Meet Our Board Of Directors & Youth Advisory Board

Rockaway Youth Task Force Board of Directors

Cerissa Huggins

Board of Director

Cerissa Huggins joined the Rockaway Youth Task Force during high school as a youth member hoping to become involved in making a positive change to her community. As her involvement steadily increased, she became a Youth Leader, then part of the staff of the Operations Manager. Cerissa left RYTF after graduation to complete her undergraduate degree at New York University's Stern School of Business. She is studying economics as a way to disperse wealth and opportunities across different communities. She currently interns at JP Morgan.

Alysha Johnson

Board of Director

Alysha Johnson Williams has worked with the Rockaway Youth Task Force in various capacities over the past three years. As the former Communications Manager, she was responsible for drafting the organization’s external communications and worked on the Rockaway Advocate. Currently, Alysha is the Community Relations Fellow for the Center for Public Interest Careers at Harvard College. In this role, she works to maintain and build partnerships with community stakeholders and alumni across the country to provide students with opportunities in public interest work. She graduated from Harvard College in 2014 with a degree in sociology and a secondary in African American studies. Since graduating, Alysha has worked as an education consultant in Boston and a network administrator for a charter school network in New York City. Alysha is currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a resident tutor in Quincy House.

Abisoye Oroluntoba

Board of Director

Abisoye Oloruntoba (Soye) is a software engineer by profession and has worked in the financial services industry for all of his career. He attended Far Rockaway High School in the Rockaways and subsequently enrolled in NYU School of Engineering, obtaining a Bachelor's in Computer Science and Information Systems. Soye is really passionate about improving the lives of the residents of Rockaway especially the young residents of Rockaway who are often lacking in resources that will empower them to pursue a better future. Soye also enjoys traveling and plays soccer.

Milan Taylor

Board of Director

Milan has always been active in community organizing, having been appointed to Queens Community Board 14, attending various community meetings, and ultimately becoming aware of the glaring lack of youth participation in his community. Looking around, Milan realized there were few places where young people in the Rockaways could grow and learn to be great leaders. Therefore the vision of RYTF came to fruition – an advocacy organization created and ran by the youth of the Rockaways to adequately address youth issues in the community.

Khaleel Anderson

Board of Director

Khaleel Anderson was born in Brooklyn and moved to Rockaway at nine years old. Drawing inspiration from both of his parents, who were also organizers in their specific field of expertise. In 2011, Khaleel became involved with the Rockaway Youth Task Force. Over the years of his involvement, he grew with the organization starting as a volunteer, then group leader, and currently an executive board member. He currently services on the organizations' board of directors.

After his time working with RYTF, Khaleel gravitated towards politics. He is a former part-time staff member at the New York State Senate as well as among the youngest Community Board members in New York City. Mr. Anderson is an Urban Studies Major and Cities and Social Medicine minor at Queens College. He recently was accepted into The accelerated master's program at Queens College with an expected graduation of 2019. Once he earns his degree, Khaleel hopes to continue to serve the people in his community and across the city to improve the quality of life. For people of color and everyone across the city. For people of color and everyone across the city.