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Seniors for the Columbia College Fund

Seniors for the Columbia College Fund is a committee of student leaders from the graduating class that seeks to educate their peers about the impact and importance of the Columbia College Fund.

Members are committed to building a culture of philanthropy among their classmates and investing in the future of Columbia College. They help ensure that students can direct their gift to an area of their choice, beginning a legacy of support at the College.

Members develop informative programs, plan fundraising events and solicit gifts to the College Fund from their classmates. Guest speakers at past events include the dean of Columbia College and alumni leaders.


  • Anna Shampanier-Bowen
    Anna Bowen, Co-Chair

    Anna Shampanier-Bowen is a senior in Columbia College, majoring in Political Science and concentrating in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. On campus, Anna serves as a Tour Captain with the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, is Marketing and Outreach Chair for Student Ambassadors for Columbia College Alumni, and is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She is excited to be a Co-Chair for Seniors for the Columbia College Fund because it is crucial to give back to the community that was so special these past four years. Anna wants to be able to ensure that the Columbia College experience is as amazing for future students as it has been for her.

  • Samuel Braun, Co-Chair

  • Theodore Chow, Co-Chair

    Theodore Chow is a senior in Columbia College studying political science and business management. On campus, he is the President Emeritus of the Columbia Venture Partners and previously the Director of Partnerships of the Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs. Apart from this, he is also a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Hong Kong Student and Scholars Society and an Oscar Straus II Fellow. Professionally, Theodore is interested in the financial markets, having spent this past summer at Goldman Sachs in their Global Markets division in their New York office. He also has experience in the world of venture capital with internships at White Star Capital, an early-stage investment firm, and Plug and Play, a silicon-valley-based accelerator, under his belt. In his free time, he enjoys going to Barry's, skateboarding and baking. Theodore is excited to be joining the senior fund as one of the co-chairs because he wishes to give back to the community that has supported his college journey and provide others with the same experiences.

  • Sadia Safa
    Sadia Safa, Co-Chair

    Sadia Safa is a senior at Columbia College studying Political Science with a concentration in History. Sadia was born in Bangladesh but grew up in Queens, NYC. On campus, Sadia is passionate about the first-generation low-income community and serves as the advocacy Liaison for FLI-Net. She is also an events chair for the University Life Events Council. She loves to cook in her free time and go food-hopping all over NYC! Sadia joined the Senior Fund to give back to future generations of Columbia College students, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds, so they can benefit from the numerous resources and opportunities there is to offer here.
  • Elizabeth Olcese, Vice Chair, Events

  • Paige Manning, Vice-Chair, Stewardship

    Paige Manning is a senior in Columbia College majoring in Financial Economics. On campus, she is a Tour Captain for the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee and is involved with the Student Ambassadors for Columbia College Alumni. She is excited to join the Senior Fund to ensure that current and future students continue to have access to the same opportunities that have made her experience at Columbia so memorable.

  • Artem Ilyanok, Vice-Chair, Marketing

    Artem Ilyanok is a senior studying History. He is a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and a student scholar at SIPA's Institute of Global Politics. On campus, he serves on the board of the Columbia chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society and is Roundtable Coordinator for the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review. Artem is excited to join the Senior Fund to help fundraise to support the great work that Columbia College does, build a culture of philanthropy among the Class of 2024, and give back to an institution he cherishes.

  • Sarah Wang, Vice-Chair, Fundraising

    Sarah Y. Wang is a Columbia College senior (surprise!) and Class of 1939 Research Fellow completing Economics & Mathematics. As a researcher, she has a vested interest in human capital development, which, in simple terms, is education. Thus, Sarah cares deeply about the effects of investments in education and opportunity on future generations and social mobility. At Columbia College, Sarah has been a cheerleader, a senior/lead editor at both the undergraduate law and political reviews, a volunteer with the Asian Youth Program of Community Impact, a research assistant, and a tutor for incoming Summer Bridge freshmen, as well as a teaching assistant for the Dean of Social Science (an education economist!), some of which she still gets to enjoy doing. More importantly, Sarah is grateful to have gotten to know countless amazing peers at the College and is lucky to call many of them her friends. As the Leadership Gifts Chair, Sarah is pleased to join the Class of 2024 Senior Fund as an homage to the Class of 1939, as well as to bridge her class with alumni and our future Lions to come.

  • David Sherman
    David Sherman, Vice-Chair, Leadership Giving

    David Sherman is a senior in Columbia College studying Economics-Mathematics and Philosophy. On campus, he is the co-president of Columbia’s Financial Analyst Club, treasurer of the Ski Team and the Sigma Nu Fraternity, and an Operating Committee member of the Columbia Consulting Group. Professionally, he has worked in various financial advisory roles and will pursue a career in management consulting upon graduating. In his free time, he enjoys exploring New York City via Citi Bike, cooking, and running. David was driven to join the senior fund to connect with his class and share the important role that the Columbia College Fund plays in the experiences of all students.

  • Grace Chee, Committee Member

  • Jonas Cream, Committee Member

  • Cindy Gao, Committee Member

  • Rizwan Kazi, Committee Member

  • Zimou Liu, Committee Member

  • Colby Malcolm, Committee Member

  • Theodore Nelson, Committee Member

  • Donna Qi, Committee Member

  • Olivia Sieler, Committee Member

  • Kate Strong, Committee Member

  • Jenna Yuan, Committee Member