Leaders & Partners

Young people who have experienced foster care lead the Fair Futures advocacy campaign.

A core component of the Fair Futures model is our Youth Advisory Board (YAB). This extraordinary group of young people organize, advocate, create a call to action by rallying their peers and demanding more for New York City's foster youth.

A Fair Futures Youth Advisory Board Coordinator provides guidance and direction while liaising with the Fair Futures Steering Committee to maximize advocacy efforts to secure and baseline full funding for young people who have experienced foster care in NYC, from 6th grade through age 26.

The Administration for Children’s Services oversees all 26 foster care agencies in NYC that implement the Fair Futures model.  ACS also has a public-private partnership with the Foster Care Excellence Fund foundations.  These foundations include the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Redlich Horwitz Foundation, Tiger Foundation, Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York Community Trust, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

A group of independent consultants work closely with ACS and the Excellence Fund to provide training, technical assistance, and professional development support to all 26 foster care agencies in implementing the Fair Futures model.  
Several non-profit organizations have also been key partners in the model codification and training/TA delivery.

Our Consultants

Meet Emil Ramnarine, Katie Napolitano, and Nadine Yuvienco!

Emil Ramnarine

emil.ramnarine@fairfuturesny.org

Katie Napolitano

katie.napolitano@fairfuturesny.org

Nadine Yuvienco

nadine.yuvienco@fairfuturesny.org

Emil Ramnarine is an impact leader that has 25 years in child welfare, youth development, and social entrepreneurship. Emil specializes in strategic design and the building and scaling of programs that lead to long-lasting positive changes.  Prior to his work with Fair Futures, Emil served as the Associate Vice President for Youth and Community Success at Graham Windham.  

It was here that he helped build one of the country's largest coaching programs for youth ages 11-26.  This work included operationalizing how Coaches and Program Specialists can help guide young people towards goal achievement in the areas of career, education, housing, and independent living.

In addition to this work, Emil has worked for nationally affiliated nonprofits including Big Brother Big Sisters of New York City and the YMCA of Greater New York.  At Big Brothers Big Sisters, he helped design their Center for Excellence, a training center that specializes in helping other non-profits build, run and/or enhance their own mentoring program. He also created and held the position of their first-ever Director of Volunteer Recruitment & Support. A primary function of the role was to train and prepare Bigs (volunteer mentor) on how to work effectively with their Littles (youth).  

At the YMCA of Greater New York Emil took the Y-MVP Health and Fitness Coaching Program from concept to implementation in less than a year. This program was rolled out to 22 YMCA branches across NYC serving over 1,000 youth. This work included developing the program curriculum, a program model, a compatible app and training all Coaches.  

Emil also spent some time in the social entrepreneurship space where he was the founder and CEO of Fit 4 Life NYC, an organization dedicated to delivering quality sports, fitness and wellness programs to schools and non-profits that serve youth in underserved communities. He led a team of 80 coaches, instructors, and administrators to become one of New York City’s leading organizations (winner of the Best for NYC award and Best for the Community award.  Emil developed the company’s infrastructure, strategic vision, and core values before successfully guiding the sale of the business in 2019.

Katie Napolitano has worked with dozens of national and international non-profit organizations in a funding and consulting capacity, providing strategic guidance and capital to help fuel their growth and success. Prior to Fair Futures, Katie was a Program Officer at the Tiger Foundation.

While in that role, Katie assessed dozens of organizations in K-12 education, college access/success, workforce development, child welfare, and criminal justice. This provided her with a strong comparative perspective of the best practice approaches and effective models in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families.

Katie left philanthropy to help coordinate Fair Futures so that every young person in NYC’s foster care system could have a Coach – someone who believes in them, helps them achieve their goals and potential, and sticks with them over the long-run.  Katie’s role with Fair Futures has spanned advocacy, model codification, coordination with foundations, ACS, and coalition members, and supporting all 26 agencies with model implementation.

Throughout her career, Katie has provided strategic consulting and financial advisory to non-profits in NYC and globally. She also conducted year-long strategic consultancies for two large NYC foster care organizations, helping them scale and codify their programs and infuse best practices at critical junctures.

Katie also spent time as a social entrepreneur; she was a Vice President and founding employee of Treetops Capital, a fund management company she helped build to become a “Top 50” social impact investor globally.  At Treetops, Katie helped oversee the company’s funds, raised private and public funding, and developed all of the social impact metrics and due diligence, monitoring, and reporting procedures.  She previously spent time on Wall Street covering emerging market financial institutions.

For the last decade, Katie has also served as Coach to over a dozen foster youth, providing emotional support and assisting them with their academic and career goals. Katie and her husband adopted three young men who aged out of foster care. She is currently on the board of CASA NYC.

Emil Ramnarine is an impact leader that has 25 years in child welfare, youth development, and social entrepreneurship. Emil specializes in strategic design and the building and scaling of programs that lead to long-lasting positive changes.  Prior to his work with Fair Futures, Emil served as the Associate Vice President for Youth and Community Success at Graham Windham.  

It was here that he helped build one of the country's largest coaching programs for youth ages 11-26.  This work included operationalizing how Coaches and Program Specialists can help guide young people towards goal achievement in the areas of career, education, housing, and independent living.

In addition to this work, Emil has worked for nationally affiliated nonprofits including Big Brother Big Sisters of New York City and the YMCA of Greater New York.  At Big Brothers Big Sisters, he helped design their Center for Excellence, a training center that specializes in helping other non-profits build, run and/or enhance their own mentoring program. He also created and held the position of their first-ever Director of Volunteer Recruitment & Support. A primary function of the role was to train and prepare Bigs (volunteer mentor) on how to work effectively with their Littles (youth).  

At the YMCA of Greater New York Emil took the Y-MVP Health and Fitness Coaching Program from concept to implementation in less than a year. This program was rolled out to 22 YMCA branches across NYC serving over 1,000 youth. This work included developing the program curriculum, a program model, a compatible app and training all Coaches.  

Emil also spent some time in the social entrepreneurship space where he was the founder and CEO of Fit 4 Life NYC, an organization dedicated to delivering quality sports, fitness and wellness programs to schools and non-profits that serve youth in underserved communities. He led a team of 80 coaches, instructors, and administrators to become one of New York City’s leading organizations (winner of the Best for NYC award and Best for the Community award. Emil developed the company’s infrastructure, strategic vision, and core values before successfully guiding the sale of the business in 2019.

Katie Napolitano has worked with dozens of national and international non-profit organizations in a funding and consulting capacity, providing strategic guidance and capital to help fuel their growth and success. Prior to Fair Futures, Katie was a Program Officer at the Tiger Foundation.

While in that role, Katie assessed dozens of organizations in K-12 education, college access/success, workforce development, child welfare, and criminal justice. This provided her with a strong comparative perspective of the best practice approaches and effective models in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families.

Katie left philanthropy to help coordinate Fair Futures so that every young person in NYC’s foster care system could have a Coach – someone who believes in them, helps them achieve their goals and potential, and sticks with them over the long-run.  Katie’s role with Fair Futures has spanned advocacy, model codification, coordination with foundations, ACS, and coalition members, and supporting all 26 agencies with model implementation.

Throughout her career, Katie has provided strategic consulting and financial advisory to non-profits in NYC and globally. She conducted year-long strategic consultancies for two large NYC foster care organizations, helping them scale and codify their programs and infuse best practices at critical junctures.

Katie also spent time as a social entrepreneur; she was a Vice President and founding employee of Treetops Capital, a fund management company she helped build to become a “Top 50” social impact investor globally.  At Treetops, Katie helped oversee the company’s funds, raised private and public funding, and developed all of the social impact metrics and due diligence, monitoring, and reporting procedures.  She previously spent time on Wall Street covering emerging market financial institutions.

For the last decade, Katie has also served as Coach to over a dozen foster youth, providing emotional support and assisting them with their academic and career goals. Katie and her husband adopted three young men who aged out of foster care. She is currently on the board of CASA NYC.

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