A dynamic group of young professionals united by the belief that reading and mentoring can have a meaningful and lasting impact on New York City youth.
The Junior Board plays an essential role in Read Ahead’s sustainability by leading two fundraisers each year: #GivingTuesday and a signature event in the spring. By reaching out to their personal networks, and leveraging corporate matching donations, the Junior Board makes it possible for hundreds of children to participate in Read Ahead each year.
Junior Board members are a part of Read Ahead’s growing community of civic-minded professionals in NYC. Through professional development nights, social events, and other networking and leadership opportunities, Junior Board members have the opportunity to enhance their personal and professional networks.
Each year more than 50% of our Junior Board members also volunteer as mentors in Read Ahead’s weekly program. Through advocacy, volunteerism, and fundraising, every Junior Board member contributes to Read Ahead’s success.
We look for enthusiastic young professionals and emerging leaders who can commit to a full year of championing Read Ahead’s mission-driven work, and seek to build a diverse Junior Board representative of the communities we serve. The Read Ahead Junior Board is NYC-based and planning to be largely in person for the upcoming year (any in-person events will likely take place in Midtown Manhattan).
Junior Board members commit to a year of service (though many continue for multiple years!) which includes four meetings, an annual fall retreat, and participation in two Junior Board-led fundraisers. Additional opportunities include social, networking, and special events with fellow Junior Board members, Read Ahead’s Board of Directors, and the broader Read Ahead community.
Applications will be accepted through 5pm on September 15, 2023. New members will be notified in early October.
If you have questions about your application, please contact us.
Kwaku Abrokwah, Goldman Sachs
Cassandra Biehl, Raymond James
Kent Bourret, Moelis & Company
Andrew Brimmer, Independent (Co-Chair)
Joyce Castro, Independent
Max Chazen, Deloitte
Tatiana Chin, Goldman Sachs
Diane Chung, Bloomberg LP
Beth Codey, Penguin Random House
Laurel Cummings, Salesforce
Neda Dallall, Penguin Random House
Max DeLott, CCS Fundraising (Co-Chair)
Venus Ehsan, Coalesce Capital
Obi Eneli, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Alexander FitzGerald, Ekimetrics
Saige Francis, Penguin Random House
Michael Frank, New York University Tandon Future Labs
Treyaun Fulton, Bloomberg LP
Jack Galiardo, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Claire Gamble, Hachette Book Group
Melissa Greenwood, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Zoe Grenier, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Sebastian Hennessy, Marsh & McLennan
Dimitri Henry, ClearBridge Investments, Inc.
Natalie Iannone, Oaktree Capital
Tahlia Ifada, Oak Hill Advisors
Kate Johnson, Salesforce
Brandon Luke, Pioneer Financial
Bilal Manji, Blue Owl Capital
Tim McFarlane, Apax
Avanti Mehrotra, BlackRock
Giovanna Paz, Penguin Random House
Arjun Prakash, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Jillian Ruben, Deloitte
Meredith Ruskin, Anheuser-Busch
John Sedlacek, AEA Investors
Nithya Swaminathan, Sidley Austin LLP
Jeremiah Swis, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Amanda Vollaro, Oak Hill Advisors
Ashley Wong, Sidley Austin LLP
Charlie Xu, MongoDB
Christina Xue, Warburg Pincus
Jason Zhang, Ares Management
Emeritus Junior Board Members
Become a part of our extended community by signing up for updates about Read Ahead’s mission, Junior Board events, and upcoming opportunities to get involved. Receive exclusive invites to Junior Board events and participate as much as your schedule allows.
Read Ahead’s community includes hundreds of young professionals from Fortune 500 companies and top NYC firms, many of whom participate in our events each year. 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.
If you have additional questions about Read Ahead, the Junior Board, or other ways to get involved, please email us. We’d love to hear from you!