Executive Team

Sam Schaeffer

Chief Executive Officer
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Samra Haider

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Christopher Watler

Chief External Affairs Officer
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Panagiota Mahendru

Chief Financial Officer
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Yuri Okumura

General Counsel and Head of Compliance
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Emily Hackworth

Chief Operating Officer
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Senior Leadership Team 

Meenal Aggarwal

Senior Director, Financial Analysis and Planning

Mary Bedeau

Deputy Executive Director, New York City

Jonathan Bonaiuto

National Director of Sales

Derick Bowers

Director, Social Enterprise NYC

Cynthia Brackett

Senior Director, NYC Vocational Services

Jessica Centeno

Deputy Executive Director, Upstate, NY & Midwest Regions

Ashley Cheng

Manager, Inclusive Experience

Ryan Conroy

Director, Participant Engagement & Support

Thailia Elcock-Bowen

Director, Employee Relations

Victor Ellis

New York State Regional Director

Robert Garcia


Sarah Glenn-Leistikow

Deputy Executive Director, California

Jacky Goh

Senior Director of Development

Valerie Greenhagen

Regional Director, Central Region

Amber Greenleaf

Senior Director, Employee Experience

Sharon Hang

Assistant General Counsel

Christina Johnson

Regional Director, Northern California

Christine Kidd

National Director, Program Innovation

Pamela Lachman

Director, Strategic State Initiatives

KaShonda Lawson

Regional Director, Northern California

Patience Lewis-Walker

Deputy Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Region, Southern Regions & Mountain Plains

Amy Mendoza

Director, Social Enterprise Training & Quality

Casey Pheiffer

Director, Federal Policy

Sam Rigotti

Director of Institutional Giving

Bari Samad

Director of Communications

Ayanna Teesdale

Director of Financial Operations

Johanna Vespe

National Director, Quality Assurance

Pat Viklund

Director, Launch and Training

Eric Walker

Chief Information Officer

Aaron Walling

Regional Director, Southern California

Jacqueline Weinberger

Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic Region

Ahmed Whitt

Director, Learning and Evaluation

Dane Worthington

Director, Economic Opportunity


Emary Aronson

Chief Knowledge Officer and Senior Advisor to the CEO, The Robin Hood Foundation
New York, NY

Elizabeth Balfour

Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
San Diego, CA

Brandon Belford

Vice President and Chief of Staff, Lyft
Oakland, CA

Melanca Clark

President and CEO, Hudson-Webber Foundation
New York, NY

Bruce Evans

Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, Deutsche Bank
New York, NY

Katie Beirne Fallon

Executive Vice President and Global Impact Officer, McDonald's
Mclean, VA

Danielle C. Gray

SVP, Chief Legal & Administrative Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Durham, NC

Ellen V. Holloman

Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
New York, NY

Abd’Allah Lateef

Senior Strategist & Racial Equity Specialist, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
Philadelphia, PA

Adam Luck

Executive Director, City Care Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK

Kathryn Mannes

Vice President, Jobs For The Future
Washington, D.C.,

Michael Mendoza

Director of National Advocacy, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
Los Angeles, CA

David Moskovitz

Senior Managing Director, Accenture
New York, NY

Cristine Soto DeBerry

Executive Director, Prosecutors’ Alliance of California
San Francisco, CA

Andrew van der Vord

Global Co-Head of Retail and Consumer, Managing Director, Credit Suisse
New York, NY