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Who We Are

New Leaders is the junior board of NYC Outward Bound Schools, and is comprised of young professionals who are committed to raising awareness of the organization’s work to provide NYC public school students with a high quality education.

What We Do

Members volunteer with students in our Network Schools, organize social and fundraising events, engage other supporters through online outreach, and meet monthly. For a full description of responsibilities and activities, click here.

Featured Initiatives

Student Mentorship – New Leaders provide one-on-one mentorship to a number of our alumni who are now in college. Mentors may support students by reviewing academic work, helping them navigate the college-transfer process, providing career-planning insight, and more.

FAFSA Workshop – New Leaders are trained and serve as volunteers at FAFSA workshops at our high schools, helping students and their families complete their FAFSA forms.

Rock Climbing – Each spring the New Leaders host a rock climbing event at the NYC Outward Bound Schools’ office in Long Island City, which boasts the largest outdoor climbing wall in NYC.

How to Join

There is a 4-step process to become a New Leader.

  1. Complete an application so we can get to know you and how you might be a good fit for the group.
  2. Review the Roles & Responsibilities.
  3. Interview with the group’s Chair and a Membership Committee member to learn more about the group and your potential involvement.
  4. Attend a fundraising or volunteer event to see our work in action and meet other members.

New Leaders

James Alfonso, School Involvement Chair Vice President, Capital One

Stephanie Bermudez Head of Career, Pathrise

Lucian Black Managing Investigator, Mintz Group

Charlie Boutwell, Chair Vice President, Affinius Capital

Ashley Chauvin, Membership Chair Head of Enterprise and B2B Communications, MSL (Global)

Monique East Vice President, Digital, Citi

Patrick McKegney Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

Laura Senra Co-founder, LePrive

Kelsey Spencer  Marketing Manager, YouTube

Taylor Strode  Vice President of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, MSCI Inc. 

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