Team

Carole J. Wacey

President & CEO

Carole Wacey joined WNET as Vice President, Education in December 2012. Carole’s education expertise is focused in the areas of technology, interactive media, youth development and underserved youth.

Carole previously served for ten years as Executive Director at MOUSE, a national nonprofit organization that empowers underserved youth to learn, lead and create with technology. She will continue to support MOUSE as a recently elected member of its Board of Directors.

Prior to joining MOUSE, Carole was the Director of the Interactive Media for Children program at the Markle Foundation. Under her leadership, the IMC program worked to help realize the potential benefits of interactive media for children by building partnerships between industry, the academy and consumers.

Prior to joining Markle, Carole was Deputy Director of the Office of Education Technology and Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. In that capacity, she provided leadership for the Clinton Administration on the development and implementation of national educational technology policy and program development. She addressed issues such as telecommunications, the digital divide, Internet safety, privacy, and e-commerce.

Carole received her B.A. in Economics from the American University, and her J.D. from Vermont Law School. She has also studied public international law at Oxford University, and Leadership at Yale University. Carole was elected to the Board of Directors of MOUSE.

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Anya Berdan

Member Services Manager

Anya Berdan is WCC Member Services Manager. In this capacity she develops and implements strategic direction for the organization’s growth within the membership area. She ensures a professional and efficient member services operation supporting the missions and vision of the organization, and works with other staff members and leadership to ensure development and continuous growth of programing for WCC members. Anya was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Anya and her family emigrated to the US as political refugees one year before the fall of the U.S.S.R. Anya earned her B.A. in Communications from Hofstra University, and is a recent graduate with an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from The New School. Prior to joining WCC, she had spent over 10 years engaged in project management and administration in the corporate field. After calling Queens her home for over 15 years, Anya is now a converted “Brooklynite,” and lives in Greenpoint with her husband and cat.

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Anita Mathew

Operations Coordinator

Anita’s involvement with WCC began when she served as a Public Policy Intern where she assisted with the publication and distribution of the Citywide Guide to Services in Resources. Following this internship she served as a Research and Public Policy Fellow where she managed the evaluation of the Citywide Guide and took on other administrative and policy based responsibilities. Anita also served as intern with United States Congressman Joseph Crowley of New York’s 13th District where she assisted constituents with their casework regarding immigration, housing, and workers’ rights. In addition, Anita interned with Suffolk County Legislator, Sarah Anker’s office where she worked with staff on day—to-day tasks, and wrote press releases, and mailings that were later distributed to Legislator Anker’s Constituents. Anita received a B.A. in Political Science from Stony Brook University.

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Padma Seemangal

Program & Communications Manager

Padma first entered the nonprofit sector working in affordable housing, then moved on to support the League of Women Voters of the City of New York in fundraising and capacity-building efforts. Padma gained experience in program design, management, and evaluation as Director of Programs and then Acting Executive Director at the Indo-Caribbean Alliance, an organization that serves the Indo-Caribbean and South Asian populations across the five boroughs through innovative programming and advocacy. Most recently she completed The Queens Fellowship, during which she honed her communication and strategic planning skills to more effectively scale local nonprofits. As the Program & Communications Manager at WCC she is responsible for developing and executing communications goals and supporting the organization’s rich and diverse program initiatives. Padma received a dual B.A. in English Literary Studies & Government from St. Lawrence University. She received a M.S. in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School.

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Jeff Simmons

Executive Vice President, Anat

Jeff Simmons, Executive Vice President, Anat, has more than three decades of experience in private and public sector communications, media, and journalism. Well-networked in New York City, Jeff most recently served as Senior Vice President for Communications at the Alliance for Downtown New York, the country’s largest Business Improvement District.

Accomplished at leading long- and short-term communication initiatives, Jeff has designed strategic public relations and constituent outreach campaigns, tackled crisis communications, and overseen free and paid media campaigns. He previously ran communications for New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., and served as campaign advisor to Thompson in 2009 and as his reelection Campaign Manager in 2005. A born and bred journalist, Jeff spent 17 years as a reporter, working at The (Bergen) Record of Hackensack, New York Post, New York Daily News, and New York 1 News. A New Yorker for nearly two decades, Jeff lives with his partner and two Brussels Griffons in Queens. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @JackHites.

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