Meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.

Rising Leaders Council

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The Rising Leaders are a vibrant group of young philanthropists committed to the mission of New York Cares. This dedicated group spearheads new volunteer initiatives and raises more than $250,000 annually in support of New York Cares year-round programs.

Member Benefits

  • Attend networking happy hours with other members and their guests across many industries in New York City (e.g. real estate, finance, technology, culinary arts)
  • Receive a special annual session of “Meet the Executive Director”, to connect with and hear from New York Cares’ Executive Director, Gary Bagley;
  • Exposure to the strategic objectives of the New York Cares Board of Directors, whom the Rising Leaders support on several initiatives to fundraise for the organization;
  • Granted access to volunteer opportunities that New York Cares offers in the areas of education, revitalization, and immediate needs
  • Earn the distinct honor of making an impact on their community while building their own empathy for the New York City community-at-large.

Member Expectations

  • Commit to a net impact of $5,000 throughout the fiscal year (10/1 - 9/30), in one or more of the following areas:
    • Pledge a minimum personal financial commitment of $500 across the year of service
    • Raise or leverage donations to New York Cares inclusive of event ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, general individual donations, Cares Champions fundraising, etc.
    • Secure in-kind donations to support RLC fundraising events throughout the year
  • Be an active volunteer:
    • Attend monthly meetings throughout the year, typically held on the last Tuesday evening of every month
    • Actively participate in New York Cares calendar programs by volunteering on projects throughout the year
  • Introduce the New York Cares mission to your company by engaging them in our annual events such as the Coat Drive, Winter Wishes, and Cares Days or introducing them to our customized corporate programs
  • Serve as an ambassador for New York Cares at special events throughout the year.

Council Members

Whitney Anderson, Cushman and Wakefield

Abasi Aniton, Cristo Rey New York

Eleanore Bella-Slobodny,  Arago US Inc.

Kaitlin Bergan, G2 Investment Partners

David Berke, Cushman and Wakefield

Dan Birney, RXR Realty

Lauren Boyman, Morgan Stanley

Will Breskman, Bregal Sagemount

Eric Brown, Eye ui

Josh Cromer, Rialto Capital

Brett Davis, Cigna

Mark Doramus, Centerview Partners

Christopher Egan, Estee Lauder

Rebecca Gnessin, American Express

K. Brooke Hunter, Bank of America

Julian Keogh, USI Insurance Services

Phil Kirschner, WeWork

John Lynn, The Studio Project

Megan Mainardy, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp

Emily Panzer, Pitney Bowes

Nalini Saxena, Elicit Consulting

Mousmi Sharma, Hudson Bay Capital

Scott Silverstein, Equity Office

Simmone Taitt, Entrepreneur

David Tsin, Westerman Ball Ederer Miller Zucker and Sharfstein LLP

Dwight  Williams, Uncommon Schools

Mark Zimowski, Boxed

Become a Rising Leader

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Our Leadership

Thomas Murray, Goldman Sachs


Melody Serafino, No. 29 Communications

Finance Chair

Gus Garcia, Bank of America

Event and Fundraising Co-Chair

Tiffany Loer, PwC

Event and Fundraising Co-Chair

Ashton McLeod, James Collective

Event and Fundraising Co-Chair

Charlotte Savino

Membership and Social Engagement Chair

Elyse Cromer, Entrepreneur

Corporate Engagement Chair

Sandra Will, Renaissance Management

Friends Committee Liaison

Laura Humphrey, OMERS