Femi Faoye, 2013 Mentor Coach
Millennial Capital Management, Managing Director
Trinity College, BA, 2008
I have been incredibly blessed to have mentors and career sponsors that have provided and continue to provide incredible guidance in my professional career and entrepreneurial pursuits. Working on Wall Street and in the nonprofit field, I am acutely aware of the need for mentors for first-generation college students. I became a Mentor Coach to help guide the next generation to reach their potential and live their dreams.
Elliot Feldman, 2011 Mentor Coach
Barclays, Equity Research Associate
Lehigh University, BS, 2009
Becoming an NYNY Mentor Coach has afforded me the opportunity to work with some of the most passionate and driven young college students in New York City. Though professionally I reside in the financial services industry, working as a healthcare industry analyst, along with my deep personal connections in the medical and research fields, will allow me to leverage these networks to guide my Fellow on his career path of scientific research.
Benjamin Felt, 2011 Mentor Coach
The Invus Group LLC, Associate
Yale University, BA, 2007
Throughout my academic and professional journeys, I have been fortunate to benefit from outstanding and generous mentors who have guided me through the tough choices and obstacles on the way to my career today in private equity investing at The Invus Group. I hope that through New York Needs You, I can provide the same valuable guidance to my Fellow as he looks to forge a fulfilling career in the business world.
Charlie Feng, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach
Taconic Capital, Analyst
Cornell University, BS, 2011
Like many of the other Mentor Coaches, I have been fortunate to have had great mentors throughout my life. When I found NYNY, it seemed to be the perfect opportunity to give back in a highly impactful way. I'm excited to be working alongside my class of Mentor Coaches and with a group of incredibly talented Fellows.
Robyn Finker, 2011 Mentor Coach
MSL New York, Vice President
American University, BA, 2008
I was not a first generation college student; however, I am the first person in my family to truly join the ranks of corporate America. As I needed to learn the ropes on my own, I joined NYNY to help the future of America follow the same path I did, but with some help.
Caitlin Finnegan, 2012 Mentor Coach
PR Newswire, Account Manager
Georgetown University, BA, 2005
I am a PR practitioner and currently work as an Account Manager for PR Newswire. In the past I have held account management positions at agencies such as Edelman and Hill & Knowlton. I am a 2005 Georgetown University graduate and an active member of the Hoya alumni network. I enjoy mentoring students of all ages and backgrounds through my role as a Georgetown University Alumni Interviewer and am also an active participant in the Alumni Career Services network.
Lisa Fishelberg, 2011 Mentor Coach
Greater New York Hospital Association, Assistant Vice President
Binghamton University, BS, 1998; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MHA, 2000
After meeting with a number of NYNY Fellows who came to our offices to learn more about my organization, I realized I wanted to become a Mentor Coach. I was so impressed by the Fellows' interest and dedication to enhancing their future career opportunities. My experiences in healthcare have provided me the opportunity to work in a number of different areas and to work with various professionals. This will allow me to assist a Fellow to navigate the compex world of healthcare.
Caitlyn Fox, 2011 Mentor Coach
The Rockefeller Foundation, Strategy Associate
Brown University, BA, 2007
Serving on NYNY's Young Leadership Board, I've had an amazing experience getting to know our Fellows and am excited to take on the new role of Mentor Coach! I can leverage my experience at Rockefeller to advise Fellows interested in the non-profit sector and international development. Prior to Rockefeller, I worked in management consulting, so I hope to be helpful to those interested in consulting as well.
Jackie Francois, 2012 Mentor Coach
MetroPlus Health Plan, Assistant Director
Stony Brook University, BA, 2000
I decided to be a Mentor Coach because I understand, firsthand, the challenges of being a first-generation college graduate. I have observed New York Needs You to be an excellent venue for first-generation college students to learn great tips on suceeding during and after college. In hindsight, had I had a Mentor Coach I could relate to, I would have better handled a lot of obstacles and challenges during my undergraduate years.
Adrienne Gaffney, 2011 Mentor Coach
Wall Street Journal, Associate Editor of WSJ Magazine
Trinity College, BA, 2007
Becoming a Mentor Coach is by the far the best decision I've made in the past year. Getting to know my Fellow has been wonderful. At each workshop, I am constantly impressed by how bright, insightful and motivated she is at such a young age. I can't wait to see all the things she will achieve and I am excited to impart whatever knowledge I may have.
Alana Gardner, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach
New York County Criminal Court, Court Attorney - Trial Part
Johns Hopkins University, BA, 2000; Loyola University of Chicago, JD, 2004
I became a Mentor Coach because I truly believe in what NYNY aspires to achieve. I am thankful for the family and friends who supported me and wish I had an organization like NYNY when I was choosing my career path. Being a Mentor Coach has renewed my passion to create my own path to success and not just follow the one set out for me. I may be an attorney by profession, but I have a wide array of experience that allows me to give well balanced advice and support.
Ashley Gee, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach
SL Green Realty Corp., Vice President, Leasing
University of Virginia, BA, 2002
I’ve served as a mentor with other organizations in the past, but my experience as an inaugural NYNY Mentor Coach has profoundly impacted my world view and my life in an unexpected way. I’ve learned lessons and been inspired by my Fellow which will allow me to be a better person and more effective mentor in the future.
Erik Howard George, 2014 Mentor Coach
The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Leadership Fellow
Concordia College-Moorhead, MN, BA, 2011; New York University, MA, 2013
From attending college in the small town of Fargo-Moorhead to obtaining my Masters in Urban Planning from New York University, mentors have been a guiding force in my life personally, professionally, and academically. It is for this reason that I am excited to turn the tables and be a Mentor Coach with NYNY. With a burgeoning career in public service and a passion for urban development and sustainability, I am looking forward to nurturing tomorrow's leaders for careers in public service.
Jasmine Georges, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach
New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, Assistant Corporation Counsel
Duke University, BA, 2004; Fordham University, JD, 2007
I became a Mentor Coach because I know the value of having guidance in setting and achieving goals, and I felt it was my turn to give back what I have received. As a Mentor Coach, I have learned from the insights of the Fellows and it is enriching to know that I am helping to guide someone towards achieving her career goals. I encourage other professionals to become Mentor Coaches because you will learn things about yourself in the process and grow in your own career as well.
Sunita Ghia, 2011 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Associate
New York University, BA, 2009
After my first experience volunteering with New York Needs You, I knew I wanted to become a Mentor Coach. I have been inspired by the collective dedication of the Fellows, and watching their growth and development with each workshop has been tremendously rewarding. I am looking forward to cultivating a close relationship with my Fellow, and I hope that by drawing on my personal experiences, I can help guide her toward her academic and career ambitions.
Isabel Gonzalez, 2010 Mentor Coach
The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Manager, Airport Business and Property Development
Arizona State University, BA, 2000; Columbia University, MPA, 2007
When I look back at my educational and early professional trajectory, I attribute my accomplishments to some hard work and a lot of luck. As a first-generation American and college student, it made all the difference to come across the right people and programs at the right time. As an NYNY Mentor Coach, I have become a formal part of the support system the outstanding NYNY Fellows will need to succeed through college and beyond.
Cesar Gonzalez, 2011 Mentor Coach
Wexford Capital LP, Analyst
Metals and Mining
University of Southern California, BS, 2005
I became a Mentor Coach to help students that I feel are underserved by existing mentor programs. Through the NYNY program, I am making an impact on my Fellow's life, but my Fellow is also making an impact on my life by inspiring me to work harder to continue to advance my own goals. The NYNY program is well structured and meaningful to both the Fellows and Mentor Coaches. I realize that I can contribute to the career development of the Fellows as I was once where they are and I am now where some of them want to be.
Samantha Gordon, 2013 Mentor Coach
Boston Consulting Group, Consultant
Northwestern University, BS, 2007; Columbia University, MBA, 2012
I was thrilled to learn of NYNY and become a part of the Mentor Coach class. I enjoy helping others excel in their careers, whether it is understanding their strengths and interests, exploring various paths, interviewing, or working through challenges in their current environment. I have had many similar experiences, attended business school to redirect my career, and have always been involved in recruiting programs. I look forward to extending my experiences to others.
Jay Gormley, 2011 Mentor Coach
MJHS, Vice President of Planning, Research and Innovation
Health Plans, Hospice, Home Care, Housing and Nursing Homes
Hamilton College, BA, 2001; Sage Graduate School, Masters of Health Service Administration, 2005
I began as a volunteer last fall and am excited about continuing this year as a 2011 Mentor Coach. Working with NYNY is a wonderful way to give back. I use my contacts as the VP of Planning for MJHS, one of the largest not-for-profit integrated health systems in NY, to expose Fellows to the health care field. MJHS is dedicated to "caring every minute, every day" and involvement with NYNY gives me an opportunity to continue this mission in my personal time—putting my core values into action.
Adia Goss, 2013 Mentor Coach
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Associate
Columbia University, BA, 2006; Columbia University, JD, 2010
The enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers as well as the unique structure of NYNY inspired me to become a Mentor Coach. I've always enjoyed volunteering, and feel that being a Mentor Coach will afford me the great opportunity to provide guidance and support to a young adult.
Maloni Goss, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach
Chanel, Associate Director
Spelman College, BA, 2001; Columbia University, MBA, 2008
After volunteering for over a year, NYNY has had a huge impact on my life. Though I joined to give retail industry exposure to the Fellows involved in this program, they in fact inspire me on a regular basis. These students have overcome so much and still manage to produce excellent grades and obtain top internships. It’s an honor to be a part of the NYNY community and the continued development of the Fellows.
Emily Graham, 2012 Mentor Coach
MWW Group, Vice President, Corporate Communications
Southern Methodist University, BA, 2007
In life everyone is called to a greater purpose. Some never realize their potential. Others find their special something, thrive, and then help others. With investment of time, hard work and a solid support system, anyone has the potential to be great. NYNY Fellows have already risen above the crowd to undertake a challenge that others before them haven’t. As a Mentor Coach, I want to help Fellows not only rise, but soar to their greatest heights by investing my time and energy in their success.
Kevin Graver, 2014 Mentor Coach
Morgan Stanley, Analyst
Georgetown University, BSBA, 2012
Throughout high school, college and my professional career, my mentors have offered invaluable advice to help me reach my personal and professional goals. NYNY offers the unique opportunity to build a relationship with a Fellow and make the same kind of lasting, positive impact in my Fellow's professional development that has benefited me in my own career.
Nakia Gray, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach
Medgar Evers College-CUNY, Program Director
Cornell University, BA, 2006; Syracuse University, MS, 2008
As a first-generation college student, I had mentors and advisors helping me along my path to achieve my goals. I became a Mentor Coach to be a resource to Fellows. I hope that my background in education (teacher and administrator) can be an asset to those interested in the field. Learning is a lifelong process and as a 2011 Mentor Coach, I learned as much from my Fellow as I believed he learned from me. The NYNY's design allows both the Fellows and the Mentor Coaches to grow and expand their reach.
Candace Greene, 2014 Mentor Coach
Edelman, Senior Account Executive
Florida State University, BA, 2009; Georgetown University, MS, 2012
My greatest mentors took the time to recognize and learn what fundamentally mattered to me, then offered professional and life advice based on that understanding. It's important to me that I do the same, and NYNY struck me as a program that requires this of its Mentor Coaches and Fellows. I am thrilled for the opportunity to support the students in any way I can and cannot wait to witness all the amazing things the Fellows accomplish.