BUILD Welcomes Sybil Mimy Wells as the new NYC Regional Executive Director

New York, NY (January 26, 2022) – BUILD is thrilled to announce and welcome Sybil Mimy Wells as the new NYC Regional Executive Director. Sybil brings many years of experience as an executive leader in youth development, college access and readiness, DEI, social justice, and nonprofit management to the organization.

“Sybil’s breadth and depth of experience and success as a nonprofit executive, and her passion for and commitment to BUILD’s mission and vision were extremely impressive from the moment we met her,” said Mike Portogello, Chair of the NYC Board and Chair of the RED Search Committee. “I look forward to closely collaborating with her and am excited for BUILD NYC’s future with her at the helm.”

The organization would like to express its deepest gratitude to NYC’s Program Director Kenya George and Director of Philanthropy Pam Minetti for their leadership during this critical transition. For eight months, they led with collaboration, care, and flexibility, not only maintaining but also developing the NYC region while the search took place.

Sybil Mimy Wells has an extensive non-profit and higher education background. She holds a BA in History and Communication, MS in Education Administration, a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, and MA in Biblical Studies. She is also a certified Prosci (PMI) Change Practitioner and is presently pursuing her Doctorate of Theology at Alliance Theological Seminary in New York City.

Throughout her career, Sybil has held various leadership positions including Director of Community Engagement and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Farmingdale State College, Executive Director of the NOAH Program at Hofstra University, Executive Director of Project Grad LI, and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area. She has received several awards for her dedication to public service in under-resourced communities. Sybil is a proud member of several public service organizations, including the Eastern Shore Chapter of The Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Suffolk County Alumnae Chapter, and Jack & Jill of America’s Suffolk County Chapter. She is also a mother to 10-year-old identical twin girls, Sabella and Solana, and a 22-year-old son Oliver.

BUILD is excited to have Sybil on board and looks forward to the positive impact she will bring to the organization and the communities it serves.

Founded in 1999, is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities to build Career success, Entrepreneurial Mindsets, and Opportunity. BUILD utilizes entrepreneurship education to elevate youth and propel them to academic and career success, while empowering them to become the CEO of their own lives. BUILD has trained nearly 500 educators in over 100 cities across America and served over 8,000+ youth through BUILD’s digital challenges and in-school entrepreneurship programming.


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