The volunteer East Harlem Holiday Tree Committee comprises local activists, representatives of nonprofit organizations, including our fiscal sponsor, a representative of our local City Council member, and a representative of Franklin Plaza:


Committee Members


Genevieve Andre, Artist and Poet

Kathy Benson, Community Advocate

Aurora Flores, Zon del Barrio

Gina Rusch, Union Settlement Association

Eve Valenzuela-Easter, Hope Community

Carmen Vasquez, Community Advocate

Melinda Velez, Community Advocate





Advisory Committee

Lillian Bent, Franklin Plaza board

Jose Carrero, Jeffersonville HDFC

Ana Chireno, El Museo del Barrio

Sandra Rivera, Ballet Hispanic



Our Fiscal Sponsor is Union Settlement Association, a 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit organization.  Since opening its doors in 1895, it has brought education, wellness and community-building programs to East Harlem, empowering residents with opportunities to better their lives. 

Some members of the East Harlem Holiday Tree Committee, 2016.

Left to right:  Ana Chireno, Carmen Vasquez, Genevieve Andre, Michelle Cruz,

Kathy Benson, Melinda Velez, Jose Carrero, Eve Valenzuela, Lillian Bent


Photo by Carva Photography