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URI’s Marsha Bonner Recognized by Crain’s New York List of 2021 Notable LGBTQ Leaders and Executives


NEW YORK – June 15, 2021 – Crain’s New York has named Marsha R. Bonner, Vice President, People and Culture at Urban Resource Institute (URI), to the 2021 list of Notable LGBTQ Leaders and Executives. Overseeing human resources for the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the U.S. and a leading provider of homeless shelters in New York City, Bonner utilizes a people-focused strategy to engage employees and build an organization that reflects the diversity of URI’s clients and the mission to empower vulnerable communities and populations. Marsha is also a passionate LGBTQIA leader outside of her role with URI.

“I am honored to be named to Crain’s list of Notable LGBTQ Leaders and Executives alongside such incredible and inspirational peers across New York City who lead by example,” noted Bonner. “As we celebrate this recognition in conjunction with Pride Month, I am particularly proud to represent URI, and our collective, tireless work to provide inclusive, safe spaces and opportunities for all individuals.”

In her role at URI, Bonner brings a strategic, intentional, and compassionate approach to the human resources operations and services. She helps drive URI’s  commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and the mission to empower vulnerable communities, and has been instrumental in transitioning “Human Resources” to “People and Culture” to better reflect the values and approach of the organization. By prioritizing employees’ professional development, job fulfillment, and honing the commitment to DEI, Bonner is helping strengthen the organization from the inside, out and positioning URI to ever better serve its clients.

In addition to her 25 years of impact as a business executive, Bonner is a recognized diversity, equity and inclusion empowerment speaker, human rights activist, domestic violence prevention advocate, community collaborator, producer, host, and a luminary for change and acceptance. She has dedicated her life, both personally and professionally, to standing up for the LGBTQIA community and other vulnerable populations across NYC. Bonner also shares her professional expertise as a DEI human resources senior consultant with MRW Consulting Group International, LLC.

A separate and complementary aspect of her professional work with URI and MRW, Bonner is the President of MRB Inspires and the founder of the Helping Us Grow Spiritually (H.U.G.S.) Movement to advocate appreciation of all humanity. The Movement encourages individuals from around the world to respect and appreciate others through their words, actions, and deeds by living and embracing a “HUGS Mindset.” She is committed to sharing her uplifting message and motivating others to lead purpose-driven lives and stand against discriminatory ideas that prevent people from living in happiness and peace.

About Urban Resource Institute (URI):

Urban Resource Institute (URI) is a leading non-profit organization based in New York City that empowers individuals, families, communities, particularly communities of color and other vulnerable populations, to end cycles of domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and trauma by increasing safety and resiliency. URI’s innovative programs serve individuals and families impacted by domestic violence and homeless families, allowing them to live in safety and recover from trauma in both residential and non-residential settings. Founded in 1980, URI is the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the U.S., and is focused on a holistic approach, encompassing prevention and intervention as well as direct services. With deep community relationships and a flexible, innovative approach to program development and service delivery, URI is uniquely equipped to provide solutions to the challenges affecting vulnerable populations in the New York City area while influencing service delivery across the U.S. and the world. For more information, please visit www.urinyc.org.


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