Director of Programs
Director of Operations
Youth Development Counselor
Director of College Guidance and Alumni
Legal Services Coordinator & Gov. Liaison
Director of Soccer Programs
Development and Communications Associate
Travel Soccer Coordinator
Andrew So Executive Director and Co-Founder
South Bronx United merges Andrew's passions for soccer, education, and community development. He co-founded South Bronx United in 2009 with his wife Steph while teaching mathematics and special education at New Day Academy, a public secondary school in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx. He has also served as a math instructional coach in New York City public schools and worked with Bronx youth in the other capacities from a camp counselor to athletic coach to special education administrator. Andrew holds a “D” coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation and coached South Bronx United travel soccer teams until 2014. He received his Bachelor’s of Science from Stanford University and earned a Masters of Science in Education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York. He is an alumnus of the We Are The Bronx Fellowship, a partnership between the Jewish Community Relations Council's Cause-NY, Hostos Community College, and the Bronx Borough President's Office. He is a former trustee of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League and chair of the Bronx Nonprofit Coalition.
Carlos Bhanji Director of Programs and Recruitment
Carlos joined South Bronx United in 2011, to oversee programs and operations and to supervise volunteer recruitment. He previously worked at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and received his J.D. from University of California at Davis School of Law. Carlos also earned a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University.
Mario Biancamano Director of Operations
Mario joined South Bronx United full-time in 2016, after volunteering as a coach in the Recreational Program. He has served as Center Director at Score, an after school educational center in Queens, and lived abroad to run a modeling agency, Trinity Talent Qatar. Mario earned a B.A. from Northwestern University in Economics and International Studies. He also holds a US Soccer Federation ‘E’ License.
Eric Saito Education Director
Eric joined South Bronx United in the fall of 2013. Prior to joining SBU, Eric interned with Grassroots Soccer in Kimberley, South Africa and taught high school chemistry and biology at Don Bosco Technical Institute in East Los Angeles. He is passionate about youth development, mentoring, coaching, and tutoring with various youth organizations since high school. Soccer has never been far from his mind as he has played competitively and recreationally since age 5. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Eric earned a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and a M.A. in teaching from Loyola Marymount University. He holds a Science Teaching Credential in the state of California.
Brendan Davis Legal Services Coordinator
Brendan joined the staff in 2014, although he has been volunteering with SBU since 2012. He is a passionate about working with New York's diverse immigrant communities, and most recently was a volunteer coordinator with the Arab American Association of New York. Born and raised in Australia, Brendan received degrees in Business Management and Law from the University of Queensland.
Bridget Mahon Youth Development Counselor
Bridget joined South Bronx United in 2015 as a Youth Development Counselor. Bridget earned a B.S. from the George Washington University, where she played Division I soccer as a goalkeeper. She went on to earn a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at Boston University, with a specialization in Sport Psychology. Prior to South Bronx United, she served as a Clinical Liaison at Youth Villages Germaine Lawrence in Arlington, MA, and as a Staff Therapist at the South Bay Mental Health Center in Malden, MA.
George Nantwi Travel Soccer Coordinator, Boys Coach
George joined South Bronx United in 2009 as a travel soccer coach. While coaching SBU 98 boys team, he also assists with coordination of the Travel Soccer Program. He is a graduate of Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he majored in political science. He works as a researcher at the EdLab at Columbia University Teacher’s College currently focusing on Understanding Fiscal Responsibility, a multi million dollar grant aimed at teaching the federal budget, national debt and deficit to junior and high school students.