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Congratulations to Our 2022 Changemakers!
Karin Anderson Ponzer, Esq., Ph.D.
Karin is being honored for her distinctive work in building a nonprofit immigration law practice at Neighbors Link that is holistic, comprehensive, and collaborative. Focusing on clients who are often re-traumatized from telling their stories and staff members who often experience secondary trauma, Karin has integrated critical supports into legal services to help lawyers and paralegals succeed in their challenging work and immigrants thrive in their new communities.
Steve is being honored for creatively leading the charge to address the urgent technological needs of over 10,000 shelter and affordable housing residents across Westchester and New York City. Passionate about elevating underserved communities, Steve created solutions that helped thousands of students and teachers across New York and Connecticut learn remotely during the global COVID-19 pandemic. His leadership continues to positively impact clients and staff, and change systems.
The Youth Shelter Program of Westchester
The Youth Shelter Program of Westchester is being honored for their innovative, collaborative, and life-changing programs that tackle the racial injustices deeply rooted in the criminal legal system, and for providing pathways for justice-involved young men and women ages 16-25 to succeed and lead productive lives. Read full nomination.
The STEM Alliance
The STEM Alliance is being honored for bridging systemic gaps in education to provide equal access to science, technology, engineering, and math learning experiences, empowering communities, and inspiring innovation and creating opportunity for all. Read full nomination.