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Who We Are



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Advocates for Children of New York strives to employ a diverse staff that furthers our mission of promoting access to the best education New York can provide for all students, especially students of color and students from low-income backgrounds.

AFC values a diverse workforce, in the sense that staff members reflect our client base and the communities we serve, including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomic background. We believe our staff should reflect our organizational values of inclusion and opportunity for people in traditionally oppressed groups and broaden and deepen AFC’s ability to identify social problems and, in particular, to develop community-informed solutions. AFC is rooted in New York City, one of the world’s most heterogeneous cities; the diversity of our staff demonstrates that we are part of, not apart from, the city in which we live and work.

The staff demographics below were captured in an employee survey distributed in April 2016.


American Indian or Alaska Native 1.8%, Asian 5.5%, Black or African American 14.5%, Hispanic or Latino 20.0%, White 50.9%, Other 3.6%, Two or more 3.6%.

Gender Identity



Gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning or two-spirited16.4%


Staff member with a disability14.5%
Staff member with a family member with a disability56.4%

Socioeconomic Background

Staff member has lived in an economically
disadvantaged or low-income family

Immigrant Background

Staff member is an immigrant to the U.S.12.7%
Staff member with a family member who is an
immigrant to the U.S.