Session 2

13th Annual
Meeting of the Minds
Session #2

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Session Agenda

GUEST SPEAKER:  Vilda Vera Mayuga, Deputy Secretary of State


Presenters:  Denise Harlow, CEO, National Community Action Partnership, and Andrea Ogunwumi, CEO, Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung and Schuyler Counties

The current global crisis impacts children and families in a way never seen or experienced before. We must develop strategies and plans that situate dissent as cultural mediators to rebuild our children, families, and communities.  Community Action has many great examples of what works and we will need all of the tools in our toolbox to help families mitigate the trauma of this moment to strengthen their well-being for the long term. This session will provide attendees a blend of the local and national perspectives on how Community Action Agencies can support families and communities.

DENISE HARLOW, CCAP, CEO National Community Action Partnership

Denise Harlow, CCAP, was named the Chief Executive Officer of the National Community Action Partnership in December 2014.  She has been with the Partnership since 2011 and served as Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance and Interim Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to her tenure at the Partnership, she was the CEO of the New York State Community Action Association and Sr. Vice President for Capacity Building for the New York Council of Nonprofits. Ms. Harlow has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, has served on several nonprofit boards of directors, and was an appointee to the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council in New York State.  She started her Community Action career as a social worker with the Schenectady Community Action Program.  She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University at Albany where she was also a Fellow on Women and Public Policy at the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Valparaiso University.

ANDREA MILES OGUNWUMI, CEO, Economic Opportunity Program, Inc.

Andrea Miles Ogunwumi, has distinguished herself as a professional and leader in the field of Business Management. As a leader, Andrea utilizes IT and human technologies to expand business and program outcomes.  Currently, Andrea serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Opportunity Program, Inc. (EOP), an eight million dollar, 55-year old Community Action Agency serving Chemung and Schuyler counties.

Andrea received her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA and her Master of Science in Organizational Development, School of Public Affairs from the American University, Washington, DC with a focus in Strategic Planning and Business Management.  Andrea served for a decade as an adjunct professor at Elmira College teaching graduate business management. She currently serves on the President’s Council-Elmira College and the Ireze Foundation-the Rochesta School-Nigeria, West Africa, and on the New York State Community Action Advisory Council. Andrea’s experience in both the profit and non-profit sectors provides a unique and balanced perspective.  Her industry experience with Corning, Incorporated, The Equitable Life and Assurance Company and Xerox Corporation brings over twenty-five years of capability in the areas of marketing, strategic planning, organizational development, human resources, diversity, training and development. Andrea served for more than 20 years at the senior level of leadership in three corporations and received industry wide recognition for groundbreaking e-Commerce innovation and marketing achievement. Andrea serves as a private consultant to senior leaders of fortune 500 corporations, college/universities, municipalities and church dioceses. She believes in principled living and leadership and is committed to impact human, business and social issues.  For Andrea success is a life commitment. Change and Crisis are the vehicles to Opportunity.


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