Arielle Kandel     

Arielle KandelFounder & CEO 

Arielle’s paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland and Germany; they arrived in New York in 1937, after a long boat trip across the Atlantic. Her father later immigrated to France, where he met her mother, and Arielle was born and raised in Paris.

Arielle holds a Master’s Degree in Law (“Maîtrise”) with a specialization in Humanitarian Action and International Law from the University of Aix-Marseille III (France).

Arielle’s long-time involvement in the nonprofit sector began during her law studies, when she interned as a legal assistant at an association of help for victims of crime. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she volunteered for several months at a local non-profit in northern India, teaching English and basic computer skills to a group of young Tibetan refugees. In Israel, she worked as a legal assistant at the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC), a nonprofit organization providing support and advocacy to African asylum seekers and other migrants. She also served for nearly four years as a Fellow at a Jerusalem-based think tank, conducting research and analysis and developing key assessments and action strategies for decision makers on foreign policy and issues related to diaspora and transnationalism.

As a daughter and grand-daughter of immigrants and refugees, Arielle is strongly dedicated to helping immigrants and refugees, young women in particular, better integrate their host country and achieve their potential, and she hopes to succeed in building a sustainable nonprofit organization that will serve this purpose in New York City.

Arielle is a 2015 Agents of Change of the Centre for Social Innovation in Chelsea, and a 2016 Fellow of the PresenTense NYC Fellowship.

Arielle enjoys good conversation and stinky French cheese, adventurous treks and backpacking trips, and is a dance and theater lover.


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Christine Kim

Program Associate

Christine is a social worker and first generation citizen whose parents immigrated from South Korea. Her mother’s side of the family first resettled in Astoria, NY before moving to Southern California.

Christine received her Bachelor of Social Work from New York University and her Master of Social Work from University of Pennsylvania. Her professional interests revolve around the issues of “home” – resulting in work experience in the affordable housing, homelessness, co-sheltering humans and animals, and immigration.

She spends her spare time experimenting with Korean fermentation recipes and playing with her exceptionally beautiful and intelligent cat.


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Abbey Kurtz

Abbey KurtzVolunteer Coordinator & Outreach Manager

Abbey completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Evolutionary Studies at SUNY New Paltz in 2011. While studying for this degree, she worked at the university as an Evolutionary Studies Program Assistant and Community Development Assistant and, in particular, assisted in training peer crisis counselors in offering effective assistance and support to students on issues ranging from domestic violence to eating disorders. She also was in charge of the Cultural Awareness Residence Experience (CARE), an initiative facilitating cultural and other programs to facilitate the integration of international students at SUNY New Paltz.

After graduation, Abbey spent time in Israel interning as the Volunteer & Intern Coordinator at the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC), a grassroots organization providing access to basic services and support to refugees and asylum seekers in Tel Aviv. Abbey has years of experience working in the non-profit sector, focusing on humanitarian aid and social justice internationally and domestically. She is also on the Board of Directors of the vegan advocacy group, Jewish Veg.

Abbey is a vegan who loves horseback riding and hiking.


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Sarah Amandolare

Blog Manager & Chief Editor

As a reporter, Sarah has felt inspired by her encounters with immigrant mothers and students, and feels strongly that their voices and stories must be represented genuinely and often.

Sarah has a background in travel writing and holds a Master of Arts from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, where she focused on health and science reporting. She is a freelance writer covering science and culture, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, the Financial Times and various other publications.

Sarah loves traveling, films set in Los Angeles, and reading fiction.


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Diana Ortiz

Diana OrtizSocial Media Manager

Diana is a native New Yorker and daughter of immigrant parents from Ecuador. She is a proud Latina feminist and is interested in the dichotomy of immigrant culture versus US culture and the experience of growing up “between two worlds.”

Diana holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Curious to learn more about her parents’ country and heritage, she spent a semester abroad in Ecuador studying Ecuadorian history, ecology and business law.

Diana has over four years of communications experience in the nonprofit sector. She is currently the Marketing Coordinator of the Rainforest Alliance, where she works with collaborating companies on campaigns to raise awareness of the benefits of socially and environmentally responsible practices on farms and forests.
 Diana is also a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.

Diana is an avid runner, enjoys the outdoors, and could kill hours at a bookstore if you leave her there.


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