Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a group of diverse, engaged, active, and passionate volunteers, deeply committed to the mission and vision of Comprehensive Youth Development. They are leaders in professions from finance to marketing, education, and leadership development, all with a desire to give back by supporting those who have not had equal access to opportunity. Read their stories by clicking on their photos.

Pamela Craig
Chief Financial Officer,
Accenture, Retired

Michael Braun
Vice Chair
Founder and CEO,
Braun Business Management, Inc.

Ellen Taus,
Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer,
The Rockefeller Foundation, Retired

Michael A. Roberts,
Executive Director,
Comprehensive Youth Development

Dean Backer
Partner, Goldman Sachs

Bleema Bershad
Director of Marketing, Apparo

Nellie Borrero
Managing Director, Global Inclusion & Diversity, Accenture

Clara Brooks
Vice President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

SoVonna Day-Goins
Managing Director, Global Markets,
Credit Suisse

Mauricio Espinosa
Managing Partner, Clear Dusk LLP

Howard A. Friedman
Founder and Principal Emeritus
Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School

Jeffrey Hellman
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, PVH Corp.

Jacquelyn Krese
Managing Director, Investment Banking Capital Markets Division,
Credit Suisse

Michael F. Melcher
Partner, Next Step Partners, LLC

Jessica Phillips
Managing Director, Assistant General Counsel,
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Nireata Seals, Ed.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs & Associate Provost, LaGuardia Community College

Andrew Wang
Head of Finance,
Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School Class of ’99

Ramey Watkins
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Board of Advisors

Our Advisory Board is comprised of former board members who bring invaluable historical knowledge and experience. Many of them have been with us since we were founded. Read their stories by clicking on their photos.

David Bolotsky
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, UncommonGoods

Gregory P. Cohen
Associate Director, Cause Effective
CDI Founding Executive Director

Robert V. Delaney
Group Senior VP, Brooklyn Union Gas, Retired

Michael Koester
Partner, Goldman, Sachs

Carolyn Risoli
President, CRisoli Consulting

Kevin E. Walker
Founder and CEO, TurtleWise, Inc.