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Executive Director & Founder

Michelle Castro Douglass​

Michelle Douglass is Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit, Prom Plus NYC, an organization that provides targeted educational programming to our city's youth.  Michelle provides strategic direction to Prom Plus NYC and leads operations for its variety of self-empowerment workshops; hosted throughout the school year and culminating with her signature Spring event, The Total Boutique Experience (TBE). 

 

She founded the program in 2015 after leaving a successful 15+ year sales and marketing career at highly regarded magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Vibe, and Latina. Throughout her full-time corporate career which required her to travel a great deal, she maintained a consistent dedication to community service.  Her corporate experience along with having volunteered for countless family and youth charities, uniquely positioned to create an organization dedicated to young adult empowerment. Prom Plus NYC began with a few participants and a handful of dresses. Five years later, it has developed into so much more including seminars on etiquette, social media safety, and an intensive vision board workshop that challenges students to dream their biggest dream and to claim it as a part of their life's journey.

 

Her core belief is if one builds a teen's self-confidence while arming them with educational opportunities, they will change the world.

 Associate Director

Kerri Jackson


Kerri is a curator of visual style. Having a distinguished 25-year career in the footwear, and retail industry, working with major brands, such as Charles David, Coach, and Leon Max. She combines her extensive skill set of fashion and merchandising to curate one-of-a-kind experiences for PPNYC.  

 

 

Team PPNYC
Irasema Rivera

 

Irasema brings over 15 years of branding and creative direction experience to the Prom Plus NYC team.  She has done extensive work with NPOs such as Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, CIR Policy Institute, La Canasta, NYC and Company (World Pride 2019 Global Campaign launch), and recently the rebrand of TheaterWorksUSA.

 

As founder of Irasema Design, a strategic branding studio, she has worked with small startups and large consumer brands such as Travelzoo, La Fe, P&G, Anthology.co and Pfizer. Her work has garnered 49 national and international awards across the design spectrum.

Team PPNYC
Belén Aranda-Alvarado

Belén brings over 15 years of experience empowering iconic brands such as the New York Times, Estée Lauder and the Wildlife Conservation Society to embrace the digital and social space so they can thrive at connecting with the audiences that matter most. As an online marketing expert passionate about the intersection of digital and experiential, Belén brings her skills to Prom Plus NYC to help grow the reach and impact of the Total Boutique Experience.

Team PPNYC
Shirley Garcia

With two decades of experience in the entertainment industry working with brands like A+E Networks and Vibe Magazine, Shirley is a master at media planner and complex project management.

                        

She brings her passion for overseeing high end branded events to PPNYC with one vision; to give back. Empowering others is a way of life for her. Through her blog, she’s helped to guide other parents raising children with Autism and Spina Bifida. Her motto is that united efforts can save our underserved youth. She is a distinguished member of the Bronx Parents Autism Support Circle (BPASC).