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 three 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 2017 – 2018 year, the Junior Board raised more than $117,000 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. 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: 

Junior Board Leadership

Andrew Brimmer, Co-Chair, Independent

Brandon Luke, Co-Chair, Pioneer Financial

Megan Mills, Marketing and communications Chair, Secretary, Penguin Random House 

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, Black Rock

Logan DeSouza, Paul, Weiss

Kelly Dolan, Nomura

Claire Ferrara, Ridgetop Research

Steven Feldman, BlackRock

Adam Friedman, PIMCO

Whitney Hartstone, Columbia University Medical Center

Sonika Hegde, Mercer

Shankar Jonnagadla, Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Julia Katz, Estee Lauder

Matt Kim, Stifel

Harrison Kobb, Columbia University

Kelly Lane, Sullivan & Cromwell

Lance Liu, Federal Reserve Bank of NY

Charley Lozada, Deva Curl

Anne McCarthy, Finsbury

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 extended network “Friends of the Junior Board” that comes with membership 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 [email protected] if you’d like to learn more about supporting an event in 2018-2019 via financial contribution, in-kind donations, or event space. 

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