MENTOR’s strength is in the commitment, expertise and work of its board, staff members and volunteers. MENTOR’s board of directors consists of outstanding leaders from the business, government, education and religious sectors. These dedicated individuals are actively engaged in the strategic planning and implementation of MENTOR programs and policies and serve as the organization’s chief ambassadors for youth mentoring. Nancy Altobello, former Global Vice Chair of Talent at Ernst & Young, is MENTOR’s current chair of the board.
Chair of the Board MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Nancy Altobello is Ernst & Young’s (EY) former Global Vice Chair of Talent. Nancy serves on the Board of Directors of CA Technologies, a global software company; Fidelity Charitable, the largest donor-advised fund in the US; Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership, where she is also the Board Chair; and Fairfield University, where she serves as the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Nancy recently retired from Ernst & Young (EY) where she held several leadership roles over a 38 year career. EY is a global organization, operating in over 150 countries, with over $30 billion in revenue and is a leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. An experienced global business leader and financial expert, Nancy has extensive experience in the areas of business strategy, P&L management, finance, enterprise risk, governance, workforce management and organizational transformation. She is a financial expert with international experience and Board experience. In Nancy’s last role at EY, she served as Global Vice Chair, Talent. Nancy oversaw EY’s talent and people strategy worldwide and was responsible for leading efforts to attract, retain, develop and cultivate the company’s future leaders. She led the organization’s efforts to transform itself from a talent perspective to ensure that it has a workforce equipped to deliver service in a rapidly changing market and the systems and tools in place to manage a multi-billion dollar investment in people. EY is undergoing a digital and automation transformation and its people and talent systems are at the heart of it. Under Nancy’s leadership, EY has been recognized as a professional services industry-leader by Universum, Great Place to Work, Diversity Inc, and is globally recognized for its innovative, purpose-driven culture. A recognized thought leader, Nancy has been published in The Economist, Harvard Business Review and The Accountant and has been featured on Fox News, CNBC, NBC and Cheddar. A frequent panelist and speaker, Nancy has been featured at the Milken Conference, Montgomery Summit, Great Place to Work Conference, Hoover Institution North American Forum and World Entrepreneur of the Year. Nancy received a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairfield University. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York and Connecticut. Nancy and her husband Joel divide their time between Greenwich, Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts.
Vice Chair MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Ernesto Anguilla is senior vice president and global head of communications and public affairs for Bain Capital, LP, a private investment firm with over $105 billion in assets under management and offices on four continents. In his role, Anguilla oversees all aspects of communications, brand and public affairs – including media relations, corporate communications, government relations and philanthropy – for the firm and its affiliated business units. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Anguilla worked at Bank of America for more than eight years in a variety of communications roles. Most recently, he was communications executive for the company’s Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs group, where he oversaw corporate communications for a number of functions including brand, marketing, corporate social responsibility and local public relations. Earlier in his career, Anguilla was press secretary to U.S. Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island. He also worked at Lois Paul & Partners, a public relations firm in Massachusetts focused on the technology space, and as a reporter and editor for the Warwick Beacon, a twice-weekly newspaper in Warwick, Rhode Island. Anguilla graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1999. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for American youth. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife, Melissa, and children, Elliot, Luca and Beatrice.
Co-Founder MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Geoffrey T. Boisi is chairman and CEO of Roundtable Investment Partners LLC, an independent private investment partnership providing strategic advice and planning, investment management, and merchant banking services for families of substantial wealth as well as select institutions generating high performance wealth creation and social legacy-building opportunities. In 2003, Boisi retired as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase, where he served as co-CEO of JPMorgan, the firm’s commercial and investment bank, and a member of JPMorgan Chase’s executive and management committees. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Boisi was founding chairman and senior partner of The Beacon Group, a premier merger and acquisition advisory and private investment firm, which was acquired by Chase in July 2000. Prior to the formation of The Beacon Group, Boisi was a senior general partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he served as a member of the firm’s management committee and head of the global investment banking business, which included worldwide mergers and acquisitions, real estate, corporate finance, capital markets and principal investment activities. In addition, Boisi held numerous other positions during his 22 years at Goldman Sachs, including: chairman of strategic planning, co-chair of the international management committee, partner in charge of global finance, head of investment banking services, and partner in charge of mergers and acquisitions. Boisi is co-founder of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Founded in 1989, MENTOR ranks as one of the top 100 charities in the U.S. and is leading the movement to connect America’s young people with caring adult mentors. He is an overseer of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; serves Boston College as a trustee associate and founding sponsor of the Center for Religion and American Public Life; serves Carnegie Corporation of New York as a trustee and chairman of the investment committee and member of the committee on compensation; trustee of The Brookings Institution and a member of its investment committee; member of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress; director of Oxford Analytica; member of the Founders’ Circle of America’s Promise; serves the Catholic Church as chairman and founding board member of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management (NLRCM); trustee of the Saint Thomas More Chapel & Center at Yale University; director of FADICA; and a Knight of Malta. Boisi has served as chairman of the board of trustees, Boston College, co-chair of the University’s capital campaign and chair emeritus of the Boston College Wall Street Council; chairman of the graduate executive board, The Wharton School and co-chair of its capital campaign; trustee of the Papal Foundation; member of the international advisory board of Grupo Santander (Spain); member of the investment banking committee, American Stock Exchange; member of the board of directors of Freddie Mac; trustee, director and member of the investment committee of the Park Agency, Inc. (formerly Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises); member of the Trilateral Commission; director of Communities in Schools; and a trustee of Friends Academy. Boisi has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Wharton School’s Joseph Wharton Award; Boston Colleges Presidents Medals for Excellence; Chaminade High School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award; the American Red Cross of Greater New York’s Humanitarian Award; the Cancer Research Institute’s Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research; the National Catholic Educational Association’s Elizabeth Seton Award and honored by Pope John Paul II as a Steward of St. Peter. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Sacred Heart University as well as the 2006 Lewis Hine Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service on behalf of children. Boisi is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.) and Boston College (B.A.).
Berkshire Partners. Dave Bordeau is a Managing Director for Berkshire Partners, a Boston-based private investment firm with $18 billion in assets under management. Dave is part of Berkshire Partners’ private equity team, leading new equity investments and working with portfolio companies in a broad range of industries. His most recent board involvement has included Implus; a designer and distributor of athletic accessories; SRS, a distributor of roofing supplies; and Rockport, a footwear provider. Dave joined Berkshire Partners in 2006. Prior to joining Berkshire Partners, Dave worked in the private equity and investment banking industry for four years in New York City at Ripplewood Holdings and Gleacher Partners. Dave graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2000, and graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA degree in 2006. He is currently on the Board of Directors of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for American youth. He also serves on the Corporation of Belmont Hill School, and formerly served on the Board of Directors of Giving Opportunities To Others, a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged youth attend summer arts camp. Dave lives in Weston, Massachusetts with his wife Cassie, three sons Henry, Andrew and Jack.
AT&T Kelem oversees the operation of AT&T’s educational contribution programs, including AT&T’s signature initiative, AT&T Aspire. This $450 million investment aims to help more students graduate from high school ready for careers and college. Prior to this role, Kelem worked in the Sustainability Operations group at AT&T and in product management. He has been with AT&T for 16 years. Before joining AT&T, Kelem spent ten years as a sales professional with Procter & Gamble, Abbott Labs, and Mallinckrodt. Kelem is actively involved in Uptown, his neighborhood in Dallas. He is a board member of Uptown Dallas, Inc., the public improvement district company that manages and enhances the public realm. He is also actively involved as a volunteer with Wesleyan University, his alma mater. Kelem earned his BA from Wesleyan University and his MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend of 22 years, their two bulldogs, reading, and watching football, especially Penn State.
Give Something Back Foundation Robert Owen Carr, an advocate and philanthropist for economically disadvantaged students, is the founder and chairman of the Give Something Back Foundation, which he leads from Princeton, New Jersey. The organization provides academic mentoring, social guidance and college scholarships for students from lower-income families throughout the nation. Carr is the founder and was chief executive officer of Heartland Payment Systems, a debit and credit card transaction company recently acquired by Global Payments. In March 2016, Carr was appointed by President Obama to a key White House post on the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee. Carr, who grew up in a financially-strapped and troubled household in rural Illinois, established the Give Something Back Foundation as a gesture of gratitude for a $250 college scholarship he had received from the local Woman’s Club in his senior year at Lockport Township High School in 1963. Since its inception in 2003, the foundation has contributed more than $25 million for mentoring and scholarships. To be eligible for a scholarship from Give Back, students must qualify for a federal Pell Grant, typically for households in the lower 40 percent of income. Graduates of the Give Back program are now pursuing careers in medicine, law, business and education, among other fields. Carr attended the University of Illinois, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in three years. In his fourth year at Illinois, he earned a master’s degree in computer science. He is the author of “Through the Fires: An American Story of Turbulence, Business Triumph and Giving Back,” which is distributed by the University of Illinois Press. His forthcoming book, “Working Class to College: The Promise and Peril of Blue Collar America,” will be released in March 2017.
Ernst & Young Gerry Dixon is EY’s Managing Partner of Accounts in the East region headquartered in New York. In this role, he leads sectors, solutions, business development and marketing for all accounts in the Northeast region. The East region is distributed across 17 offices including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. The East region is one of the largest regions for EY in the world generating an excess of $5 billion in revenue with over 12,000 professionals.
Prior to his current role, Gerry led the East consulting practice in the delivery of Risk and Performance Improvement services to many Fortune Global 500 accounts. He is also directly responsible for the delivery of consulting services to a number of organizations. Gerry’s key expertise is in Organizational Transformation, Strategy and major Project Management.
Gerry serves on the Dean’s Executive Board and the Accounting and Information Systems council for the University of Kansas School of Business. Gerry is the executive sponsor of a number of organizations including the Pan Asian Professional Network, Professional Women’s Network and EY AccessAbilities. He is an executive sponsor for our Black Executive Roundtable. In Gerry’s various leadership roles, he has brought an intense focus to implementing and supporting initiatives focused on creating and building diverse teams. This includes coaching and sponsorship of programs targeting women and under-represented professionals and acting as the creator and executive sponsor for a program designed to engage, motivate and inspire junior professionals. He is a dedicated mentor to diverse professionals and a Culture Coin recipient, the firm’s highest honor for those recognized as living the firm’s values.
Gerry lives in New Jersey with his wife, Carrie, daughter, Katie and son, Blake. He is an avid outdoorsman enjoying a variety of activities including bowhunting, camping, hiking, water skiing and snow skiing.
Deloitte Tax LLP Hollister is a Partner with 29 years of experience at Deloitte LLP. She is known there, and in her various communities, as a thoughtful and strategic leader, experienced in leading change and building teams, and a steward for the future. She is currently the Tax Chief Strategy Officer for Deloitte Tax LLP, the Managing Partner of Deloitte Business Tax Services, a member of the Deloitte Tax Operating Committee and Deloitte Tax LLP Board. She has served both public and private company clients, in several industries. Hollister also currently serves as a Director of the Deloitte LLP Board (US Firms), and a member of the Strategic Investment and Risk Committees. She was previously the Vice Chairman of the Board, chaired the Governance and Global committees and was a member of the Finance and Audit, Partner Earnings and Benefits, and Regulatory and Committees. She is also a member of the Board of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited Board and chairs the Global CEO/Chairman Evaluation and CEO Compensation Committee. Throughout her career, Hollister has held leadership roles as both a national and a local Cincinnati client service partner. She is an active volunteer and board member for several organizations and community and professional initiatives. Hollister is a graduate of Duke University (B.A. Trinity, ‘81) and University of Cincinnati (J.D., ’84) and she is a CPA, registered in Ohio. She has been recognized as a Nicholas Longworth Distinguished Alumni from the University Cincinnati College of Law, a University of Cincinnati Foundation “Alumni Master,” a Cincinnati YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, a Cincinnati Women’s Business Top CPA and a Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Woman of Distinction. Most importantly, Hollister and her husband Brad, who is a physician, are proud parents of two boys, Ryan age 23 and Luke age 19. She says her passion is helping others to reach their potential, lead and make an impact, since so many at Deloitte and elsewhere have done the same for her.
Pfizer, Inc. Sean Hudson is a Senior Leader in the Strategy, Portfolio and Commercial Operations Group of Pfizer, Inc. In this role, Sean is responsible for creating and implementing global strategies that enable key business decisions and drive performance for Pfizer’s Innovative and Established Products business units. Prior to his current role, Sean served as Strategy Lead supporting the Asia Pacific region; and served as Chief of Staff and Global Head of Operations for the Emerging Markets Business Unit. He provided strategic and operational support for the $8 Billion business unit with operations in more than 70 countries. Sean joined Pfizer in 2003 to lead the burgeoning HIV business in the US. During his nearly 10 years working in HIV Commercial Development and Marketing, Sean led teams that introduced 5 new HIV treatments, as well as patient education and advocacy programs that helped to shift HIV from to a chronically manageable disease. Before joining Pfizer, Sean held roles of increasing responsibility in Marketing and Brand Management at Warner-Lambert, Johnson and Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Sean’s professional career began in Banking and Financial Services at the First National Bank of Chicago– now JP Morgan Chase Bank. Sean is an alumnus of Morehouse College, graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He also graduated from the University of Michigan, Graduate School of Business (Ross) with a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Strategy and Healthcare Administration, and was selected as Commencement speaker. Sean lends his time, skills and resources to a number of social, cultural and academic organizations. He has served on the board of the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation of New Jersey and the Minority Task Force on AIDS of New York. He has served on the Admissions Committee for the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and is a past member of the University of Michigan Development Committee for the Northeast. He is a sustaining donor to the New York Public Library and is Co-Chair of the Morehouse College Class of 1990 Endowed Scholarship Fund. However, few things give Sean a greater sense of purpose than mentoring. Sean serves as a sponsor for two high potential colleague development programs at Pfizer. He is an Executive Mentor for the Morehouse College Division of Economics and Business Administration, and actively mentors college-bound high school students, current college students and recent college graduates. Sean is a member of the Board of Directors for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for American youth. He lives in Maplewood, NJ with his wife Karen and their two sons Julian and Clay.
Lowenstein Sandler LLP Shavar Jeffries is a partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP and also is president of Education Reform Now and Democrats for Education Reform, national advocacy organizations whose purpose is to ensure all American children, particularly low-income students and students of color, have access to quality public schools that enable them to fulfill their limitless potential. Prior to joining Lowenstein, Shavar ran an institutional-reform and class-action litigation clinic at Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Social Justice in Newark, New Jersey. In this role, he helped numerous clients, in both individual and class actions, defend themselves against consumer fraud, unlawful education policies, and housing inequity, among other matters. From 2008 to 2010, Shavar was counsel to New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram. Shavar oversaw all multi-state investigations, ranging from securities and consumer fraud to environmental protection and products liability. He also supervised the Division on Civil Rights, the Juvenile Justice Commission, and the Victims of Crime Compensation Organization.
Earlier in his career, Shavar was counsel to the firm and Deputy Director of the Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Litigation at Gibbons P.C., where he worked on a variety of complex-litigation and class-action matters, including cases involving consumer fraud, voting rights, affordable housing, and special education. He clerked for Nathaniel R. Jones, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and worked as an associate at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, where he defended the University of Michigan in affirmative-action litigation challenging its admissions policies, and represented large institutional clients in class-action employment cases. Shavar graduated from Duke University and Columbia Law School. An advocate for social justice for 20 years, Shavar is deeply involved in community and board service. He is on the boards of several organizations that focus on developing young people, including the National Mentoring Partnership, New Classrooms, KIPP New Jersey, and Seton Hall Preparatory School, and also sits on the advisory boards for NextWork and One Love. He has served in elected office, serving a term on the Newark Public Schools advisory board, including a term as president, and ran for mayor of Newark, receiving over 46% of the vote, a historic total for a first-time run for municipal office. Shavar has been recognized broadly for his social-justice work—to name a few, he’s been honored by the NAACP, the National Bar Association, the Garden State Bar Association, the Congressional Black Caucus, KIPP New Jersey, and the Essex County Family Justice Center, among others.
Immediate Past Chair of the Board MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Willem Kooyker has been involved with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) since 1993. He is chairman of the board and has served as a member of the board of directors, chairman of the audit committee, a member of the Telemachan Council, and was a founder of the PATHWAYS Initiative. A strong believer in the benefits of mentoring, Kooyker is committed to advocating mentoring programs to assist our youth. Kooyker is the Chairman of Blenheim Capital Management, LLC, an investment management firm. Beginning his trading career in 1964 with Internatio-Muller in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, he was soon transferred to their New York office, and eventually became managing director of the International Trading Group. In 1981 he joined Commodities Corporation in Princeton, New Jersey, where he became President. In 1984, Mr. Kooyker began a new venture, Tricon Holding Company, Ltd., which remains active in the forest products industry. Kooyker founded Blenheim Capital Management, LLC in 1988. Separate from Blenheim, in 1993, Kooyker became a co-founder and board member of Derivatives Portfolio Management (DPM), which was subsequently sold to Mellon Financial Corporation (“Mellon”) and renamed DPM Mellon, LLC. In addition, he was a founding director of the regional Somerset Valley Bank (SVB) in New Jersey. When SVB was bought by Fulton Financial Corporation in 2005, Kooyker became a member of their board of directors, and served on the audit committee and risk committee until 2012. Kooyker is a majority shareholder and board member of Investor Analytics LLC. His professional affiliations have included a four-year term as president of the Cocoa Clearing Association; board service with the Cocoa Merchants Association of America and the New York Coffee, Sugar, and Cocoa Exchange; and former member of the NY Mercantile Exchange. Kooyker’s current not-for-profit activities in addition to MENTOR include his serving as a cabinet member and a member of the investment committee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., which engages in the study of national and world affairs; and as an advisory board member of The Oliver Scholars Program, which provides support and guidance to African American and Latino children and their families in New York City in seeking better educational opportunities.
Miami Dade College. Sandra LaFleur currently serves as Miami Dade College’s first-ever Director of Social Change Initiatives. In serving at the largest public institution of higher education, Sandra focuses primarily on building and sustaining a vibrant social innovation ecosystem in order to support the College’s commitment to changemaking across its student body. With a deep interest and passion for issues of social justice – particularly those regarding youth and education – Sandra has developed her career as a mission-focused leader, namely from the youth development and college success fields where she acquired cross-functional experience in strategy, operations, organizational growth and change management, program/product design and execution, innovation and research, talent, and communications. Some of her past roles have included serving as National VP of Program for Summer Search and as National Associate Vice President of Research, Evaluation, and Innovation for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Whether focused on college success, social responsibility, academic outcomes, or non-cognitive skills, Sandra’s work has largely involved improving program outcomes via performance management practices, launching innovations to build capacity for program scale, and refining program design to increase social impact via student outcomes. Sandra earned her MS degree in Sociology from Florida State University and a dual BA degree from the University of Miami in History/Sociology where she was welcomed into Phi Beta Kappa. She lives in Miami, Florida with her family.
MML Jewelry Mary Margaret Lang is the Founder of MML Jewelry, an antique and estate jewelry business with a special emphasis on pieces from the 1940’s. Lang joined MENTOR’s Board of Directors in 2013. Lang is a tireless advocate and fundraiser for education. For the past five years, she has served on Duke University’s Annual Fund’s Executive Committee where she works closely with the Development Office to identify and connect with potential donors. She is the recipient of the ”Forever Duke Award” along with her co- chairs, in recognition of raising the largest reunion gift in Duke’s history. Lang also served on the Board of Trustees for The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey where she served as Chair of the Annual Fund, which raised close to $2 million, and she chaired the Art Center Capital Campaign, which raised over $8 million. Prior to forming her own business, Lang served as an Account Executive at Affinity Agency Group, Inc where she sold Property and Casualty Insurance to commercial entities throughout the state of New Jersey. She has also held positions at Technimetrics, Inc in New York City, where she sold global shareholder databases of institutional investors and brokers to public companies, and Manufacturers Hanover Trust, also in New York City, where she sourced and managed lending relationships with large and middle market companies in the Mid-Atlantic states. Lang currently lives in Morristown, NJ with her husband Wes. They have four daughters.
Ted is Head of Sales for Fidelity Investments Workplace Investing business, which serves over 30 million employees in the United States. In this role, Ted leads the team responsible for the growth of all Fidelity’s workplace retirement savings, health solutions and other benefits offerings for companies and tax-exempt organizations of all sizes. Prior to his current role, Ted served in a number of senior leadership roles, across Sales and Relationship Management, within Fidelity’s workplace business. Ted has been at Fidelity Investments for 18 years.
Prior to coming to Fidelity, Ted practiced law in Massachusetts for 6 years, including a 3 year period where he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. While at the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, Ted served as the Chief of the Juvenile Unit, leading on all juvenile matters including prevention programs in working with the Chiefs of Police and Superintendent of Schools for the 28 cities and towns in the county. Ted is a 1996 graduate, cum laude, from Boston College Law School and a 1992 graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Ted has always had a strong connection to mentoring or helping young people, beginning with his role as a Big Brother while at the University of Vermont. Following his graduation from college, Ted worked as a teacher and coach at the Salisbury School, a secondary school in Connecticut. Following his departure from the District Attorney’s Office, from 1997 – 2002, Ted served on the Board for Life Resources, Inc., which ran residential programs for at-risk youth. Ted served as Chair of the Board from 2000-2002. From 2005-2006, Ted served on the Board of Studio in a School, which focused on developing the Arts in New York City public schools. From 2006-2013, Ted served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors at the University of Vermont and served as President of the Alumni Association from 2010-2013. Ted has also spent 17 years as a youth sports coach, including a 2 year stint as Director of Coaching for his town’s youth hockey program.
T.G. Mendell Corp. Thomas G. Mendell is a Private Investor and on the boards of directors of several private companies. Mendell was a partner of JPMorgan Partners from 2000 to 2003 and a partner of The Beacon Group, a merchant bank, from March 1994 to July 2000. Prior to joining The Beacon Group, Mendell was a Partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he served as a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and Head of GS Capital. He had shared responsibility for making principal investments of the firm’s capital as well as for the Broad Street Fund and GS Capital Partners, L.P. Mendell also spent 11 of his 19 years at Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department where he successfully completed over 150 transactions for clients in a wide array of industries. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was an Officer in the United States Navy. Mendell is currently Chairman of SonaCare Medical, LLC, Chairman of Knowledge Delivery Systems, Inc. and a director of several private companies including TopGolf International, ZeroWater Inc., RediLearning, LLC and Netomat Inc. In addition, he is on the board of the Cancer Research Institute, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, which he has been involved with since 1992, and he served on the Harvard Business School Alumni Board and as a Trustee of St. Bernard’s School. Mendell is a graduate of Harvard University (M.B.A.) and Vanderbilt University (B.E.).
Global Asset Alternatives, LLC As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Asset Alternatives, LLC (“GAA”), Dennis Pemberton is responsible for creating and implementing the vision of GAA and identifying and executing investment strategies. GAA is a leading private real estate investment and advisory firm. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia the firm’s primary activities are the acquisition, development, and operation of high quality real estate assets in the southern United States. GAA currently controls over $175 million of real estate assets and has participated in over $1.5 billion of transactions. Prior to founding GAA, Pemberton served as Managing Director of a regional boutique real estate investment firm, where he oversaw research, portfolio management and capital raising activities. Prior thereto, Pemberton was affiliated with Security Capital Group, Inc. (SCG), a global investment and research organization. There he held several positions of increasing responsibility including: Vice President of an SCG affiliate, where he identified, analyzed and structured global investment opportunities; Associate, Security Capital Markets Group where he participated in raising in excess of $3 billion of public and private equity for SCG affiliates; and assistant to the Vice Chairman where he analyzed and participated in several merger and acquisition transactions. Pemberton has also worked for CIGNA Investment Management as an asset manager, responsible for a $300 million national real estate portfolio. Additionally, he has held positions at Lehman Brothers and the Prudential Realty Group. Pemberton has served on the Board of several organizations including: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta; The Emory University Center for Ethics; The Buckhead YMCA; the Economic Empowerment Initiative; The Buckhead Club; and Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) – United Kingdom. Pemberton has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College, having graduated with honors; an Executive Certificate in Real Estate Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Linda M. Rodríguez is an Executive Director in Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co. As part of the team that leads the firm’s global workforce development strategy, Linda oversees several youth initiatives, such as JPMorgan Chase’s $17 million investment in summer youth employment, which provides career readiness, skills development and work experiences for thousands of young people in over 20 cities.
Linda has also led the development and expansion of The Fellowship Initiative (TFI), a college and career readiness program for young men of color in high school. Under her leadership, TFI earned recognition as a leading national corporate mentoring program and has grown to support young people in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York City. Over 350 JPMorgan Chase employees have volunteered for TFI, primarily by making a three year commitment to serve as mentors to the Fellows. Recently, Linda led the development of the firm’s philanthropic strategy for supporting opportunity youth, which will be launched in 2020.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Linda served as an Assistant Commissioner at the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). DYCD provides oversight for the City’s youth employment services and the nation’s largest out-of-school time (OST) system. While leading DYCD’s capacity building department, Linda managed technical assistance services for hundreds of youth organizations and organized the City’s first OST STEM-themed professional development conference.
Linda started her career in the nonprofit sector and has worked for several leading national workforce and youth organizations including ExpandED, Seedco, and The Posse Foundation.
Linda earned her Master’s degree at the University of Virginia and her Bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University. As the first person to complete college in her family, Linda is proud to contribute to JPMorgan Chase’s efforts to expand economic opportunity for youth.
President and CEO MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership David Shapiro is the president and CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. Nearly 25 years ago, MENTOR was founded to build and activate a mentoring movement. Since then, the number of mentoring relationships has grown from 300,000 to more than four million. Under Shapiro’s leadership, the organization’s efforts to build capacity and scale innovation within the mentoring movement has been highlighted by the Social Impact Exchange, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. In addition, the U.S Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention selected MENTOR to establish and lead the National Mentoring Resource Center. In 2014, research commissioned by MENTOR entitled The Mentoring Effect found that 1 in 3 young people are reaching adulthood without the benefit of a mentor. MENTOR’s mission is to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships to close that gap. MENTOR’s strategy incorporates policy expertise and advocacy, public awareness and mobilization. The organization advances quality mentoring by bridging research to practice, and developing and delivering standards, training and state-of-the-art tools. MENTOR carries out this work in collaboration with its national network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships and more than 5,000 mentoring programs and volunteer centers in all 50 states. MENTOR works extensively across the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that young people have the support they need through mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work. Shapiro was previously the CEO of MENTOR’s Massachusetts affiliate, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP). During his tenure, MMP launched Champions of Mentoring at Fenway Park, Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring, Mass Mentoring Counts and the Bill Russell Mentoring Grants Program. MMP grew by 400 percent, increased state funding for mentoring, attracted federal funding and distributed almost $1 million in financial assistance, capacity building, and match activities to mentoring programs. The number of young people matched increased by almost 50 percent during Mr. Shapiro’s seven years at MMP. Shapiro’s experience includes leadership positions with the U.S. Golf Association Foundation’s 10-year, $50 million grant-making initiative and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. He chairs the board of the Mass Nonprofit Network and serves as a volunteer leader with a variety of nonprofits, including America’s Promise Alliance and the National Human Service Assembly. He was selected for the Barr Foundation Fellowship. Shapiro is a husband, father of two sons, and mentor.
Valor Capital Group Co-founder of Valor Capital Group and Managing Partner of Valor’s Venture Capital Fund, an investment firm focused on growth equity and venture capital in the U.S. and Brazil. Mr. Sobel served as Vice President of Emerging Markets for NCR Corporation, responsible for the company’s Financial Line of Business from November 2009 to March 2011, and Vice President of Business Development & Government Affairs in the Asia Pacific region, based in Singapore from January 2007 to November 2009. Before joining NCR, Mr. Sobel served as Director of Business Development for Symbol Technologies (acquired by Motorola, Inc.), focused on the company’s mobile computing and wireless businesses from April 2003 to January 2007. Mr. Sobel joined Symbol following 6 years at Net2Phone, Inc., where he was a member of the founding team of the pioneer Internet Telephony Company. As Vice President, responsible for business development and marketing he helped grow the company from a fledgling start up to having millions of users, $160M in revenue, successful IPO, and strategic change of control by AT&T for $1.4B. Mr. Sobel graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree from Syracuse University
The MCJ Amelior Foundation Suzanne Spero is the Executive Director of The MCJ Amelior Foundation, a family foundation, created to help fund programs in Newark, NJ and surrounding communities. The Foundation assists entities that encourage mentoring relationships, are creating unique entrepreneurial opportunities, and promoting national and local participation in voluntary community programs and services. It has recently expanded into the international arena and engages in work to promote the Millennium Development Goals and halve the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015, with a particular focus on ending deaths from malaria. Prior to nonprofit work, Spero worked in Washington, DC for Congresswoman Marge Roukema. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Women’s Association as Vice President for Fund Development and is also on the Board of Directors of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Spero joined the Drew University Board of Trustees in 2009 and serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Student Affairs and Campus Life Committee. She is co-founder of Jersey Cares, which organizes teams of socially-minded individuals for community service projects. Spero graduated from Drew University’s College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She resides in Chatham, NJ with her husband and two children.
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Sue Anne Wells is the founder of the Mustang Leadership Partners and a founding member of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. The Mustang Leadership Partners (MLP) is private organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and sustaining the American Wild Mustang. The Chattanooga Girls Leadership is the first STEM single gender public charter school in Tennessee. The two organizations formed a partnership to provide girls and young women both in-school and out-of-school opportunities to develop, practice and improve relationship skills, responsibility, social accountability, self-awareness and self-confidence. Wells holds a PhD in French Literature from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, an M.A. in French from Middlebury College/University of Paris and a B.A. French/Education from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She was a French Instructor at the high school and collegiate levels, including teaching at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the University of Tennessee. She is active as a volunteer leader serving on various non-profit boards including A Night To Remember, ArtsBuild, University of Chattanooga Foundation and Young Women’s Leadership Academy Foundation. She also serves on the Development Committees of the Siskin Children’s Institute and Women’s Fund. Wells has received numerous awards for her tireless work in the community such as the Anheuser–Busch White Eagle Service Award, the Distinguished Alumna Award at the Girls Preparatory School, the Girls Inc. UnBought, UnBossed Award and the J.C. Penny Golden Rule Award.
Raymond G. Chambers
The Honorable Bill Bradley
David A. Coulter
J. Markham Green
Marian L. Heard
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean
The Reverend J. Donald Monan, S.J. (In Memoriam)
Dr. Tom Osborne
Phil Ramone (In Memoriam)
John A. Schneider
Alan D. Schwartz
James D. Sinegal