Alicia Guevara

Alicia Guevara joins Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC as our Chief Executive Officer. Alicia is an accomplished and proven leader in the nonprofit sector. She brings 25+ years of experience leading nonprofit organizations, developing talent, influencing public policy, designing business strategies, and generating revenue through fundraising and earned income opportunities. Ms. Guevara has deep knowledge, passion and experience working with youth-serving programs, having rooted her life’s work in pursuit of social justice issues of access and inclusion for young people. Ms. Guevara is a graduate of Columbia University and also earned an executive education certificate for senior leaders in nonprofit management from Columbia Business School. She prides herself on being a native New Yorker who has mentored numerous young people through multiple channels. Alicia lives with her husband and two young children, all of who enjoy spending time outdoors and rooting for NY’s “home” teams.

Elliot Berger

Elliot serves as the Chief Development Officer at BBBS of NYC, overseeing special events and managing gifts from individuals, foundations, and government sources. Prior to joining BBBS of NYC, Elliot served as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement for New York Law School, where he directed the development campaign and alumni relations. Earlier in his career, he worked at Merrill Lynch for over a decade, primarily in the capacity as the National Director of Strategic Philanthropy, managing the services for 3,000 foundation clients. Elliot graduated with honors from Rutgers College and earned his MBA from Rutgers University.

Charles​ Bozian

Charles comes to BBBS of NYC as Chief Administrative Officer with a 25 year career in the publishing industry, including his most recent role at Macmillan Publishing, where he served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for nearly ten years. Prior to joining Macmillan, he served as Chief Financial and Operating Officer for Columbia University Press, the non-profit publisher affiliated with Columbia University. Charles holds a BS and an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and attended Columbia Business School, where he completed a three year executive development program.

Michael Coughlin

As Chief Progam Officer, Michael Coughlin oversees all program initiatives, strategic planning, program evaluation, and volunteer/family recruitment.  Michael has been with BBBS of NYC for 14 years where he’s implemented new evaluation methods, developed a mentoring app helping mentors develop more impactful mentoring relationships, and created a targeted volunteer recruitment technique now recognized as a national best practice.  Michael holds a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Joseph’s College of Maine.

Jeff Elgart

As Chief Corporate Mentoring and Partnership Officer, Jeff Elgart is responsible for the management and growth of our corporate partner portfolio and the daily operations of the Workplace Mentoring Center. Additionally, Jeff works with advertisers and cause-related marketing partners to create engagement opportunities with the agency and our client families. In 1993, shortly after moving back to NYC from Los Angeles, Jeff volunteered at BBBS of NYC. Twenty-six years later, he continues to share in the life of his “Little”. Jeff studied Adolescent Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University and completed the New York University Philanthropy and Fundraising program.

Gerri Thomas

Overseeing all communication strategies and initiatives as Chief Communications Officer, Gerri is responsible for articulating the power of mentoring and advancing the organization’s efforts and presence. She began her career at the City University of New York College of Staten Island, where her experiences as an Adjunct Professor have cultivated in her a passion for both youth advocacy and communications, positioning her to merge the two in her current role with the agency. She graduated summa cum laude from the College of Staten Island with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She also completed the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program at the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School.