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The Malave Team


AgnesAbrahamAgnes M. Abraham serves as Coordinator of Campus-based Leadership Education and Advocacy Programs.  In this capacity she assists in program development and administration of the CUNY Ambassador Program, including the CUNY Alumni Legislator Project and other Malave advocacy projects. She also serves as the CUNY liason to the CUNY Council of Student Life Directors (CCSLD).

Ms. Abraham joined the Academy in 2010. Previously at CUNY, she served as student government president at her alma mater Medgar Evers College and Chairperson of the University Student Senate which included service as ex-officio student Trustee on the CUNY Board of Trustees.

A consummate professional and fierce advocate, Ms. Abraham worked as the Supervisor of the Mediation Program (later renamed Resolution Assistance Program) at the New York State Housing Court in New York City.  There she assisted tenants and landlords navigate the Housing Court system.

Ms. Abraham received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Medgar Evers College and is currently  working on her Masters in Urban Affairs and Planning at Queens College.



Julie D. Agosto serves as Program Coordinator for CUNY Corps, and CUNY Coordinator for Service Learning. She also serves as secretary for the CUNY Council of Student Life Directors, and as Council's Co-Chair for the New Leadership Challenge Committee.

Ms. Agosto joined CUNY in 2006 as Coordinator of Student Activities at Hunter College. During her time at Hunter, she became the Assistant Director for Student Activities and Leadership Development where she worked closely with Residence Life, Athletics and Recreation, organized monthly leadership workshops and implemented the Hunter Has Heart service learning initiative which was created to raise community consciousness through volunteerism. Ms. Agosto also developed the Student Activities Multicultural Exchange (SAME), a program designed to address issues of campus diversity and multiculturalism.

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Julie began to discover her passion for student development as an undergraduate at the C.W. Post Campus, of Long Island University. Ms. Agosto earned her Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from C.W. Post while working as a Resident Assistant. She also has experience in development and public relations. She is currently working on her M.S. degree in Higher Education Administration at Baruch College. Ms. Agosto currently resides in the Bronx, NY.



Kisha Fuentes serves as Executive Assistant to Dr. McManus. Ms. Fuentes joined the Malave Leadership Academy team in March 2008 and is responsible for the overall administrative functions of the department. Prior to her work with the Leadership Academy, Ms. Fuentes served as Committee Coordinator for the CUNY Board of Trustees. In this capacity she assisted in the planning and organizing of all Board of Trustees committees, public and borough hearings.

Born and raised in Long Island City, Queens, Ms. Fuentes earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Operations from the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Childhood Education from the City College of New York (CCNY). Ms. Fuentes currently resides in Bethlehem, PA.



Christina K. Joseph serves as Coordinator for Special Programs and Professional Development for the Malave Leadership Academy and the Division of Student Affairs. Ms. Joseph's work includes curricular development, facilitating student seminars and workshops, and serving on the Leadership Development Council. She is also responsible for ongoing professional development for Academy Fellows as well as Central Office of Student Affairs professionals.

Prior to joining the Malave Team, Ms. Joseph served as Assistant Dean for Administration in the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). Her experience at MCNY included the initial role of Project Administrator for the Executive Vice President and Provost. During her tenure at MCNY Ms. Joseph was promoted to Career Services Coordinator, and later Coordinator for Experiential Learning, prior to becoming Assistant Dean. She also served as an adjunct instructor teaching counseling, sociology, computer applications and information literacy courses.

Originally from Long Island, Ms. Joseph earned her Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA (1999), and her Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with a concentration in colleges and community agencies from New York University (2003). She is an active member of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College - New York chapter, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Alumni Council of New York and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Ms. Joseph is currently pursuing her doctorate at NYU and resides in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.



Dr. Joe-Joe McManus serves as the Executive Director of the Ernesto Malave Leadership Academy, and Senior Student Affairs Administrator in the CUNY Central Office of Student Affairs (COSA). In addition to the Academy, his portfolio includes CUNY Student Life, Career Services, Women's Centers, and other student services.

Dr. McManus joined the Academy as the founding Executive Director in 2008. His professional experience includes teacher education, curriculum development, educator mentoring, leadership education, interdisciplinary and cross-sector partnership development, and organizational development. He has lectured, served on panels, presented, and consulted in the U.S. and internationally for more than two decades. Dr. McManus has served on a number of boards, most recently the Board of Directors of the National Association for Multicultural Education and currently serves as a member of the Diversity Collegium national think tank. In addition to his work at CUNY, he is also serving as the editor for an anthology being written by the Diversity Community Exchange (DiCE) Group, which will address issues of equity and leadership using personal narratives.

Prior to his appointment at CUNY, Dr. McManus served as an administrator at Dartmouth and the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Also notable, McManus completed an appointment as a visiting professor at Chancellor College at the University of Malawi (2001-02) through the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH). For the previous four years he taught in the College of Education at Florida A & M University where his students dubbed him "Dr. Joe-Joe."

The first in his family, McManus earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Astrophysics, and went on to receive his M.A. in Multicultural Education. He completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in 2000 at Florida A & M University (FAMU). Dr. McManus currently resides in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, NY.



Zina Richardson serves as Program Coordinator for the CUNY Ambassadors Program. She also provides university-wide support to the Career Development Centers, Student Life and Development and the CUNY Women's Centers. In addition to her duties within the Division of Student Affairs, her responsibilities include chairing the University Relief Coordinator's Council, co-chairing the COSA Professional Development Committee; and serving as the CUNY Coordinator for The New York Blood Center (NYBC).

Throughout her 17 years at The City University of New York, Ms. Richardson has demonstrated a strong commitment to expanding services and programs to students within the University system.

Ms. Richardson received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from SUNY Old Westbury and a M.S. Degree in Education from Queens College.