Sam Beck, director of the program, is a social and cultural anthropologist. He has carried out research in many parts of the world. He is a member of New York Presbyterian Hospital's Medical Ethics Committee and a member of the advisory board of the hospital's Pastoral Care and Education Department.
In February 2013 Beck received the Daisy Lopez Leadership Award from Churches United for Fair Housing in Brooklyn, New York, for his efforts to improve the lives of low- and middle-income families.
Marianne Cocchini is the founding president of AER/MAC Consulting, Inc. She is a program evaluator, urban planner, and community and organization consultant with professional experiences in hospitals, higher education institutions, public and parochial schools, religious institutions, foundations, private not-for-profit organizations, and a variety of volunteer programs, service organizations, and institutions.