Charell Star

Board Member

Charell Star is a journalist and online media personality, contributor and featured lifestyle expert for on-air, on-camera and online video shows and segments. She has contributed to broadcast and digital media outlets such as Marie Claire, Fox 5 – Good Day New York, NBC 4 New York Live and Second Look TV. She is also the founder, publisher, and writer of “Not Just a Girl in a Dress”, a highly popular lifestyle blog which shares inspiring stories and trending news that help women readers define their own versions of success. In 2015, she was awarded Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Follow-Worthy Blogger of the Year, named to Quirky Brown Love’s list of “Most Amazing Bloggers,” and featured as “Hot Topic Blogger Host of the Day” on the Wendy Williams Show. Charell is also a former foster care youth, and knows firsthand the challenges facing the foster care population. She has been passionate about partnering with organizations, advocates, and brands that provide foster youth needed services, support and encouragement over the years

Matthew Weitzman

Board Member

Matthew is the Co-Founder and owner of Swarm Digital, LLC, a full service digital
marketing company, where he is the resident tech guru. Prior to this, Matthew provided his expertise as a marketing professional, focusing on social media and website development, at several other companies and start-up ventures building their growth and outreach. Matthew’s interest in serving youth led him to work closely with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Long Island where he helped develop innovative technologies and marketing strategies for the organization. Matthew received his BA from Queens College at CUNY.

Christina Young

Board Member/City Living Alumna

Christina joined the City Living Board after participating in our program. Christina received her BS in Criminal Justice from John Jay College/CUNY in 2018. Christina worked at the Amethyst’s Women’s Project, Safe Horizon, and Arts and Literacy After School and Summer Program, all while attending high school before graduating as her class valedictorian.
Christina began her career at iFoster in 2018, where she started as a Program Specialist.
Christina was promoted to her current role as Job Success Coordinator & Trainer, where she develops and facilitates professional development curriculum content for transitional aged youth. Christina is currently a law student at Fordham Law School. CLNY values the voice and lived experience that Christina brings to us as we ensure we are involving the community we serve.