STRIVE Names Lakythia Ferby Vice President of Programs

September 16, 2013

STRIVE International has announced the appointment of Lakythia Ferby to the new role of Vice President of Programs. This role, funded by grants from the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation and the Pinkerton Foundation, will provide executive leadership and oversight across all program areas. Ms. Ferby will also lead strategic program planning, program implementation and performance management to deepen STRIVE’s services to its participants and expand its scale to serve more New Yorkers.

“We’re thrilled to have Lakythia join our team in this critical new role,” said Philip Weinberg, STRIVE’s President and CEO. “As STRIVE expands our employment services for at-risk New Yorkers, Lakythia brings proven leadership in the workforce community, a passion for our mission, and a track-record of building high-performing teams.”

Ms. Ferby comes to STRIVE with extensive experience in the workforce development field. Prior to joining STRIVE, Ms. Ferby served as Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Employer Partnerships at New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA), where she oversaw the establishment and growth of employer relationships throughout the city for HRA’s welfare-to-work programs. She has held a variety of leadership positions in New York City’s workforce development community, including Director of the Workforce1 Career Center in Brooklyn for Goodwill Industries of New York and Northern New Jersey and Director of Performance Management at Arbor Education & Training/New York Job Partners.

“I am honored to join the STRIVE team in helping to expand STRIVE’s services to more New Yorkers in need,” said Ms. Ferby. “As a pioneer in its field, STRIVE holds a special place in the city’s workforce community, and I’m excited to be a part of its future.”

Ms. Ferby holds a Masters in Public Health from the Boston University School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.



Based in East Harlem, New York, STRIVE ( is a leading workforce development agency that has transformed the lives of over 50,000 graduates since 1984 through comprehensive training and career development services. STRIVE serves the hardest to employ including recovering addicts, ex-offenders, public assistance recipients, the working poor, and the homeless. STRIVE’s provides specialized training and services that help clients gain stable employment and a living wage.