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HOPE Program Appoints Brooklyn's Tracey Capers as Executive Director

Tracey Capers will be joining the HOPE Program following a 20-year tenure at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.
Tracey Capers

The HOPE Program, a nonprofit that empowers New Yorkers to obtain employment and long-term financial sustainability, has announced the appointment of Tracey Capers as Executive Director. 

“Tracey is a seasoned leader with deep experience in nonprofit management, development and strategic planning which are great assets to support HOPE as we continue to experience tremendous growth.” said Lauren Samuel, Board Chair at The HOPE Program. “We are thrilled to have her join the team.”

Capers will be joining the HOPE Program following a 20-year tenure at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation where she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer. While under Capers' leadership, their economic mobility programs reached more than 8,000 New Yorkers annually, delivering approximately $20 million in income and assets. 

Prior to her most recent leadership role, Capers founded her own nonprofit and philanthropic advisory firm Capers Consulting. She has served on the boards of the Noel Pointer Foundation and Transportation Alternatives. Capers holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Yale University and a graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government.

“I’ve long known and admired the work of The HOPE Program,” said Capers. “I’ve marveled at their stand for our most forgotten New Yorkers, turning despair into hopes, and hopes into the reality of employment and opportunity. I feel so privileged to join an organization that aligns with my values and lifelong commitment to economic justice for all.”

Capers will succeed Interim Executive Director Diana Breen, a career interim executive leader, who will ensure a seamless transition.


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