Our Team

About Our Commitment

The Bronx Rising Initiative (BRI) was founded by community activist and organizer Tomas Ramos and powered by the Oyate Group, a nonprofit organization with the mission to alleviate poverty by creating sustainable and holistic solutions that empower underserved communities in the Bronx. The initiative works to create access to healthcare, alleviate hunger, invest in the growth of small businesses, and inspire youth to better themselves and their borough.

Meet Our Community Champions


Tomas Ramos

Tomas Ramos

Founder, President & CEO

Tomas Ramos is the founder and president of the Oyate Group’s Bronx Rising Initiative. He is committed to finding sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.

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Jason Autar

Jason Autar

Chief Operating Officer

Drawing on his wealth of government and nonprofit experience, he aims to create sustainable programming and provide access to critical resources to his home borough of The Bronx.

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Cyrille Njikeng

Cyrille Njikeng

Managing Director

He has a passion for community engagement and hopes to continue positively engaging youth and inspiring the Bronx community through filmmaking.

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Lymarie Francisco

Lymarie Francisco

Project Manager

Prior to joining BRI, Lymarie worked at ACDP, a nonprofit organization in the Bronx where she served as a Program Director at Murphy Community Center.

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Outreach Coordinators


Richard Hernandez

Richard Hernandez

Outreach Coordinator

Nelson Washington

Nelson Washington

Outreach Coordinator

Israel Otero

Israel Otero

Outreach Coordinator

Melanie Pena

Melanie Pena

Outreach Coordinator

Compassion


Almost everyone we speak with has lost someone they love to COVID-19. We often hear that getting the vaccine is in their honor. New York is always strong – but we are healing.

Compassion
Community

Community


We were able to distribute over 500 turkeys to Bronx families in time for Thanksgiving. This wouldn’t be possible without all the incredible volunteers that help keep organizations like ours THRIVING.

Oyate Group’s Rising Initiatives are dedicated to providing and distributing critical resources across NYC in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate impact on marginalized New Yorkers.