Advisory Board of Directors
Ilyasah Shabazz – Member at Large
Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, is a community organizer, social activist, motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed Growing Up X (Random House, 2002).She is co-editor with Herb Boyd, The Diary of Malcolm X (Third Word Press, 2013), worked with illustrator AG Ford, The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and with Kekla Magoon, X (Candlewick, 2014).Ilyasah promotes higher education, interfaith dialogue, and building bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world.
Yusef Salaam – Member at Large
Yusef Abdus Salaam was born on February 27, 1974 in New York City.On April 20, 1989 at the tender age of 15, Yusef was wrongfully arrested for a crime he did not commit. Unable to beat the statistics that young black men face of either being killed or imprisoned by the age of 21, he along with four others, collectively now known as the ‘Central Park 5’, became victims themselves of the criminal justice system. The case became known as New York City’s historical “Central Park Jogger Case.”
Today, while a Wireless Communications Administrator by profession, Yusef is a family man, a father, and an inspirational speaker. He is a role model and community leader. Determined to educate the public, he eagerly shares his experiences with others. In speaking out against injustice, he conveys the importance of continuing one’s education, the effects of the disenfranchisement of economically disadvantaged people and its overwhelming effects on their families and the community at large. He advocates for policy change in the child welfare system and the prison industrial complex. He is a firm proponent for video surveillance of all police interactions with so-called suspects and is a staunch opponent against Capital Punishment.
Alayne Rosales- Treasurer
Alayne Rosales, LMSW is a 2010 MSW graduate of Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, with a major in Leadership and Macro-Practice, and a concentration in Administration. Alayne has spent most of her social work career working in the NYC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She began as a social work intern in September 2009 and through the years filled 5 other roles, most recently as the Program Manager for Membership and Development, where she was involved with membership recruitment and retention, fundraising, volunteer management, facilitating workshops, and spear heading large scale events. Alayne currently works as a geriatric social worker at Met Council, and is an adjunct instructor for the MSW program at Fordham. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Douglass College at Rutgers University. Her career prior to social work was as a gymnastics instructor.