The vice president of development and the co-chairs of the Columbia College Fund serve as alumni leaders and crucial partners in building support for the College Fund. They work closely with the College Fund staff and alumni volunteers to provide strategic advice and general oversight.
With the support of the executive director of the College Fund, Raymond Yu CC’89, SEAS’90, P: CC’21, CC’23, CC’25, the vice president of development, along with Jonathan Sobel CC’88 and Sherri Wolf CC’90, P: CC’21, CC’24, the co-chairs of the College Fund, lead the fundraising efforts for the College Fund. The vice president of development is responsible for the overall direction and implementation of strategy for the College Fund. The co-chairs lead planning efforts, draft and sign appeal letters to alumni and parents, and thank donors for leadership-level gifts. The vice president of development and the co-chairs work together to align College Fund strategy with the overall goals of Columbia College Alumni Association Board.
Vice President for Development
|Raymond Yu CC’89, SEAS’90, P: CC’21, CC’23, CC’25|
Raymond Yu is the president of Yuco Real Estate Company, Inc. and Yuco Management, Inc., developers, managers, and owners of commercial and residential properties throughout New York City. He is the vice chairman of RBB Bancorp, a NASDAQ listed community-based financial holding company. Raymond is a vice chair of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater New York, a founding board member of the NoHo Business Improvement District, and an advisory board member of the New York Housing Conference, an advocacy organization for affordable housing in New York City. He received a B.A. in pre-engineering from the College and a B.S. in civil engineering from SEAS. He is on the executive committee of the Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors and previously served as co-chair of the Columbia College Fund, chair of the Fund Development Council and co-chair of the Parent Leadership Council. He and his wife, Amy, are proud parents of two students and one alumnus of Columbia College.
Columbia College Fund Co-Chairs
|Jonathan Sobel CC’88|
Jon is managing member of DTF Holdings, LLC, which is an investment partner with, and advisor to, entities controlled by Texas financial services entrepreneur Gerald Ford. In this capacity, Jon serves as chairman of Hilltop Securities and a director of Hilltop Holdings. Separately, he is the owner of one of the nation’s larger groups of automobile dealerships, with more than twenty franchises in three states. He is a member of the Benefactors of Columbia University and serves on the Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Core to Commencement Campaign Steering Committee. He previously served as co-chair of his 25th and 30th Reunion Committees and was awarded the President’s Cup in 2013 for his leadership and contributions to reunion. Jon received the John Jay Award in 2004 and was a member of the Board of Visitors for more than a decade. In addition to his activities at Columbia, Jon serves on the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
|Sherri Wolf CC’90, P: CC’21, CC’24|
Sherri is the chief financial officer of Opexengine, a division of Bain & Co and a leading benchmarking company for software and technology organizations. She is an active member of Branch Venture Group, a Boston-based angel investment group that provides funding and advice to early-stage food and beverage and CPG companies. She received a B.A. in economics from the College and a M.S. in finance from MIT Sloan School of Management. Sherri is a member of the Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors, where she previously served as vice president of engagement and co-chair of the Odyssey Mentoring Program. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Columbia/Barnard Hillel. From 2015–20 she was the co-chair of Columbia College Women (CCW) and then chairperson of its board. Sherri received the Columbia Alumni Association Alumni Medal in 2017. She and her husband, Douglas Wolf CC’88 reside in Boston and are parents of a student and an alumna of Columbia College.