Our team

MEET 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.

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Miranda Bellizia

Director of Community Partnerships
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Rose Cherubin

College and Career Access Coach
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Roger Du

Student Experience Program Manager (E2)
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Kenya George

Program Director
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Decota Letman

Community Engagement Manager
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Pamela Minetti

Director of Philanthropy
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Jazmin Moreno

Program Coordinator
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Chymeka Olfonse

Regional Executive Director
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Maria Raftelis

Grant Writer
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Carolina Torres

Development Associate

Advisory Board Members

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Gaurav Ahuja

Tech Investor, Thrive Capital
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Andrea Atwell BOARD CHAIR

VP eCommerce, L’Oreal USA
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Roger Barton

Founder and Managing Partner, Barton LLP
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Kevin Beauparlant

Senior Vice President, Bank OZK
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Carlton J. Charles

Treasurer, Hearst
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Brian Cohen

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

Vice President, Goldman Sachs
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Erica Culpepper

General Manager, Multi-Cultural Beauty, L'Oréal
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Chris Cunningham

Investor and founder, C2 Ventures
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Mona Dessouki

Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Chase
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Tom Doctoroff

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

Founder, ResoluteAI
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Nicole Fourgoux

Senior Vice President, L'Oreal
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Shai Goldman

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
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Ike Kier

Co-founder and CEO, KG Funds Management
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Ira Levy

IP Litigation Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
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Nicolas Lirette

Advisor
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Amy Pan

Founder and Product Partner, The Combination Rule
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Laura J. Patel

Strategic Accounts, Density Inc.
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Mike Portegello BOARD CHAIR

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

Investor, Coatue Management
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Bruce Sandys

Entrepeneur
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Naveen Shahani

Principal, Apollo Global Management
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Michael Springer

Founder and Principal Attorney, Springer Law PLLC
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Dan Vallimarescu

Founder, Sawtooth Mountain Partners LLC
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Ram Vijayanathan

Head of Internal Audit, Pinterest
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Ron J Williams

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

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

Associate Board Members

Katie Ambrose

Reddit

Kiani Brown

Great Jones
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Michael Cianciotta

EY

Michael Cleary

Huemor
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Trace Cohen

New York Venture Partners
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Nicholas Felice

Organic
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Sandra Fong

Ennovae & Co.

Mike Fragna

WeWork
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Martin Hui

BMO Capital Markets
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Andrew Jasen

American Securities
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Hannah Kim

Kepler Group

Cristen Koufakis

Freelance Consultant
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Osker Lu

CVC Growth Partners
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Ian Mabie

Medallia
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Ben Mangum

LaunchDarkly
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Brian McMahon, Board Co-Chair

The Blackstone Group
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Sean Merriweather

Publicis Media
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Greg Minetti

Togetherwork LLC
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Alex Paul

Enhanced Healthcare Partners

Mary Prager

Gunderson Dettmer
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Tiffany Reaves

The Madison Square Garden Company
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Brian Russell

Gunderson Dettmer
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Sami Soma

Google
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Michael Stern

Brown Brothers Harriman

Michael Stimmel

Citi
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Divya Talla

Croissant
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Wickel Titalom

Grailed

Pete Van Oot, Board Co-Chair

Caviar
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Alvin Wei

Goldman Sachs
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Jake Wieseneck

Maniv Mobility
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Jason Yen

Citi