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.
Andrew I. Melton, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Andrew has over 20 years of nonprofit audit, accounting and financial consulting experience. He has a BS degree in Accounting from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and is a licensed CPA.
Prior to coming to STRIVE, Andrew was President of an accounting and consulting firm that specialized in nonprofit Auditing, CFO-To-Go Services, Turn-a-Round Nonprofit Consulting Services and Audit Preparatory Services. Andrew has significant experience running the day-to-day operations of accounting departments, monthly and annual financial statement preparation and full restructuring of a company’s approach to business development, fund sourcing, service contracts, grants, marketing, strategic planning, human resources, board/ committee formation and reporting, compliance and risk management.
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.