The Breakthrough New York Young Professionals Board (YPB) brings young, dedicated professionals together to support low-income, highly motivated students to and through college by fundraising, networking, volunteering, creating corporate leadership opportunities, and building greater awareness of our work to break the cycle of poverty in the lives of the kids and families we serve.

Thank you for your interest in joining this passionate group of individuals! Our application to join is closed for 2019. Please check back in the new year to apply.


Shannon Clark, Functional Consultant, Workday – Chair

Zoe Townsend, Executive Assistant, Citadel – Vice Chair

Shirley Wu, Population Health Strategy Specialist, Healthfirst – Event Planning Committee Chair, Executive Committee

Daniel Valladares, Associate, Brookfield Asset Management – Membership Committee Chair, Executive Committee

James Goyer, Investment Banking Analyst, Evercore – Online Fundraising & Marketing Chair, Executive Committee


Boris Chao, Associate, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited

Andrew Chase, Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Tori Copelas, Manager, GroupM

Ozan Cubukcu, Associate, Olympus Partners

Katie Donovan, Merchandise Planner, Birchbox

Betsy Fischer, Consultant, Advisory, Korn Ferry

Gabe Hayes, Senior Project Manager, VMLY&R

Danielle Hayman, Site Director, Braven

Ashley Heckstall, Event Manager, Ballet Hispanico

Cheryl James, Corporate Vice President, Operational Risk Management, New York Life Insurance Company

Dave Jonas, Area VP - Sales, Arthur J. Gallagher

Adam Kallaus, Associate, Perella Weinberg Partners

Akshay Kini, Private Equity Associate, General Atlantic

Laura Kirsch, Operations Analyst, New York Presbyterian

Daniel Koo, MBA Candidate, Columbia Business School

Laney Langenstein, Strategic Services Manager, Dow Jones

Gemma Lenowitz, Program Analyst, Overdeck Family Foundation, Two Sigma

Ryan Lichtenfeld, Senior Account Manager, BBDO New York

Kevin Linehan, Analyst, Evercore

Shannon McDonald, Field Producer, CNBC

Randy Nash, Financial Underwriter, Alliant Insurance Services

Carling O’Brien, Principal, Emerald Lake Capital Management

Rob Ossers, Advisor, Shufro Rose LLC

Alexander Peskind, Research Analyst, Phoenix Investment Adviser

Stevie Rachmuth, Clubhouse Director, The Town School

Brian Richards, Analyst, Boston Consulting Group

Sebastian Sanchez, Jones Lang Lasalle

Jarrod Schweizer, Internal Client Advisor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Kathryn Scott, Senior Consultant, IBM Global Business Services

Parris Taylor, Sustainable Finance Associate, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Priyanka Timblo, Associate, Holwell, Shuster and Goldberg LLP

Maria Vasaturo, Specialty Lines Claims Specialist II, Nationwide Insurance