Meet Our Team

Raimi Ade-salu Director

Raimi Ade-Salu is the Director of the NYC Skills Lab, a 21st century skill building initiative within the Office of Postsecondary Readiness at the New York City Department of Education. Currently, he oversees the design and implementation of three programs aimed at fostering students’ skill development across 16 high schools. Previously, he spent time teaching 6th grade math & science in Hawaii and teaching writing in the Middle East. Prior to this, he worked on successfully securing and implementing a grant funded project in Guatemala that focused on supporting students’ social and emotional development through sports in order to increase positive student outcomes in school. Raimi holds a BA in Political Science from Binghamton University and an Ed.M. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Xinyu Pan Skills Coach

Xinyu Pan is the Program Manager and Instructional Skills Coach for NYC Skills Lab. She manages the Skills Fellowship and coaches the fellows to integrate instructional strategies and resources for teaching, assessing, and giving feedback on 21st Century Skills. She oversees and executes the integration of such strategies through a combination of one-on-one coaching, group training sessions, monthly classroom visits, and systematic performance assessment tools. Prior to joining NYC Skills Lab, Xinyu taught English Language Arts and Special Education in New York City public schools. During her tenure at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS), she was the Special Education Department Chair and a member of the Instructional Leadership Team. Xinyu holds a BA in International Politics and Art History from Boston College, and a MA in Secondary Special Education from Hunter College.

Andrea Gibbs Work Based Learning Skills Coach

Andrea Gibbs, LMSW joined The Workforce Alliance as a Work Based Learning Skills Coach in 2017. She brings an extensive background that includes administration, program and staff development, clinical and employment services, field instruction, and companion animal services. An active program consultant, she provides program and training services to a variety of profit and non-profit organizations, implementing educational and training programs for consumer and community populations and staff programs to help social service providers, educators and caregivers to develop/refine skills and improve continuously through reflective practice. She is a native New Yorker and long-time activist, and serves on the directing boards of a well-respected social service agency serving veteran and recovering women in New York City and an up-and-coming community organization in Westchester County.

Dilcia Mercedes Events and Outreach Manager

Dilcia Mercedes is the Events and Outreach Manager for NYC Skills Lab. She is responsible for the daily roll out of content across high priority social media platforms, along with updating followers on said platforms with new developments in research and news for 21st Century Skills related work. She will be responsible for the quarterly newsletter, the monthly blog posts and for overall documentation of school and classroom visits. Prior to her role at NYC Skills Lab, Dilcia was a college counselor at the College Advising Corps, and served for two years in a New York City public high school. In her time there, she walked students through the college application process and guided some of her students to top-tier schools such as NYU, Wheaton College, The New School, Syracuse University, and The University of Rochester. In this role, she created strong relationships with students and helped them commit to institutions of higher education. Dilcia holds a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and will be starting her MA in Journalism in the fall of 2018.