DFOY Board Announces New Executive Director

After a thorough search led by the Directions For Our Youth Board of Directors, with assistance from Molnar Consulting, we are excited to welcome Elisa Istueta to Directions For Our Youth (DFOY) as our new Executive Director. The Directions For Our Youth Board of Directors voted to tap Elisa because of her 15 years of leadership experience at youth-focused direct service organizations.

Elisa joins DFOY at an exciting time: Directions For Our Youth will soon celebrate 30 years of service, and the start of this school year also marks another year of strong relationships with program site partners. For Elisa, DFOY’s existing programs and relationships with stakeholders, along with the DFOY staff and leaders, many who have been with DFOY for over 5+ years, attracted her to the organization.

“I have spent most of my career working in and with the Bronx community. I was first introduced to DFOY during my time at BronxWorks, and was impressed by the culture and strong core values that are the driving force behind our robust programming. I am excited to work with the board and leadership team to grow the organization and provide additional resources for Bronx families.” – Elisa Istueta

As an organization, DOFY is thrilled to have Elisa on board to expand our network of supporters and resources, as well as facilitate new relationships. Through the development of staff and implementing strong organization-wide systems, Elisa has been able to improve outcomes and secure funding for new initiatives in her previous leadership roles. During the search process, families, students and staff praised Elisa for her direction and vision. Elisa is an accomplished change manager with success leading organizations through periods of critical transition and growth, and as DFOY approaches an important 30 year anniversary, the entire DFOY community believes the future is bright with Elisa guiding Directions For Our Youth moving forward.

“The Board and I are thrilled to welcome Elisa to the DFOY team as our new Executive Director. After an extensive search, we are pleased to have Elisa overseeing DFOY’s strategic direction and day-to-day operations. It was important to the Board to bring in someone with deep ties to the Bronx and New York City community, and with Elisa’s experience strengthening organizational capacity, we are confident she is the right person to work for the families we serve. The Board would like to thank Molnar Consulting for guiding us through the search process.” – Marisa DeVincentis, Board Chair

Prior to joining DFOY, she served as Executive Director of Chances For Children – NY and Storefront Academy, as well as leading youth programs at BronxWorks. Elisa serves on the board of Yspaniola, an education non-profit organization based in Batey Libertad, Dominican Republic. She received her B.A. from Weselyan University and an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College.

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