CSI Staff

Shireen Idroos, Executive Director

A longtime nonprofit manager and development professional, this Los Angeles native is a graduate of Vassar College. Shireen started out at the Muslim Public Affairs Council before working at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Children's Health Fund. Most recently, she spent over five years as the Director of Individual Giving at Her Justice, a New York nonprofit that provides free family, divorce and immigration-law services to women across the five boroughs. [Contact Shireen]

 

 

 

Elizabeth Keane, Director of Business Affairs

Elizabeth is originally from northern New Jersey and attended Suffolk University in Boston for both undergraduate and graduate school, earning a master’s degree in Criminal Justice, but never making it in law enforcement! Her studies, instead, focused on understanding people and society, and how they work and intersect. Her ultimate goal is to use her understanding to help fix the many cracks and imperfections in many of our current systems. On a more personal note, some of her favorite things in life are dogs, a good book, and the perfect cup of tea; ideally these would all come together for a cozy afternoon at her local coffee shop (or CSI lounge area!). [Contact Elizabeth]

 

 

 Theon Freeman, Facilities & Operations Coordinator

Holding community and thoughtful interactions at his core, Theon works to ensure that every person that walks through CSI's doors experiences the magic like he did upon his first visit! As the Facilities & Operations Coordinator he is tasked with facilities upkeep, tending to member requests and inquiries, as well as managing the DECA (Desk Exchange Community Animator) Program. Prior to CSI, he worked in Procurement & Customer Success in both Corporate and Startup environments. As a New York native he feels that CSI is changing the co-working ecosystem, for the better! [Contact Theon]

 

 Allegra Gilfenbaum, Community Animator

Allegra is a performer, community organizer and Hip Hop enthusiast with years of professional experience at both funded start-ups and non-profit organizations. With an undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from Bard College, she combined her studies with a focus in Human Rights to leverage music as a lens to explore culture, history and her community. These days, not much has changed as she continues to pursue a career as a vocalist alongside a love for bringing people together to reimagine solutions to some of our most complex societal challenges. Most recently she’s worked with organizations such as NYU’s Social Entrepreneurship Program, The NXT-GEN Fellowship for Moral Leadership and the Hip- Hop Education Center to build community around their initiatives and create operational structure that will help them thrive as they grow. On any given day Allegra can often be found drinking a coffee, watching make-up tutorials, “studying” pop culture and wandering the aisles of dollar stores. [Contact Allegra]

 

Lexi Balfour, Program Manager - Human Lending Library 

Lexi first witnessed the power of community and social impact at a young age, growing up across the world with parents working in international development. At 18 years old she moved from England to the US, and graduated from Penn State University in International Politics. Lexi began her career in philanthropic consulting living and working in Ethiopia, Burundi and Namibia launching initiatives, strategies and partnerships for complex initiatives and organizations to reach their full potential. As a nonprofit consultant based in NYC, she is a passionate connector, builder and nuance seeker, believing the process by which change is made is just as important as the results. With experience at both local and international levels, Lexi has worked across sectors and issue areas to overcome silos and other barriers to sustained collective impact. Lexi is thrilled to be immersed in the daily energizing community of CSI, and leading the Human Lending Library program. The program provides free advice from business experts for social entrepreneurs for greater impact in New York City and beyond! [Contact Lexi]

 

Sarah Sproviero - Events Manager

Sarah is an ecopreneur passionate about building socially innovative communities through events. She created Lightfoot Market NYC, a sustainable, transparent shopping experience, and most recently worked on the 2019 Marketplace of the Future. She has a background in community science, project management and fine arts, and holds her Masters in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. In her free time, Sarah can be found writing and illustrating her many ideas for children’s books, and exploring urban nature. Sarah will be overseeing the CSI event space and working closely with you and the CSI team to maximize events as a platform for amplifying impact and strengthening community. [Contact Sarah]

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