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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Advocates for Children of New York strives to employ a diverse staff that furthers our mission of ensuring a high-quality education for New York students who face barriers to academic success, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds.

Meet our team

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 January 2024.

Gender Identity

81% identify as female

13% identify as male

4% identify as another gender identity


Staff could designate more than one option

Asian 5%

American Indian/Indigenous/Alaskan Native 7%

Black or African descendant 22%

Latinx/Hispanic 35%

White 44%

Multi-racial 11%

Sexual Orientation

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer 17%


Staff member with a disability 16%

Staff member with an immediate family member with a disability 33%

Socioeconomic Background

Staff member has lived in an economically disadvantaged, working class, poor or low-income family 52%

Immigrant Background

Staff member is an immigrant to the U.S. 4%

Staff member with an immediate family member who is an immigrant to the U.S. 41%

DOE Attendance

Staff member attended an NYC DOE school 41%

Staff member with an immediate family member who attended or currently attends an NYC DOE school 37%

Staff member with children who attended or currently attend an NYC DOE school 22%