Associate Board

The Rising Ground Associate Board was founded in October 2017 with 10 founding members and has since grown in membership and scope. Through their own time, talent, and resources, the Associate Board is helping to expand the capacity and advance the mission of Rising Ground. Throughout the year, the Associate Board hosts fundraising events and engages in various volunteer and community activities.

Associate Board Members

Conor Brennan-Burke
Boston Consulting Group

Ryuk Byun
Morgan Stanley

Sarah Byun
NYC Ballet

Alexandra Carmichael

Kate Coletti
Bloomberg Philanthropies

Catherine Forbes

Isaac Freites

Sara Gallucci

Katherine Greissman

Shirley Hambleton
Benefit Street Partners

Fah Islam
Chase Bank

Jonelle Johnson

Jay Kornder

Nicole Kraus
Teladoc, Inc.

Jean Laguerre

Katy Martinez

Alison Matheis

Katia Mickisch
Goldman Sachs

Luigi Racanelli

Heather Reisner

Elyse Shapiro

Josh Smith
NYU Langone

Sheldon Sumpter 

Dianne Telesford-Gibbs
Prudential Financial

Rozaliya Tsaneva

Rebecca Velanis
Deutsche Bank

David Wong
Cooley, LLP

Alfonso Zamarripa
Global Brands Group

Emily Zarow-Lange

2019 Spring Fundraiser

The Rising Ground Associate Board invites you to an afternoon filled with endless appetizers, cocktails, and mingling Saturday, March 23, at Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford!

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Interested in Joining the Rising Ground Associate Board?

Being a part of the Rising Ground Associate Board is a fulfilling and effective way for young professionals to give back AND connect with like-minded peers, network with industry leaders, and learn new skills. You will join forces with a group of community-minded professionals who use their skills and experiences to have an impact on a cause and the community you care about. Through this opportunity, you will have the opportunity to develop leadership and other skills, form valuable relationships, and gain a wider perspective of the world. In addition to participating in the Associate Board, members are invited to join a committee (i.e. Finance, Human Resources) of the full Board where they can learn more about board service and other areas of interest.

For more information, contact us at or 914-375-8813.