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Good Counsel Services, Inc.

Centre for Social Innovation

601 West 26th Street, Suite 325/108

New York, NY, 10001

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FINANCIAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

GLORIA THAKURIA

Director of Foundation Outreach

Gloria has 10+ years experience working in philanthropy and is currently the Senior Scientific Consultant at a small private foundation that awards grants to research scientists in academic institutions and hospitals. After working in various research laboratory settings - including Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, a small biotech in San Francisco, Pfizer in Brooklyn, and Columbia University in NYC - she decided to leave the lab bench for the philanthropic and non-profit sector and has never looked back. Along the way, she has interned in the Office of Technology Transfer at Rockefeller University, edited content and materials for a medical education agency, and volunteered for several organizations including the All Stars Project, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and New York Cares. Gloria has an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelor's in Chemistry from Boston University.

ELIZABETH DAVID DEMBROWSKY

Acting Financial Resource Development Director

Admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, and California, Elizabeth's legal work focuses primarily on helping new and emerging social entrepreneurs. As a non-profit executive with over a decade of experience, she has vast experiences in this area and has helped ensure the success and safety of numerous organizations. She also serves as the Executive Director for Keren Or, Inc., The Jerusalem Center for Blind Children with Multiple Disabilities, a position she has held since 2012. 

Elizabeth holds a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School where she attended night school while working fulltime; a Masters in Writing from the University of Warwick, UK where she received the Student Busary Award; and a Bachelors in Psychology from Boston University where she graduated summa cum laude.Elizabeth is a member of the Administrative Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, a Board member of Advancing Jewish Professionals of Greater New York, and a volunteer attorney with the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society. Her immigration works focuses on asylum and family petitions.  

Elizabeth is a published poet and novelist. 

SOMAYEH SAADAT

Senior Operations Director / Finacial Resource Development Intern

Sommy is currently a Graduate student of Public Administration in the City College of CUNY. At Good Counsel, Sommy works as Senior Operations Director/Financial Resource Development. As an international student, Sommy is privileged by studying in Iran, France, and the U.S. She has a deep commitment to serve society through volunteerism and she is an ardent advocate of fight against child poverty. As a Graduate intern and event planner, Sommy has joined GCS to contribute to its core mission of holistic support for nonprofits and social impact groups. Singing, playing Persian music, creating delicate art objects, and running with NY Road Runners are her vocations.

ERICKA SCHMIDT

Financial Resource Development Volunteer

Ericka is a financial resource development volunteer with Good Counsel Services. She was introduced to GCS shortly after moving to NYC this February 2019 and she thinks they are doing fabulous work! When Ericka got the chance, she decided to volunteer! She has a background in international education and exchange and she is currently exploring her professional options. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and exploring the arts.

SHACOTTHA FIELDS

Director of Inclusion

I'm Shacottha Fields - career improviser, self-development coach, and storyteller.

My specialty is inspiring risk-taking, rule-breaking, and creating a space for freedom of expression. I encourage people to be themselves unapologetically and walk to the beat of their drum.On top of my personal experiences and abilities, I also hold a BBA in Business, I'm a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and I performer at The Magnet Improv Theater.

PAST INTERNS

Arden is a Canadian student in the last year of her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta. With a major in Political Science and a minor in English, she has taken an interest in United States politics and policy, specifically social spending. She wants to learn more about the governance and organization of non-profits, and is and enjoys engaging with their day to day financial workings through Good Counsel. She is interested in small business development and social impact organizations. Arden is passionate about women’s rights, and the need for educational equity. She believes Good Counsel is an excellent opportunity to interact with social entrepreneurs and hopes this experience will help her build her own foundation for social change.

ARDEN BODNAR

FRD Intern (former)

ROCHELLE LI

Chief of Staff & Financial Resource Development Intern

Rochelle is currently a junior studying economics at Cornell University, hailing from a town next to Princeton, New Jersey. At Good Counsel, she's works both in financial resource development and serves as the chief of staff for the summer's interns. In college, Rochelle writes for her school's newspaper, serves as a resident advisor, and volunteers with her community service fraternity. Besides these commitments, Rochelle fills her time with countless podcasts, fangirling over The Federal Reserve, and failing to complete crossword puzzles.