We are a multi-service community agency serving those who live, work, or go to school in Chelsea, with a focus on those in need.

Mission Statement

Hudson Guild’s mission is to create and sustain a strong, effective community that acknowledges and responds to the potential, achievements and interdependence of its diverse members. Rooted in and primarily focused on the Chelsea neighborhood, we seek to empower all individuals and families to achieve their highest potential, while maintaining a priority focus on those in economic need.

Our story

In 1895, Dr. John Lovejoy Elliott, a young  man inspired by the growing settlement house movement, moved to the tough, working-class neighborhood of Chelsea.  There, he met and encouraged a group of young, rowdy boys to take their fighting off the streets and organize into a boxing club called the “Hurly Burlies.” Over the next few years, Dr. Elliott established numerous programs for boys and girls, working women, and families. These groups merged in 1897 to become the Hudson Guild, which provided a platform for neighbors to organize and improve living conditions.

For over 120 years, Hudson Guild has offered a broad range of direct programming and services to Chelsea residents. Today, we serve over 14,000 individuals annually, providing free and low-cost childcare, mental health services, afterschool programs, teen services, and more.

DRE.600DPI“Our fundamental purpose is to help people help each other and themselves”- John Lovejoy Elliott.


  • Senior Staff
  • Board of Trustees

Ken Jockers Executive Director

Ken Jockers joined Hudson Guild in November 2008. Previously, he served as Executive Director of two other community agencies, including the only borough-wide free legal services program in Brooklyn. As a lawyer, Ken worked in the administrations of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger. For three years, he coordinated child abuse investigations in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Ken started his career as a youth counselor at City Volunteer
Corps. Ken holds a BA from Connecticut College, and earned a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He serves on the Board of the Human Services Council.

LeeAnn Scaduto Deputy Executive Director

LeeAnn Scaduto has more than 15 years’ experience working in New York City’s Settlement Houses, ten of them at the Guild. She is an LCSW with an MSW from Hunter and a BA in Psychology and Economics. LeeAnn began working at Hudson Guild in 2003 as the Director of Children and Youth Services. In this role, she was responsible for the planning, development, assessment and overall supervision of all early childhood, after-school and teen services programming. LeeAnn has recently transitioned into a Deputy Executive Director at Hudson Guild, participating in overall management of the organization. In her current position, LeeAnn oversees the Operations functions including Human Resources, IT and Facilities and Food Services.

Miguel Pedraza-Cumba Deputy Executive Director

Miguel Pedraza-Cumba, Deputy Executive Director, has been with the organization since 1992. In addition to participating in general management, he oversees our program areas: Early Childhood, Youth Development and Education, Arts, Mental Health Services, Adult Services and Community Building. With an MSW from Columbia University and an M.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, he has extensive experience developing and managing programs for youth and their families and community engagement.

Jackelyn Garcia Deputy Executive Director for Development & External Relations

Jackelyn Garcia joined the Hudson Guild in November of 2018. With over 15 years of experience in fundraising and marketing/communications, she is responsible for the strategic oversight of all development and external relations functions. Previously, she was Director of Development & Communications with Madison Square Boys & Girls Club where she led fundraising efforts that resulted in nearly $5 million of annual revenue. Jackelyn holds a B.A. from Allegheny College.

Arthur H. Aufses III


Paul F. Balser


Past President

Scott McCormack

Vice President

Laura Ranji

Vice President

David Ellen


Scott Segal


Denise Adler

Carol Mehas

Marc J. Beshar, D.M.D.

Jeff Buchan

Lee Buckley (Past President)

Faye K. Cone

Paul J. Groncki, Ph.D.

Jeffery Kolodny

Anna Hayes Levin

Larry Littman

Felix Lopez

Donna Panton

Saiba Sabherwal

Nick Stoumpas

Mary I. Swartz
Darlene Waters

Gay Young


We are looking for talented professionals who thrive in a fast-paced, non-profit environment, and want to be part of a team. Hudson Guild offers a competitive compensation and fringe benefits package including health, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance; 403(b) plan; commuting subsidy (TransitChek)and generous vacation/sick/holiday leave.