Board of Directors
Dale Grant previously served as President of Grant Associates, a national, award-winning workforce development company with a diverse portfolio of services and populations. Ms. Grant was also Vice Chair of The Segal Company, the nation’s ninth largest human resources consulting firm. A graduate of New York University, Ms. Grant is a leading authority on business-driven workforce development strategies.
Patricia Nazemetz is Principal and founder of NAZ DEC LLC, a consulting firm helping executives and their organizations design and prepare for executive continuity by placing an emphasis on coaching executives and developing succession plans and transition strategies. Previously, Ms. Nazemetz built a career in human resource management at Xerox Corporation that spanned more than 30 years. She was Chief Human Resource and Ethics Officer and was responsible for the design, development and execution of the company’s comprehensive talent strategy.
Jackie Price is the General Counsel for Kanbar Property Management. Previously, Ms. Price was an Associate at DLA Piper LLC in the firm’s Finance Group, and she has volunteered her time at several non-profit organizations. Ms. Price holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a J.D. from The University of Virginia.
Channing Stave, Ph.D., is Chief Operating Officer of Newristics, a marketing and market research consulting firm focusing on Life Sciences. Prior to co-founding Newristics, he led the Strategies and Market Insights team at Express Scripts (formerly Medco). He has also held senior positions at Pfizer and IBM. Channing is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for Solving Kids’ Cancer and Co-President of the Board of Directors for Camp Zeke. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from New York University.
Mark N. Savoye is the Vice President of North America Processing, Enterprise Security and Network Solutions at Mastercard. He joined Mastercard in 2008; prior to joining Mastercard, Mark served as a Director at American Express. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business in Marketing and International Business. Mark is a board member of Solving Kids’ Cancer.
John D. Goldman is a seasoned professional with over 45 years in the real estate business. John began his career as an attorney, and then went on to build a substantial portfolio of properties as an owner, a manager, and eventually as a developer of properties for his own account. In recent years he has taken on the role of broker and officer of several prominent brokerage houses in Manhattan. In October of 2008, when Halstead Property created its Commercial District to enter the field of Commercial Brokerage for the first time, John was enlisted to round out, expand, and enhance Halstead’s premier position. John is a graduate of Harvard College and received his law degree from Columbia University. He also has a Master of Laws from Stabfor Law School.
Andy Strott is a senior real estate executive with expertise in raising capital, forming joint ventures, and underwriting commercial real estate investments. He is a Managing Partner at Resolution Consultants, LLC, a distressed debt investment company that acquires non-performing commercial mortgage loans. Previously, he led capital-raising and joint ventures for net lease, retail value-add, multi-family re-development, condominium development, and SFR portfolios. Andy has worked with high net-worth and institutional investors globally, and possesses significant start-up experience, having launched multiple new tech and investment-related businesses. Andy received his MBA from Columbia Business School and completed his undergraduate degree at Loyola University.
Terrlyn Smock is Director of Paternity and Child Support, Virgin Islands Department of Justice. She was formerly Assistant Attorney General, Solicitor General Division, Office of the Attorney General, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Ms. Smock holds a BA in political science and a JD from Howard University.
Richard Stricof is a Certified Public Accountant and is a Managing Partner at Pemco Financial Services, a financial and tax services firm. He was formerly with the international accounting firm of BDO USA where he served as a tax Partner-In-Charge of the New York City and White Plains, N.Y. offices.
John Tognino is the Chairman & CEO of The Pepper Financial Group, and was Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of Fordham University for 8 years. He currently enjoys Trustee Emeritus status on the Fordham Board. John spent 36 years with Merrill Lynch where he was a Managing Director for Global Equities. After retiring from Merrill Lynch, he undertook several executive assignments in the financial industry, most recently as Executive Vice President of the NASDAQ Stock Market. John is a Senior Board Member of several leading hospitals and national health organizations. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Fordham University.
New York City Advisory Board
Jennifer Lowe is a Manager on the Co-brand Business Development team at Mastercard. In this role she is responsible for securing new partnerships with Mastercard’s merchant and issuer partners in the Co-brand space. Previously, Jennifer was part of the Office of the President for North America, reporting to the Chief of Staff, with responsibilities spanning customer engagement, sponsorships, compliance, and philanthropic giving. She started her career at Mastercard in 2013 within the Go-To-Market and Emerging Payments Solution Sales teams, focused on portfolio optimization and competitive intelligence. Jennifer is also the Co-Lead for Mastercard’s Women’s Leadership Network, the Global Partnership Lead for the Young Professionals Network, and the Marketing and Communications Lead for Adaptability, which is on focused advocacy and spreading awareness for both seen and un-seen disabilities. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science from Fairfield University in International Business and Marketing.
Amarildo Gjondrekaj is an Analyst on the North America Business Development team. In this role he is responsible for business development targeting and account loading in the Processors & Community Institutions segment. Previously, Amarildo was part of the Strategy and Analytics team supporting North America issuer institutions, where he had responsibility for issuer data modeling and providing a consistent business intelligence story across the region. At Mastercard he is also the Global Co-Lead for the Young Professionals business resource group, which is focused on the development of young professional talent, the shifting of corporate culture, and championing innovation. Amarildo holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College in Finance & Investments.
Carmine Iallonardo is an Account Manager at Mastercard. Within this role, he represents Mastercard while managing customer relationships with several key issuing banks– This includes day-to-day operations, contract management, financial/data analysis, product & service solution sales, business reviews, and campaign development. Prior to this role, Carmine spent time as an Account Manager and Systems Administrator with Indata, a financial investment software company, and in E-Commerce Management with Audi. Carmine received his Bachelor degree in Finance from Manhattan College.
Dr. David E. Jones currently serves as the director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University-New Brunswick; adjunct professor for the Department of Africana Studies; and co-president/founder of the Harris Jones Consulting Group, a consultancy specializing in diversity and leadership training, speaking engagements, and competency development for colleges/universities, corporations, and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Rutgers, his career includes serving in various student affairs leadership roles in residence life, student conduct, and multicultural affairs at the City University of New York, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, New York University, and University of South Florida. David holds a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership and Communication from Northeastern University, a Master of Education in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida, a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Eastern Connecticut State University, and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Charlotte joined Mastercard in 2014 as part of an MBA rotational program and now works as Director in ACH Product Development and Innovation. Prior to Mastercard, Charlotte worked in REIT equity research at Bank of America, and investment management at Cohen & Steers, covering Asia markets. Charlotte grew up in Hong Kong and California. She holds an Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, as Master of Science from University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Science from NYU-Stern.
Sasha Ostojic is a Senior Associate within the Performance Optimization Program at S&P Global Market Intelligence and the former Assistant Director of Research and Policy at The Financial Clinic. From optimizing commercial lending portfolios to lobbying on behalf of working poor New Yorkers, Sasha’s professional interests are driven by his passion for leveraging data to affect behavior change and establish policy. Sasha holds a Master of Science in Applied Economics from the University of North Dakota.
Kristin is a member of the Human Resources team at Truveris, a company that brings transparency to the prescription drug ecosystem. She previously worked at BerlinRosen, a Public Relations firm in New York City, in their Philanthropy and Cultural Affairs Practice, where her clients included human rights-focused organizations such as the Brennan Center for Justice, Family Values @ Work, and Color of Change. Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Kristin interned at the United Nations in their Learning, Development & HR Services Division, and she has also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) learners in the Alps as a grantee of the Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Austria).
Kristin holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a minor in Political Science from Fairfield University.
Edgar Patrick Landas is the Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS). Before joining MOCS, Edgar was a Tech Solutions Manager at the Mayor’s Office of Tech and Innovation (MOTI) where he advised and consulted for City agencies on a diverse portfolio of tech projects. Throughout his career, Edgar has focused on innovating public sector IT, especially when he entered City service in 2013.
Edgar received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a double-major in Finance and Philosophy from the College of William & Mary, and recently completed his Master of Science in Technology Management degree from New York University.