Many Voices, One Cause

Iya Antoinette Emers


Iya Antoinette Emers
Board Member

As a Director of the CFRC Senior Intergenerational Programs, Iya Antoinette Emers partnered with Rita Carrington to bring together business people and community leaders to address the needs of the Harlem seniors. This partnership allowed her to brainstorm with Ms. Carrington as Co-Founder Board Member of Harlem Advocates for Seniors, Inc. (HAS).


Ms. Emers has a long and distinguished career in both public and not-for-profit sectors working on food, social and health-related justice issues on behalf of multigenerational communities.

She is currently a Community Coordinator for NYC’s Department of the Aging, Grandparent Resource Center – an initiative of the Mayor’s Action Plan which provides support and training to grandparents / relative caregivers residing in NYCHA buildings.  She has also served as a Director and Special Assistant to the Founder of the Institute of Puerto Rican Hispanic Elderly Bronx River Neighborhood Center, Assistant Director for Community Outreach for VISIONS, Program Director of Senior & Intergenerational Programs of The Food Bank, and Program Director for Food and Nutrition Programs at Boys Harbor, Inc.

Ms. Emers has received numerous awards including The Mayor’s Office Criminal Service Community Service Award, Hunter Public Scholar Mentor of the Year Award, and The Center for Light Community Service Award as well as the National Business Leaders Who’s Who Award.  She is a member of the Hostos Community College Gerontology Advisory Board, a founding member of the Trinity Wall Street Church New Beginnings and a Lukumi Priest and  Transformational Leadership School (TLS) Core Team Leader at Faith in New York.

Ms. Emers is a graduate of the College of New Rochelle; she received a Hunter Brookdale Certificate in Aging, and is also a graduate of the Faith in New York Transformational Leadership School and the North Star Foundation’s People Power Giving Project.  In addition to all of this, she is a poet.