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October 21, 2020

Executive Compensation at Harlem Children’s Zone

by Anne Paddock

Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) was initially established in 1970 as the Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families, New York City’s first truancy prevention program. 21 years later in 1991, the organization took PS 194 and turned it into a community center for after school, weekend, and summer programs for children and families in the local Harlem neighborhood.

Today, HCZ provides free support (after school programs, parent workshops, preschool programs, health programs, and charter schools) to nearly 100 blocks in the Harlem neighborhood to keep kids on track through childhood, college, and the early job market.

Ten important things to know about HCZ include:

HCZ is based in Harlem in New York City in New York.

There are 19 voting members in the governing body, 16 of whom are independent. There are 20 members listed on the Form 990 (due to timing differences) of which 16 (80%) are male while 4 (20%) are female.

The organization raised $112 million in 2019, most of which ($95 million) came from contributions, gifts, and grants.

HCZ received $10 million in government grants in 2019.

Total expenses in 2019 were $107 million with the largest expense being compensation ($64 million) for the 2,585 employees. $10 million in expenses were fees (no detail provided) and other expenses (no detail provided).

HCZ has nearly $600 million in net assets.

49 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 11 most highly compensated employees reported to be:

  • $712,229:  Anne Williams-Isom, CEO
  • $564,848:  Debbie Feleciano-Gonzalez, Sr Manager Compliance and Support
  • $484,987:  Mindy Miller, VP of Development
  • $457,646:  James D Hutter, CFO
  • $456,697:  Marilyn Joseph, Manager, Comm and Parent Eng
  • $374,500:  Kwame Owusu-Kesse, COO
  • $363,286:  Muronji C Inman-McCraw, Director, Curriculum and Instruction
  • $359,359:  Conrad Pinnock, Senior Advisor
  • $332,033:  Tracey Jenkins, Chief Procurement Officer
  • $328,758:  Betina Jean Louis, Director of Evaluation
  • $229,595:  Geoffrey Canada, President

HCZ did not pay for any first class or charter travel, companion travel, personal services, health or social club dues, or a residence for personal use. In addition, HCZ did not provide housing allowances or discretionary spending accounts, gross up payments or tax indemnifications.

Three individuals (Debbie Feleciano-Gonzalez, Marilyn Joseph, and Muronji C Inman-McCraw) received severance payments in 2019.

HCZ paid management and performance fees totaling $1,006,919 in 2019.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2018 for the year ending June 30, 2019), click here.

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