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.

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

Stephen Howard, Events and sponsorship Co-Chair, BlackRock

Nicole Farella, Social Chair, LinkedIn

Junior Board Members

Calista Allen, Allianz

Katherine Brennan, Amineddoleh & Associates LLC

Katie Conry, BlackRock

Logan DeSouza, Paul, Weiss

Kelly Dolan, Nomura

Claire Ferrara, Ridgetop Research

Steven Feldman, BlackRock

Adam Friedman, PIMCO

Maddy Gaiman, BounceX

Whitney Hartstone, Columbia University Medical Center

Sonika Hegde, Mercer

Shankar Jonnagadla, Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Amber Janke, Meals on Wheels

Julia Katz, Estee Lauder

Matt Kim, Stifel

Harrison Kobb, Columbia University

Kelly Lane, AIG

Lance Liu, Federal Reserve Bank of NY

Charley Lozada, Deva Curl

Anne McCarthy, Finsbury

Megan Mills, HubSpot

Aashish Nawal, Nomura

Nicholas Parks, Barclays

Bethany Salminen, W.W. Norton & Company

Nicole Umina, Allianz

Get Involved

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. 

Applications Now Open!

Applications are now open to join Read Ahead’s 2019-2020 Junior Board! Click the button below to access the application, which is live through August 1, 2019. 

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