Meet the team

  • Khadijah Silver

    Executive Director

    Khadijah M. Silver, Esq. is a passionate, focused activist and advocate for young people facing the intersectional oppressions of poverty, racism, gentrification, xenophobia, transphobia and homophobia. Raised in extreme poverty in Cambridge, MA, she has first-hand experience with many of the institutional and psychological barriers to health and well-being faced by the young people we serve at RAP. She is driven by a strong belief that the kids are all right: we grown folk need to work on our stuff and provide them with the support system they need to tap into their natural resilience.

    Prior to joining RAP, Khadijah founded and directed her own organization, BetterBio, which trained inner-city teen girls to support their communities’ health awareness through science journalism, video and in-person education. She carries a full toolbox of nonprofit management, social justice organizing and youth leadership skills, honed through a 15-year career in nonprofit fundraising, policy, journalism, documentary film-making and after-school education. Khadijah holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Mills College in Oakland, CA.

  • Brooke Richie-Babbage

    Executive Director Emeritus

    Brooke Richie-Babbage is RAP’s Founder and served as RAP’s Executive Director until 2017. She has spent over 12 years as a lawyer and advocate for children and youth in poverty. In addition to running RAP, Brooke is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Baruch School of Public Affairs. Prior to founding RAP, Brooke worked as a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at NCLEJ in New York. She has worked on health access issues at CDF-NY, taught the history of social welfare law and policy at Tufts, & consulted for CLASP around anti-poverty and child care policy.  She received her JD and MPP from Harvard, and her undergraduate degree from Yale.

  • Elisa Kaplan

    Deputy Executive Director for Programs

    Elisa has worked throughout her career to open doors of access and opportunity to economic, social, and political rights for young people.  Previous positions showed her that the most effective way to create systemic change is to give young people the tools they need to be agents of change in their own lives and communities.  She joined RAP to help put advocacy tools directly in the hands of young people.  Elisa has a degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MSW from Hunter College.

  • Reshma Pattni

    Deputy Executive Director for Operations

    Reshma has a long history of involvement in youth leadership and social justice work. From her early work in Minnesota promoting girls’ rights to leading a global network of young human rights activists, she understands the incredible effect that informed and engaged young people can have on building a more just and inclusive world. Through her experiences, she has developed her passion for guiding youth towards taking an active role in changing their communities and the world.

  • Jenna Frasier

    Program and Communications Associate

    Jenna is a recent graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and legal studies. Her background as a journalist covering social justice issues sparked her interest in exploring advocacy work. As an editorial intern atCatalyst magazine, she wrote extensively on education reform and activism in the Chicago public school system. For several years, she has worked with AK Kerani, a knit fashion company that aims to destigmatize mental illness and promote knitting as a therapeutic activity for those struggling with anxiety and depression. She believes creativity and empathy are key drivers of social change and she is passionate about engaging those assets when working with youth.

  • Scott Ellison Smith

    MSW Intern | Teen Fatherhood Initiative Coordinator

    Scott Ellison Smith is a graduate of Morehouse College and has been working in youth development for over 20 years.  As a public school teacher, arts educator, and coordinator for the SIMBA program he has dedicated his life to helping children in under resourced communities.  Currently he is pursuing his MSW at Hunter College’s Silberman school of Social work with a concentration on Child Welfare and Families. He is excited about his internship at RAP and looks forward to working with young fathers through the Teen Father Initiative. He hopes to use his knowledge and experience to help young fathers understand their rights and increase their ability to navigate the various systems they will encounter as young fathers.  

  • Jennifer Macias Taylor

    Teen Fatherhood Initiative Coordinator

    Jennifer Macias-Taylor is a passionate social worker with a blended background in trauma-focused therapy and community organizing.  She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Montclair State University, and an MSW in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Equipped with a strong knowledge in the intersectionalities of oppressions towards historically underserved populations, she has strived to advocate for and empower individuals and communities to affect intrapersonal and systemic change. She joined RAP with a drive and fervor to develop and facilitate initiatives that ultimately inspire and equip youth to step into leadership roles that will advance social justice for their respective communities and beyond.

  • Angelis Harvey

    YouthVoiceNYC Intern

    Angelis Harvey, 16, is a junior at NYC iSchool in SoHo. She moved to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic when she was nine years old and has been living in New York City ever since. She’s on her second year with the Resilience Advocacy Project and is a YouthVoiceNYC intern. She has a very strong desire to see her community aspire to be big and her determination and hard working skills inspire her to help them.

  • Yacine Fall

    YouthVoiceNYC Intern

    Yacine Fall, 17, is from Harlem and attends The Beacon School in Hell’s Kitchen. Yacine just started getting involved with the Youth Leadership Council and is an intern for YouthVoiceNYC 2016-2017. She also runs a Black Student Union and is involved with other social justice clubs at her high school. She is most passionate about educational and racial equity and wants to use her passions to impact her larger community. Yacine loves her time at RAP so far where she feels like she is making positive change with a collective group of motivated students.

  • Favio Germán

    Impact Coordinator

    Favio joins RAP after serving three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. While in Paraguay, he mobilized community members to address social determinants of health through group facilitation, community projects and sexual health education at the local high school. Favio extended his service a third year to work as the Volunteer Coordinator in the Health Sector, where he trained new volunteers, designed a comprehensive youth peer education framework for the Peace Corps and advised the development of a Paraguayan Government program. He is a firm believer in the power of self-awareness as a driver for community change and that group work plays a vital role in this process, especially with regards to youth.

  • Sarah Castillo

    Group Facilitator

    Sarah earned a Bachelor’s of Science at the University of Vermont in Business Administration and is currently working on her Master’s in Education at CUNY, Queens College in School Counseling. After graduation she held a full time position at the NYU Medical Center along with becoming a member of NYCares. During this time Sarah volunteer in a number of events including soup kitchens, after school tutoring sessions and as a Sunday school teacher. It was during this time that she found her passion in education, specifically helping students who have limited resources find academic success. Once accepted into the Counseling program she started a new career path with CUNY, SPS as a PT Program Assistant for the College Now Program and as a PT Group Facilitator with RAP. Sarah believes in self growth through learning and hopes to share that message with our RAP community.

  • Maria Santana

    Group Facilitator


Board of Directors

Lakisha Burke, Chair
Vice President & Transition Manager, Credit Suisse

Marie Mahony, Treasurer
Senior Vice President & Assistant Controller, HBO

Akinwole Garrett
Vice President of Business Development, SheKnows Media

Amy Brown
Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Carolyn Simmons
Associate, Sycamore Partners

Judith Flynn
Partner, Bryant Park Financial Communications

Lucy Muirhead
Vice President of Communications, The Century Foundation

Nicole Greenfield
Investment Specialist, JP Morgan

Shakirah Wright
Youth Member

Impact Council

Emily Behan
Director of Family and Community Engagement, Coney Island Prep

Joelle Gamble
National Director, Roosevelt Network

Laura Riker
Program Manager, The Reproductive Health Access Project

Madalyn Miller
Banking & Finance Associate, Clifford Chance

Sanjay Bahl
Associate, Guggenheim Investments

Sitara Sundra
Investor Analyst, JP Morgan