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Karima Grant Abbott
Author, Educator, Director/Founder of ImagiNation Afrika
Class of
1986
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Karima Grant Abbott

Author, Educator, Director/Founder of ImagiNation Afrika
Class of
1986
Karima Grant Abbott is a teacher, leadership trainer and educational consultant. In addition to facilitating leadership workshops throughout Africa, she teaches literature and writing classes to developing writers. Her children’s picture book, Sofie and the City, was selected by Bank Street College as one of the best children’s books of 2006. In 2007, she founded ImagiNation Afrika, a museum and cultural and educational hub for children, located in Dakar, Senegal, that promotes a culture of critical thinking and addresses how children perceive themselves and their abilities to contribute to development.
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Adam Green
Founder and Executive Director, Rocking the Boat
Class of
1987
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Adam Green

Founder and Executive Director, Rocking the Boat
Class of
1987
Adam Green is the founder and executive director of Rocking the Boat, an organization that engages South Bronx high school students in boatbuilding and on-water education. Adam started the volunteer project that would become Rocking the Boat in 1995 during a semester off from Vassar College. Influenced by his experience teaching kids about the Hudson River aboard the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, he developed a program that used the process of building and using wooden boats as a way to educate and empower young people from underserved communities. He has received numerous awards and accolades for Rocking the Boat, including an Echoing Green Fellowship, a Union Square Award for grassroots organizing, and a Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneurship Award. In 2014, he was named one of 25 CNN Heroes.
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Kim Grose Moore
Community Organizer/Executive Coach at PICO National Network
Class of
1982
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Kim Grose Moore

Community Organizer/Executive Coach at PICO National Network
Class of
1982
Kim Grose Moore works as a community organizer and executive coach at PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) National Network, where she engages with hundreds of parents, clergy, young people and families around the civil rights struggles of our time. Prior to this role, she co-founded Partners in School Innovation and served as its co-executive director until 1997, when Kim became executive director of the San Francisco Organizing Project.
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Eve Grubin
Poet, Lecturer
Class of
1984
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Eve Grubin

Poet, Lecturer
Class of
1984
Eve has been teaching at New York University in London since 2009 and is a published writer of poetry and essays. In early 2016, she published The House of Our First Loving (Rack Press), a “marvellous, entirely fresh pamphlet of love poems, in which traditional Jewish sources become a means of naming what happens in the contradictory meshing and collision of selves love is” (Mark Doty). She also published Morning Prayer (Sheep Meadow Press), a book of poems, in 2006.
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Bram Gunther
Chief, Forestry & Horticulture, NYC Deparment of Parks
Class of
1976
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Bram Gunther

Chief, Forestry & Horticulture, NYC Deparment of Parks
Class of
1976
Bram Gunther is chief of New York City Parks and Recreation’s Department of Forestry, Horticulture and Natural Resources. In this role, he is responsible for making decisions about the trees and garden spaces in New York City.
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Melissa Hacker
Filmmaker, Editor, Professor
Class of
1975
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Melissa Hacker

Filmmaker, Editor, Professor
Class of
1975
Melissa Hacker is an independent filmmaker and freelance film editor at Bees Knees Productions and professor of media communication arts at The City College of New York. Melissa was also an adjunct professor of film, video and broadcasting at New York University. She produced, directed and edited the award-winning film “My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports,” which tells the stories of children who, in order to be saved, were separated from their families a few months before the start of World War II. In fall 2014, Melissa began a remote artist residency in Summer Lake, Oregon.
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Lennard "Action" Jackson
Boxer, Documentary Film Producer
Class of
1980
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Lennard "Action" Jackson

Boxer, Documentary Film Producer
Class of
1980
Lennard Jackson is a former professional boxer who fought as a middleweight and was ranked 15th in the world by the World Boxing Council. He is a private trainer and film producer of independent shorts and feature films.
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Musa Jackson
Harlem Ambassador / Event Production / Branding and Marketing
Class of
1979
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Musa Jackson

Harlem Ambassador / Event Production / Branding and Marketing
Class of
1979
Musa Jackson, née Stacey, graduated from Manhattan Country School in 1979. He went on to attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art as a fine artist. As a college freshman at Parsons School of Design, Musa was discovered by the editor of GQ magazine and became a pioneering African-American model in the 1980s, working with GQ, Seventeen, and Vogue and walking the runways for Jean Paul Gaultier, Girbaud, Yohji and Chanel. He was a regular print model for Macy’s, JCPenney, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdales catalogues and became the first black male model for The Gap. Musa has starred in more than 30 commercials and is an award-winning screenwriter and film and TV producer. Today, Musa is CEO of Musa Jackson Productions (MJP) LLC, a Harlem-based event production company that has produced, promoted or contributed to some of Harlem’s signature events.

Musa lives in his beloved Harlem and pens a bi-monthly column, “My Uptown World,” for Uptown Magazine, where he serves as their Harlem ambassador. He is also the Harlem ambassador for the Go Africa Harlem Festival, which honors Harlem politicians, African dignitaries and local African businesses, and is on the board of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance. He served as the president of the West 120th Street Block Association for almost sixteen years and was the first recipient of the Bank of America Local Hero Award for his innovative Light of the Block campaign focused on eradicating crime on his street.

Musa is the proud father of Elijah and Jade and best friends with his ex-wife photographer Crystal Blake.
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Adam Kennedy
Playwright, Producer
Class of
1975
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Adam Kennedy

Playwright, Producer
Class of
1975
Adam Kennedy and his wife, Renee, are founders of Kennedy Publishing. In 2007, Kennedy Publishing won the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award for excellence in literature for “Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles?,” a three-week theatrical run of Beatles material which launched the Public Lab Series at the Public Theatre in New York City.

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