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Young Leaders Council

The Young Leaders Council is a leadership giving society for Columbia College alumni from the Classes of 2002 - 2021. Members support the Columbia College Fund at a leadership level and help the College cultivate young philanthropists and develop a pipeline of committed and engaged alumni.

Membership Levels

Columbia College alumni from the Classes of 2002–2021 may join the Young Leaders Council with a gift of $1,500 in support of the Columbia College Fund.

Columbia College alumni from the Classes of 2002–2021 may join the Young Leaders Council Executive Board with a gift of $5,000 or more in support of the Columbia College Fund. The Executive Board attends quarterly board meetings and partners with Columbia College staff to plan events and cultivate new members of the Young Leaders Council.

Benefits

Membership in the Young Leaders Council includes unique opportunities to engage with fellow young alumni and other leaders at Columbia College.

  • Networking opportunities with young alumni peers

  • Exclusive invitations to College and University events

  • Alumni speaker series

  • Opportunities for growth within the College volunteer community

  • Recognition on the Young Leaders Council Annual Report

Past Speakers

  • Panel discussion with University Trustees Lisa Carnoy CC’89, Wanda Holland Greene CC’89, TC’91, Jonathan Lavine CC’88 and Victor Mendelson CC’89

  • Sports Media Industry discussion featuring Leslie Gittess Brodsky CC’88, Founder of Blue Sky Media NYC, Danielle Maged CC’89, BUS’97, Executive Vice President of Global Solutions, Fox Networks Group, and Marie Donoghue CC’87, LAW’91, former Executive Vice President of Global Business & Content Strategy, ESPN.

  • Intimate discussions with Judge Rolando Acosta CC’79 LAW ’82, Associate Justice of the New York State Supreme Court and Judge Joseph Greenaway CC’78, United States District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey, Lt. Michael Leiter CC’91, former Director of the United States National Counterterrorism Center under President G. W. Bush and President Obama, Alisa Amarosa Wood CC’01, BUS’08, Founding Co-Chair and YLC Board Member and Partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

2021-22 Board Members

  • Lauren Accordino CC’09 (Co-chair)

  • Randy Berkowitz CC’04

  • Ganesh Betanabhatla CC’06

  • Francesca Bodini CC’06

  • Tyler Boyd CC’06 (Chair Emeritus)

  • Caitlin Brodie CC’06

  • Mike Brown CC’06 (Chair Emeritus)

  • Begumhan Kurdoglu CC’20

  • Christian Capasso CC’07

  • Cynthia Chen CC’04*

  • Carlos Cuevas CC’05

  • Zecki Dossal CC’02

  • Beatrice Edmonds CC19

  • Kevin Galligan CC’05 (Chair Emeritus)

  • Andrew Heinrich CC’13

  • Maya Ho CC’18 (Co-chair)

  • Christopher Jones CC’07*

  • Allan Kang CC’14

  • Venkat Kausik CC’13

  • Scott Koonin CC’02

  • Sabrina Korman CC’14

  • Emily Lavine CC’18

  • Tom Meister CC’09* (Chair Emeritus)

  • Heather Meyerdirk CC’06*

  • Sumana Rao CC’08*

  • Lisa Heffner Scolnik CC’06

  • Michelle Tan CC’16*

  • Cecilia Wang CC09

  • Iain Wood CC’03

  • Alex Zhang CC’20

  • Mitchell Zhang CC’17

2021-22 Council Members

  • Michael Accordino CC’07

  • Zila Acosta-Grimes CC’11

  • Tala Akhavan CC’13

  • Zachary Ali CC’11*

  • Jeremy Banon CC13

  • Jennifer Baskin CC’03

  • Iyobosa Bello-Asemota CC19

  • Katie Day Benvenuto CC’03

  • Sulman Bhatti CC’06

  • Tiffany Bryant CC’08

  • Theodore Buchsbaum CC’14

  • Allie Carieri CC’15

  • Adriana Garcia Ceja CC’13

  • Christopher Chu CC17

  • Kevin Chu CC19

  • Katie Chung CC’13

  • Jordan Cline CC’19

  • Sarah Coleman CC’15

  • Leigh Colvin CC’14

  • Andrew Colvin CC’10

  • Eleanor Coufos CC’03

  • Marcello Cricco-Lizza CC11

  • Evan Daar CC’09*

  • Adrian Demko CC07

  • Stephanie Davis Demko CC09

  • Elizabeth DeLuise CC’14

  • Ravi Desai CC’05

  • Erica Dorfman CC’11*

  • Mariele Dunn CC’11

  • Kathryn Ebner CC’05

  • Tommy Enright CC’03

  • Michael Exter CC’14

  • Christina Fang CC’07

  • Elizabeth Fallon CC’20

  • Samantha Feingold-Criss CC’07

  • Thomas Flynn CC’15

  • Ari Freisinger CC’08*

  • Zuzanna Fuchs CC’13

  • Sarah Gitlin CC’13

  • Austin Glover CC’14

  • Aryeh Goldstein CC’15

  • Jesse Golomb CC’02

  • Thomas Gorman CC’04*

  • Brian Grimes CC’11

  • Emily Gruber CC’19

  • Erin Gun CC’15

  • Stephanie Hagio CC’06*

  • Gairy Hall CC’11

  • Halle Hammond CC’06

  • Eric Han CC’13

  • Ken Harada CC’05

  • Stephanie Hart CC12

  • Keith Hernandez CC’07

  • Sonia Hirdaramani CC’02

  • Gillian Ho CC’20

  • Adria Hou CC’02*

  • Katherine Howitt CC’13

  • Robert Hung CC’10

  • Ian Jay CC’05

  • Mallory Jensen CC’05*

  • Maggie Johnson CC11

  • Arvind Kadaba CC’07

  • Justin Kahn CC13

  • Daniel Kanak CC10

  • David Kang CC’15

  • Arjun Kapoor CC’09

  • Jon Keehner CC’00

  • John Kenney CC’13

  • Michelle Klein CC’02

  • Rishi Kodali CC’12

  • Sabrina Korman CC’14

  • Kristin Kramer CC’09

  • Kara Kupferberg CC’18

  • Andrew Lake CC’13

  • Kevin Lawi CC’00

  • Richard Lee CC’16

  • Ivan Leniski CC’16

  • Megan Lundy CC’08

  • Stephanie Lung CC04

  • Alexander Meshel CC’18

  • Rob Meyerhoff CC’06*

  • Jacob Miller CC’11

  • Dan Moss CC’03

  • Jose Negrette CC05

  • Brendan O'Hearn CC’13

  • Michael Paranac CC’10

  • Ishaan Patel CC’11

  • Adam Pencz CC’13

  • Susan Phan CC12*

  • Preston Pohl CC’09

  • Meredith Milstein Polivy CC’09

  • Azhar Quader CC’02

  • Michael Roberts CC’09

  • Elisse Roche CC’14*

  • Nathan Rosin CC’18

  • Adam Rozencwajg CC’06

  • Sara Sakowitz CC’18

  • Olivia Santoro CC’13

  • Diana Benton Schechter CC’05

  • David Seidman CC’06

  • Lauren Schy Seidman CC’08

  • Dan Shapiro CC07

  • Eric Shapiro CC13

  • Dara Shapiro CC14

  • Terrance Smith CC’08

  • David Simons CC’06

  • Jason Sun CC’12

  • Tao Tan CC07

  • Max Taffel CC’08

  • Maxwell Tobin CC’09

  • David Toledano CC’05

  • Michael Topol CC10

  • Brandon Thompson CC12

  • Genevieve Thornton CC’02

  • Paul Tietz CC’08

  • Jonathan Truppman CC07

  • Miklos Vasarhelyi CC’04

  • Paul Wang CC’12*

  • Scott Shu Wang CC’10

  • Courtney Wilkins CC’07

  • Charlotte Evans Will CC’03*

  • Gregory Winchell CC’06

  • Andrew Wood CC’14

  • Eric Xu CC’18

  • Lauren Yagoda CC’20

  • Michelle Yan CC’20

  • Sharon Yang CC’07

  • Sue Yang CC’10

  • Sandra Yin CC’18

  • John Zaro CC’05

  • Kevin Zhang CC’14*

  • Jessica Wong Zen CC’07

  • Anonymous CC’12

  • Anonymous CC’19

*Members of the Bay Area Chapter.

Past Events