Focused on bettering communities and creating lasting impact, Marielys Divanne is the Vice President, Education, for United Way of New York City (UWNYC). She leads UWNYC’s signature collective impact initiative, ReadNYC, which is New York City's implementation of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading. ReadNYC launched in District 7, located in Mott Haven, South Bronx, in 2013.
Previously, Marielys served as the National Director of Organizing with Students For Education Reform (SFER), during which time she led the team of organizers to launch and win issue campaigns on education equity throughout six US cities. Prior to her work with SFER and UWNYC, Marielys was a community organizer with Metro NY Industrial Areas Foundation, leading both Manhattan Together (MT) and South Bronx Churches (SBC). While with SBC, she successfully led the campaign to build the Mott Haven Schools Campus in the South Bronx, the largest school construction project in the city’s history, which created 2,200 seats for public school students.
Marielys is a first-generation College graduate, having earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College and a Master of Fine Arts, Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University. Marielys lives in New York City, with her handsome 13-year old son who attends a New York City public school.