Our team


BUILD NYC is powered by a community of business leaders, mentors, advisors, volunteers and dedicated staff who share the common goal of helping underserved high school students learn, grow and build successful lives. We are grateful to everyone who shares their time, expertise or support tot help further our mission.


Miranda Bellizia

Director of Community Partnerships

Rose Cherubin

College and Career Access Coach

Roger Du

Student Experience Program Manager (E2)

Kenya George

Program Director

Decota Letman

Community Engagement Manager

Pamela Minetti

Director of Philanthropy

Jazmin Moreno

Program Coordinator

Chymeka Olfonse

Regional Executive Director

Cindy Pineda

Senior Programs Manager (E3 & E4)

Carolina Torres

Development Associate

Advisory Board Members


Gaurav Ahuja

Tech Investor, Thrive Capital

Andrea Atwell

VP eCommerce, L’Oreal USA

Roger Barton

Founder and Managing Partner, Barton LLP

Kevin Beauparlant

Senior Vice President, Bank OZK

Carlton J. Charles

Treasurer, Hearst

Brian Cohen

Founder & President Good Cause Communications;Founding Partner, New York Venture Partners;

Crissi Cole

Vice President, Goldman Sachs

Erica Culpepper

General Manager, Multi-Cultural Beauty, L'Oréal

Chris Cunningham

Investor and founder, C2 Ventures

Mike Dalewitz

VC, Investor and Entrepreneur, Dalewitz Family Fund

Tom Doctoroff

Global Senior Insights Advisor, Prophet; Adjunct Professor, Baruch College

Nicole Fourgoux

Senior Vice President, L'Oreal

Shai Goldman

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Ike Kier

Co-founder and CEO, KG Funds Management

Ira Levy

IP Litigation Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

Nicolas Lirette


Amy Pan

Founder and Product Partner, The Combination Rule

Laura J. Patel

Strategic Accounts, Density Inc.

Mike Portegello

Partner, Northeast Region Growth Markets Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

Bruce Sandys


Naveen Shahani

Principal, Apollo Global Management

Dan Vallimarescu, Board Chair

Founder, Sawtooth Mountain Partners LLC

Ron J Williams

Founder &Managing Partner, ProofLabs; SVP and Head of Program Strategy, Citi Ventures

Michael Wirth

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Cape Advisors, Inc

Associate Board Members

Katie Ambrose


Michael Cianciotta


Michael Cleary


Trace Cohen

New York Venture Partners

Tomas Dicpinigaitis


Eric Donado

Apax Partners

Nicholas Felice


Sandra Fong

Ennovae & Co.

Martin Hui

BMO Capital Markets

Andrew Jasen

American Securities

Hannah Kim

Kepler Group

Ian Mabie

Stella Connect

Ben Mangum


Brian McMahon, Board Co-Chair

The Blackstone Group

Sean Merriweather

Publicis Media

Greg Minetti

Togetherwork LLC

Pete Van Oot, Board Co-Chair


Tiffany Reaves

The Madison Square Garden Company

Zach Riedy

Technology Crossover Ventures

Brian Russell

Gunderson Dettmer

Sami Soma


Michael Stern

Brown Brothers Harriman

Michael Stimmel


Divya Talla