The mission of the Read Ahead Junior Board is to foster a network of emerging young professional leaders committed to making a significant impact on their communities. They do this by increasing awareness of Read Ahead's mission, and by raising funds to support the goals of our program and the children we serve.
Each year the Junior Board raises critical funds to support Read Ahead’s partner elementary schools that do not receive funding from a corporate partner. Their signature Strikes, Spares, and Splits event is a bowling benefit that has sold out for the past four years!
Being a part of the Junior Board is a way to enhance your professional and social networks through professional development nights, Junior Board outings, and leadership opportunities on subcommittees.
More than 50% of our Junior Board members volunteer as mentors in Read Ahead’s weekly program!
Throughout the school year (September – June), the Junior Board meets to plan fundraising events and initiatives so they can achieve ambitious goals and help make Read Ahead possible at some of our highest need schools. Since 2017, the Junior Board has raised over $100,000 annually in support of P.S. 125 and P.S. 36 in Harlem and P.S. 130 in Chinatown.
The Junior Board is led by two Co-Chairs who represent the group at the quarterly Board of Directors meetings, and work with the chairs of the three subcommittees: Marketing & Communications, Governance & Recruitment, and Events & Sponsorships. The Junior Board works in collaboration with Read Ahead's full-time professional staff and Board of Directors to align the goals of the group with the mission of the organization.
Andrew Brimmer, Co-Chair, Independent
Brandon Luke, Co-Chair, Pioneer Financial
Melissa Siskind, Secretary and Member Liaison, Bloomberg LP
Claire Ferrara, Marketing and Communications Chair, Ridgetop Research
Erin Murphy, Marketing and Communications Chair, Penguin Random House
Bethany Salminen, Governance and Recruitment Co-Chair, W.W. Norton & Company
Rachel Yu, Governance and Recruitment Co-Chair, Sullivan & Cromwell
Maxwell DeLott, Events and Sponsorship Co-Chair, Proskauer Rose
Stephen Howard, Events and Sponsorship Co-Chair, BlackRock
Kelly Lane, Social Co-Chair, AIG
Nicole Umina-Kritharis, Social Co-Chair, Allianz
Emma Woloshen, Book Club Chair, Macquarie Group
Tanya Kaur, Revenue Growth & Innovation Co-Chair, Paul, Weiss
Harrison Kobb, Revenue Growth & Innovation Co-Chair, Wealth-X
Meredith Colleran, Friends of the Junior Board Co-Lead, Mercer
Asia Gilbert, Friends of the Junior Board Co-Lead Columbia Care
Beth Codey, Professional Development Co-Chair, Penguin Random House
Lance Liu, Professional Development Co-Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of NY
Kwaku Abrokwah, Goldman Sachs
Emery Ahoua, Prudential Financial
Calista Allen, Allianz
Wilson Babb, Morgan Stanley
Ashley Canezin, Apollo Global Management, LLC
Joyce Castro, Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Jordan Delane, ServiceNow
Logan DeSouza, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Kelly Dolan, Nomura
Katie Fowler, BlackRock
Maddy Gaiman, Klarna
Whitney Hartstone, Columbia University Medical Center
Amber Janke, The New York Foundling
Melissa Meyer, Morgan Lewis
Meghan O’Brien, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Lilla Pellechi, Independent
Tara Powers, S&P Global
Petiri Reed, Bloomberg LP
Navya Sane, Nomura
John Sedlacek, AEA Investors
Ankit Shah, American Securities
Charlie Xu, MongoDB
If committing to meetings is not an option for you right now, please consider joining our membership group, “Friends of the Junior Board”. This is a great way support the Junior Board’s work, join a network of civic-minded young professionals, and enjoy lots of great perks!
Hundreds of young professionals from Fortune 500 companies and top NYC firms participate in our events each year. We’ve sold out of our annual bowling fundraiser for the past four years! This is a great opportunity to gain visibility and brand awareness in support of a worthy cause. Connect with us to learn more about supporting an event via financial contribution, in-kind donations, or event space.
The Junior Board application process is currently closed, but we are always eager to hear from people who are interested in supporting our mission! Please contact us to learn more about how to get involved.
If you have additional questions about Junior Board membership, the Friends of the Junior Board, or other ways to get involved, please email us, or contact us using the form below.