Staff

Executive Team

Elisabeth Mason, CEO and Co-Founder
Angela Dorn, COO and General Counsel
Nate Falkner, Vice President of Strategy
Cathryn McAleavey, Chief Finance and Administration Officer
Lauren Spitzer, Chief Development Officer
Andrew Stettner, Chief Program Officer

Regional Directors
Gulf Coast – Adren Wilson, Ph. D, Regional Director
New York – Sophia Heller, Managing Director

Program Staff

Janice Adelson, Development Associate
Diane Adler, Director of Development
Ana Agudelo, HR Associate
Joi Bass, Executive Assistant
Katie Beal, Policy Analyst
Molly Blumgart, Training Associate
Gregg Broome, Human Capital Fellow
Jennifer Chen, Senior Grant Writer
Marilyn Curiel, Health Care Navigator
Nichole Davis, Program Officer, NY
Jason Delo, Project Manager
Vincent DelSignore, Senior Program Officer
Denise DelSignore, Director of Community College Program
Timothy Deng, Tier 1 Desktop Support Specialist
Kanika Garraway, Office Manager
Jason Graham, Operations and Finance Intern
Gloria Grant, Accounting Clerk
Frederick Gonzalez-Burgos, Outreach Associate
Sophia Heller, Managing Director
Denise Ireland, Jr. Development Officer
Morgan Kennedy, Eligibility Support Specialist
Stefanie Lewin, Executive Assistant
Faizah Malik, Counsel & Manager of Special Projects
Vanessa Marquez, Development Officer
Emily Marano, Policy Analyst
John Mei, Director of Software Development
Kara Mikulich, Regional Development Director – Gulf
Marques Myrie, BEN Support Specialist
Franklyn Pintado, Senior Director of Finance and Administration
Juan Pinzon, Senior Program Officer
Adela Prignal, Senior Accountant
Lee Reagan, Senior Director of Training and State Director – New Mexico and New Jersey
Christina Reyes, Health Care Navigator
Simon Rosen, Director of the Office of the CEO
Adelle Ruiz, Program Associate
Eliano Sanchez Jr., UX & Quality Assurance Analyst
Hector Sanchez, Senior Application Developer
Roslyn Sandy, Grants Manager
Rebecca Scheer, Research & Evaluation Associate
Christopher Sharon, Senior Director of Evaluation and Research
Karen Shelley, Grant Writer
Steven Strauss, Program Officer – Community Colleges
Joniel Thomas, Administrative Assistant of Operations
Brenda Tong, Program Manager
Anna Verdiyan,  Director of Special Initiatives
Adren Wilson, Regional Director Gulf Coast
Ruth Williams, Regional Director, West Coast
Matt Winters, Associate Director of Tax Services and National Programs
Alex Wu, Application Developer
Andrew Wu, Senior Program Officer
Huei Yang, Budget Manager


Executive Team Bios

Elisabeth Mason
CEO and Co-Founder

Elisabeth MasonElisabeth Mason is the CEO and one of the founders of Single Stop USA, a major national not-for-profit that uses existing resources and infrastructure to restart the engine of American mobility. Elisabeth is an expert on venture philanthropy, children’s rights, start-up organizations, and poverty-fighting programs.

In seven short years, Single Stop USA has grown to serve over 170,000 low-income families each year in over 90 sites in 8 states.  Notably, Single Stop has been at the forefront of groundbreaking work in the community college and veterans-serving sectors.

Elisabeth has over 20 years of experience, including her work at Atlantic Philanthropies developing a $1 billion, 10-year spend-down plan to help disadvantaged children. She was also a Managing Director at the Robin Hood Foundation, Senior Advisor at Innovative Philanthropy, and practiced Law at Cleary, Gottlieb, and Steen & Hamilton in New York City. In her early career, Elisabeth was the founder and Executive Director of Fundacion Kukula, an agency serving street and working youth and their families. During her tenure with Fundacion Kukula, she was one of the founding members of the Central American branch of the Latin American Street Kids Movement.

Elisabeth has also served as an advisor to the United Nations and to local and international agencies on various human and children’s rights, legislative reform, juvenile justice, and community and youth development programs throughout the Latin American region. Additionally, she has participated in projects in India and Africa and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, where she lived for six years.  A lifelong resident of East Harlem, where she still lives with her husband and two sons, Elisabeth holds a J.D. from Columbia University and an A.B. and a M.A. from Harvard.

Angela Dorn
COO and General Counsel

Angela DornAngela Dorn is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Single Stop USA, where she oversees, among other things, the organization’s operations, internal and external relationships,  and has oversight over all legal and administrative issues.  Prior to joining Single Stop USA, Angela worked as General Counsel and Managing Director at Fletcher Asset Management, an investment management company in New York City. She also served as General Counsel to the Fletcher Foundation, and served in a legal and advisory capacity on a number of innovative philanthropic initiatives, including managing the Foundation’s relationship with the New York Community Trust and several major universities.  Prior to that, Angela had a distinguished career practicing employment law with Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago, Illinois where her clients included individuals, Fortune 100 companies and nonprofit corporations.

Angela’s other prior experience includes serving as pro-bono counsel to the NAACP and as a law clerk for a federal judge in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois.  She is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges where she received a degree in Economics, and Harvard Law School, where she served as the Executive Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Law Review.  Additionally, Angela has volunteered her time for numerous pro bono projects, including cases involving claims of employment discrimination and police brutality and has represented nonprofit organizations and numerous individuals in employment discrimination cases.  She has also served as a board member for several organizations, including the Harvard Alumni Association and the Apple Seed Foundation.  She currently serves as a trustee of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, on the board of the NAACP’s Special Contribution Fund.

Nate Falkner
Vice President of Strategy

Nate FalkerNate Falkner is the Vice President of Strategy at Single Stop USA, where he guides the organization’s focus on non-traditional distribution channels, technological innovation and new business ventures that seek to overcome barriers to financing and scale. Prior to joining Single Stop, Nate worked in Afghanistan where he managed a multi-year research project on the impact of conflict on community schools and child security. Nate’s professional background includes extensive experience working on issues of social and economic justice, as well as non-profit development and strategic communications, both domestically and abroad. Nate received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin. He holds an M.P.A from Columbia’s School for International and Public Affairs and has pursued coursework towards an M.B.A. at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Cathryn McAleavey 

Chief Finance and Administration Officer

Cathryn McAleavey is the Chief Finance and Administration Officer of Single Stop USA where she manages the organization’s financial, accounting, and administrative functions, ensuring that Single Stop has the internal processes and infrastructure necessary to fulfill its mission. She previously served as an associate at Fiscal Management Associates, LLC, working with a variety of national and local nonprofit organizations to design and strengthen their financial systems; implement sector best practices; identify process efficiencies; and improve internal controls. Cathryn has significant experience managing complex financial systems, diverse revenue streams, multi-site distribution models, and sub-grant programs. She is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business where she received a B.S. in Finance and International Business, and also holds an M.P.A. from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Lauren Spitzer
Chief Development Officer

Lauren SpitzerLauren Spitzer is the Chief Development Officer of Single Stop USA where she leads the organization’s resource development and marketing efforts. In this capacity, Lauren is responsible for driving all aspects of philanthropic support, stewarding and developing the Single Stop USA brand, and managing a broad set of external relationships that include individual and institutional investors, media, and government. Most recently, Lauren led Institutional Advancement at United Way of New York City where she was responsible for a diverse portfolio including corporate and foundation relations, major and individual giving, special events, marketing and volunteer engagement. Lauren has extensive experience in corporate responsibility, disaster response and recovery, event sponsorship, cause marketing, and commercial co-venture. Lauren is a graduate of Lehigh University where she received a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations and holds a M.P.A in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy from Baruch College.

Andrew Stettner
Chief Program Officer

Andrew Stettner is the Chief Program Officer of Single Stop where he develops innovative approaches to increasing the utilization of public resources as a springboard to achieving financial self-sufficiency. Prior to joining Single Stop, Andrew was a key member of the national EarnBenefits program where he facilitated enrollment services designed to connect low-income workers to a range of public and private benefits. Andrew’s career as a non-profit leader spans 20 years of experience modernizing social welfare programs at every level of involvement, including community organizing, research, policy, and program development. Andrew spearheaded a decade-long effort to realign the unemployment insurance safety net with the needs of the modern workforce that culminated with a multi-billion dollar package of reforms enacted in the Recovery Act in 2009. He is a graduate of Columbia University where he earned a B.A. in Psychology, and also holds an M.P.P. in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Regional Director Bios

Adren Wilson, Ph. D
Regional Director Gulf Coast

Adren brings significant senior leadership experience to Single Stop and the region; has a deep knowledge of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast; and extensive experience in working to meet the needs of low-income families. He has served as the former assistant secretary of the Louisiana Department of Social Services; executive director of the Louisiana Governor’s Children’s Cabinet; national director of the Equity and Inclusion Campaign; and most recently as the executive director of New Leaders. Before becoming a public servant, he served as the National Director of Youth and Student Leadership Development with Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) in Washington, D.C., and later in Louisiana.  In this capacity, he led youth leadership development programs such as Freedom Schools, the Student Leadership Network for Children (SLNC) and Advanced Service and Advocacy Workshops.  With Adren’s leadership, CDF has trained thousands of college students representing Harvard, Yale, Morehouse, Spelman and countless other institutions, at the former Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, TN.  Adren has a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and political science from Louisiana State University, and recently earned a doctorate in public policy from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Southern University.
Sophia Heller 
Managing Director 
Sophia has over 20 years of expertise creating and managing community development and economic inclusion strategies to improve economic mobility in low income disconnected communities. In her most recent role, Sophia was the Senior Associate for Social and Economic Policy at Abt Associates. She conducted needs assessments and program reviews, and provided technical assistance to government and foundations on economic inclusion, community development, homelessness and housing strategies serving low income households. Sophia is joining our NY Programs team where she will oversee  key areas of site management, NY programs strategic planning, and other areas such as relationship building to boost our programmatic impact in New York.