Lauren Profeta

Executive Director

Lauren Profeta joined the N.Y. Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund in 2013.  Previously, she served for three years as the Development Director of Only Make Believe, a nonprofit organization that brings interactive theater to children in hospitals.  Prior to that, Lauren was a litigation associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where she dedicated significant time to pro bono cases and charitable causes.  Lauren graduated summa cum laude from St. John’s University with a B.A. in English Literature and cum laude from Harvard Law School.  She is a native New Yorker and the proud sister of three NYC First Responders.


Rachel Trotta Macina

Development Manager

Rachel joined the N.Y. Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund in 2016 as the Office Manager, but has since changed roles to Program Manager and then Development Manager. Previously, she worked with the Benefit Fund as a Development Intern in the Summer of 2015. Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Hofstra University, class of 2016, where she received her B.B.A. in International Business. Rachel was born and raised in Buffalo, New York.

Lydia Marinelli

Operations Manager

Lydia joined the N.Y. Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund in 2018 as the Office Manager. Prior to that, she lived in Honolulu and worked in hospitality management for four years after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2013, where received a B.A. in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution and a minor in Studio Art. Since joining the team, Lydia has transitioned roles and now serves as the organization’s Operations Manager. Lydia grew up in Connecticut and Massachusetts, but her family originally hails from Staten Island and Brooklyn.


Erica Cunanan

Development Associate

Erica recently joined the N.Y. Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund as the Development Associate. Prior to this, she worked as both a personal and executive assistant. She graduated from Western Governors University with a B.S. in Business Marketing Management. She is currently working towards her Masters degree in Business Administration.  Before her move to New York City, she was born and raised in Bakersfield, California.