Comprised of young leaders from across the country, the Associate Board lends its expertise to deepen our relationship with young people.
Comprised of young leaders from across the country, the Associate Board lends its expertise to deepen our relationship with young people.
Austin joined the Associate Board as a student at Dartmouth College, where he graduated cum laude with a focus on Geography and Public Policy in June 2016. Previously, he interned at the Office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Capitol Hill, the Office of President William J. Clinton in Harlem, and the White House Office of Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs in Washington, D.C. While at Dartmouth, Austin launched D-LAB, a leadership program for first-year students. He also volunteered regularly with the Upper Valley's Habitat for Humanity branch, as well as with an outdoor leadership mentoring program for local middle school students. In 2014, Austin spent a semester studying abroad in the Czech Republic, where he researched infrastructure development and the regional geopolitical impact of Eastern Europe's post-socialist transition. Austin is currently working as a Business Analyst for the public sector practice of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.
Erin Capone serves as the Director of Development for the Rutgers School of Social Work, overseeing the school’s major and principal gifts, alumni relations, and special events. Erin previously served as development director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation and executive director of Overcoming Obstacles, which are both nonprofit organizations dedicated to developing critical skills in today’s youth. Erin has presented nationally on this topic and made media appearances on NBC, FOX, and the Solutions Webcast hosted by Clemson University.
Erin began her career as a children’s social worker after graduating with an MSW from New York University and a BA in Social Work from Rutgers University.
Al Cooley is active in community and pro bono affairs, having previously served as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of The Waterfront Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation and other advocacy services for underprivileged residents of Hudson County, NJ. Al continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of The Waterfront Project, Inc. and is an active volunteer for the organization. In addition, Al is a member of the Seton Hall University Center for Leadership Development Alumni Council.
Al currently works as in-house bank regulatory counsel at Morgan Stanley and volunteers in the Firm's pro bono program. In 2016, Al participated in Morgan Stanley's Strategy Challenge, and was fortunate to be on the team that advised The Andrew Goodman Foundation on strategic questions facing the organization's Vote Everywhere Program. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Al was counsel at UBS Financial Services Inc. and served as Co-Chairperson of the pro bono program. He holds degrees from Seton Hall University and Seton Hall School of Law.
Adam Gerard is a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company, where he focuses his efforts on projects in the public and social sector, along with higher education. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale with a degree in Global Affairs in 2017.
Formerly, Adam served as President of the Tree Musketeers, the world’s first youth-led non-profit organization. During Adam’s tenure as President, the organization worked with youth to plant over 250,000 trees around the world and received over $1 million in donations. The organization has received recognition from multiple leaders including Bill and Hillary Clinton, members of Congress, and the National Arbor Day Foundation. Adam also served on his hometown of Manhattan Beach’s Environmental Task Force, which generated recommendations implemented by the California town to become a global leader in environmental stewardship.
Adam has also delivered multiple speeches on the topic of youth leadership and environmentalism, including a keynote speech for the Korea Council of Overseas Schools. He is excited to bring his experience in youth leadership and activism to the Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Anna Leonard joined the Associate Board after teaming up with The Andrew Goodman Foundation for the 2016 Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge. Following a highly rewarding experience working with the organization to tackle strategic questions facing AGF’s Vote Everywhere program, she sought to find more ways to use her professional skills in giving back to the non-profit community. In addition to joining the Associate Board, she served as a pro-bono consultant for Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, helping to develop and refine the organization’s strategic plan.
Anna began her career in management consulting before transitioning to a business strategy role within Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. She now works in strategy for the International Capital Markets Group at the Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi UFJ. Anna graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and International Affairs from Princeton University.
Sarah graduated with a degree in Political Science and Russian from Stanford University, where her research focused on how fear of fake news affects political polarization. She is passionate about connecting young people with government through new forms of political participation, a topic Sarah has researched at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Sarah previously worked as an Emerging Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she helped to redesign how the organization engages dozens of student chapters across the country. After returning from a summer supporting democratic reforms in Ukraine, Sarah currently works as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Washington D.C., where she leverages design thinking to improve citizens’ experiences with government.
Zachary Ment is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Ment Capital Advisors, a boutique investment advisory firm specializing in the management of option-hedged equity portfolios for high net-worth individuals and institutions. In 2013, Zachary volunteered for The Andrew Goodman Foundation, researching potential partnerships. Since then, he has been inspired by the powerful force for good that Andrew Goodman’s legacy has become and is focused on furthering the mission of The Andrew Goodman Foundation by speaking out against unfairness and for peace and sustainability, and encouraging his Millennial peers to share their voices. Zachary believes, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “the greatest tragedy of this period [will not be] the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” Zachary holds a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Tyler Nickerson is the First Vice President at Amalgamated Bank where he leads the bank’s commercial banking and strategy for its foundation and philanthropic clients, along with serving as the director of programs at the Amalgamated Charitable Foundation and managing a portfolio of impact commercial loans.
Formerly, Tyler served as the director of investments and state strategy at The Solutions Project, a philanthropic and cultural campaigning initiative sparked by Leonard DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, and others accelerating the transition towards 100% clean energy for 100% of people. Tyler has served as a program manager at the Dyer-Ives Foundation and as founder & CEO of Motu Communications, which supported clients in public affairs, program design, and evaluation. He has also led a community-based organization responding to the Foreclosure Crisis, successfully advocated for stronger state housing policies, and consulted on more than two-dozen electoral campaigns.
Tyler holds a Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University. He serves as co-chair of the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Washington, D.C. Chapter, and on the Andrew Goodman Foundation's Associate Board. In 2017, Tyler and his team were given an Impact Award from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and in 2016 he was named to the class of Midwest Energy’s 40 under 40.
Ryan Partelow joined the Associate Board as a graduate of Fordham University School of Law. A founding board member of the Fordham Law Advocates for Voter Rights, Ryan is passionate about assuring all Americans have the right to participate in fair and open elections. As a Senior Articles of Editor of the Fordham Law Review, he published a Note on ballot access titled Decoding the Sphinx-Like Silence: State Residency, Petition Circulation, and the First Amendment.
Ryan also served as a Summer Associate at Covington & Burling where he will join as First Year Associate in September 2019. He was previously a legal intern in the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office, an intern in the Legislative Division of the New York City Council, and a Legislative Assistant at Greenberg Traurig LLP. Ryan graduated cum laude from American University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minor in Sociology.
Gabriela Philo is a member of the Development team at The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), an organization that advocates for excellence in urban design, planning, historic preservation, and community engagement throughout all five boroughs. Prior to MAS, Gabriela worked as a Development Manager at Literacy Partners, a nonprofit providing free ESOL and High School Equivalency classes to parents. Gabriela graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Anthropology and Global & International Studies. During her undergraduate years, she volunteered under the College's first Vote Everywhere Ambassador Program helping to establish Election@Bard. Over four years, she led volunteers to register over 400 students annually and engage student groups to promote student voting rights in New York's Dutchess County. Gabriela is Secretary of the Alumni Board for Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program and is a vehement volunteer for NYCares.
Nicolas D. Robledo is a current senior and first-generation college student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he is majoring in finance and minoring in management information systems and Spanish. He was born and raised on Chicago’s Southeast Side and hopes to help catalyze more youth civic engagement and equitable economic development in his neighborhood and many others.
Growing up, he and other peers were frustrated by the lack of connectivity between local youth to each other and to professional opportunities. After receiving training from the Obama Foundation’s Community Leadership Corps in 2018, he and some friends organized the Southeast Youth Alliance (SYA), a youth mentoring organization in his neighborhood dedicated to amplifying opportunities for local youth and preparing the next generation of community leaders.
He is passionate about grassroots organizing and strives to enact inclusive policy changes. He serves as a Policy Coordinator for the UIC Chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, a student-run think tank and advocacy organization, where he works with peers on developing inclusive economic policies. He is the President of OneWorld Journal at UIC, a student-run global affairs and social justice publication. During his junior year, he served as an Undergraduate Student Senator, where he worked with various stakeholders and student organizations on passing a resolution to enact a $10 student mental health fee to bolster funding for the UIC Counseling Center. In March 2019, he was selected by UIC’s Chancellor Amiridis as a Newman Civic Fellow, a national civic engagement fellowship committed to training and mentoring student leaders.
Previously, he served as an intern with Participatory Budgeting Chicago in his native 10th Ward during the Summer of 2017, where he got his first taste of grassroots organizing and witnessed firsthand the
importance of inclusive policy-making. He was a Research Assistant with the Metropolitan Planning Council from September 2017 to April 2018 and interned with Commonwealth Edison Company’s Revenue Management Division during the Summer of 2018. Striving to learn more about how business can help communities thrive, he is interning with JP Morgan Chase & Co. in Chicago as a Summer Analyst in their Commercial Bank during the Summer of 2019.
Outside of organizing and school, he enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and girlfriend, as well as exploring Chicago and other cities, creating street art, following baseball, and reading about history, ethnography, rap, and poetry.
Adam graduated from Tulane University in May of 2016 where he majored in finance. While at Tulane, Adam volunteered at Arise Academy (an elementary/middle charter school) and with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, an organization that helps to restore and rebuild homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Adam also wrote for Tulane’s school newspaper, the Tulane Hullaballoo during his time in New Orleans.
Adam has previously worked with Burkenroad Reports in New Orleans as an Equity Research Analyst and as a Research and Analytics Intern with the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation. Adam also worked with Cory Booker’s 2013 Senate Campaign as a Campaign Finance Intern.
Adam currently works for Sentinel Real Estate where he is a Valuation Analyst. He is also enrolled in NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate where he is pursuing his Masters in Real Estate Finance.
Etan Weiss works as a Senior Investment Specialist for Crestone Capital, a multi-family office based in Boulder, CO. At Crestone, Etan leverages his investment research background to play an integral role in liaising key areas of focus including business development, advisory services, and marketing and communications. Etan also serves as a weekly volunteer and Board Member for Attention Homes, an organization that serves homeless youth. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, skiing, and tennis.