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Glen Daley, Co-Founder HYSA*
Dwight & Iris Raiford, Co- Founder HYSA
Daniel Rose, Rose Associates, Chairman
Don Cogsville, The Cogsville Group
Don Garber, Major League Soccer
Rahsaan Harris, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy*
Doris Prester*
*Designates past Directors and Board Chair Emeritus status



Jacqueline P. Blackett, Columbia University
Justin Carr, Consultant
Donald Cogsville, The Cogsville Group
Dimitrios Efstathiou, Esq., Major League Soccer
Michael Frank, Actuary
Don Garber, Major League Soccer
Brian Kittle, Esq., Mayer Brown LLP
Scott Li, Hammond Hanlon Camp LLC
Monique Martin, City Parks Foundation
Sean Prendergast, Major League Soccer
Steve Rimmer, PriceWaterHouseCoopers
Daniel Rose, Rose Associates /Harlem Educational Activities Fund
Michael Rueda Esq., Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Victor Sanchez, Urban Arts Partnership
Irv Smalls, Jr., FC Harlem
*Designates advisory role only



Rufaro Makanda, Bernstein Global Wealth Management
George Lister, Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership
Derron Harris Esq., Bridgewater Associates L.P.
Joyce Khandji, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Ted McHugh, Thomson Reuters
Cameron Vens, Merrill Lynch
Rob Ross, MV Sports Management
Jeff Burbank, Archstone Consulting
Lindsay Cunningham, S&P Capital IQ
Todd Kingston, Opta Sports
Marquita Richards, Avroko Design, LLC
Milo Dee, Sycamore Partners
Elizabeth Lee, Major League Soccer
Joseph Moore, Grad Student
Ryan O’Donnell, Autonomous Research US
Thomas Stafford, Barclays Capital
Piersten Gaines, Gilt Groupe



Akbar Majeed, Risesports
Jordan Curry, NYU Stern
Jonathan Jungblut, NYC Department of Education
Anwer Gheddai, Goldman Sachs Co.
Magnus Thompson, Papercup Music
Trevor Winder, Deutsche Bank
Mona Parkeh
Weusi Baraka
Rodley Ferguson, Bronx Community College
Anders Khan, SmarTrend
Marco Melendez, FC Harlem
Matt Nevin, Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School of Business
Quentin Grigsby, Morgan Stanley
Anthony Watkins, Google, Inc.
Mark Anthony William
Chris Savino, Major League Soccer



Sabrina Philson, Epsilon Advisors: epsilonstrategy.com
Juan Pablo Gomez, Web Designer:jupago.com
Roj Rodriguez, Photographer: rojrodriguez.com


Soccer Development Staff

Marc-Anthony William brings several years of experience as a player and a coach to FC Harlem.  Marc-Anthony is from Trinidad and Tobago. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management from Huntington University in 2008. He is certified through the NSCAA, the Johan Cryuff Institute and the KNVB-Dutch Football Association.  Marc-Anthony has experience working with several soccer organizations from the US Soccer Foundation, NY Red Bulls  and US Youth Soccer Development Program. Marc-Anthony's credentials include:

  • NSCAA- Director of Coaching Diploma |NSCAA – Special Topics Diploma-“Reading the Game”
  • ConcussionWise Pro For Coaches Certificate |NSCAA Goalkeeper Levels I & II
  • NSCAA  Youth Level  IV Diploma |American Red Cross CPR/ AED  & First Aid
  • American Heart Association-First Aid / CPR /AED 
  • KNVB Dutch Football Association- World Coaches Course for Advanced Coaches
  • Johan Cruyff Institute for Sport Studies---Leadership Course 


Denise Wilson is a qualified student of the game.  Born in Jamacia, Denise went on to be a standout player for the University of Louisiana Tech where she graduated with a degree in Political Science.  While at LaTech Denise received several honors including  Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Player of the Week.  Denise has developed her coaching expertise as a trainer with New York Red Bulls.



Irv Smalls, Jr. 

Irv Smalls is the Executive Director of FC Harlem L.I.O.NS (Leaders In Our Neighborhoods), a youth development and soccer program whose mission is to use the world’s game as a vehicle to transform communities from the inside out, by preparing underserved youth to have the pride and power to be fearless leaders in life.
Irv is a leading thought leader on soccer and youth development in urban communities in the United States. He attended Penn State University and Dickinson Law School.  At Penn State, Irv played tight end for the Nittany Lions Football Team which went undefeated in 1994, winning the Big Ten Conference and 1995 Rose Bowl.
Irv’s goal when he took over leadership of FC Harlem was to expand the program’s reach, to have the maximum impact on the greatest number of youth in the community. Under Irv’s guidance, FC Harlem has become one of the most recognized youth sports organizations in the country.  He has been successful in attracting the attention and support of some of the biggest names in the soccer industry including MLS, Pele, David Beckham, Tim Howard and several profesional teams.   In 2013 Irv partnered  the growing  organization with  one of the world's most successful soccer clubs in Chelsea FC. Additionally, the organization has received recognition from public figures and celebrities such as President Clinton, President Bush celebrity chefs Alexander Smalls and Marcus Samuelsson.
Irv’s accomplishments in improving opportunities for youth of color through soccer have led to speaking engagements including, the First Lady’s Partnership for a Healthier America Inaugural Summit in 2011 and the Ford Foundation in 2014.  In July 2014, Smalls was invited to the White House to participate in the formal findings of President Obama’s Task Force for the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative for improving outcomes for youth of color. 
Irv has also been featured in several print, television and online media outlets from CNN, Fox Business,  BBC Radio and The New York Times.  Smalls is leveraging the attention to generate more interest in the power of FC Harlem’s program. Prior to FC Harlem, Irv worked in Business and Legal Affairs at Major League Soccer from 2000 until 2007. In Philadelphia worked as a Victim/Court Advocate for Victim Witness Services of South Philadelphia and then in Business Affairs for  McKissack & McKissack, the oldest minority architectural firm in the country.