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New York Yankees Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Precipitated by the profound impact of recent, senseless tragedies in communities throughout our nation, this Committee’s mission focuses on identifying and combating disparities and systemic inequities that obstruct socioeconomic fairness and progress for marginalized groups.

Five major pillars of focus will shape the committee’s efforts:

  • Diversity and Inclusion within the Yankees Organization
  • Education
  • Socioeconomic Development
  • Social Responsibility
  • Health and Wellness

The Committee is comprised of a dedicated and diverse network of New York Yankees staff members, on-field personnel, alumni, and outside community leaders and business partners. The group began virtual meetings in September, and the advancement of proposals and projects has continued with regularly scheduled meetings and informal dialogue. The shared goal has been to identify ways to combine resources and utilize the panel’s various prominent public platforms to address and eradicate barriers that impede access, diversity, inclusion and opportunity for our neighbors around Yankee Stadium and in the larger metropolitan community.

Initiatives

Monthly Food Pop-Up

The New York Yankees and the Food Bank For New York City have announced a partnership to assist Bronx residents facing heightened food insecurities in these challenging times by hosting a monthly “pop-up” food distribution at Yankee Stadium. The distributions — which will begin on Thursday, May 20, and run monthly through at least December — will provide 500 families per month with access to shelf stable food items and fresh produce.

Food Bank For New York City | foodbanknyc.org

Fueling Our Future

Health and wellness, as well as grassroots engagement with local communities within the Bronx, are pillars of the Yankees’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s ongoing focus. As part of the organization’s commitment to these Bronx-based individuals, the New York Yankees, Nike and DREAM have partnered to launch a youth initiative called “Fueling Our Future,” targeting nearby underserved communities. Over the coming months, area youth will be provided with the resources necessary to promote health and wellness and will be positioned to excel in the classroom, on the field/court and in life in general. The initiative was officially announced April 15 in recognition of Jackie Robinson Day.

Nike
DREAM

Yankees-CUNY (City University of New York) Partnership Program

Its creation is predicated on identifying and exposing CUNY students and alumni to career paths, employment, and business opportunities throughout the New York Yankees organization. This relationship between the Yankees and CUNY, the largest urban university system in the United States, will also include direct immersion into the New York Yankees Sport Management Mentoring Program. Of particular note, CUNY’s demographics include a wide swath of minorities and other individuals who are underrepresented in corporate settings.

CUNY - The City University of New York
CUNY Students:

• 61% are from households where neither parent graduated college.

• 94% are from New York State.

• 57% are females.

• 80% are students of color.

• 32% are Hispanic.

• 26% are Black.

• 22% are of Asian descent.

Committee Members

Community members on the committee include:
  • Jose Calderon - Former President, Hispanic Federation
  • Ana Garcia - Director, Government & Community Affairs, NewYork-Presbyterian
  • Spike Lee - Forty Acres & A Mule Filmworks
  • Daniel Quintero - Executive Director, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club
  • Arva Rice - President & CEO, New York Urban League, Inc.
  • Janis Robinson - Vice President, Institutions & Partnerships, Food Bank for New York City
  • Meisha Ross-Porter - Executive Superintendent for the Bronx, New York City Department of Education
  • Elizabeth Toledo - Vice President of Field Operations, YMCA of Greater New York
Members of the committee from the Yankees include:
  • Hal Steinbrenner - Managing General Partner/Chairperson
  • Randy Levine, Esq. - President
  • Brian Cashman - Senior VP, General Manager
  • Brian Smith - Senior VP, Corporate/Community Relations
  • Aryn Sobo, Esq. - VP, Human Resources, Employment & Labor Law
  • Jason Zillo – VP, Communications & Media Relations
  • Robert Brown - VP & CFO, Accounting
  • CC Sabathia - Yankees Special Advisor
  • Reggie Jackson - Former Yankee & Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Marcus Thames - Yankees Hitting Coach
  • Mike Harkey - Yankees Bullpen Coach
  • Rose Barre - Yankees Executive Director, Sales, Service and Business Strategy
  • Kevin Reese – Yankees Senior Director, Player Development