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Executive Directors

John Galante

Executive Director at Year Up New York

John Galante joined Year Up in 2017 as a senior advisor to the corporate engagement team.

Previously, he was the CIO for the consumer and business banking divisions of JP Morgan Chase. In this capacity, Galante was responsible for setting and implementing the technology strategy that transformed Chase branches to a client-focused self-directed digital environment.

Prior to that role, he was the CIO for the Chase Wealth Management business where he led the largest retail brokerage conversion in the history of the industry.

During his tenure at JP Morgan Chase, Galante was also the executive sponsor of the JP Morgan Chase / Year Up partnership. Through this partnership, JP Morgan Chase hosted over 800 Year Up interns and converted over 200 of the interns to JP Morgan Chase employees.

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Peter Drittel (Chair)

COO, Titan Advisors LLC

Peter Drittel joined Titan Advisors in August, 2016 as Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Drittel is an experienced hedge fund industry/Wall Street executive with a 30+ year track record managing Global Macro and Emerging Markets portfolios; and recruiting, managing and developing portfolio management, research and other buy-side and sell-side talent.   Prior to joining Titan, he spent close to twenty years as a hedge fund Portfolio Manager at Tudor Investment Corporation (where he was a Partner, a member of the Management Committee and the founder of its Emerging Markets effort), Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisors, Diamondback Capital and Kingdon Capital.  Prior to entering the hedge fund industry, Mr. Drittel founded and co-headed Bear Stearns’ Emerging Markets Department.  Mr. Drittel served as Senior Advisor to the Founder and CEO of Incapture Investments LLC; and currently serves as Advisory Board Member of SAIS (Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies) and as Board Member of The Chatham House Foundation, Inc.  He previously served on the Boards of Bear Stearns Companies, Outward Bound USA and the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich.  Mr. Drittel has graduate degrees from the Wharton School (MBA, Finance) and from SAIS (MA, International Economics and Latin American Studies), and received his BA degree in Public Policy from Tulane University.

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Alexander Klabin

Managing Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Senator Investment Group

Alexander Klabin is Managing Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Senator Investment Group, a $4 billion private investment firm founded in 2008 to pursue opportunistic investments in distressed debt, value equities, event equities, and special situations. Prior to co-founding Senator in 2008, Mr. Klabin spent five years at York Capital Management, a global multi-strategy investment firm. At York, Mr. Klabin was focused on private equity, value equity, distressed debt and special situation investments. Prior to joining York, Mr. Klabin was a distressed debt research analyst at Monarch Alternative Capital and also worked as a private equity professional at Quadrangle Group, a private investment firm focused on media and communications companies. Mr. Klabin began his career as an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions department at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Klabin and his wife Kristen are active in a wide range of philanthropic and community activities, both individually and through The Senator Foundation. Mr. Klabin received a B.A. in English Literature from Princeton University.

 

 

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Brian Frank

Partner, MSD Capital, L.P.

Mr. Frank joined MSD Capital in October 2008 to establish and manage a portfolio focused on investing in equity and debt securities of energy-related companies. He became a Partner of MSD in January 2012. From 2005 to 2008, Brian was with Cumberland Associates, a long-short hedge fund in New York. Beginning in 2006, he managed an energy portfolio; he became a Cumberland Member (Partner) by the end of 2007. Prior to 2005, Mr. Frank worked in a strategy role at Harman International, as a Principal in the private equity group at WR Hambrecht + Co., and as an investment banking analyst at Lazard Freres.

Mr. Frank received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1999 and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1995 with a B.A. in Government.

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Colleen Taylor

Executive Vice President, Head of Treasury Management and Enterprise Payments, Capital One

Colleen Taylor leads the Treasury Management business for Capital One Bank. In this role, she is responsible for developing and managing a geographically diverse group of Treasury Management teams engaged in providing product development, management, sales, implementation, and servicing in support of the Bank’s Commercial Real Estate, Middle Market, Small Business and Private Banking groups.

In her role as head of Enterprise Payments at Capital One, ensures the development of coordinated payments strategies across the company and the continued execution of an effective payments governance and risk management framework.

As Market President, she plays a critical role in connecting Capital One Bank with the community.

Ms. Taylor joined Capital One Bank in 2009 with nearly 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, all within the Treasury Management area. The majority of her career was spent at Chase Bank while her most recent role prior to joining Capital One was with Wells Fargo/Wachovia. Most recently, Ms. Taylor held the position of Senior Vice President, Global Payments & Liquidity Services at Wachovia Bank. She also spent 15 years in various roles at J.P. Morgan Chase as Senior Vice President, Revenue and Balance Management Business Executive.

In 2013, Ms. Taylor was elected Vice Chairperson of NACHA’s Board of Directors. She was named to the “25 Women to Watch” list by American Banker in 2012 and 2013.

Ms. Taylor graduated magna cum laude from Spelman College in Atlanta and has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She has been based in New York City for most of her career and served a two and a half year assignment for Chase in London in the late 1990s.

 

Ms. Taylor is involved with several community organizations and mentoring programs. She is on the board of Veritas Therapeutic Community; a non-profit based in Harlem, and is active with her church.

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Eve Guernsey

Advisory Board Member, Silver Lane Advisors

Eve Guernsey retired in October, 2010 from the position of Chief Executive Officer of JP Morgan Investment Management Americas, a position she held since 2002. She was responsible for strategy development and management of the Institutional Asset Management business, serving pension funds, endowments and foundations; JP Morgan Funds, the proprietary mutual funds business that serves both retail and high net worth clients; Global Liquidity, providing multi-currency cash management products to institutions worldwide and Retirement Plan Services, a defined contribution and defined benefit record keeper and administrator to US retirement plans.

Eve chaired the Executive Committee for Investment Management Americas and was a member of the Operating Committee of JP Morgan’s Asset Management division. She also served on the Executive Committee of JP Morgan Chase and was a member of the board of directors for the JP Morgan Chase Foundation where she chaired the foundation’s Investment Committee and served on the Audit Committee.

During her career with JP Morgan’s Asset Management division, Eve held a number of leadership roles. From 1996 to 2002, she worked in Institutional Asset Management, rising to head that business in 1999. From 1992 until 1996 she led JP Morgan’s US proprietary mutual fund group, the JP Morgan Mutual Funds. Eve joined JP Morgan directly after graduating from Smith College in 1977 and during her first fifteen years with the company, held a succession of roles within JP Morgan’s Private Client Group where she worked with high net worth clients
and families, bringing to bear the various services JP Morgan offered including generational planning, investment management, investment management, lending and brokerage for her clients.

Eve attended the Kellogg School of Management’s program on Corporate Governance: Effectiveness and Accountability in the Boardroom in November, 2010.

Eve joined the mutual fund board that oversees the Lord, Abbett mutual fund complex in January, 2011where she chairs the Audit Committee. She joined the Advisory Board of Silver Lane Advisors, LLC in September, 2011, a firm focused on mergers and acquisition advisory work in the wealth management sector. In May, 2012 Eve joined the board of Waypoint Capital Holdings, an investment management firm specializing in financial and entrepreneurial investment services and the board of one of its subsidiary in May 2013, the Northill Capital
Holdings (Jersey) a global investment management firm.

She and her husband live in New York City with their daughter.

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Geoffrey Gold

Managing Member and Founder at Silver Salar Capital, LLC

Geoffrey is the Managing Member and founder of Silver Salar Capital, LLC a private investment and consulting firm.  Currently Geoffrey splits his time between his private investment responsibilities and various charitable organizations. From 2007 through 2012 Mr. Gold was a founder and portfolio manager at Normandy Hill Capital.  Normandy Hill was a hedge fund manager specializing in distressed and event-driven investing.  He has deep roots in the global distressed and event-driven investment business going back to 1988.  Previously Geoffrey was an Original Member and Partner of Strategic Value Partners (“SVP”), a $5.0 billion hedge fund and private equity platform, which originated with $100 million in total capital.  He joined SVP in March 2001 and left as of January 2007.  His primary responsibility was trading distressed products, and he also focused on portfolio management and global deal origination for distressed and private equity transactions.

Prior to SVP, Geoffrey spent 14 years at ING Barings in global distressed and special situations investing.  From 1997 to April 2000, he was Co-Head of global distressed and special situations investments, and was jointly responsible for a 26-person team managing a $1.1 billion portfolio in a variety of strategies including distressed debt, credit arbitrage and equity special situations.  From 1994 to 1997, he lived in London and ran the European and Asian distressed and special situations businesses.  He was a key player in establishing ING’s original distressed investment effort in the U.S. in 1990.  He has been an active volunteer and supporter of educationally based organizations throughout his career including the Colgate University Alumni Council from 2004-2010, Fiver organization, NYU Stern School of Business, The Akilah Institute and most recently as a mentor for Year Up.  Mr. Gold graduated Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University with a B.A. in International Relations and German in 1986.  He received an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1991 and has appeared as a guest lecturer for Prof. Edward I. Altman in his Corporate Bankruptcy & Reorganization course.

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Michael Bogdan

Managing Partner, Post Road Group

Michael is a Managing Partner at Post Road and the head of the Corporate investing practice.  Michael was previously a Partner at Atalaya Capital Management LP, a special opportunity investment firm with over $2 billion under management.  Michael joined Atalaya at its inception in 2006, was member of the Investment Committee, and lead the Corporate practice for 11 years.  During his career, Michael extensively invested in telecom infrastructure, business services, healthcare services, and real estate.  Prior to joining Atalaya, Michael originated, structured, and managed equity investments in traditional media, new media, and telecommunication service industries at Alta Communications, a leading private equity firm focused on small to middle-market media and telecommunication investments.  Prior to Alta Communications, Michael invested equity and subordinated debt in a broad range of technology companies at Comdisco Ventures, the venture capital arm of Comdisco.  Michael began his career as an investment banking Analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.  Michael received a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Michael Stone

President and CEO, Beanstalk

Michael Stone serves as chief executive officer of Beanstalk, a leading global brand licensing agency and part of the Diversified Agency Services division of Omnicom Group.

Michael has been a leader in all facets of licensing, developing brand extension programs for major multinational corporations, celebrities, sports and entertainment properties, as well as retail exclusive programs devoted to specific licensed properties.

Under Michael’s leadership, Beanstalk has been responsible for some of the most successful licensing programs of all time, including programs for Harley-Davidson, The Coca-Cola Company, AT&T, Ford Motor Company, Stanley Black & Decker, Procter & Gamble, and HGTV, among others. Additionally, he and his team conceived and implemented the ground-breaking and highly successful Mary-Kate and Ashley global fashion and lifestyle program, which achieved over a billion dollars in worldwide retail sales from 2000 to 2009. Michael and his agency are the recipients of 21 awards from the Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) for excellence in licensing.

Michael is a widely sought-after authority on licensing and is frequently cited in Advertising Age, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, The New York Times and other top print and broadcast media outlets. Michael has also driven the development and implementation of several philanthropic programs at Beanstalk, including the Beanstalk Hands-On Volunteer Program and Beanstalk Charities.

Michael graduated from Hamilton College, where he currently serves on the Hamilton College Marketing Committee, and the Emory University School of Law. Michael is a regular guest lecturer on licensing.

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Phil Schneidermeyer

Partner, Heidrick & Struggles

Phil Schneidermeyer is a Partner in the New York office of Heidrick & Struggles specializing in the recruitment of Chief Information and Chief Technology Officers across all industry sectors. Previously, Phil led the Chief Information Officer Practice for Highland Partners and founded an information technology and engineering boutique executive search firm.

Earlier, Phil was a Managing Director at another global executive search firm where he served as the Chief Information Officer Practice Leader and was a member of the firm’s Advanced Technology Practice. He was also a member of the Americas Operating Group and served as Chairman of the Information Technology Committee.

Prior to his executive search career, Phil was an Economist with a Hartford-based consulting firm focused on the Connecticut economy and commercial real estate markets.

Phil currently serves on the Advisory Board for Year Up New York. He is also a contributor to CIO Magazine’s “Hiring Manager” column and serves as a judge for the Annual CIO 100 Awards.

Phil earned his BA in Business Administration and later was awarded a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Connecticut.

 

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Andrea Catellier

Executive Director: Business Transformation Office, DTCC

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David Bard

Vice President at American Securities

David is currently a Vice President with American Securities, a NY-based private equity firm with over $15 billion in assets under management.  In addition to leading new investment opportunities, he serves as a director of Frontier Spinning Mills and GT Technologies.  Prior to joining in early 2015, David was a Vice President at Bain Capital in New York, where he worked for nearly nine years, and focused on Industrials and Business Services investments.  David began his career as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in New York.

 

In addition to his professional role, David has been an active member of the Leadership Council since 2014.  He also guest lectures at The Wharton School and is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

 

David currently holds an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was the Ford Fellow, and an MPhil in Economics with Development from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar.  In addition, he completed the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, concurrently earning a BS in Economics from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Penn Engineering.

 

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David Brenner

Senior Equity Analyst at Long Oar Global Partners, LP

David Brenner currently works at Long Oar Global Investors, LLC, an investment partnership based in New York City and affiliated with Tiger Management. David started his career in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring Department at Morgan Stanley and has over 17 years of experience as an investor, working for Blum Capital Partners, Highbridge Capital Management, Atlantic Investment Management and Litespeed Partners.

David has an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he was a member of the Value Investing Program. He graduated from Princeton University cum laude in Economics with a Certificate in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

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David Levine

Founder at Odin River

David A. Levine is the CEO of Odin River. He previously served as the Chief Investment Officer at Artivest, a financial technology company headquartered in NYC. Prior to Artivest, he spent a decade in the investment industry, having most recently worked on John Paulson’s investment team at Paulson & Co., one of the world’s largest alternative investment firms. David previously spent time at other firms including Canyon Capital, Colony Capital, PAAMCO and Lehman Brothers.

David is also an active blogger and tweeter, and a serial beta-tester.

David graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Philosophy and BSBA in Finance. He holds JD and MBA degrees from Harvard where he graduated with honors.

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Ed Wartels

Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Ed joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2016, where he focuses his time advising corporate tenants on a variety of commercial real estate needs. Prior to C&W, Ed was a principal at Cresa New York, where he started in 2002. There he worked on numerous complex real estate requirements for corporate tenants in their acquisition and disposal of space. Client engagements have included work with education & not-for-profit organizations, tech/media companies, financial services and a variety of other corporate tenants.

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Emily Brotman Gasthalter

Strategic Partner Manager, Google

Emily Brotman Gasthalter has worked for Google for 8.5 years across varied divisions and functions.  Presently, she works in the Product Partnership organization as a Strategic Partner Development Manager.  Prior to Google, Emily worked as an assistant literary agent at International Creative Management.  In addition to Emily’s involvement with Year Up, she is a member of the Morgan Library’s Young Fellows steering committee.  Emily is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania.  Born and raised in Center City, Philadelphia, Emily now lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband and her daughter.

 

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Jemi Shieh

Co-Owner, Le Studio NYC

Jemi Shieh previously worked in the Real Estate Private Equity Group at Deutsche Bank for nearly 10 years. After beginning his career in New York, Mr. Shieh helped launch the group’s European operations in London, England and was subsequently integral to the group’s transformation into a third-party fund management business.

Following his experience at Deutsche Bank, Mr. Shieh lived in Paris, France before managing a family office and co-founding Le Studio NYC, a multimedia art and photography studio in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Laetitia Soulier, where he continues as Executive Vice President.

Most recently, Mr. Shieh was Chief Operating Officer of EQC Funds, a New York-based energy infrastructure focused hedge fund, where he was responsible for operations and North American marketing.

Mr. Shieh currently serves as a member of the Leadership Council of Year Up New York, a non-profit organization, where he is also a mentor, tutor and volunteer.

Mr. Shieh graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Jeremy Schwach

Chief Executive Officer, BlueTree Network

Jeremy Schwach is a healthcare technology leader with experience growing and leading strong teams. With over ten years of Healthcare IT experience including six years working at a large healthcare IT vendor, Jeremy has experience managing large implementation projects, taking them successfully from strategic planning through go-live and post-live optimization. Jeremy currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at BlueTree Network, a healthcare IT consulting firm that specializes in electronic medical record implementation and support. In under 3 years, Jeremy has helped grow BlueTree into a high-performing services firm with 140 employees serving over 45 large health systems nationwide. Jeremy is passionate about helping others and served as a Year Up mentor for 3 years before joining the leadership council.

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Makiko Harunari

Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Makiko Harunari is a senior corporate associate in the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, specializing in banking and finance. Prior to her legal career, she worked at Goldman Sachs in Japan as well as the World Bank, in Washington DC. She received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Yale University. She has been on the Year Up New York Leadership Council since 2009 and served as Chair from 2014 to 2016.

 

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Markus Fischer

Strategist, Office of the Chairman, Goldman Sachs & Co

Markus currently works in Goldman Sachs’ Office of the Chairman where he works on the client strategy of the CEO of the firm. Prior to this role, he was in the Industrials Investment Banking team where he provided M&A and Corporate Finance advice.

Markus has over eight years of corporate and project finance experience, having worked previously at GDF Suez and Deloitte in London, Dubai and Paris. He earned a Master’s in Computer Science from I.N.S.A. de Lyon in France, a Master’s in Strategic Management from HEC Paris and obtained his MBA from Columbia Business School, graduating top of his class on a full tuition scholarship. While at Columbia, he was the recipient of the New York Alumni award, the Suresh Balaraman Prize for Excellence in Finance and the William J. Heffernan Memorial Award for service.

Over the course of his career, Markus has benefited from numerous mentors that provided him guidance and opportunities to succeed. He hopes that he too will be able to be a positive force for change through his work with Year Up New York and the New York Leadership Council.

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Mike Stallworth

Manager, Huron Consulting Group

Michael (Mike) Stallworth is a Manager in Huron Consulting Group’s Higher Education Practice where he advises college and university clients on addressing challenges related to strategy, organization, business operations, and financial management. Mike specializes in innovating program offerings, helping his clients to grow through expansion to new markets or adopting technologies to reach new learners.

Prior to joining Huron, Mike was a consultant at Monitor Deloitte, working with a breadth of clients from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors on strategic priorities such as go-to-market strategy, portfolio analysis, management process alignment, change management, and corporate strategy. He also has experience managing a business and working with young learners from his time at Kaplan, Inc. when he worked in a division of K-12 tutoring services.

Mike has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Richmond, VA, and a Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Mike is passionate about education and helping others to achieve their potential. He also enjoys cooking, travel, and sports. He is a Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) alumnus who remains actively involved with the organization.

 

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Newell Chavis

Senior Client Development Manager, Risk Strategies Company

In his role in Senior Client Development at the Risk Strategies Company (RSC), Newell Chavis manages 150+ Large and Mid-market clients across multi-practices ranging from Architects & Engineers, Professional Services, Construction, Manufacturers and Not for Profit organizations. Newell maintains a national sales approach to consistent annual goals of $100K+ in new client acquisition across diversified lines of business and he develops and bolsters RSC’s existing presence within both local and national trade and industry organizations. RSC Brokerage is ranked among the top 25 insurance brokerages in the United States, has over 20 regional offices, and allows Newell to provide his expertise of building relationships on a national level.

Newell has 12 years of risk management and insurance consulting experience, and created the proprietary HealthPlan Pulse™ platform for small businesses to gather HIPPA compliant employee data to assist executives in choosing customized benefit plan designs. In addition, he has written articles on Health Insurance for SHRM and HRNY, spoken on Wellness for local trade organizations such as CIANJ, and is a contributing member of MAS of NY. He also mentors young adults as an active member of Year Up, and has further involved RSC in establishing the firm as a Year Up Corporate Sponsor, providing ongoing internships. Newell is a graduate of the University of Miami.

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Scott Farber, Chair

Founder and President, A-List Education

With a mission to level the playing field for students from all backgrounds, Scott is the President and co-founder of A-List Education. Growing from just a handful of students in 2005, A-List now serves more than 80,000 students across the US and around the world. The company works with more than 700 high schools and nonprofit organizations, including KIPP, the Harlem Children’s Zone, the Fulbright Commission, and Year Up (where Scott serves as the Chair of the NY Leadership Council) – providing everything from professional development and direct instruction to sophisticated assessment platforms and curriculum alignment. Scott has more than 12,000 hours of instructional experience, working with thousands of students and teachers to improve post secondary outcomes.

Scott was lucky enough to attend Harvard University on a scholarship, and then serve as CFO of a development project in Ecuador funded by the British Embassy. These experiences left him with a deep appreciation for education not just as what traditionally happens in the four walls of a classroom but as a set of skills necessary to succeed in the wider world. This philosophy of college and career readiness has been central to A-List’s success; as a result Scott has been asked to be a frequent presenter at education conferences, and has been featured on Bloomberg, NBC, CBS, Fox and CNN to comment on developments in the education space.

Most recently, Scott has overseen A-List’s expansion to Europe, the Middle East and China, as well as the development of extensive learning materials and a suite of groundbreaking educational tools.

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William Tremblay

Vice President, Assured Guaranty

William (Will) is Vice President at Assured Guaranty, the leading provider of Financial Guarantee Insurance currently dealing primarily in the Municipal Finance sector. Will is a member of the Surveillance department which manages Assured’s $418 billion insurance portfolio where he focuses on designing and maintaining exposure systems and oversees derivatives reporting.

Prior to joining Assured, Will was a Senior Account Manager at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. where he managed the accounting records of multiple institutional client portfolios. He specialized in fixed income accounting and designed systematic income forecasts for portfolio managers.

Will has a Bachelor of Arts from Hobart College where he studies mathematics and environmental studies. He is currently 2016 Level III Candidate in the CFA Program.

Outside of work, Will spends time closing the opportunity divide as a three-time mentor at Year Up, plays in a pool league out of Brooklyn, NY, watches Philadelphia sports religiously, and wastes far too much time reading his Twitter feed.

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Zara Anwarzai, Vice Chair

Chief of Staff: Corporate Talent & Development, HR, JPMorgan Chase

Zara is the Chief of Staff for the Global Head of Human Resources and currently a Talent Manager on the Corporate Talent & Development Team.  In this capacity she provides support for the Human Resources Operating Committee and is also engaged in initiatives that span across leadership development, global recruiting and HR for HR projects.

Over the last 18 years, Zara enhanced her experience in roles within the Private Bank,  Enterprise Technology,  Treasury Services,  HR Operations and most recently before her current role,  in HR Technology.

At the beginning of her career at JPMorgan Chase, Zara was part of the Smart Start Scholarship Program, which is a leadership pipeline program with rotations in various businesses around the firm.  Her rotations were in the employee recognition group, multiple departments within Legal, as well as marketing in Madrid, Spain while studying abroad.

Zara has a Bachelors Degree in Spanish from New York University and now resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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New York Alumni Board

Abby West (Vice Chair)

IT Project Manager at Credit Suisse

Abigail West (Vice-Chair – Class 13) is an active Year Up alumna who graduated from Year Up New York, in 2013. She interned at Citi Group and is currently a project coordinator within her team for CompuCom at Credit Suisse. She manages day to day projects and takes care of client IT equipment. Outside of Abigail’s work life  she relaxes on the weekend and bakes desserts  for her friends and family to enjoy.  She also enjoys gaming and coming up with different ideas to create her new super PC. Abigail is a hard working young woman and thrives to demonstrate the value and importance of women in IT.

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Jason Coullette

AML Compliance Associate at JPMorgan Chase

Jason Coullette (New York Alumni Site Representative – Class 2) is a Year Up Class 2 alumnus, and a Compliance Associate at a multinational investment banking firm. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Economics from SUNY Empire State College. Jason was a part of the first class of students to study Financial Operations at Year Up, where he learned and developed a deep passion for the financial markets. Jason has been in the financial services business for eight years and brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills to the Year Up alumni community.  Outside of work, Jason enjoys playing sports and attending sports events, music, and continuing his journey of being a lifelong learner.

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Markese Miller

Technical Business Analyst at Goldman Sachs

Markese Miller (Secretary/Historian – Class 15), is a Year Up Class 15 alumni. Markese is a Technology Vendor Management Specialist at JP Morgan Chase, and a full-time student at SUNY Empire State College. Combining project management training from Year Up with a background in technology, Markese transforms data into meaningful stories used to create solutions, track progress, and mitigate risks. Outside of work, Markese volunteers for the homeless outreach ministry at a local church. He is also a recipient of the 2015 New York Yankees Youth Leadership award for District Board 5, for providing positive service to his community.

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Regina Andino

Senior Executive Assistant to the Chief Technology Officer at JPMorgan Chase

Regina Andino (New York Alumni Site Representative Back Up -Class 16) was a personal assistant in Boston, MA before finding Year Up.  She was motivated  to move back to New York City, where she was born and raised, to follow Year Up’s Financial Operations track. Regina was offered a job after her internship with Year Up and continues to see opportunities to develop her lifestyle. Regina is now the Senior Executive Assistant to the Chief Technology Officer of JPMorgan Chase. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, and volunteers much of her spare time giving back to Year Up locally and nationally.

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Reinette Ross (Chair)

Operations Manager at Year Up New York

Reinette Ross (Chair – Class 6), currently serves as the Site Operations Manager for Year Up New York. Reinette is a graduate of Year Up New York Class 6 and received the David E. Retik Award for Excellence at graduation. Reinette strives to be a leader and teammate at Year Up. In this role, she provides administrative support to a staff of 80+ people and monthly financial management for the site. At Year Up, she has learned how to provide a high level of support while empowering others with the tools needed to do their jobs exceedingly well. Since graduating in 2010, she has been a very active member of the Year Up New York Alumni Association. As an alumna, Reinette holds Year Up’s mission close to her heart and feels strongly about sharing the opportunity she was given with other young adults. She earned her Bachelor’s of Business Management and Economics from SUNY Empire State College. Reinette strives to work hard at helping Year Up New York alumni have an amazing experience throughout the alumni phase of the program.

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Remi Gonzalez

Senior Analyst at Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation

Remi Gonzalez (Treasurer – Class 10) is a Class 10 alumnus and a Senior Operations Analyst at DTCC. Remi is currently engaged in a pursuit of discovery, excellence, and self-improvement. Before Year Up, he dropped out of college and worked a dead end job. With a new baby on the way, he had a wakeup call and found Year Up. After graduating from Year Up, Remi enrolled in college, became a full-time associate for one of the world’s largest investment firms, and worked his way up to a senior analyst. He now leads a team that helps develop professional skills for a department of 200 employees and facilitates monthly classes aimed at bolstering both hard and soft skills. Remi enjoys helping his daughter learn the importance of creating a strong foundation in education and work ethic—and she makes sure he doesn’t goof off. Remi to holds Year Up’s mission close to his heart having had first-hand experience in the program. Remi has two brothers who graduated from Year Up and his fiancé and sister-in-law are soon too be alumnae. Year Up has become an essential part of his family.

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