We are thrilled to kick off the new year by welcoming five members to our Board of Directors — each of whom will continue to elevate our mission to build pathways to opportunity and equity.
Fran Bermanzohn is deputy general counsel of Goldman Sachs, where she is responsible for the trading, investment banking and merchant banking businesses. She serves as a member of the Firmwide Capital Committee and the Firmwide Investment Policy Committee and is a former member of the Partnership Committee. Fran joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 as a vice president and was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2002.
Prior to joining the firm, Fran was senior vice president and general counsel at Public Securities Association from 1986 to 1991. She also worked at the law firms of Webster & Sheffield and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, where she specialized in structured credit transactions. Fran currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Women for Women International. She previously served on the boards of the Berklee College of Music, Brandeis University and Oxfam America.
Fran earned a B.A. from Brandeis University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Alisyn Camerota is a journalist, author, and the co-anchor of CNN’s morning show, New Day. Camerota has covered scores of major news stories, internationally and domestically. Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, she conducted news making interviews with most of the candidates, including Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Before CNN, Camerota spent many years at the FOX News Channel. She was also a crime reporter at the fugitive finding show, America’s Most Wanted, and a national correspondent NBC network magazine show, Real Life. She worked as a local news reporter in Boston, Providence, and Washington, D.C.
She serves on the board of Resolve, the National Infertility Association and the Dean’s Advisory Board of her alma mater, American University’s School of Communication, which she attended on an academic scholarship. She lives in the New York area with her husband and three children. Camerota's debut novel, Amanda Wakes Up, was published this summer by Viking.
Jason Gurandiano is a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets, where he serves as the Head of the Financial Technology Investment Banking Group. With 20 years of experience, he has advised on over 150 transactions within the financial technology industry. He was also cofounder of Versapay, a Canadian payment processor, where he served as executive chairman from 2006-2014. At RBC Jason serves on the Foundation Board, which deploys over $2.5 million yearly to various charitable causes.
Alongside his banking experience, Jason has served in several volunteer programs to promote education and offer guidance to students in New York. He has worked alongside iMentor at the Academy for Software Engineering to mentor high school students through graduation. In donating to and partnering with Prep for Prep, he doubled the number of internships offered to Prep for Prep sponsored students by Deutsche Bank over previous years. More recently he has worked with the foundation to found an RBC scholarship for Prep students. He holds a J.D./M.B.A. degree from DePaul University, and a B.A. from McGill University.
Derrick Harry Lewis
Derrick Harry Lewis is an energetic and passionate advisor and entrepreneur. At Ernst & Young, he has spent the last ten years advising various early and late stage technology startups, and public banking, capital markets, and technology companies in corporate and technology strategy, strategic planning, growth, risk management, human capital, and fundraising. Derrick has also worked on Private Equity and Venture Capital deals focused on pre-deal sourcing and advisory, post-deal integration and optimization, divestitures, and turn-arounds. He has also supported fundraising during multiple stages.
Having grown up in The South Bronx and experiencing firsthand the lack of resources being provided to the poorest part of the United States, Derrick created The Bronx Community Foundation, the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to The Bronx, New York. Continuing his passion for philanthropy, Derrick also sits on the Boards of multiple non-profit organizations including The Concordia Summit, The New Leaders Council, D.R.E.A.M. (Developing Responsible Economically Advanced Model-Citizens), Good Call NYC, and Juma Ventures. Derrick is also Senior Advisor to New York State Assembly Member and DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake and also advises other city and state elected officials in economic development, entrepreneurship, job growth, and education.
Derrick is a graduate of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
Wayne Suiter Matamoros
Wayne Suiter Matamoros has spent over a decade immersed in the world of service design — applying human centric methods to solve some of the Fortune 500’s most complex challenges. In his current position with Fjord — Design and Innovation from Accenture Interactive, he supports the organization's growth, learning, and culture across their global network. With a talented team of designers he develops and delivers learning experiences that empower people to continuously push their design skills and understanding into emerging fields, and with that to lead the industry in breakthrough products and services.
Prior to Fjord, Wayne worked at a variety of design, branding and innovation firms such as SYPartners, R/GA and Interbrand, where he lead product and brand innovation projects for major international clients, enabling them to create ambitious visions, transform their cultures and develop long-term strategic roadmaps. In his pre-consulting life, Wayne spent eight years running a design and development team at a major research institution, where he once had the rare opportunity to hike into volcanoes to send back live feeds.
Since he was born in Costa Rica, Wayne is of course an avid soccer (fútbol) nut and enjoys working on, breaking and occasionally fixing his 1965 Plymouth Barracuda. He currently lives in Mott Haven, Bronx with his wife Myra and two unruly and untrained wiener dogs, Maximiliano Octavio and Gustavo Antonio.
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