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.

If you are interested in joining this passionate group of young professionals, please fill out this brief application

Applications are accepted year-round.


Andrew Chase, Director, Brokerage Services, Cushman Wakefield – Chair

Justin Roberts, Vice President, CIT Group – Vice Chair

Gabriel Hayes, Digital Producer, Saatchi & Saatchi Online Fundraising & Marketing Chair, Executive Committee

Molly Miller, Senior Account Executive, Hall & Partners – Event Planning Committee Chair, Executive Committee

Randy Nash, Financial Underwriter, Alliant Insurance Services – Membership Committee Chair, Executive Committee


Rishabh Agarwal, Principal, Success Academy Bed-Stuy Middle School

Joseph An, Analyst, Lazard

Alesia Antoine, Senior Associate Researcher, Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine

Robert Baldwin, Strategic Finance Associate, Via Transportation

Ellease Bender, Global Manager, Talent Attraction, AB-InBev

Ozan Cubukcu, Associate, Olympus Partners

Katy Geller, Actuarial Manager, PwC

Cheryl James, Corporate Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, New York Life Insurance Company

Nikhil Jayawickrama, Investment Banking Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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

Laney Langenstein, Media Client Services Manager, Dow Jones

Michael Lei, Associate, Greenbriar Equity Group

Gemma Lenowitz, STEM Teacher, Math, Engineering, Science Academy Charter High School

Ryan Lichtenfeld, Account Supervisor, BBDO New York

Katie Lill, Private Bank Analyst, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Sonia Mehta, Data Engineer, Group Nine Media

Julia Perkins, Student Experience Manager, Matriculate

Brian Richards, Analyst, Boston Consulting Group

Ashley Rigby, MBA, PMP, Regional Sales Manager - Government, Education & Healthcare, Herman Miller

Chloe Ruan, Senior Associate, Morgan Stanley

Jarrod Schweizer, Associate - Institutional Advisor Team, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Kathryn Scott, Consultant, IBM Global Business Services

Mark Shapiro, Research Associate, NERA Economic Consulting (Oliver Wyman Group)

Alphonse Simon, Research Associate, Columbia University

Zoe Townsend, Executive Assistant to CEO/President, New York Public Radio

Jake Velazquez, Commercial Real Estate Agent, Compass