Emily Alexander is currently the President of A is For, an advocacy organization working to ensure reproductive freedom. Previous to her work with A is For she was Director of Policy and Research at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and NARAL Pro-Choice New York. Emily holds a BA in Gender Studies from Oberlin College.
Akua A. Asare is a Vice President and Compliance Director in Global Compliance & Regulatory Management at JPMorgan Chase. Akua's pro bono work includes advising the US Virgin Islands non-profit disability rights advocacy group on the constitutionality and legal sufficiency of proposed legislative amendments to territorial civil commitment statutes, as well as representing individuals seeking unemployment compensation benefits. Akua is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.
Oscar Bleetstein is NYC born and raised and now lives with his family in a formerly abandoned brownstone he rehabilitated (on a block inside of the Harlem Children's Zone). To further improve quality of life on his street, he re-invigorated his block association and actively supports community service in his neighborhood. Oscar is the Head of Commodity Investor Product Sales in the Americas for the Investment Bank at Credit Suisse. With over 20 years of experience in finance, Oscar has held positions at some of the world's top financial firms including Merrill Lynch, AIG, and Chase. For much of his career he lived in Asia where he participated in the rise of a number of emerging market economies. Oscar has a degree in International Relations from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and holds aCertificat d'Etudes Politiques from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po). Thinking globally and acting locally is a motto he puts into practice every day.
Harry Delany who is Harlem born and raised, nearly died of asthma as a kid, but has triumphed to become an avid sportsman, successful businessman, and father of three. In 2011, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to benefit a.i.r. nyc. Harry is currently the Director of Regional Transactions for Colliers International, a leading global real estate services company. Previously, he was Associate Director at the Real Estate Investment Firm, Marcus & Millichap. Harry holds an MS in Real Estate Investment and Development from NYU and a BS in Finance from Lincoln University.
Peter Guryan is an antitrust partner at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York. Peter has extensive experience in civil and criminal antitrust matters for major corporations and private equity firms. He has represented clients in obtaining antitrust approvals in numerous high-profile and challenging transactions, often global in scope, and in other government antitrust investigations before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and competition authorities outside of the United States. Prior to joining Fried Frank, Mr. Guryan was a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. Mr. Guryan received his JD, cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 1996, where he was an editor of the Cornell Law Review, and his BA from Cornell University in 1992.
Curtis Hougland is a pioneer in emerging media. He founded one of the first new media agencies in the early 1990s and one of the first social media agencies in the early 2000s. At his agency, Attention, he also co-created a groundbreaking platform to capture purchase intent within social media in 2008, and he incubated RANE, an expert network of the world’s top safety, security and risk management experts in 2014. Most recently, Curtis launched the first privately led counter extremism program in social media. He is a frequent writer for Ad Age, PSFK and Knowledge @ Wharton, and speaker at conferences such as Cannes, SXSW, and Wired Disrupt.
Janet Joyce Arzt is Director of Business Development and Investor Relations at Mudrick Capital Management where her responsibilities include business development, investor relations, and client services. Prior to joining Mudrick Capital, Janet was a Vice President in the Client Advisory Group at York Capital Management from 2010 to 2014 where she was responsible for investor relations and business development. Prior to joining York, Janet worked at Morgan Creek Capital Management as a Senior Analyst on the public investments team where she focused on hedge fund investments. Previously, she worked at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group and Equity Capital Markets. Janet received a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Ian V. Rowe is the CEO of Public Prep, a non-profit organization that manages the highest-performing, single sex public charter schools in New York City. Ian is a product of the New York City public school system, and has over 15 years of experience leading organizations and campaigns in the private, nonprofit and public sectors. Ian most recently worked for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as Deputy Director of Postsecondary Success where he helped lead the strategy to dramatically increase college completion rates, particularly among minority and low income young adults. Ian's work experience includes serving as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Public Affairs at MTV, serving as Director of Strategy and Performance Measurement for USA Freedom Corps at the White House and helping develop a comprehensive portfolio model of assessment that measured teacher effectiveness as a function of gains in student achievement at Teach for America. Ian graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, received his BS in Computer Science Engineering from Cornell University and MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an Echoing Green Fellow and a Harvard Initiative for Social Enterprise Fellow.
Jacob Victory is the Chief Operating Officer at The New Jewish Home, a leading not-for-profit provider of post-acute care services in New York State offering long term care, short term rehab, adult day care and home based and care management services to over 14,000 New Yorkers annually. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of Strategy, Product and Member for Health Republic Insurance of New York, one of the largest Consumer Oriented and Operated Plan (CO-OP) in the nation. Jacob also held the position of Vice President, Medical Operations and Program Development at Center Light Healthcare and Vice President, Performance Management Projects, at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the national not-for-profit home health care agency that serves 30,000 patients on any given day. Prior to joining VNSNY, Jacob served in various positions at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Cabrini Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical College and Clara Maass Medical Center. He served as a Trustee of the Helene Fuld College of Nursing for eight years and past-Chairman of the Board of the American Spanish Dance Theatre/Danza Espana. In 2009, Mr. Victory completed a year-long fellowship at Coro Leadership New York, where he studied a wide array of New York City-focused public policy issues. He holds a B.A. in English Literature, with college honors, from Rutgers University, and an M.P.A. in Health Policy and Management with a specialization in Health Care Finance from New York University's The Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, where he is also an adjunct faculty member.