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Young Leaders Council
The Young Leaders Council (YLC) is an alumni leadership group at Columbia College that seeks to cultivate young philanthropists and develop a pipeline of committed, engaged alumni. Membership in the YLC offers Columbia College alumni 1-20 years out of college unique opportunities to network with other recent alumni and gain access to specially curated intellectual content available through the University’s network. Council members make an annual College Fund gift of $1,500 or more. ​


  • Access to key University and alumni leaders via Young Leaders Council events and programming.
  • Networking opportunities with young alumni peers.
  • Opportunities for growth within the Columbia College volunteer community based on level and quality of engagement.
  • Curated invitations to and notifications of College and University events.
  • Quarterly guest speaker series bringing together powerful, unique, and interesting voices from within the Columbia College network to young alumni.

Past Events & Speakers

George Stephanopoulos CC’82, News Anchor, Former White House Advisor in the Clinton Administration
Saturday, December 1, 2012

Senator Judd Gregg CC'69, Former U.S. Senator Judd A. Gregg ’69 (R-NH)
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Alex Castellanos, Founding Partner of Purple Strategies and media consultant for five U.S. Presidential campaigns.

Jennifer Hanley, Managing Director at Tusk Ventures and former press secretary for Hillary Clinton.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lt. Michael Leiter CC’91, former Director of the United States National Counterterrorism Center under President G. W. Bush and President Obama
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nicholas Vita CC’95, Chief Executive of Columbia Care LLC, a medical-marijuana company
Wednesday, April 26 2017

Judge Joseph Greenaway CC’78, United States District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Judge Rolando Acosta CC’79 LAW ’82, Associate Justice of the New York State Supreme Court
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Peter Hatch CC’92, Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Doug Cifu CC’87 LAW ’90, CEO of Virtu Financial Inc. and Vice Chairman, Partner and Alternate Governor of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sports Media Industry Panel Discussion, featuring Leslie Gittess Brodsky CC’88, Founder of Blue Sky Media NYC, Danielle Maged CC’89, BU’97, Executive Vice President of Global Solutions, Fox Networks Group, and Marie Donoghue CC’87, LW’91, former Executive Vice President of Global Business & Content Strategy, ESPN.
Monday, May 7, 2018

2018 Board Members

  • Eric Allbin CC01*
  • Randy Berkowitz CC’04
  • Ganesh Betanabhatla CC’06
  • Francesca Bodini CC’06
  • Tyler Boyd CC’06 (Co-Chair)
  • Caitlin Brodie CC’06
  • Mike Brown CC’06 (Co-Chair)
  • Zecki Dossal CC’02
  • Avram Drori CC’04
  • Kevin Galligan CC’05
  • Megan Lundy CC’08
  • Tom Meister CC’09*
  • Heather Meyerdirk CC’06*
  • Vijay Mohan CC’01*
  • Sumana Rao CC’08*
  • Lisa Heffner Scolnik CC’06
  • Geoffrey Williams CC’03
  • Alastair Wood CC’01
  • Alisa Wood CC’01 (Chair Emerita)
  • Iain Wood CC’03

2018 Council Members

  • Zila Acosta-Grimes CC’11
  • Ram Ahluwalia CC’01
  • Tala Akhavan CC’13
  • Jeremy Banon CC13*
  • Matt Barsamian CC07
  • Katie Day Benvenuto CC’03
  • Christian Capasso CC’07
  • Sarah Coleman CC’15
  • Carlos Cuevas CC’05
  • Stephanie Davis CC09
    Adrian Demko CC07
  • Ravi Desai CC’05
  • Erica Dorfman CC’11*
  • Mariele Dunn CC’11
  • Tommy Enright CC’03
  • Samantha Feingold-Criss CC’07
  • Sarah Gitlin CC’13
  • Thomas Gorman CC’04*
  • Brian Grimes CC’11
  • Stephanie Hagio CC’06*
  • Andrew Heinrich CC’13
  • Laura Heller CC’01
  • Keith Hernandez CC’07
  • Sonia Hirdaramani CC’02
  • Adria Hou CC’02*
  • Oleg Ilichev CC’04
  • Janice Mok Ince CC’01*
  • Ian Jay CC’05
  • Mallory Jensen CC’05*
  • Christopher Jones CC’07*
  • Arvind Kadaba CC’07
  • Arjun Kapoor CC’09
  • Venkat Kausik CC’13
  • Jon Keehner CC’00
  • John Kenney CC’13
  • Michelle Klein CC’02
  • Scott Koonin CC’02
  • Kevin Lawi CC’00
  • David Matteini CC’01
  • Rob Meyerhoff CC’06*
  • David Morgan CC’12
  • Dan Moss CC’03
  • Nathania Nisonson CC’03
  • Susan Phan CC12*
  • Preston Pohl CC’09
  • Azhar Quader CC’02
  • Carter Reum CC’03*
  • Adam Rozencwajg CC’06
  • Diana Benton Schechter CC’05
  • David Seidman CC’06
  • Dan Shapiro CC07
  • Tao Tan CC07
  • David Toledano CC’05
  • Miklos Vasarhelyi CC’04
  • Paul Wang CC’12*
  • Charlotte Evans Will CC’03*
  • John Zaro CC’05
  • Kevin Zhang CC’14*

*Founding Members of the Bay Area Chapter.

Contact Us

To learn more, please contact Alison Hillier, Senior Associate Director, Recent Alumni and Student Giving

(212) 851-7941

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