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City Year New York Board

Local community and business leaders work together to advance our mission to ensure public schools are places all students can thrive.

Jeremy Kroll, Board Chair
President, CEO, and Co-founder, K2 Intelligence

Jeremy M. Kroll is responsible for charting the firm’s growth strategy, including market development, strategic partnerships, and acquisitions. With more than two decades of investigative and leadership experience, Jeremy has led K2 Intelligence since its inception in 2009 through its growth into an internationally recognized firm with six offices across the United States and Europe.

Before co-founding K2 Intelligence, Jeremy spent 11 years in senior leadership positions at Kroll Inc., a global corporate investigations and risk consulting professional services firm, where he served as general manager of Kroll’s information security group as well as managing director and vice president of corporate sales and marketing.

Jeremy is also active in the investment community. His focus is on emerging and growth companies at the intersection of technology and security. He sits on numerous advisory boards for investment funds that actively invest in and foster the success of companies in the cybersecurity, risk management, fintech, big data analytics, and cloud computing sectors.

Jeremy serves as chairman of the board of directors for City Year New York and is president of the American Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery of London.

Jeremy received his MBA from TRIUM, the executive global MBA program of the New York University Stern School of Business, HEC Paris, and the London School of Economics. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in foreign languages and fine arts from Georgetown University.

Ryan Cotton, Board Co-Vice Chair
Managing Director, Bain Capital

Ryan Cotton joined Bain Capital Private Equity in 2003. He is a Managing Director in the Consumer, Retail & Dining Vertical and is a member of the North American Private Equity team.

Prior to joining Bain Capital Private Equity, Ryan was a consultant at Bain & Company. Previously, he worked in baseball operations at the Boston Red Sox.

Ryan received an MBA from The Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was a Siebel Scholar, an Arjay Miller Scholar, and the winner of the Alexander A. Robichek Award for outstanding achievement in finance. He received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Princeton University.

Natalie Lamarque, Board Co-Vice Chair
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Office of the General Counsel of New York Life Insurance Company

Natalie Lamarque is responsible for overseeing the company’s legal matters in the areas of litigation, investment and asset management, as well as technology and intellectual property. She also chairs the company’s Privacy Working Group, a multidisciplinary internal thinktank of privacy experts which serve as a resource for the business on matters related to privacy.

Prior to joining New York Life Insurance Company, Natalie served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York where she prosecuted an array of federal crimes, including racketeering, insurance fraud, money laundering, bank fraud, credit card fraud and identity theft. Prior to joining New York Life, she was an Associate in the Litigation Department of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP focusing on white collar defense, anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practice Act investigations.

Natalie earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law in May 2002 and her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Duke University in 1998. She serves on the board of City Year New York and the Legal Aid Society of New York.

Shannon Barton
Senior Principal, TowerBrook

Prior to joining TowerBrook, Shannnon Barton was a member of the financial sponsors group in the Investment Banking Division at Citigroup. Shannon earned a degree in finance from Wake Forest University and received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Brian Berger 
Founder and CEO, Mack Weldon

Brian Berger is the Founder and CEO of menswear basics brand Mack Weldon. Brian launched Mack Weldon in 2012 with a clear, two-pronged mission: reinvent men's underwear through technical innovation and smart design, and simplify the experience of shopping for it. Since then, Mack Weldon has become a leader within the men's apparel industry, having expanded its product offering to include other essentials of the modern man's wardrobe: from sweats and t-shirts to activewear and accessories.

Prior to founding Mack Weldon, Brian served in several leadership positions within consumer, internet and media companies including Comcast, WebMD and Excite@Home. Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Colorado and continued his education at Columbia University, where he received a MBA. Brian currently lives in New York City with his wife and three sons.

Gary Clare
Partner, Bain & Company New York

Gary Clare a leader in Bain & Company's information technology and financial services practices.

Gary has more than 20 years of consulting experience crossing a range of industries and encompassing a portfolio of multinational companies throughout North America and Europe.

Gary advises clients across a range of industries, with particular depth in financial services.

His primary focus is on helping companies maximize the business benefit from investments in IT. In addition, he has a broad range of experience in business and IT strategy development, IT enabled operations reengineering and leadership of large-scale implementation programs.

As an avid supporter of greater alignment between business and IT strategies, Gary has been active in both speaking and publishing in this arena.

Prior to joining Bain, Gary was a vice president in the strategic technology practice of a consulting firm, where he led the global development and deployment of technology strategy capabilities. Prior to this, he was with another consulting firm in London and New York, where he was a director in the integrated strategic services practice.

Gary earned a Bachelor of Science with honors in mechanical engineering from Portsmouth University, England.

Evan Cohen
Board member

Evan Cohen has over twenty five years of experience representing clients in the areas of acquisition and leveraged finance, project finance, syndicated lending and restructurings. His clients include commercial and investment banks, borrowers, institutional investors and project sponsors.

Evan’s extensive experience spans multiple jurisdictions including the Americas, UK, Europe and Asia. He spent eight years in Asia leading the US Banking practice and heading up the Asian Distressed Debt practice.

Terry Hayes
Sr. Vice President, T-Mobile Sales & Distribution

Terry Hayes leads T-Mobiles’ sales and distribution efforts throughout the northeast, from the Carolinas through Maine. The distribution network includes 1,400 T-Mobile corporate retail stores and branded exclusive dealer locations with 8,000 retail employees. During his tenure, T-Mobile has grown to #1 share of gross adds in all large northeast markets: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC. Prior to this role, Terry was in T-Mobile’s Seattle headquarters as the national vice president of the dealer channel. He also worked for 2 years in T-Mobile London UK reengineering their distribution strategy.

As director of marketing, Terry helped build a startup company Omnipoint that was eventually sold for $30B to Voice Stream Wireless and subsequently resold to T-Mobile USA. Previously he spent 13 years in various sales and marketing roles at AT&T.

Terry has a Bachelor of Science in marketing from University of Scranton and an MBA from Adelphi University. Terry is a big believer in education and youth sports where he spent many years as a volunteer and coach supporting his 4 children. Terry spends much of the nice weather weekends in Long Beach Island, NJ where he is an avid boater, jetskier, paddleboarder and beach reader.

Anne Herrmann
Founder, City Year New York

Anne Herrmann has been a supporter of City Year since her son, Jed, joined the Boston corps in 1994. Anne played an integral role in bringing City Year to New York where her second son, Tim, was a service leader in East Harlem during our founding year.

Anne is an educator who has worked in schools and as a tutor. She sits on several boards in the City and is a regular volunteer at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Anne has a deep passion for education and believes in City Year’s ability to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve. She is always interested in getting to know corps members and learning about how the board can better support our service work.

Peter Hong
Treasurer, Arconic

Peter Hong is responsible for Arconic's global treasury activities, including risk, cash, and capital management, as well as managing relationships with creditors, rating agencies and commercial banks. Peter joined Alcoa, prior to separation with Arconic, in April 2007 as vice president and treasurer.

From 2004 to 2007, Peter served as vice president and treasurer for Avaya Inc., a leading business communications, applications software and services company based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.  Prior to Avaya, he was vice president and treasurer at Ingersoll-Rand Company.  Earlier, he held several positions of increasing responsibility for Case Corporation, an international agricultural and construction equipment manufacturer located in Lake Forest, Illinois, culminating as vice president, investor relations and corporate development, following Case’s merger with New Holland, N.V.  Peter also has thirteen years of banking experience with Citibank and First Chicago.

Peter serves on the board of City Year New York.  Additionally, Peter is actively involved with Northwestern University, serving on its Library Board of Governors, the New Jersey Alumni Admissions Council, and the New York Leadership Council.

Peter obtained an MBA degree in finance and accounting in 1981 from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  His undergraduate degree is in economics, also from Northwestern.

Alice Kwan
Principal, Deloitte Consulting

Alice Kwan has over 25 years of consulting experience leading clients through large scale transformations with a focus on organizational, cultural, change management and talent implications. She has advised clients and led many global projects that focus on developing new business and operating models and developing and executing talent management strategies. Her areas of expertise include leadership alignment, organizational design, change management, and talent management strategy development and solution implementation. Alice has provided consulting services to global organizations in various industries with a focus in Financial Services. Alice currently serves as the lead consulting partner for American Express, where she is responsible for the consulting portfolio that Deloitte delivers to American Express. Alice is a frequent publisher and speaker on talent and inclusion issues.

Gess LeBlanc
Board member

Gess LeBlanc received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the City University of New York Graduate Center.  Dr. LeBlanc is a co-founder of Hunter’s Urban Center for Assessment, Research, and Evaluation (UCARE) and a co-founder of the college’s Master of Arts program in educational psychology.

As a developmental psychologist, Dr. LeBlanc has taught graduate courses in research methodology and undergraduate and graduate courses in educational psychology, child development, and adolescent development.  He is a recent receipient of the Harold Ladas Award for excellence in teaching.

Dr. LeBlanc’s research reflects his interest in the role of peer-based instruction in student learning.  This line of research has garnered awards from the Spencer Foundation and the American Psychological Association.  More recent interests include developing techniques for enhancing achievement motivation in children and adolescents, and examining culturally responsive pedagogy.  He is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Research in Child Development.

Seth Meisel
Senior Managing Director, Blackstone

Seth Meisel is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity group and is based in New York.

Before joining Blackstone, Seth was a partner at Bain Capital where he was involved in leading and executing investments in the chemicals, industrials, and packaging sectors. Prior to that, he was with Mercer Management Consulting (Oliver Wyman) in New York and Hong Kong.

Seth received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Princeton University cum laude and an MBA from Harvard Business School with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.

Michelle Moosally
General Counsel, Santander

Michelle Moosally is the General Counsel for Santander’s commercial banking and corporate and investment banking businesses.

Michelle comes to Santander from JPMorgan Chase & Co. where she was executive director and assistant general counsel, serving the J.P. Morgan Corporate & Investment Bank. Before JPMorgan Chase, Michelle was managing director principal for Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and a capital markets associate at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

Michelle earned her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College. Michelle also holds a Masters in economics and international relations from the Johns Hopkins University.

Michelle lives in New York City with her two sons.

Emma Vadehra
Executive Director, Next100

Emma Vadehra is the executive director of Next100, a startup think tank for the next generation of policy leaders.

She has spent her career focused on building a fairer, more equitable education system, and has a passion for developing and supporting diverse teams in pursuit of progressive policy change.

Emma was chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration, serving under both Secretary John B. King, Jr. and Secretary Arne Duncan. As chief of staff, she worked closely with the White House and across the department to develop, execute, and oversee the administration’s pre-K-through-college education agenda, and oversaw hiring, development, and retention of a diverse, high-performing political appointee team. From 2009 to 2011, she served as deputy assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development at the Department of Education, overseeing K–12 education policy development.

Prior to serving at the department, she served as senior education counsel for former senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), focusing on K–12 education, student loans, and national service policy. She also served as chief of staff at Uncommon Schools, a charter school management organization that builds and manages high-performing urban charter schools serving low-income students.

Emma serves on the boards of Blue Engine and City Year New York, and is a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. She has a J.D. from Yale Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She is a born-and-bred New Yorker, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two extremely energetic twin toddlers.

Ali Zelenko
Senior Vice President, Communications, NBC News

Ali Zelenko is senior vice president, communications of NBC News. In this role, she is the chief spokesperson for NBC News and oversees all strategic communications and media relations for its units and broadcasts, including NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, TODAY, Meet the Press and Dateline.

Ali joined NBC News in September 2013 from Time Inc., where she had served since 2006 as senior vice president of communications for TIME, FORTUNE, Money and CNNMoney.com. She was in charge of programming and publicity for the annual TIME 100 Gala, one of the most high-profile events in media; and she also managed promotion for key FORTUNE conferences, including the annual Most Powerful Women Summit, and its Global Forum events in Capetown and Chengdu, China.

At Time Warner, which she joined in 1998, Ali served in a number of other media relations roles, including as PR director at CNN in Washington, and PEOPLE in New York, and as vice president of corporate communications for Time Inc. Previously Ali worked in the Washington offices of two international PR firms, APCO Worldwide and Edelman Worldwide.

In 2003 Ali received the Nafziger Award from her alma mater, the school of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which annually honors one recent graduate for professional achievement. She also subsequently served for two years as the chair of the Board of Visitors of the journalism school.

Ali serves on the board of City Year New York, and lives in Manhattan with her husband Dan, and their two young sons.

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