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.
Junior Board applications for 2022-23 are now closed.
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 operate in a hybrid capacity (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 September 30, 2022. New members will be notified in early October. If you missed the opportunity to apply for this year, we hope you will keep in touch and join us for some of our open events throughout the year.
Andrew Brimmer, Co-Chair, Independent
Maxwell DeLott, Co-Chair, CCS Fundraising
Charlie Xu, Secretary and Member Liaison, MongoDB
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
Stephen Howard, Events and Sponsorship Co-Chair, BlackRock
Tanya Kaur, Events and Sponsorship Co-Chair, Rent the Runway
Brandon Luke, Co-Chair Emeritus, Pioneer Financial
Wilson Babb, Social Co-Chair, Morgan Stanley
Kelly Dolan, Social Co-Chair, Nomura
Emma Woloshen, Book Club Chair, Macquarie Group
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
Kwaku Abrokwah, Goldman Sachs
Emery Ahoua, Prudential Financial
Anjelica Campbell, Public Prepatory Network
Ashley Canezin, Apollo Global Management, LLC
Joyce Castro, Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Max Chazen, Deloitte
Tatiana Chin, Bloomberg LP
Aury Cifuentes, Bloomberg LP
Jordan Delane, American Express
Katie Fowler, BlackRock
Maddy Gaiman, Klarna
Claire Gamble, Hachette Book Group
Sarah Hassett, Bloomberg LP
Kate Johnson, Salesforce
Avanti Mehrotra, BlackRock
Melissa Meyer Greenwood, Morgan Lewis
Jay Miller, Guardian Life Insurance
Meghan O’Brien, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Petiri Reed, Bloomberg LP
Navya Sane, Nomura
John Sedlacek, AEA Investors
Cameron Stowell, Bloomberg LP
Jenny Theroux, Behrman Capital
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!