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Angelou Ezeilo

Founder & GYF Senior Advisor

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James C. Ezeilo

CEO GYF Africa & CSO GYF North America

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Kisha Wesley

VP of Finance & Accounting

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Laurene Hamilton

Interim CEO GYF North America

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Renee Alston-Maisonet

Director of Development

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Shatiba Bradley

Associate Director of Programs

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Justice Onyebuchi Ichetaonye

Professional Assistant to the CEO - Greening Youth Foundation Africa

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Ronald Bastien

Senior Programs Manager

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Angelica Juarez

Operations Associate

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April McLaughlin

Executive Assistant to CEO

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Yero Winborne

Global Digital Content & Marketing Manager

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Paul Ezeilo

West Africa Programs Manager

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Jazzmin Smith

Accounting Associate

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Jaina Reed Thompson

Senior Program Manager



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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.