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. Strikes, Spares, and Splits 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 serve as mentors in the Read Ahead program!
Throughout the course of the year (September – June), the Junior Board meets to plan fundraising initiatives to achieve their yearly goal in support of Read Ahead. During the 2018 – 2019 year, the Junior Board raised more than $121,000 in support of
PS 125 and PS 36 in Harlem and PS 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 is supported by a Read Ahead staff member who serves as a liaison to keep the organization's mission aligned with the goals of the group.
Check out the magnificent roster of current Junior Board members:
Andrew Brimmer, Co-Chair, Independent
Brandon Luke, Co-Chair, Pioneer Financial
Claire Ferrara, Marketing and Communications Chair, Secretary, Ridgetop Research
Katharine Rudzitis, Governance and Recruitment Co-Chair, Macquarie
Stephanie Hamberger, Governance and Recruitment Co-Chair, RK Law, P.C.
Maxwell DeLott, Events and Sponsorship Co-Chair, Proskauer Rose
Stephen Howard, Events and Sponsorship Co-Chair, BlackRock
Emery Ahoua, Prudential Financial
Calista Allen, Allianz
Joyce Castro, Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Beth Codey, Penguin Random House
Meredith Colleran, Mercer
Katie Darcy, Penguin Random House
Jordan Delane, American Express
Logan DeSouza, Paul, Weiss
Kelly Dolan, Nomura
Katie Fowler, BlackRock
Kathi Gadow, Workman Publishing
Maddy Gaiman, WeWork
Asia Gilbert, Arbor Advisory Group
Whitney Hartstone, Columbia University Medical Center
Tanya Kaur, Paul, Weiss
Harrison Kobb, Wealth-X
Kelly Lane, AIG
Lance Liu, Federal Reserve Bank of NY
Erin Murphy, Penguin Random House
Meghan O’Brien, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Lilla Pellechi, Salesforce
Tara Powers, S&P Global
Petiri Reed, Bloomberg LP
Bethany Salminen, W.W. Norton & Company
Navya Sane, Nomura
John Sedlacek, AEA Investors
Melissa Siskind, Bloomberg LP
Michael Steck, Spencer Stuart
Nicole Umina, Allianz
Emma Woloshen, Macquarie Group
Charlie Xu, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
ManYee Yu, Mercer
Rachel Yu, Sullivan & Cromwell
If committing to meetings is not an option for you right now, but you’d love to support the Junior Board’s work, please consider joining our membership group “Friends of the Junior Board” that comes with lots of great perks!
We’ve sold out of our annual bowling fundraiser for the past four years! This is a great opportunity to market your company in support of a worthy cause. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to learn more about supporting an event via financial contribution, in-kind donations, or event space.
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