Category Archives: Spotlight

Members Spotlight

Andrea Bacher – Executive Leadership Program Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am a Vice President in the Human Capital Management (HCM) division at Goldman Sachs (GS) and COO for the Global Talent Development team. I am part of a team whose mission is to evolve and implement the firm's talent development…
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Shanna Midelton – Fellow Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? Currently, I work at the New York City of Management & Budget (OMB) as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Education Taskforce, where I help lead a team responsible for managing the City's Education budgets. I've also worked in the non-profit…
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Generation Citizen – Non-Profit Spotlight

What is your mission? Generation Citizen (GC) works to ensure that every student in the United States receives an effective action civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active citizens. We envision a country of young people working as active and effective citizens to collectively…
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GISSELDA NUNEZ – EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? Currently, I am a Vice President at Morgan Stanley within the Finance Division, managing a team of NY and Baltimore based employees supporting the Commodities Electricity and Natural Gas business. While in middle school, I began to learn about accounting after…
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Tonya Leslie – Fellow Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am the Vice President and Publisher of Family and Community Engagement at Scholastic. I’ve been in this role for almost a year, but I have been working at Scholastic on and off for nearly 20 years. I feel like I…
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ADAM HEMLOCK — CATALYST SPOTLIGHT

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am a partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York. I decided to become a lawyer after majoring in Government in college – I was inspired by the idea of government service, and thought that a law degree would…
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DESHAUN MARS – FELLOW SPOTLIGHT

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? Currently, I am a Director of Partnerships at Teach For America where I work with our school partners to help manage the hiring process for our incoming teachers. I also lead the New York region's efforts to diversify our local teaching…
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SOFIA MARTOS – LA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where I work in our Latin America, capital markets and sovereign debt management practices. Prior to law school, I completed a Ph.D. in Latin American History, and prior to that…
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AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS NY/NJ – NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

What is your mission? This mission of After-School All-Stars is to provide comprehensive after school programs that keep children safe that help them succeed in school and in life. What makes your organization so unique in the non-profit space? ASAS serves 72,053 low-income, at-risk youth at 326 Title I schools in 17 major cities across…
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AUSTIN SO – CATALYST SPOTLIGHT

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I became a lawyer because, as a “1.5” generation immigrant, I saw it as a way to help the marginalized.  Through pro bono work and using my platform as a Division GC, I continue to champion social change, particularly on the…
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JOHN OWENS JR. – FELLOWS SPOTLIGHT

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I currently serve as a Principal Court Attorney to an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, in New York County. A high school debate class ignited my passion for the practice of law. I began…
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BRENDA GILL – MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? My title is Practice Director for RGP Legal.  This is a business development role selling RGP Legal’s advisory, project and interim support services.  I was contacted by a recruiter who asked if I was interested in thinking differently about my next…
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