Our Staff

Tracy Hobson, Executive Director

Tracy joined CAE in September 2005, bringing both corporate and nonprofit experience to this role. Before joining CAE as Executive Director, Tracy spent seven years at Credit Suisse, a global financial firm based in New York City. As Assistant Vice President within Diversity & Inclusion, she created Credit’s Suisse’s Employee Networks for women, people of color, working parents, and LGBTQ individuals. A graduate of Smith College, Tracy also completed the Middle Management Program at Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-For-Profit Management.

Jenny DeBower, Program Director

Jenny joined CAE in 2012. She has extensive experience developing and implementing programming for LGBTQ youth, having served as the Director of After-School Programs at the Hetrick-Martin Institute/ Harvey Milk High School for four years, and the Director of Youth and Family Services at the LGBT Community Center for three years. She brings a wealth of program experience to CAE. Jenny earned her MSW in Social Work from Columbia University.

Jewel Cadet, Youth Coordinator

Jewel joined CAE in 2015. Jewel has her B.A from Bay Path University in Massachusetts where she was the President and Founder of The Black Student Association. She brings experience in engaging  intersectional curriculum development and innovative youth group facilitation (she was the Step Team Captain, Cheerleader Captain, an R.A., Student Government member, and Double Dutch Team Performer at her college). Jewel’s work experience has been with youth of all ages working as a Preschool Teacher at Traditional Educational Center and as a Youth Facilitator for  Hip Hop for Life, and the Children’s Aid Society. Jewel is a passionate social justice organizer for the rights of Women, Girls, Femmes and for the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community.

Annie Ellman, Co-Founder & Educational Advisor

Annie is a nationally recognized authority in the field of violence prevention. As CAE’s founder and former Executive Director for 30 years, Annie designed the organization’s curricula, trained over 200 violence prevention and self-defense instructors, guided CAE through 30 years of growth, and consulted with many organizations initiating anti-violence programming. Her vision, skill, and commitment have helped CAE have a positive and life-changing impact on thousands of children, teens, adults, and survivors. Annie received a Gloria Steinem Award from the Ms. Foundation and has been honored by the Stonewall Community Foundation.

BJ Watkins, Administrator

BJ Watkins just recently joined CAE July 10, 2013! BJ has 6 years of office management experience both in Brooklyn and Arizona. Prior to moving to New York, BJ was also a Deputy Sheriff  where issues of public safety and police/community relations were at the forefront and served in the US ARMY. She has had a long commitment to volunteering for the WOW Cafe Theater: the longest continually run women’s theatre collective in the U.S. In addition, BJ is also a rotating Head Chef at the Pumpkin Hollow Spiritual Retreat Center. If you ever get a chance to try her brownies, they are a MUST!

Teaching Staff
Coming soon!