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NEW YORK – July 29, 2022 – Dondi Leonidas Quintans, MPA, former Director of Marketing & Communications at United Way of New York City (UWNYC) and president emeritus of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), has joined Urban Resource Institute (URI) as Senior Director of Marketing & Communications. In partnership with Susan Arnot Heaney, URI’s Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Quintans will lead strategic marketing and communications to build URI’s brand, visibility, awareness, and influence in service of the URI commitment to transform the lives of domestic violence survivors and homeless families while creating positive systemic change.

Quintans will develop the organization’s growing internal and external communications strategies, including marketing and media campaigns to drive growth and engagement. She will serve as a thought leader and partner with internal teams such as People & Culture, Development, and Programs for strategic alignment, direction, and overall brand position. Working with internal and external partners, Quintans will help drive URI’s sustainable impact in the mission areas of domestic violence, homelessness, and poverty.

As the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the U.S. and a leading service provider for homeless families, URI’s innovative direct services, prevention, and intervention programs impact more than 40,000 individuals annually. “Echoing the Urban Resource Institute mission, I believe everyone deserves a life free of domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and trauma. I am thrilled to join URI to help drive this mission and ensure the safe, stable futures for families in New York and beyond,” states Quintans.

“URI is delighted to welcome Dondi Quintans to the Marketing and Communications team,” stated Susan Arnot Heaney, URI Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. “Quintans is a seasoned strategic storyteller with nearly 20 years of experience in public affairs, politics, and nonprofit leadership in the Philippines, Guam, New York City, and Washington, DC. She brings diverse experience and expertise to our organization that will help drive our department objectives and organizational mission.”

Most recently at UWNYC, Quintans was the strategist and brand steward for digital marketing campaigns. In her tenure at Galaide Group, LLC in Guam, Quintans managed multi-million dollar community outreach programs for nonprofits and government entities before transitioning to public service, serving as a Special Assistant to the Office of the Governor of Guam, with focus on communication strategies and public safety outreach safety initiatives. In 2017, Quintans made New York City her home, consulting with organizations focused on vulnerable communities—including the Charles B. Wang Community Center, The New Press, NYU Langone Health, and the International Rescue Committee.

Quintans is a president emeritus and former Board member for the Filipino Young Leaders Program—a 501(c)(3) and fraternity of Filipino Americans passionate in advancing the Philippines and the Filipino people through advocacy and expertise in various industries. Quintans received her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Guam and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Seattle University.

About Urban Resource Institute (URI):

Urban Resource Institute (URI) transforms the lives of domestic violence survivors and homeless families by empowering individuals, families, and communities, particularly communities of color and other vulnerable populations, to end cycles of domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and trauma by increasing safety and resiliency. As the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the US and a leading provider of homeless services, URI’s programs impact more than 40,000 individuals annually through prevention, intervention, education, and direct services in both residential and non-residential settings in New York. URI is recognized as a thought-leader with influence across the U.S. and beyond. For more information, visit www.urinyc.org or follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, call NYC’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.


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