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 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.

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.

Current RLC members

Our Leadership


Gus Garcia, BAML (Bank of America Merrill Lynch)


Melody Serafino, No. 29 Communications

Finance Chair

Brett Davis, Cigna

Event & Fundraising Co-Chair

Ashton McLeod, BerlinRosen

Event & Fundraising Co-Chair

Emily Panzer, Pitney Bowes

Event & Fundraising Co-Chair

Charlotte Savino, Davis Polk

Membership & Social Engagement Chair

Elyse Cromer, Entrepreneur

Membership & Social Engagement Chair

Laura Humphrey, OMERS

Corporate Engagement Chair

Sandra Will, Renaissance Management 

Council Members

Whitney Anderson
Abasi Aniton, Cristo Rey New York
Emily Baldwin, Zola
Scott Barczewski, Intralinks
Eleanore Bella-Slobodny, Arago US Inc.
Kaitlin Bergan, BlackRock
Dan Birney, RXR Realty
Lauren Boyman, Morgan Stanley
Will Breskman, Bregal Sagemount
Eric Brown, eye|ui
Josh Cromer, Rialto Capital
Mark Doramus, Centerview Partners
Roshan Dutta, BlueMountain Capital
Kyle Hartman, Piper Jaffray
Julian Keogh, USI Insurance Services
Phil Kirschner, WeWork
Sam Klatt, Portage Advisors
Megan Mainardy, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp
Nikaline McCarley, Us Weekly
Jenna McElhinney, Blackstone
Thomas Murray, Goldman Sachs
Emily Panzer, Pitney Bowes
Frederico Padilha, JP Morgan
Nirupa Raghunathan, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Nalini Saxena, Elicit Consulting
Mousmi Sharma, Hudson Bay Capital
Scott Silverstein, Equity Office
Ellie Stein, Goldman Sachs
Nalima Touré, Microsoft | The Helm 
David Tsin, Westerman Ball Ederer Miller Zucker and Sharfstein LLP
Andrew Wiener, L&L Holding
Dwight Williams, Uncommon Schools 


As of 08/07/19
Affiliations for identification purposes only. 

Become a Rising Leader

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