Jessica Clemente majored in Environmental Science at SUNY Purchase. After graduating she served as Project Manager for the NYU School of Medicine’s “South Bronx Environmental Health and Policy Study.” The study, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and Congressman Jose E. Serrano in partnership with four local community organizations—the Point CDC, Nos Quedamos, the Sports Foundation, and Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice allowed her to work closely with researchers and community partners on the relationships between air quality and public health. This work led Jessica to pursue a Master of Urban Planning at the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
In 2011 Ms. Clemente was asked to become the CEO of Nos Quedamos. Under Ms. Clemente’s leadership, Nos Quedamos has grown, increasing in staff and program/service diversity. Some of these accomplishments include but not limited to:
• Financial stability for Nos Quedamos which now has an operating budget in excess of $1,000,000;
• Continued the work on sustainable affordable housing through the development of a new mixed-use residential building for seniors and families in Hunt’s Point;
• Developed a strong relationship with arts and cultural organizations in the South Bronx that has led Nos Quedamos to be the fiscal sponsor for a significant grant from the Dept. of Cultural Aairs and the formation of the Bronx Cultural Collective;
• Organizing the Melrose community gardens to form a coalition, known as the ‘Asociación de Huerto y Cultura,’ that is currently working towards 501(c)(3) status;
• Continued the work of Nos Quedamos with the Southern Bronx Watershed Alliance in its effort to decommission and re-envision the Sheridan Expressway;
• Increased the organization’s work in community and environmental advocacy through the following:
– voter engagement, the organizing of candidates forum as well as work with the Campaign Finance Board,
– board participation in the New York Environmental Justice Alliance,
– assisted in organizing the Bronx wide coalition “Build Without Displacement;”
– provided a leadership platform for the development of a major policy initiative on the development of Community Land Trusts.
Through all this work Ms. Clemente enjoys and is committed to a profound family life. With the strong support of her family, she and her husband are raising their two young children in the Bronx. As has been said, the creation of a better world that celebrates diversity and social justice begins at home.
Eulogia Díaz earned her Baccalaureate in Liberal Arts from State University of New York The College at New Paltz in the spring of 1994. She began her social work career in 2001 at South Bronx Action Group. Inc. as a consultant teaching ESL and U.S. History and Government for their Immigration Program, and just a few years later, she advanced to an Immigration Specialist. In 2011, South Bronx Action Group, Inc. and We Stay/Nos Quedamos, Inc, merged and she continued to expand immigration work.
In 2014, Eulogia successfully completed Association for Neighborhood Housing & Development’s Center for Neighborhood Leadership community organizing internship. As Community Development and Programs Coordinator, she worked to organize residents and community gardens while helping to expand our network of partnerships to help strengthen our organization’s work.
As the internal liaison between Social Service Department and Community Development & Programs Department, Eulogia has focused her priorities on improving the NQ Tools data base alongside the IT Specialist to ensure that the information gathered captures data and analysis of the community needs and program activation.
Eulogia was recently promoted to Community Development and Programs Director and continues to care, advocate and work engaging and organizing the community.
Anna Vincenty has dedicated much of her life to serving her community.From her early days working as a volunteer to prevent young people from joining gangs in the Bronx, later in serving at her son’s school as PTA President – Anna has always given back to the community.
After more than 20 years in banking, Anna transitioned from volunteering to leadership in the Community Relations field. Anna went on to support and serve with one of our community’s most recognized community activists and leaders – her dear friend Yolanda García. Together with other key players, she helped build We Stay/Nos Quedamos, Inc. In the early days of the organization, she began as a volunteer and later became the organization’s Assistant Director for Community Relations.
Beyond We Stay/Nos Quedamos, Inc. where she gave many years of service, Anna also served as the Chair of the South Bronx Action Group, Inc. – an organization that focused on social services, housing and citizenship issues. In addition, she chaired the Solid Waste Advisory Board; appointed by two different Borough Presidents (Adolfo Carrión and Ruben Díaz). Her extensive list of service and accomplishments include involvement with such entities as; NY Lawyers for the Public Interest, 40th and 42nd Precinct, the Point CDC, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, the South Bronx River Watershed Alliance, Sustainable South Bronx, Bronx River Alliance, The Botanical Garden, Bronx Zoo.
Anna serves on the committee for Women’s History Month with the Bronx Chamber of Commerce,on the committee of the 25 Most Influential Women of the Bronx and is a Board Member of Housing Options and Geriatric Association Resources (H.O.G.A.R.). She as Community Service Liaison in the office of the Honorable Congressman José E. Serrano.
Anna has come full circle continuing her commitment to affecting positive change for Melrose and the greater South Bronx community advancing her career in Community Relations in her capacity as Administrator of Special Projects in We Stay/Nos Quedamos, Inc.
Edwin Pagán is a Bronx-based artist, cultural advocate, strategist, and activist with over 30 years of hands-on experience in communications, organizing, program development and implementation in the non-profit and commercial sectors, who leverages his narrative massaging skills to craft uniquely relevant marketing and design concurrence campaigns in the service of the South Bronx community.
His rare skill-set of creative and administrative experience ideally lends itself to leading project management initiatives that require interaction and facilitation among culturally diverse populations, and where critical long-term network building capacities are required.
Pagán gained his extensive experience as a result of working technical assistance and programming capacities at the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA), Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA), Black Filmmaker Foundation, National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), and Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors (HOLA).
Since the 1990s, Pagán has been an instrumental thought leader in the development of “Cultural Identity Reclamation” practices that seek to re-align the factual narratives and cultural community legacy of the South Bronx through a people-led bottom-up approach that reframes those historical stories/assets from the community’s perspective that today he refers to as “placekeeping.”
He is also the program manager for the building community capacity initiative Bronx Culture Collective (BxCC), where he’s worked with a co-hort of South Bronx-based community arts organizations, a project that seeks to strengthen and unify the arts resources in the region as a tool for empowerment and expanded collaboration to collectively address the region’s most pressing social issues, including gentrification.
During his tenure, he developed the ‘South Bronx X South Bronx’ community resource portal, an online platform that is helping to realign how the region is perceived beyond its borders, as well as the “Bronx Baton,” a unification series that brings together community stakeholders around a common table to discuss issues of relevant concern in the South Bronx with the aim of expanding our collaborative capacities in the region.
Growing up Carmen De Jesús always knew that she wanted to work with non-profit organizations because of her belief in the power that they hold to creating change. Carmen was first exposed to non-profits with the work she did at The POINT CDC as an after-school tutor and later as a receptionist. Through The POINT CDC she learned the importance of community gardens and teaching the youth the importance of using their voice and getting involved with what’s going on with their communities.
It was while working at We Stay/Nos Quedamos during the summer as an intern where Carmen got indoctrinated in Community Land Trusts, more on community gardens, and was able to participate in meetings and workshops where experienced and learned about the developments and construction for affordable housing. It was these experiences that confirmed her drive and passion to work for non-profits.
After obtaining her Bachelors in Arts in French with a minor in Human Rights from Lehman College, Carmen has joined We Stay/Nos Quedamos as a Community Organizer, where she will be working with community members as well as other non-profit organizations to educate, inspire, and involve regional stakeholder with being a part of the changes they wish to see in the South Bronx.
Sonyi Elena López is a Dominican-born Producer and Multi Media Community Journalist from the South Bronx. Through visual storytelling, Sonyi highlights the Bronx with an authentic lens focusing on the borough’s artists, activists, movers and shakers while amplifying collective voices of the community and discussing topics that truly matter and resonate to our people. She is passionate about providing creative, accessible, engaging information and content both online & in person.
Sonyi believes in a whole community approach to civic engagement and she particularly enjoys learning from both youth and elders while empowering them through education, moral & tech support, providing resources and more.
It took a village to raise this child. Through her work as an Intern turned Community Journalist at BronxNet Television, Sonyi has become more confident in delving into normally intimidating topics such as politics and public policy. As a volunteer at Nos Quedamos, Sonyi has gotten the opportunity to explore Environmental Justice and Housing. She has recently assumed the role of Digital Equity Coordinator at Nos Quedamos.
Sonyi grew up in Mott Haven. She attended Alfred E. Smith CTE and has been going to Immaculate Conception Church in Melrose since her youth. She received a Bachelors in Creative Writing and Journalism from the City College of New York in 2018.