Rising Leaders

Our Rising Leaders Council

Meets NYC’s most ambitious young professionals, the New York Cares Rising Leaders. With a goal to raise over $300,000 for programs annually, these ambassadors fundraise, advocate, and recruit fellow champions to ignite a service revolution.

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Addhyan, RLC Member

Manhattan 🌆

Observing our work's positive ripple effect across New York's communities has been both inspiring and a clear indicator of our effectiveness.

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Lauren, RLC Member

Manhattan 🌆

I joined the Rising Leaders Council so I could give back to the city that has given so much to me.

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Will, RLC Member

Manhattan 🌆

The breadth of the organization's reach and volunteer options allowed me to feel like I was giving back to the community in a dynamic way.


Rising Leaders

Anyone Can Make the Trip to NYC. You Can Make a Difference.

As a Rising Leader, every hour you serve helps make the city more equitable – and every connection you make with your fellow leaders multiplies that impact. 



Professional Development Opportunities


Networking Happy Hours


Of Like-Minded Young People


Sessions with New York Cares Leadership

Plus, the honor of making concrete change in the concrete jungle.

Have questions? Learn more in our Help Center.

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To join this dynamic group, we ask Rising Leaders to commit to contributing $5,000 to New York Cares over the course of a fiscal year, through a combination of:

  • A personal commitment of $5,000
  • Raising or leveraging donations
  • In-kind donations or contributions from your employer

Rising Leaders are active volunteers, serve on projects throughout the year, and participate in monthly RLC meetings.


RLC Leadership


Kaitlin Bergan


Charles Hemsley
Street Easy

Membership Co-Chair

Lucie Simpson

Membership Co-Chair

Addy Vora

Soiree Co-Chair

Lauren Denowitz
WitzAboutHer LLC

Soiree Co-Chair

Nicki Fleischner
Camp Scatico

RLC Council Members

Tej Ahluwalia
Cannell & Spears

Abasi Aniton
Mid-Market Advisory Group

Kameron Block
DDB Health

Ariel Brinberg

Will Breskman
Bregal Sagemount

Elyse Cromer

Reilley Dabbs

Mira Dalal
Goldman Sachs

Sam Dangremond
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Brett Davis

Mark Doramus
Centerview Partners

Emily Frost
Wood Mackenzie

Nicole Garrett
Sidley Austin LLP

Brian Geoghegan

Paul Johnson
Northern Trust

Melanie Larkins
Arsenal Capital Partners

Kimberly Lu
Vestar Capital Partners

Sumedha Majumdar
Goldman Sachs

Grace Mahood

Ashton McLeod
The Door

Harjot Kaur Nayar
Keller Williams

Josef Omar
Mars & Co.

Emily Panzer
Pitney Bowes

Lisa Nordfors
Deerfield Management 

Melody Serafino
No.29 Communications

Scott Silverstein
EQ Office (The Blackstone Group)

Ally Walstad
Guy Carpenter

As of 1/01/2024
Affiliations for identification purposes only.