Our Team

Matthew Feinstein
Executive Director

Mr. Feinstein has been involved with NJ LEEP from its inception and became Executive Director in 2014. He holds a B.A. from The University of Maryland at College Park and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was a Chancellor Scholar and a member of the Legislative Journal. He is also a graduate of the Rutgers Business School Institute for Ethical Leadership, Nonprofit Executive and Emerging Leader, and Executive Fellows Certificate Programs. He has also completed coursework in non-profit management at Harvard Business School.  

Email:  mfeinstein@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 205


Elizabeth Abitanto
Managing Director of Programs

Ms. Abitanto holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University-Newark, and an M.P.A. from Rutgers University, where she also earned a certificate in non-profit management. Ms. Abitanto has worked as a manager at a professional tutoring services company, and she has managed volunteer initiatives to serve low-income and homeless New Jersey residents. Ms. Abitanto has also had leadership roles in political campaigns and academic enrichment programs for urban youth. Ms. Abitanto believes passionately in providing urban youth with high expectations modeling which reveals to them the possibilities of college achievement in their lives.

Email:  eabitanto@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 204


Onaje Crawford
College Access Coordinator & Writing Instructor

Mr. Crawford holds a B.S. in Political Science from Boston University. He has worked in multi-faceted administrative and educational roles for a charter school in Newark, NJ. He has extensive leadership experience with many organizations, including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He has also worked for a math empowerment program and a mentoring program for urban youth as well as a mentoring program for juvenile offenders in Boston. Mr. Crawford has been with NJ LEEP since the beginning of its College Bound Program in 2007, and he has been an anchoring presence in the community since its inception.

Email: onajecrawford@njleep.org


Glorianne Dorcé
Legal Education Coordinator

Ms. Dorcé is a Jesuit Volunteer Corps Member who is excited to dedicate a year of service to the NJ LEEP community. She recently graduated from Grinnell College with a B.S in Chemistry and a concentration in Policy Studies. Her pastimes are listening to podcasts and reading in the Newark Library.

Email: gdorce@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 200


Claire Dragon
Director of Development

Ms. Dragon holds a B.A. in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.P.A. from Baruch College. She has worked in nonprofits for the past decade with a focus on fundraising, volunteer management and external affairs. Ms. Dragon is excited to help break the cycle of poverty in high-need communities by helping high school students achieve their dream of graduating from college.

Email: cdragon@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 208


Victoria Finn
Development Coordinator

Ms. Finn holds her B.A. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick where she double majored in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies. After dedicating her year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA to NJ LEEP, she was hired as their Development Coordinator for the organization.  A longtime resident of New Jersey, she is very excited to working towards the mission of NJ LEEP where every student should be given the opportunity to realize their dream of succeeding in college and beyond.

Email: vfinn@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 209


Marissa Geraghty
Director of College Access

Ms. Geraghty served as a Jesuit Volunteer Corps member with NJ LEEP in 2012 and we are thrilled to have welcomed her back to NJ LEEP! She has a B.A. in Psychology from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Email: mgeraghty@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 206


Brian Giardina
Director of Legal Education

Mr. Giardina holds a B.A and an M.A from the University of New Hampshire where he studied Capital Punishment and Criminology. After graduating, he attended the University of San Diego School of Law. His focus on procedural equality and substantive justice in several different fields has equipped him to confront the unique challenges facing NJ LEEP students.  Originally a resident of suburban New York City, Mr. Giardina has been around the country for work and school, and is excited to live in New Jersey and work in Newark.

Email: bgiardina@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 203


Yi Kang
College Access Coordinator

Ms. Kang is a recent Santa Clara University graduate with a B.A. in Classical Studies. She brings her interests in education and non-profit management to Newark and is thrilled to be amidst all the foods, music, and exciting developments in and around the city! During her
year-long service in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Ms. Kang hopes to engage NJ LEEP students on the impact of their academic endeavors on their communities as well as on their own self-growth.

Email: ykang@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 210


Razeya Rahman
Operations and Program Manager

Ms. Rahman is a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey, where she received a B.A. in English. She is also a graduate of NJ LEEP’s Class of 2012. During her summer breaks from college, she interned at NJ LEEP in different capacities in order to learn more about non-profits. She is now NJ LEEP’s full-time Operations and Program Coordinator, and she is thankful for the opportunity to work at and give back to an amazing program that has helped her with her social and professional development.

Email: rrahman@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 207


Sergio Seijas
Dean of Family Engagement

Mr. Seijas holds a B.S. in Biology from Seton Hall University. Upon graduation he enrolled at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he served as Co-Director of the Urban Health Initiative Clinic at Cooper University Hospital and developed programming that helped to address the unmet healthcare needs of the local community. He went on to pursue his interest in community programming at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America where he served as Regional Education and Support Manager for the Greater New York area. A lifelong resident of Newark, he is committed to building bridges in the community and dedicated to providing the students and families of NJ LEEP with the tools and resources they need to thrive and succeed.

Email: sseijas@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 202


Matthew Feinstein
Executive Director

Elizabeth Abitanto
Managing Director of Programs

Onaje Crawford
College Access Coordinator & Writing Instructor

Glorianne Dorcé
Legal Education Coordinator

Claire Dragon
Director of Development

Victoria Finn
Development Coordinator

Marissa Geraghty
Director of College Access

Brian Giardina
Director of Legal Education

Yi Kang
College Access Coordinator

Razeya Rahman
Operations and Program Manager

Sergio Seijas
Dean of Family Engagement