Cheli English-Figaro is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University School of Law. After working as an associate at a New York corporate law firm and for the Department of Commerce, she shifted career gears after having her first child. During that shift, she co-founded Mocha Moms, Inc. She currently serves as President Emerita, a National Board Member, Director of Chapter Chartering, and Occupy Schools Initiative Director. Cheli works as a consultant for Family and Home Network and is on the legal team of the Mothers Outreach Network. She is a member of Woodstream Church, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Inc. Cheli and her husband Michael have been married for over 30 years and are the parents of two adult children and one teen.
Being a Co-Founder
Being a co-founder of Mocha Moms, Inc. has given me the opportunity to support and encourage thousands of Black mothers, thereby improving and enriching the lives of their children and families. Apart from raising my own children, nothing has given me greater satisfaction than knowing that Mocha Moms, Inc. has made the mothering experience less isolating and more fulfilling for our members. Creating a sisterhood, giving support and providing service to our communities are the foundational principles of Mocha Moms, Inc. and I am proud and humbled to have been a part of the organization’s birth and continued development.