Founded in 2012, the CSF Young Leaders Board is a network of young professionals that supports CSF’s mission and seeks to maximize educational opportunities for New York City children through fundraising, volunteering, and raising awareness about CSF among their friends, families, and colleagues. To learn more about joining the Young Leaders Board, contact Kurt Faulhammer by email or by phone at (212) 515-7106 or click here.

The following individuals currently serve on the Young Leaders Board:

Fred Akansu, Fundation
NYU, Universtiy of Chicago

Katie Allen, Morgan Stanley
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Michael Berezny, Self
Kean University

Kyrah Brown, Morgan Stanley

Hugo Buist Rodrigues, Newbrook Capital Advisors
New York University

Donald & Erica Castle
Colgate University

Vanessa Chan, IL Makiage
Northeastern University

Reco Charity, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Virginia Tech; Georgetown Law School

Rishabh Chatterjee, S&T Analyst
Carnegie Mellon University

Francis J. Connolly Jr., New York Yankees
SUNY at Old Westbury

Antoine Crépin-Héroux, AON
Princeton University

Conor Cunnane, Axial
Loyola University Maryland

Clay Curran, Prospect Capital Management
Ithaca College

Hayden Edelson, JP Morgan Chase & Co
New York University

Josh Farkas, GoldPoint Partners
University of Michigan

Michelle Firoozan, Geller + Co
Binghamton University

Abigail Fossaceca, JP Morgan
Villanova University

Sarah Foster, Alliance Bernstein
Columbia University

Ximena Garcia, MediaMath
University of Connecticut

Christian Garrett, Caerus Investors
University of Kansas

Priscilla Habeeb Sankar, Morgan Stanley
Pace University

Graham Helgans, JEGI Clarity
Washington and Lee University

Kevin Heller, Point72 Asset Management
Amherst College

Tomika Hendricks, New York City Cyber Command
Temple University

Janet Jin, JP Morgan
Harvard Business School

Nick Johnson, AIM13
Vassar College

Jane Lee, Donorly
Ithaca College

Iris Li, CDIB Capital
Washington and Lee University

Maxwell Masur, The Estee Lauder Companies
NYU Stern School of Business

Sanchay Mathur, Credit Suisse
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Andres Menocal, Evercore ISI
University of Miami

Shivani Mulji, Global Health Corps, Inc.
New York University

Jacqueline Palma, ING Capital LLC
Vassar College

Trupti Patel, Friedman LLP
SUNY Stony Brook

Henry Senkfor, EY-Parthenon
Dartmouth College

Nicole Serrato, CSF
City College of New York

Faizal Sheriff, Morgan Stanley
Baruch College

Emily Soong, WILL LANE Athletics LLC
Carnegie Mellon University

Nick Spavacento, Stryker Corp
Penn State University

Stephan Thevalingam, KPMG
The University of Texas at Austin

Ervis Vukaj, Adams Street Capital
University of Rochester

Michelle Wang, The Carlyle Group
Cornell University

Katelyn Weber, Tongal
Pepperdine

Jason Weber, OpenInfluence
Pepperdine University

Terry Xu, Ernst & Young
New York University

Dan Yu, Sterling Investment Partners
Wake Forest University

Samantha Zeiss, Nielsen Sports & Entertainment
Dartmouth College


Spotlight on Young

Leaders Board Member

Francis J. Connolly!

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Hometown: New York City

Alma Mater: State University of New York at Old Westbury

Industry: Sports Facilities

Hobbies: Biking, Traveling, Photography

Fun Facts: I was a singer for various world recording artists and celebrities as a child.

How did you get involved with Children’s Scholarship Fund and the Young Leaders Board? I got involved with CSF because I was a recipient of a CSF scholarship. After learning I was given the opportunity to attend a school that took my education seriously, I knew I wanted to give back. I then started to give a recurring donation which included being part of the Young Leaders Board.

Why is education important to you? Education is important to me because I was given a second chance at life. As an adoptee from China, I knew my life could have had a different outcome. I was marginalized due to my learning curve in English and I wanted to prove that nothing will stop me from getting a degree. Anything is possible!


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