In 1984, a group of ten gathered in a basement of an East Harlem housing project. This was the first class of STRIVE, a new take on job training and placement that focused not just on getting the chronically unemployed into jobs, but keeping them there.

 

STRIVE was founded through a collaboration between Sam Hartwell and Tom Rodman, two Manhattan-based bankers who were troubled by the chronic unemployment problem facing the residents of East Harlem and other American inner-cities in the 1980s, and Rob Carmona, an East Harlem native who had overcome multiple incarcerations and substance abuse to earn a Master of Social Work from Columbia University. STRIVE’s innovative model ran counter to much of the conventional wisdom in employment and training at the time, combining a short, intense period of job readiness training focused on the behaviors and life situations of individuals with significant challenges with rapid job placement and long-term follow-up.

More than three decades later, STRIVE's model has proven to be a highly flexible approach that works in diverse locations and cultures. In more than 20 cities across the U.S., STRIVE trains participants in skills that employers need, helping to create talent pipelines that promote our nation's prosperity. 

From its headquarters in East Harlem, STRIVE today is an international leader in helping individuals from underserved communities receive the training and support they need to obtain meaningful employment and achieve economic self sufficiency. STRIVE's 70,000 graduates have shown that a job brings dignity, hope, and a brighter future.

 

Our Outcomes Have Real Impact

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Leadership Team

 

Philip Weinberg
President & CEO

Greg Wise
National Vice President

 

Hilda Romero
Chief Financial Officer

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Cynthia Trevor
National Vice President of Development and Communications

Lakythia Ferby
Vice President of Programs

  Chair: Brian Friedman  President, Jefferies Financial Group Inc.

Chair: Brian Friedman
President, Jefferies Financial Group Inc.

  Vice Chair: Judith B. McElnea  Partner, The Jeffrey Group

Vice Chair: Judith B. McElnea
Partner, The Jeffrey Group

  Treasurer: Bonnie L. Howard  Independent Board Director

Treasurer: Bonnie L. Howard
Independent Board Director

  Secretary: Andy Rahl  Retired, Reed Smith LLP

Secretary: Andy Rahl
Retired, Reed Smith LLP

  Chairman Emeritus & Co-Founder Samuel A. Hartwell

Chairman Emeritus & Co-Founder
Samuel A. Hartwell

  Chairman Emeritus & Co-Founder H. Thompson Rodman Jr.  CEO, Fox Hill Real Estate

Chairman Emeritus & Co-Founder
H. Thompson Rodman Jr.

CEO, Fox Hill Real Estate

  Richard Barthelmes  Retired, Media Executive

Richard Barthelmes
Retired, Media Executive

  George Brooks  Area Leader, America's People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young

George Brooks
Area Leader, America's People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young

  Roy Castro  CEO, DM Ice Cream Corporation

Roy Castro
CEO, DM Ice Cream Corporation

  Tonia O'Connor  Chief Revenue Officer, Univision Communications, Inc.

Tonia O'Connor
Chief Revenue Officer, Univision Communications, Inc.

  Arthur Kokot  President, Kokot Reality Enterprises, Inc.

Arthur Kokot
President, Kokot Reality Enterprises, Inc.

  Yvan-Claude Pierre  Partner, Cooley LLP

Yvan-Claude Pierre
Partner, Cooley LLP

  Laurie Rosenfield  Chief People Officer, CBS Corporation

Laurie Rosenfield
Chief People Officer, CBS Corporation

  Phil Weinberg  President/CEO, STRIVE International

Phil Weinberg
President/CEO, STRIVE International

  Jay Sheehy  Sr. Vice President, Product Innovation, EmblemHealth

Jay Sheehy
Sr. Vice President, Product Innovation, EmblemHealth

  Randy Zeno  CEO, Urban Therapy/Twisted Sista

Randy Zeno
CEO, Urban Therapy/Twisted Sista

  Laura Slutsky  President/CEO, People Finders Productions, Inc.

Laura Slutsky
President/CEO, People Finders Productions, Inc.

STRIVE is grateful to our supporters

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Abell Foundation

Altman Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Atkinson Foundation

Bank of America

Bank of San Francisco

Barker Welfare Foundation

The Bewtra Charity Fund

Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund

Bob Barker Foundation

Booth Ferris Foundation

Brian P. Friedman Family Foundation

Cafritz Foundation

Capital One

Charles Stewart Mott

Chicago Community Trust

Citi Foundation

Consortium for Worker Education

Cox Foundation

Eddie & Joe Allison Smith Foundation

Federal Home Loan

Ford Foundation

Fowler Foundation

HAB Bank

The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

The Hartford

Irvin Stern Foundation

Jovid Foundation

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Mayor’s Fund for the City of NY

New York City Council

New York Community Trust

New York Women’s Foundation

New York City Department of Correction

New York City Human Resources Administration

N.Y. State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

N.Y. State Department of Labor

Parker Foundation

Pew Charitable Trust

PIMCO Foundation

Pitt County United Way

Ready Foundation

Reddy Donor Advised Fund

Richard and Susan Smith Foundation

Richard Saltonstall Foundation

Robin Hood

Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust

Rudin Foundation

Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

Santander Bank

Starbucks Foundation

State Street Foundation

Tiger Foundation

Travelers

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Labor

Union Bank Foundation

United Way of Central Maryland 

United Way of Pennsylvania

United Way of Westchester Putnam

Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone

Vanderbilt Family Foundation

Wells Fargo 

Westchester Community Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Woodruff Foundation

Willow Springs Charitable Trust


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