The Neighbors Link mission is to strengthen the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants. Our mission is achieved by filling a service gap for new immigrant families, offering education and empowerment programs, involving longer-term residents in volunteer opportunities and creating substantive partnerships with other local organizations. Our strategies to educate, empower and employ families include a Worker Center, English as a Second Language (ESL) education, legal services and advocacy, workforce development, parent education, early childhood programs and academic support for school-age children of immigrants.
Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director
Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director of Neighbors Link, has a strong personal connection to the Neighbors Link mission of strengthening the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants. As a first generation American born of immigrant parents from Bolivia, Carola understands the challenges that accompany the immigrant experience in America and is dedicated to inspiring healthy integration in the community. Carola is bilingual and bicultural and is driven by her passion for empowering immigrant families and advocating for personal growth through education and economic development.
During Carola's tenure, Neighbors Link has become a leader in designing, implementing and directing community-based, bilingual educational and cultural awareness training programs. Furthermore, with her guidance and leadership, the organization has quadrupled in size in 10 years and is strategically scaling the Neighbors Link model in communities that are ready to embrace our mission.
Before becoming Executive Director of Neighbors Link in April of 2004, Carola spent 12 years of her career gaining experience in financial management with General Electric Corporation, Ford Motor Company and Time Warner. She holds an MBA from Duke University and currently serves on the boards of Northern Westchester Hospital, the National Council for Workforce Education, Nonprofit Westchester, and the New York Immigration Coalition; additionally, she serves on the NYS Taskforce for Agricultural Labor.
Carola is recognized as an expert on immigration issues in the New York Metropolitan area. She has received numerous awards and recognitions. Most recently, she was named as one of the top Women in Business in 2014 by Westchester Magazine and, in 2016, she was named one of the 25 most influential people of Bedford .
Providing leadership and vision for Neighbors Link is something Carola sees as her life’s work and she often says it is a privilege to be in her position as executive director.
Staff Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director Melba Adames, Family Center Facilitator Andrea Alarcon, Operations and Worker Center Coordinator Karin Anderson Ponzer, Esq., Director, Neighbors Link Community Law PracticeDennise Barahona, Parent Education Manager Alyssa Besio, Development Assistant Catherine Marie Gold, Program CoordinatorLuisa Granda-Rodriguez, Director, Operations and Community Expansion Maria Isabel Lopez, Outreach Coordinator Isaac Marquez, Hiring Site Manager Rosa Martin, Administrative Assistant Beverliz Martinez, Program Manager Elizabeth Mastropolo, Esq., Assistant Director, Neighbors Link Community Law Practice Mercy Quezada, Parent Educator Alison Quinn, Bookkeeper and Human Resources Coordinator Ramiro Rincon, ONA Program Manager Mary Vinton, Director of Development and CommunicationsAmy Werner, Volunteer Manager Margarita Zambrano, Parent-Child Program Facilitator Katie Graves-Abe, Communications, Social Media and Website Consultant
Federal EIN: 13-4088125 Please click here to view our financial information.