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. They do this by increasing awareness of Read Ahead's mission, and by raising funds to support the goals of our program and the children we serve.

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. Their signature Strikes, Spares, and Splits event 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 volunteer as mentors in Read Ahead’s weekly program!

Throughout the school year (September – June), the Junior Board meets to plan fundraising events and initiatives so they can achieve ambitious goals and help make Read Ahead possible at some of our highest need schools. Since 2017, the Junior Board has raised over $100,000 annually in support of P.S. 125 and P.S. 36 in Harlem and P.S. 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 works in collaboration with Read Ahead's full-time professional staff and Board of Directors to align the goals of the group with the mission of the organization.

Junior Board Leadership

Andrew Brimmer, Co-Chair, Independent

Brandon Luke, Co-Chair, Pioneer Financial

Melissa Siskind, Secretary and Member Liaison, Bloomberg LP

Claire Ferrara, Marketing and Communications Chair, Ridgetop Research

Erin Murphy, Marketing and Communications Chair, Penguin Random House

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

Rachel Yu, Governance and Recruitment Co-Chair, Sullivan & Cromwell

Maxwell DeLott, Events and Sponsorship Co-Chair, CCS Fundraising

Stephen Howard, Events and Sponsorship Co-Chair, BlackRock

Executive Support Team

Kelly Lane, Social Co-Chair, AIG

Nicole Umina-Kritharis, Social Co-Chair, Allianz

Emma Woloshen, Book Club Chair, Macquarie Group

Tanya Kaur, Revenue Growth & Innovation Co-Chair, Rent the Runway

Harrison Kobb, Revenue Growth & Innovation Co-Chair, Wealth-X

Meredith Colleran, Friends of the Junior Board Co-Lead, Mercer

Asia Gilbert, Friends of the Junior Board Co-Lead Columbia Care

Beth Codey, Professional Development Co-Chair, Penguin Random House

Lance Liu, Professional Development Co-Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of NY


Kwaku Abrokwah, Goldman Sachs

Emery Ahoua, Prudential Financial

Calista Allen, Allianz

Wilson Babb, Morgan Stanley

Ashley Canezin, Apollo Global Management, LLC

Joyce Castro, Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Jordan Delane, ServiceNow

Logan DeSouza, KO | Koenig, Oelsner, Taylor, Schoenfeld & Gaddis PC

Kelly Dolan, Nomura

Katie Fowler, BlackRock

Maddy Gaiman, Klarna

Whitney Hartstone, Columbia University Medical Center

Amber Janke, The New York Foundling

Melissa Meyer, Morgan Lewis

Meghan O’Brien, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Lilla Pellechi, Independent

Tara Powers, S&P Global

Petiri Reed, Bloomberg LP

Navya Sane, Nomura

John Sedlacek, AEA Investors

Ankit Shah, American Securities

Charlie Xu, MongoDB

Get Involved

Friends of the Junior Board

If committing to meetings is not an option for you right now, please consider joining our membership group, “Friends of the Junior Board”. This is a great way support the Junior Board’s work, join a network of civic-minded young professionals, and enjoy lots of great perks!

Sign up!
Sponsor an event

Hundreds of young professionals from Fortune 500 companies and top NYC firms participate in our events each year. We’ve sold out of our annual bowling fundraiser for the past four years! This is a great opportunity to gain visibility and brand awareness in support of a worthy cause. Connect with us to learn more about supporting an event via financial contribution, in-kind donations, or event space. 

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Junior Board Membership

Thank you for your interest in joining the Read Ahead Junior Board! We are not currently accepting applications for new members, but would still love to hear from you. To get on the list to receive our latest updates and be the first to know about our next application cycle, contact us at the link below.

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Learn More

If you have additional questions about Junior Board membership, the Friends of the Junior Board, or other ways to get involved, please email us, or contact us using the form linked here.

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