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WCA Project Manager Named One Of 40 Under 40 Rising Stars In The Nonprofit World

Westchester Children's Association has a Rising Star

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Erica Ayala, Project Manager with Westchester Children’s Association (WCA), was named by New York Nonprofit Media as one of 40 of New York’s rising stars in the nonprofit world under the age of 40, at the Capital Grille in New York City.  The class of 2017 is the third such class for this recognition that serves to celebrate the accomplishments of nominees from New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley.

Erica joined WCA in the spring of 2016.  Her focus is to advance the Gathering Policy Solutions for Kids (GPS4Kids) Collective Impact Initiative. She has over ten years of non-profit and corporate leadership training and development experience. Prior to joining WCA, Erica was the Youth Leadership Development Associate at the Children’s Defense Fund-New York office. She was profiled as a Champion for Change for Children by the Children’s Defense Fund during the organization’s 40th Anniversary (2013).  Erica received a B.A in Political Science from Elon University in 2008 and received her Masters of Public Administration at New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service in May 2016.  Raised in New Rochelle, Erica currently resides in Manhattan.

When asked about what was the best part of her job, Erica’s response was, “I’ve spoken and served alongside champions for children like Judge Judith Kaye and Michael Tubbs, the youngest mayor in the history of Stockton, California, and countless other community leaders.  The best leaders tend to be the ones who are willing to set titles aside and uplift the best ideas.”

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About Westchester Children’s Association: Westchester Children’s Association, established in 1914, is one of the oldest children’s advocacy organizations in the United States. It has remained steadfast in its mission: to improve the lives of Westchester’s children by using data to understand their needs, shaping policies and programs to meet their needs, and educating and mobilizing voters to keep those needs at the top of the public agenda.

About New York Nonprofit Media: New York Nonprofit Media is the must-read news source for New York’s nonprofits. The publication has served the industry for 12 years as New York Nonprofit Press under the leadership of founder and editor Fred Scaglione. City & State NY, LLC acquired the company in 2014 and, with the guidance of Fred Scaglione, redesigned and relaunched it as New York Nonprofit Media, with four distinct divisions; NYN Daily (online); NYN Careers;  NYN Events; and NYC Review (print publication).


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