Read Ahead Junior Board

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 by increasing awareness of the Read Ahead brand, and by raising funds to support the goals of Read Ahead and the children it serves.
Fundraising Events

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! 

Sense of Community

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: 

Junior Board Leadership

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.

Bethany Salminen, Governance and Recruitment Co-Chair, W.W. Norton & Company

Maxwell DeLott, Events and Sponsorship Co-Chair, Proskauer Rose

Stephen Howard, Events and Sponsorship Co-Chair, BlackRock

Junior Board Members

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

Amber Janke

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

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

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Friends of the Junior Board

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!

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Sponsor an event!

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 if you’d like to learn more about supporting an event via financial contribution, in-kind donations, or event space. 

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