Mentor Coaches

Abeyu Mengistu, 2015 Mentor Coach

Spotify, Software Engineer

STEM

University of Maryland, BS , 2012

Abhiram Kumar, 2015 Mentor Coach

Evercore Partners, Analyst

Financial Services

New York University, BA , 2013

Abraham Tiamiyu, 2012 Mentor Coach

APG Asset Management US Inc., Associate

Global Private Equity

Georgetown University, BA , 2009

Having moved to the U.S. at the age of 16 to attend college, I have benefitted a great deal from mentors who helped to guide my personal, academic and professional development. The mentorship program at NYNY allows me to give back and to serve my immediate community here in New York.

Ada McKenzie, 2014 Mentor Coach

Bloomfield College, Assistant Professor of World Literature

University of Massachusetts, Ph.D , 2007 | University of Massachusetts, MA , 2005 | Columbia University, BA , 2000

I became a Mentor Coach with NJNY because I am passionate about helping young people fulfill their potential. As an academic working with college students, I am well aware that teaching, learning, and mentoring occur both inside and outside of the classroom. As a scholar, writer, and educator, I can provide insight into these fields. Regardless of whether a person is considering an academic career, I love helping others to discover their passion and embark upon their professional journeys.

Adaku Ibekwe, 2016 Mentor Coach

The Boston Consulting Group, Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Princeton University, BA | University of Notre Dame, MBA

Adam Adebisi, 2013 Mentor Coach

Teach For America, Manager

Teacher Leadership Development

Morehouse College, BA , 2003

As a young, black, first generation college student I certainly understand the importance of a good education and the role it plays in giving folks opportunities to pathways. If it wasn’t for folks believing in my ability to be more than a statistic I don’t know where I would be and it is for that very reason that I want to ensure students who look like me are reminded of their true potential and understand what may seem impossible is actually possible.

Adam Judd, 2013 Mentor Coach

LionTree LLC,

Investment Banking

University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2011

I feel privileged to be able to serve as a Mentor Coach for NYNY. I decided to become involved with the organization because I was truly impressed by the remarkable impact NYNY has on the Fellows. The community is an extremely impressive group of people, both Mentor Coaches and Fellows included, and I have enjoyed the ability to help others in their pursuit of academic, professional, and personal goals.

Addy Jeet, 2016 Mentor Coach

Google, Product Management

Other

Carnegie Mellon University, BS

Adegoke Adediran, 2013 Mentor Coach

Davidson Kempner Capital Management, LP, Technology & Quantitative Analytics

Columbia University, BS , 2006

I believe that a society that offers equal opportunity to its members is fundamentally good, and such a society will thrive and be successful. I recognize that first-generation college students especially miss out on opportunities because they do not have the right knowledge or access. I joined NYNY to help equalize these opportunities. Also, I hope to build meaningful relationships with Fellows and help in any way I can, while learning about their experiences and deriving inspiration from it.

Adia Goss, 2013 Mentor Coach

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Associate

Corporate

Columbia University, BA , 2006 | Columbia University, JD , 2010

The enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers as well as the unique structure of NYNY inspired me to become a Mentor Coach. I’ve always enjoyed volunteering, and feel that being a Mentor Coach will afford me the great opportunity to provide guidance and support to a young adult.

Adora Mora, 2013 Mentor Coach

Harlem Children's Zone, Senior Associate - Strategy, Finance, & Planning

Harvard University, BA , 2010

I was lucky to have some amazing mentors who raised my expectations of myself. I became a Mentor Coach because I decided that the time to pay it forward is now. My family background as well as my dual experience in both finance and non-profit sectors allow me to provide sound advice to a range of life situations.

Adrian Budischak, 2013 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Associate

Harvard University, BA , 2008

I have had the privilege of volunteering with NJNY over the past year and was not only impressed by the drive and accomplishments of the Fellows, but also by the bonds formed between Mentors, Fellows, and the NJNY staff and how the program has helped shape each of them. I am very excited to join the NJNY family and meet the new group of talented, inspiring first generation college students. As a Mentor Coach, I hope I can pass along what I’ve learned so far in my life and career and help the Fellows in any way possible toward their future successes.

Adrian Williams, 2013 Mentor Coach

AppNexus, Associate Account Executive

Brown University, BA , 2011

I became a Mentor Coach because of my passion to give back to the community. NYNY is an amazing platform that provides unique resources to a group of talented Fellows and a forum for them to bounce ideas, thoughts, and concerns off of people who have dealt with many of the same challenges and situations. The experience is invaluable for both the Fellows and the Mentor Coaches.

Adrienne Gaffney, 2011, 2016 Mentor Coach

Freelance,

Trinity College, BA , 2007

Becoming a Mentor Coach is by the far the best decision I’ve made in the past year. Getting to know my Fellow has been wonderful. At each workshop, I am constantly impressed by how bright, insightful and motivated she is at such a young age. I can’t wait to see all the things she will achieve and I am excited to impart whatever knowledge I may have.

Aduke Thelwell, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

Kekst & Company, Strategic Communications Associate

Swarthmore College, BA , 2003 | Harvard University, MBA , 2009

Mentors, both formal and informal, have made all the difference in my career and I definitely want to “pay it forward.” The Fellows in NYNY are truly exceptional and it is really a privilege to have the opportunity to get to know them and be a part of creating their success. Plus, the weekend sessions have such great content that I can truthfully say I learn almost as much as the Fellows do from participating!

Aileny Santos, 2016 Mentor Coach

Cross River Bank, Operations Analyst

Financial Services

St. Peter's University, BA

Aisha Sabar, 2011 Mentor Coach

United States Mission to the United Nations, Adviser

Foreign Policy/Government

Washington University in St. Louis, BA , 2007

My Fellow is interested in a career in international development and diplomacy. I have directly implemented and managed development projects in South Asia and I currently work for the State Department. Having worked in both development and diplomacy, I am eager to share my experience with my Fellow and to help her find and gain experience in her specific area of interest.

Alan Evans, 2015 Mentor Coach

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Resident Physician

Healthcare

Howard University, BS , 2006 | Columbia University, MBA , 2010 | PhD , 2012

Alana Gardner, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach

New York County Criminal Court, Court Attorney - Trial Part

Johns Hopkins University, BA , 2000 | Loyola University of Chicago, JD , 2004

I became a Mentor Coach because I truly believe in what NYNY aspires to achieve. I am thankful for the family and friends who supported me and wish I had an organization like NYNY when I was choosing my career path. Being a Mentor Coach has renewed my passion to create my own path to success and not just follow the one set out for me. I may be an attorney by profession, but I have a wide array of experience that allows me to give well balanced advice and support.

Aldrich Kyle Chan, 2014 Mentor Coach

Deutsche Bank, Associate

Private Equity

New York University, BS , 2009

I am fortunate to have had a number of invaluable mentors who have patiently guided me throughout life. Through NYNY, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as a mentor and make a real impact on a Fellow’s personal and professional growth by sharing my experiences, knowledge and network.

Alejandra Thompson, 2012 Mentor Coach

L'Oreal, Manager

Marketing

Emory University, BBA , 2009

I am thrilled to be a 2012 Mentor Coach and to get the opportunity to work with such a talented, ground-breaking group of Fellows. I have found mentorship to be very helpful in the transitional phases of my life to gain perspective and ultimately feel more confident in my decisions and future action steps. I hope to be able to pass on some of the guidance and advice I have received over the years.

Alejandro Recio, 2016 Mentor Coach

The Kraft Heinz Company, Associate Director

Consumer Goods & Retail

Michigan State University, BS | Purdue University, MS

Alessandro Cappuzzo, 2016 Mentor Coach

The Boston Consulting Group, Management Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Universita degli Studi di Padova, BS | Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris, MA

Alex Albarracin, 2014 Mentor Coach

Morpheus Capital, Associate

Investment Banking

Rutgers University, BS , 2008

I decided to join NYNY and become a Mentor Coach because I had to learn how to get into and graduate from college on my own with no path to follow. I wish I had had a mentor to lead me or help me open my eyes as to what types of opportunities exist. I know how it feels to have no idea what to do with your life in college, and I want to help a Fellow understand the various challenges that exist in the real world so they can be top contenders post graduation.

Alex Ferguson, 2015 Mentor Coach

Wrigley, Senior Tax Analyst

Financial Services

Wake Forest University, BS

Alex Guo, 2016 Mentor Coach

Oliver Wyman, Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Williams College, BA

Alex Janoff, 2013 Mentor Coach

Acadia Realty Trust, Associate

Acquisitions

Washington University, BSBA , 2010

I became a Mentor Coach because I strongly believe in the NYNY mission and platform, and I’m passionate about contributing to the cause. I would not be where I am today without the mentoring and guidance I’ve received throughout my life, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to pay it forward and help my Fellow reach his or her full potential.

Alex Lin, 2016 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Analyst

Financial Services

Baruch College, BA

Alex Stern, 2011 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Acquisitions

Private Equity

Cornell University, BS , 2008

My volunteer experience with the bright and motivated Fellow Class of 2010 was the impetus for my decision to return as a Mentor Coach this year. I believe that NYNY’s program bridges the generational gap between traditional mentors like parents or teachers and provides Fellows with a resource for professional and personal development that they can relate to. I look forward to forming lasting bonds with the Class of 2011 and helping them achieve all that they want and I know they are capable of.

Alexa Rubino, 2015 Mentor Coach

Cedar Grove High School, School Counselor

Education

University of Connecticut, BA | Montclair State University, MA

Alexander Dick-Godfrey, 2014 Mentor Coach

Council on Foreign Relations, Program Coordinator

David Rockefeller Studies Program

Davidson College, BA , 2011

I am a young professional working for a non-profit foreign policy think tank (Council on Foreign Relations). I work in the Studies program, focusing on intelligence and Horn of Africa-related research and help manage training and administrative items for nearly 70 staff members. I have also worked in Human Resources, specifically hiring interns, so I feel I am well suited to help with interview questions.

Alexander Eddy, 2015 Mentor Coach

BMO Harris Bank, N.A., Marketing Manager

Other

Northern Illinois University, BS , 2011 | Northern Illinois University, MS , 2011

Alexander Randall, 2016 Mentor Coach

Lazard Ltd., Analyst

Financial Services

Michigan State University, BA

Alexis Maule, 2010 Mentor Coach

Credit Suisse, Global Industrials Analyst

Investment Banking

Harvard University, BA , 2008

My mother is a Colombian immigrant who came to the US for a better education. She was first in her family to attend college, heading to a state school, when her guidance counselor suggested she apply to Harvard. That suggestion changed the course of her life. I became a Mentor Coach to help guide first generation college students, like my mother, who have high achievement and intellectual curiosity but need tools and resources to fulfill their career aspirations and develop as professionals.

Alice Li, 2013 Mentor Coach

Crestview Partners, Investment Associate

New York University, BS , 2011

After moving to NYC years ago, I felt compelled to give back to the city I now called home. I saw the opportunity to assist with NYNY, and was encouraged by the enthusiasm I witnessed in the Fellows. I’ve always seen mentorship as a two-way relationship, and hope to develop personally from my Mentor Coach experience as I assist a Fellow in his or her professional journey.

Alicia Criner, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

L'Oreal, Manager of Digital Marketing and eCommerce

Digital Marketing

Howard University, BA , 2008

I became a Mentor Coach to guide the next generation of professionals, just as my own mentors have supported me. NYNY’s development programs guarantee the Fellows’ success in academic matriculation, graduation and career placement. Working in the media and technology industries, I look forward to exploring the Fellows’ passions and developing the next crop of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) trailblazers.

Alicia Gayle, 2016 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel

Financial Services

Wesleyan University, BA | Yale University, MS | New York University School of Law, JD

Alicia Omans, 2015 Mentor Coach

Mondelez International, Scientist

STEM

Howard University, BS , 2009

Alicia Wnorowski, 2015 Mentor Coach

Riverside Company, Associate

Financial Services

New York University, BA , 2011

Alison Hunter, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach

Raines International, Vice President

Colgate University, BA , 2010

Working at an executive search firm, I have become very aware of the opportunities the corporate world has to offer and consequently of the road blocks that prevent people from accessing them. At New York Needs You, Mentor Coaches can genuinely make a personal connection with their Fellows, and I feel I can utilize the knowledge I have gained to help the well-deserving Fellows surpass some of these barriers.

Aliya Levinson, 2015 Mentor Coach

Healthfirst, Social Worker

Healthcare

Indiana University, BA , 2006 | Depaul University, MA , 2009

Aliza Narine, 2013 Mentor Coach

New York City Department of IT and Telecommunications, Budget Associate

Financial Management and Administration

Baruch College, BBA , 2010

Mentors were instrumental in helping me transition from college to professional life. As a Mentor Coach, I will offer support to help my Fellow advance academically and professionally. NYNY is an environment where ambitious students can get the extra encouragement and guidance they need and I am excited to get started.

Allison Jones, 2014 Mentor Coach

Pearson, Head of Communities, Higher Education

Marketing

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, BBA , 1996

Your college years should be among of the most exciting years of your life. But for me, as a first-generation college student in Wisconsin, those years were a struggle. Working full-time, aimless, feeling like an outsider and flip-flopping between schools, I spent seven years pursuing my degree. What my life lacked, what so many joyful, successful college students had, was a caring, experienced mentor. Since college, mentors have changed my life; I’m grateful, and it’s time to give back.

Alma Mends, 2011 Mentor Coach

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Senior Associate

Tufts University, BA , 2003 | Columbia University, MBA , 2009

I became a Mentor Coach because I believe that there are many talented and motivated young people who need career guidance, but may not have the support or resources necessary to achieve their goals. NYNY provides an excellent opportunity to provide direction to college students and also offers great career preparation opportunities. Being a Mentor Coach has not only allowed me to share my experiences with the Fellows, but has also provided me with a new source of inspiration.

Alvin Grimes, 2014 Mentor Coach

Major, Lindsey & Africa, Director

Solutions Practice Group

Wilberforce University, BA , 2006 | New York Law School, JD , 2009

Originally from California, I’ve lived in New York for the past eight years. I am a recruiter of attorneys, social savant, infrequent gym member and avid reader.

Alyssa Beer, 2016 Mentor Coach

Boka Restaurant Group, Office Manager

Consumer Goods & Retail

Purdue University, BA | Depaul University, MA

Alyssa Buchanan, 2016 Mentor Coach

Mondelez International, Assoc Scientist

Consumer Goods & Retail

Howard University, BS

Amanda Jaron, 2016 Mentor Coach

Typenex, Product Manager

University of Wisconsin - Madison, BA

Amanda Naira-Menacho, 2015 Mentor Coach

Newark Public Schools, Business Education Teacher

Education

Rutgers University, BS | Seton Hall University, M.Ed.

Amanda Peralta, 2015 Mentor Coach

Live in The Grey, Editor

STEM

Duke University, BA , 2012

Amanee Hearns, 2013 Mentor Coach

Barclays, HR Generalist, Assistant Vice President

Human Resources

Spelman College, BA , 2010

I appreciate the importance of a mentor and the impact it can have in someone’s life. In my own life I have had the privilege of having various mentors that have given me guidance and advice. It has been proven that participating in mentorship can enhance someone’s opportunity for professional success. After reading about NYNY I immediately felt drawn to the mission and purpose of the Fellows Program. I think this is a great platform to support and develop the future generation of leaders.

Amna Naseer, 2011 Mentor Coach

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Head of Strategy for Wealth Management & Investment Solutions

Wealth Management

London School of Economics and Political Science, BSc , 1997 | Oxford University, MPhil , 1999

I became a Mentor Coach to help contribute to the development of extremely inspiring individuals who are set to become exemplary leaders in their chosen fields tomorrow!

Amy Honigman, 2015 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Executive Director

Financial Services

Cornell University, BA

Amy Osekowsky, 2013 Mentor Coach

Google, Inc, Product Specialist

Services

Georgetown University, BS , 2007

I’m excited to be a Mentor Coach and help Fellows explore and uncover opportunities for professional and personal fulfillment. I’m very interested in how businesses can create positive social change. This interest has led me to a diversity of roles, including a Product Specialist at Google, COO of a social enterprise called Liga Masiva, consulting, and financial services. Personally, I enjoy cooking, photography, running, travel, and yoga.

Amy Osorio, 2013 Mentor Coach

Greater New York Hospital Association, Project Manager, Community Health Initiatives

Government Affairs and Communication

University of Southern California, BS , 2004 | Columbia University, MPH , 2005

I mentor with NYNY because I believe adults and mentors outside of immediate family and friends can have a significant impact on a young professional’s development. I’m excited to contribute to the robust NYNY community to foster the potential of ambitious and promising first-generation college students.

Andrea Orbe-Martinez, 2014 Mentor Coach

American Red Cross, Community Recovery Director

Seton Hall University, MPA , 2008 | Rutgers University, BA , 2001

I currently serve as Community Recovery Director for the American Red Cross, Superstorm Sandy Long Term Recovery Team. I lead a team of 7 specialists tasked with assisting Sandy stricken communities recover from this natural disaster in conjunction with other partner organizations and stakeholders. I was born and raised in Ecuador and currently reside in Linden, New Jersey.

Andrena Garden, 2016 Mentor Coach

Individual, Sr. Analyst/Sr. Professional

Financial Services

Cornell University, BS

Andres Tello, 2016 Mentor Coach

GSW-Inventiv Health, Senior Account Executive

Healthcare

Duke University, BA

Andrew Citrin, 2014 Mentor Coach

MediaLink, Research Manager

Media Insights & Strategy

Dartmouth College, BA , 2011

For me, joining NYNY as a Mentor Coach is a fitting way to contribute, as my own professional success has correlated with having a strong support network. My career has given me perspective on diverse sectors of the rapidly evolving media landscape, and I am thrilled to share my insight with those with similar interests. I know the impact that preparedness and adaptability can have on achieving a desired career path, which shapes my guidance of these exceptional Fellows to maximize their skill set.

Andrew Duckworth, 2016 Mentor Coach

DICOM Grid, Director of Business Development

Healthcare

Claremont McKenna College, BA

Andrew Jordan, 2012 Mentor Coach

McKinsey & Company, Business Analyst

Emory University, BBA , 2009

I became a Mentor Coach to contribute to NYNY’s inspiring mission and help enthusiastic and motivated Fellows get closer to their goals. Having met the Fellows, Staff, and other Mentor Coaches, I am honored to be a part of such a bright and committed organization and look forward to the time I’ll spend with NYNY and it’s amazing people.

Andrew Schwartz, 2014 Mentor Coach

Schwartz Law Group, LLC, Associate Attorney

Indiana University, Bloomington, BS , 2005 | Vermont University, JD , 2010

I am a high school mathematics teacher turned employment lawyer who wants to make a positive and lasting difference and believes that starting from the ground up with today’s youth is the strongest way.

Andy Tong, 2015 Mentor Coach

US Bank, Assistant Vice President - Institutional Sales

Financial Services

Boston College, BS , 2005

Angel Pu, 2013 Mentor Coach

Warburg Pincus, Analyst

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

University of Chicago, BS , 2011

I went to just one NYNY workshop and I was hooked. The Fellows are incredible; they come from different backgrounds but share a common drive to succeed. The other Mentor Coaches are inspiring. It’s awesome to be with a group of people who are also passionate about education and changing lives.

Angela Herrera, 2015 Mentor Coach

Harlem United, Intern Mental Heath Counselor

Healthcare

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, BA , 2013 | City College of New York, BA , 2015

Angela Smith, 2016 Mentor Coach

LG Electronics, Director, Brand & Consumer Marketing

Other

University of Pennsylvania, BS | University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, MBA

Ann de la Montaigne, 2015 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Associate

Financial Services

University of Delaware, BA , 2010

Anna Witkowska, 2016 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Analyst

Financial Services

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, BA | New York University, MS

Anneka Anand, 2010 Mentor Coach

AEA Investors, Associate

Private Equity

University of Pennsylvania, BA , 2007

Many people have served as mentors in programs where mentees did not put forth the full effort required to improve. NYNY is unique in that Fellows are extremely ambitious, motivated, and hard working. The time you spend with them results in readily apparent impact. I suggest becoming a Mentor Coach if you want to develop meaningful relationships with bright, inspiring Fellows who are willing to put in all the work necessary to advance their career and professional development.

Annmarie Payne, 2011 Mentor Coach

Blue Engine, Director of BETA Recruitment

Vanderbilt University, BS , 2008

Becoming a Mentor Coach is an avenue for me to help Fellows make the best decisions for their future. Looking back, this is the guidance that I received when I was in college and I am very thankful for. Being a part of a large financial institution, I would like to help my mentee reach her maximum potential as well as reach her goals.

Anthony Ford, 2016 Mentor Coach

Lennox Park LLC, Director

Financial Services

Georgetown University, BS

Anthony Rodriguez, 2016 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Analyst

Financial Services

Rutgers University, BA

Anton Zitz, 2012 Mentor Coach

AlixPartners, Vice President

Enterprise Improvement

Rutgers University, BS , 2005

Currently I work at AlixPartners in its EI consulting practice. Previously, I worked at Fenway Partners in private equity for five years and was an investment banking analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. I graduated from Rutgers Business School with a degree in Finance. I feel my background in business and finance will provide a sounding board for Fellows, allowing them to pursue their interests.

Anuli Akanegbu, 2015 Mentor Coach

Edelman Public Relations, Junior Analyst

Advertising & Public Relations

Howard University, BA , 2013

Anusha Balaji, 2016 Mentor Coach

FTI Consulting, Senior Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Northwestern University, BA | University of Illinois at Chicago, MPH

April Hattori, 2011 Mentor Coach

EdisonLearning, Vice President, Communications

University of Illinois, BS , 1986 | Columbia University, MA , 1989

New York Needs You provides me an opportunity to help students learn from my experiences as a first generation college graduate.I have been energized by the talent of the students in NYNY and the progress they are making.One of my favorite quotes is “Good luck is the result of good planning.” My goal is to help NYNY Fellows with the planning of their careers, which I hope will enable them to create their own luck and success.

Arden Bromley, 2013 Mentor Coach

The Capstone Partnership, Associate

Strategy and Business Development

Dartmouth College, BA , 2008

Hearing NYNY Fellows describe the program was a huge motivation for me to join. They were committed to NYNY because they knew it would change their lives. The power of the program was quickly apparent. Becoming a Mentor Coach is more than a chance to share one’s perspectives, it’s an opportunity to impact and be impacted by the Fellows. To me, this is one of the indispensable factors of a strong community — that everyone can grow by sharing commitment to each other’s success.

Arius Ford, 2015 Mentor Coach

AT&T, Client Solutions Executive

STEM

Georgetown University, BA

Arnick Hahn, 2013 Mentor Coach

Citigroup, Director

Corporate Treasury

Brown University, BS , 1999 | Columbia University, MBA , 2005

I find the mentoring experience to be very rewarding and given my diverse work experiences including high tech, management consulting and corporate finance, I believe I can be of help to the Fellows as they start thinking about what kind of career they would like to have. I am looking forward to making a difference for the Fellows!

Aroon Amarnani, 2014 Mentor Coach

TIAA-CREF, Associate

Active Equity Research

Lehigh University, BS , 2011

I’ve benefited from many mentors / advisers who have guided me in both personal and professional capacities. I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without their help and support, and now I feel it is my turn to pay it forward. Over time I worked to create a professional network which ultimately helped me to land my first job. I believe others can apply the “roadmap” I’ve created to help land jobs in their respective fields.

Arun Varanasi, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

The Carlyle Group, Senior Associate

Financial Services

Rutgers University, BS , 2010

I have been very fortunate to have people who have been willing to guide me through transitional periods in my life. I know how important it can be to have positive influences to look up to. I joined NJNY after having worked with a similar organization in Chicago focused on enabling high caliber students succeed. It was an amazing experience where I learned as much from the students as they did from me. I look forward to sharing similar experiences with the exceptional NJNY Fellows and hope to have the opportunity to see them thrive in both their education and careers.

Ashley Atkins, 2016 Mentor Coach

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Executive Director

Nonprofit

Emory University, BA

Ashley Gee, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach

SL Green Realty Corp., Vice President, Leasing

University of Virginia, BA , 2002

I’ve served as a mentor with other organizations in the past, but my experience as an inaugural NYNY Mentor Coach has profoundly impacted my world view and my life in an unexpected way. I’ve learned lessons and been inspired by my Fellow which will allow me to be a better person and more effective mentor in the future.

Ashley Harrington, 2015 Mentor Coach

Office of Governor, Special Assistant

Government

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA , 2010 | New York University School of Law, JD , 2013

Ashley Wallace, 2012 Mentor Coach

Allison+Partners, Account Manager

Brown University, BA , 2007

Over the last several years, I’ve really enjoyed being a mentor in an informal capacity to several people in my work and social network, and I was drawn to New York Needs You because it offers the opportunity to take mentoring to the next level. After speaking with a number of individuals currently involved with the program, I was motivated and excited to join such a great organization that provides an extraordinary opportunity for the bright and eager Fellows.

Ashwat Rishi, 2015 Mentor Coach

Cooper & Dunham LLP, Associate Attorney

Law

Rutgers University, BA , 2009 | Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD , 2014

Ashwin Bhongir, 2015 Mentor Coach

Henkel, Lead Project Engineer

STEM

University of California, Los Angeles, BS , 2011

Ayesha Bhagat, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

Saks Fifth Avenue, Associate Buyer

Colgate University, BA , 2011

I grew up in New York City and then attended Colgate University. After graduating in 2011, I pursued a career in retail merchandising at Macy’s, and more recently, at Saks Fifth Avenue. After participating as an NYNY Career Coach and experiencing the mutual support and dedication between Mentor Coaches and Fellows, I was inspired to become a Mentor Coach. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity.

Ayesha Chacko, 2014 Mentor Coach

Hightower, Manager, Customer Success

Commercial Operations

University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2011

Throughout my college and professional career, I’ve relied on advice from my mentors when making personal and professional decisions. I hope to be as great of a resource to my Fellow as these people were to me. I believe that NYNY is one of the most committed and productive mentorship programs in the city. The enthusiasm and sense of community that I’ve witnessed from both Fellows and Mentor Coaches makes me excited to be a part of the program!

Banna Girmay, 2015 Mentor Coach

Oliver Wyman, Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Barnard College, BA , 2009 | University of Southern California, JD , 2012

Ben Akinbola, 2015 Mentor Coach

Boston Consulting Group, Associate

Consulting & Professional Services

Indiana University, BS

Ben Grozier, 2015 Mentor Coach

Beyond Capital Fund, Operations Associate

Financial Services

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, BS

Ben Quaye, 2013 Mentor Coach

Boom Financial, Data Analyst

Finance and Strategy

Rutgers University, BA , 2012

Along my path through college and into the financial services industry, I was fortunate enough to have met great mentors. A child of two immigrant parents myself, I have always sought ways to help create a world where a high value is placed on diversity and inclusion. I was excited to hear that there existed an organization guiding first generation students through their undergraduate studies and into their careers, right in my home state of New Jersey. Time dedicated to the support of this dynamic group of fellows, is time well spent. Working with them has truly been a great experience.

Ben Szanto, 2016 Mentor Coach

Waud Capital Partners, Associate

Other

University of Michigan, BA

Benis Reffkin, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach

Urban Compass, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships

New York University, BA , 2007 | Columbia University, MBA , 2012

As the first in my family to go to college, I feel extremely fortunate for my experiences and where they have led me to today. However, if I could have benefited from a program like that of NYNY’s, I am certain that I would have had many more exciting opportunities to choose from upon graduation. I believe I would have been precisely the kind of candidate that NYNY’s mission targets, and I have made it my own personal mission to give back to others who faced similar challenges.

Benjamin Dubow, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

Google, Inc, Export Consultant

University of Pennsylvania, BA , 2010

I’ve worked in three completely different fields since graduation (intelligence, nonprofit, and tech), and mentors have played a huge role in making that possible. I’m excited to help others the way my mentors have helped me and to offer what I’ve learned through my experiences to my Fellow.

Benjamin Felt, 2011 Mentor Coach

The Invus Group LLC, Associate

Private Equity

Yale University, BA , 2007

Throughout my academic and professional journeys, I have been fortunate to benefit from outstanding and generous mentors who have guided me through the tough choices and obstacles on the way to my career today in private equity investing at The Invus Group. I hope that through New York Needs You, I can provide the same valuable guidance to my Fellow as he looks to forge a fulfilling career in the business world.

Benny Ngai, 2016 Mentor Coach

Saks Fifth Avenue, Vice President

Other

City University of New York, BA | Pratt Institute, MA

Benny Zheng, 2016 Mentor Coach

Chicago Transit Authority, Analyst

Government

University of Toronto, BA | Rutgers University, MA | University of Chicago, MA

Bernardo Urdaneta Torres, 2016 Mentor Coach

Exelon Foundation, Senior Analyst

Other

Lycoming College, BA | Duke University, MBA

Bessie Watts, 2011 Mentor Coach

Morgan Stanley, Associate

Spelman College, BA , 2009

One of the main reasons I became a Mentor Coach is my natural affinity for helping and relating to others. For me, there is great value in advising someone through adversity. Assisting my Fellow in her pursuit for higher education inspired me to hold myself accountable for my own next steps. In all, fostering this relationship ended up being not only a gratifying experience, but also an opportunity to grow alongside her. I would recommend this experience to anyone.

Betsy Hang, 2014 Mentor Coach

Viacom Media Networks, Manager

Business Advisory and Analytics

James Madison University, BBA , 2007

As an ambitious first-generation college graduate, I understand the challenges that NYNY Fellows face. By sharing my academic and professional experiences, I hope to inspire and guide the Fellows during such a critical stage in their development. I am excited to be a Mentor Coach and share my knowledge, network, and motivate the Fellows to live their dreams, just as I am living mine.

Bharath Alamanda, 2015 Mentor Coach

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Private Equity Associate

Financial Services

Princeton University, BA , 2013

Bill Seymour, 2012 Mentor Coach

AIG Chartis, Senior Underwriter

Executive Liability

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, BA , 2007

I became a Mentor Coach with the hopes of sharing my life experiences with Fellows and helping them achieve their goals. The limited interaction I have had so far with those involved with NYNY has me very excited to join and add value to a fantastic organization.

Blessed Dele-Michael, 2016 Mentor Coach

UBS, Compliance Officer

Financial Services

New York University, BA | Rutgers Law School, JD

Brandon Garrett, 2016 Mentor Coach

Paladin Healthcare Capital, Managing Director

Financial Services

Texas A&M University, BA | North Carolina State, MS | Louisiana State University Law School,

Brandon Lindsay, 2016 Mentor Coach

ADP, Analyst

Consulting & Professional Services

Vanderbilt University, BA

Brenen Palma, 2015 Mentor Coach

TowerBrook Capital Partners, Associate

Financial Services

The Ohio State University, BS , 2013

Brent Boyce, 2013 Mentor Coach

MR Beal & Company, Associate

Public Finance

Morehouse College, BA , 2002 | University of Pennsylvania, MBA , 2009

I know that my success has been the result of the hard work and prayers of others. People with a breadth of knowledge and experience looked back and helped guide me, and I believe it is my turn to pay it forward.

Brian Bai, 2016 Mentor Coach

Frontenac, Associate

Financial Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA

Brian Foster, 2012, 2015 Mentor Coach

Creditsights, Inc, Senior Credit Analyst

Financial Services

Johns Hopkins University, BS

Brian Gerrard, 2014 Mentor Coach

The Nielsen Company, Associate Consultant

The University of Virginia, BA , 2011

I am a New Jersey native who graduated from The University of Virginia with distinction in 2011. Upon graduation, I joined Teach for America and taught in Queens, NY. I am currently a consultant at The Nielsen Company working with clients to provide data and research based insights. I am excited to become a mentor coach because I understand the institutional inequities that make pursuing a career and happiness a tougher road for some than others and I want to challenge this model.

Brian Lee, 2013 Mentor Coach

Two Sigma, Associate

Private Investments Group

University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2010

I became a Mentor Coach with NYNY in order to help young and passionate individuals achieve their goals, both personally and professionally. NYNY offers a great platform that imparts many positive impacts on the lives of Fellows, and it gives me great pride to be a Mentor Coach.

Brianna Kaufman, 2016 Mentor Coach

Google, Analytical Linguist

STEM

New York University, BA | University of California, MA

Brianne Strom, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

Grant Thornton, Senior Accountant

West Chester University, BS , 2011

I have been blessed to have amazing mentors throughout life who have helped me become the person I am today. Every day I feel fortunate to have a career in accounting, which I feel extremely passionate about. I am excited to share the guidance that I received with others, hope to inspire others to reach their aspirations, and to help others obtain a job they feel passionate about.

Brigid Sullivan, 2013 Mentor Coach

Teach for America, Associate of Corps Member Finances

Admissions

California State University of Fullerton, BS , 2010

I am so excited to embark upon the Mentor Coach and Fellow journey. I have a diverse skill set of finance, education, and nonprofit work, and have lived in multiple cities across the nation. I am excited to share my perspective while working as a thought partner to set and achieve meaningful goals with my Fellow for their future.

Brittani Graves, 2016 Mentor Coach

American Express, Manager, Partnership Marketing Capabilities

Financial Services

University of California, Berkeley, BA

Brittany Sullivan, 2015 Mentor Coach

Scholastic, Publicist

Advertising & Public Relations

Boston University, BS , 2012

Brooke Epstein, 2012 Mentor Coach

Barclays, Analyst

Investment Banking

Emory University, BBA , 2010

I graduated from Emory University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Immediately after graduation I moved to New York and began as an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance group at Barclays where I have worked for the last 2 years. I have always been involved in recruitment and am excited to use skills to act as a Mentor Coach.

Bryan Kim, 2011 Mentor Coach

Invus, Director

Harvard University, BA , 2002

For me, the greatest appeal of NYNY is its ability to provide opportunities to people who truly deserve them. As proven by NYNY’s rigorous selection process, its Fellows are young adults who have already exceeded society’s, if not their own, expectations. I became a Mentor Coach because I want to ensure that the Fellows have the opportunity to realize their goals and achieve their career ambitions.

Bryan Li, 2016 Mentor Coach

State Senator Sam Thompson, Legislative Aide

Government

Rutgers University, BA

Buddy Njere, 2014 Mentor Coach

Bridgewater Associates, Tax and Regulatory Compliance

Finance

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2005 | Fairfield University, MS , 2012

I owe many of my achievements today to those who were kind enough to mentor me academically and professionally. I became a Mentor Coach because my goals and values align with the mission of the program, particularly the fight to empower ambitious, low-income college students to succeed in their respective academic and or career endeavors.

Caitlin Finnegan, 2012 Mentor Coach

PR Newswire, Account Manager

Georgetown University, BA , 2005

I am a PR practitioner and currently work as an Account Manager for PR Newswire. In the past I have held account management positions at agencies such as Edelman and Hill & Knowlton. I am a 2005 Georgetown University graduate and an active member of the Hoya alumni network. I enjoy mentoring students of all ages and backgrounds through my role as a Georgetown University Alumni Interviewer and am also an active participant in the Alumni Career Services network.

Caitlyn Fox, 2011 Mentor Coach

The Rockefeller Foundation, Strategy Associate

Strategy

Brown University, BA , 2007

Serving on NYNY’s Young Leadership Board, I’ve had an amazing experience getting to know our Fellows and am excited to take on the new role of Mentor Coach! I can leverage my experience at Rockefeller to advise Fellows interested in the non-profit sector and international development. Prior to Rockefeller, I worked in management consulting, so I hope to be helpful to those interested in consulting as well.

Cameron Jordan, 2016 Mentor Coach

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Associate

Law

University of Delaware, BA | University of Maryland School of Law, JD

Camille Braker, 2014 Mentor Coach

Felician College, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Hampton University, MBA , 2010 | Hampton University, BS , 2009

Throughout my academic and professional career I have been afforded the opportunity to have mentors assist me in accomplishing my goals. I know firsthand that navigating your way to your career can be stressful and scary for a college student. NJNY’s mission statement won me over immediately because it provides their Fellows with an opportunity to network with professionals such as myself who have been where they are trying to go. As an admissions counselor for a college in New York City, many students I work with are the first in their family to attend college and are seeking the guidance necessary to become successful in their chosen field of study. I learned from experience that support, mentorship and guidance are critical to every student’s success. My hope is to provide not only professional advice, but a sense of excitement during this crucial time. It is my delight that through NJNY I can give back to my community, just as my community gave to me.

Candace Greene, 2014 Mentor Coach

Chandler Chicco Agency,

Public Relations

Florida State University, BA , 2009 | Georgetown University, MS , 2012

My greatest mentors took the time to recognize and learn what fundamentally mattered to me, then offered professional and life advice based on that understanding. It’s important to me that I do the same, and NYNY struck me as a program that requires this of its Mentor Coaches and Fellows. I am thrilled for the opportunity to support the students in any way I can and cannot wait to witness all the amazing things the Fellows accomplish.

Candice Enriquez, 2014 Mentor Coach

Bridgewater Associates, Candidate Lead

Middlebury College, MA , 2013 | Baruch College, BA , 2009

I was motivated to join NJNY team because of my own experience as a first generation college student. I know what it feels like to navigate the college process with uncertainty. I am proud to be part of NJNY because they focus on teaching students how to not only succeed in school, but how to succeed in life by covering a range of skills for success. This is so important to me because I was able to secure an interview for my undergraduate internship by networking, a skill NJNY helps students develop. This internship later turned into a full time position after my undergraduate degree which allowed me to work and travel internationally with the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. I hope that by sharing my own experiences and lessons I can help other students achieve their own unique paths and opportunities. At the same time I am deeply appreciative to the NJNY team because I am growing more personally and professionally by being a Mentor Coach.

Carla Mancheno, 2016 Mentor Coach

Sheefa Pharmacy, Supervising Pharmacist

Healthcare

Rutgers University,

Carlos Cuevas, 2012 Mentor Coach

Urban Health Plan, Administrative Fellow

Executive Office

Columbia University, BA , 2005 | Columbia University, MPH and MPA , 2012

I was born in the South Bronx of New York City, but attended one of New York’s finest educational institutions for both my undergraduate and graduate studies. These experiences have given me a unique view of these different milieus in society. My educational, work and life experiences have prepared me to help foster the intellectual and social development of future leaders.

Carmel Paleski, 2011 Mentor Coach

Borough of Manhattan Community College, Director of Academic Affairs

Higher Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA , 1999 | Harvard University, Ed.M. , 2005

As a first-generation college student who later went on to earn her Master’s Degree from Harvard, I realize that obtaining a four year degree has the potential to change the life trajectory of young people. I’m deeply committed to supporting currently under-represented populations successfully graduate from college, particularly first generation students. This is why I am a Mentor Coach. My Fellow is interested in pursuing a career in chemistry education. I look forward to pulling my resources together to help her navigate her career path.

Carolina Incarnacao-Schirm, 2014 Mentor Coach

Gerson Lehrman Group, Business Development Associate

Sales

Florida State University, BA , 2007 | Nova Southeastern University, JD , 2010

I came to the U.S from Brazil when I was 14 and have worked hard to carve my own path to a fruitful career. I practiced law in Florida and New York for four years and recently decided to pursue a career in business. I want to share the lessons I learned along the way with my Fellow and hope to help them make the best choices academically and professionally.

Caroline Park, 2011 Mentor Coach

Hospital for Special Surgery, Clinical Research Coordinator

Princeton University, BA , 2011

I wanted to become a Mentor Coach because I believe strongly in the NYNY mission. I hope to provide my Fellow the same support and advice I have been fortunate to receive from my mentors. I look forward to helping my Fellow reach his personal and professional aspirations. I am truly excited to get the opportunity to meet and learn from an incredibly passionate and ambitious class of Fellows and Mentor Coaches.

Carolyn Trotman, 2016 Mentor Coach

Council on Foreign Relations, Human Resources Coordinator

Research & Public Policy

Bowdoin College, BA

Casey Rydin, 2016 Mentor Coach

American Campus Communities, Director of Transactions

Other

Texas A&M University, BA | Texas A&M University, MA

Catherine Mugeria, 2013 Mentor Coach

Federal Reserve Bank Of NY, Finance Supervisory Rotational Program

Finance

Depaul University, BS , 2005 | Cornell University, MBA , 2013

As a first-generation college graduate and an immigrant, I have faced some of the challenges many students face. I was fortunate to gain guidance and advice from mentors. Being a NYNY Mentor Coach will afford me the opportunity to pay the mentorship forward to help the Fellows achieve their career goals. I also believe the Fellows can benefit from some of the guidance that I could have used when I was picking schools and future companies and navigating through my career.

Catherine Wei, 2013 Mentor Coach

The Boston Consulting Group, Associate

University of Pennsylvania, BS and BA , 2012

The NJNY Fellows have all been such impressive individuals with big dreams ahead. I’m excited to be part of the NJNY family to help them continue growing and succeeding in the ways that matter most to them. Having good mentors has been so important to my development and the best I can do to thank them is to pay it forward.

Catherine Zhu, 2014 Mentor Coach

Logicworks, Technical Account Manager

Service Delivery Group

Harvard University, BA , 2011

I am very excited to become a Mentor Coach. The support of mentors was valuable in my professional and personal development, and I would love to be a resource and inspiration for others. I believe that my passion for developing talent paired with my wide experiences in the tech industry will make me a great resource for those who want to explore new and exciting career opportunities.

Cathy Sun, 2012 Mentor Coach

Foros, Analyst

Harvard University, AB , 2011

NYNY fellows are some of the brightest, most passionate, and ambitious college students I’ve ever met. It is an honor to share my experiences and thoughts with them, and I’m excited to be a part of their development, struggle, and eventual success in the next two years.

Cesar Gonzalez, 2011 Mentor Coach

Wexford Capital LP, Analyst

Metals and Mining

University of Southern California, BS , 2005

I became a Mentor Coach to help students that I feel are underserved by existing mentor programs.Through the NYNY program, I am making an impact on my Fellow’s life, but my Fellow is also making an impact on my life by inspiring me to work harder to continue to advance my own goals.The NYNY program is well structured and meaningful to both the Fellows and Mentor Coaches. I realize that I can contribute to the career development of the Fellows as I was once where they are and I am now where some of them want to be.

Chanel Alexander, 2014 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Analyst

Country Risk Management

Temple University, BA , 2011

Most of my academic and professional success can be attributed to lessons learned from mentors along the way. My mentors motivated me, helped me build my confidence and encouraged me to embrace new experiences and opportunities. Becoming a Mentor Coach for NYNY will allow me to provide this same guidance to my NYNY Fellow; drawing from both my experiences and network.

Charisma Cannon, 2016 Mentor Coach

ShoeHeals, Inc., Chief Executive Officer

Nonprofit

Columbia College Chicago, BA

Charles Bulinski, 2014 Mentor Coach

AQR Capital Management, Portfolio Manager Analyst

Global Stock Selection Portfolio Management

Ecole Centrale de Nantes, BS , 2010 | Ecole Centrale de Nantes, MS , 2011 | Columbia University, MS , 2012

Always aim for the Moon; even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars, one said. By sharing my experience and providing support and answers, I will help Fellows build the rocket that will propel them into space.

Charles Goodman, 2016 Mentor Coach

Ernst & Young, Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Miami University, BS

Charles Ross, 2015 Mentor Coach

H4B, Account Executive

Advertising & Public Relations

University of Virginia, BA , 2013

Charlie Feng, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

Taconic Capital, Analyst

Cornell University, BS , 2011

Like many of the other Mentor Coaches, I have been fortunate to have had great mentors throughout my life. When I found NYNY, it seemed to be the perfect opportunity to give back in a highly impactful way. I’m excited to be working alongside my class of Mentor Coaches and with a group of incredibly talented Fellows.

Charlie Samboy, 2013 Mentor Coach

New York City Economic Development Corporation, Assistant Vice President

Government and Community Relations

Hunter College, BA , 2007 | Hunter College, MS , 2012

Upon hearing about NYNY, I was immediately drawn to its mission and feel privileged to have been selected as a Mentor Coach. Born and raised in the South Bronx, I was once just like these Fellows. I lacked the resources and networks that more fortunate students had, and have had to overcome numerous obstacles to get to where I am. I have a passion for giving back and want to share the wisdom I’ve obtained through my experiences so that the Fellows too can one day share their success stories.

Charlie Samboy, 2013, 2015 Mentor Coach

New York City Economic Development Corporation, Assistant Vice President

Government

Hunter College, BA , 2010 | Hunter College, MS , 2012

Charlyn Okigbo, 2013 Mentor Coach

Saks Fifth Avenue, Marketing Manager

Marketing

University of Pennsylvania, BA , 2007

After serving as a Career Coach for about a year, I decided to become a Mentor Coach because I saw firsthand the impact this extremely impressive organization has on the lives of its Fellows. My goal in becoming a Mentor Coach is to build more meaningful relationships with Fellows, and help guide and mentor them as they achieve their goals.

Chelsea Crowder, 2016 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, analyst

Financial Services

Columbia University, BS

Chike Ohayia, 2016 Mentor Coach

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Business Support Manager

Financial Services

Columbia University, BA | Duke University, MA

Chine Mmegwa, 2013 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Analyst

Investment Banking

New York University, BS , 2011

As the daughter of two first-generation college students, I have seen firsthand the power that a good education provides. Education has been a huge driving force in my life, and it is important to me that young people today have the formal institutions that good education requires. But more importantly are the informal networks that help give our textbooks context. That’s where a program such as NYNY helps and I am excited to be a part of this great program.

Chong Lee, 2013 Mentor Coach

Neuberger Berman, Analyst

Global Client Coverage

Washington University, BA , 2010

I grew up in New York City as a first-generation immigrant and understand the challenges that our Fellows face. My own development could not have been possible without the mentors I met throughout the way. I’m here to help pave the right path for my Fellow, through successes and failures alike.

Choua Vang, 2016 Mentor Coach

Unilever, Associate Channel Marketing Manager

Consumer Goods & Retail

Central Michigan University, BS | Fordham University, MBA

Chow Huynh, 2016 Mentor Coach

Johnson & Johnson, Senior Financial Analyst

Healthcare

University of Minnesota, BS

Chris Dell'Amore, 2012 Mentor Coach

Societe Generale, Analyst

Natural Resources

Colgate University, BA , 2011

As a first-generation American and the first person in my family to graduate from college, I immediately identified with NYNY. I was fortunate enough to come across individuals who motivated me to succeed throughout my life. Through NYNY I intend on assisting the extremely bright and motivated Fellows in attaining their personal and professional goals.

Chris Peng, 2016 Mentor Coach

PNC, Analyst

Financial Services

Boston College, BA

Christian Buenafe, 2014 Mentor Coach

Guggenheim Securities, LLC, Analyst

Investment Banking

New York University, BS , 2011

I became a mentor because I have learned that a little bit of guidance can go a long way. I plan to leverage NYNY’s platform to provide that guidance to high-potential fellows, working with them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Christian Sarmiento, 2015 Mentor Coach

Morgan Stanley, Associate

Baruch College, BA

Christian Sosa, 2016 Mentor Coach

Hireology, Account Representative

Consulting & Professional Services

James Madison University, BA

Christin Drake, 2011 Mentor Coach

Christin Drake, M.D., Psychiatrist

Medicine

New York University, BA , 2002 | Columbia University, MD , 2006 | Cornell University, Psychiatry Residency/Chief Residency , 2011

Being a Mentor Coach with NYNY has been a wonderful experience thus far! I leave every workshop inspired by the Fellows’ ambition and heartened by their progress. As a psychiatrist and a mentor, I tend to believe in the particular importance of a personally supportive and confidence-building environment. NYNY has certainly succeeded in providing this for both Fellows and Mentor Coaches.

Christina Brown, 2012 Mentor Coach

Siren Public Relations, Social Media Specialist

University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2009

I joined New York Needs You because of my passion for supporting first-generation college students who want to succeed in the creative industries. As a first-generation business school graduate, I wasn’t always aware of my options and the ability to merge my passion with my career. I truly believe with proper guidance, anyone can achieve their optimal goal of being happy and successful in a career they love. They just need a helping hand.

Christina Bute, 2016 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Vice President

Financial Services

Howard University, BA

Christina Chao, 2016 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Marketing Analyst

Other

Emory University, BA

Christina Jordan, 2015 Mentor Coach

LEARN Charter School Network, Chief Talent Officer

Education

Cornell University, BS , 2005 | New York University, MS , 2011

Christina Maggio, 2016 Mentor Coach

Rutgers University, Director of Fiscal Affairs

Education

University of Phoenix, BA | Rutgers University, MBA

Christina Puglisi, 2012 Mentor Coach

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Financial Analyst

Clinical Research Division

University of Maryland, BA , 2006

My work experiences in both finance and healthcare have given me insight into how to succeed in fast-paced, evolving industries. I applied to be a Mentor Coach because I realize what a privilege it will be to use my experiences to support a Fellow through an exciting time in their lives. I am also excited by the opportunity NYNY provides to meet and build relationships with the talent which has been recruited in Mentor Coaches, volunteers, and staff.

Christina Wright, 2014 Mentor Coach

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Senior Manager

Florida A&M University, Pharm.D , 2011

I am so thankful for the opportunities I have had in my life. I attribute those opportunities to many great people. I am so thankful for those sponsors and mentors. I will not be where I am today without their belief in me. I cannot always thank those who helped me like I want; but I can pay it forward. I believe that with guidance and support anyone can do or be anything they wish. I have learned from mistakes and successes in my life but also in others. I am ready to get involved, be an open book, and help inspire!

Christine Ammirati, 2014 Mentor Coach

Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Physician Assistant

Intensive Care Unit

Touro College, BS , 2008

I became a Mentor Coach because I had the pleasure of meeting a few Fellows who really inspired me. I am honored to be involved in furthering the education and career of first-generation college students. I have been a physician assistant for almost 6 years and truly enjoy it. I understand the importance of mentorship and look forward to assisting Fellows interested in the healthcare industry.

Christine Chen, 2014 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Senior Associate

Risk (Wholesale Credit Risk Reporting)

Queen's University, BCOMM , 2007

Mentoring is such an integral part of our society, as it teaches us to be empathetic and humble, while learning from each other. I am deeply honored to be part of this program and I look forward to sharing my professional and personal experiences with others.

Christine Leach, 2010 Mentor Coach

BlackRock, Associate

Corporate Strategy

Duke University, BA , 2007

NYNY has introduced me to a fantastic community of bright, motivated and interesting people: Fellows, Mentor Coaches, Volunteers, and Staff. The experience has well exceeded my expectations!

Christopher Alexis, 2015 Mentor Coach

Bessemer Trust, Trading & Portfolio Associate

Financial Services

Northeastern University, BS , 2011

Christopher Cirone, 2015 Mentor Coach

TD Securities, VP Business Technology Risk Management

Financial Services

The College of New Jersey, BS | Stevens Institute of Technology, MS ,

Christopher Douge, 2015 Mentor Coach

Reis, Product Trainer

Financial Services

Christopher Harrison, 2013 Mentor Coach

Momentum Green, Investor Relations Associate

Loyola University of Maryland, BA , 2008

I want to be a Mentor Coach because I’ve seen the value they provide in guiding students in a difficult and confusing time. It took me a while to find my first mentor but once I did I saw an amazing difference in the quality of my work and home life. Also, I’ve lived abroad and I can share my experience of moving to a new place and trying to balance life and work. I have received a lot of guidance in the past and now I want to share my experiences and support my fellow in any way I can.

Christopher Hollyday, 2013 Mentor Coach

New Mountain Capital, Associate

Private Equity

Harvard University, BA , 2011

Mentors have played an important role in my life, and I have seen firsthand how their experiences and advice can make an impact. Volunteering at the NYNY workshops has shown me how bright and motivated all the Fellows are. I am excited to be a part of the Program, and to help the Fellows reach their potential and succeed in everything they hope to accomplish.

Christopher Maguire, 2014 Mentor Coach

Ernst and Young, Senior Consultant

Advisory

Lehigh University, BS , 2011

Having graduated from college not long ago, I understand the seemingly daunting transition from college to the working world. I decided to become an NYNY Mentor Coach to help others make this transition as seamless as possible. Over the next two years, I look forward to supporting my NYNY Fellow by sharing my own experiences while also learning and growing from this impressive group of NYNY Mentor Coaches and Fellows.

Christopher Polanco, 2015 Mentor Coach

McGraw-Hill Education, Loan Portfolio Analyst

Financial Services

Carnegie Mellon University, BA , 2008

Cindy Na, 2013 Mentor Coach

BlackRock, Leveraged Finance Investment Strategist

University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2012

One quote from the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series has stuck with me all this time: “You couldn’t erase the past. You couldn’t even change it. But sometimes life offered you the opportunity to put it right.” Call it luck, hard work, or determination – I was blessed with many opportunities to pursue my education and career goals. I decided to become a Mentor Coach because I want to help another young person with big dreams and ambitions land that same opportunity to put it right.

Cissy Zhang, 2016 Mentor Coach

Dowling Hales, Associate

Financial Services

Sewanee: The University of the South, BA

Clarence Banks, 2015 Mentor Coach

Prudential Financial, Finance Associate

Financial Services

Delaware State University, BS , 2014

Claud Montejano, 2016 Mentor Coach

Mitsui & Co., Director of Department of Administration

Other

Calumet College of St.Joseph, BA

Clayton Balko, 2016 Mentor Coach

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Financial Advisor

Financial Services

University of Illinois, BS

Cody Darwick, 2016 Mentor Coach

Magnitude Capital, LLC, Associate

Financial Services

Indiana University, BA

Cong Ding, 2014 Mentor Coach

Morgan Stanley, Analyst

Global Capital Markets

Duke University, BS , 2012

I became a Mentor Coach to provide Fellows with the same type of career guidance that I was fortunate enough to receive in college. I believe strongly that with hard work and mentorship, any student can achieve his or her career goals. As an analyst at Morgan Stanley, I hope to offer my professional experiences to anyone interested in learning about the financial services industry. I’m looking forward to working with a group of motivated and ambitious Fellows.

Constance Daglis, 2014 Mentor Coach

IBM, Marketing Manager

IBM Software Group

University of New Orleans, BA , 2002 | DeVry University, MBA , 2011

With a background in journalism and marketing, I began my career as a writer/editor and later pursued a career in marketing. My marketing experience includes digital, social, and events marketing. I became a Mentor Coach with NYNY because I want to share my experiences and lessons learned with college students who will encounter some of the same issues I faced in college. I want to inspire, motivate, and encourage Fellows to dream big, work hard, and exceed their goals.

Cori Stewart, 2016 Mentor Coach

NxtTeam, Inc., Associate Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Northern Illinois University, BS

Courtney Laster, 2015, 2016 Mentor Coach

The Walt Disney Company , Labor Relations Manager

Florida State University, BS , 2009 | Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD , 2014

Courtney Ramsay, 2014 Mentor Coach

Gucci, Account Executive

PR Consulting

Howard University, BBA , 2011

From my college acceptance to acquiring my first internship and ultimately my first job, the many goals I’ve accomplished in my life are helmed by the work of my mentors. It is for this reason that I find becoming a mentor myself the most effective and rewarding way to show my deepest gratitude. I believe in the importance of developing young professionals and know the NJNY program exemplifies that sentiment.

Cris Mercado, 2014 Mentor Coach

GrantAnswers LLC, Founder

City College of New York, BA , 2002 | John Jay College, MA , 2005

I have helped hundreds of low-income, first generation students go to college and earn over $1 million in grants/scholarships. I did the same for myself, making it all the way to Ph.D. study at CUNY debt-free; and I did it all as an undocumented immigrant. Recently, I created GrantAnswers LLC, a social enterprise that specializes in grants, scholarships and admissions. The synergies between NYNY & I are too powerful to ignore and so is the extraordinary potential of CUNY’s NYNY Fellows.

Cristina Iskander, 2016 Mentor Coach

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., HR Generalist

Nonprofit

Rhodes College, BA

Crystal Brotski, 2015 Mentor Coach

Walgreen Co., Project Manager, FACIS

Other

University of Central Florida, BS , 2005 | University of South Florida, MPA , 2009

Crystal Donkor, 2015 Mentor Coach

University of Massachusetts, PhD Candidate

Education

New York University, BA , 2006 | Lehman College, MA , 2008 | University of Massachusetts, PhD , 2015

Cynthia Gwaro, 2013 Mentor Coach

The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Facility Maintenance Specialist

Port Commerce

Rutgers University, BS , 2005 | Farleigh Dickinson University, MPA , 2011

My parents were foreign born and came to the United States as college students to help pave a way for my siblings and I. I saw how they sacrificed and how, no matter the circumstances, they were always willing to give to whomever needed help. They made sure we had the right foundation and that we knew college was the path we needed to take in order to succeed. I want to pass on that same knowledge and my own life experiences, and push a young bright mind to achieve to the best of their ability.

Cynthia Singer, 2016 Mentor Coach

Union County College, Emeritus Professor

Education

FDU, BS | Columbia University, MS | FDU, EdD

D'Juan Wilcher, 2016 Mentor Coach

US Navy, Naval Officer

Government

Indiana University, BA

Damien Power, 2015 Mentor Coach

Verizon, Senior Marketing Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Boston University, BS | University of Maryland, MBA

Dana Epsten, 2013 Mentor Coach

Raines International, Research Associate

Research

Colgate University, BA , 2011

I became a Mentor Coach because I feel there is great value in developing meaningful relationships with such an ambitious group of Fellows. Through my background in executive search, I have been exposed to many different industries and hope that my insights can add value to Fellows exploring different career paths. I have been fortunate enough to have many constructive mentors in my life, and I look forward to passing along what I have learned to help my Fellow succeed in college and beyond.

Daniel Asbaty, 2014 Mentor Coach

WithumSmith+Brown, Senior Accountant

Ramapo College, BA , 2011

Throughout my life, I’ve been blessed with great people that have played a vital role in my success. The opportunity to become a Mentor Coach would allow me to give that guidance to someone who really needs and deserves it. I cherish the opportunity and truly want to use my life experiences in the accounting and finance world to help better the life of an aspiring professional.

Daniel Esposito, 2013, 2015 Mentor Coach

RBC Capital Markets, Associate

Financial Services

Rutgers University, BS

Daniel Skaven Ruben, 2013 Mentor Coach

Royal Danish Consulate, New York, Deputy Head of Trade

Copenhagen Business School, BS , 2007 | Stockholm University, JD , 2009

I became a Mentor Coach for several reasons. I’ve benefitted immensely from guidance in my past, so joining NYNY is a small way to give back. As an immigrant to the U.S, I perhaps also share a similar background with some of the Fellows. Finally, I strongly believe in NYNY’s goal of connecting ambition with opportunity. In my current position at a diplomatic mission, I’m at the intersection of the public and private sectors. I hope my background and experiences will add value to the NYNY community.

Danielle Beer, 2016 Mentor Coach

Burson-Marsteller, Associate

Media

Michigan State University, BA

Danielle Jones, 2012 Mentor Coach

Parsons Brinckerhoff, Editor

Communications

Columbia University, BS , 2009 | University of Oxford, MSt , 2011

New York Needs You really blew me away with the passion and commitment of all the people involved. I became a Mentor Coach because of these people and because of the obvious impact they are making in the lives of their Fellows. As a writer and a Mentor Coach, I’m looking forward to spending the next two years teaching, guiding, and growing alongside my Fellow.

Danielle LeBeau, 2012 Mentor Coach

St. Jude Medical, Medical Device Sales Representative

Sales

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, BS , 2008

Throughout my life, I have sought advice from other professionals while striving to achieve my own career gorals. Now that I am finally at a point in my career where I can share my own unique experiences, triumphs and mistakes with others, I feel compelled to do so. I know how important it can be to have someone encourage you, guide you, and support you throughout your professional and personal development. I strongly believe in the principles behind NYNY and I am excited to play a role.

Darlene Roygulchareon, 2013 Mentor Coach

Google, Inc., Staffing Services Associate

Human Resources

Binghamton University, BA , 2010 | Columbia University, MA , 2012

I became a Mentor Coach because I believe in the NYNY mission. As a native New Yorker and daughter of immigrant parents, I witnessed firsthand what it is like to grow up in this city, among low-income students and families. I understand how hard it can be to go to college, graduate, and be successful. I am eager and excited to share my personal experiences and leverage my background in psychology and recruitment to help the Fellows.

Darryn Lee, 2012 Mentor Coach

BlackRock, Portfolio Analytics Analyst

Analytics

Temple University, BBA , 2011

Originally from Compton, CA, and the product of a single mother upbringing, I am able to resonate with many of the NYNY Fellows. Roles in a mentorship capacity not only broaden your sense of how you teach others, but also how you interpret varying circumstances. The Mentor Coach role within NYNY allows you to gain such exposure, and in turn, allows you to leave a lasting impact on a Fellow’s life. My experiences will allow me to engage my Fellow in a way that will strengthen their character.

David Beard, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

Citigroup, Senior Associate

Lehigh University, BS , 2011

I have been fortunate enough to have several mentors throughout my personal and professional journey, so joining NYNY is about ensuring that others receive that same support. I’m looking forward to helping Fellows expand their networks and pursue their goals, drawing from my own experience in financial services where possible.

David Bracken, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

Macy's Inc., Manager, HR Reinvent

New York University, BA , 2013

I decided to become a mentor after the interactions I had with current Fellows and Mentor Coaches. Hearing about NYNY’s commitment to growth and development from both of these perspectives is what excited me about applying and joining the program. Through my experiences in Human Resources, I have seen the impact that mentors have had on my career and those of my peers, and I am eager to provide that same mentorship that I received to my Fellow.

David Costello, 2015 Mentor Coach

Moet Hennessey USA, Business Analyst

Consumer Goods & Retail

Baruch College, BBA

David Hall, 2016 Mentor Coach

Google, Analytical Linguist

STEM

University of Utah, BA | University of Utah, MA | University of California-San Diego, PhD

David Li, 2014 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Analyst

Investment Banking

University of Pennsylvania, BS,BA , 2012

Through my personal experiences, I have come to highly value the impact of mentorship. I look forward to being able to connect with a Fellow and help them achieve their goals. I firmly believe the bridging of ambition and opportunity is critical to the success of all young people and I am excited to be part of that process as a Mentor Coach.

David Rattner, 2016 Mentor Coach

Capital Properties, Development Associate

Other

Binghamton University, BA

David Salant, 2011 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Analyst

Equity Derivatives Group

Columbia University, BA , 2010

I became a Mentor Coach to follow in the path of the mentors who selflessly helped shape my life and path. I hope to offer my experience in interviews, resumes, public speaking, and business writing, to learn more about my Fellow and myself, and to have fun doing it!

David Short, 2014 Mentor Coach

Oliver Wyman, Payments Analyst

Dartmouth College, BA , 2009

I’m excited to be involved with NYNY and help first-generation college students realize their ambitions. I look forward to sharing my experience in consulting and digital advertising research with the Fellows.

Deborah Boone, 2012 Mentor Coach

Deutsche Bank, Analyst

Asset Management

Hampton University, BS , 2010

Although I am not a New York City native, I am excited to have the opportunity to impact the life of a college student and mentor with New York Needs You. As a young professional working in financial services, I have benefited from mentorship and I am thrilled to help a Fellow cultivate her current skills and reach goals. Thus far, my experience with NYNY has been both motivational and inspirational and I am excited to be a part of the new Mentor Coach class.

Debra Kerr, 2011 Mentor Coach

Edelman, Account Supervisor

Change and Employee Engagement

University of Pennsylvania, BA , 2008

As a communications professional, I provide strategic counsel to senior executives, helping them articulate their vision, mission, and goals in a way that resonates across audiences. These skills enable me to provide Fellows with guidance and direction on how to bring their personal and professional stories to life in a meaningful way. I am excited to leverage my Edelman, Penn, and personal networks to help Fellows identify future internship opportunities and achieve their career ambitions.

Deena McKay, 2015 Mentor Coach

Discover Financial Services, Enterprise Architect

STEM

Canisius College, Masters of Science BA , 2009 | Loyola University of Chicago, MS , 2011

DeJuan Sullivan, 2016 Mentor Coach

NYU, Educational Technologist

Education

Central Michigan University, BA

Deneice McClary, 2015 Mentor Coach

Chicago Public Schools, Portfolio Manager

Education

Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Bachelors , 2005 | Loyola University of Chicago, MBA , 2005 | Masters in Education , 2016

Denis Nolasco, 2012 Mentor Coach

City University of New York, Student Affairs Specialist

Student Affairs

Baruch College, BA , 2008

As a first-generation college student, I understand how difficult it is to accomplish your academic and professional goals with little guidance. I want to be able to use my experience to help other students with their successful transition from college to the real world. I also believe that volunteering with New York Needs You will allow me to connect with young professionals who are committed to giving back.

Dennis Chin, 2015 Mentor Coach

EMI Music Publishing, Associate

Financial Services

Baruch College, BBA , 2013

Denocencia Wade, 2014 Mentor Coach

Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow,

University of Georgia, BBA , 2011

As a first-generation college graduate, I feel it is my personal obligation to help students who share a similar background succeed inside and outside the classroom. Though faced with many obstacles growing up in a single parent household, it was the encouragement and guidance from various mentors that motivated me to challenge myself and believe that no dream is too big. As an NYNY Mentor Coach, I hope to instill these same values within my Fellow and provide support throughout life’s journey.

Devin Thomas, 2011 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Investor

Endowments & Foundations Group

Brown University, BA , 2007

I became a Mentor Coach because I strongly believe in the mission of New York Needs You and the way that the organization is run. I’ve been the beneficiary of having a strong mentor in my own life and am excited for the opportunity to pay it forward.

Devyani Shenoy, 2015 Mentor Coach

Alliance Homecare, Marketing Coordinator & Social Media Manager

Healthcare

James Madison University, BS , 2013

Dhara Pandya, 2013, 2015 Mentor Coach

Pearson, Product Manager

Consulting & Professional Services

Mount Holyoke College, BA , 2009

Diana Baide, 2016 Mentor Coach

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Loan Officer

Nonprofit

Tufts University, BA

Dilruba Parveen, 2016 Mentor Coach

Citi, Investment Associate

Financial Services

Barnard College, BA

Dionicio Herrera, 2016 Mentor Coach

Siris Capital, Associate

Financial Services

University of Pennsylvania, BS

Dominique Sellers, 2013 Mentor Coach

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Senior Associate

Risk Assurance

Temple University, BBA , 2009

My personal and professional success has been in large part due to the coaching and guidance provided by active mentors in my life. I became a Mentor Coach to provide the same support for the Fellows. As first-generation college students, it is crucial that mentors encourage students to think and dream beyond college, and expose them to opportunities that come from a college graduation.

Doug Heckman, 2012 Mentor Coach

Responsys, Business Development

Olivet University, BA , 2006 | Denver University, MBA , 2010

I really love working with people, both in a professional aspect, but also in a mentoring relationship. Growing up, I had several peers who I was mentored by and the lasting advice and impressions they passed on to me was extremely beneficial.

Dupe Adegoke, 2016 Mentor Coach

Reed Smith LLP, Attorney

Law

University of Central Florida, BA | University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD

Durrell Mack, 2016 Mentor Coach

Columbia Business School, Student

Other

Middlebury College, BA | Columbia Business School, MBA

Dylan Kindler, 2016 Mentor Coach

Warby Parker, Retail Finance and Strategy Analyst

Consumer Goods & Retail

Colgate University, BA

E. Ashley Harris, 2011 Mentor Coach

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Associate

Brown University, BA , 2005 | Harvard University, JD , 2008

I applied to become a Mentor Coach after hearing about the impactful relationships between NYNY Mentor Coaches and Fellows. I enjoy being able to give back for the mentorship I have received throughout my life while sharing my own experiences with the Fellows. I also appreciate that NYNY provides an opportunity to meet and learn from a diverse and highly talented community of Fellows, Mentor Coaches, volunteers and staff.

Edgar Avalos, 2016 Mentor Coach

New York City Economic Development Corporation, Program Manager

Government

University of California, Davis, BA | Columbia University, MPA | Columbia University, MSW

Edward Santos, 2011 Mentor Coach

Neuberger Berman, Analyst

University of Michigan, BS , 2007 | Pace University, MS , 2009

As a former public school teacher in East Harlem, I observed daily the difficulties that students in low-income communities face. I know that support is needed to insure that every student is successful. My experience, ranging from magazine publishing to banking, gives me unique insight to help fellows think about their career choices. In supporting first-generation college students through NYNY, I am able to encourage students from low-income communities to believe that anything is possible.

Ehi Uwa, 2011 Mentor Coach

The Uwa Law Group P.C., Attorney

Business Law/Civil Litigation

New York University, BA , 2007 | Brooklyn Law School, JD , 2010

I have come to realize over time that I have gained as much knowledge from those I have mentored as they have from me. I believe mentoring is a mutually beneficial relationship. This is why I never discredit what I can learn from those who are younger or at earlier stages in their career development than myself. Sometimes mentoring someone going through your previous path can help shed light on why you have chosen that path in the first place.

Ehi Uwa, 2011, 2015 Mentor Coach

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Deputy Director

Law

New York University, BA | Brooklyn Law School, JD | Georgia State University, MPA

Ekta Patel, 2014 Mentor Coach

Citigroup, Business Development Associate

Investment Banking

University of Michigan, BS , 2011

I believe mentorship is a valuable source of encouragement and support. As an NYNY Mentor Coach, I hope to show students credible pathways to navigate their educational and career-driven endeavors. With a little bit of guidance, Fellows can find the road to success. Being a part of that experience is extremely satisfying; I would love to be that kind of inspiration and to know that I made a difference in someone’s life.

Elena Demireva, 2012 Mentor Coach

New York State Psychiatric Institute, Research Scientist

University of Toronto, HBSc , 2001 | Columbia University, MA , 2004 | Columbia University, PhD , 2009

What drew me to the NYNY organization was my personal experience with mentoring and my ability to relate to first-generation college students. I believe that Fellows that get accepted to the NYNY program are especially talented and the right mentorship can accelerate their professional development and help them realize their full potential. I have worked with many students interested in graduate or medical school, and I’m excited to assist an NYNY Fellow with forging her or his career path.

Eli Gordon, 2016 Mentor Coach

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Business Associate

Financial Services

Rutgers University, BS

Eliza Hanson, 2016 Mentor Coach

Barclays, Technology Analyst

Financial Services

Dartmouth College, BA

Elizabeth Anderson, 2015 Mentor Coach

Robert Half Legal, Recruiting Manager

Consulting & Professional Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS , 2013

Elizabeth Roldan, 2011 Mentor Coach

The Standard, Customer Service Specialist

SUNY Binghamton, BA , 2004 | Georgetown University, Coursework in International Affairs , 2007

I became a Mentor Coach because I have the ability to see people’s maximum potential and enjoy helping them achieve it. Throughout my life, I have been fortunate to have had mentors and now my experience has come full circle. I now have the privilege to mentor and coach others. My Fellow is interested in a career in environmental accounting. My Bachelor’s Degree in political science and graduate coursework in Corporate Responsibility allow me to challenge her in current political and economic affairs.

Elizabeth Varnum, 2014 Mentor Coach

Teach For America, Manager

Recruitment

University of Miami, BA , 2011 | University of Colorado, MA , 2013

After graduating from University of Miami, I joined Teach For America and taught 7th grade math at Place Bridge Academy in Denver, CO. I now work as the Mid-Atlantic Recruitment Manager for TFA. I joined NYNY because I feel that fighting for economic mobility for low-income college students is one of the main ways that our society will be able to see long term positive change and equal opportunity.

Elliot Feldman, 2011 Mentor Coach

Barclays, Equity Research Associate

Lehigh University, BS , 2009

Becoming an NYNY Mentor Coach has afforded me the opportunity to work with some of the most passionate and driven young college students in New York City. Though professionally I reside in the financial services industry, working as a healthcare industry analyst, along with my deep personal connections in the medical and research fields, will allow me to leverage these networks to guide my Fellow on his career path of scientific research.

Emaan England, 2013 Mentor Coach

A&E Networks- Lifetime, Partnerships Assistant

Ad Sales

Spelman College, BA , 2010

During my first experience with NYNY, it was evident that the staff had spent time and resources crafting meaningful experiences for the Fellows and the Mentor Coaches. I am so excited for the opportunity to impact this community! I have had mentors steer me along the way and encourage me to pursue my passions. Those early conversations continue to inspire me in the early stages of my career. I look forward to having those same encouraging conversations with my Fellow!

Emilio Zamora, 2014 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Financial Analyst

Securities Division

University of Texas at Austin, BBA , 2011

Mentors have played a significant role in helping me attain my career goals. I decided to join NYNY as a Mentor Coach to have a similar impact on the bright and ambitious fellows of the program. The fellowship is effective and incredibly rewarding. I look forward to helping NYNY meet its mission however I can.

Emily Graham, 2012 Mentor Coach

MWW Group, Vice President, Corporate Communications

Southern Methodist University, BA , 2007

In life everyone is called to a greater purpose. Some never realize their potential. Others find their special something, thrive, and then help others. With investment of time, hard work and a solid support system, anyone has the potential to be great. NYNY Fellows have already risen above the crowd to undertake a challenge that others before them haven’t. As a Mentor Coach, I want to help Fellows not only rise, but soar to their greatest heights by investing my time and energy in their success.

Emily Render, 2015 Mentor Coach

Catamount Search Partners, LLC, Director

Law

Northwestern University, BA , 2009 | , JD , 2012

Enice Reyes, 2015 Mentor Coach

Evanston/Skokie School District, TWI Kindergarten Teacher

Education

DePaul University, BA , 2007 | Quincy University, MS , 2012

Eric Hoffman, 2010 Mentor Coach

Centerbridge Partners, Associate

University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2008

The NYNY program is unique in that it harnesses the talents and experiences of young professionals to benefit motivated young people. I feel it provides the best venue to give my time and see a meaningful impact in another’s life and career. I’m grateful to the program for my experience and look forward to having the privilege of working with more talented students in the future.

Eric Lee, 2016 Mentor Coach

Ventas, Financial Analyst

Financial Services

University of Minnesota, BS

Eric McCarthy, 2016 Mentor Coach

Compass Point Research and Trading, LLC, Equity Research Associate

Financial Services

Queens University of Charlotte, BA

Erica Van, 2014 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Associate

Strategy Consulting

Barnard College, BA , 2011

Since I started Career Coaching with NYNY in 2013, every Fellow that I’ve worked with has inspired me not only with their personal and professional achievements, but also the challenges that they’ve overcome thus far. I am extremely excited to be part of such a strong community and look forward to sharing my knowledge, guidance and networks. I believe the gift of mentorship flows in both directions, and I am grateful for this opportunity to get involved and give back to the community.

Erik Howard George, 2014 Mentor Coach

The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Leadership Fellow

Human Resources

Concordia College-Moorhead, MN, BA , 2011 | New York University, MA , 2013

From attending college in the small town of Fargo-Moorhead to obtaining my Masters in Urban Planning from New York University, mentors have been a guiding force in my life personally, professionally, and academically. It is for this reason that I am excited to turn the tables and be a Mentor Coach with NYNY. With a burgeoning career in public service and a passion for urban development and sustainability, I am looking forward to nurturing tomorrow’s leaders for careers in public service.

Erin Donahue, 2016 Mentor Coach

AB (AllianceBernstein), Private Client Coordinator

Financial Services

Baruch College, BA

Erin Patten, 2010 Mentor Coach

Lord & Taylor, E-Commerce Merchandiser

Women's Apparel

University of Texas at Austin, BBA , 2007

I decided to join NYNY as a Mentor Coach because both of my parents are first-generation college students. I knew from their experiences how necessary on-going support, mentorship, and encouragement are to successfully earn a college degree and subsequently find the right career. Since joining the organization, I have not only formed close bonds with Fellows helping them to gain critical self-confidence, but also made lifelong friends with volunteers.

Erin Styles, 2015 Mentor Coach

Starcom MediaVest Group, Manager, Global Brand Marketing & Communications

Advertising & Public Relations

New York University, BS , 2010

Erinne Brown, 2016 Mentor Coach

Individual, Organizational Effectiveness Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

New York University, BA | University of Michigan, MBA

Ernesto Padron, 2011 Mentor Coach

New York City Economic Development Corporation, Assistant Vice President

Real Estate Transaction Services

Duke University, BA , 1999 | Columbia University, JD , 2002 | Columbia University, MS , 2006

As a first generation college student myself, I can appreciate the value New York Needs You adds to the Fellows’ college experience. NYNY provides the Fellows with highly applicable real world skills and insight. The workshops are fun, informative and very well structured. I look forward to building a relationship with my Fellow and watching him progress over the next two years.

Esther Li, 2016 Mentor Coach

Barclays, Analyst

Financial Services

Baruch College, BA

Esther Shin, 2015 Mentor Coach

Kline & Company, Management Consultant

Consulting and Professional Services

Indiana University, BS

Eugene Allen, 2016 Mentor Coach

Finnmax, Production Attorney

Law

Morehouse College, BA | Loyola Law School, JD

Eugene Tawiah, 2013 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Vice President

Asset Management Technology

Morehouse College, BS , 2003

I became a Mentor Coach after quite a bit of prodding from a good friend who is part of the management team at ANY. At each interaction with the program since, I’m reminded—being a first generation college graduate myself—of all the possibilities over my college years and how a unique program like this would have been transformative for me too. It is truly life changing in many ways, and each time a fellow makes a milestone it reinforces how important this program has been for all of us.

Eva Mancheno, 2013, 2015 Mentor Coach

Sheefa Pharmacy Health Wellness Center, Nutritionist/Health Wellness Coach

Healthcare

Kean University, BS , 2007 | New York Institute of Technology, MS , 2009

Evelyn Wong, 2016 Mentor Coach

TIAA-CREF, Business Analyst

Financial Services

SUNY at Buffalo, BS

Farah Khan, 2013 Mentor Coach

McCann Erickson, Associate Strategist

Strategy

University of Maryland, BS , 2006 | University of California, JD , 2009

I want to inspire others to their personal greatness. I truly believe that my destiny is made in my own hands and I’ve worked very hard to create relationships with mentors that can help guide me to accomplish my goals. Having friends and mentors that can encourage you along your path is what I believe makes a successful person. That is why I became a Mentor Coach. I want to share what I’ve learned and encourage others to be their best selves.

Farris Fakhoury, 2014 Mentor Coach

Kessler Insititute for Rehabilitation, Physical Therapist

UMDNJ, DPT , 2012 | Villanova University, BA , 2008

Being a first generation Jordanian-American, I am fortunate and blessed for the sacrifices my parents made for me to allow me to pursue what I loved. I feel compelled to pay it forward and help an individual who may not have the proper guidance or direction to pursue his/her dream. I am currently working as a physical therapist, which is a profession I love. There is so much this rewarding profession offers and my knowledge will hopefully guide an individual in the right direction.

Faullin Brannon, 2012 Mentor Coach

Financial Services,

Binghamton University, BA , 2010

The privilege of mentorship is profound, and necessary for the development of our youth. In the context of first-generation college students, as professionals we have a civic obligation to extend opportunities to underserved high potential individuals. I believe the NYNY movement will be infectious, in terms of demonstrating the societal benefit of providing opportunities to individuals from challenging backgrounds.

Federico Ruiz, 2015 Mentor Coach

EQT Partners, Private Equity Associate

Financial Services

University of Michigan, BA / BBA , 2013

Femi Faoye, 2013 Mentor Coach

Millennial Capital Management, Managing Director

Trinity College, BA , 2008

I have been incredibly blessed to have mentors and career sponsors that have provided and continue to provide incredible guidance in my professional career and entrepreneurial pursuits. Working on Wall Street and in the nonprofit field, I am acutely aware of the need for mentors for first-generation college students. I became a Mentor Coach to help guide the next generation to reach their potential and live their dreams.

Fitz Robertson, 2012 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Associate

Global Investment Managament

Hampden-Sydney College, BA , 2009

I became a Mentor Coach because I strongly believe in the mission of NYNY and the leadership of the organization. As the first in my family to go to college, I am extremely fortunate for my experiences and opportunities thus far. Due to immensely benefiting from my mentors’ perspectives and guidance, I realized the invaluable influence that a mentor can have on shaping meaningful growth in a young person’s life and I am excited about doing just that.

Fontasha Powell, 2015 Mentor Coach

Sodium Analyte Level Test (S.A.L.T), Founder/CEO

STEM

Duke University, BS , 2013 | Cornell University, PhD , 2017

Francesca Dayre, 2015 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Campus Recruiter

Financial Services

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, BSc , 2012

Franchesca Cifuentes, 2014 Mentor Coach

The Future Project, Newark Field Organizer

The New School for Public Engagement, MS , 2014 | Rutgers University, BA , 2007

My family took the bold move to come to the US from Ecuador. That difficult decision fundamentally defines who I am today. As the first person in my family to achieve my bachelors and my masters, as an immigrant, as a woman, as a Latina, I understand first-hand what it means to fight, fail, and persevere in order to reach your personal and professional goals. I attribute my success to those amazing people in my life who challenged, encouraged, and inspired me to be bigger and better. I joined NJNY for the opportunity to do the same for other talented and ambitious individuals embarking on their own personal journey to success. My mission is to be a resource and an ally, particularly to support and build up leadership among Latinos. NJNY provides that platform. I am honored and excited to be part of this growing community of leaders.

Francheska Vargas, 2015 Mentor Coach

Bridgewater Associates, Candidate Lead

Nonprofit

Allegheny College, BA , 2012

Francis Thumpasery, 2014 Mentor Coach

McKinsey & Company, Business Analyst

Harvard University, BA , 2013

I am excited to work with anyone interested in exploring different professional opportunities in business and finance, both in the US and abroad. I have worked in a range of areas, from consulting to finance to start ups in a variety of countries.

Franco Parico, 2016 Mentor Coach

Gett, Technical R&D Support Engineer

STEM

Villanova University, BS

Freda Zhuo, 2014 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Equity Research Analyst

University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2012

I am excited to work with anyone interested in exploring different professional opportunities in business and finance, both in the US and abroad. I have worked in a range of areas, from consulting to finance to start ups in a variety of countries. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or thoughts!

Frednise Saint-Amour, 2015 Mentor Coach

AT&T, Area Retail Sales Manager

STEM

Gabrielle Vázquez, 2013 Mentor Coach

Thompson Hine LLP, Associate

Business Litigation

Princeton University, BA , 2004 | Fordham University, JD , 2007

I am a New York litigator with six years of experience, including a year and a half working for a District Court Judge in the Southern District of New York. I grew up in Puerto Rico, and attended Princeton University and Fordham Law School. Having gone through challenging educational and professional transitions in the past 10 years, I am looking forward to helping others get through it all triumphantly. I’ve been working with NYNY for the past two years and look forward to being a Mentor Coach.

Gamal Ahmed, 2016 Mentor Coach

Bloomingdales, Assistant Buyer

Consumer Goods & Retail

St. John's University, BA

Garry Thaniel, 2012, 2015 Mentor Coach

Macy's, Director of Customer Strategy & Intelligence

Consumer Goods & Retail

Bucknell University, BS | Harvard Business School , MBA

Gena Upshaw, 2016 Mentor Coach

Macquarie Group, Program Associate

Other

Johns Hopkins University, BA

Genaira Tyce, 2012 Mentor Coach

National Labor Relations Board, Board Attorney

Region 29

Hampton University, BA , 2006 | Duke University, JD , 2009

I became a Mentor Coach because of the wonderful mission NYNY supports and the infectious atmosphere created by the Fellows, Mentor Coaches, and staff. At each workshop, event, and fundraiser, the passion with which Fellows seek knowledge, and Mentor Coaches and staff provide guidance and nurture dreams, is palpable. I am thrilled I can participate in such a worthy cause, and I look forward to seeing the remarkable inroads the Fellows make in their careers. They are simply inspirational.

Geraldine Aine, 2012 Mentor Coach

Liberty Mutual, Counsel

Legal Department

Trinity College, BA , 2002 | University of Connecticut, JD , 2005

As a first generation college graduate and the child of immigrant parents, I have faced some of the challenges and issues Fellows may experience. For this reason, and more, I decided to provide the guidance that I could have used when I was going through school. As a member of the NYNY family, I am surrounded by people who are committed to helping individuals grow personally and professionally. Such an environment motivates me to give back even more!

Gilbertson Cuffy, 2012 Mentor Coach

Reckitt Benckiser, Innovation Brand Manager - Finish Detergents

Marketing

University of Miami, BA , 2002 | Nova Southeastern University, MBA , 2004

I believe that mentorship bridges the divide between lack and access. Mentorship, as I have seen it, truly creates opportunities for those who, by normal circumstances, may not have had them. It has truly been a catalyst towards accelerated career advancement and extending educational pursuits. I’d only wish that I too had programs like NYNY growing up. It is staggering to imagine how much further in my career I could have been and if not then how many pitfalls I could have avoided along the way.

Girmay Zahilay, 2015 Mentor Coach

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Associate

Law

Stanford University, BS , 2009 | University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD , 2014

Grace Gui, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

Rosetta Consulting, Associate Consultant

University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2011

From Australia to the Midwest to Penn to New York, I’ve gained experiences and learned lessons along the way. I’ve also learned that success is not a destination but a concept – more importantly, a determination to improve oneself each and every day. I was inspired to join NYNY through conversations with NYNY Mentor Coaches and the knowledge that I would be able to help Fellows define their own concept of success and help them reach their fullest potential.

Graham Carney, 2015 Mentor Coach

BlackRock, Inc., Domain Expert

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

Columbia University, BA , 2011

Grant Klinzman, 2015 Mentor Coach

Chicago Mayor's Office , Economic Development Advisor

Government

Arizona State University, BA

Hannah Seoh, 2014 Mentor Coach

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Cure Violence Evaluator

Injury Prevention Program

University of Cincinnati, BA , 2003 | Ohio State University, MPH/MS , 2008

Looking back, there have been many important mentors in my life, and I have been incredibly lucky to have known them. I realize that today’s young people are met with even more challenges and decisions to make, and I want to be there to help them as my mentors have for me.

Hannah Stoudemire, 2015 Mentor Coach

GOTI International Foundation, Founder/CEO

Nonprofit

Harrison Grubb, 2015 Mentor Coach

PPG Industries, Project Cost Accountant

Financial Services

Juniata College, BA , 2012

Harrison King, 2011, 2015 Mentor Coach

Cline Davis & Mann,

Advertising & Public Relations

Elon University, BA

Harya Tarekegn, 2015 Mentor Coach

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Associate

Law

Stanford University, BA , 2009 | New York University, JD , 2013

Helen Pan, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach

Barclays, Associate

Equity Research

Harvard University, BA , 2008

I joined NYNY as a Mentor Coach in the hopes of sharing my own experiences as a first generation college student with others. I have been able to do more than this – through NYNY, I have been inspired by the experiences of others, including my Fellow. I have received far more from this program than I ever thought I would and am truly happy to be part of NYNY.

Helen-Margaret Nasser, 2014 Mentor Coach

CUNY Kingsborough CC, Associate Director

Honors Program

McGill University, BA , 2008 | City University of New York, MA , 2014

I am so thrilled to be able to serve as a Mentor Coach for NYNY. College can be a difficult transition time for students; I know it was for me. Along the way I met mentors who helped me. They never told me what to do, but rather listened and helped me think through options. I will be forever grateful to those people, many who are still in my life. I am at a point in my life where I can provide the same guidance. I’m eager to share my experiences so that we may all learn and grow together.

Henry Montas, 2016 Mentor Coach

Accenture, Consulting Analyst

Consulting & Professional Services

University of Massachusetts at Boston, BS

Hersh Gupta, 2014 Mentor Coach

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Associate

Health Industries Advisory

University of Richmond, BS , 2009 | Emory University, MPH , 2013

I became an NYNY Mentor Coach to help guide students through the complicated process of starting their careers. I came to the United States as an international student and since then have obtained two degrees and worked in a number of fields, including healthcare, research and consulting. I believe I can use the experiences I have gained to help provide NYNY Fellows with the tools and resources they need to be successful.

Hillary Wool, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach

Teach For America, Manager, Recruitment

Education Management

Dartmouth College, BA , 2009 | Fordham University, MS , 2011

For the past few years, I’ve enjoyed cultivating the skill sets and mindsets of talented young adults–first, as a high school history teacher in the Bronx, and now as a recruitment manager with Teach For America. So, I am especially excited to serve as a mentor with an organization committed to developing many emerging leaders in our community. I’m happy to share with Fellows perspectives from my diverse professional experiences in education, journalism, marketing consulting, and finance.

Hussam Harb, 2015 Mentor Coach

Transactis, Inc., Relationship Manager

Financial Services

Rutgers University, BA , 2005

Ian Balmaseda, 2015 Mentor Coach

Siris Capital, Associate

Financial Services

Georgia Institute of Technology, BS , 2011

Ian Hunter, 2013 Mentor Coach

Sumitomo Mitsui Bank, Assistant Vice President

Real Estate Finance

Southern Methodist University, BA , 2000 | New York University, MBA , 2007

I have worked in finance since completing my MBA at NYU. I covered structured finance at a rating agency and then spent several years in equity research at investment banks. I currently work as a lender to corporations at a commercial bank. I joined NYNY in order to pass on the encouragement and carefully selected advice which I received from a few key mentors during my early development, and to share the strategies that I’ve used to overcome obstacles in my career.

Ilana Gromis, 2015 Mentor Coach

Bridgewater Associates, Candidate Lead

Financial Services

University of Pennsylvania, BA , 2011 | University of Pennsylvania, MS , 2013

Imafidon Edomwonyi, 2015 Mentor Coach

AllianceBernstein, Fixed Income Associate

Financial Services

Syracuse University, BA , 2013

Inez Daniels, 2014 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Sales Analyst

Asset Management

Spelman College, BA , 2012

As a Career Coach, I have witnessed the power of NYNY and knew that this was an organization where I could both gain and add value. I am very excited about the opportunity to move from a Career Coach to a Mentor Coach and help my Fellow enhance their academic skills, while cultivating their professional goals. I’ve had mentors guide me along the way and encourage me to pursue my passions, and I know that NYNY is the place for me to do the same.

Iolani Lightbourne, 2011 Mentor Coach

Morgan Stanley, Diversity Campus Recruiter

New York University, BA , 2008

As a recruiter in the financial services industry, I am able to use my background in coaching college students to help my Fellow effectively articulate and ultimately realize her career ambitions. By drawing upon a variety of experiences such as being a part of an analyst rotational program at Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital, performing in a dance company, and college internships in advertising and law, I hope to build her self-confidence and help my Fellow reach her maximum potential.

Irene Crocker, 2013 Mentor Coach

Tommy Hilfiger, International Licensing

International Merchandiser

University of Texas at Austin, BBA , 2009

I joined NYNY to be a part of a strong, positive community where I can contribute from my own personal and professional experience. Through the help of mentors, I was able to move to New York from Texas and make a career change into the fashion industry. I am excited to join class of 2013 and learn more about all the Fellows and Mentor Coaches.

Iris Billy, 2015 Mentor Coach

Medgar Evers College, Adjunct Lecturer

Education

Mercy College, BS , 2006 | Mercy College, MS , 2007 |

Isaac Reyes, 2014 Mentor Coach

The Care Management Co. for Montefiore Medical Center, Project Associate

Princeton University, AB , 2012

I chose to become a Mentor Coach because I have experienced the positive effects of formal mentorship on my own career development and I have seen my mentorship help others to believe in themselves and take advantage of resources in their communities. When I returned to my native New Jersey area and was looking for new mentoring communities and opportunities, I was thrilled to learn about New Jersey Needs You. The programming is extremely relevant to professional development and everyone involved in New Jersey Needs You from Staff, to Fellows, to Mentor Coaches could not be more inspiring and fun to spend time with. I am very happy to join the 2014 class of Mentor Coaches and work with such an amazing group of people.

Isabel Gonzalez, 2010 Mentor Coach

The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Manager, Airport Business and Property Development

Aviation Infrastructure

Arizona State University, BA , 2000 | Columbia University, MPA , 2007

When I look back at my educational and early professional trajectory, I attribute my accomplishments to some hard work and a lot of luck. As a first-generation American and college student, it made all the difference to come across the right people and programs at the right time. As an NYNY Mentor Coach, I have become a formal part of the support system the outstanding NYNY Fellows will need to succeed through college and beyond.

Isamar Batista, 2016 Mentor Coach

ShoeDazzle, Director of CRM Marketing

Consumer Goods & Retail

Baruch College, BA

Ivan Garcia, 2015 Mentor Coach

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Experienced Associate

Consulting & Professional Services

Loyola University of Chicago, BBA , 2014

J Regalado, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

Barclays, Business Development

Sales and Trading

University of Michigan, BBA , 2011

Having trained many undergraduate students, I understand where students sometimes struggle, especially in strategic thinking. I can help facilitate a student’s personal and professional growth by sharing knowledge I have learned through years of experience. I will help challenge my Fellow to think in new and different ways.

Jackie Do, 2012 Mentor Coach

Yodle, Analyst

Marketing Operations

Stanford University, BA , 2010

I became a Mentor Coach to remind all Fellows that this world is full of opportunity. I am here to connect people, support my Fellow through prosperous and difficult times, and help plan a path to reach his/her big dream. Throughout this two-year process, I’m excited to see my relationship with my Fellow grow in ways we could never expect.

Jackie Francois, 2012 Mentor Coach

MetroPlus Health Plan, Assistant Director

Corporate Affairs

Stony Brook University, BA , 2000

I decided to be a Mentor Coach because I understand, firsthand, the challenges of being a first-generation college graduate. I have observed New York Needs You to be an excellent venue for first-generation college students to learn great tips on suceeding during and after college. In hindsight, had I had a Mentor Coach I could relate to, I would have better handled a lot of obstacles and challenges during my undergraduate years.

Jackie Symons, 2016 Mentor Coach

MediaBrix Inc., Account Manager

Media

New York University, BS

Jacob Enslin, 2015 Mentor Coach

BMO Harris Bank, N.A., Financial Analyst

Financial Services

Marquette University, BS , 2013

Jacqueline Jackson, 2012 Mentor Coach

Ralph Lauren, Director of Planning for Footwear and Accessories

Lauren Accessories

Pennsylvania State University, BA , 2002

I became a mentor to inspire and to be inspired. I’ve made choices at pivotal points in my college years and beyond that have resulted in a gratifying job and an enjoyable life. Because of my experience, I can offer guidance, support, and encouragement. It is awesome to witness talented young adults on the road to achievement. The Mentor Coach/Fellow relationship is indeed mutually beneficial.

Jade Auzenne, 2012 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Credit Analyst

Private Bank

Emory University, BBA , 2010

Volunteering with NYNY over the past few months has been a tremendously rewarding experience, and I am excited to continue this year as a 2012 Mentor Coach. I attribute many of my accomplishments to the guidance that I’ve received in the past from mentors in my life. It is an honor to be able to pass on that guidance as a Mentor Coach and help the Fellows to achieve their goals.

Jai Kim, 2016 Mentor Coach

Accretive LLC, Vice President

Financial Services

George Washington University, BA

Jaime Willis, 2015 Mentor Coach

Perkins Coie LLP, Associate

Law

Scripps College, BA , 2007 | The University of Chicago Law School, JD , 2013

Jamaal McDell, 2013 Mentor Coach

Lubben Capital Management, Commodities Analyst/Trader

Princeton University, BS , 2001 | Harvard University, MA , 2005

My decision to join NJNY was motivated by my experiences as a first generation college student. I was fortunate to have hadstrong mentors who helpedinform my decision-making and in turnwanted to be actively involved inempowering students facing similar career decisions.NJNY’smission resonated with me and struck me as a great way to get involved. Serving as a Mentor Coach has allowed me to not onlythink creativelyabout questions posed by students, but also to network with professionals from a range of industries and participate in professional development workshops.

James Lo, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

Google, Product Technology Manager

University of Virginia, BA , 2010

What drew me to NYNY was the opportunity to make a discernible and very real impact in peoples’ lives. As a New York City native and a product of its public school system, I had many helping hands along the way. Now, I work as a consultant and am looking to give back to my community, particularly through skills based volunteering. It is my hope that my professional experience will help me open opportunities for others.

Jamieson Gray, 2015 Mentor Coach

Ernst & Young, Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS Accountancy; BS Finance , 2013

Janaye Walker, 2012, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Financial Anaylst

Financial Services

Spelman College, BA

Jane Lauterback, 2016 Mentor Coach

The Purposeworks, Founder & Managing Partner

Consulting & Professional Services

Boston University, BS

Jared Columbo, 2016 Mentor Coach

ITG, Algorithmic Specialist

Financial Services

New York University, BS

Jared Davis, 2015 Mentor Coach

AppNexus, Engagement Manager

STEM

Jasmine Georges, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach

New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, Assistant Corporation Counsel

Duke University, BA , 2004 | Fordham University, JD , 2007

I became a Mentor Coach because I know the value of having guidance in setting and achieving goals, and I felt it was my turn to give back what I have received. As a Mentor Coach, I have learned from the insights of the Fellows and it is enriching to know that I am helping to guide someone towards achieving her career goals. I encourage other professionals to become Mentor Coachesbecause you will learn things about yourself in the process and grow in your own career as well.

Jasmine Martin, 2015 Mentor Coach

Ernst & Young, Experience Management

Consulting & Professional Services

Trinity University (TX), BS , 2010 | New York University, MA , 2013

Jasmine Wade, 2015 Mentor Coach

Bronx County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney

Government

University of Virginia, BA , 2006 | The University of Virginia School of Law, JD , 2013

Jason Cantor, 2016 Mentor Coach

NFL, Coordinator

Arts & Entertainment

The College of New Jersey, BS

Jason Kantwerg, 2015 Mentor Coach

Anchorage Capital Group, Associate

Financial Services

BComm BA , 2013

Jason Mercer, 2015 Mentor Coach

Treehouse Foods, Director, Category & Customer Strategy

Consumer Goods & Retail

Morehouse College, BA , 2005 | Stanford University, MBA , 2011

Jason Perlroth, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

Sutton Place Strategies, Director

Quinnipiac University, BS , 2005

I admire the Fellows’ desire to further their career prospects and their drive to succeed. Recognizing that they want greater exposure to the higher education system and their career beyond takes maturity, courage and ambition–traits to which all should aspire. Giving back is a meaningful part of my life, and becoming a Mentor Coach is a wonderful way to marry this passion with the Fellows’ needs.

Jason Price, 2011 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Equity Research Associate

Consumer & Retail

University of Southern California, BS , 2010

The role of Mentor Coach has made me aware of my unique position to share my experiences and help influence meaningful growth in the live of a student with similar aspirations to my own. The program helps you realize how providing opportunity and perspective can dramatically change the course of a young person’s life; we are the catalysts to move our Fellows beyond past difficulties and hardships and to realize their full potential.

Jason Pyke, 2013 Mentor Coach

Columbia University, Student

Columbia Law School

Howard University, BS , 2008 | Columbia University, JD , 2014

As a first-generation college student, the product of a low-income household, and an immigrant from Trinidad & Tobago, I share background experiences with many of the Fellows. I joined NYNY as a Mentor Coach because I know how important it is to have a support system and network to rely on, and I have benefitted from similar programs in the past. I believe it is my duty and responsibility to pay it forward.

Jason Wang, 2015 Mentor Coach

Citi, Associate Banker

Financial Services

Baruch College, Bachelor of Business Adminstration BA , 2010

Javed Jussa, 2013 Mentor Coach

Deutsche Bank, Quantitative Equity Strategist

Equities

University of British Columbia, B.A.Sc. , 1999 | University of Western Ontario, MBA , 2005

Having never had a mentor, I was unaware of all the opportunities available to me upon graduation and thereafter. As a NYNY Mentor Coach, I hope to enable Fellows to reach their potential by educating them about career and life skills that they can develop and pursue. A career in quantitative finance, technology, and management consulting has allowed me to indulge in a jungle gym of industries, experiences, and adventures which I can share and leverage to help guide Fellows on the multitude of opportunities available to them.

Jay Gormley, 2011 Mentor Coach

MJHS, Vice President of Planning, Research and Innovation

Health Plans, Hospice, Home Care, Housing and Nursing Homes

Hamilton College, BA , 2001 | Sage Graduate School, Masters of Health Service Administration , 2005

I began as a volunteer last fall and am excited about continuing this year as a 2011 Mentor Coach. Working with NYNY is a wonderful way to give back. I use my contacts as the VP of Planning for MJHS, one of the largest not-for-profit integrated health systems in NY, to expose Fellows to the health care field. MJHS is dedicated to “caring every minute, every day” and involvement with NYNY gives me an opportunity to continue this mission in my personal time—putting my core values into action.

Jay Trewn, 2016 Mentor Coach

HealthScape Advisors LLC, Senior Consultant

Healthcare

Indiana University, BS

Jayson Canady, 2016 Mentor Coach

Hyatt Hotels, Director, Global Payments Strategy

Other

Purdue University, BS

Jenina Soto, 2013 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Senior Financial Analyst

Financial Reporting

Boston University, BS , 2010

As someone who has moved around growing up (California, Arkansas, Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and finally New York!), I constantly needed help adjusting to my environment and figuring out where I wanted to take my life. I appreciate all the friends and family who have become stable role models in my life, and I know that I can fulfill a similar role through NYNY. The network, resources, and experiences that are available to the Fellows will lead them to success.

Jenn Chu, 2012 Mentor Coach

Bloomingdale's, Associate Planner

Handbags - Bloomingdales.com

Columbia University, BS , 2004 | University of Pennsylvania, MBA , 2010

After graduating college, I worked in investment banking and was able to make the career switch to retail merchandising. I became a Mentor Coach because I want to help others find the right career path, and understand that there are always other options to pursue. I have also received a lot of guidance from mentors in my life, and would love to do the same for someone else.

Jennienne Burke, 2012 Mentor Coach

Family Centers Inc., Community Health Educator

Care to Care

SUNY at Buffalo, BS , 1986 | New York University, MPH , 2001

I became a Mentor Coach because a mentor taught me that a career is not always planned but with the right support and opportunity, steps to a successful career can be created. It’s about developing resourcefulness and accepting each experience as a lesson. I take great pride in reaching back to guide and encourage others to create their stepping stones. I hope to encourage Fellows to explore STEM careers and community advocacy.

Jennifer Finkel, 2015 Mentor Coach

A Finkl & Sons, Senior Accountant

Other

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA , 2003

Jennifer Werbitsky, 2015 Mentor Coach

Crestview Partners, Associate

Financial Services

Cornell University, BS , 2013

Jeremy Intal, 2014 Mentor Coach

Pearson, Product Marketing Manager

Higher Education Marketing

Northwestern University, BA , 2011

As the first in my family to go to college, I know how difficult it can be to venture into uncharted waters. NYNY provides the guidance needed to navigate those waters. From the minute I set foot at an NYNY event, the community’s impact was palpable. I joined NYNY with with intent to pay forward what my own mentors, from my undergraduate institution and both the tech and education sectors, have gifted to me: an opportunity to succeed through community, preparation, and persistence.

Jerome Joseph, 2013, 2015 Mentor Coach

Teach For America, Associate

Nonprofit

Howard University, BS , 2010

Jess Jennings, 2012 Mentor Coach

Edelman, Assistant Account Executive

Columbia University, BA , 2010

As a recent college graduate, I understand the complexities and difficulties that students face when entering today’s job market. I’ve experienced the frustrations of feeling that I had so much potential, but lacked the network I needed to enter my industry of interest. I look forward to the opportunity to share the network that I have built with my Fellow while continuing to make long-lasting career connections with my peers in the 2012 Mentor Coach class.

Jessica DeOliveira, 2016 Mentor Coach

Raines International Inc., Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

New York University, BA | New York University, MA

Jessica Fotsch, 2012, 2015 Mentor Coach

Hudson's Bay Company, DVP, Business Planning, Owned Brands

Consumer Goods & Retail

Rutgers University, BS | Harvard University, MBA

Jessica O'Neal, 2012 Mentor Coach

Red Rabbit, Client Services and Communications Coordinator

Client Services

University of Georgia, BA , 2009

Figuring out your place in the world is never an easy task. It involves many successes and failures as well as being able to accept your decisions. I became a Mentor Coach to provide someone with the support that I have always had—encouragement and understanding wherever life may lead.

Jessica Perez, 2015 Mentor Coach

LaGuardia Community College, Director

Education

Binghamton University, BA , 2004 | Metropolitan College of NY, MPA , 2008

Jessica Williams, 2015 Mentor Coach

Sears Holding Co., Product Manager

Financial Services

Spelman College, BA , 2007 | Duke University, MBA , 2013

Jessica Wong, 2016 Mentor Coach

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Quality Control Associate

STEM

University of California, Davis, BA

Ji Ming Zhang, 2015 Mentor Coach

KPMG, Senior Associate

Financial Services

Rutgers University, BS

Jianchen Zhang, 2015 Mentor Coach

KPMG, Advisory Associate

Financial Services

Capital University of Economics and Business, BA , 2012 | New York University, MS , 2014

Jihan Thompson, 2011 Mentor Coach

O Magazine, Health Editor

University of Pennsylvania, BA , 2007

I became a Mentor Coach because I wanted to help Fellows achieve their career aspirations, and I found that the program’s mission allows Fellows to create a solid foundation that will make them stronger candidates for jobs upon graduation. I believe that my background in publishing, working at Glamour and Marie Claire prior to joining Redbook, will allow me to help a Fellow reach his or her career goals in the publishing industry.

Jillian Colbert, 2014 Mentor Coach

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Associate

Corporate Law

George Washington University, BBA , 2008 | Columbia University, JD , 2013

I am passionate about supporting Fellows who wish to thrive and succeed. I joined NYNY to guide Fellows through the process of making educational and career decisions. After graduating college, I worked in investment banking and am now a practicing lawyer. My career path and professional experience has prepared me to provide Fellows with the necessary tools to achieve career success .

Jinhee Joe, 2016 Mentor Coach

Josh Wood Productions, Business Relationship Manager

Arts & Entertainment

Middlebury College, BA

Jocelyn Shields, 2012 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Associate

Investment Banking

University of Michigan, BBA , 2001 | University of Maryland, JD , 2008 | Cornell University, MBA , 2010

As a first-generation college and graduate school student, I attribute the success in my career to the invaluable guidance and advice of so many that have supported me along my career path. Being a NYNY Mentor Coach affords me the opportunity to pay the mentorship forward and share my experiences in business and law to help the Fellows achieve their career goals. I am excited about being able to further NYNY’s mission and provide my Fellow with the resources to reach their aspirations.

Joel Vargas, 2011 Mentor Coach

Random House, Project Analyst

Project Management / Consulting

Yale University, BA , 2008

I became a Mentor Coach for New York Needs You, because I wanted to help the organization continue to develop a strong support network for New York college students looking to enter the professional workforce. Having been raised in the Bronx and having gone through similar programs in the past, I understand the importance of this experience to the Fellows and I want to contribute my time and effort tohelp them achieve their goals.

Johanna Duran, 2015 Mentor Coach

USMA Clinical Research,

STEM

Union County College, Associates , 2008

John LaRose, 2015 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Analyst

Financial Services

Michigan State University, BA , 2014

John Lau, 2015 Mentor Coach

Macquarie Group, Vice President

Financial Services

Queensland University of Technology, B.Eng. | Queensland University of Technology, MS

John Li, 2016 Mentor Coach

Enova, Sr Associate

Financial Services

Georgia Institute of Technology, BS | Duke University, MBA

Jon McKenzie, 2010 Mentor Coach

Entrepreneur,

Georgetown University, BS , 2006

The fellowship class to me represents New York. The diversity, the drive – it’s refreshing. I remember being in their shoes at one point. Resume blank, no specific skills or experience to offer, except an ability and desire to learn. NYNY addresses this challenge by providing the Fellows with an audience to display their ability and an opportunity for them to earn a seat in the field of their choice. This is what makes NYNY a special organization to be a part for me.

Jonathan Bacon, 2016 Mentor Coach

United Airlines, Sr Financial Analyst

Other

Morehouse College, BA | University of Chicago, MBA

Jonathan Buckner, 2015 Mentor Coach

Cook County, Legislative

Government

Georgia Southern University, BA , 2006 | University of Tennessee, JD , 2009

Jonathan Reyes, 2015 Mentor Coach

Harrison Street, AVP

Financial Services

Texas A&M University, BA

Jonathan Wang, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

BlueMountain Capital Management, Investment Professional

Princeton University, BSE , 2012

I wanted to become a Mentor Coach to help bright and ambitious individuals realize their potential. Giving back to the community and helping others has always been at my core; as the first in my family to pursue a career in finance / real estate, I want to pass on my knowledge and experiences to others who may want to follow such a path. I have been fortunate to have wonderful mentors, family and friends, and I hope to be the same to my Fellows.

Jonathon Alexander, 2011 Mentor Coach

IntraLinks, Sales Executive

Georgetown University, BA , 2007

Being a Mentor Coach is rewarding every time that you meet with Fellows at NYNY. NYNY is an organization where you can see the effects of hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm each and every day. There were many people that helped me as I navigated the transition from college to the real world. Making a contribution to NYNY is one way that I can give back a small percentage of the mentorship that I benefitted from over the years.

Jonelle Saunders, 2015 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Associate Counsel

Financial Services

Joni Musa, 2016 Mentor Coach

kCura, Infrastructure Engineer

STEM

University of Illinois at Chicago, BA

Jordan Rogers, 2016 Mentor Coach

Harlem RBI, Activity Specialist

Nonprofit

Yale University, BA

Jose Duverge, 2012 Mentor Coach

New York Yankees, Premium Sales and Service Consultant

Sales

Dowling College, BA , 2007 | Ohio University, MSA , 2011

As a first-generation Bachelors and Masters grad, I was captivated by NYNY and its mission as soon as I learned about it. Simply put, my story is very similar to that of the average Fellow. The opportunity to play a role in the development of a young professional is very exciting, and can be rewarding when done properly. My goal is to add value by using my experience in the business world of professional sports, along with my experience in developing young minority professional athletes.

Jose Guzman, 2012 Mentor Coach

Thomson Reuters, Investment Management Product Specialist

Binghamton University, BS , 2006 | University of Pennsylvania, MBA , 2011

I became a Mentor Coach because I have a strong appreciation for the guidance and mentorship that I have received throughout my educational and professional career. It is my duty to give back to my community and I am very familiar with the adversity the Fellows face on a regular basis. As a Career Coach, I have been exposed to the inspiring stories of other Mentor Coaches and Fellows. It is extremely rewarding to work with such determined students to help guide and shape their career paths.

Joseph Matta, 2013 Mentor Coach

Trilantic Capital Partners, Associate

Boston College, BS , 2011

Lupe Fiasco once wrote in a song, “It takes a long time to realize your future is somebody else’s past.” I became a Mentor Coach to help educate and develop an inspirational group of young, talented students. My hope is that by sharing my experience and limited wisdom I can help better prepare these students for the future and success they are meant to achieve but otherwise may not have the opportunity to reach. Since becoming a mentor not only have I been amazed by the progress of my Fellow, but I too have developed both as a professional and as a person. I can only hope that my Fellow has learned as much from me as I have from him. As a Mentor Coach, and as a member of the NJNY family, I truly feel I have become a smarter, more self aware, more inspired person than I was before joining the organization.

Joseph Seydl, 2014 Mentor Coach

Citigroup, Junior Economist

Economic Research

Lehigh University, BA , 2010 | London School of Economics, MSc , 2013

I am an economist, which means I have seen the statistics on economic mobility in America. They are abysmal. Pushing against them is the reason why I chose to become a Mentor Coach with NYNY; for it is unjust on a deeply fundamental level to constrain people economically by the financial situation into which they are born. I hope my experience as a first-generation college graduate will allow me to connect well with the Fellows, helping them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.

Josh Rosner, 2013 Mentor Coach

Oak Hill Capital, Associate

Private Equity

Princeton University, BA , 2011

Mentorship is one of the most impactful ways to change another’s life. The NYNY program provides a great venue for Mentor Coaches to help driven and motivated Fellows gain the skills and confidence to achieve their personal and career aspirations. As a Mentor Coach, I will strive to provide the Fellows with the guidance to help them reach their full potential.

Josh Weissenstein, 2011 Mentor Coach

Tishman Hotel & Realty, Associate

Cornell University, BS , 2008

I became a Mentor Coach to help provide the academic and professional opportunities to others that I’ve been fortunate enough to have been provided with myself. My Fellow is interested in pursuing a career in international business upon graduation. Since I’ve lived abroad and currently work in an international industry, I am excited to leverage my personal experiences and network to help him achieve his many goals.

Joshua Bowen, 2011 Mentor Coach

CrowdTwist, Inc., COO & Co-Founder

Online Media

Cornell University, BS , 1998

Hopefully, sharing my experiences changing industries and careers to find something I love doing can help others find something they are passionate about. I’m excited to be a 2011 Mentor Coach and look to help in any way possible.

Joshua Sandals, 2012 Mentor Coach

Morgan Stanley, Analyst

Investment Management

Cornell University, BA , 2004

I grew up outside Boston, MA in one of the area’s most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities. Throughout my schooling I witnessed first-hand the struggles of some of my first-generation friends and classmates as they tried to achieve at a high level. In helping with classwork, test prep, and, later, the college application process, I came to understand the value in sharing one’s knowledge and experience with those less advantaged. I continue this commitment today via NYNY.

Julia Clark, 2016 Mentor Coach

SAP, Integrated Marketing Specialist

STEM

Colgate University, BA

Julia Shapira, 2011 Mentor Coach

Carat, Integrated Media Planner

Brown University, BA , 2008

I’ve always felt so fortunate to have my parents guide me throughout my professional career. They are an invaluable resource! Offering guidance to a Fellow is a wonderful opportunity to pass along what I have learned and help them to achieve their career ambitions. My Fellow is interested in working in international aid. While I currently work at an advertising agency, I can rely on my prior experience assisting war refugees around the world to provide guidance and insight on the industry.

Junior Louis, 2012 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Analyst

Controllers

Baruch College, BBA , 2012

I became a Mentor Coach because I am a first-generation college student as well and can understand the difficulties the Fellows might face in school. I would recommend others to become a Mentor Coach because I believe a mentor is essential to achieve academic and professional success. I hope my experience in Accounting and Finance can help build the career of a Fellow.

Junli Chen, 2014 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Private Equity Analyst

Brown University, BA , 2012

Many of my accomplishments would not have been possible without the many mentors in my life. For this reason and more, I want to pay it forward by becoming an NYNY Mentor Coach. I look forward to using my energy and experience to help Fellows achieve their educational and professional goals, and on a grander scale, advance the greater cause of social and economic mobility.

Justin Lo Iacono, 2012 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Private Equity Analyst

Capital Partners

Georgetown University, BsBA , 2010

After hearing about NYNY from friends and meeting Fellows who were interning, I knew I wanted to become a Mentor Coach. I am excited to meet more ambitious Fellows and serve as a resource to help them reach their full potential. As a Mentor Coach, I hope to leverage my professional and personal network to help Fellows achieve their career ambitions.

Justin Mangini, 2015 Mentor Coach

Silver Buffalo, LLC, Accounting and Operations Manager

Financial Services

University of Rhode Island, BA

Justin Pash, 2016 Mentor Coach

Crestview Partners, Associate

Financial Services

Harvard University, BA

Kara Miller, 2013 Mentor Coach

Draftfcb Healthcare, Assistant Account Executive

Account Management

University of Virginia, BA , 2011

I am very excited about the opportunity to join the ranks of the NYNY family as a Mentor Coach. I understand how important building a network and developing professional skills are to beginning a successful career. I look forward to helping the Fellows develop their skill set and find success as they navigate their way through their respective industries.

Kareisha Questel, 2013, 2015 Mentor Coach

Herman Miller, Sales Operations Manager

Consulting & Professional Services

Kean University, BFA , 2011

Katherine Dean, 2014 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Legal Associate

Boston College, BA , 2010 | University of Pennsylvania, JD , 2013

I decided to apply to be an ANY Mentor after meeting some of the incredible Fellows. The energy, enthusiasm, and raw intelligence these students will bring to the professional world, in so many capacities, is overwhelming. As In-House Counsel, I hope I can leverage my many years of formal education, lessons learned from success and failure, and my growing professional network to claim any part in the success of these phenomenal fellows.

Katherine Hayes, 2013, 2015 Mentor Coach

Madison Dearborn Partners, Associate

Financial Services

Queen's University, BA , 2012

Katherine Podkalicki, 2015 Mentor Coach

PRIDE Global, Healthcare Recruiter

Consulting & Professional Services

Hunter College, BA , 2009

Katherine Roberts, 2014 Mentor Coach

Quintiles, Consultant

Colgate University, BA , 2010 | Columbia University, MPH , 2014

I have been lucky to have great mentors both academically and professionally. These individuals have been instrumental as I’ve defined my career path and educational pursuits. I’m excited to be a part of NYNY and to have the opportunity to help a Fellow navigate a career and develop professionally.

Katherine Zhang, 2016 Mentor Coach

Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Financial Analyst

Financial Services

University of California, Berkeley, BS

Kathryn Llewellyn, 2015 Mentor Coach

Kroll, Senior Analyst

Consulting & Professional Services

University of Pennsylvania, BA , 2012

Kathy Dowden, 2016 Mentor Coach

Iona College, Academic Advisor

Education

New York University, BA | Long Island University, MA

Katie Chum, 2014 Mentor Coach

Ogilvy & Mather, Assistant Media Planner

Binghamton University, BS , 2013

I deeply resonate with NJNY’s focus on both professional and personal development–with their long term vision and commitment to helping; their Fellows become not only polished and skilled professionals, but also stronger, bolder, and more self-aware individuals. I hope to help Fellows discover their own path to success as much as my mentors helped me forge mine.

Katie Hayes, 2013 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Analyst

Investment Banking

Queen's University, Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Life Sciences , 2012

I decided to become a Mentor Coach after having outstanding experiences with mentors of my own, who helped me decide on and prepare for everything that led me to move to New York. I look forward to thinking through decisions and opportunities along with my Fellow in the most exciting years of his or her life!

Katie Kaplun, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach

Teach For America, Manager, Insights

Marketing

Georgetown University, BA , 2008

I became a Mentor Coach in order to find a more enriching and rewarding way to give back to the community. I’ve been really inspired by the experiences of the NYNY Fellows and want to help inspire them to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. I’ve held positions in both the corporate and social sectors, and I’d love to help open doors for those Fellows interested in doing well by doing good.

Katie Purpuro, 2013 Mentor Coach

The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Principal Labor Relations Specialist

Cornell University, BA , 2008 | Cornell University, MPA , 2009

My education has played a central role inmy lifeboth professionally and personally. Because of that,I was attracted tothe NJNY support system developed by its staff, Mentor Coaches, and other volunteers. The Fellows deserve fruitful college and internship experiences to prepare them for their careers, and by joining the NJNY family, I feel privileged to help create that structure, with the Mentor Coaches acting as a professional resource and the Fellows continuing toinspire all of us with their determination and courage.

Katlin Montali, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

Ann, Inc., Merchandise Planner

New York University, BS , 2012

Becoming a Mentor Coach with NYNY was of great importance to me to help other first-generation college students assimilate not only into college, but to the city. As a graduate of NYU, I understand the importance of balancing studies while enjoying what the city has to offer. I want to share my experiences and network to help the new Fellows succeed in their chosen profession. How proud they and their families must be for this important step in their lives, and I am so honored to be a part of it!

Katrina Gomez, 2015 Mentor Coach

Grant Thornton, Senior Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Kavita Narayanadas, 2015 Mentor Coach

McKinsey & Company, Associate

Consulting & Professional Services

University of Pennsylvania, MBA , 2014

Keith Putnam-Delaney, 2010 Mentor Coach

Reputation Institute, Senior Consultant

Marketing Strategy / Management Consulting

Brown University, BS , 2007

I joined NYNY at the prompting of two board members. Little did I know this organization would sweep me off my feet. I’m incredibly impressed by the Fellows; their backgrounds, ambitions and successes. It’s been a pleasure to help them on their journeys. Like many of them, I’ve struggled to find the right career fit and balance my interests with my profession. For those Fellows dealing with similar issues, I think I can provide some great advice.

Kelly Hsu, 2016 Mentor Coach

McKinsey & Company, Business Analyst

Consulting & Professional Services

Yale University, BA

Kelvin Chan, 2016 Mentor Coach

Enigma Technologies, Healthcare Business Development

Healthcare

Columbia University, BA

Ken Biberaj, 2011 Mentor Coach

Russian Tea Room, VP

Restaurant & Commercial Real Estate

American University, BA , 2002 | Harvard University, MPP , 2004 | New York Law School, JD , 2008

I became a Mentor Coach because I like making connections, and believe deeply in NYNY’s mission of connecting ambition with opportunity. NYNY puts a premium on selecting amazing Fellows and Mentors and putting together workshops that are substantive and interesting. As I have opened up my network to NYNY, I have already started seeing results and know that I am making a difference for the Fellows. This is why I became a Mentor Coach and also why I will remain involved with NYNY.

Kenan Birsin, 2015 Mentor Coach

Verizon, Sr. Manager Digital Experiences

STEM

Centenary College , BBA

Kendall Drake, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs,

Cornell University, BS , 2013

Throughout my life, I have had the good fortune to have mentors fill the role of absent parents at key moments. Growing up in Detroit as a black male but without many key individuals has had an outsized impact on my life, and continues to do so. My mentors’ advice and support, as small as it might have seemed at the time, enabled me to attend college, graduate on time, and find success. NJNY affords an opportunity to pay if forward and help develop future professionals.

Kendra Browne, 2016 Mentor Coach

Havas Worldwide, Senior Account Executive

Other

Temple University, BA

Kendra Okposo, 2013 Mentor Coach

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Attorney

Employment Litigation

Santa Clara University, BA , 2008 | New York Law School, JD , 2012

I believe a positive and supportive mentor is one of the most important connections a young person can have to be successful. I have benefited so much from my mentors, and am honored to be a part of the NYNY community and assist a Fellow in achieving his or her goals.

Kendra Ruth Mathias, 2014 Mentor Coach

Toys 'R' Us, Senior Financial Analyst

Financial Planning & Analysis

University at Albany - SUNY, BS , 2003 | University of Chicago, MBA , 2011

As an integral part of my company’s Finance Team, I provide financial and strategic guidance. As a New York native, I serve my community in the areas of financial literacy and empowerment. My prior experiences in investment banking and as a member of the US Army, will allow me to support a Fellow in navigating instances requiring leadership and fortitude. Excellent mentors and programs have been positive catalysts in my life, and I hope to share the lessons I’ve learned with my Fellow.

Kenneth Chan, 2014 Mentor Coach

Sun Capital Partners Inc., Private Equity Associate

Private Equity

Pennsylvania State University, BS, MS , 2011

I have been fortunate to have mentors who have helped me throughout my life, and I believe being a Mentor Coach is a great way to pay it forward. I am looking forward to leveraging my network and experiences to help Fellows achieve their personal and professional goals.

Kenyada Meadows, 2013 Mentor Coach

Maryknoll, Audit and Financial Compliance Management

Controllers

University of Denver, BS , 2001

Throughout my childhood, I was surrounded by adults who encouraged inquisitiveness and independent thought. As I grew, my network expanded beyond close family and friends to include other excellent mentors. One of them fostered my exposure in ways I would never have imagined, pushing me to sit on boards and lecture at my alma mater. These opportunities segued into others, and the best was to become a mentor myself. Through NYNY, I will work to help Fellows to someday join this cycle of mentorship.

Keval Shah, 2015 Mentor Coach

Morgan Stanley, Associate

Financial Services

University of Waterloo, BA , 2008

Kevin Buchheit, 2015 Mentor Coach

GCM Grosvenor, Associate

Financial Services

University of Notre Dame, BA

Kevin Chin, 2014 Mentor Coach

McGraw Hill Financial, Global Strategy Associate

Baruch College, BS , 2010

When I was 16 years old, I managed to fail every class with flying colors, drop out of high school, and suffer from obesity. Almost 10 years later, with the support of many mentors, I graduated college with honors, secured the career of my dreams, and significantly improved my overall heath. The transformation that occurred over the past 10 years began with a will to change, a drive to succeed, but most importantly, a hand to help. The individuals who paved the way before me and were willing to share their time and advice proved invaluable to my personal, professional, and academic development; I owe the entirety of my success to those that have provided invaluable support to me over the years. Now, as an NJNY Mentor Coach, I hope to develop rewarding relationships with the next generation of ambitious leaders and provide them with guidance that will elevate them to greatness.

Kevin Graver, 2014 Mentor Coach

Viking Global Investors, Junior Analyst

Georgetown University, BSBA , 2012

Throughout high school, college and my professional career, my mentors have offered invaluable advice to help me reach my personal and professional goals. NYNY offers the unique opportunity to build a relationship with a Fellow and make the same kind of lasting, positive impact in my Fellow’s professional development that has benefited me in my own career.

Kevin Green, 2015 Mentor Coach

Blue Engine, Recruitment Associate

Nonprofit

Kevin Roose, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach

New York Magazine, Writer

Brown University, BS , 2009

I’m a Mentor Coach because nobody does it alone. I’ve been so lucky to have amazing mentors teach me the ropes of professional life, and it’s so fun and rewarding to pass that knowledge along to NYNY Fellows.

Kevin Widmaier, 2014 Mentor Coach

UBS, Associate Director

Portfolio Advisory Group

Georgia Tech, BS , 2008 | Duke University, MBA , 2012

Becoming a Mentor Coach with NYNY appealed to me because ambition and ability are too often not matched with opportunity. While this is a disadvantage to the exceptional young people who have fewer options, it is also a loss for our society. I currently do portfolio advisory work at UBS and hope that my personal and professional experiences and networks will be of value to our Fellows as they begin their careers.

Khristy Nguyen, 2015 Mentor Coach

DeVries Global, HR Associate

Advertising & Public Relations

University of Tampa, BA , 2010 | Columbia University, MA , 2013

Kia Higgins, 2014 Mentor Coach

New York City Department of Education, District Planner

Office of District Planning

Howard University, BA , 2004 | George Washington University, JD , 2009 | Columbia University, MPA , 2013

I’ve been afforded many opportunities throughout my professional and academic careers. Moreover, I attribute my personal success to not only hard work, but more importantly, the investment of time, energy, and resources by the mentors in my life. As a Mentor Coach, I hope to similarly contribute to the life of another person by helping them achieve their personal and professional goals.

Kia J. Lowe, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach

L'Oreal, Management Development Program

Marketing

University of Virginia, BA , 2001 | Columbia University, MBA , 2011

I became a Mentor Coach because I recognize how important having a strong network can be to career success. I want to be involved with an organization that provides exceptional academic, professional and personal resources for students that may otherwise not have them. NYNY provides the Fellows with opportunities that will hopefully change the course of their life and will provide unlimited upside potential for their future.

Kim Laglagaron, 2016 Mentor Coach

Siggis Dairy, Logistics Manager

Other

Rutgers University-New Brunswick, BS

Kimberly Foster, 2016 Mentor Coach

Ernst & Young, Assurance Senior

Financial Services

University of Connecticut, BS

Kimberly Vasquez, 2016 Mentor Coach

The Rockefeller University, Community Engagement Specialist

Research & Public Policy

New York University, BA | Yale School of Public Health, MPH

Kimberly Yeh, 2016 Mentor Coach

BP Global, Formulations Engineer

STEM

Cornell University, BS | Cornell University, MS

Kirill Skok, 2015 Mentor Coach

Oliver Wyman, Engagement Manager

Consulting & Professional Services

Columbia University, BA , 2010

Kohei Hisakuni, 2016 Mentor Coach

Philosophie, Software Engineer

STEM

Macalester College, BA

Kristen Ridgway, 2013 Mentor Coach

Raines International, Research Associate

Research

Georgetown University, BA , 2011

As a first-generation college student, I was extremely fortunate to have mentors who recognized my potential, encouraged me to determine my goals, and then helped me to achieve those goals. With their support, I was able to navigate the path from community college to a high-performing four-year university to a career in New York City. I am eager to draw upon my experiences to help another student the way my mentors have helped me.

Kristin Grimm, 2011 Mentor Coach

MetLife Bank, Senior Business Consultant

Baruch College, BA , 2008

In 2008, a conversation initiated in an elevator led to a discussion reviewing my career and then a lunch that focused on redefining my future. What all began as a few words to a stranger ended with a new career plan and a decision to return to school. This stranger has become a mentor who helps to push me outside of my comfort zone and provides insight beyond my perspective. I am excited to give back as a Mentor Coach and develop the same support network and growth expectation for my Fellow.

Kristin Parris, 2016 Mentor Coach

Maxus, Senior Planner

Media

Howard University, BA

Kristin Pernicano, 2016 Mentor Coach

Kmp Consulting, LLC, Principal

Consulting & Professional Services

SUNY at Albany, BA | New York University, MS

Kristina Srica, 2012 Mentor Coach

Department of Justice, Trial Attorney, Special Assistant to the Directors of Criminal and Civil Enforcement

Antitrust Division

Hofstra University, BBA , 2009 | Brooklyn Law School, JD , 2012

I decided to become a Mentor Coach because of my personal experiences as a first-generation American and college student. I would not have achieved the level of success I did without the valuable assistance of my mentors along the way. I joined NYNY to give back to the next generation and to help the Fellows achieve their own success.

Kristine Jun, 2016 Mentor Coach

GfK Market Access, Senior Analyst

Consulting & Professional Services

University of California-San Diego, BS | Columbia University, MA

Kriti Chanchani, 2016 Mentor Coach

Ernst & Young, Assurance Associate

Financial Services

Jain University, BA | University of Notre Dame, MS

Krystal Bradford, 2014 Mentor Coach

FCB Health, Senior Account Executive

Digital

University of Minnesota, BA , 2010

I became an NYNY Mentor Coach because I want to ensure that tomorrow’s leaders’ ambition is matched only by their commitment to serving others. I believe that this can only be accomplished when professionals like myself become mentors and instill the importance of giving back and “paying it forward.”

Lacey Andrews, 2016 Mentor Coach

Connell Foley LLP, Legal Assistant

Law

Hampton University, BA

Lalit Gurnani, 2012 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Analyst

Firmwide Strategy

Columbia University, BA , 2011

I decided to become a Mentor Coach to put my experience, resources, and connections to work to support NYNY Fellows in surpassing the obstacles faced by first-generation college students. My own academic and professional success has depended on the guidance and support of mentors, and I look forward to developing lasting relationships with NYNY Fellows and supporting them as they discover and realize their goals.

Lamar Myers, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach

Alvarez & Marsal, Associate

Real Estate Advisory Services

Baruch College, BS , 2006

When asked about what drives me to get out of bed in the morning, my answers have always been my family, building a successful career and giving back to my community. I believe I have paid a lot of attention to the first two things on this list, but I have not lived up to my expectations in the area of giving back to my community. Becoming a Mentor Coach with New York Needs You in 2012 is a great opportunity for me to give back to a high-potential college student in New York City.

Lana Geng, 2015 Mentor Coach

Macquarie Group, Executive

Financial Services

University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Business Information Systems BA , 2011

Larry Erwin, 2011 Mentor Coach

Proclivity Systems, Product Manager

University of Texas at Austin, BBA , 2005

Being a NYNY Mentor Coach is an entirely gratifying experience. Each interaction I share with my Mentor Coach colleagues and Fellow provides an amazing opportunity for both learning and personal growth. Whether it is working one-on-one with my Fellow on essays or sharing insightful lessons learned from teachable moments to the entire organization, I am proud to work with a committed community of diverse and passionate people who exercise a bias towards action and making a difference.

Laura Cardona, 2013 Mentor Coach

Overlook Medical Center, Occupational Therapist

Geriatrics

Quinnipiac University, BS/MS , 2012

As a first generation college student, I wish I was given the opportunity that NJNY provides to Fellows. I look forward to sharing my experiences and challenges that facilitated professional and personal growth. I aspire to make an impact by assisting and collaborating with Fellows to reach their career goals. Thus far, I have met incredible people who are motivated to succeed and follow their dreams. I am extremely proud to be part of the 2013 NJNY family.

Laura Fisher, 2016 Mentor Coach

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Associate Manager

STEM

Pacific Lutheran University, BS | Columbia University, MA

Laura Numair, 2011 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Fundamental Equity

University of California, Berkeley, BA , 2007

My Fellow is interested in pursuing a career in investment banking and I feel that I can heavily draw upon my experience at Goldman Sachs to help her achieve her career aspirations. I believe that I can leverage my first-hand knowledge of the on campus recruiting process to help my Fellow identify internship opportunities that are aligned with her professional interests. At the same time, I am excited to leverage my network to help my Fellow recognize and attain her long term career goals.

Lauren Herz, 2016 Mentor Coach

Tourneau, Human Resources Generalist

Consumer Goods & Retail

University of Southern California, BA | Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD

Lauren McGuiggan, 2016 Mentor Coach

Morgan Stanley, Analyst

Financial Services

Duke University, BS

Lavana Ragavan, 2016 Mentor Coach

Montefiore Medical Center, Performance Improvement Manager

Healthcare

Anna University, BS | Georgia Institute of Technology, MS

LeAnne Armstead, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach

Shiseido Cosmetics America, Associate Manager

Marketing

Villanova University, BA , 2008

Becoming a Mentor Coach for New York Needs You (NYNY) means living a new experience, helping to bridge talent with opportunity, while also passing on what I’ve learned to others. My Fellow intends to pursue a career within the Creative/Arts field; I hope the knowledge I’ve gained through previous publishing internships, and in my current role as Advertising/Creative Services Coordinator at L&T, will help her navigate this field, and ultimately acquire an internship in display advertising, design or in a curatorial position. I hope to continue recharging my professional and personal growth with NYNY.

Leanne McDonald, 2013 Mentor Coach

Standard and Poor’s, Director

Rutgers University, BA , 1996

NJNY represents the values and goals that I knew as a child and perfected as an adult: Respect, Hard-work, Perseverance and Fortitude; as a first generation immigrant from Jamaica West Indies I am particularly touched to be a part of a nonprofit organization focused on helping bright and passionate student succeed. My hope is to provide as much support, guidance and leadership to a dynamic Fellow who is interested in learning how to navigate the job market but also one who has the desire to understand the importance of building strong relationships.

Leila Mabourakh, 2013 Mentor Coach

Google, Inc, Solutions Consultant

Ad Exchange

Barnard College, BA , 2011

About a year ago, I had the pleasure of attending a NYNY fundraising event and hearing a speech from a Fellow who have graduated from the Program. To say that I was blown away by this Fellow’s story and charisma would be more than an understatement. I decided then and there that I wanted to become a Mentor Coach because I wanted to inspire as well as be inspired. I’ve luckily had mentors of all kinds throughout my career, and cannot wait to pay that same attention and opportunity forward.

Leleah Robinson, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach

National Urban Fellows,

University of Georgia, BA , 2007

As a 2010 Mentor Coach, I was inspired at how the Fellows have persevered through adversity in their lives and maintained their academic ambition. Being a Mentor Coach was truly a rewarding experience, and I am passionate about NYNY’s mission of connecting ambition with opportunity. I enjoyed the NYNY experience so much that I decided to become a 2012 Mentor Coach. I am elated about future Fellows reaching their full potential, and having their dreams come into fruition.

Leo Ospina, 2013 Mentor Coach

North Bergen Board of Education, Child Study Team School Social Worker

Ramapo College, BSW , 2005 | Rutgers University, MSW , 2009

I did not have any academic role models growing up thus making it hard to learn the value of education as a youth. However, during my undergraduate career, I was able to meet several school administrators, professors, and internship supervisors who saw my potential and guided me to be a better student and a driven professional. My mentors helped spark a passion within me for education, social work, and civics, which has inspired me to always share with others what I know. As a NJNY Mentor Coach, I hope to provide Fellows with the mentoring knowledge that was bestowed upon me so they can be the best professionals in their respective industries and one day give back to others as well.

Leslie Delery, 2011 Mentor Coach

American Express, Director, Business Development

Global Pricing and Revenue Management

University of Virginia, BS , 2005 | Columbia University, MBA , 2009

I would recommend becoming a Mentor Coach because you get to meet amazing people. Both the Mentor Coaches and Fellows come from diverse backgrounds that bring new perspectives and different types of support. People are positive, eager, and smart, a great combination for learning and giving back. Both sides involved come away with impactful results.

Leticia Mata, 2013 Mentor Coach

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Leadership Fellow

Tunnels, Bridges, & Terminals

University of California, Berkeley, BA , 2009 | Carnegie Mellon University, MS , 2012

As an undergraduate, I worked with the Upward Bound Math & Science program and helped provide guidance and resources to ambitious students so they can build successful careers. These students were survivors! I am also a proud product of various programs geared towards low-income, first-generation college students. In graduate school, I had a few key mentors who informed me of opportunities in my field and provided introductions to key individuals in hiring positions at various organizations. In the spirit of reciprocity, I am eager to reciprocate these favors with others.

Lillian Daniels, 2015 Mentor Coach

Unilever, Conract Analyst

Consumer Goods & Retail

Howard University, BBA , 2009 | Howard University, MBA , 2010

Lilly Briger, 2016 Mentor Coach

Tastemade, Influencer Acquisition Specialist

Arts & Entertainment

Union College, BA | Fundação Getulio Vargas, MA

Lily Jiang, 2014 Mentor Coach

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Manager

Consulting

University of Sydney, BA , 2006

I am interested in being a Mentor Coach as I have previously participated in similar programs and found them to be extremely rewarding. I have recently moved to NYC from Sydney, Australia. I am a Manager in PwC’s management consulting group. I have over 7 years experience in strategy and operational consulting. I believe sharing my professional and my previous coaching experience will help my Fellow to build confidence, identify their goals and explore professional/career opportunities.

Lindsay Rosenstein, 2015 Mentor Coach

Crestview Partners, Associate

Financial Services

Cornell University, BS , 2013

Lindsay Trombley, 2012 Mentor Coach

Verizon Wireless, Marketing Strategist

Global Business Services

Duke University, BA , 2005 | Columbia University, MBA , 2011

I first heard about NYNY from a friend and was immediately interested because it sounded like a great way to make an impact. I attended a workshop and was hooked by the high energy level and positive attitude of the Fellows and Mentor Coaches I met. After college, I worked at a law firm before changing course, attending Columbia Business School and coming to IBM to be a consultant. I look forward to supporting my Fellow in starting on his or her own career path over the next two years.

Lindsey Kreisher, 2015 Mentor Coach

Navigant Consulting, Inc., Senior Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Villanova University, BS , 2012

Lindsey Nelsen, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

Macy's Inc., College Relations Director

Human Resources

University of Wisconsin, BA , 2003

I am excited to be a Mentor Coach because of the focus on growth and development over time. I’ve grown tremendously since moving to New York to start my career and will always be grateful to my mentors who believed in me and provided me with guidance over the years. I look forward to getting started with my Fellow and hope to offer this same support.

Lindsey Ross, 2015 Mentor Coach

Sidley Austin LLP, Business Development Coordinator

Law

Harvard University, BA

Linkun Wan, 2016 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Analyst

Financial Services

Columbia University, BA

Lisa Fishelberg, 2011 Mentor Coach

Greater New York Hospital Association, Assistant Vice President

Business Solutions

Binghamton University, BS , 1998 | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MHA , 2000

After meeting with a number of NYNY Fellows who came to our offices to learn more about my organization, I realized I wanted to become a Mentor Coach. I was so impressed by the Fellows’ interest and dedication to enhancing their future career opportunities. My experiences in healthcare have provided me the opportunity to work in a number of different areas and to work with various professionals. This will allow me to assist a Fellow to navigate the compex world of healthcare.

Lise Keeney, 2015 Mentor Coach

Small Girls PR, Senior Account Executive

Advertising & Public Relations

Assumption College, Bachelor's BA , 2010

Lisha Dong, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

Verizon, Consultant - HR Business Partner

Cornell University, BS , 2011

I believe in NJNY’s mission. I am a low income, first generation college student; my parents had no idea what it meant to go to college and navigate corporate America. I was lucky because I had both formal and informal mentors along the way that showed me my path and supported me during difficult times. I want to be that guiding star for someone whom I know with a little bit of help and mentorship, will not only grab the stars but also land on the moon.

London Wright-Pegs, 2013, 2016 Mentor Coach

LiquidThread, Associate Director, Business & Legal Affairs

University of California Berkeley, | UCLA School of Law, JD

Lorena Rodriguez, 2015 Mentor Coach

Legal Outreach, Inc., Alumni Coordinator

Education

Amherst College, BA , 2013 | Columbia University, MA , 2015

Luc Josaphat, 2015 Mentor Coach

Harlem United, Managing Director

Healthcare

Medgar Evers College, BA | Baruch College, MPA

Luis Sued, 2014 Mentor Coach

LGT Capital Partners, Associate

Private Equity

Baruch College, BBA , 2010

As a first-generation college student, a program like NYNY would have made a world of a difference for me when I first arrived in New York. I want to help in any way I can to further the program’s mission in New York and see future Fellows begin their careers in financial services. I worked in investment banking after graduating college and currently work for a global asset management firm, as a member of the investment team.

Luke Norris, 2011 Mentor Coach

Yale Law School, Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow

Gettysburg College, BA , 2006 | Oxford University, MSc , 2008 | Yale University, JD , 2011

I became a Mentor Coach because I enjoyed working with students as a teaching fellow at Yale University. My Fellow is interested in attending graduate school and potentially pursuing a career in finance. I have been fortunate enough both to attend graduate school and to work with financial institutions as a summer associate at a large NYC law firm, so it’s great to be able to share my experiences and thoughts with my Fellow as he makes exciting choices about his future.

Lynn Jeudy, 2016 Mentor Coach

Individual,

Consulting & Professional Services

Lysondra Ludwig, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Associate

Tax

University of Washington, BA , 2007 | Northwestern University, JD , 2011

As a first-generation college graduate, I am excited to serve as a Mentor Coach and continue a process that has meant so much to my development. I hope to not only aid NYNY Fellows in achieving their career aspirations, but to broaden their horizons. I am looking forward to participating in this program, which provides an enriching community, a substantive and well-planned curriculum that develops practical skills, and an opportunity to get an insight into different professions.

Madison Fitzpatrick, 2016 Mentor Coach

The Boston Consulting Group, Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Northwestern University, BS | Northwestern University, PhD

Mahika Sood, 2015 Mentor Coach

IRI Worldwide, Client Service Manager/Analyst

Consumer Goods & Retail

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS , 2011

Makeda Lewis, 2015 Mentor Coach

Oliver Scholars Program,

Education

UMass Amherst, BA , 2011 | Columbia University, MA , 2014

Maloni Goss, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach

Chanel, Associate Director

Strategy

Spelman College, BA , 2001 | Columbia University, MBA , 2008

After volunteering for over a year, NYNY has had a huge impact on my life. Though I joined to give retail industry exposure to the Fellows involved in this program, they in fact inspire me on a regular basis. These students have overcome so much and still manage to produce excellent grades and obtain top internships. It’s an honor to be a part of the NYNY community and the continued development of the Fellows.

Manu Chopra, 2015 Mentor Coach

Atlas Capital Partners, Analyst

Financial Services

University of Rochester, BS , 2000 | Simon Business School, MS , 2012

Marc Duval, 2013 Mentor Coach

HFF, Real Estate Analyst

The College of New Jersey, BA , 2008

For every goal I have achieved in my life I can trace back each one to a mentor/individual who helped me achieve it. I understand the importance of teachers, coaches, and mentors for guidance, therefore, would like to pay it forward. I look forward to being a similar resource providing the confidence to push fellows in accomplishing their own goals.

Marc Holloway, 2013, 2015 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Analyst

Financial Services

Columbia University, BA , 2011

Margaret Menefee, 2012 Mentor Coach

NBC Universal, Producer

The University of Tennessee, BS , 2008

I knew from a young age that media was the career path I would choose. I was fortunate to have a lot of guidance along the way. Whether it was family, mentors or professors, their wisdom inspired and helped me land where I am today. I’m still on the journey to success but I think it’s important to pass along what I’ve learned in my short years and help guide someone else. This is an incredibly valuable program in helping to shape someone else’s life and I feel privileged to be a part of it.

Maria Konovalova Harb, 2015 Mentor Coach

Canaccord Genuity, Senior Associate

Financial Services

Baruch College, BBA | New York University , MBA

Maria Pellegrini, 2015 Mentor Coach

Reed Smith LLP, Associate Attorney

Law

University of Pennsylvania, BA , 2010 | University of Chicago, JD , 2013

Maria Reyes-Gaskin, 2016 Mentor Coach

Razorfish, Media Planner

Consulting & Professional Services

NYU Stern School of Business, BS

Maria Testani, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach

Northern Tier Energy, Director, Planning & Strategy

Finance

New York University, BS , 2004 | Columbia University, MBA , 2011

As a first-generation college student myself, I understand the importance of mentoring. I owe a lot of my career success to my mentor. He has guided me for over eight years in both my career and in life. I am forever grateful and want to pay it forward. I was a Mentor Coach for the 2011 NYNY class and had such a great experience that I cannot wait for another two years!

Marianna Tu, 2011 Mentor Coach

New York Needs You, Chief Program Officer

Harvard University, BA , 2009

In the first Mentor Coach workshop we reflected on our own mentors and their impact on our lives, reminding everyone in the room why we decided to commit our time to NYNY. My Fellow is pursuing a career in neurosurgery. My role is to help her not only break into this field, but also develop the communication skills and confidence that will ensure she excels there. Cultivating her love of teaching and literature will be as important to her success as supporting her dedication to public health.

Marie Burkland, 2016 Mentor Coach

BP Global, Technical Service Engineer

STEM

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS

Mariel Kriss, 2011 Mentor Coach

Chanel, Marketing Assistant

Emory University, BA , 2010

New York Needs You is a very special organization and it has been a true pleasure to be a Mentor Coach. Though I applied because I thought my experience in luxury marketing would offer unique insights to the numerous Fellows interested in careers in creative industries, I have already gained much more from the program than I could have imagined. Many of us take our networks and career skills for granted. My involvement in NYNY has made me realize the true value of mentoring and the fantastic opportunities which await the Fellows when they walk through our open doors.

Marina Prutskova, 2016 Mentor Coach

CBS, Digital Sales Manager

Media

South College, BA

Mario Mejia, 2016 Mentor Coach

Eastwick, Associate Art Director

Advertising & Public Relations

San Francisco State University, BS

Mario Rosser, 2016 Mentor Coach

LinkedIn, Client Relationship Manager

STEM

Columbia University, BA

Mario Ruiz, 2014 Mentor Coach

Napier Park Global Capital, Investment Associate

Private Equity and Venture Capital

Baruch College, BA , 2010

As a native New Yorker, I’ve greatly benefited from the bountiful resources available to me. Without organizations like New York Needs You, I would have never been introduced to the experiences and opportunities which I have greatly benefited from. I have always been a true believer in paying it forward and hope to provide a similar level of support and mentorship to the ambitious Fellows.

Marissa Ballan, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach

Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Associate Director

Owner Services

Barnard College, BA , 2001 | New York University, MA , 2003 | University of Pennsylvania, MBA , 2008

As someone who has made several career changes, from finance to real estate and hospitality, I have found that the key to a successful transition is identifying one’s core skill sets and emphasizing their universality and relevance. Similarly, as the Fellows transition from school and internships to a career, I hope to draw on my experiences to help them recognize the inherent value in all of their experiences and be confident in the strengths and skills they have gained.

Marissa Tolero, 2015 Mentor Coach

LaGuardia Community College, Intake Coordinator

Other

University of California, Irvine, BA | City College of New York, MA

Marjorie Kauffmann, 2013, 2015 Mentor Coach

MPOWERD Inc.,

Advertising & Public Relations

Marjorie Kauffmann, 2013 Mentor Coach

MPOWERD, Inc, Senior Associate

Marketing and Communications

Vassar, BA , 2009

Being the first member of my family to get a college degree in the US, I have always sought mentorship and would not be where I am if I had not networked a great deal with alumni and professionals in my industry. I have always sought to pass on the advice and insight I received over the years, and am looking forward to continuing on doing so with New Jersey Needs You.

Mark Jurcevic, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Associate

Providence College, BA , 2007

I decided to become a part of the NJNY family because as a first generation college graduate I wanted to be a sounding board for others as they move from college into the professional world. Over the last few years I have had the privilege of being an NJNY mentor coach. I have seen first-hand the growth of fellows as they navigate their way through college and into their professional endeavors. Their enthusiasm and motivation has shaped the NJNY family into what it is today. The countless milestones achieved by the fellows have truly been inspirational.

Mark Peisecki, 2016 Mentor Coach

,

Financial Services

Seton Hall University, BS | Rutgers Law School, JD

Mary Zhang, 2015 Mentor Coach

Rapid Ratings International, Formulations Engineer

Financial Services

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS , 2012

Mason Dettloff, 2016 Mentor Coach

LinkedIn, Business Development

Other

New York University, BA

Matt Heiman, 2011 Mentor Coach

Lee Equity Partners, Associate

Columbia University, BA , 2009

I originally became a Mentor Coach because I was extremely impressed with the organization. The Fellows are inspiring and I wanted to help out in any way I could. My current Fellow is interested in pursuing a career in financial services. Prior to joining Lee Equity Partners, I was a consultant at McKinsey and an analyst at JPMorgan and I hope to draw on my experiences there to help him launch a successful career.

Matt Zarelli, 2016 Mentor Coach

Blackstone Group, Associate

Financial Services

New York University, BS

Matthew Koller, 2015 Mentor Coach

Verizon, Consultant - Process Engineering

Consulting and Professional Services

University of Pittsburgh, Bachelors BA , 2010

Matthew Mulligan, 2014 Mentor Coach

Barclays, Analyst

Georgetown University, BS and BA , 2013

“Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” More often than not today, professional success demands a college education. Providing disadvantaged students with the appropriate resources to position themselves for opportunity is a moral imperative that impassions me. I’ve seen first-hand what wonderful things NJNY does for its fellows and I’m deeply humbled to be a part of its mission and effort. I had the benefit of drawing from a wealth of resources and a large network of support throughout college. I’m proud to pay it forward to such an inspiring group of kids.

Matthew Newcomb, 2011 Mentor Coach

BlackRock, Associate

Financial Markets Advisory

Brown University, BA , 2007

I decided I wanted to become a Mentor Coach after several conversations with friends and work colleagues involved in NYNY. I was amazed by the unique impact Mentor Coaches have had through the NYNY program, by the stories of the relationships forged between Mentor Coaches and Fellows, and by the strong sense of community that permeates the NYNY network. I’ve only been a Mentor Coach for a few months, and can already say that I’ve benefitted personally and increased my own sense of confidence.

Max Grant, 2015 Mentor Coach

D.E Shaw & CO, Analyst

Financial Services

Princeton University, BA , 2011

Maya Madison, 2016 Mentor Coach

Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, Junior Architect

Other

Syracuse University, BA

Maya Williams, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

Viacom Media Networks, Digital Media Coordinator

Ball State University, BA , 2011

I wanted to become a Mentor Coach to follow the example of my parents who were both public servants. College was an extremely transformative time in my life mostly because I had the support of mentors and other higher education professionals and I want to share my experiences to help build a student. I hold education with great regard and as I am not currently directly working in the field, I hope to keep as many hands in that space as possible.

MayC Huang, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

Serengeti Asset Management, Research Analyst

Research

University of California, Berkeley, BA & BBA , 2011

Connecting with a mentor has been a crucial component of my career development. When I was in college, I studied math, statistics, and business, and reached out to alumni and professors from all three departments to get the full, unbiased picture of potential career paths. Having that expanded perspective gave me confidence about the choice I made, and helped me become more knowledgeable about other roles. By becoming a Mentor Coach, I hope to provide that same variety of perspectives to Fellows.

Meenakshi Sharma, 2014 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Technology Analyst

Syracuse University, BS , 2013

As a first generation college student, I can relate to NJNY’s mission and values. Through mentors in my life I was able to tackle the toughest challenges. I hope to be able to influence other determined individuals!

Megan Elenor Francis, 2015 Mentor Coach

Rutgers University, Assistant Dean

Education

Pacific Lutheran University, BA , 2009 | American University, MA , 2012

Megan Jordan, 2015 Mentor Coach

Teach for America, Business Analyst

Nonprofit

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA , 2005

Meghan Brown, 2014 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan,

Trinity College Dublin, BA , 2009

I believe in the power of education as a great equalizer, but sometimes education alone is not enough. I became a Mentor Coach because so many people have helped me get to where I am, and I want to be able to do the same for others.

Meiling Tu, 2015 Mentor Coach

Marianna's Playlist,

Melanie Carr, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

Consultant, Investigator and Mitigation Specialist

Harvard University, BA , 1997

I am a consultant, investigator and mitigation specialist working on civil rights and death penalty cases. I am excited about mentoring promising young people who are interested in careers in public interest, social justice, and civil rights work. I enjoy mentoring because it is so rewarding.

Melanie Lauren Scotto, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach

New York State Department of Labor, Assistant Special Counsel

Wagner College, BA , 2008 | New England Law, JD , 2011

I became a Mentor Coach because I remember how important my support system was to me during college and law school. I truly believe those that guided me and supported me throughout my journey are to thank for my success. I would hope to provide the knowledge and support to help a Fellow obtain their goals. So far this process has been extremely rewarding and I would highly recommend it to others.

Melisa Bardhi, 2016 Mentor Coach

Stifel, Analyst

Financial Services

Columbia University, BA

Melissa Kinckle, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Manager

Advisory Services

Syracuse University, BS , 2001

I became a Mentor Coach because I feel there is a huge gap between what is learned in college and the skills needed to survive in a professional arena. Upon becoming a 2011 Mentor Coach, I realized how fulfilling giving back and mentoring really is. The relationships I have with my Fellows are priceless, and I feel honored to have them in my life.

Melody Miller, 2015 Mentor Coach

Mondelez International, Director, Design Technology

Consumer Goods & Retail

Virginia Commonwealth University, BFA , 1986 | NC A&T State University, MSIT , 2004

Menen Missailidis, 2015 Mentor Coach

ListenFirst Media, Client Services Analyst

Media

Virginia Tech, BA , 2013

Michael Chan, 2015 Mentor Coach

LogicEase Solutions Inc. dba ComplianceEase, Vice President

Financial Services

University of California, Davis, BS , 2003 | Johns Hopkins University, MBA , 2014

Michael Chow, 2012 Mentor Coach

GoldenSource, Director

Marketing and Corporate Development

Stanford University, BS and MS , 2007

I have been incredibly fortunate to have had invaluable mentors along the way in my academic and professional career. Getting involved with this organization and group of first-generation college students aiming to do great things was an easy decision for me to make.

Michael Duignan, 2011 Mentor Coach

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Associate

University of California, Berkeley, BA , 2003 | Columbia University, JD , 2012

Mentorship was at the core of my early development. I benefited greatly from compelling persons in my life whose advice and friendship helped me make the most of each new opportunity that came my way. I am grateful for their involvement and recognize the value of passing on similar guidance to those who seek it. At New York Needs You, my Fellow and I share visions of what a bright, professional future looks like. I look forward to standing alongside him as he works to make that vision a reality.

Michael Witalec, 2013 Mentor Coach

Tiffany & Co, Director of Supply Chain & Logistics

University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2004 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MEng , 2010

A good friend introduced me to the program, which immediately caught my attention. Being a first-generation college student, NYNY was the first organization that really meant something to me, as I felt I could be of help. Since joining the NYNY family, I’ve meet some wonderful people, and walk out of every workshop with more energy than I had going in. Such an environment has made the experience both fun and rewarding, knowing that I am having an impact and helping make my Fellow’s life a bit better.

Michelle Crottier, 2015 Mentor Coach

Alcoa Foundation, Consultant

STEM

St. Olaf College, BA , 2004 | Carnegie Mellon University, MBA , 2014

Michelle Gaseor, 2016 Mentor Coach

McGraw-Hill Education, Product Developer

Education

University of Notre Dame, BA | University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD

Michelle Moy, 2015 Mentor Coach

New York County District Attorney's Office, Detective

Government

American University, BA , 2008 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice, MA , 2010

Michelle Perkins, 2014 Mentor Coach

Gilt Groupe, Assistant Buyer

Fine Jewelry & Watches

Barnard College, BS , 2011

I am thrilled to be a part of such a positive, influential organization here in the NYC community. I am grateful for the professional and emotional support my mentors have provided me in my life thus far. Recognizing the power of my mentors’ influence on my own development, I hope I can also make a positive difference in the lives and careers of these ambitious and talented Fellows.

Michelle Zelman, 2015 Mentor Coach

Metropolitan Opera, Senior Press Associate

Advertising & Public Relations

Emerson College, BS , 2012

Mihir Mullick, 2016 Mentor Coach

Deloitte, Senior Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Purdue University, BS

Mike DiDonato, 2016 Mentor Coach

ENERActive Solutions, Process Engineer

STEM

Manhattan College, BS | Manhattan College, MS

Mike Fleming, 2014 Mentor Coach

CME Group, Senior BLM Analyst

James Madison University, BBA , 2009

Over the course of my life, I’ve been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work with a number of different mentors. The guidance and knowledge I’ve taken away from these relationships has been invaluable to both my personal and professional life. I joined NJNY because I want to reciprocate the opportunities that have been afforded to me through these mentorships. I’m excited to share my experiences with other people and hope that I can impart some knowledge that will be beneficial to their futures.

Mike Kramer, 2012 Mentor Coach

Boston Consulting Group, Consultant

University of Illinois, BS and MS , 2003 | Harvard University, MPA , 2011 | University of Pennsylvania, MBA , 2011

I became a Mentor Coach to help NYNY’s talented and ambitious Fellows work towards their aspirations. My parents were both first-generation college students in New York City, and provided me with important guidance during school and throughout my career. I want to leverage my experiences to help the next generation achieve their personal and professional goals.

Mikhail Blank, 2015 Mentor Coach

Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, Sr Manager, Strategic Planning & Business Development

Healthcare

Rutgers University, BA

Mimi Sheng, 2014 Mentor Coach

McKinsey & Company, Business Analyst

Strategy and Corporate Finance

University of Pennsylvania, BS,BA , 2013

I have had the privilege of a great education that has opened many doors, but I have only been able to fully utilize my education because of the guidance of many mentors. I hope that I can provide that same mentorship to a group of Fellows and work with them to achieve their goals — while also making some lifelong friends along the way!

Min Lobb, 2016 Mentor Coach

Disruptyx, LLC, Senior Manager

Consulting & Professional Services

Baruch College, CUNY, BA

Mitchell Simon, 2015 Mentor Coach

Nomura Securities, Trader

Financial Services

Mo Adubi, 2016 Mentor Coach

Morgan Stanley, Analyst

Financial Services

Dartmouth College, BA

Molly Poppe, 2016 Mentor Coach

City of Chicago, Director of Public Affairs

Government

George Washington University, BA

Monica Pyles, 2014 Mentor Coach

Saatchi & Saatchi, Account Executive

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA , 2011

I became a Mentor Coach because I feel that my experience in advertising and communications will allow me to pass on valuable knowledge and insight to a Fellow aspiring towards a similar career. NYNY is a strong, positive community and I look forward to contributing.

Monisha Shivakumar, 2016 Mentor Coach

Barclays, Trading Analyst

Financial Services

Rutgers University, BS

Morgan Johnson, 2016 Mentor Coach

Revolt TV, Coordinator

Media

Hampton University, BA | University of LaVerne, MBA

Morgan Richardson, 2011 Mentor Coach

Bloomingdale's, Business Manager

Designer, Advanced, & Modern Collections

Harvard University, BA , 2009

I would suggest becoming a Mentor Coach at NYNY because it provides a great opportunity for you to pay it forward. As a Mentor Coach, you will not only contribute to the career success of another individual, but your experience as both a Mentor and Coach enhances your own leadership skills. The experience also allows you to hone the professional skill sets you have developed and share them with a first generation college student, ultimately preparing them to enter the work force.

Murat Sen, 2016 Mentor Coach

Imagine Software, Inc., Consultant

Financial Services

Istanbul University, BA | Cornell University, MBA

Naeema Huq, 2012 Mentor Coach

Morgan Stanley, Associate

New York University, BS , 2009

Mentorship and guidance are key requirements for success, as no one person in this world succeeds through only his or her individual effort. It is through this realization and the gratitude I have for those who have positively impacted my life that I am eager to begin my journey as a Mentor Coach and help young, ambitious first-generation college students navigate dreams into ambition and ambition into success.

Nakia Gray, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach

Medgar Evers College-CUNY, Program Director

College Now

Cornell University, BA , 2006 | Syracuse University, MS , 2008

As a first-generation college student, I had mentors and advisors helping me along my path to achieve my goals. I became a Mentor Coach to be a resource to Fellows. I hope that my background in education (teacher and administrator) can be an asset to those interested in the field. Learning is a lifelong process and as a 2011 Mentor Coach, I learned as much from my Fellow as I believed he learned from me. The NYNY’s design allows both the Fellows and the Mentor Coaches to grow and expand their reach.

Nancy Jin, 2014 Mentor Coach

TowerBrook Capital Partners, Associate

University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2012

As someone who has recently started on a career path, I know first hand how difficult jump-starting a career from college can be. I was fortunate enough to have mentors who guided me through the discovery process. In turn, I chose to become an NYNY Mentor Coach to pay it forward and make a meaningful impact on bright, hardworking, and ambitious students who may not have access to as many valuable resources as I did.

Nasir Qadree, 2010 Mentor Coach

State Street Corporation, Officer

Investment Manager Services

Hampton University, BS , 2008

It’s what my mother and grandmother told me I have to do. From an early age, they instilled in me the importance of giving back. Being a Mentor Coach allows me time to work with my Fellow to help him design a game plan of the best way to realize his dreams and ambitions. I want to ingrain in my Fellow’s mind that he can do anything that he dedicates his heart, mind and energy to, regardless of the resources available to him. I’m extremely passionate about this concept because when I was going through college I did not have anyone to serve as a soundboard for my thoughts, aid me in planning out my career, and help me understand the importance of service. As a Mentor Coach, I strive to instill in my Fellow confidence and sharpen his ability to express his ideas. I also attempt to share with my Fellow my experiences and perspectives as a young professional in the financial services industry as well as connect him to resources and people that will help him in pursuing his goals. I sincerely care about my Fellow and his goals and I am wholeheartedly dedicated to working tirelessly to ensure that he is prepared to compete alongside the best in this world.

Natalia Ladzinska, 2016 Mentor Coach

CME Group, Global Business Development Analyst

Financial Services

Depaul University, BS

Natalie Leung, 2015 Mentor Coach

Alvarez & Marsal, Manager

Consulting & Professional Services

University of California-San Diego, BS , 2007 | Duke University, MBA , 2013

Natalie Wilson, 2016 Mentor Coach

Providence, Nurse Practitioner

Healthcare

University of California, Berkeley, BA | Columbia University, MS

Natasha Desai, 2011 Mentor Coach

The Mount Sinai Hospital, Resident Physician

Emergency Medicine

University of California, Los Angeles, BS , 2005 | George Washington University, MD , 2010

I think it’s important to pay forward all the advice and lessons I learned in my struggle to achieve my career goals. Participating as a Mentor Coach for NYNY allows for just that and more. It is very fulfilling to help guide these very driven and motivated first generation college students. It pushes me to be at my best as I want to be the ideal role model for my Fellow.

Natasha Kellett, 2016 Mentor Coach

Every Hour Counts, Communications and Policy Manager

Nonprofit

Northeastern University, BA

Natasha Lauriston, 2014 Mentor Coach

Kingsborough Community College, Internship Coordinator

Career Development Center

Brooklyn College, BA , 2009 | Brooklyn College, MA , 2013

I believe there is a true value in taking the influence you’ve earned and sowing it back into the ground you came from. This is why I became a Mentor Coach with NYNY. I look forward to being a great source of support and encouragement during my Fellow’s proud and challenging moments.

Nav Ghuman, 2015 Mentor Coach

Strategic Value Partners, Associate

Financial Services

Baruch College, BA

Neal Patel, 2014 Mentor Coach

Coral Ventures, Co-Founder

Rutgers University, BS , 2011

Muhammad Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” I do my best to keep this in mind and give back as much as I can especially from experiences which I have learned so much from. This is why I decided to become a Mentor Coach with NJNY. As for myself, I attended Rutgers University where I studied Finance and Economics and have a background in Investment Banking. I hope to utilize my background to create a rich and rewarding experience for the Fellows.

Neel Shah, 2010 Mentor Coach

Oaktree Capital Management, Vice President

University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2004 | London School of Economics and Political Science, MS , 2005

Mentorship has been an important part of my character growth that continues to further my personal and professional development. As a first-generation American, having a mentor has helped me bridge the gap between the experience of my immigrant parents and that of someone more knowledgeable about building a successful career in this country. While I still have much to learn, being a NYNY Mentor Coach allows me to give back to the community and hopefully help others in a similar situation.

Neha Krishnamohan, 2010 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Associate

Investment Bank - Healthcare

Duke University, Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Economics , 2008

I became a Mentor Coach to provide career guidance to Fellows in order for them to be able to make decisions about what they would like to pursue professionally. This is something that I was fortunate enough to have received in college which helped me make the decision to pursue finance. As an Associate in the Healthcare Group in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, I am looking forward to leveraging my personal and professional network to help my Fellow achieve her career ambitions.

Nestor Solari, 2016 Mentor Coach

Creation Investments Capital Management, Investment Professional

Financial Services

Pennsylvania State University, BS

Nestor Solari, 2012 Mentor Coach

Developing World Markets, Private Equity Analyst

Private Equity

Pennsylvania State University, BS , 2010

I became a Mentor Coach so that I may share my experiences as a first-generation college student with the Fellows accepted into the NYNY program. Due to the impact of mentors on both my education and my career, I have made an effort to mentor younger colleagues, students and children at various levels.

Nexus Cook, 2016 Mentor Coach

DDB, Copywriter

Other

Temple University, BA | Temple University, MA

Ngozi Nwaogu, 2014 Mentor Coach

IROKO Partners, Associate

Business Development

Harvard University, BA , 2012

Having individuals that one can turn to for advice, support and guidance is imperative no matter what industry one chooses to pursue. Mentors have played a large role in both my personal and professional development, and I believe that it is my responsibility to give back and become a resource to others. I hope to form fruitful relationships with the Fellows and help them achieve their goals.

Niamath Khandaker, 2015 Mentor Coach

Groupon, Senior Financial Analyst

Consumer Goods & Retail

University of Michigan, BBA BA , 2012

Nick Mele, 2013 Mentor Coach

North Star Academy - Clinton Hill Middle School, 7th Grade Science Teacher

Montclair State University, BA , 2009

For many years, the opportunity gap has remained a focal point for education reform and continues to affect the futures of many young people throughout our country. As an educator in an urban charter public school, I have dedicated my life to closing that gap and preparing low income students to graduate from college. The young men and women of NJNY are a true testament to the fact that with hard work, persistence, and perseverance the opportunity gap is truly coming to a close.

Nicole Smith, 2015 Mentor Coach

Citi, Senior Associate

Financial Services

University of Rochester, BA , 2012

Nicole St. Pierre, 2014 Mentor Coach

Edelman, Account Supervisor

Health

Indiana University, BA , 2009

Originally from Connecticut, I grew up and attended college in the Midwest. I started my career in Chicago before moving to New York. Working in public relations, I am passionate about writing, networking, talent development and project management. I attribute my career placement and continued growth to a handful of fantastic mentors, so I became a Mentor Coach to similarly guide the next generation of young professionals.

Nikola Kesar, 2015 Mentor Coach

Macy's, HR Manager - Cosmetics & Special Projects

Consumer Goods & Retail

Cornell University, BS , 2013

Nou Moua, 2016 Mentor Coach

Kaplan Test Prep, Content Strategist

Education

University of California, Davis, BA

Nylia Lighty, 2013 Mentor Coach

Towers Watson, Compensation Analyst

Global Database Services

Mercy College, BS , 2011 | Columbia University, Graduate Business Certificate , 2013

I became a Mentor Coach because I wanted to devote more time to NYNY’s movement. As a new Mentor Coach, I expect to have even greater experiences than I had as a Career Coach. I would recommend being a Mentor Coach for the rewards of giving, realized impact, and personal growth. Being a first-generation college graduate, my background and experiences will inspire a Fellow to believe, plan, persevere, accept help, and take manageable risks.

Odette Clarke, 2016 Mentor Coach

New York City Department of Education, Teacher Training Manager

Education

Florida State University, BS

Olena Stepanchenko, 2013 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Management & Strategy Analyst

Securities Division

Rutgers University, BA , 2011

I am the first person in my family to obtain a college degree in the US, as well as the first person in my family to work on Wall Street. Because of my background, I experienced unique challenges and limitations, but with the help of many mentors, professors, and friends, I was able to successfully start my career. I became a Mentor Coach because I know the lessons I’ve learned in my personal journey will serve others well as they embark on theirs.

Olivia Myers, 2015 Mentor Coach

Spongecell, Senior Account Executive

Advertising & Public Relations

Colgate University, BA , 2011

Olivia Weyers, 2016 Mentor Coach

Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Litigation Support Specialist

Law

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS

Onson Luong, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Assay Development Associate

University of California, Davis, BS , 2006

As a first-generation college graduate, there were often times where I had questions or wanted advice but was unsure who to turn to. Eventually, I found some great resources on campus. I look forward to serving as a resource for my Fellow. Since graduating college, I’ve worked at a Contract Research Organization (CRO), that many large pharma or biotechs contract their work out to, and currently work at a biotech in Westchester.

Oscarly Sanchez, 2016 Mentor Coach

II-VI Advanced Materials, Process Engineer

STEM

Stevens Institute of Technology, BS | Stevens Institute of Technology, MA

Oswald Fombrun, 2015 Mentor Coach

TDX Construction Corporation, Construction Superintendent

STEM

New Jersey Institute of Technology, BS , 2008

Poranee Kingpetcharat, 2015 Mentor Coach

Uncommon Schools, Senior Director of Data & IT

Nonprofit

Paola Benavides, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

LeFrak Organization,

Information Technology

Binghamton University, BS , 2007 | Hofstra University, MBA , 2012

Every Fellow is special and they are so because they’re defeating odds every day. My sincerest wishes are to support them in their journey to stardom. Being the first in my own family to reach graduate school I feel blessed to be able to participate in the lives of other students like myself moving through academic and professional waters never before chartered by anyone in their families.

Paolo Garcia, 2016 Mentor Coach

EY, Senior

Consulting & Professional Services

University of Notre Dame, BA

Patricia Tomitz, 2016 Mentor Coach

Quest Diagnostics, Financial Analyst

Healthcare

Rutgers University, BS

Patrick Heffernan, 2014 Mentor Coach

Admiral Capital Group, Associate

Real Estate Private Equity

Boston College, BS , 2003 | Duke University, MBA , 2013

Mentorship programs have impacted my life, both personally and professionally. Having participated as a Career Coach in a few NYNY workshops prior to being selected as a Mentor Coach, I found the program to be wildly impactful on those who engage in the curriculum. I am thrilled to contribute to NYNY’s mission, eager to build upon the foundation and look forward to assisting the Fellows achieve their career goals.

Patrick Richards, 2012 Mentor Coach

Experian Cheetahmail, Project Lead

Implementations

University of Wisconsin, BS , 2004 | Hunter College, MA , 2009 | Columbia University, MS , 2012

As a student of history and technology, a project manager in a global digital marketing firm, and an aspiring entrepreneur, I see that science and technology today are leading one of the most profound transformations of human society in history. I became a Mentor Coach because it’s both an honor and an obligation to help Fellows make the most of this historic opportunity. My goal is to help Fellows understand how to be successful by breaking down the daunting possibilities into actionable steps.

Patrick Vatterott, 2016 Mentor Coach

Broadway Technology, Senior Consultant

STEM

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS

Paul Cooney, 2016 Mentor Coach

Red Bull Media House, Programming Manager, Channel Operations

Media

Fordham University, BA

Paul Millerd, 2016 Mentor Coach

Russell Reynolds Associates, Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

University of Connecticut, BS | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MS | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MBA

Peck Yang, 2014 Mentor Coach

Two Sigma Investments, Associate

Private Investments

Princeton University, BSE , 2011

My mentors have helped me find opportunities and overcome obstacles. As a NYNY Mentor Coach, I hope to draw upon my experiences and knowledge to help Fellows find their passions and achieve their goals.

Pen-Pen Chen, 2013 Mentor Coach

Penguistics Solutions, President/CEO

Bryn Mawr College, BA , 2002 | Columbia University, MS , 2011 | Middlebury College, MA , 2014

After getting involved with NYNY as a Career Coach, I was very impressed with the organization and inspired by the Fellows. Even though I’ve worked in leadership development for many years, I felt that I always learned so much from each event and grew each time. I hope that as a professional who has had experience in a variety of industries (consulting, education, business, technology, and media), I may be able to share my experience with others.

Peter Jankovsky, 2015 Mentor Coach

Oliver Wyman, Senior Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Dartmouth College, BA , 2012

Peter Lee, 2016 Mentor Coach

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Graduate Student

STEM

University of Hong Kong, BS | Weill Cornell Medical College, PhD

Peter Tilton, 2012 Mentor Coach

Spencer Stuart, Research Analyst

Board & CEO Practice

Harvard University, BA , 2010

I became a Mentor Coach because I believe in NYNY’s mission and think it is an extremely exciting time to become part of the organization. I hope that my background provides Fellows with insight into both the executive search industry as well as the numerous industries we consult with.

Phillip Cooper, 2014 Mentor Coach

Uncommon Schools, Special Projects Coordinator

Cornell University, BS , 2010

Over the years I have been fortunate to have strong role models in my life. I see New Jersey Needs You as an opportunity to pass on some of the wisdom and best practices for sound professional development that I was given by those individuals. I remember being an underclassmen and trying to figure out the best way to go about finding an internship. I also remember many of the less than stellar moments. I consider it my mission to help people avoid the obstacles I encountered.

Pierina Sanchez, 2011 Mentor Coach

Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University, Graduate Student

Harvard University, BA , 2010 | Princeton University, MPA , 2014 (expected)

My Fellow is interested in founding her own youth-services nonprofit and I gladly bring her my experience administering municipal grants. The City’s discretionary grant process and my involvement with different civic institutions can teach her about the intricacies of public service. As a first generation college graduate, I recognize the pivotal role that honest mentorship plays for the students NYNY serves. I am happy to employ my professional experience to help my Fellow achieve her goals.

Pooja Shah, 2016 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Associate

Financial Services

New York University, BS

Praveen Venkatraman, 2015 Mentor Coach

PricewaterhouseCoopers, SAP Security Associate

STEM

University of Mumbai, Bachelor of Engineering , 2012 | University of Illinois Chicago, MS , 2014

Prentis Robinson, 2014 Mentor Coach

Magnitude Capital, Associate

Columbia University, BA , 2011

Born and raised in East Orange, NJ, I experienced first-hand what it meant to not have the necessary professional and educational resources necessary for success. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to be a part of a great program, NJ SEEDS, which allowed me to see my potential. I take great pride in the ability to give to the Fellows what was afforded to me when I needed it most.

Princess Labao, 2016 Mentor Coach

BMO Harris Bank, N.A., Vice President, Senior Audit Manager

Financial Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS

Priya Peyman, 2014 Mentor Coach

Brooklyn Nets, Account Manager

New York University, MS , 2014 | Temple University, BA , 2006

I am so excited to join the 2014 Mentor Coach class of NJNY. As a Mentor Coach, I look forward to sharing my experiences and helping the Fellows achieve their goals. I hope to make a meaningful impact in the NJNY organization and can’t wait to be a part of the inevitable success stories.

Qinnan Lin, 2016 Mentor Coach

Carlyle Group, Associate

Financial Services

University of Pennsylvania, BS

Rahel Rasu, 2014 Mentor Coach

McCann Worldgroup, Communications Manager

Corporate Communications

Columbia College Chicago, BA , 2010

I am inspired to mentor because of the mentors I’ve had, and still have, in my life. Mentoring is a powerful way to both teach and learn, and volunteering through NYNY is an opportunity to provide the same support and guidance that I have been fortunate enough to receive.

Ramsey Nabahani, 2011 Mentor Coach

BNP Paribas, Debt Capital Markets

University of California, Berkeley, BA , 2007

As a first generation Lebanese American, I hope to harness some of my personal experiences to pass on to my fellow. I grew up in Southern California and have since moved out to New York to pursue a career in finance. Along the way, I have drawn inspiration from parents, coaches, and managers. Now, I look forward to serving as a Mentor Coachand guiding my Fellow towardshis life and career aspirations.

Ramya Ravishankar, 2015 Mentor Coach

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Associate

Law

Oxford University, MS , 2011

Rance Graham-Bailey, 2016 Mentor Coach

The Community Builders, Inc., Project Associate

Nonprofit

Stanford University, BA | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA

Raphaella Brun, 2015 Mentor Coach

New York University, Project Manager

Consulting & Professional Services

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.Arch. , 2006

Rashida Boyd, 2016 Mentor Coach

Unified, Marketing Manager

Other

New York University, BS

Rebecca Lewis, 2016 Mentor Coach

Avant Collective, Financial Crime Investigator

Financial Services

Northern Illinois University, BS

Rebecca Pollick, 2015 Mentor Coach

Ernst & Young, Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

University of Michigan, BBA , 2014

Renee Browne, 2015 Mentor Coach

ING Investment Management, Associate Credit Risk Management

Financial Services

Howard University, BBA , 2011 | University of Rochester, MS , 2014

Richard Berta, 2015 Mentor Coach

Google, Digital Strategist

Media

University of Arizona, BS , 2006

Ricky Shah, 2011 Mentor Coach

Irving Place Capital, Associate

Harvard University, BA , 2009

In the 3 months that I’ve been working with NYNY, I’ve gotten so much out of being a Mentor Coach. Not only have I been able to leverage my own experiences to help guide my Fellow toward his goals, but in exchange, I’ve learned so much from him through his struggles and successes. Moreover, my fellow Mentor Coaches, who come from a diverse set of backgrounds, continue to inspire me with their unique experiences, stories and ideas.

Rico Johnson, 2016 Mentor Coach

Adveq, Senior Associate

Financial Services

Howard University, BA

Risa Ward, 2012 Mentor Coach

DonorsChoose.org, Teacher Relations Manager

Operations

Harvard University, BA , 2010

As a Mentor Coach, I look forward to learning about my Fellow’s experiences and challenges, and sharing my time, knowledge, and open ear. I hope to help my Fellow make the most of their education and explore opportunities after college.

Risa Ward, 2012, 2015 Mentor Coach

DonorsChoose.org, Teacher Relations Manager

Nonprofit

Harvard University, BA

Rob Loiterman, 2014 Mentor Coach

IT/Tech Companies, Executive Vice President and General Manager

Rutgers University, BS

I am a seasoned global c-level executive. I have diverse professional leadership experiences covering many areas: technology, management, entrepreneurship, operations, finance, M&A and customer support. I have had success and failures in my career and I am interested in sharing my experiences with the next generation of upcoming professionals.


Some of my accomplishments include (1) a successful IPO (2) starting a medical device company (2) providing leadership to grow a NJ company from 50 to over 600 employees. (3) Growing every organization I led by double digits. (4) Raising seed financing (5) building teams. I have participated in the Rutgers TeamUp mentoring program for the business school for the past 12 months. I have mentored two students and enjoyed it immensely. I am currently in transition in my career, I was working in Arizona and I am now back in NJ. I have additional time. Based on my experiences from the TeamUP program, I very much enjoy the idea and being involved in a similar program. In addition I grew up in Jersey City. My mother was a school teacher in Jersey City for many years. She was dedicated to working with underprivileged children and I want to follow her lead. She passed away 12 years ago and this would also be a nice tribute to her.

Rob Varady, 2011 Mentor Coach

SAC Capital Advisors, Risk Manager

Hedge Funds

Harvard University, BS , 2006

Aside from meeting some amazing people, the experience of being a Mentor Coach forces you to recognize those things that you’re good at, crystallizes those lessons you’ve learned, makes you appreciate the opportunities you’ve had, and challenges you to reach outside your comfort level, since that’s exactly what you’re pushing your Fellow to do.

Rob Willer, 2016 Mentor Coach

Nielsen, Business Analyst

Other

Northern Illinois University, BA

Robbie Forest, 2016 Mentor Coach

FTI Consulting, Senior Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Indiana University, BA

Roberto Mejia, 2014 Mentor Coach

Verizon Wireless, Senior Project Manager

Syracuse University, MS , 2010 | Syracuse University, BS , 2001

I am currently a Senior Project Manager for Verizon Wireless. I’ve been with Verizon Wireless over a year now. Prior to Verizon, I had a 12 year experience working as an IT consultant in the Washington DC area working on various government projects. I became a mentor coach in 2014 because I’m all about helping people. There’s nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it. At 35 years old, I have lots of experience about life, school, and work to share!

Robyn Finker, 2011 Mentor Coach

MSL New York, Vice President

American University, BA , 2008

I was not a first generation college student; however, I am the first person in my family to truly join the ranks of corporate America. As I needed to learn the ropes on my own, I joined NYNY to help the future of America follow the same path I did, but with some help.

Rochelle Marshall, 2015 Mentor Coach

Harlem United, Behavior Health Specialist

Nonprofit

City College of New York, BS , 2012 | City College of New York, MA , 2015

Rohun Pai, 2016 Mentor Coach

Huron Consulting Group, Analyst

Consulting & Professional Services

University of Michigan, BA

Romona Roberts, 2013 Mentor Coach

Account Executive, Executive Coach,

Seton Hall University, BA , 1982

After several years of building teams and encouraging corporate growth, nothing is more rewarding than to encourage the growth of an individual; to play a part in that growth is an honor. NJNY…I need them too! It’s a pleasure to be among the accomplished Mentor Coaches!

Ross Cranwell, 2014 Mentor Coach

Imagine Easy Solutions, Marketing Manager

University College Dublin, BA , 2002

I have worked in marketing for 8 years, mainly in the tech startup space. I’m from Dublin, Ireland, and have lived in China, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, and New York. I am looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned through my international experience with my Fellow. I understand how difficult it can be to make the right decisions while working your way through school, so I hope to make those challenges a little easier for my mentee by sharing my knowledge and experiences.

Russell Jones, 2012 Mentor Coach

Oliver Wyman, Consultant

Cornell University, BA , 2006

I became a Mentor Coach to help a Fellow navigate the internship and employment maze. I know from experience that the process can be daunting, and having someone that knows the process can be invaluable. I know my own career path has evolved quite a bit, and I am thankful to the people who have helped along the way. I hope to pay some of that knowledge forward as a Mentor Coach.

Ruth Cenat, 2016 Mentor Coach

KPMG, Senior Associate

Consulting & Professional Services

New York University, BA | Harvard Business School, MBA

Ryan McGuigan, 2015 Mentor Coach

Carlyle Group, Associate

Financial Services

Harvard University, BA , 2012

Saami Siddiqui, 2012 Mentor Coach

Bonobos, Merchandising Analyst

Merchandising

University of California, Davis, BS , 2010

I have experienced the power of mentoring first hand. I was a confused college undergraduate in the not so distant past, and getting guidance at the right time had a substantial impact on my life. I hope to have a similar lasting impact on my Fellow’s life as he/she looks to forge a fulfilling career.

Sakkara Marsh, 2014 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Associate - Organizational Development Specialist

Human Resources

Pepperdine University, BA , 2006 | Pepperdine University, MBA , 2012

I am a focused organizational development professional supporting multiple lines of business in the financial services industry, developing programs related to leadership development, team building, and communication. I am an avid adventurer and have traveled to Sao Paolo, Warsaw, Nice, Paris,Rome, Florence, Venice, Geneva, Heidelberg, London, Dubai, Guangzhou, Beijing, and Hong Kong. I look forward to sharing my experiences with the 2014 Fellows Class!

Salvatore Valela, 2015 Mentor Coach

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Director

Financial Services

DePaul University, BS , 2002

Saman Akhtar, 2013 Mentor Coach

Teach for America, Recruitment and Infrastructure Strategy Analyst

Recruitment Strategy

University of Texas at Austin, BS , 2007 | University of Pennsylvania, MA , 2009 | Columbia University, MS , 2013

I have been fortunate to have had great mentors throughout my life that have given me sound advice. I feel an obligation to pay it forward in an impactful way. By becoming a Mentor Coach for NYNY, I hope to provide the same valuable guidance to driven and passionate Fellows as they go through college.

Samantha Batista, 2014 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Senior Analyst

Bank Treasury

Quinnipiac University, BS , 2012

I am extremely thankful for the mentorship and guidance I received early in my college career as it guided me towards my current career. I am eager to mentor an ambitious and motivated NYNY Fellow. I understand the importance of being able to relate to someone who may have faced similar obstacles, and I am excited to be that person for my Fellow.

Samantha Gordon, 2013 Mentor Coach

Boston Consulting Group, Consultant

Northwestern University, BS , 2007 | Columbia University, MBA , 2012

I was thrilled to learn of NYNY and become a part of the Mentor Coach class. I enjoy helping others excel in their careers, whether it is understanding their strengths and interests, exploring various paths, interviewing, or working through challenges in their current environment. I have had many similar experiences, attended business school to redirect my career, and have always been involved in recruiting programs. I look forward to extending my experiences to others.

Samantha Jayawickrama, 2015 Mentor Coach

Blackstone Group, Business Analyst

Financial Services

Cornell University, BS , 2011

Samir Sheth, 2012 Mentor Coach

Bertelsmann, Vice President, Corporate Development

University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2008

What excites me about mentoring NYNY Fellows is that they are ambitious, hard working, and an inspiration to other Fellows and Mentor Coaches! I want to harness their dedication, channel it into what they’re passionate about, and ultimately help them to reach their goals.

Samuel Itin, 2014 Mentor Coach

Pearson, Efficacy Implementation Manager, IT

Higher Education

Binghamton University, SUNY, BA , 2010 | University of St. Thomas, MEd , 2012

Through incredible personal sacrifices and an extremely hard work ethic, my parents succeeded in sending my sister and me to college. They quietly instilled the value of ‘always learning’ in our lives. My steadfast desire is to give back and help students unlock their true potential no matter what their passion. As a Mentor Coach I aim to share my vast experiences in education, marketing, technology, and entrepreneurship with future leaders.

Samuel Levin, 2012 Mentor Coach

Daiwa Asset Management, Analyst

Lafayette College, BA , 2009

I became a Mentor Coach to provide those without any guidance the opportunity to make the most of their great potential. Being a Career Coach has given me the certainty to know I would like to be a full time Mentor Coach, introducing me to extremely capable Fellows I could directly help as a mentor and friend. I hope to make a difference by helping those without the resources that many have been fortunate enough to have.

San Lo, 2013 Mentor Coach

Avenue Capital, Analyst

University of Michigan, BS , 2008

The NJNY program is unique in that it gathers the talents and experiences of young professionals to help motivated young people. It is rewarding to give my time and see a meaningful impact on another’s life and career. I am also grateful to the program which gets me in touch with other like minded young professionals.

Sandra Oliveira, 2014 Mentor Coach

QuestBridge, Program Associate

Boston University, BS , 2004 | Boston University, MAT , 2006 | Harvard University, MEd , 2013

As a first-generation high school and college graduate, I wanted the opportunity to work with students who might have the same questions I did while navigating their education. I’ve worked with students between middle school and graduate school. I believe my professional and personal experiences provide me with a unique window into mentoring Fellows. I’m hoping to share these experiences and my knowledge with the Fellows, but I am also looking forward to learning from them!

Sanjay Bhatt, 2013 Mentor Coach

Glenview Capital Management, Investment Analyst

Brown University, BA , 2011

I became a Mentor Coach to put my experiences, resources, and network to use in helping young and ambitious Fellows achieve their educational and professional goals. I’ve greatly benefited from the advice and support of various mentors throughout my life, and would love nothing more than to pay it forward by guiding and helping a Fellow realize his or her goals.

Sarah Falck, 2012 Mentor Coach

Google, Inc, Account Executive

Sales

Stanford University, BA , 2007 | New York University, MBA , 2015

I can’t wait to join the ranks of Mentor Coaches and start contributing to NYNY’s mission of collegiate, career, and workplace mentoring. I have been the fortunate recipient of several mentoring relationships through college and my career-to-date, and I’m excited to be able to “pay it forward” and build rewarding, successful relationships with the NYNY Fellows.

Sarah Mathew, 2012 Mentor Coach

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Brand Manager

Marketing

Harvard University, BA , 2000 | University of Michigan, MBA and MS , 2006

I became a Mentor Coach because, as a former high school teacher, I missed my daily interactions with students and the joy I got from their success. I believe strongly in NYNY’s mission and was eager to join a community so passionate about helping students achieve their full life potential. What I didn’t realize is how much I would learn in the process. The NYNY Fellows are amazing. At the end of each workshop, I look around and wonder who learned more – the Fellows, or me?

Sarah Nash, 2012 Mentor Coach

Seiu Local 32BJ, Law Fellow

Stanford University, BA , 2006 | George Mason University, JD , 2011

I became a Mentor Coach because I was inspired by the enthusiasm of the participants and the hard work and commitment of the Fellows. NYNY seems unsurpassed in the strength of the bond between Mentor Coaches and Fellows. I wanted to share my professional experiences in a way that might help others achieve their goals. I look forward to being a part of the program.

Scott Levy, 2012 Mentor Coach

Sandler O'Neill + Partners, Analyst

Investment Banking

The University of Texas at Austin, BBA, BSc , 2010

My mentors have been key in helping me achieve my goals by offering their advice, support, and resources. I started volunteering with NYNY last year so I could have the same impact on a Fellow’s life. After my first workshop, it was clear that NYNY has some of the most motivated, excited, and dynamic college students in New York. Their ambition was contagious. I applied to be a Mentor Coach so I could join and contribute to an organization with a great mission. I’m thrilled to be a part of it!

Scott Mares, 2015 Mentor Coach

Mars Incorporated, Information Risk & Security Lead

Consulting & Professional Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS , 2010

Sean Gold, 2016 Mentor Coach

U.S. Bank, Senior CDO Analyst

Financial Services

Michigan State University, BA

Sean Hennessy, 2015 Mentor Coach

Morgan Stanley, Project Manager

Financial Services

Sergey Koretskov, 2015 Mentor Coach

Razorfish, Business Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS , 2011

Sergio Menacho, 2014 Mentor Coach

Morgan Stanley, Financial Controls Senior Manager

Seton Hall University, MBA | Syracuse University, BS

The mission of NJNY to provide career development, mentorship, and professional networks for low income college students is a passion I hold dear to my heart as I come from a similar background. As a lifetime member and board member of the ALPFA NJ Chapter, an organization similar to NJNY, I have created opportunities and built relationships for its members, the community, and its business partners while expanding Latino leadership in the global workforce. This has allowed me to work closely with many college students over the past ten years. I’m involved with many of the NJ colleges (Rutgers, Seton Hall, FDU, Keane, etc.) and providing guidance on classes, careers paths, and what to expect once they obtain a job are valuable skills I can share. I would also like to share my 12+ years of experience in the financial services industry; I started my career in Public Accounting and then transitioned to the private sector working for Societe Generale, Prudential, and now Morgan Stanley. I have seen many students just take a job for the sake of it, and as time goes on their progression is limited. I want my mentee to be challenged and experience the up and down’s work life offers. This is the way to learn, grow, and develop leadership. As I have experienced it first hand, I can definitely add value in providing guidance and advice.

Shailesh Sachdeva, 2012 Mentor Coach

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Director

Entertainment & Media

University of Toronto, BASc , 2001 | Queen's University, MBA , 2006

Having never had a mentor in college, I was unaware of all the opportunities available to me on graduation. As a NYNY Mentor Coach, you are enabling students to reach their maximum potential by educating them about the options they can pursue. A career in management consulting has allowed me explore multiple industries including telecom, media & entertainment, education, and human resources, which I can leverage to help guide Fellows on the choices available to them.

Shameek Robinson, 2012 Mentor Coach

College Board, Education Manager

Region and Account Services

Rutgers University, BA , 1999 | Johns Hopkins University, MSEd , 2010

I have worked with students, families, schools, and communities in education for over a decade. Currently, I am with the College Board after completing my MSEd through the Johns Hopkins School of Education. I received my BA in Biology from Rutgers University with my initial New Jersey biological teaching certification through TFA. I hope to help my Fellow learn about the unspoken values and expectations needed to be successful professionals.

Shannon Aquino, 2015 Mentor Coach

The John Buck Company, Associate

Financial Services

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, BS , 2012

Shaquana Ford, 2013, 2015 Mentor Coach

AOL Huffington Post, Media Buyer

Media

Howard University, BA , 2011

Shari Etienne, 2015 Mentor Coach

Ernst & Young, Senior Auditor

Financial Services

University of Michigan, BA , 2009

Shari Staine, 2015 Mentor Coach

Bloomingdale's, Site Operations Analyst

Consumer Goods & Retail

University of California, Berkeley, BA , 2010

Shawn Tumanov, 2016 Mentor Coach

BMO Financial Group, Senior RIsk Manager

Financial Services

Kent State University, BA | Northern Illinois University, MBA

Shiraz Bheda, 2015 Mentor Coach

Cowen, Associate

Financial Services

University of Texas at Austin, BBA , 2010

Shreya Singh, 2016 Mentor Coach

JVM Realty, Analyst

Other

University of Michigan, BA

Sid Paradkar, 2016 Mentor Coach

Hutchin Hill, Software Developer/ Quant

Financial Services

Rutgers University, BS | Rutgers University, MS

Simon Ang, 2014 Mentor Coach

Macquarie Capital, Senior Vice President

Infrastructure

University of New South Wales, Australia, Bachelor of Commerce , 2006

Throughout college and my career, I have had the privilege of experiencing the wisdom and guidance that mentors bring – their impactful words of advice have helped forge my path in the finance world. As a Mentor Coach, I believe I can meaningfully help my Fellow continue to overcome any challenges to achieve their life goals and career ambitions. I am excited to work with highly motivated, intelligent and talented individuals to develop their skills and bring out their best.

Simon Cassell, 2015 Mentor Coach

Linklaters LLP, Associate

Law

Oxford University, BA , 2010 | Columbia Law School, JD , 2014

Sitara Sundar, 2016 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Investor Analyst

Financial Services

The College of William and Mary, BA

Sona Rai, 2012 Mentor Coach

CreativeFeed, Director of Media Relations

University of Rochester, BA , 2005 | Columbia University, MA , 2012

As a Career Coach for NYNY, I was inspired by the drive and promise of the Fellows, and it will be an honor to be a resource for the NYNY Fellows in any way that I can be as a Mentor Coach.

Sonya Crosswell, 2012 Mentor Coach

Carver Federal Savings Bank, Vice President

University of Pennsylvania, BA , 1999 | University of Pennsylvania, JD , 2002

I fully support NYNY’s mission and I believe that hard work and determination, a strong support system, an influential network of mentors and access to resources are the keys to a successful career. I became a Mentor Coach because I feel that my legal background and experience at two international law firms and in-house at a community bank will allow me to pass on valuable knowledge and insight that I have learned along the way to a Fellow aspiring towards a legal career.

Sophia Li, 2015 Mentor Coach

Becton Dickinson, Analyst

Healthcare

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS , 2012 | Columbia University, MPH , 2014

Sophie Won, 2015 Mentor Coach

Club Monaco, Associate Merchant

Consumer Goods & Retail

University of Texas at Austin, BS , 2011

Sophie Zhang, 2015 Mentor Coach

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Manager

STEM

Marshall University, B.Acy. , 2004 | Marshall University, MBA , 2006 | The Ohio State University, M.Acy. , 2007

Stacey-Ann Johnson, 2012 Mentor Coach

Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Associate Director

Financial Planning & Analysis

Columbia University, BA , 2003 | University of Pennsylvania, MBA , 2010

I became a Mentor Coach in order to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to exceed both academically and professionally. I would recommend that all individuals who have been gifted with a strong education and career participate in giving to, and learning from, a Fellow.

Stanislav Shamayev, 2016 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Analyst

Financial Services

Baruch College, BA

Stephanie McDuffie, 2015 Mentor Coach

Charles Schwab, Director of Business Strategy

Financial Services

Emory University Goizueta School of Business, BBA , 2004 | The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, MBA , 2010

Stephanie Perez, 2015 Mentor Coach

Verifone, Global Strategy and Business Development Associate

Financial Services

Steve Hollander, 2015 Mentor Coach

Groupon, Senior Associate Finance

STEM

DePaul University, BS , 2009 | Carnegie Mellon University, MBA , 2014

Steve Shemesh, 2016 Mentor Coach

RBC Capital Markets, Equity Research Associate

Financial Services

Rutgers University, BA

Steve Torok, 2014 Mentor Coach

Archer & Greiner, P.C., Associate

William & Mary Law School, JD , 2013 | Gettysburg College, BA , 2010

It has been a challenging and changing job market since the recession, and the legal job market is no exception. I was fortunate to have mentors in my life that helped me focus on achieving realistic goals. I am thankful for the opportunity to impart that knowledge on others, and to be a resource for those who need it.

Steven Amaya, 2016 Mentor Coach

TaskUs, Inc., Assistant Controller

Other

Hartwick College, BA

Steven Kim, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Associate

University of Rhode Island, BA , 2005

The job application process was very challenging for me when I was finishing college but I was fortunate enough to have the right support staff to guide me through it. If it wasn’t for that help, I don’t think I would have been as successful. As a returning Mentor Coach, I have been through the 2 year curriculum with NJNY and saw how much the Fellows were benefitting from it after each workshop. To see them grow, develop and sharpen their skills, and to be a part of that process was an experience that was incredibly rewarding. The relationships that I have built along the way from the Fellows, Mentor Coaches to the ANY staff was something that I will always cherish and I am excited to continue to be part of this organization.

Steven Martin, 2015 Mentor Coach

JLL, Associate

Financial Services

University of Michigan, BS , 2008 | University of North Carolina, MBA , 2013

Steven Raga, 2012, 2016 Mentor Coach

AARP, Public & Community Affairs Consultant

Steven Skolnik, 2012 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Analyst

Prime Brokerage

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BBA , 2011

I became a Mentor Coach because I think back to all the people that have helped me over the years and I don’t know where I’d be without their guidance. Nothing is more rewarding than having the ability to make a positive impact on someone else’s life. NYNY is not only beneficial for my Fellow, but it enables me to grow as an individual and motivates me to reach my highest potential. My insight from prior experiences has prepared me to help my Fellow be successful in school and in life.

Sunita Ghia, 2011 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Associate

Asset Management

New York University, BA , 2009

After my first experience volunteering with New York Needs You, I knew I wanted to become a Mentor Coach. I have been inspired by the collective dedication of the Fellows, and watching their growth and development with each workshop has been tremendously rewarding. I am looking forward to cultivating a close relationship with my Fellow, and I hope that by drawing on my personal experiences, I can help guide her toward her academic and career ambitions.

Sybil St. Hilaire, 2015 Mentor Coach

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Program Officer

Nonprofit

Syed Hassan, 2016 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, OADP 2014 Analyst

Financial Services

Rutgers University-Newark, BS

Taisha Garcia, 2016 Mentor Coach

Warner Bros Entertainment, HR Coordinator

Other

Lehman College, BS | University of Southern California, MSW

Takako Kono, 2013 Mentor Coach

New York University, Assistant Director, Master of Social Work Program Services

Silver School of Social Work

Barnard College, BA , 2010 | Columbia University, MPA , 2011

As a first-generation college student, I am acutely aware of the academic and professional challenges Fellows may experience. My background has made me deeply committed to providing underserved students with the resources they need to graduate and begin promising careers. I was fortunate to have mentors who helped me identify and define my professional objectives. I want to leverage my network, experience, and industry knowledge to provide a Fellow with the same opportunities that I received.

Takako Kono, 2013, 2015 Mentor Coach

New York University, Assistant Director, Master of Social Work Program Services

Education

Barnard College, BA , 2010 | Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, MPA , 2011

Tangela Griffin, 2015 Mentor Coach

U.S. Department of Treasury, Large Bank Supervision

Law

Old Dominion University, BA | St. John's University School of Law, JD

Tanya Lindsay, 2015 Mentor Coach

Beam Suntory, Assoc Brand Manager

Consumer Goods & Retail

Columbia University, BA , 2007 | Kellogg School of Management, MBA , 2013 | Northwestern University, BA

Tara Johnson, 2015 Mentor Coach

Bloomingdale's, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion and Community Service

Consumer Goods & Retail

Taria Buchanan, 2016 Mentor Coach

Wrigley, Marketing Manager

University of Notre Dame, BA | University of Chicago - Booth Graduate School of Business, MBA

Tausha Cowan, 2014 Mentor Coach

Columbia Business School, Senior Associate Director of Internal Communications

Marketing and Communications

New York University, BA , 2007 | The London School of Economics, MS , 2011

I decided to become a Mentor Coach with New York Needs You because I know that journeys are not meant to be traveled alone. I have been fortunate enough to have received guidance and mentoring throughout my career and seek to do the same for others. I look forward to working with the NYNY Fellows to help them achieve their goals.

Taylor Jantz, 2016 Mentor Coach

Huron Consulting Group, Project Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Creighton University, BS | Vanderbilt University, MA

Taylor Jenkins, 2016 Mentor Coach

BMO Harris Bank, N.A., Analyst

Financial Services

Dalhousie University, BA

Terrance Rogers, 2012 Mentor Coach

Deutsche Bank, Analyst

Asset Management

Georgia State University, BBA , 2010

New York Needs You is an incredible organization that touches the lives of students with stories similar to my own. As a first-generation college student, my college and career success has been directly linked to mentor advice and foresight. I hope through NYNY to have an impact on a college student’s life like my mentors did with me. For those looking to make a positive impact in someone’s life, I encourage you to get involved.

Terre Bethea, PhD, 2013 Mentor Coach

Verizon Communications, Senior Consultant

Program/Project Management

Strayer University, BS , 2006 | Averett University, MBA , 2009 | Nova Southeastern University, PhD , 2011

I was raised with the philosophy that it is better to give than to receive. When you grow up in an environment where giving back and helping others is the norm, it sets a foundation that not only is it the right thing to do, it is something you must do. Volunteering has been something that I have wanted to do for quite some time. When the flyer for NJNY came across my desk, it was an opportunity that I definitely wanted to be a part of. I take education very seriously and I know how invaluable it is to have a positive support system to help you achieve your goals. Being able to provide that positive support to first generation college students has proven to be a rewarding experience for me. Although I am volunteering my time and providing professional knowledge and expertise to the fellows, I am also gaining so much more by being a part of such a positive and gratifying program. NJNY is an excellent volunteer opportunity and I highly encourage others to invest their time.

Thea Rogers, 2015 Mentor Coach

Northwestern Medicine Central Dupage Hospital, Data Analyst

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

Illinois Wesleyan University, BA , 2008 | University of Illinois Chicago, Master of Public Health BA , 2010

Theresa Lin, 2015 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Analyst

Financial Services

Wellesley College, BA , 2012

Thomas Phillips, 2016 Mentor Coach

ICAP, Client Manager

Financial Services

Rutgers University, BA

Tia Cummings, 2011 Mentor Coach

L'Oreal, Marketing Director

Marketing

Hampton University, BS , 2002 | Purdue University, MBA , 2004

Being a Mentor Coach is so rewarding! I’ve always enjoyed working with young people, but this is my first experience with college students. The Fellows are so motivated! They continue to amaze and inspire me at every workshop. And, with the focus on professional development and networking, I feel like I’m getting just as much out of the program as the Fellows. That’s what makes NYNY different from every other mentoring organization I’ve worked with, and I’m so glad to be a part of it.

Tiffany Davis, 2016 Mentor Coach

Saks Fifth Avenue, Assistant Planner

Consumer Goods & Retail

Fashion Institute of Technology, BS

Tim Eardley, 2015 Mentor Coach

American Express, Manager, Loyalty Partnerships

Law

University of Rhode Island, BA | Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD

Tina Reejsinghani, 2012 Mentor Coach

Pernod Ricard, Brand Manager for Jameson

Marketing

New York University, BS , 2004

Becoming a Mentor Coach allows me to give back to the community by providing highly deserving individuals opportunities to broaden their career prospects. My marketing background, international experience and extensive network puts me in a strong position to provide valuable guidance to the NYNY Fellows. I look forward to building a wonderful relationship with my Fellow and other NYNY members!

Ting Guo, 2016 Mentor Coach

Bain & Company, Consultant

Consulting & Professional Services

Columbia University, BA | Columbia Business School, MBA

Tofi Lakhani, 2011 Mentor Coach

Dataprise Inc., Technical Project Manager

Richard Stockton College of NJ, BS , 1993

As time goes by and life’s hurdles become harder, we get betterat jumping over them. I realize that I could have benefitted if I had someone advising me and helping me through those roadblocks. That’s why I decided to become a Mentor Coach. I put myself through school, which was hard work, but the end result was sweeter because of it. When I look at others going through the same I can’t help but try and be there for them. Hopefully, my assistance will help them succeed.

Toluwalope Okeowo, 2015 Mentor Coach

Crossmedia, Cross Channel Media Planner/Buyer

Advertising & Public Relations

Syracuse University, BS , 2011

Tom Kendzie, 2016 Mentor Coach

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Senior Associate

Financial Services

Indiana University, BS

Tom Peacock, 2016 Mentor Coach

Worldwide Logistics Ltd., Account Representative

Other

University of Delaware, BA

Tracy Li, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach

Ziff Brothers Investments, Analyst

Investments

Harvard University, BA , 2009

I became a Mentor Coach because I believe in the power of mentoring. I’ve been fortunate to have role models in my life who’ve provided invaluable advice through my academic, professional and personal decisions. As a NYNY Mentor Coach, I hope to pay it forward. In my experience thus far, I’ve been ceaselessly impressed and inspired by the Fellows and other Mentor Coaches. I feel fortunate to be part of such an outstanding organization of people.

Tricia Hunt, 2016 Mentor Coach

Cal State San Bernadino, EOP Counselor

Education

William Patterson University, BA | Rider University, MA

Trina Assur, 2012 Mentor Coach

Oppenheimer & Co., Analyst

Investment Banking

University of Pennsylvania, BA , 2010

I attended a NYNY event the year I moved to New York after graduating college. Meeting the other Mentor Coaches and the Fellows they influenced inspired me to want to get involved. I think NYNY is an influential force in New York and I am happy to be able to be part a team doing so much good.

Trisha Chakraborty, 2014 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Associate

Regulatory Capital

Johns Hopkins University, BA , 2011

I have seen many instances where lack of information or resources has prevented qualified individuals from obtaining the internship/career of their choice. NYNY provides a way to bridge that gap by helping talented and ambitious young fellows understand how to achieve success. I have benefited greatly from mentors throughout my life, and I feel privileged to share my experiences and resources in that same way with a fun and diverse New York-based community.

Tyler Simpson, 2016 Mentor Coach

National Basketball Association, Senior Coordinator

Other

Columbia University, BA

Udayan Mittal, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Associate

Strategy and Process Improvement

Wariwick University, BA , 2007 | London School of Economics, MSc , 2008 | Cambridge University, MA , 2011

Currently a management consultant at McKinsey, I graduated from Cambridge University, LSE and Warwick in the UK. I’ve been a mentor to many students, applicants and colleagues over the last few years. However, I believe it takes the right amount of experience, understanding and connections to truly make an impact when it matters, which is why I decided to become an NYNY Mentor Coach.

Van Ann Bui, 2015 Mentor Coach

Proskauer Rose LLP, Associate

Law

Southern Methodist University, BA/BBA | Columbia Law School, JD

Vanessa Pranzo, 2011 Mentor Coach

Tutor/Consultant,

Teaching

Dickinson College, BA , 1992 | Monterey Institute of International Studies, MBA , 1996 | New York University, MA , 2007

I have been a part of the international community in one way or another for my entire work life. My career began at The World Bank and then I went to international business school in California. It is where I began a career in advertising and worked mainly on global accounts. I returned to NYC in 2002 and eventually went to NYU and became a teacher. I became a Mentor Coach because I wanted to use all of my experiences to help someone else to succeed in their own life.

Vanessa Singh, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

Innisfree M&A Incorporated, Analyst

Investment Management

Bryn Mawr College, BA , 2009 | Columbia University, MA , 2013

I am currently an analyst at Innisfree M&A Incorporated. I graduated from Bryn Mawr with a degree in Psychology and Economics and earned a Master’s Degree in international finance from Columbia University. I enjoy volunteering to teach financial literacy, traveling and cooking with friends.

Vania Wang, 2016 Mentor Coach

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Associate

Law

University of Chicago, BA | University of Chicago Law School, JD

Varun Sanyal, 2014 Mentor Coach

Development Corporation, Project Manager

Temple University, BA , 2010 | New York University, MUP , 2015

As a product of the New York City public school system and growing up in an immigrant household, I understand the complexities of entering the “real world”. NYNY provides a collaborative platform for motivated young individuals to attain economic mobility and success in their respective endeavors.

Vince Tejada, 2016 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Banking Planning & Analysis Associate

Financial Services

University of Connecticut, BS

Vincent Barr, 2011 Mentor Coach

MongoDB, Online Marketing Manager

College of William and Mary, BA , 2008

I became a Mentor Coach to help the NYNY Fellows achieve their career aspirations. For one Fellow this may mean helping them to recognize their personal and professional strengths and, for another, it may mean expanding their view of the career opportunities available to them. Or, maybe it’s just having a Mentor Coach around to motivate and encourage them. In hindsight, I recognize how valuable a mentor would have been in curating my own goals and identifying the most efficient steps to reach them. There are a lot of stops, hooks, and snags between the day one receives a diploma and the day one receives an offer letter – many of which are magnified for first-generation college students. I am excited to be a part of the program that reverses a considerable opportunity gap through an enriched community and well-planned curriculum. It is very rewarding.

Vincent Roddy, 2010 Mentor Coach

Mount Sinai Department of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Resident

Duke University, BA , 2005 | Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, MD , 2009

As a doctor, I serve the medical needs of patients. As a Mentor Coach, I wanted to serve the professional needs of our Fellows. I truly believe every child wants to be successful. The sooner we can show a child a legitimate path to success, convince them of their own potential and the resultant successes hard work yields, the sooner that child will likely take more ownership over their own life, demanding the very best of themselves. It has been great thus far; highly recommended for those considering.

Violet Machethe, 2016 Mentor Coach

Citi, Analyst

Financial Services

Columbia University, BA

Vishant Patel, 2016 Mentor Coach

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Senior Associate

Consulting & Professional Services

Rutgers University, BS

Vittal Kadapakkam, 2011 Mentor Coach

Corvex Capital, Investment Analyst

Private Equity - Media and Financials

Princeton University, BA , 2009

I became a Mentor Coach because I have a strong appreciation for the guidance and mentorship that I have received throughout my education and professional career, and I enjoy the opportunity to pay it forward. As a Mentor Coach, I have been exposed to theinspiring stories of other Mentor Coaches and, particularly, ofFellows. It is extremely rewarding to work with talented and ambitious students and help guide and shape their career paths.

Vladimir Tomic, 2016 Mentor Coach

Finance and Accounting, Sr Financial Analyst

Other

SUNY at Buffalo, BA | St. Bonaventure University, MBA

Wendy Cai, 2014, 2016 Mentor Coach

Evercore Partners, Investment Associate

University of Pennsylvania, BSc BA

Wendy Sung, 2016 Mentor Coach

MetLife, Credit Risk Analyst

Financial Services

National Taiwan University, BA | Claremont McKenna College, MA

Whitney Barno, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach

Prudential Financial, Manager

Hampton University, MBA , 2010 | Hampton University, BS , 2008

I became a Mentor Coach because I recognize how much my mentors played a role in my success. My mentors always provided sage advice and supportive words, and those things have been invaluable in my career development.

Whitney Baxter, 2013 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Associate

Investment Banking

Harvard University, BA , 2007 | Harvard University, MBA , 2011

I am very excited to be a 2013 Mentor Coach and to be of service to a great cause. NYNY provides a great platform to work with thoughtful, ambitious, and dedicated Fellows. I have been very fortunate to have had great mentors throughout my life, and I am keen to pay it forward.

Will Fotsch, 2012, 2015 Mentor Coach

Kantar Vermeer, Senior Director

Consulting and Professional Services

MIT, BS | Harvard Business School , MBA

Willemijn Huizing, 2016 Mentor Coach

Diptyque, US E-Commerce Manager

Consumer Goods & Retail

Boston University, BA

William Demas, 2011 Mentor Coach

Macquarie Capital, Senior Associate in the Power, Utility and Renewables Group

Harvard University, BA , 2005

I have always appreciated the value of others who have helped guide me to the place where I am now and cannot imagine this journey without their sound input. I feel an obligation to offer myself in the same capacity to others going through similar experiences and I found the NYNY program a great platform for doing so. I have consistently faced new situations that have pushed me to expand my thought process and approach. I hope this perspective can help our Fellows succeed as well.

William Lam, 2015 Mentor Coach

JP Morgan Chase, Associate

STEM

Ateneo de Manila University, BS

William Yu, 2012 Mentor Coach

CI Capital Partners, LLC, Senior Associate

University of Pennsylvania, BA and MA , 2005 | Harvard University, MBA , 2011

I firmly believe that any success I have had in life (what little of it) is thanks to the guidance of mentors, support of friends and family and a healthy dose of good luck. While I may not be able to change luck, I hope to at least be able to provide my Fellow, the same level of support and guidance that I received.

William Zhou, 2016 Mentor Coach

Citi, Vice President

Financial Services

SUNY at Oswego, BA

Winfrida Mbewe-Chen, 2016 Mentor Coach

Small Business Services, Director, Commercial Revitalization

Government

City College of New York, BA | Columbia University, MPA

Xiao Sun, 2016 Mentor Coach

Orloff, Lowenbach, Stifelman & Siegel, P.A., Associate Attorney

Law

New York University, BA | Rutgers Law School-Newark, JD

Yalun Tu, 2016 Mentor Coach

Self Employed, Screenwriter

Arts & Entertainment

Harvard University, BA

Yasmeen Allen, 2013 Mentor Coach

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Development Associate, Institutional Giving

Development

Tufts University, BA , 2004 | George Washington University, JD , 2007

I wanted to become a Mentor Coach because I believe that mentors are important resources for students and young professionals. My own journey taught me the value of a strong network and support system, and I am eager to help someone else pursue his or her passion. I look forward to supporting NYNY’s mission and learning from my Fellow and colleagues in the process.

Yaye Ba, 2015 Mentor Coach

Morgan Stanley, Senior Associate

Financial Services

Yishu Huang, 2015 Mentor Coach

CafeMedia, Manager

Consumer Goods & Retail

Columbia University, BA , 2011

YJ Won, 2012 Mentor Coach

Estee Lauder, Executive Director

Strategy & Business Development

Harvard University, AB , 1998 | Harvard University, MBA , 2006

Since college, I have made several career changes–from finance, to international development, to management consulting, and now beauty. I have been lucky to have met wonderful mentors who have guided me in my journey. As the Fellows transition from school to the professional world, I hope to draw upon my experiences to help them leverage their skills/talents and successfully navigate this new arena. NYNY is a wonderful organization and I am excited to be a 2012 Mentor Coach.

Yusuf Yusuf, 2016 Mentor Coach

Citi, Management Associate

Financial Services

Binghamton University, BA | Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD

Zach Drozd, 2013 Mentor Coach

Proskauer Rose LLP, Associate

Rutgers University, BA , 2008 | Columbia University, JD , 2012

While I was an undergraduate at Rutgers College in New Brunswick, I had the good fortune of being paired with a corporate attorney through a similar mentoring program. As a kid growing up in a blue collar environment, I previously had no exposure to what it took to become an attorney or what it meant to work at a large law firm. This relationship stimulated my interest in the law and provided me with invaluable advice on the steps I needed to take in order to become an attorney. I only hope that I will be able to impart to my Fellow some measure of the advice and encouragement that my own mentor gave to me.

Zach Johnson, 2012 Mentor Coach

AOL, Account Manager, Video

AOL On Network

Stanford University, BA , 2009

As a member of the NYNY community, I hope I can share the leadership and networking skills I’ve learned over the last five years with the NYNY Fellows. I think that since I started my career in finance and recently transitioned to the media/tech field there are a wide variety of tips I’ve learned that I would love to share with Fellows interested in these industries.

Zheng Guo, 2010 Mentor Coach

Goldman Sachs, Associate

Securities Division

Bentley University, BS , 2007

I became a Mentor Coach because I’m a first generation college graduate as well. Relating to that experience, I understand the value of college education and how it can drastically impact one’s life.

Zoila Mendez, 2010 Mentor Coach

J.P. Morgan, Originator

Community Development - Tax Oriented Investments

Fordham University, BS , 2007

My Fellow, Maria, is interested in a career in social justice. She is passionate and dedicated to absolving the world’s problems. Our passions for social impact are aligned. Currently, I work in community development, providing financing for social and economic projects in low income communities. I have learned to combine my interests with realistic career functions. I hope to pass on the same knowledge to Maria so she can accomplish all her personal and professional goals.