Our Team

Alberto Minujin

Founder and Executive Director

Alberto Minujin is a professor at the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (SGPIA) housed at The Milano School at The New School, with a special focus on topics related to social policy and children’s rights. He serves as director of the School’s International Field Program (IFP) in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is a member of the Latin American Observatory (OLA). Until 2005, Professor Minujin was senior program officer for policy analysis in the Division of Policy and Planning of UNICEF Headquarters, New York. He operates a consultancy to UNICEF and other organizations worldwide. In 2010, Minujin was awarded the Argentina Bicentennial Medal in recognition of his contributions to the fields of child rights and social policy. He is the author of many books, articles and papers about child rights, social policy and the middle class.

Gabriel Crespo

Associate Director of Programs and Administration

Gabriel administers Equity for Children, overseeing all the programmatic areas including project design and implementation, strategic communications, and fundraising. He is a parent and committed child rights advocate. His research interest focus on social innovation and effective policies for the reduction of poverty and urban inequality. Gabriel has a law degree from Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, in international law and human rights. He received an M.A. in International Affairs from The New School, prior to that, he obtained an M.A. in Comparative Literature at Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

Samantha Cocco-Klein

Senior Advisor

Samantha Cocco-Klein is an advocate for children and international development specialists. For over 15 years, she has worked with UNICEF, the UN and civil society organizations around the world to improve the lives of children. As Chief of Policy, Advocacy, Planning and Evaluation (PAPE) for UNICEF Pacific, she led research and advocacy initiatives to put children’s concerns at the center of regional discussions on poverty, climate adaptation, and the Post 2015 Agenda. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Public and Urban Policy at the Milano School for International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, with an interest in resilient and equitable cities for children.

Ruth Grant

Spanish to English Translator

Ruth Grant is a translator, proof-reader, and writer, passionate about language, meaning, and new ideas. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1983, she studied Geography at the University of Cambridge and later completed two Masters degrees; one in Environment, Society and Development and the other in City Planning and Regeneration. Before becoming a freelance translator, she worked for third-sector organizations as a researcher and fundraiser. Ruth currently lives near Oxford in England. Her translation work is oriented towards social sciences, social and urban policy, international development and the environment, reflecting her academic and personal interests, as well as more commercial projects.

Board of Advisors

Jace Schinderman

Advisory Board

Jace Schinderman is president of JLS Enterprises, a management consultancy specializing in board development, fundraising and strategic planning. Before that, she held positions over the course of 22 years in higher education, most recently at Columbia Business School as associate dean. Before that, Schinderman served as executive director for six years at Crescent House, Louisiana’s first shelter for battered women and their children. She has her BA and MBA degrees from Tulane University.

Tom Fernandez

Advisory Board

Tom Fernandez is a founder of Balto Therapeutics, a specialty pharmaceutical company in New York. Previously, he co-founded Retrophin, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and marketing innovative therapies for rare, catastrophic childhood diseases. Before that, he was a partner at a family of hedge funds, Galleon Group, where he led Investor Relations and the marketing effort. Prior to Galleon, Tom was Assistant Dean for MBA Career Services and Director of The Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia Business School. He is a Trustee of Synchronicity Earth, a UK-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving global biodiversity. Tom holds a BA in History from Yale University and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Marilyn Kohn

Advisory Board

Marilyn F. Kohn, is Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. Prior to this Marilyn was Vice Chancellor and Chief Development Officer of The Jewish Theological Seminary. Marilyn has been a development professional for 30 years. She directed and worked with fundraising teams for a variety of organizations, large and small, including serving as director of Principal Gifts at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Associate Dean of External Relations and Development of Columbia Business School. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Caesar & Washburn Incorporated, consulting with clients such as Cancer Care, Facing History and Ourselves, Jewish Home and Hospital, Ms. Foundation, and Victim Services.

Tamara Kreinin

Advisory Board

Tamara Kreinin is the Director of the Reproductive Health program at the Packard Foundation. Prior to that, Tamara served as the executive director of women and population at the United Nations Foundation where she designed and implemented initiatives to improve life for women and girls globally, with an emphasis on reproductive health, comprehensive programs for adolescent girls, U.S. policy on behalf of women and girls globally, global south advocacy, and partnerships with UN agencies. Tamara’s experience in health and human services spans more than 25 years. She has traveled the globe as an advocate and public policy advisor for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Throughout her career, Tamara has been a passionate voice for social justice and social change. She has consulted in the areas of advocacy, fundraising, public relations, and numerous issues related to social change domestically and internationally. She has advised governors, legislators, state and local public health officials, parliamentarians, and advocates on effective public health policy; and has worked on numerous political campaigns. Tamara is the co-author of Girls’ Night Out, a book about women’s groups across America, published in 2002 by Crown, Random House. Tamara holds a Masters in Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.) from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

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