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Executive Director


Justin is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018.

Justin co-founded Hit the Books in July 2019 and served as Chair of the Board for 3 years, before taking over as Executive Director in Summer 2022.

Justin has previously worked with several charitable organizations, such as the Youth Renewal Fund and the ACE Foundation.

Justin currently works as an investor at Millennium Management.

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Director of Operations

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Alisa Pratt has been a leader with various NYC non-profit organizations in the Bronx, NY for the past twenty-three years.

Alisa holds a B.B.A in Business Management from Monroe College, Bronx, NY, and her M.O.S. in Human Services with the specialization in Management of Non-profit Agencies from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

Alisa is passionate about youth development and has proudly provided care, support, love, and a path for over 8,000 youths throughout New York City.  

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Director of Mixed Martial Arts


Stan has been training and competing in Martial Arts for 15+ years. He is proficient in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Western Boxing, with an undefeated record.


He has worked with children and young adults for over a decade, with a focus on building a culture of trust, confidence and work-ethic.


As a consultant, he initiated and refined the Boxing and Muay Thai programs for Warren Levi Martial Arts.


Stan holds a B.A. in Political Science & Minor in Psychology from CUNY - Queens College.


Director of Education

Keenya was an elementary school educator for 12 years and has taught all grades from 1-6. 

She has experience teaching all subject areas and has developed a strong passion for teaching reading and writing. 

In the summer of 2018 she began coaching first year teachers and their mentors which sparked a desire to transition

into educational leadership. 


She holds a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. 

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Marketing Director

Remi is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Class of 2020.


She has previously dedicated time to a handful of service and community programs. Most notably, she was on the Leadership Board at the Philly Friendship Circle, where she coordinated, managed, and planned promotional activities. 


Remi currently works on the Buying team at Macy’s Inc.

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