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Katrina Gomez – Leadership Board Spotlight

I work as a Senior Consultant with Grant Thornton in the Not-for-Profit and Higher Education Practice. This job has been the culmination of a lot of different life choices, from volunteering in Ecuador, to going to business school and falling in love with consulting to working with start-up companies; all my experiences shaped my skills…
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Reena Abraham – CUP Fellow Spotlight

 What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I run the education portfolio at Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a national community development financial intermediary.  The education portfolio mostly consists of charter school real estate loans and grants.  I came to work here through my experience with charter school lending…
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NMSS – Non Profit Partner Spotlight

What is your mission? The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want do something about multiple sclerosis now – to create a world free of MS. What makes your organization so unique in the non-profit space? We help each person affected…
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Leslie Hale – Catalyst Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am currently the Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Treasurer of RLJ Lodging Trust. I took my first finance class at Howard University and I fell in love with the idea of turning one dollar into two dollars. With…
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Javette Hines – CUP Member Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I manage Citi’s Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Program. I started at Citi in 2008 in the Supplier Diversity role, and Sustainability was added to my portfolio several months after I arrived. The experience has been phenomenal.  From the beginning, everything I…
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Aneika Perez – ELP Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am an audit senior manager at E&Y. I perform audits of financial institutions including hedge funds, mutual funds, and business development companies. I started at EY in 2003 after working at Salomon Smith Barney as a mutual fund accountant. I…
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Jerika Richardson – CUP Fellow Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am a communications strategist, and I currently serve as Special Advisor to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. In this role, I assist with media relations and oversee strategic communications and planning in the areas of public safety and…
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JazzReach – Non-Profit Partner Spotlight

Established in 1994, JazzReach is a nationally recognized New York City-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, performance, creation and teaching of jazz music. Through the presentation of innovative, widely acclaimed live multi-media educational programs for young audiences (in grades K-12), captivating main-stage concerts for all audiences and informative clinics and master-classes for student musicians, JazzReach is…
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HBO – Corporate Partner Spotlight

What is HBO’s approach to diversity? HBO is a company noted for our commitment to excellence in the products and services we deliver to consumers and our effort to create a work environment in which respect, equal opportunity, trust and individual responsibility are valued.  We seek to foster creativity and innovation by ensuring that our…
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Elinor L. Hoover – CUP Catalyst Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I work in the field of finance and have a dual role as Co-Head of the Financial Strategy and Solutions Group in Investment Banking and Vice Chairman of Capital Markets Origination at Citi. I entered the financial services industry in the…
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Valerie White – CUP Member Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am a Managing Director and lead a team that performs credit analysis on affordable housing and municipal structured credits. I came to this field of work not necessarily in the most traditional fashion. Through networking, hard work, capitalizing on opportunities…
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Gerard Orozco – LA Member

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am the senior vice president of CH2MHill, a 30-thousand person program management and engineering firm.  The firm has employees on six continents working on some of the most complex and exciting projects on the planet. I joined the firm after working for years…
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