NYU Stern School of Business | Groups
Meet the Board

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Leslie Chao
Co-President


Focus: Sustainable Business & Innovation, Strategy

Experience: Leslie is from San Francisco, CA and graduated from UCSD where she majored in Management Science and minored in Accounting. After graduation, she spent a few years working in the tech industry before moving to Thailand to teach English. Upon returning to the states, she worked at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. At Stern, Leslie is specializing in Sustainable Business & Innovation and Strategy and hoping to merge her public and private sector experiences to make a positive impact.

Christi Yung
Co-President


Focus:  Sustainable Business & Innovation, Strategy

Experience: Christi grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in business. Her background is in retail and trade compliance. Prior to business school, she spent two years in KPMG’s Trade and Customs practice before joining Williams Sonoma in ecommerce and merchandising roles. She is interested in driving change within the retail industry to create more sustainable business practices. This summer, she will be interning at Gap on the Global Supply Chain team.

Yen Chiang
VP of Knowledge Management


Focus: Sustainable Business & Innovation, Strategy

Experience: Yen was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and earned her B.Sc. in Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University. As a Senior Strategist at brightspot strategy in NYC, she worked with universities, libraries, and tech firms to improve people's work and learning experiences. Now, she's an ardent library supporter. At Stern, Yen is focused on sustainable sourcing and supply chain innovation in food and retail.

Aria Ashrafzadeh
VP of Knowledge Management


Focus: Sustainable Business & Innovation, Strategy

Experience: Aria grew up in Michigan received received her B.A. in Psychology with a Biochemistry concentration from Claremont McKenna College. After undergrad, she moved to the Middle East and South Asia, researching culturally-specific manifestations of post-traumatic stress within survivors of war and natural disaster. During her time abroad, she also worked on improving clean water, education, and health access among low income populations. Upon returning to the US, she managed a number of chef-driven restaurants; post-MBA she plans to merge her dual interests in social impact and food by ultimately working on issues of food insecurity within underserved communities. Also passionate about education and immigrant rights, she volunteered with Minds Matter Los Angeles for the past four years, most recently serving as the Director of College Applications and Scholarships. 

Sophie Kramer
VP of Knowledge Management


Focus: Leadership & Change Management, Strategy

Experience: Prior to graduate school, Sophie worked in DC Public Schools for three years as a high school special education math teacher and department chair. She is a JD/MBA student and while in law school, she interned for the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division in the Education Opportunities Section, as well as several non-profit organizations focusing on children's welfare, family defense, and immigration. This upcoming summer, she will be a strategy intern at Ascend Public Charter Schools in Brooklyn. Sophie grew up in New York City and earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Yale University.

Jessie Kaliski
VP of Knowledge Management


Focus: Sustainable Business & Innovation; Strategy; International Development

Experience: Jessie is an MBA/MPA student at NYU Stern and Wagner (School of Public Service). After graduating from Amherst College, Jessie spent two years working in Cape Town, South Africa for a social enterprise that was harnessing the power (and ubiquity) of basic cellphones and smartphones to monitor water infrastructure in developing countries. Jessie hopes to pursue a career in corporate sustainability (with a focus on water usage and efficiency). In her free time, Jessie likes to run, make puns, and talk about human-centred design, Carto, and toilets.

Cayley Heller
VP of Marketing


Focus: Strategy, Marketing

Experience: Cayley grew up on Long Island, NY and graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management and minors in Business, Education and Inequality Studies. Post-college, she spent three years working in market research, most recently as an Account Manager for a retail client. At Stern, Cayley is specializing in Strategy, Marketing and Business Analytics, and also serves as VP Career Development for Student Government and VP Engagement for SWIB. In her free time, she is an avid reader, music fan and ClassPass-er. She will be spending this summer at McKinsey in their Marketing & Sales practice.

Lindsey Rosenbluth
VP of Partnerships


Focus: Strategy, Leadership & Change Management, and Sustainable Business & Innovation

Experience: Prior to Stern, Lindsey spent six years supporting traditional public, charter, and private education organizations nation-wide while based in NYC and Washington, DC. Lindsey’s work included managing charter network and independent school special projects and external relations, as well as consulting with state-level education agencies on strategic planning, organizational capacity, and policy implementation. Lindsey is also a Vice President of Stern Student Government’s Community Committee and will join McKinsey’s New Jersey office this summer.

Dylan Barry
VP of Partnerships


Focus: Strategy

Experience: A California native, Dylan studied Environmental Science at UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis on freshwater resource management. Prior to Stern, he spent 3 years in San Francisco, working as an environmental consultant in the commercial real estate space. He is pursuing an MBA to expand his experience across a variety of industries and problem types, with the long term goals of becoming more effective at driving impact on sustainability issues.

Rebecca Haverson
VP of Partnerships


Focus: Sustainable Business & Innovation; Strategy; International Development

Experience: Prior to Stern, Rebecca worked in program development and marketing roles in education, youth empowerment, and poverty alleviation, most recently at the humanitarian agency Concern Worldwide. She is a Baltimore-native, a Fulbright Scholar, and a trained dancer. She will be doing general management at Chase this summer in their NYC office.

Jasmine Reliford
VP of Admissions


Focus: Strategy, Global Business, Sustainable Business & Innovation

Experience: Jasmine is originally from the Bay Area and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Accounting and Human Resource Management. Prior to Stern, Jasmine was a consultant at PwC in their Public Sector Advisory practice, where she analyzed commercial payment and Fintech trends in order to support missions across federal agencies/organizations. At Stern, Jasmine is a Consortium Fellow, serves on the Community Service Committee within Stern Government, is VP of Corporate Relations for the Association of Hispanic and Black Business Students, and is the VP of Admissions for the Stern Social Impact and Sustainability Association. She is passionate about providing access to capital for marginalized groups and underbanked communities by leveraging Fintech.

Colleen Gearns
VP of Sustainability


Focus: Sustainable Business & Innovation, Strategy

Experience: Prior to Stern, Colleen spent three years as the Executive Director of a NYC based nonprofit that teaches free financial literacy classes to teens. Originally from Long Island, Colleen earned her undergraduate degree from UNC, double majoring in Economics and Cultural Anthropology. She also holds an MS in Global Affairs, with a focus on Economic Development from NYU. Outside of school, she serves on the board of directors for an education focused NGO in Cambodia.
 

Amy Gu
VP of the Social Innovation Symposium (SIS)


Focus: Sustainable Business & Innovation, Strategy

Experience: Amy is in her third year of the Langone part-time MBA program. She currently works full-time at NYU's Office of Development & Alumni Relations as a Financial & Operations Analyst. Previously, she has worked in project management at Pentagram Design, an independent design firm, and Uncommon Schools, a charter school network that focuses on low-income, urban areas. Amy received her BA in Government from Dartmouth College and is originally from Georgia.

Chris Blackett
VP of the Social Innovation Symposium (SIS)


Focus: Sustainable Business & Innovation; Strategy; International Development

Experience: Chris was born and raised in Manhattan, and to this day, still doesn't know how to drive a car. He gets bullied about it often. He did a lot of painting and drawing as a child, which also didn't help: He's taken courses at The National Academy, RISD, and The Museum School. He went to Tufts University, then joined Teach for America after graduating. He taught Kindergarten and Pre-K for three years before selling his soul for an MBA-MPA. He's currently trying to find that sweet spot between impact and economics, particularly with a focus on international development.

Sophia Valner
VP of the Social Innovation Symposium (SIS)


Focus: Impact, Innovation and Investment

Experience: Sophia is originally from Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Health and Societies and minored in History. After graduating from Penn, Sophia moved to Austin, Texas where she worked on the Healthcare Private Equity team for Gerson Lehrman Group. After a year in Austin, Sophia relocated to New York to join GLG's Strategic Projects team where she worked with Life Sciences companies on end to end consulting projects. Sophia is now pursuing a dual degree MBA / MPA at Stern and Wagner, and is ultimately interested in merging her studies in policy and business by investing into social enterprises.

Gregory Waters
VP of Social Impact Internship Fund (SIIF)


Focus: Strategy

Experience: Greg spent his summer with Bridges Fund Management, an impact investor that uses a private equity strategy. Prior to Stern, he spent 8 years at advisory firm Glass Lewis in San Francisco, where he led a team focused on researching the environmental, social and governance practices of public companies in the U.S. He was born in Washington DC, but grew up in London. After attending Bates College in Maine, where he majored in economics and music, he moved to Oakland. Greg loves camping, cycling, craft beer and spent several years as a musician in the SF Bay Area.

Edward Dearie
VP of Finance


Focus: Strategy

Experience: Edward grew up in Brooklyn and attended the College of William & Mary where he majored in Economics. Prior to Stern, Edward worked in various management roles in the hospitality industry in New York City. He spent the last seven years managing The River Café and training as a sommelier. At Stern, Edward is specializing in Strategy, Finance, and Sustainable Business and Innovation. In addition to being the VP of Finance for SISA, he is the VP of Casing Initiatives for the Management Consulting Association and the President of Stern Cellar. This summer, he will be interning at Deloitte in Global Strategy.

Liz Nellis
VP of Langone


Focus: Sustainable Business & Innovation, Strategy, Leadership & Change Management

Experience: Liz is enrolled in Langone and is an Associate Program Officer at Tiger Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded by Tiger Management's Julian Robertson in 1989 to support programs working to break the cycle of poverty in New York City. Ahead of her current role, Liz took part in NYU Wagner's Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service and has worked or volunteered with several nonprofits in New York City including the Crime Victims Treatment Center, the Door, and the New York Common Pantry, and has engaged in a pro-bono consulting project with NYC chapter of Net Impact. Liz graduated from NYU Steinhardt's Applied Psychology program, and is proud to be a "fighting violet" again.