CHRISTINE CURELLA, DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS INITIATIVES AND JOB QUALITY
Christine Curella is the Director of Business Initiatives and Job Quality at the New York City Mayor's Office of Workforce Development. In this role, Christine advances programs and policies that achieve business growth and resilience through investments in their workers. This includes leadership of Best for NYC, which has supported more than 1,500 diverse New York City businesses in making investments that benefit the 70,000 workers they employ. Previously, Christine led economic inclusion projects at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, coordinated strategic planning for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama Administration, and consulted for the World Bank Inspection Panel. Christine is a member of the inaugural Job Quality Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, a member of the Action Corps to advise civic leaders at ioby.org, and an alum of Coro Leadership New York. She holds a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from Hunter College, of the City University of New York, where she was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for public service.
ROSE DESTEFANO, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS INITIATIVES AND JOB QUALITY
Rose DeStefano is the Deputy Director of Business Initiatives and Job Quality for the NYC Mayor's Office of Workforce Development. In her role, she supports the execution of the Best for NYC campaign, a partnership between B Lab, the non-profit certifying B Corporations, and the NYC Mayor's Office of Workforce Development to advance the social business movement from a grassroots and policy-level perspective. She has worked with hundreds of companies and organizations across New York's five boroughs to improve their social and environmental impact. Her work also includes overseeing the Good Jobs and Community Wealth Initiative, supporting the growth of values-aligned Bronx-based businesses to local market incentives and opportunities.
Rose received her GreenMBA from Dominican University in California in 2015. Before transitioning into the public sector, Rose worked as a social worker for 10 years, managing fundraising departments and providing direct services for non-profits focused on helping children and families across India, Bolivia and California.
STACIE EVANS, LITERACY ADVISOR
Stacie Evans joins the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development as the Literacy Advisor. Stacie will drive policy for integrated education and training, and workforce development and economic development, collaborating with staff and stakeholders to design programs and implement changes in education policy and programs and tying them to workforce development strategy. She is responsible for ensuring coordination between adult literacy and workforce programs, advocating for best use of New York City literacy funding aligned with education and workforce priorities, and working with providers across the adult education and training system to ensure that New Yorkers in City programs have the best chances at obtaining living-wage jobs in emerging industries and markets. Stacie comes to WKDEV from Lutheran Family Health Centers/Sunset Park Promise Neighborhood, where she was Director of Cross-Sector Initiatives, focusing on developing a pathway of academic and training programs and wraparound services to support the long term success of children and families in Sunset Park. While at Lutheran, Stacie launched successful sector-based bridge and career pathways programs.
CHRIS NEALE, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD DIRECTOR
Chris Neale is the Director of the Workforce Development Board. Previously, Chris served as Assistant Commissioner of External Relations and Special Programs in the Workforce Development Division of the Department of Small Business Services (SBS). In that role, he managed key relationships with oversight and funding entities, including the New York State Department of Labor, and oversaw the design and launch of a technology internship program for CUNY students. Prior to this role, Chris served as the Assistant Commissioner for Workforce1 Recruitment, responsible for overseeing the strategy and performance of the Workforce1 Career Centers with respect to recruiting, screening, and referring qualified candidates to business customers. Chris also helped design and launch the city's two sector-specific Workforce1 centers, which focus on the healthcare and industrial/transportation sectors. Chris holds a Master's in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from Stanford University.
REYNOLD GRAHAM, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD POLICY ASSOCIATE
Reynold coordinates the efforts of the Workforce Development Board, which informs the City's workforce development policies and services. Previously, Reynold served as a Program Manager with Let's Get Ready, where he connected low-income high school students to mentoring and college preparation resources. As a New York City Urban Fellow with the NYC Department of Homeless Services, he supported the Office of Legal Affairs and oversaw the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE Count). Reynold was also a Summer Associate at The Greenlining Institute, a racial and economic justice advocacy organization based in California, where he lead the organization's water policy agenda. He is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. He is a graduate of Fordham University, where he studied Sociology and Economics.