A new talent strategy for NYC

Given the diversity and magnitude of New York City’s young untapped talent, its role as a global leader of industry and commerce, and the tremendous energy rallying to close the education-to-employment gap, Braven anticipates launching in partnership with the City University of New York at Lehman College in January 2020.

Big Opportunity in the Big Apple

In New York City only 1 in 4 local students from underrepresented backgrounds enrolled in a 4 year college graduate with a strong job. It’s imperative for our city’s success that students from humble beginnings leave college with a strong first job and a path to economic choice and mobility. Braven is proving that the American Dream is possible within semesters, showing that our rising talent can and must hail from all communities, including some of our lowest-income ones.

An Innovative University Partnership

CUNY is the nation’s largest public higher education system and often recognized for its student diversity and commitment to socio-economic mobility. Specifically, Lehman College was ranked 4th in the Top 10 colleges nationwide with the highest mobility rate by The National Bureau of Economic Research. Over half of the CUNY undergrads receive Pell Grants, 41% are first-generation, and over half are students of color.

With a shared focus on student success, opportunity, and innovation, Lehman College will be Braven’s founding university partner in January 2020. Together Braven and Lehman College are committed to empowering students from humble beginnings on the path to the American Dream.

Employers Fueling a New Generation of Local Leaders

New York City is a global center of innovation and industry. It is home to the highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the United States, many of which are looking for ways to recruit diverse untapped talent, build their employees’ leadership skills, and positively impact their community.

Braven offers these local companies opportunities to do all three seamlessly, enriching both the company and the NYC community. To learn more about our various partnership opportunities click here.

Braven is proud to be joining partners across New York City to build a vibrant, homegrown, and diverse workforce to power the local economy on a global scale.

NYC Supporters

We are incredibly thankful for the generosity of our NYC supporters, who are launching Braven in our region. For a complete list of national Braven supporters, please go to our national supporters page.


$250,000 – $999,999

$150,000 – $249,999

$100,000 – $149,000

Rick Braddock

Ruth Stanton Foundation

$50,000 – $99,999

Here to Here


$20,000 – $49,999


$5,000 – $19,999


Our NYC Team

Headshot of employee Danielle Hayman

Danielle Hayman

Headshot of employee Danielle Hayman

Danielle Hayman

Danielle oversees Braven program implementation at Lehman College. Danielle ensures the successful execution of the Accelerator course, recruits and trains volunteers, and builds and supports partnerships with the university, employer partners, and other stakeholders.


Sheila Lopez

Sheila Lopez

Sheila works with NYC Regional Team to help build and shape employer, university, and philanthropic partnerships in the NYC area.

Tiffany Traille

Tiffany Traille

Tiffany Traille

Tiffany Traille

Tiffany oversees the overall student experience of Braven at Lehman College. She runs operations and logistics for Learning Labs and Braven events, as well as overseeing the Post-Accelerator experience. 



Contact the NYC Team

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25 Broadway, 12 Fl.
New York, NY 10004