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 Conolly

Antoine Crépin-Héroux

Conor Cunnane, Axial
Loyola University Maryland

Clay Curran

Hayden Edelson, JP Morgan Chase & Co
New York University

Josh Farkas, GoldPoint Partners
University of Michigan

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

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

Jiaying Li

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

Prachi Shah, First data
Rutgers University

Faizal Sheriff, Morgan Stanley
Baruch College

Emily Soong, WILL LANE Athletics LLC
Carnegie Mellon University

Nick Spavacento

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

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


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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