Lissette Rodriguez, EMCF Vice President & Chief Program Officer, oversees EMCF's Youth Development Fund and PropelNext, as well as evaluation and learning at the Foundation. As a member of EMCF’s senior team she provides leadership on major strategic and operational matters for EMCF overall. She is also an Officer of the Foundation, acting as Secretary to the Board of Trustees.
In her past capacity as Managing Director of PropelNext, Rodriguez planned, launched and oversaw EMCF's initiative to sharpen the skills and advance the effectiveness of promising youth-serving nonprofits.
Before joining the Foundation in 2010, she spent 12 years, the last six as Senior Vice President for Field Development, at YouthBuild USA, where she ran large-scale training and technical assistance programs and provided capacity-building support to early-stage organizations.
Rodriguez acquired experience in grantmaking as a senior program officer and director of the Fund for the Homeless at the Boston Foundation.
She was also the founding executive director of Casa Nueva Vida, a shelter for homeless Latina women and their children. She has written about nonprofit management as a contributing editor of Nonprofit Quarterly, on whose editorial board she served for six years.
Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and a master’s in organizational development from Fielding Graduate University.
Danielle Scaturro, Director of PropelNext, oversees the management and strategic direction of PropelNext, helping to develop the business plan and scenarios for the future of the program while ensuring the success of current grantees’ and co-investors’ engagement with the initiative.
Before being named Director of PropelNext in 2016, Scaturro helped craft the initiative as Director of Program Operations, identifying cohort candidates, managing the selection process, developing systems to measure grantee performance, managing a set of grantee relationships, and working with co-investors.
In her previous position as Senior Portfolio Associate, Scaturro created the reporting process for and coordinated the quarterly performance review of all EMCF grantees, managed relations with several grantees, and helped identify and assess new candidates for investment. She initially served as the Foundation’s accountant for three years.
Before joining EMCF in 2002, Scaturro worked in San Francisco for Catholic Charities and helped manage its public contracts. She also has experience providing direct services, having given employment and housing assistance to adults with mental illness and helped establish a performance management system.
Scaturro earned her bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from Baruch College, CUNY.
Peter Twichell, Program Director, leads the implementation and ongoing refinement of the initiative’s cohort model.
Previously Twichell was Senior Director for Global Programs for YouthBuild International, overseeing 10 programs in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, and before that he was a Program Director and then Senior Program Director at YouthBuild USA.
He earned a BA in English at the University of Southern Maine and a Master’s in International-Intercultural Management at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT.
Victoria Cuellar, Senior Program Associate, plays an integral role in selecting the initiative’s grantees and delivering the program. She also develops, implements and manages projects, processes and strategic work plans.
Before joining EMCF, Cuellar was a program manager for the Live Theater Program at Early Stages, an arts education organization for New York City schoolchildren, and a development associate at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts in Richmond, CA.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Barnard College and a master’s in nonprofit management from the New School for Public Engagement’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.
Belinda Vasquez, Program Associate, contributes to recruiting and engaging co-investors and selecting grantees, conducts cohort analysis, and supports program operations and projects such as the PropelNext Online Learning Community.
Before joining EMCF, Vasquez was an executive assistant at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a national civil rights organization.
Previously she was a regional sales administrator at Blumberg Excelsior, a provider of incorporation services for lawyers.
Vasquez earned an associate degree at St. John’s University.
Emily Williams, Program Assistant and Events Coordinator, provides administrative and program support to the PropelNext team and coordinates PropelNext events.
Previously Williams was an executive assistant at Omnicom Health Group and at Ketchum Sports & Entertainment. Her diverse background includes work as a logistics meeting planner, project manager for corporate events, and travel consultant. She worked abroad in South Korea as a teacher of foreign language studies and Australia in administrative and hospitality roles.
Williams also studied abroad, at Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia, before graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.