Staff

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Project Director

Lee Strock


Lee Strock joined PCYP in 2012 as Project Director. At PCYP, Lee is responsible for managing PCYP's programmatic activities, fundraising, and external communications. Before joining PCYP, Lee was a litigation associate at Kramer, Levin, Naftalis, and Frankel LLP, where, in addition to his commercial cases, he maintained an active pro bono practice representing LGBTQQ clients and clients living in poverty. Lee received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2009 and his B.A. from Cornell University in 2006. Email Lee.

Staff


Gretchen Begley

Interpreter/Social Worker

Gretchen comes to PCYP with over 15 years of experience in movements for justice and in direct social work practice. She received her Certificate in Interpretation Studies from Hunter College (CUNY) in 2012 and has extensive experience in Spanish-English interpretation and translation with state courts, city agencies, and community organizations. She is excited that she gets to learn new things about both of her working languages every day. Gretchen received her Master of Social Work from Hunter College (CUNY) in 2008, where she focused on group work with immigrant communities, and her B.A. in Global Studies with a minor in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004, where she focused on socioeconomics and politics in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining PCYP, Gretchen served as a case manager at a legal services organization serving homeless immigrant youth. She was also privileged to work alongside incredible human rights activists in Colombia with the organization Peace Brigades International. Gretchen can’t live without the ocean, and she is in agreement with Emma Goldman that dance must be a part of our revolution. Email Gretchen.

Marlene Lleva

Legal Advocate

Marlene joined PCYP in the fall of 2017 as a Legal Advocate. Previously, she worked as an educational advocate for youth experiencing homelessness throughout New York State. She received her B.A. from UCLA in International Studies and her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in International Education focusing on the disproportionate impact of school discipline policies, suspension practices, and policing of students of color. Marlene is the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico and the Philippines and was raised in the border city of San Diego, California. She is a native Spanish speaker and is currently working on improving her Portuguese language skills. Email Marlene.

Nneka Okpara

Staff Attorney (Not yet admitted, bar admission pending) and Fully Accredited DOJ Representative

Bio coming soon. Email Nneka.

 

Our team

Project Director
Social Worker/Interpreter
Senior Staff Attorney
Senior Staff Attorney