Meet The Staff

  • Lisa S. Hoffstein

    Executive Director Lisa S. Hoffstein has devoted her professional life to urban education and community development. She has spent most of her career designing and implementing programs that provide opportunity and support for inner-city children. Hoffstein, a New York native, came to Philadelphia to the University of Pennsylvania, obtaining a Masters in Education. Following several years of classroom teaching Hoffstein earned her MBA from The Wharton School and applied her passions to developing and managing programs for urban communities. Lisa has an MBA in Public Policy and Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Education from The Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Pennsylvania In 2006, Ms. Hoffstein founded The Katie At The Bat Team — A Nonprofit Helping Kids Hit Home Runs In Life. Using athletics to build physical and emotional health, literacy and resilience, the organization assists underserved youth throughout Philadelphia. She has previously served for 14 years as the National Executive Director for the Milken Young Entrepreneurs Program and the University Community Outreach Program, is a founding board member at Freire Charter Schools in Philadelphia and the founding Director of the Wharton West Philadelphia Project. She is currently a mentor at Women of Tomorrow, empowering at-risk girls to succeed. She is a New York native, currently lives in Philadelphia and is an avid competitive tennis player.
  • Katherine A. Meade

    Director of Education Katie joined our organization from National September 11 Memorial & Museum, where she was Manager of Community Affairs and a founding member of the education department’s interpretive programs.  She holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Marymount Manhattan College, where her coursework included studies of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.   Over the course of her career, Katie has had the privilege of working at some of the finest cultural institutions in New York.  At the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, she worked with survivors and family members of the 9/11 attacks, which deepened her commitment to advocating for victims of terrorism and other atrocities, as well as educating the public on the historical significance of such events.  She has had a continuing passion for inquiry-based teaching in non-traditional learning environments, including museums and historic sites.  In addition to her work in nonprofit organizations, Katie also has several years of experience as a classroom teacher, having previously worked as an Associate Adjunct Professor at Kingsborough Community College. In her spare time, Katie volunteers with New York Cares, where her favorite project is GallopNYC, a therapeutic riding program for children and adults.
  • Alexandra Devitt

    Director of Communications Alexandra has 10 years of experience in political communication and social justice activism.She has served as a media advisor and speechwriter for the first Australian Jewish MP, as well as a parliamentary and media advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer of Australia. Alexandra has an extensive background in field and digital campaign organizing, having worked on both federal, national and state campaigns in Australia and the United States. She has a keen sense of humour, a passion for writing and human rights. She has a B.A. in politics and history and an M.A in International Law.
  • Alexandra Gellner

    Director of Performance Education Alexandra is an actor, collaborator, and teaching artist who hails from Northern California and is now based in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. Ever since Alexandra first read Anne Frank’s diary at a young age, she has endeavored to spread the practice and importance of empathy through theatre and film. She is delighted and humbled to now be working alongside the team at the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect to carry out their mission and honor Anne’s legacy. New York City credits include As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet (The Cradle Theatre Company); Pericles (The New Ensemble Workshop); Pants & Skirts (The Barrow Group); Coffee & Biscuit (HERE Arts SubletSeries, NYC Fringe); Family Business (HB Studios); Hamlet, Chained Woman, The Spider & The Wasp, The Trojan Women, Execution of Justice (The New School for Drama). Other credits: Same Time Next Year, Wait Until Dark, Crimes of the Heart (Ferndale Rep); Oleanna (Article 19: Birmingham, UK). Film: Adherence (Best Actress in a Short- FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia), Turnings, Turncoat, Escape in Time. New Media: Brooklyn: For Real brooklynreally.com Alexandra is also a puppeteer and co-founder of New Dance Theatre, a movement-based theatre collective. For more, visit www.alexandragellner.com
  • Vik Gupta

    Director of Finance Vik Gupta is a consulting director of finance to a number of nonprofits and small businesses. He creates and implements financial systems, improves internal controls, reports to management and board of directors, liaises with outside auditors, and is responsible for overall financial strategy. He works on contingencies to ensure organizational continuity even during adverse times. He works closely with all clients to understand their programmatic missions and how finance can support and further their missions. In his spare time, Vik is a photographer and volunteers with under-served communities and teaches math to high-school students.
  • Bryan R. Caine

    Associate Director of Education and Youth Initiatives Bryan is a Philadelphia native and graduate of York College of PA. He served as a museum educator and manager at Historic Philadelphia Inc and the New-York Historical Society where he created and executed programming in local history for children of all ages. As a classroom teacher at New York’s Calhoun School and Pennsylvania’s York Country Day School, Bryan taught courses in history, English, and public speaking. Most recently, Bryan managed teen services for the York County Library system, developing and executing programming, curating the young adult fiction collection, and executing large scale events with a variety of local partners. Bryan is an avid cricket player and umpire and the Chief Fun Officer with Columbia Cricket Club, New York’s largest and most diverse.
  • Sara Cross

    Associate Director for Policy and Programs Sara is a staunch social justice advocate with a passion for international human rights and helping refugees.  She spent a year abroad volunteering in Tanzania and Peru, and worked at the Nigerian Healthcare Foundation, where she used expertise and research skills to bring better healthcare practices to Nigeria.  As an undergraduate at Rutgers University, from which she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Global Affairs, Sara completed an independent research project highlighting the violent political crisis plaguing Burundi.  In domestic policy, she worked for the New Jersey Legislature to research and track various bills. Her commitment to justice and social change continues with her contributions to Shatter the Looking Glass Magazine and GivingWay.  As the fight for total equality is never over, Sara continues to champion for justice through innovative research and programs at the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.
  • Alison B. Preece

    Associate Director of Marketing Alison has eight years of experience in strategic communications for corporations, nonprofit organizations and major law firms, including Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.  She drives media narratives through writing and media placement, and manages digital presences on both websites and social media platforms.  She works closely with senior management to ensure all external and internal communications support the company’s business development goals. She advises on, and executes, complex communications strategies to support company initiatives, and provides press training for executives and management. She received her B.A. with High Distinction from University of Toronto at Mississauga.