Young Leaders Breakfast Club: Mentors

Mentors for Philanthropy New York's Young Leaders Breakfast Club are seasoned professionals who are actively engaged in the sector and bring a generous spirit to their work. Mentors serve as facilitators, resources, and coaches for their group. They help to create a safe space for confidential conversation and offer personal reflection and constructive feedback.

Our deep gratitude to the following mentors for contributing their time, expertise and enthusiasm to the program.

2018 Mentors

  • Abigail Carlton, Director, Social Impact, Indeed
  • Nishka Chandrasoma, Deputy General Counsel, Ford Foundation
  • Marcus Escobedo, Senior Program Officer and Communications Director, The John A. Hartford Foundation
  • Brennan Gang, Deputy Director and Director of Programs, Korean American Community Foundation
  • Irfan Hasan, Program Director, Healthy Lives and Health & Behavioral Health, The New York Community Trust
  • Cheryl Ikemiya, Senior Program Officer for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Dara Major, Independent Consultant in Philanthropy Strategy & Management
  • KC Maurer, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
  • Jason McGill, Co-Executive Director, Arcus Foundation
  • Sanjiv Rao, Director, Civic Engagement and Government, Ford Foundation
  • Vivian Tseng, Senior Vice President, Program, William T. Grant Foundation

2016-2017 YLBC Mentors

  • Maija Arbolino, Chief Financial Officer, Open Society Foundations
  • Tracy Austin, Executive Director, Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas
  • Leigh Bonney, Chief Financial Officer, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
  • Brennan Gang, Deputy Director and Director of Programs, Korean American Community Foundation
  • Michael Gilligan, President, The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.
  • Michael Haberman, Northeast Region Executive, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Nicole Howe Buggs, Associate Corporate Secretary & Director, Grants Management, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Jacqueline Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Child Development
  • Andrea Landes, Vice President, Grants Management The Commonwealth Fund
  • Paula Luff, CEO, Viso Strategies Corporation
  • KC Maurer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
  • Jason McGill, Co-Executive Director, Arcus Foundation
  • Melanie Mortimer, President, SIFMA Foundation
  • Heather Nesle, Head of Corporate Responsibility, New York Life Foundation
  • Susan Olivo, Executive Director, Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation
  • Julie Peterson, Senior Program Officer, The Pinkerton Foundation
  • Sanjiv Rao, Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity & Learning, Ford Foundation
  • Cheryl Rosario, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
  • Kristin Roth-Schrefer, Communications Director, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Jennifer Stredler, Senior Director, Philanthropy & Engagement, Salesforce.org
  • Susan Wefald, Vice President, Programs, Ms. Foundation for Women

2015 YLBC Mentors

  • Jill Bregenzer, VP, Finance & Administration, The Pinkerton Foundation
  • Richard Brown, Vice President, American Express
  • Deborah Collins, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Ford Foundation
  • Kate Debold, Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Affairs, BNY Mellon
  • Patricia Eng, Vice President of Programs, The New York Women's Foundation
  • Andrea Landes, Vice President, Grants Management, The Commonwealth Fund
  • Phil Li, Chief Administrative Officer, The Century Foundation
  • Dara Major, Principal, Dara Major Philanthropy Consulting
  • Jason McGill, Vice President, Social Justice Programs, Arcus Foundation
  • Wilma Montañez, Program Director, Reproductive Rights, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
  • Melanie Mortimer, President, SIFMA Foundation
  • Pat Nicholas, Program Officer, Global Dynamics, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Cheryl Green Rosario, Executive Director, The ZAC Foundation
  • Jim O'Sullivan, Program Director & Senior Advisor, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
  • Andrea Sholler, Associate Director, The Tow Foundation
  • Hildy Simmons, Philanthropic Advisor, Hildy J. Simmons - Philanthropic Advisory Services
  • Sunita Subramanian, General Counsel, United Way of New York City
  • Marlyn Torres, Corporate VP, Senior Program Officer, New York Life Foundation
  • Rik Treiber, Director, Grants, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
  • Vivian Tseng, Vice President, Program, William T. Grant Foundation

2012 YLBC Mentors

  • Lori Bezahler, President, Edward W. Hazen Foundation
  • William (Bill) Falahee, Controller, The J.M. Kaplan Fund
  • Armanda Famiglietti, Director, Grants Management, The Nathan Cummings Foundation
  • Edna Iriarte, Program Officer, New York Foundation
  • Dara Major, Consultant Philanthropy
  • KC Maurer, Chief Financial Officer, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
  • Wilma Montañez, Reproductive Rights Program Director, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
  • Anita Nager, Philanthropic Advisor
  • Patricia (Pat) Nicholas, Project Manager, International Program, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Nathaniel (Toby) Thompkins, Executive Director, The Twenty-First Century Foundation (21CF)
  • Lena Townsend, Executive Director, Robert Bowne Foundation

2010 - 2011 YLBC Mentors (Pilot)

  • Doug Bauer, Executive Director, The Clark Foundation
  • Mark Bodden, Vice President / Director, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation
  • Libby Costas, Executive Director, The Frances L. & Edwin L. Cummings Memorial Fund
  • Jacqueline Ebanks, Director of Programs, The New York Women's Foundation
  • James Knickman, President & CEO, New York State Health Foundation
  • Luba Lynch, Executive Director, A. L. Mailman Family Foundation
  • Jim Metzinger, Senior Program Officer, F.B. Heron Foundation
  • Anita Nager, Philanthropic Advisor
  • Patricia Nicholas, Project Manager, International Program, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Hildy Simmons, Philanthropic Advisor