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 three 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 2016 – 2017 year, the Junior Board raised more than $100,000 in support of
PS 125 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. The Junior Board is supported by a Read Ahead staff members who serves as a liaison to keep the organization's mission aligned with the goals of the group.
All members must actively serve on at least one of the subcommittees:
Check out the magnificent roster of current Junior Board members:
Andrew Brimmer, Co-Chair
Brandon Luke, Co-Chair, Pioneer Financial
Megan Mills, Marketing and communications Chair, Secretary, Penguin Random House
Jessica McIntyre, Governance and recruitment Co-Chair
Katharine Rudzitis, Governance and recruitment Co-Chair, Macquarie
Danielle Daitch, Events and sponsorship Co-Chair, Penguin Random House
Maxwell DeLott, Events and sponsorship Co-Chair, CityMeals on Wheels
Hannah Bibighaus, Tiffany & Co.
Katherine Brennan, Amineddoleh & Associates LLC
Andrea Dragone, Heidrick & Struggles
Nicole Farella, Bloomberg LP
Adam Friedman, PIMCO
Steven Feldman, BlackRock
Sonika Hegde, Mercer
Anna Hezel, Penguin Random House
Steven Howard, BlackRock
Shankar Jonnagadla, Davidson Kempner Capital Management
Kelly Lane, Sullivan & Cromwell
Allison Latham, Barclays
Anne Latham, Estée Lauder
Christian Lopez, Guggenheim Securities
Charley Lozada, Estée Lauder
Samantha Gainey, LeFrak
Anne McCarthy, Finsbury
Aashish Nawal, Nomura
Alexis Obernauer, CSOP
Nick Parks, Barclays
Kimberly Pilling, Ernst & Young
Jen Shea, Knewton
Laura Simmons, Bloomberg LP
Joseph Solomita, Bloomberg LP
Kyle Wetzold, FTI Consulting
Annie Wong, Sullivan & Cromwell
The application period for the 2017-2018 year has closed, but you can still support the Junior Board by connecting the group to event sponsors or inviting friends to our events. Please email [email protected] if you would like to be notified of when the application period opens next year or have other questions.
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 extended network “Friends of the Junior Board” that comes with membership perks!
We’ve sold out of our annual bowling fundraiser for the past three years! This is a great opportunity to market your company in support of a worthy cause. Click the link below if you’d like to learn more about supporting an event in 2017-2018 via financial contribution, in-kind donations, or event space.