Ms. Sewell-Fairman joined WPTI in 2010 and was appointed Executive Director in October 2012. She brings over 20 years of workforce development experience at the local, state, and national level through roles with the Consortium for Worker Education, New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals, New York City Employment & Training Coalition, National Association of Workforce Boards in Washington, D.C., and Wadley-Donovan Growth Tech, LLC.
Ms. Sewell-Fairman holds a BA in English from State University at Albany, an MBA in International Business from the University of Maryland University College, a Certificate in International Business Studies from the University of Antwerp in Belgium, and a Certificate of Business Excellence, Senior Leaders Program for Non-profit Professionals from Columbia University. She serves currently on the Board of Directors for Day One New York.
Stacy has spent the past decade critically assessing and identifying best practices in workforce development and translating those findings into actionable guidance for practitioners and their funders. Her most recent role as a Policy Advisor in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development included leading the citywide implementation of common metrics across more than 100 workforce programs administered by multiple city agencies.
Earlier, at Public/Private Ventures and later as a consultant, Stacy led data collection and analysis for The Workforce Benchmarking Network, developing deep and meaningful strategic relationships with hundreds of workforce development leaders nationwide. She also managed evaluations of the New York City Sectors Initiative and the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare. Stacy has authored multiple publications — including Making Data Work for Community-Based Workforce Development Programs Data Update and Nurturing Inquiry and Innovation: Lessons from the Workforce Benchmarking Improvement Collaborative — and contributed to multiple other publications, including Career Pathways: Progress Update and Seeking a Workforce Strategy.
Stacy holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a Master’s degree in Sociology from Penn State University.
With over 15 years of experience in youth and workforce development prior to joining us in 2016, Sabeen brings a wealth of frontline and leadership experience to the training room. She oversaw the daily operations of The Door’s Bronx Youth Center, managed a “Learning to Work” program site, created a Sheltered Internship Program model for young adults with a dual diagnosis, and placed hundreds of young people into internships and employment at FEGS Health and Human Services. She also helped youths launch social ventures through Ashoka’s Youth Venture. She earned a BS in Public Health Education from Indiana University.
Justin joined us in 2019 after spending five years in the economic and workforce development sector at Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC). He served as the Director of Workforce Development and as the Director of Strategic Partnerships, working closely with jobseekers, businesses, community groups, and other key stakeholders in the industrial waterfront neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Red Hook, and Gowanus to build a stronger local economy and create good jobs for low- and moderate-income residents. Prior to that, he worked as a lawyer, practicing commercial litigation in New York City. A longtime Brooklyn resident, Justin is a member of Brooklyn’s Community Board 7, as well as the Junior Leadership Board of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT), a youth development organization with sites across New York City. He received his BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from Brooklyn Law School.
Saki joined WPTI in 2012 with extensive experience in New York City nonprofits, including direct service work with youth, program management, fundraising, and event planning. She has coordinated programs and events for Harlem RBI (now DREAM), Figure Skating in Harlem, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Swish Ally Fund, Asian American International Film Festival/Asian Cinevision, and M.O.V.E. Mentoring and College Access. In her current role, she oversees organizational operations.
She completed the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP) 2015 NYC Advocacy Academy and Columbia Business School’s Executive Education Developing Leaders Program in 2016. In 2018, she was appointed Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Japanese American Citizens League’s NYC chapter. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) and French Language & Literature from Trinity College (CT).
Currently a graduate student completing a Master of City and Regional Planning in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, Gregory has interned with the Hub at WPTI since June 2019. Prior to interning at the Hub, Gregory was a researcher for the Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement at Rutgers University, analyzing housing policy in Newark, NJ. His work at the Hub focuses on structural issues of equity and representation in the workforce development field. Gregory is actively committed to producing research that positively impacts communities, and he continues to learn about the nuances of the human services and workforce development ecosystem in NYC from his supportive supervisors and peers at WPTI.
Thomas is an educator and writer with more than three decades of experience working in the private and nonprofit sectors, including as a political reporter at the Ohio State House and at New York-based publishing houses such as Hearst Corp. In 2009, Thomas embarked on a second career, eventually earning his M.S. in adolescent education. He was a leader in professional development and implementation of Common Core Learning Standards and practices in his classroom as a teacher in the New York City Department of Education. He specializes in bridge programming, contextualized curriculum, and program design for Opportunity Youth. He is a New York state-certified English teacher and is also certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. He has held the position of teacher/coordinator for the TechBridge program at The Door. He is a former assistant site director at the Johnson Community Center in East Harlem. He was program director for the YALP bridge program at Isaacs Center. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a master's degree in adolescent education, English, grades 7 to 12, from Mercy College.