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
Nicole Farella, Social Chair, LinkedIn
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
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 email@example.com if you’d like to learn more about supporting an event via financial contribution, in-kind donations, or event space.
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