and educated choices, by focusing on the power of cash flow, strong savings, planning beyond retirement, and making consistent progress. Completely transparent in his process, Hiram aims to see beyond the financial picture to the desired outcome for the assets he’s managing, embracing the mentality that every financial plan has a purpose. This helps clients reframe and better understand their relationship with their money, and leverage this to help enhance security and accumulate wealth.
Hiram has been a recipient of The lives Leader Aware for three consecutive years, is a recipient of The Client Builder Award, and a consistent Leader’s Club qualifier. He has also been inducted into Who’s who in Latin America for his performance in financial services, as well as into the Continental Who’s Who, as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of finance.

Through his upbringing and experience, Hiram has learned to prioritized the personal relationships he builds with clients above all else, enabling an awareness of his clients’ goals beyond what they represent financially. His unique ability to communicate with clients is reflected through his involvements outside his profession. Hiram balances his experience in wealth management with participation in several outreach programs, including NY Cares and Dominicans on Wall Street (DOWS), where he has held office as President of the Public Relations and Fundraising Committee from 2006 and 2008. Hiram was also a New York City Chapter Inroads Scholar, which is a competitive leadership program for students.

Prior to joining Strategies for Wealth, Hiram was an Associate Director at UBS Americas Inc., where he served as a credit analyst responsible for underwriting various warehouse credit facilities for the Asset Backed Securities (ABS) lending portfolio. He was also a Senior Associate for the Financial Institution Group (FIG) at Moody’s Investors Service, where he researched and analyzed quantitative and qualitative information for issuer credit analysis, covering commercial finance, consumer finance, credit cards, and auto captive sectors. Hiram’s experience in complex transactions has been enhanced by multiple professional training programs throughout his career, including Cash Flow, Debt Capacity and transaction Structuring at Pimley & Pimley Inc.; Structured Finance training at Moody’s; and Securitization and ABS training at Fitch. Additionally, Hiram is Bloomberg Certified by Bloomberg University.

Hiram holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance with a concentration in Economics from Manhattanville College in New York, where he was the recipient of the Manhattanville College Board of Trustees Scholarship from 1996 to 2000.


Ejim Dike

Principal and Consultant, EHD Advisory
Ejim Dike previously served as the Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network. She has worked on social policy issues for over fifteen years and in the domestic human rights arena for ten years. Her work focuses on addressing poverty and discrimination using a human rights framework. Previously, she was Director of the Human Rights Project (HRP) at the Urban Justice Center. She has been cited in articles appearing in Harper's Magazine (by Naomi Klein), The Daily News, Gotham Gazette, and City Limits. Ejim has contributed to articles published by the Center for American Progress and the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute. She has co-chaired the CERD Taskforce, a joint project of the US Human Rights Network and the Human Rights at Home Campaign. Ms. Dike worked for several years on programs aimed at increasing access to employment in low-income neighborhoods. She received her undergraduate degree from Berea College and a Masters of Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.
Jacob Padron

Jacob Padrón

Artistic Director, Long Wharf Theatre & The Sol Project

Jacob G. Padrón is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project. He was most recently on the artistic staff of the Public Theater as the Senior Line Producer where he worked on new plays, new musicals, Shakespeare in the Park and Public Works. At The Public he shepherded the work of Tarell Alvin McCraney ("Head of Passes"), Universes ("Party People"), Stew & Heidi Rodewald ("The Total Bent"), Tracey Scott Wilson ("Buzzer"), Lemon Andersen ("Toast"), Richard Nelson ("The Gabriels"), Suzan-Lori Parks ("Father Comes Home From the Wars," Parts 1, 2 and 3) and Shaina Taub & Kwame Kwei-Armah ("Twelfth Night"), among others.

Prior to his post at The Public, Padrón was the Producer at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago where he oversaw the artistic programming in the Garage, Steppenwolf's second stage dedicated to new work, new artists and new audiences. Under his leadership, the Garage premiered work by Ike Holter ("Hit the Wall"), Christina Anderson ("Man in Love"), Janine Nabers ("Annie Bosh Is Missing"), Edith Freni ("Buena Vista"), and Carly Mensch ("Oblivion") among others. From 2008 to 2011, he was an Associate Producer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Appointed by Bill Rauch to his senior staff, Padrón was instrumental in producing all shows in the 11-play repertory. In addition, he was a part of the producing team that transferred OSF productions to Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage in Washington DC and Brooklyn Academy of Music ("Throne of Blood," Next Wave Festival). He was the producer of Suzan-Lori Parks' "365 Days/365 Plays" for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles under the mentorship of Emilie Beck, Michael Ritchie and Diane Rodriguez.

Padrón has worked with Yale Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Teatro Vista and About Face Theatre. He was named "one to watch" by American Theatre magazine and was an inaugural recipient of the SPARK Leadership Fellowship administered by Theatre Communications Group (TCG). He has been a lecturer at Northwestern University and has adjudicated on grant panels for TCG, Network of Ensemble Theaters, The Drama League, SDC Foundation and American Theatre Wing.

In addition to his work on The Sol Project, Padrón is currently on staff with Time Warner Inc. in Cultural Investments where he supports the theater and film portfolios and identifies diverse storytellers for future media projects. He is also on faculty at Yale School of Drama where he teaches artistic producing.

Originally from Gilroy, California, Padrón is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (BA) and Yale School of Drama (MFA). He is also the co-founder of Tilted Field Productions. He dedicates this initiative to his first artistic home, El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, California.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07:  Oz Rodriguez attends the "Brother Nature" New York Premiere at Regal E-Walk 13 on September 7, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Manny Carabel/FilmMagic)

Osmany Rodriguez

Film Director, Saturday Night Live

Oz also directed some of Funny or Die’s best branded content, including work for Mini Cooper, Starbucks and Sony pictures. He’s also directed segments for the first and second seasons of Funny or Die Presents on HBO and is attached to direct his first feature under Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures banner. In addition to his comedy sketches, Oz has shot commercials for Quiznos, MTV, Chevy, Under Armour and Stove Top—all of which have garnered top praises from the advertising press.

In 2013, Oz was tapped for Saturday Night Live, where he went on to direct some of the series’ most notable shorts including Totino’s Pizza Roll with Larry David, and the infamous 2016 election sketches starring Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon. He is currently working as the director for a network TV pilot and is in post-production for his own first feature film, which he also wrote the screenplay for, set in the South Bronx.


Pedro L. Rodriguez

Vice President, Business Growth, Digital Marketing & Transformation, Horizon Media

Pedro is Vice President, Business Growth, Digital Marketing & Transformation at Horizon Media Inc. He is charged with the strategic development of plans and programs for growing digital business at Horizon Media, co-leading the Multicultural Social Media Practice, as well as overseeing Partnerships & Special Projects including the Voice Offering. In 2018, he was named as one of Adweek's Young Influentials.

In 2017, he launched Horizon Media’s Voice Practice, focused on artificial intelligence as it relates to voice assistants (e.g. Alexa) and voice-enabled devices (e.g. Google Home) in order to provide strategy, content, and voice app (e.g. skills, actions) development services to Horizon clients.

Pedro is a former blogger for the HuffingtonPost, where he focused on emerging social and digital trends. Past professional recognitions include being named a 2015 Direct Marketing News 40 Under 40 Award Recipient and Winner of FOLIO Magazine Marketer of the Year Award when he was Director of Integrated Marketing at People en Español (Time Inc.), bringing to life integrated marketing and branding campaigns.

During his time as a member of the Digital Innovation Group at Cohn & Wolfe (WPP) he worked across consumer, healthcare, corporate and technology clients creating social and digital media communication strategies. Pedro's branding and marketing experience includes roles at HBO’s New York International Latino Film Festival and Ocean Drive Español (Niche Media Holdings LLC).

He is an active member of the LAGRANT Foundation, mentoring young minority professionals entering the communications field. Pedro is also part of OUT in Tech and a supporter of God's Love We Deliver in NYC.


Kevin Thurman

General Counsel, Lemle & Wolff Companies
Kevin Thurman is a principal at the Lemle & Wolff Companies. Since 2011, Kevin has provided legal assistance related to property management, construction and development, and he serves as General Counsel.

Prior to joining the Lemle & Wolff Companies, Kevin was an associate at the law firms Goldson, Nolan, Connolly, P.C. and Nadel & Associates, P.C. and represented clients in a wide array of matters related to real estate and construction. He also worked at Enterprise Community Partners, where he assisted in project management and loan administration services related to affordable housing projects.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Bucknell University, a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law, and a Master of Science in urban planning from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Planning Association.

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