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:

Daniel Aguirre, Cohen & Steers
University of Florida

Nicky Aimcharoen, Pretium Partners LLC
University of Rochester

Karina Altamirano, Horizon Kinetics
New York University

Lamar Ballard, Self
Hutchinson Community College

Michael Berezny, Self
Kean University

Sai Bhandari, Morgan Stanley
Rutgers University

Dillon Biddiscombe, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Columbia University

Colin Campbell, Oliver Wyman
Northwestern University

Don & Erica Castle
Colgate University

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

Conor Cunnane, Axial
Loyola University Maryland

Rory Cunnane, Barclays
Bucknell University

Josue De Paz, Collectively Inc.
Santa Clara University

Bennie DeSalvo, goPuff
University of Richmond

Katherine Ewell, Haven Life
Stanford University

Eric Ferson, Marsh & McLennan Companies
Bucknell University

Christian Garrett, Caerus Investors
University of Kansas

Akshay Goradia, Stripes Group
Carnegie Mellon University

Oneica Greaves, Citigroup
Harvard Business School

Randy Habeeb, Barclays
Baruch College

Priscilla Habeeb Sankar, Morgan Stanley
Pace University

Kevin Heller, Point72 Asset Management
Amherst College

Janet Jin, JP Morgan
Harvard Business School

Amit Joshi, Forensiq
Cornell University

Saba Khan, Morgan Stanley
Rutgers University

Ryan LaRue, Barings
Binghamton University

Jane Lee, Donorly
Ithaca College

Alice Liao, TIAA
Western University – Ivey School of Business

Hansel J. López, Meredith Corporation
Cornell University

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

Michael McGuiness, Chatham Asset Management
Wake Forest University

JT Mindlin, MediaLink
Boston College

Andres Menocal, Evercore ISI
University of Miami

Brigid Mulcahy, McKinsey & Company
University of Queensland

Kerri O’Keefe, Aetna
Quinnipiac University

Jacqueline Palma, ING Capital LLC
Vassar College

Raymond Pang, Digital Bridge Holdings
Washington University in St. Louis – Olin Business School

Roshan Patel, Hatzimemos/Libby
Vanderbilt University & The George Washington University

Katelyn Pior, Touchstorm
Pepperdine University

Cathey Price, Meltwater
College of Charleston

Hampton Quillen, Farient Advisors
Wake Forest University

Russell Reed, Notre Dame Law School
Colgate University

Hugo Rodrigues, Newbrook Capital Advisors
New York University

Alexandra Salavitch, Claro
Kings College

Maria Samuel, Goldman Sachs
Georgia Tech

Prachi Shah, First data
Rutgers University

Lindsay Slaven, KGS Alpha Capital Markets
Cornell University

Gerard Smith, BCW Global
Michigan State University

Madison Unell, Mighty
Pepperdine University

Jason Weber, OpenInfluence
Pepperdine University

Lizzy Welch, Eze Software
Lafayette College

Terry Xu, Ernst & Young
New York University

Dan Yu, Sterling Investment Partners
Wake Forest University

Liliana Zapata, FullScreen Media
Hunter College

Samantha Zeiss, Nielsen Sports & Entertainment
Dartmouth College


Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA

Alma Mater:  Santa Clara University

Industry:  Social Impact

Hobbies:  Sports, volunteering, reading, traveling

Fun Facts:

  • I have a goal of visiting every MLB baseball stadium – so far, I’m at 11/30!
  • I used to hate spicy food until my wife convinced me to try again. I’m working on it!
  • One of my bucket list items is to be an extra in a movie one day.

How did you get involved with Children’s Scholarship Fund and the Young Leaders Board?

I got involved with the Children’s Scholarship Fund while looking for opportunities to get involved in the community. I had previously worked with children while living in Texas and California, so I looked for something similar, where I could make an immediate contribution and pass on knowledge from my own experiences in school and in my career. I was also looking to find a network of like-minded individuals passionate about paying it forward.

Why is education important to you?

Education has always been incredibly important to me. I was fortunate enough to earn scholarships for high school and college and therefore understand the tremendous impact they had in allowing me to access new opportunities. Everything I was able to experience was thanks to the generosity of others. I’d like to pay it forward so that others have the same opportunities to excel and follow their passions.

What is your favorite part of being involved with CSF and the Young Leaders Board?

My favorite part of being involved with CSF is having the ability to make a direct impact on someone’s life through the initiatives that CSF hosts throughout the year.  The events bring together folks in all kinds of industries which allows students to get perspective on potential careers they could pursue. YLB is also great because you get to know some of the great people that work with and for CSF!

As we continue to learn and work from home during the Covid-19 crisis, what have you learned from your own quarantine experience? Do you have any advice for CSF Scholars and CSF alumni who are in high school and college?

These are unprecedented times where we’re all trying to figure things out as they happen. Take it day by day instead of trying to plan your entire life right now. No one really knows what’s going to happen next and that’s okay. What matters is our health, both physical and mental. Make sure you’re taking time to do things that you enjoy and to really reflect on what it is you want to do with your career or your future – combine what you’re good at with what you’re passionate about. That being said, your dream career might not always be easy to attain. Even if you start in a role / major that you’re not totally passionate about, you can always pivot – I’ve moved from financial services, to advertising, and finally found that the social impact space was where I wanted to be. It took time to figure out, but along the way, I was able to pick up transferable skills that helped me position myself for the future. 

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