About Us


Right now, in neighborhoods all across New York City, children are growing up in poverty. Due to a lack of exposure to high-quality books, early reading, and structured pre-schools, kids from low-income homes may enroll in kindergarten as much as 1 to 1.5 years behind. For Latino students, there is an added layer of complexity as they begin their language acquisition learning in two languages, Spanish and English. These inner city youth do not lack ability, just opportunity.

Exodus is that opportunity – our goal is to provide our students with enriching academic and personal programming that allows them to excel during middle school, graduate high school, attend college, and pursue a profession they are passionate about including being community minded and leaders full of hope for the future.

Our Vision
For NYC Latino Youth to thrive as they achieve their God-Given Potential


Our Mission

Operation Exodus launches NYC Latino Youth to college and lives of excellence through educational opportunities and transformational relationships.

Our Core Values

Learning and Growing

We value curiosity, a growth mindset, and an overall belief in the potential of all those we serve. We believe in creating opportunities that honor that curiosity, potential and unique gifts each person might have.


We empower and equip individuals to find their voice and make their mark. We champion each other, wanting all to realize and reach their God given potential.

Community and Connectedness

We work on creating long-term, transformational relationships, often becoming family to those we work with. We strive to influence and support each other through healthy social and emotional connections

A Healthy Cultural Identity

We work to respect ourselves and others by validating our experiences and valuing the unique perspectives we all bring; striving to understand and celebrate each other.


Extending to others the unmerited favor that been extended to us by God.  Not giving up on people and providing second chances to those we serve.


Ashley Modisett – Board Chair

David Turley – Vice Chair
Commercial Mortgage Banker at Cronheim Mortgage Corporation

Lana Kim – Secretary
Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services

Phil Lee – Treasurer 
Managing Director at Goldman Sachs 

Rich Perez – Board Member
Lead Pastor at Christ Crucified Fellowship

Adrian Miranda – Board Member
Lecturer Summit Professional Education; Physical Therapist

Geoff Davenport – Board Member
Salesforce Administrator at Union for Reform Judaism

Jane Hyun – Board Member 
Founder and President at Hyun Associates

Iris Garcia – Board Member 
Home Health Aid

Rosina Roa – Board Member 
Senior Business Operations Manager at Madison Square Park Conservatory



Amber and George Cerezo – Graphic Design and Website Uriel Designs

Bryan Rivera – The Learned Concept

Jason Rivera – Consultant

Yanire Montanez – Consultant

Jose Orengo – JLO Consultants

Kim Massey – The Rise Group

Rich Rivera – Consultant

Rei Perez – Consultant

Mayra Lopez Humphreys – Strategic Consultant 

Mike Park – Consovoy, McCarthy, Park PLLC

Nato Rosado – Rosado Designs

Robert Guerrero – Redeemer City to City

Operation Exodus Site Team

Kimberly Collado, Development and Communication Coordinator

Vanessa Peralta, Elementary School Program Coordinator

Rigo Diaz, Middle School Coordinator 

Esther Acosta, Executive Assistant and College Access Coordinator

Patricia Puble, Program Assistant

K – 5 Academic Tutors

Our History

Since 1988, Exodus has been committed to the future of the at-risk children from the Washington Heights community in New York City.

Our work began when Luis Iza, Jr., a businessman and Sunday school teacher at a local church, was approached by a mother whose twelve year old son was living in fear of his life. This son had recently refused to join a neighborhood gang and was facing constant danger and harassment. Greatly moved to help, Mr. Iza shared this child’s plight with a boarding school. Equally moved, the school readily accepted the boy on a scholarship basis.

As a result of the positive changes that education made in this child’s life, as well as a result of the persistent violence and lack of academic challenges in area schools, Mr. Iza and a group of parents from a Latino church founded Exodus.

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