As Program Manager for The Fellowship Initiative in New York, Fernando Lorence manages the curriculum, partnerships, budgeting and internal collaborations for the program. He reports directly to the Head of The Fellowship Initiative and partners closely with the Employee Engagement and Volunteerism team as well as the Government Relations team. In this role he is also responsible for managing the volunteer mentors recruited from within JP Morgan Chase & Co. The Fellowship Initiative is a college and career readiness program for young men of color focused on closing the achievement gap with the rate of college applications, college acceptances and persistence in college for young men of color. He is Co-Chair of the Advocacy and Community Partnerships Committee for the Hispanic and Latino Business Resource Group Adelante.
Before joining the firm, Fernando spent 15 years working in education, volunteer management, and political advocacy. He has held senior leadership roles in regional non-profits working throughout the Northeast focused on community and civic engagement, next generation learning institutions and founded a mentoring organization in Central Brooklyn. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom he served in the United States Marine Corps. and Marine Corps. Reserve for nine and a half years where he held the rank of Staff Sergeant.