Melanie Carr, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach
Consultant, Investigator and Mitigation Specialist
Harvard University , BA, 1997
Echoing Green Fellow
I am a consultant, investigator and mitigation specialist working on civil rights and death penalty cases. I am excited about mentoring promising young people who are interested in careers in public interest, social justice, and civil rights work. I enjoy mentoring because it is so rewarding.
Ayesha Chacko, 2014 Mentor Coach
Hightower, Manager, Customer Success
University of Pennsylvania, BS, 2011
Throughout my college and professional career, I’ve relied on advice from my mentors when making personal and professional decisions. I hope to be as great of a resource to my Fellow as these people were to me. I believe that NYNY is one of the most committed and productive mentorship programs in the city. The enthusiasm and sense of community that I’ve witnessed from both Fellows and Mentor Coaches makes me excited to be a part of the program!
Trisha Chakraborty, 2014 Mentor Coach
Goldman Sachs, Associate
Johns Hopkins University, BA, 2011
I have seen many instances where lack of information or resources has prevented qualified individuals from obtaining the internship/career of their choice. NYNY provides a way to bridge that gap by helping talented and ambitious young fellows understand how to achieve success. I have benefited greatly from mentors throughout my life, and I feel privileged to share my experiences and resources in that same way with a fun and diverse New York-based community.
Kenneth Chan, 2014 Mentor Coach
Sun Capital Partners Inc., Private Equity Associate
Pennsylvania State University, BS, MS, 2011
I have been fortunate to have mentors who have helped me throughout my life, and I believe being a Mentor Coach is a great way to pay it forward. I am looking forward to leveraging my network and experiences to help Fellows achieve their personal and professional goals.
Aldrich Kyle Chan, 2014 Mentor Coach
Deutsche Bank, Associate
New York University, BS, 2009
I am fortunate to have had a number of invaluable mentors who have patiently guided me throughout life. Through NYNY, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as a mentor and make a real impact on a Fellow's personal and professional growth by sharing my experiences, knowledge and network.
Junli Chen, 2014 Mentor Coach
Goldman Sachs, Private Equity Analyst
Brown University, BA, 2012
Many of my accomplishments would not have been possible without the many mentors in my life. For this reason and more, I want to pay it forward by becoming an NYNY Mentor Coach. I look forward to using my energy and experience to help Fellows achieve their educational and professional goals, and on a grander scale, advance the greater cause of social and economic mobility.
Christine Chen, 2014 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Senior Associate
Risk (Wholesale Credit Risk Reporting)
Queen's University, BCOMM, 2007
Mentoring is such an integral part of our society, as it teaches us to be empathetic and humble, while learning from each other. I am deeply honored to be part of this program and I look forward to sharing my professional and personal experiences with others.
Pen-Pen Chen, 2013 Mentor Coach
Penguistics Solutions, President/CEO
Bryn Mawr College, BA, 2002; Columbia University, MS, 2011; Middlebury College, MA, 2014
After getting involved with NYNY as a Career Coach, I was very impressed with the organization and inspired by the Fellows. Even though I've worked in leadership development for many years, I felt that I always learned so much from each event and grew each time. I hope that as a professional who has had experience in a variety of industries (consulting, education, business, technology, and media), I may be able to share my experience with others.
Michael Chow, 2012 Mentor Coach
Marketing and Corporate Development
Stanford University, BS and MS, 2007
I have been incredibly fortunate to have had invaluable mentors along the way in my academic and professional career. Getting involved with this organization and group of first-generation college students aiming to do great things was an easy decision for me to make.
Jenn Chu, 2012 Mentor Coach
Bloomingdale's, Associate Planner
Handbags - Bloomingdales.com
Columbia University, BS, 2004; University of Pennsylvania, MBA, 2010
After graduating college, I worked in investment banking and was able to make the career switch to retail merchandising. I became a Mentor Coach because I want to help others find the right career path, and understand that there are always other options to pursue. I have also received a lot of guidance from mentors in my life, and would love to do the same for someone else.
Andrew Citrin, 2014 Mentor Coach
MediaLink, Research Manager
Dartmouth College, BA, 2011
For me, joining NYNY as a Mentor Coach is a fitting way to contribute, as my own professional success has correlated with having a strong support network. My career has given me perspective on diverse sectors of the rapidly evolving media landscape, and I am thrilled to share my insight with those with similar interests. I know the impact that preparedness and adaptability can have on achieving a desired career path, which shapes my guidance of these exceptional Fellows to maximize their skill set.
Jillian Colbert, 2014 Mentor Coach
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Associate
George Washington University, BBA, 2008; Columbia University, JD, 2013
I am passionate about supporting Fellows who wish to thrive and succeed. I joined NYNY to guide Fellows through the process of making educational and career decisions. After graduating college, I worked in investment banking and am now a practicing lawyer. My career path and professional experience has prepared me to provide Fellows with the necessary tools to achieve career success .
Tausha Cowan, 2014 Mentor Coach
Columbia Business School, Senior Associate Director of Internal Communications
Marketing and Communications
New York University, BA, 2007; The London School of Economics, MS, 2011
I decided to become a Mentor Coach with New York Needs You because I know that journeys are not meant to be traveled alone. I have been fortunate enough to have received guidance and mentoring throughout my career and seek to do the same for others. I look forward to working with the NYNY Fellows to help them achieve their goals.
Ross Cranwell, 2014 Mentor Coach
Imagine Easy Solutions, Marketing Manager
University College Dublin, BA, 2002
I have worked in marketing for 8 years, mainly in the tech startup space. I'm from Dublin, Ireland, and have lived in China, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, and New York. I am looking forward to sharing what I've learned through my international experience with my Fellow. I understand how difficult it can be to make the right decisions while working your way through school, so I hope to make those challenges a little easier for my mentee by sharing my knowledge and experiences.
Alicia Criner, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach
L'Oreal, Manager of Digital Marketing and eCommerce
Howard University, BA, 2008
I became a Mentor Coach to guide the next generation of professionals, just as my own mentors have supported me. NYNY's development programs guarantee the Fellows' success in academic matriculation, graduation and career placement. Working in the media and technology industries, I look forward to exploring the Fellows' passions and developing the next crop of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) trailblazers.
Irene Crocker, 2013 Mentor Coach
Tommy Hilfiger, International Licensing
University of Texas at Austin, BBA, 2009
I joined NYNY to be a part of a strong, positive community where I can contribute from my own personal and professional experience. Through the help of mentors, I was able to move to New York from Texas and make a career change into the fashion industry. I am excited to join class of 2013 and learn more about all the Fellows and Mentor Coaches.
Sonya Crosswell, 2012 Mentor Coach
Carver Federal Savings Bank, Vice President
University of Pennsylvania, BA, 1999; University of Pennsylvania, JD, 2002
I fully support NYNY's mission and I believe that hard work and determination, a strong support system, an influential network of mentors and access to resources are the keys to a successful career. I became a Mentor Coach because I feel that my legal background and experience at two international law firms and in-house at a community bank will allow me to pass on valuable knowledge and insight that I have learned along the way to a Fellow aspiring towards a legal career.
Carlos Cuevas, 2012 Mentor Coach
Urban Health Plan, Administrative Fellow
Columbia University, BA, 2005; Columbia University, MPH and MPA, 2012
I was born in the South Bronx of New York City, but attended one of New York’s finest educational institutions for both my undergraduate and graduate studies. These experiences have given me a unique view of these different milieus in society. My educational, work and life experiences have prepared me to help foster the intellectual and social development of future leaders.
Gilbertson Cuffy, 2012 Mentor Coach
Reckitt Benckiser, Innovation Brand Manager - Finish Detergents
University of Miami, BA, 2002; Nova Southeastern University, MBA, 2004
I believe that mentorship bridges the divide between lack and access. Mentorship, as I have seen it, truly creates opportunities for those who, by normal circumstances, may not have had them. It has truly been a catalyst towards accelerated career advancement and extending educational pursuits. I’d only wish that I too had programs like NYNY growing up. It is staggering to imagine how much further in my career I could have been and if not then how many pitfalls I could have avoided along the way.
Tia Cummings, 2011 Mentor Coach
L'Oreal, Marketing Director
Hampton University, BS, 2002; Purdue University, MBA, 2004
Being a Mentor Coach is so rewarding! I've always enjoyed working with young people, but this is my first experience with college students. The Fellows are so motivated! They continue to amaze and inspire me at every workshop. And, with the focus on professional development and networking, I feel like I'm getting just as much out of the program as the Fellows. That's what makes NYNY different from every other mentoring organization I've worked with, and I'm so glad to be a part of it.