Our Team


Executive Team






Philip Weinberg, Chief Executive Officer

Phil’s career has spanned the public and private sectors, focusing on transforming workforce and education systems across the country and on building world-class social sector organizations. In this capacity, he has held leadership positions with educational and human services organizations in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City, as well as private sector positions with the global education company, Kaplan, Inc., and with the management consulting firm, Bain & Company.

Immediately prior to joining STRIVE, he served as President of the New York City Workforce Investment Board, which is appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to drive, coordinate and oversee workforce development services in New York City, advancing the Mayor’s economic and human capital agenda to ensure the availability of skilled workers needed for the city’s growth.

Phil has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including representing New York City on the Workforce Development Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Phil holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Northwestern University. A native of Philadelphia, Phil lives in New York City with his wife Jessica and two daughters.











Hilda Romero, Chief Financial Officer

Hilda comes to STRIVE with nearly two decades of financial and accounting expertise in the nonprofit and private sectors. Prior to joining STRIVE, Hilda served as Controller at Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a nationally-recognized nonprofit agency based in New York City serving men and women returning from incarceration. As the top fiscal officer at CEO, she oversaw all financial matters, including the standardization of accounting policies and procedures across CEO offices in multiple states. She has held a variety of key leadership positions in the nonprofit and private sectors, including as Director of Finance at the Transitional Work Corporation, an award-winning welfare-to-work program in Philadelphia, PA, and as Financial Specialist at TELGUA, the largest telecommunications company in Guatemala. Hilda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Universidad Francisco Marroquin and is a Certified Nonprofit Accountant.









Lakythia Ferby, Vice President of Programs

Lakythia comes to STRIVE with extensive experience in the workforce development field. Prior to joining STRIVE, Lakythia 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.

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