Marilyn Joseph

Marilyn Joseph
Board Member/Co-Chair

Marilyn Joseph was introduced to the work of Harlem Advocates for Seniors by Iya Antoinette M. Emers, who is a co-founder and board member of the organization. After several conversations she was inspired by the work of the organization, and encouraged to become a member of the Board.


Ms. Joseph’s past experiences include time spent as:

  • Co-Chairperson, Harlem Advocates for Seniors, Inc, (HAS) – Assist in the day-to-day operations of the organization, advocating for seniors’ issues and concerns.
  • Senior Manager, Parenting and Community Program – Maintained collaborative efforts of numerous city agencies, Chief liaison for the NYC Housing Authority and the Mayor’s Action Plan at the Harlem Children’s Zone.
  • Senior Manager, Early Childhood program – Oversaw the Early Childhood programs for the Harlem Children’s Zone to ensure that operations were within budget and to identify, and maintain new and existing stakeholders.
  • Program Director Early Childhood, Program Director of The Baby College GRADS – Planned and developed programs to meet the needs of children and families to ensure compliance with Head Start’s performance standards protocols.

During Ms. Joseph’s tenure at the Harlem Children’s Zone, she was able to exceed programmatic goals, both qualitative and quantitative each year. At the Baby College program, she was able to lead a team which graduated over 6,000 families.  She served as a facilitator for the Practitioner’s Institute which shared best practices with various schools and governmental agencies, both nationally and internationally.

Ms. Joseph is most passionate about community service. She is a lifetime member of the Frederick E. Samuel Democratic Club and previously served as their youngest and first female President, and volunteers for their non-profit developing program. She is also a Harlem District Leader representing the 70th Assembly, District Part C and has worked with an array of elected officials.  Her commitment to the community is also apparent in her personal life as she currently volunteers as an executive officer of the Parent Association and School Leadership Team at her daughter’s school.