Our People

Meet Brian

Brian Fuss, Ph.D., has over twelve years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a manager, director, and coordinator. The bulk of this experience is running a mental health and substance abuse facility. Throughout his career, Brian has worked with vulnerable and disenfranchised individuals and communities trying to bring equity and equality. Brian holds an M.P.A. and Ph.D. For his dissertation, he conducted a qualitative study on the challenges faced by gay & lesbian seniors in Florida’s rural and suburban areas.


Meet Esmeralda

Esmeralda oversees CFR’s Health Care Access Program (HCAP), managing development and evaluation while coordinating all enrollment and assessment activities. She leads the HCAP team in providing the most efficient enrollment services to clients at enrollment sites across the New York metropolitan area. Prior to CFR, Esmeralda provided case management and benefits screenings for food pantry customers at West Side Campaign Against Hunger. Esmeralda holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Hunter College.


Meet Nina

As Operations Director, Nina supports fundraising, communications, program development, and data management for the organization. Having volunteered and interned at CFR since its inception in 2014, Nina is dedicated to promoting CFR’s growth and sustainability to build the power of retail workers. Nina previously interned at the TVLand Brand Creative Group, the Retail Action Project, and CFR, and holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.


Meet Beena

Beena works with Lizbeth to run CFR’s workforce development services, including hiring events and job search workshop, and coordinates with prospective retailer partners to participate in CFR’s hiring events. Beena has over twenty years of retail experience, having worked at retailers including Caldor, Sears, Macy’s, and JCPenny. Prior to her employment, she was a long-time CFR member and volunteer.


Meet Lizbeth

Lizbeth works with Beena to run CFR’s workforce development services, including hiring events and job search workshops, and supports communications for CFR’s programs. Prior to CFR, she worked at Zara, and has first-hand experience with retail work and the many obstacles retail workers often face. Lizbeth holds a B.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.