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Junior Board

 
Learn more about our joining our Junior Board.
Email: Rebecca Hartje
Development Officer
RHartje@expandedschools.org
or call (646) 943-8749

Our Junior Board is a group of dynamic and talented young professionals from a diverse range of industries in New York City who are committed to helping us close the 6,000-hour learning gap.

Junior Board members serve as ambassadors for ExpandED Schools and generate support for our work among their friends and colleagues.

 

 

Javier Colon

Javier Colon, Co-Chair

Javier is a Risk Associate for Commercial Real Estate at Morgan Stanley. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Baylor University. While in college, he participated in a mentoring program where he tutored underprivileged students.
Mark Colvin

Mark Colvin, Co-Chair

Mark is an Associate within the FIG Group at Neuberger Berman. He previously worked at the tech startup Keep Holdings, where he entered the organization's operations team as their second employee. He earned both a B.S. in Sociology and B.A. in Communications from Syracuse University. While attending college, Mark was chosen to speak at the New York State Senate advocating the benefits of continued Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) scholarship funding.
Derek Berman

Brett Ascher

Brett is an Associate within the Real Estate division at Blackstone. She previously worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Deutsche Bank. She earned a degree in Economics from Princeton University, where she also studied Values & Public Life and European Politics. While at Princeton, she was captain of the cheerleading team and served on the executive committee of Fashion Speaks, an annual fundraiser that benefits Eden Autism Services. 

Lauren Boglino

Lauren is an NYC Department of Education Teaching Fellow earning a Masters in Special Education, Grades 7- 12. Lauren is an experienced educator who has worked extensively with children with disabilities. Prior to teaching she received a bachelors degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and worked with bilingual Pre-K programs.
Calvin Otis

Stephen Dobeck

Stephen is a Senior Program Manager on the Cloud Support team at Google, where he partners with engineers to improve the customer experience on Google Cloud products. Stephen also leads the Filipino Googler Network employee resource group and is closely involved with the Asian Google Network. Prior to Google, Stephen worked at an IT startup in Washington, DC. He earned his Bachelor's degree in psychology at Yale, where he was  member of the Varsity Lightweight Crew team.

Cindy Fan

Cindy is an Investment Banking Analyst at Evercore M&A in the Healthcare group. She graduated from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Statistics. In the past, she was involved with various volunteering activities such as mentoring children of at-risk families and teaching financial literacy to young female professionals. 

Olivia Green

Olivia is an analyst at the Blackstone Group. Full bio coming soon.

Olivia LaFond

Olivia works in business development and operations at Tideline, an impact investing consulting firm. Prior to Tideline, she supported various non-profit organizations focused on education, health, and international development. Most recently, Olivia served as a Program Administrator at the Public Health Institute, where she managed operations and led new business development for an international leadership development program. She graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Global Health.
Calvin Otis

KJ Lee

KJ is an Associate in the New York City office of JLL where he provides tenant representation, transaction management and advisory services to a variety of clients in various sectors. KJ has over 3 years of experience in real estate and over 2 years of experience in the New York market. He earned a Master’s degree in international business from The University of Essex in Essex, United Kingdom as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. He is a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of New York.

Zoe Liu

Zoe leads the strategic partnership arm on the business development team at IMTC. She started her career at J.P. Morgan as a corporate banking analyst, then later transitioned to an investment portfolio specialist within the wealth management division. She graduated from the University of Rochester with dual degrees in financial economics and psychology. During her undergrad, she was heavily involved in the on-campus professional fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, where she served as the professional chair. 

Jamaal Scott

Jamaal is a Strategic Sales Associate at medical technology startup, Maven Clinic. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics at the University at Albany. Jamaal also leads Maven's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Partnerships team and serves as a member of Maven's DE&I board.

Blake West

Blake is a Private Equity Associate at ICV Partners. Prior to joining ICV, Blake was an Analyst in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Citigroup from 2016 to 2018 and an Associate in the Investment Banking Group at Siebert Cisneros Shank from 2018 to 2019. He graduated from Howard University with a B.B.A. in Finance in May 2016.   Blake’s interests include investing and running; he had a part-time venture capital internship at Harlem Capital in summer 2018 and ran in the New York City Marathon on behalf of Management Leadership for Tomorrow in November 2019.

Calvin Otis

Mandy Xu

Mandy is a Financial Planning and Analysis Manager at Coach New York covering the North American store fleet. Prior to Coach, she was an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan in the FIG Group. She graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in finance and economics. Mandy has a passion for primary and secondary education and teaches high school students financial literacy through NABA.

Lucy Zhang

Lucy is an Investment Banking Associate at Bank of America. She earned her Bachelor's degree in economics at Harvard. While in college, she participated in various volunteer programs and is passionate about STEM related causes.