Carson C. Hicks, Ph.D. | Director of Programs & Evaluation
Carson C. Hicks is the Director of Programs & Evaluation for the Center for Economic Opportunity. In this role, Dr. Hicks oversees program development, implementation, and evaluation of the CEO programs, including education, employment, and at-risk youth initiatives. She also oversees programs for court-involved individuals, such as the NYC Justice Corps, a promising six-month program which is currently undergoing a random assignment evaluation. Dr. Hicks has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University.
David S. Berman | Director of Program Management and Policy
David S. Berman is the Deputy Director of Programs & Evaluation for the Center for Economic Opportunity. In this role, Mr. Berman helps to launch new CEO initiatives, and works with an array of City agencies on program implementation, monitoring and evaluation. His work with CEO focuses primarily on innovative workforce development initiatives, as well as programs serving and disconnected youth and CEO’s public health programs. Mr. Berman holds master’s degrees from Columbia University in both Public Administration and Public Health, and graduated from Oberlin College.
Kate Dempsey | Director of Budget & Operations
Kate Dempsey oversees CEO’s $100 million Innovation Fund, a public-private partnership that supports the implementation and evaluation of CEO’s pilot anti-poverty programs. She also manages a portfolio of workforce development programs that includes Jobs-Plus and Nursing Career Ladder. Prior to CEO, Ms. Dempsey conducted policy and budget analysis with municipal and state governments. She also has extensive community development experience that includes one year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Philadelphia and two years a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Boston University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011 City and State named her a “Rising Star” in NYC government.
Dorick Scarpelli | Senior Advisor
Dorick Scarpelli is a Senior Advisor for the Center for Economic Opportunity. Mr. Scarpelli is responsible for CEO’s criminal justice and mentoring portfolios with a focus on the Mayoral Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) that launched in August 2011. He has worked with incarcerated youth and adults for over ten years, most recently as the Program Director of the NYC Justice Corps, a CEO initiative that launched in the South Bronx in 2008 and later expanded into Harlem. Justice Corps is now being expanded into additional neighborhoods through the YMI. Mr. Scarpelli earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University, master’s degree in Fine Arts from Goddard College, and a secondary education teaching credential in English language arts from San Francisco State University.
Moe Magali | Advisor
Moe Magali is an Advisor for the Center for Economic Opportunity. In this capacity, Mr. Magali coordinates CEO’s fundraising, communications, and external affairs activities. He is also responsible for the data management and reporting for all CEO programs, and for a portfolio of youth development programs that include the Young Adult Internship Program and Teen ACTION. Mr. Magali joined the Center in 2008 after receiving his undergraduate degree in Government & Politics from St. John’s University.
Emma Oppenheim | Senior Advisor
Emma Oppenheim oversees a portfolio of CEO’s employment and workforce development programs, working with agencies and providers to ensure effective implementation and evaluation of programs. Prior to CEO, Ms. Oppenheim conducted workforce development policy research and advocacy with a focus on the role of community-based organizations in service delivery, most recently at the National Council of La Raza where she led NCLR’s federal workforce development advocacy and worked with a national network of Latino-serving community-based organizations to monitor public workforce investments. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York.
Arturo Reyes | Urban Fellow
Arturo Reyes is the current fellow for the Center for Economic Opportunity and part of the New York City Urban Fellows Program. Mr. Reyes supports the Program and Evaluations Team with research, the design of new initiatives, and grant writing. In addition, he helps oversee the Work Progress Program. Mr. Reyes is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a dual degree in Political Economics and Italian Studies.
Josh Wheatley | VISTA Fellow
Josh Wheatley is a VISTA member placed at the Center for Economic Opportunity. His position is made possible through a unique partnership between the federal Americorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) program, Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and CEO. As a VISTA member, Mr. Wheatley's role is to work on projects that expand CEO's organizational capacity and sustainability. His responsibilities include: upgrading CEO's performance data management system for the Social Innovation Fund grant, coordinating a new professional development course for providers of CEO programs, and conducting budget analysis to ensure sustainability. He received an undergraduate degree in History from Brigham Young University and is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree candidate at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.