Henry Street Settlement opens doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs.
David Garza, Executive Director
David Garza has been Executive Director since July 2010. Garza joined Henry Street’s Workforce Development Center in 2001 and was promoted to its Chief Administrator in 2005. Prior to Henry Street, he worked as a retail management executive and an independent producer for film, television and corporate marketing projects. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia Business School, and he serves on the boards of the United Neighborhood Houses, the New York City Employment Training Coalition, Human Services Council and Betances Health Center.
Josephine C. Lume, Chief Financial Officer
Josephine Lume is responsible for the agency’s finances and business systems. She joined Henry Street in 2002 as Controller, bringing 16 years of finance experience to the Settlement. A graduate of Pace University, she is a Certified Public Accountant.
Diane Rubin, Chief Program Officer
Diane Rubin joined Henry Street in 2005 from the Riverdale YM-YWHA, where she was Executive Director for 19 years. She provides supervision and oversight for all program divisions at Henry Street. She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received a master’s degree from the Hunter College School of Social Work. Her professional leadership experience includes serving as past president of the Metropolitan Center Executives Association, and former chair of the Jewish Communal Service Division of UJA-Federation (past chair), the Federation Agency Executive Committee of UJA-Federation (past chair) and the JCC Association of North America, Large City Center Group.
Renee Epps, Chief Officer for Facilities and Operations
Renee Epps joined Henry Street in August 2009. She supervises the facilities, business services and information technology departments, and manages Henry Street’s capital projects. Prior to joining the Settlement, Epps spent 17 years at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she most recently served as Executive Vice President. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Epps is active in many professional and civic groups including the Municipal Arts Society.
Jeremy Reiss, Deputy Development Officer, Public Policy and External Relations
Jeremy Reiss joined Henry Street in March 2013. His responsibilities include creating opportunities for programmatic resources development, attracting financial support, maximizing the contributions of volunteers and advancing public policy agendas. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he also has a master’s degree in social policy and planning from the London School of Economics. He most recently served as the Vice President of Communications and External Affairs at East River Development Alliance and was also a member of its Board of Directors. He also served on the Urban Policy and Labor/Employment Advisory Committees for President Obama’s 2008 election campaign.
Ellen Schneiderman, Deputy Development Officer, Special Events and Individual Giving
Ellen Schneiderman, who joined Henry Street as a grant writer in 2007, assumed the newly created position of Deputy Development Officer, Special Events and Individual Giving in July 2013. In her new role, she manages a comprehensive program to attract gifts through direct solicitations, special events, sponsorship and planned giving. Previously at Henry Street, she focused on institutional giving for the Abrons Arts Center and complex government social service proposals. She is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in visual arts and community health.
Susan LaRosa, Deputy Officer, Marketing & Communications
Susan LaRosa is responsible for branding, signage, publications and media relations. Prior to joining Henry Street in 2007 as Director of Marketing and Communications, she served as Director of Public Affairs at New York Methodist Hospital, and Director of Publications at the South Street Seaport Museum. She has a B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. from New York University, both in American history.
Abrons Arts Center, Visual and Performing Arts
Craig T. Peterson, Deputy Program Officer for the Visual and Performing Arts/Director of the Abrons Arts Center
Craig Peterson, who joined the Settlement in 2016, has 25 years of experience in the arts. Most recently he was Director of Programs and Presentations at Gibney Dance in New York, where he built an array of arts programs and helped facilitate the creation of nearly 100 new works presented on stages across the city. He previously was Director of the Philly Fringe Festival and the Live Arts Brewery, and spent ten years at Dance Theater Workshop. A native of New Hampshire, he received a bachelor’s degree in theater/choreography and psychology from Bard College. He is a member of the Bessies Committee and on the board of the Alliance of Artist Communities and Big Dance Theater.
Education and Employment
Matthew Phifer, Deputy Program Officer for Youth Services and Workforce Development
Matthew Phifer’s passion for social services began in 1999 at Binghamton University. Upon graduation he joined the Henry Street Settlement as a Case Manager for the New Beginnings Alternative High School at the Boys and Girls Republic. He was responsible for counseling youth with severe attendance issues and one-year suspensions, as well as providing referrals and managing academic interventions with students. During his tenure at Henry Street Matt worked as the coordinator for the Summer Youth Employment Program, Director of Adolescent Education Services, and eventually Director of Education Services where he oversaw Henry Street’s adolescent, early childhood and after-school elementary educational services, which provide results-driven academic enrichment programming to more than 2000 inner-city youth annually. In his previous role as CollegeSpring’s New York Executive Director, he oversaw partnership development, fundraising, site management, and program execution. Matthew holds two BAs in Africana Studies and Sociology, as well as a Masters in Social Science with a concentration in Public Administration.
Health and Wellness
Kristin Hertel, Deputy Program Officer for Health and Wellness
Kristin Hertel is responsible for primary and behavioral health services at the Settlement. Hertel, who joined Henry Street 23 years ago, graduated from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany with a degree in social work and obtained a Postmasters Certificate in advanced clinical work from the Hunter College School of Social Work.
Transitional & Supportive Housing
Geniria Armstrong, Deputy Program Officer of Transitional & Supportive Housing
Geniria Armstrong joined Henry Street in 1986. She is responsible for the management of the agency’s four homeless shelters, including one for survivors of domestic violence. She received an undergraduate degree from Adelphi University and a master’s in social work from Fordham University. She is a board member for both Homeless Services United and Information for Families.