Latoya Sanders

Latoya has been the Community Liaison for Renew Hempstead since March 2010, representing the people of the Village of Hempstead supporting the triple-bottom-line revitalization of its downtown. She was born and raised in Hempstead, attending Franklin Elementary School, ABGS Middle School, and a graduate of Hempstead High School. She  took online college courses at Kaplan University for Health Care Administration before working at the Economic Opportunity Commission in 2009 as an Administrative Assistant for the Green Jobs program under the direction of Lawrence Burns and Iris A. Johnson.

Contact Latoya at, 516.307.8310, or visit her at the Renaissance Downtowns UrbanAmerica Info Center at the corner of West Columbia and Main St.



Brandon Ray

Brandon V. Ray is a Community Outreach Advisor for Renew Hempstead, representing the people of the Village of Hempstead supporting the triple-bottom-line revitalization of its downtown.

Brandon was appointed Trustee in August 2009 to the Board of Education of the Hempstead Public School System. Mr. Ray’s interest and investment in the future of the Hempstead School District is more than casual. Brandon is a proud product of the Hempstead Public School System, graduating from Fulton Elementary School, ABGS Middle School and Hempstead High School. Mr. Ray was a member of the Hempstead High School class of 2000.

Although born in Brooklyn, New York Brandon’s family moved to Hempstead when he was a year old. He has lived in Hempstead for the past twenty seven years. After graduating from High School Brandon went on to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in May of 2004. Mr. Ray was chosen as one of a select group of promising leaders when he was accepted into the National Urban Fellows Inc. fellowship program. The National Urban Fellows Program is a highly competitive, rigorous academic/mentorship program whose mission is to train and mentor promising managers for leadership positions in public policy and administration.

In 2007 Mr. Ray earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from CUNY- Baruch College School of Public Affairs as a National Urban Fellow. During his Fellowship he served as an executive fellow in the Office of the City Manager of Norfolk, Virginia. In this role, he worked with budgeting, policies, intergovernmental affairs, community relations and various city departments. Mr. Ray used this opportunity to increase his learning about environmental policies, sustainable building, homelessness, and community policing. He also experienced living in a new city and made an effort to become more integrated in the surrounding community by volunteering with local educators who worked with at risk youth and volunteered with the local Urban League affiliate.

In 2003 he was the Assistant Coordinator for the N.A.A.C.P. Reginald F. Lewis Youth Entrepreneurial Institute while attending Howard University. In this capacity, he was responsible for helping young men and women complete a program focused on business and entrepreneurship. This program served as a vehicle for promoting better academic and financial success of students, by developing their skills, setting goals and solving problems. Mr. Ray was also responsible for recruiting entrepreneurs as speakers to share their experiences with the youth who were enrolled in the program.

Brandon also had the privilege of interning in the office of the President of the National Urban League, the Hon. Marc H. Morial, in New York City. This opportunity served as the catalyst for Brandon’s growing interest in urban planning and laid the foundation for what would become a strong relationship with NUL. During this internship Brandon learned about NUL’s agenda of empowerment and the strategies it has developed to address obstacles to personal and economic instability for disadvantaged individuals and communities. Later, he was employed as a Diversity Solutions Consultant for the National Urban League. Brandon is presently an Outreach Manager for the Urban League of Long Island.

Brandon is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations, including the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Circle K of Hempstead, the Trey Whitfield Foundation and most recently the 2009 Urban League of Long Island Legacy Award. Brandon’s volunteer services include Howard University’s Brother 2 Brother Youth Conference, the Inner Voice Connection Mentoring Program, the Junior Achievement Service Learning Project, the Howard University Alumni Association of New York City, the 2005 New York Urban League Whitney M. Young Scholarship selection committee, the Urban League of Long Island Young Achievers planning committee, and NYC Co-chair of the Young and Powerful for Obama, a national coalition of young professionals who raised over $250,000 for the Presidential campaign of Barack Obama.

Mr. Ray is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated Kappa Xi Lambda Chapter, The New Hempstead Democratic Club, The National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Urban League of Long Island Young Professionals, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources-Greater New York Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated’s MLK Memorial Internal Fundraising Committee, Chair of the NY Selection Committee Usher New Look Program and Chair of the Wall Street Alphas Charitable Foundation Inc. Sponsorship and Fund raising Committee.

Brandon is a member of Union Baptist Church in Hempstead, NY. He continues to develop his leadership’s skills on behalf of his community and aspires to continue making a difference in the public policy arena. Mr. Ray believes in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. philosophy that “everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”

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