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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.