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James C. Ezeilo

Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)

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Adrienne Byrd

VP of Finance & Accounting

Program Managers

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April McLaughlin

Executive Assistant to CEO

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Eboni Preston

Director of Operations

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Renee Alston-Maisonet

Director of Development

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Yero Winborne

Digital Content Manager & Executive Assistant to the CSO

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Paul Ezeilo

West Africa Programs Manager

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Kennedy Reddick Jr.

Programs and Development Manager

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Jazzmin Smith

Accounting Associate

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Jamila Jackson

HBCUI Program Manager

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Daniel Jones, Ph. D.

Director of Urban Youth Corps (UYC)

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Cameron Dunnings

Alumni Outreach & Project Associate



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GYF employs a professional staff of historians, sociologists, psychologists, educators, marine biologists, environmental scientists, anthropologists and wilderness experts. GYF’s team is highly specialized and focuses on land acquisition, design and development, greenway and green space project management, community mobilization and outreach. We are dedicated to the preservation of nature’s finite and historical resources. Collectively we have more than 400 years of experience facilitating youth programs that emphasize personal growth through hands-on experience and challenges.