IFUL Team

George Khaldun, President & CEO

George Khaldun, President & CEO

With unprecedented success disrupting the cycle of poverty and achieving landmark results in education, health, and social development, founder of the Institute For Urban Leadership (IFUL), George Khaldun has for twenty years implemented strategic innovations developing leaders and an education pipeline from pre-natal through college in distressed communities.

Kathleen A. Fernald

Kathleen A. Fernald

Kathleen Fernald has extensive experience as an elementary, middle and high school teacher, staff developer, and administrator in public, independent and charter schools. This includes ten years as a teacher and administrator at The Nightingale – Bamford School, a prominent independent school in New York City as well as six years as an administrator in the Chappaqua Central School District in Chappaqua, New York.

Cecilia Gutierrez

Cecilia Gutierrez

Currently, Cecilia serves as a Strategic Consultant for the Obama Foundation, working to advance equity and opportunities for boys and young men of color. Prior to the Obama Foundation, Cecilia spent six year working at the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI), initially as Vice President for Development and within a year, as its’ President/CEO.

Laura N. Vural

Laura N. Vural

As the Senior Director of Quality Assurance for the Harlem Children’s Zone, Laura N. Vural leads the team conducting assessments and providing coaching to strengthen staff’s practice towards consistent, high quality programming.

Kristen Levine

Kristen Levine

Kristen Levine has been with Harlem Children’s Zone for close to 15 years. Ms. Levine has functioned in various roles with the agency including Program Director, Youth Liaison, and Community Manager. She has demonstrated the ability to successfully manage staff, advocate for the agency’s priorities, and communicate directly with their many partnerships.

Rasuli Lewis

Rasuli Lewis

With extensive expertise in organizational assessment, youth development and community conflict resolution in urban centers, G. Rasuli Lewis is currently the Director of the Harlem Children’s Zone Practitioners Institute. Lewis joined the Harlem Children’s Zone in 1993 as Director of the Peacemaker Program and for 10 years Lewis developed the anti-violence program into a strong and critical element of Harlem Children’s Zone’s network of services.

Professor James Blake

With more than 46 years of practicing social and psychological intervention strategies that contribute to growth and development, Professor James Blake is a graduate of Columbia University with a Master’s in Social Work and Psychology and a License in Mental Health Certification. Professor Blake is currently a tenured Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and prior to his service at the City University of New York, worked as a Social worker with the New York City Department of Social Services’ Division of Foster Care.

Dr. Shango Blake

Dr. Shango Blake

Nationally known as the Hip Hop Principal, Dr. Shango  A.  Blake-CEO of TRU SK Consultants, LLC is a much sought after speaker about issues in urban education; from pioneering unique collaborations between students, teachers, parents, and the community towards creating and sustaining a vibrant academic atmosphere, to his successful tenure as a New York City Principal, he has proven to be a true renaissance educator.