Aisha Sabar, 2011 Mentor Coach
United States Mission to the United Nations, Adviser
Washington University in St. Louis, BA, 2007
Council of American Ambassadors Fellowship, Congressman Richard Gephardt Institute of Public Service Fellow
My Fellow is interested in a career in international development and diplomacy. I have directly implemented and managed development projects in South Asia and I currently work for the State Department. Having worked in both development and diplomacy, I am eager to share my experience with my Fellow and to help her find and gain experience in her specific area of interest.
Shailesh Sachdeva, 2012 Mentor Coach
Entertainment & Media
University of Toronto, BASc, 2001; Queen's University, MBA, 2006
Having never had a mentor in college, I was unaware of all the opportunities available to me on graduation. As a NYNY Mentor Coach, you are enabling students to reach their maximum potential by educating them about the options they can pursue. A career in management consulting has allowed me explore multiple industries including telecom, media & entertainment, education, and human resources, which I can leverage to help guide Fellows on the choices available to them.
David Salant, 2011 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Analyst
Equity Derivatives Group
Columbia University, BA, 2010
I became a Mentor Coach to follow in the path of the mentors who selflessly helped shape my life and path. I hope to offer my experience in interviews, resumes, public speaking, and business writing, to learn more about my Fellow and myself, and to have fun doing it!
Charlie Samboy, 2013 Mentor Coach
New York City Economic Development Corporation , Assistant Vice President
Government and Community Relations
Hunter College, BA, 2007; Hunter College, MS, 2012
Upon hearing about NYNY, I was immediately drawn to its mission and feel privileged to have been selected as a Mentor Coach. Born and raised in the South Bronx, I was once just like these Fellows. I lacked the resources and networks that more fortunate students had, and have had to overcome numerous obstacles to get to where I am. I have a passion for giving back and want to share the wisdom I've obtained through my experiences so that the Fellows too can one day share their success stories.
Pierina Sanchez, 2011 Mentor Coach
Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University, Graduate Student
Harvard University, BA, 2010; Princeton University, MPA, 2014 (expected)
My Fellow is interested in founding her own youth-services nonprofit and I gladly bring her my experience administering municipal grants. The City’s discretionary grant process and my involvement with different civic institutions can teach her about the intricacies of public service. As a first generation college graduate, I recognize the pivotal role that honest mentorship plays for the students NYNY serves. I am happy to employ my professional experience to help my Fellow achieve her goals.
Joshua Sandals, 2012 Mentor Coach
Morgan Stanley, Analyst
Cornell University, BA, 2004
I grew up outside Boston, MA in one of the area's most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities. Throughout my schooling I witnessed first-hand the struggles of some of my first-generation friends and classmates as they tried to achieve at a high level. In helping with classwork, test prep, and, later, the college application process, I came to understand the value in sharing one's knowledge and experience with those less advantaged. I continue this commitment today via NYNY.
Edward Santos, 2011 Mentor Coach
Neuberger Berman, Analyst
University of Michigan, BS, 2007; Pace University, MS, 2009
As a former public school teacher in East Harlem, I observed daily the difficulties that students in low-income communities face. I know that support is needed to insure that every student is successful. My experience, ranging from magazine publishing to banking, gives me unique insight to help fellows think about their career choices. In supporting first-generation college students through NYNY, I am able to encourage students from low-income communities to believe that anything is possible.
Varun Sanyal, 2014 Mentor Coach
Development Corporation, Project Manager
Temple University, BA, 2010; New York University, MUP, 2015
As a product of the New York City public school system and growing up in an immigrant household, I understand the complexities of entering the "real world". NYNY provides a collaborative platform for motivated young individuals to attain economic mobility and success in their respective endeavors.
Andrew Schwartz, 2014 Mentor Coach
Schwartz Law Group, LLC, Associate Attorney
Indiana University, Bloomington, BS, 2005; Vermont University, JD, 2010
I am a high school mathematics teacher turned employment lawyer who wants to make a positive and lasting difference and believes that starting from the ground up with today's youth is the strongest way.
Melanie Lauren Scotto, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach
New York State Department of Labor, Assistant Special Counsel
Wagner College, BA, 2008; New England Law, JD, 2011
I became a Mentor Coach because I remember how important my support system was to me during college and law school. I truly believe those that guided me and supported me throughout my journey are to thank for my success. I would hope to provide the knowledge and support to help a Fellow obtain their goals. So far this process has been extremely rewarding and I would highly recommend it to others.
Dominique Sellers, 2013 Mentor Coach
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Senior Associate
Temple University, BBA, 2009
My personal and professional success has been in large part due to the coaching and guidance provided by active mentors in my life. I became a Mentor Coach to provide the same support for the Fellows. As first-generation college students, it is crucial that mentors encourage students to think and dream beyond college, and expose them to opportunities that come from a college graduation.
Hannah Seoh, 2014 Mentor Coach
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Cure Violence Evaluator
Injury Prevention Program
University of Cincinnati, BA, 2003; Ohio State University, MPH/MS, 2008
Looking back, there have been many important mentors in my life, and I have been incredibly lucky to have known them. I realize that today's young people are met with even more challenges and decisions to make, and I want to be there to help them as my mentors have for me.
Joseph Seydl, 2014 Mentor Coach
Citigroup, Junior Economist
Lehigh University, BA, 2010; London School of Economics, MSc, 2013
I am an economist, which means I have seen the statistics on economic mobility in America. They are abysmal. Pushing against them is the reason why I chose to become a Mentor Coach with NYNY; for it is unjust on a deeply fundamental level to constrain people economically by the financial situation into which they are born. I hope my experience as a first-generation college graduate will allow me to connect well with the Fellows, helping them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.
Bill Seymour, 2012 Mentor Coach
AIG Chartis, Senior Underwriter
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, BA, 2007
I became a Mentor Coach with the hopes of sharing my life experiences with Fellows and helping them achieve their goals. The limited interaction I have had so far with those involved with NYNY has me very excited to join and add value to a fantastic organization.
Neel Shah, 2010 Mentor Coach
Oaktree Capital Management, Vice President
University of Pennsylvania, BS, 2004; London School of Economics and Political Science, MS, 2005
Mentorship has been an important part of my character growth that continues to further my personal and professional development. As a first-generation American, having a mentor has helped me bridge the gap between the experience of my immigrant parents and that of someone more knowledgeable about building a successful career in this country. While I still have much to learn, being a NYNY Mentor Coach allows me to give back to the community and hopefully help others in a similar situation.
Ricky Shah, 2011 Mentor Coach
Irving Place Capital, Associate
Harvard University, BA, 2009
In the 3 months that I've been working with NYNY, I've gotten so much out of being a Mentor Coach. Not only have I been able to leverage my own experiences to help guide my Fellow toward his goals, but in exchange, I've learned so much from him through his struggles and successes. Moreover, my fellow Mentor Coaches, who come from a diverse set of backgrounds, continue to inspire me with their unique experiences, stories and ideas.
Julia Shapira, 2011 Mentor Coach
Carat, Integrated Media Planner
Brown University, BA, 2008
I’ve always felt so fortunate to have my parents guide me throughout my professional career. They are an invaluable resource! Offering guidance to a Fellow is a wonderful opportunity to pass along what I have learned and help them to achieve their career ambitions. My Fellow is interested in working in international aid. While I currently work at an advertising agency, I can rely on my prior experience assisting war refugees around the world to provide guidance and insight on the industry.
Mimi Sheng, 2014 Mentor Coach
McKinsey & Company, Business Analyst
Strategy and Corporate Finance
University of Pennsylvania, BS,BA, 2013
I have had the privilege of a great education that has opened many doors, but I have only been able to fully utilize my education because of the guidance of many mentors. I hope that I can provide that same mentorship to a group of Fellows and work with them to achieve their goals -- while also making some lifelong friends along the way!
Samir Sheth, 2012 Mentor Coach
Bertelsmann, Vice President, Corporate Development
University of Pennsylvania, BS, 2008
What excites me about mentoring NYNY Fellows is that they are ambitious, hard working, and an inspiration to other Fellows and Mentor Coaches! I want to harness their dedication, channel it into what they're passionate about, and ultimately help them to reach their goals.
Jocelyn Shields, 2012 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Associate
University of Michigan, BBA, 2001; University of Maryland, JD, 2008; Cornell University, MBA, 2010
As a first-generation college and graduate school student, I attribute the success in my career to the invaluable guidance and advice of so many that have supported me along my career path. Being a NYNY Mentor Coach affords me the opportunity to pay the mentorship forward and share my experiences in business and law to help the Fellows achieve their career goals. I am excited about being able to further NYNY’s mission and provide my Fellow with the resources to reach their aspirations.
David Short, 2014 Mentor Coach
Oliver Wyman, Payments Analyst
Dartmouth College, BA, 2009
I'm excited to be involved with NYNY and help first-generation college students realize their ambitions. I look forward to sharing my experience in consulting and digital advertising research with the Fellows.
Saami Siddiqui, 2012 Mentor Coach
Bonobos, Merchandising Analyst
University of California, Davis, BS, 2010
I have experienced the power of mentoring first hand. I was a confused college undergraduate in the not so distant past, and getting guidance at the right time had a substantial impact on my life. I hope to have a similar lasting impact on my Fellow's life as he/she looks to forge a fulfilling career.
Vanessa Singh, 2014 Mentor Coach
Innisfree M&A Incorporated, Analyst
Bryn Mawr College, BA, 2009; Columbia University, MA, 2013
I am currently an analyst at Innisfree M&A Incorporated. I graduated from Bryn Mawr with a degree in Psychology and Economics and earned a Master’s Degree in international finance from Columbia University. I enjoy volunteering to teach financial literacy, traveling and cooking with friends.
Daniel Skaven Ruben, 2013 Mentor Coach
Royal Danish Consulate, New York, Deputy Head of Trade
Copenhagen Business School, BS, 2007; Stockholm University, JD, 2009
I became a Mentor Coach for several reasons. I've benefitted immensely from guidance in my past, so joining NYNY is a small way to give back. As an immigrant to the U.S, I perhaps also share a similar background with some of the Fellows. Finally, I strongly believe in NYNY's goal of connecting ambition with opportunity. In my current position at a diplomatic mission, I'm at the intersection of the public and private sectors. I hope my background and experiences will add value to the NYNY community.
Steven Skolnik, 2012 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Analyst
University of Wisconsin-Madison, BBA, 2011
I became a Mentor Coach because I think back to all the people that have helped me over the years and I don't know where I'd be without their guidance. Nothing is more rewarding than having the ability to make a positive impact on someone else's life. NYNY is not only beneficial for my Fellow, but it enables me to grow as an individual and motivates me to reach my highest potential. My insight from prior experiences has prepared me to help my Fellow be successful in school and in life.