The Young Professionals Board includes young, dedicated professionals who are passionate about helping Breakthrough New York achieve its mission of supporting low-income, highly motivated students to and through college by fundraising, networking, volunteering, creating corporate leadership opportunities, and building greater awareness about Breakthrough New York.


Alex Merchant, Senior Policy Analyst, New York City Mayor's Office of Operation Chair

Andrew Chase, Director, Brokerage Services, Cushman Wakefield – Executive Committee

Thurston Hamlette, Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP – Executive Committee

Justin Roberts, Vice President, CIT Group – Executive Committee


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

Chrissy Allen, Buyer, MILLY

Robert Baldwin, High Yield Research Analyst, Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research

Vikram Bishnoi, Associate, CCMP Capital

Mallory DeMaio, Grants Manager, The Michael J. Fox Foundation

Alex Gutman, Assistant Vice President, HSBC Bank Corporate Banking

Gabriel Hayes, Digital Producer, Saatchi & Saatchi

Javonie Hodge, Investment Analyst, TIG Advisors

Michael Lei, Associate, Greenbriar Equity Group

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

Ryan Lichtenfeld, Account Supervisor, BBDO New York

Molly Miller, Senior Account Executive, Hall & Partners

Randy Nash, Financial Underwriter, Alliant Insurance Services

David Seconi, Latin America Corporate and Structured Finance Associate, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporate

Dalia Spektor, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor, Montefiore Medical Center

If you are interested in joining the Young Professionals Board, please fill out the application

Applications are accepted year-round.