Board of Directors

Mark A. Hemenetz, Chairman

Michael Lubowitz, Secretary
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Robert S. Brown, Treasurer
Atlas Impact Partners

Debjani Bagchi, CFA
Deutsche Bank Wealth Management

Adam Baxter
Macquarie Capital (USA)

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D.
Consultant in Higher Education &
, I CAN Finish College

Eric J. Farina
Morgan Stanley

Samuel A. Gradess
New York Livery Leasing

Esther Judelson
Google Inc.

Mark H. Moore
Reavis Page Jump LLP

Zoe Mountroukas
Customers Bank

Peter O. Nkongho
JP Morgan Chase

Patrick Ramsey
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Thomas Regan

Richard H. Robinson

Peter Stein
Peeko Oysters

Julie Sterling
Google Inc.

Jason Teeters
Siebert, Cisneros, Shank & Co.


Directors Emeriti

Vincent Alfieri
Bryan Cave LLP

Alain Lebec^
Brock Capital Group LLC

Alfred C. Sikes^

^ indicates founding board member

Advisory Council

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D., Co-Chair*
Consultant in Higher Education &
, I CAN Finish College

Betsy McKenna, Co-Chair
Exponential Returns, LLC

Sonia Bhuta Sisodia
South Asian Youth Action

Abelardo (Abe) Fernández
Children’s Aid

Kim Flores, Ph.D.

Paul Forbes
Expanded Success Initiative, NYC DOE

Ileana Infante
Hunter College School of Education

Doug Knecht
Bank Street Education Center at Bank Street College

Katy Knight+
Siegel Family Endowment

Susan Neuman
Steinhardt School of Education, NYU

Pat Priolet
Robin Hood Foundation

Fretta Reitzes
Consultant in Early Childhood Education & Author, Teaching Kindergarten: Learner Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century

Amanda Rosenblum
Student Leadership Network

Ian Rosenblum
Education Trust – NY

Donald M. Ruff, Jr.
Eagle Academy

Peter Stein*
Peeko Oysters

Rosemarie Truglio, Ph.D.
Sesame Workshop

Sheena Wright
United Way of NYC

Read Alliance Staff

Danielle Guindo
Executive Director

Yvette Russell
Chief Program Officer

* indicates board member
+ indicates former teen leader

Associate Board

William Chism, Chair

Arielle Altman
Nonprofit Consultant

Nida Ansari

Lindsey Axilrod
JP Morgan

Maxwell Baker

Charlotte Blais
American Express

Alex Boniakowski
Morgan Stanley

Morgan Brewton-Johnson

Andy Chen+
NYC Americorps

Thom Christensen

George Davis
Open Society Foundations

Conor Eckert

Octavia Ewart+
U.S. Attorney, Southern District of NY

Sarah Fischer
Fox Sports

Ashley Fischer-Kennedy

David Foster
National Basketball Players Association

Yanfei Gao

Alexa Hall

Reid Harris

Staphany Hou

Summer Johnson

Jeremy Kaner

Kayla Keegan

Brooke Kelly
Quest Magazine

McCreagh Lackman
Silver Lake

Nora Landis-Shack
Fund for Public Health

Carol Leung

Carly Lynch
Marymount Manhattan College

Patrick Murray

Sofia Mussa
NYC Department of Small Business Services

Rosalie O’Brien
Columbia Business School

Apoorva Ramesh

Thomas Rockford

Manuel Tejada+
Graham Windham

Jasmine Thomas

Kelly Tierney
Credit Suisse

Matthew Waldmann

+ indicates former teen leader

Senior Staff

Danielle Guindo
Executive Director

Ms. Guindo brings almost twenty years of senior non‐profit experience to her role as Executive Director. Danielle has a diverse and effective background in managing education-based initiatives for children from infancy through college and has successfully leveraged private and public support to elevate the quality and efficacy of programs. Before joining Read Alliance, Danielle served as Chief Program Officer at YWCA Brooklyn, where she oversaw and led the expansion of programs serving women and girls through college access and leadership development, economic empowerment for low-income women survivors of domestic violence, and social justice advocacy and organizing. Prior to working at YWCA Brooklyn, Ms. Guindo served as Vice President for Programs and Policy at The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. where she was responsible for expanding and implementing youth programs and education initiatives across the five boroughs. Ms. Guindo has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master in Social Work Research from Fordham University.

Yvette Russell
Chief Program Officer

Prior to joining Read Alliance in 2015, Yvette worked in Special Projects and Alumni Relations at Harlem Children's Zone where she also served as Director of the Truce Media Literacy and Arts Program until 2012. In addition to having over 10 years of non-profit management and program experience, Yvette has worked in publishing. Yvette received the "Coming Up Taller" Award from The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2005 and participated as a panelist in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum National Conference, "Thinking Like an Artist: Creativity and Problem Solving in the Classroom," in 2010. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and African American History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Digant BaHl
CONSULTANT Chief Financial officer •

Digant Bahl, CPA, has over twenty years of experience in not for profit Accounting and Finance. Prior to joining Read Alliance in 2010, Digant was CFO at Opportunity Charter School. Digant also worked as a Senior Auditor for McGladrey & Pullen LLP and Director of Finance for Synergos Institute Inc. Digant holds an MBA in Finance from New York Institute of Technology. Digant is a licensed CPA in the State of New York and is an active member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA). Digant has served as President of the Board of Directors for the Manhattan Bronx Chapter of NYSSCPA and also serves as a community member on Citizen's Advisory Committee of Syosset Central School District.