|Aaron J. Reisman|
JP Morgan Chase
|Pranav Sawjiany, Treasurer
Davidson Kempner Capital Management
|Andrew So, Executive Director
South Bronx United
|Hanan Thabet, Vice-Chair
Independent International Education Consultant
|Kerry Van Voris
|Jon Lee, Chair
|Mila Yankova, Secretary
|R. Derek McKechnie
Partner, Marlowe Partners
Nicole is a Partner and Head of Investor Relations and Business Development at Marlowe Partners. Prior to joining Marlowe in 2015, Ms. Faurot spent over five years at Centerbridge Partners, L.P. where she was a Principal in investor relations. Prior to joining Centerbridge, Ms. Faurot worked at Morgan Stanley as an associate in business development and strategic acquisitions and as an investment banking analyst in their Latin America Group. Previously, Ms. Faurot worked as an investment banking summer analyst at Bear Stearns in their Leveraged Finance Group. Ms. Faurot is on the Emory University Alumni Board, chaired the Emory Alumnae and Women in New York for nearly a decade. She teaches financial literacy for High Water Women, was the treasurer of the young professionals board of the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families and has worked with the Taproot Foundation, Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, and the Valerie Fund among others. Ms. Faurot graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a B.A. in Spanish and Interdisciplinary Studies and serves on the Alumni Board. She joined the South Bronx United Board of Directors in 2019.
Portfolio Manager, JP Morgan Chase
Christopher is an investment manager in J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Endowments and Foundations Group, where he manages investment portfolios for nonprofit and institutional clients. He has 14 years experiencing advising charitable organizations on their investment needs, as well as bringing them best practices on governance and investment policy. Originally from the United Kingdom, Christopher has played football (soccer!) all his life and he is a supporter of Southampton Football Club.
Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners
Gabriel works in the Asset Management division of Guggenheim Partners, where he helps to grow the Firm’s relationships with many of the largest wealth management platforms in the world. He has been with the Firm since 2013 and in the Industry since 2000. While never having played organized soccer, Gabe grew up as a fan of the sport as the son of parents who immigrated from Latin America. One of his sons is playing youth soccer (and roots for Real Madrid at his grandfather’s insistence) and the other will as soon as he’s old enough. Unfortunately his daughter prefers dance to team sports. Gabriel received his Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University and has lived in London in addition to the NY area. He has participated in volunteer programs available through his employers and has previously been involved with Camp Fatima, AES World Languages & Cultures and the National MS Society. Gabriel joined the South Bronx United Board of Directors in 2019.
Head of Engineering Recruitment, AQR
Dave played soccer throughout his childhood in New Jersey and is dismayed at how soccer has become a pay-to-play sport in most communities. As a result, he is passionate about bringing the beautiful game to the South Bronx and utilizing it as a force for social good. Dave received a degree in philosophy from Columbia University and now works as a recruiter at Two Sigma Investments after serving as a senior recruiter for Grady Levkov and Co. He also DJs on the local music scene and is an avid guitarist and manager of the band Dub is a Weapon. Dave has been on the board since 2009 and served as board chair since 2012.
Derrick is the head of BlackRock’s U.S. Derivative Documentation where he provides business and operational support with regard to trading documentation. Prior to joining BlackRock, Derrick was
Director of Derivative Documentation at HypoVereinsbank, New York Branch and a Vice President in the Legal Department at Deutsche Bank, AG. He began his career at Caisse de Depot et de Consignation/CDCFinancial Products, Inc and Natwest Capital Markets. Derrick earned a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University where he was a Columbia University Club Foundation Scholar and a
member of the Men’s Basketball Team. He loves the way South Bronx United uses soccer to build character, teamwork, and leadership skills in young people. Derrick is formerly a Board Member of Bottom Line, Inc., New York.
Assurance Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Daniel is an Assurance Partner in the New York Metro Consumer Markets practice and has over 15 years of experience working with multi-national companies in the consumer goods, retail and luxury industries. In serving many public and private companies, Daniel has significant experience in technical accounting and financial reporting matters facing these companies. Daniel received his Bachelor of Business Administration-Accounting from Loyola University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants. He joined the Board of Directors in 2015.
Jon Lee, Chair
Vice President, Sotheby's
Jon joined Sotheby's as Vice President. He previously served as a Vice President responsible for sales data project management and business analysis at PIMCO, and Jon led web and mobile initiatives for a diverse array of companies in the corporate, educational, and non-profit sectors, including Harvard University, Putnam Investments, and GBC Health. His involvement in corporate social responsibility, as well as his appreciation for international football, began over 20 years ago, when Jon was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He has also served in the US Peace Corps, mentored students through Year Up, and has managed several events for PIMCO Foundation since 2012. Jon is an NYCFC founding member and season ticket-holder, and strongly believes that New York is #blue. He joined the Board of Directors in 2016.
R. Derek McKechnie
Derek began volunteering with South Bronx United in 2010 and has helped coach a wide variety of age groups. He is an Executive Recruiter and previous managing partner at the Lucas Group. Derek attended Connecticut College where he graduated in 2008 with a focus on Government, Theater, and Economics. He is an avid Tottenham Hotspur fan and season ticket holder for the New York Red Bulls. When he isn't on the soccer pitch, he can be found cheering on his favorite sports teams and spending time with his friends. Derek joined the board in 2012 after previously serving on the SBU Junior Board.
Aaron J. Reisman
AJ Reisman is a mortgage investor at BlackRock and has been with the firm since 2009. AJ is the head of Impact for BlackRock’s Giving and Volunteering Committee, has been the captain of the BlackRock soccer team since 2010, and is a member of BlackRock's People Committee. He has served as a regional advocate for Doctors Without Borders, a soccer coach with South Bronx United, and a big brother with the Jewish Board of Family and Services.AJ graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Policy Analysis and Management. He’s received certificates from Seth Godin’s altMBA and from Middlebury College in Impact Investing and Social Enterprise Management. AJ currently resides on the Upper East Side with his wife and young daughter, prefers to wear Patagonia, avoids unnecessary harm to the environment and animals whenever possible, enjoys photography, and hiking.
Pranav Sawjiany, Treasurer
Davidson Kempner Capital Management
Pranav, a lifelong soccer fan, has been volunteering with South Bronx United since 2010. He helped coordinate the Recreational Soccer Program in its early years, coached multiple recreational soccer teams, and started as a member of the SBU Junior Board. He previously worked as a Senior Associate at BlackRock and at Morgan Stanley in New York. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and and M.S in Financial Engineering from Cornell University. Having lived in several countries including India, Belgium, South Africa and Japan, Pranav loves how the beautiful game brings people from diverse cultures and backgrounds together, just like SBU does in the South Bronx community.
Executive Director, South Bronx United, Inc.
Prior to founding South Bronx United in 2009 with his wife Steph, Andrew served as a mathematics and special education teacher and administrator at New Day Academy, a public secondary school in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx. He also supported several New York City public schools and their teachers as a math instructional coach. Over the past 10 years, Andrew has worked with Bronx youth in other capacities from summer counselor to guidance counselor to athletic coach. He holds a D-level coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation and has coached athletes of various ages and levels. 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. Andrew received a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and earned an M.S.Ed. in Middle School General and Special Education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York.
Head of Digital Experience, Shake Shack
Steph co-founded South Bronx United in 2009, drawing on her passion for education and community development causes both domestic and worldwide. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat New Orleans and Amigos de las Americas and has also supported a Mother's Wish in the Dominican Republic. With over 15 years of experience in Marketing, E-Commerce, Creative, Digital and Strategy roles, Steph has worked with brands including Ralph Lauren, Cover FX Skincare, Extend Fertility, Estée Lauder, ShopBop.com, and Bain and Company. She currently serves as the Head of Digital Experience for Shake Shack. Steph received her Bachelor's Degree from Stanford University and earned a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She also served as a Board Member for the Manhattan Country School for several years.
Hanan Thabet, Chair
Independent International Education Consultant
For over a decade, Hanan has worked in the field of international educational and student exchange, and currently has her own private international education consulting practice working with corporate and government clients. A life long New Yorker, Hanan also lived in Egypt for 6 years where she completed her bachelor’s degree and worked as a teacher at a private international school in Cairo. Hanan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo a Master of Arts in Near East Studies from New York University. Hanan’s love for soccer started at an early age, after attending several World Cup games with her parents when the event was hosted in the U.S. in 1994. Hanan joined the board in 2014.
Kerry Van Voris
Vice President of People, Oscar Health
An avid soccer player since the age of six, Kerry was a high-school All American midfielder and attributes her love of athletics and the outdoors to soccer. She has served on the boards of Youth Venture Seattle and Changing Lives Nepal. Prior to Amazon, Kerry was a senior talent officer at Bridgewater Associates and a senior manager in the mergers and acquisitions department at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA. Kerry has a marketing and business development background, having worked for small businesses in Seattle and, before moving to the Pacific Northwest, led the outdoor sports marketing efforts at Berkeley based and leading energy bar maker, Clif Bar. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer, working as the head case manager and intake counselor at the Center for HIV/AIDS in Oakland, CA.
Mila Yankova, Secretary
Vice President, Barclays
Mila Yankova fell in love with football in 1993 when her native home of Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup. Against all odds, the country finished 4th bringing a ray of light to a turbulent, divided society. As a true New Yorker, Mila believes that all children living in New York City should be given a chance to succeed. She has over ten years of experience on Wall Street, currently selling emerging markets equities at Barclays. She attended the University of Chicago on a full scholarship where she received a Bachelor's degree in Economics. She has also volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring recent immigrant students. Mila joined the Board of Directors in 2015.