Rafael E. Álvarez, President, Office of Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez
Rafael serves as the Community Relations Liaison for the Office of Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez. Prior to that role, he managed the Norris Square Neighborhood Project’s Puerto Rican themed gardens and created programming for the gardens with community members, youth, and volunteers. He also has worked at Youth United for Change and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Rafael has a strong passion for social justice and advocacy especially in the areas of youth and education.
Olinshar Nguyen, Treasurer, Comcast
Olinshar is a manager for Marketing Sciences at Comcast. Prior to that, she worked at JP Morgan Chase as strategy analyst in the customer support division as well as in the credit policy division, concentrating in small business and non-profit lending. Olinshar has ten years of financial services experience in various roles. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from New York University. Olinshar joined the GALAEI board in the summer of 2011 to apply her financial experience and analytical background to help foster community building.
Felix A. Perez, Vice President, The Wedge Recovery Centers
Felix is a native Philadelphian who has worked as a psychotherapist, social worker and administrator in behavioral health, child welfare and public health. Currently Felix serves as Vice President for Compliance and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) for the Wedge Recovery Centers, where he works with staff and clients on measuring and improving the impact of treatment and social services. Felix gladly returns to GALAEI where he served previously as a sexual health educator prior to departing for graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Felix is proud to have also worked in service to communities while at the Attic Youth Center as a peer educator and Congreso de Latinos Unidos in various clinical and administrative capacities.
Luis Ramirez, Member, The Attic Youth Center
Luis is a psychotherapist working with LGBTQ youth and their families. He is the Clinical Coordinator of Counseling Services and provides individual, couple and family therapy at The Attic Youth Center. Luis graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW). He was a social work intern at The New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community where he provided short-term counseling and facilitated support groups and The Ackerman Institute for the Family where he provided couple and family therapy.
Edisa Rodriguez, Member, University of Pennsylvania
Edisa is an MBA candidate at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, class of 2016. Prior to beginning her masters, Edisa worked as an analyst in Public Financial Management’s Management and Budget Consulting practice. She provided quantitative research support for public sector performance improvement projects. While at PFM, Edisa served as the lead analyst for an operational improvement and mission alignment analysis for Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and provided quantitative and qualitative analysis for the Town of Portsmouth’s interest arbitration efforts. She also provided research support to the practice’s work with Pennsylvania municipalities that are subject to State oversight under the Commonwealth’s Financial Recovery Program, including Reading, Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before joining PFM, Edisa worked in the Mayor’s Office of Education for the City of Philadelphia. Edisa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Sociology from Bryn Mawr College in 2007 and has really enjoyed creating her community in Philadelphia ever since.
Marcel Williams Foster, Member, Dance/USA Philadelphia
Marcel is an arts administrator, choreographer, and numbers geek. With a unique background rooted in science as well as the performing arts, Marcel works as a freelance accountant as well as the Operations Manager for Dance/USA Philadelphia. He graduated Summa cum Laude, with High Distinction, from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Acting as well as a BA in Biological Anthropology. This dual-focus led him to work five years with the Jane Goodall Institute Research Center, with publications featured in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Nature. Additionally, Marcel remains heavily active in the performing arts community with credits from The Guthrie Theater, Pig Iron Theater, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and several original works presented internationally. With a passion for financial equity and social justice, Marcel is honored to provide financial oversight and service for GALAEI. www.marcelwfoster.org.