About PNLV

From Allentown to Bethlehem and Easton, Promise Neighborhoods are aspirational neighborhoods committed to the success of children, from cradle to career. Each neighborhood mobilizes its unique assets—people, businesses, programs and services, resources, public policy—within self-governing bodies that practice shared decision-making, shared resources, shared accountability, and shared outcomes for the children living and learning in the neighborhood.

Promise Neighborhoods view each community through the lens of its unique assets, to vision a better future, measured by how well these resources coordinate around clear results for children. Striving to have these best practices become common practice, Promise Neighborhoods are quickly becoming the region’s premier vehicle for achieving neighborhood transformation, one child at a time.

Meet the team


Dr. Hasshan Batts

Jennifer Alvarado

Tara Castro

Pas Simpson

Jose Rivera

Nakia Batts

Michael Richardson

Jeani Garcia

Phyllis Alexander

Dr. Cynthia Mota

Dr. Sirry Alang


Leo Rooney

Gardyney Deshommes

Shiann Riddick

Chris Rivera

Naquon “QB” Godfrey, Jr

Key Volunteers

Jose “Jejo” Rivera, Jr

Justice Simpson

Ayanna Simpson

Julie Thomases

Eleanor Womack

Nyquan Godfrey

Yuriko de la Cruz

the board

Chair Rev. Dr Gregory Edwards

Treasurer Sharon Fraser

Secretary Yuriko de la Cruz

Milagros Canales

Camilla Greene

Julie Thomases