Saeeda Lesley Dunston was appointed the Executive Director at Elmcor Youth and Services Activities, Inc. in August 2014. She is recognized among her peers and human service providers throughout New York State, as having the depth and breadth of programmatic, administrative knowledge- in developing and implementing culturally competent programs and services. Attributes significant in not only prompting transformative change within organizations where she was employed but through her professional skills sets, empathetic and insightful understanding of the challenges encountered by marginalized communities, empower individuals and families to become change agents and engaged participants in their communities.

Ms. Dunston has devoted her career to channeling and directing her commitment to service, unparalleled work ethic, laser-like ability to ascertain the bottom line to develop and implement strategies that ensure communities and most specifically communities and populations of color are provided with the tools to live productive, healthy and aspirational lives.

With her longevity and commitment to working in the nonprofit sector, Ms.Dunston's leadership has not only secured Elmcor's position as a vital service provider and advocate on the neighborhood level, but through ongoing capacity building efforts, she has been instrumental in building collaborative relationships with individual, public and philanthropic communities to support and invest in those around areas of mutual concern and priority.