Zone 126, a nonprofit cradle-to-career nonprofit organization that promotes educational and community transformation in Long Island City and Astoria, has a new leader at the helm.
Anju Rupchandani has been promoted to the role of executive director, the group announced on Monday. She has been with the organization since its inception in 2011.
Raised in Astoria, Rupchandani is a product of the local public school system, including Bryant High School. She was the first in her family to graduate from college.
Rupchandani holds a bachelor’s degree in adolescent education and history from Pace University, a master’s degree in leadership and community based learning from Bank Street College of Education, and certificates in executive education management from Fordham Centers for Nonprofit Leaders and Columbia University.
She is currently pursuing her doctorate dissertation on chronic absenteeism and its relationship to students living in public housing at NYU.
“They say that there is no place like home, and I truly believe so,” she said. “The opportunity to contribute to a community that has raised me and that I currently live in is very meaningful for me on a personal and professional note.”