Economic Justice. Financial Inclusion. Opportunity for All.

Helping Build Financially
Empowered Lives

We exist to help residents of New York City build financially-empowered and prosperous lives. We provide free financial counseling as well as free tax preparation services in NYC, at locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, where we have been headquartered since 2003.

We commit to the security and the growth of our communities by sharing resources and strategically partnering with fellow community-based organizations that understand local needs, so that we can remove barriers to financial and economic access—particularly for people traditionally excluded from these systems—together.

Not only do we offer a high-caliber experience, but we also recruit and train knowledgeable volunteers who return to work with us year after year. We continually improve and adapt our programs to serve the cultural and financial needs of our clients.

Our History

about history

Since our founding in 2003, Ariva has led an economic and systemic shift in New York City, working to create financial and economic equity in typically underserved communities. We continue to have a particular focus on serving the South Bronx, though we have expanded to other boroughs, providing services in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

We have grown from a small free income tax preparation program serving just a few hundred people, to providing free, comprehensive financial capabilities services to over 15,000 people each year. We work to promote innovation, provide access, and inspire hope for New Yorkers so that they can successfully move toward resiliency, economic stability, and long-term wealth building.

Our Team

Administration
Irene Baldwin

Irene Baldwin
Executive Director

Roy Nielsen

Roy Nielsen
Fiscal Director

Tax Program
Katherine Cepeda

Katherine Cepeda
Administrative Assistant

Libretta Champagne

Libretta Champagne
Senior Tax Preparer

Maribel Montilla

Maribel Montilla
Tax Program Director

Diana Polanco WEB

Diana Polanco
Senior Tax Preparer

Madelin Quezada

Madelin Quezada
Senior Tax Preparer

Sanaye Richardson WEB

Sanaye Richardson
Senior Tax Preparer

Financial Counseling Team
Felix Arellano Picture

Felix Arellano
Financial Counselor

Jessika Corcino

Jessika Corcino
Financial Counselor

Sidy Diakhate

Sidy Diakhate
Senior Financial Counselor

Bradley Fernandez

Bradley Fernandez
Financial Counselor

Sharon Fortis

Sharon Fortis
Program Manager

Monica Garcia

Monica Garcia
Financial Counselor

Elizabeth Gomez Castrillon

Elizabeth Gomez Castrillon
Financial Counselor

Yhasmine Moran WEB

Yhasmine Moran
Financial Counselor

Adelaida Morin

Adelaida Morin
Senior Program Director

Angelica Munoz

Angelica Munoz
Administrative Assistant

Denise Negron

Denise Negron
Assistant Program Director

Phillip Riggins

Phillip Riggins
Financial Counselor

Dominique Rojas

Dominique Rojas
Financial Counselor

Our Board of Directors

Officers

S. Lemuria Alawode-El, Chair
Steven Flax, Vice Chair
Will Bressman, Treasurer
Astrid Andre, Secretary

Directors

Walter Blenman
James Buckley
Susan Grbic
Natalie Lozada
Heng Ly
Myriam Rebling
Teri Wade
LaKia Williams