Downtown Community Center Leadership and Staff
Chief Operating Officer
Alex has been the Director of the Downtown Community Center since our opening in April of 2008. He has worked with Manhattan Youth since 1998 in various roles, including Program Director and Director of Technology. Alex holds a BA degree from Binghamton University and a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology from Baruch College.×
Deputy Center Director
Camille Diamond is the Deputy Director for Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center leading membership, program, communications, and internal operations at the Community Center. Before joining the team at Manhattan Youth, Camille most recently held the position of Director of Community Engagement and Communications at the 14th Street Y in the East Village. While her career has primarily been in the community center world, Camille holds a BA and MFA in Theatre Arts, and spent a few years after college performing in musicals and plays throughout the country. In her spare time, she still enjoys singing and performing in cabaret venues, and is proud to be a Kansas City transplant to New York City.×
Beth became the Aquatics Director for Manhattan Youth in 2017, after several years as the Assistant Aquatics Director. She runs the Manhattan Youth Swim School, including the Downtown Day Camps and After-School swim programs. Beth holds both an M.A. and MS.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to swimming competitively at the national and collegiate Division I level, she has over a decade of experience teaching swim lessons and managing aquatic facilities. Beth holds an American Swimming Coach Association Level 2 certificate and also a certified American Red Cross Instructor, teaching CPR and Lifeguard courses to Manhattan Youth staff.×
Teachers and Staff
Our Manhattan Youth teaching staff come from all walks of life. Many are former school teachers or are teaching artists with years of experience. Our teachers bring passion, excitement and fun to all classes at the Center.
Our Center Counselors, who you'll find in Manhattan Youth shirts throughout our building, are here to help you and keep the Center safe and clean. Many have a background in early childhood education, and all receive continual development through training sessions and internal development programs. Their primary focus is the safety of all children and families throughout our Center.