Robert Clark

Founder and Executive Director

Robert Clark is the first YouthBuild graduate to found a YouthBuild program. He has over 22 years of experience in youth development and providing technical assistance to other YouthBuild programs. As a result of his experience and expertise, he has consulted with the Newark Public Schools on a long-term strategy for alternative education and comprehensive high schools that can appropriately meet nontraditional students’ needs.


SanDonna Jones

Deputy Executive Director

SanDonna Jones has 19 years of organizational development, strategic planning and resource development experience.


Travis Reid

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining YBN, Travis served as the Newark Public Schools’ Director of External Relations and COO of the Newark Workforce Investment Board. He is concurrently an adjunct professor at the Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). Travis has a Master of Public Administration, is a National Urban Fellow, and holds certifications in Non-Profit Leadership and Public Performance Management from the RU-N Business School and RU-N SPAA, respectively.


Darrell Price

Program Director

Darrell Price is a former New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) staffer who possesses over 19 years of programming experience. In 2013, Darrell was inducted into the YouthBuild USA Directors Fellows Program, a 2-year professional development, leadership learning, and personal support program for 14 committed YouthBuild directors from across the country.


Llesenis Soto

Director of Education

Llesenis has over 15 years of experience in youth development, program design, and the management of programs serving in-school and out-of-school youth. She has a Master of Education from Mercy College. Llesenis works to ensure YBN’s education component continues to effectively prepare young adults for college and careers, and supports and develops YBN’s partner schools.

Program Staff

Mustafa Abdus-Salaam
Advocate Counselor
Carlyle Adams
Advocate Counselor
Zuzana Bracok
Academic Coordinator
Wendy Cubano
Graduate Services and AmeriCorps
Ameerah Greene
Program Administrator
Akintola Hanif
Resident Documentarian
Terry Lang
Senior Vocational Instructor
Michael Mackason
Senior Vocational Instructor
Hakiem McCurdy
Construction Intern
Gloria Randleman
Graduate Assistant
Noleem Smith
Vocational Instructor
Jaquil White
Math Instructor

Administrative Staff

Michael Alba
Accounting Manager
L’Tonya Bennett
Office Manager
Naima Briscoe
Development and Communications Manager

Newark Leadership Academy Staff

Omarr McAfee
Advocate Counselor
Alia Berry
Advocate Counselor
Larry Jones
Advocate Counselor

Fast Track Success Academy Staff

Gisele Bartley
Advocate Counselor
Darrin “Khalil” Odom
Director of Operations
Aqueel Washington
Advocate Counselor

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