2014-12-17

Last week, we hosted our 2nd Quarter board meeting, and this year we were thrilled to welcome three new members to the City Year New York Board. Joining our board is Ryan Cotton, Principal at Bain Capital, Gess LeBlanc, Associate Professor of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Chair of the Department of Educational Foundations at Hunter College and, Seth Meisel, Managing Director at Bain Capital.

Please read their bios below and join us in welcoming them to the City Year New York family.


Ryan Cotton is a Vice President at Bain Capital, LLC, where he has been involved in a number of financial services, real estate and entertainment transactions. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Ryan worked at Bain & Company in the Boston office on a number of strategic and operational issues for clients in consumer products, media, and IT spaces. Ryan has an M.B.A. from The Stanford Graduate School of Business (2007 Siebel Scholar, Arjay Miller Scholar, winner of the Alexander A. Robicheck Award for Outstanding Achievement in Finance) and an AB in Philosophy from Princeton University. Besides City Year, Ryan also sits on the board for the St. Mark’s School of Texas.

Gess LeBlanc, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Foundations and Counseling Programs within Hunter College’s School of Education and is the Director of Hunter College’s Urban Center for Assessment, Research, and Evaluation (UCARE).  

A developmental psychologist by training, Dr. LeBlanc’s research investigates the teaching and learning process by examining how children’s experiences at home, in their classrooms, and within their communities influence their learning and engagement in school.  This research has been published in both psychological and educational journals and has garnered awards from the Spencer Foundation and the American Psychological Association.

As an expert in the field of child and adolescent development, he has served as an educational consultant to a wide array of clients including the New York City Department of Education, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Studies, the Boys Club of America, the Harlem Center for Education, Inc., and the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District.

In addition to being recognized for his research, Dr. LeBlanc is also a past recipient of Hunter College’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching and was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education, Inc.  

Seth Meisel is a Managing Director of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm with approximately $75 billion in assets under management, where he has worked since 1999.  At Bain Capital, Seth invests in and builds leading companies such as Sensata Technologies, Trinseo and Innophos.  Prior to Bain Capital, Seth was a consultant at Oliver Wyman (then Mercer Management Consulting) working in the industrial, retail, and financial services industries. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a BA from Princeton University.  Beyond his profession endeavors, Seth is involved in several social venture capital and philanthropic institutions such as LeapFrog Financial Inclusion Fund, Grassroots Business Fund, and Princeton University Hillel.  He currently resides in New York City with his wife and three children.

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