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News from Our Board of Directors

June 6, 2014

We are happy to welcome two new co-Chairs and three new members and to the Community Impact Board of Directors.  

Rose Kob and Maria Davila-Peguero will serve as co-Chairs beginning in July 2014.  Maria has ably guided us through complex new fiscal issues through her work on the Audit, Finance, and Personnel Committees.  Rose, who is the first alumna to co-Chair the Board, first came to CI as a volunteer, then coordinator and student executive.  Many alumni know her through her work with the CI Alumni Organization (CIAO).

We also want to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing chair, Keith McDermott, for his dedicated service.  Keith was at the helm during a period of remarkable growth for CI and we are delighted that he has agreed to stay on the Board.

Our three new Board members are:

Whitney Green, SEAS ’10 and TC ’13, served as President of the Engineering Student Council, and, after graduation as a CC Undergraduate Admissions Officer. She is now the General Manager of HackNY, a tech company founded by Columbia faculty.  Her commitment to CU students is unwavering, and she is currently the Chair of the SEAS Young Alumni Council.  She is eager to bring her experience with alumni engagement to her work with the Board, particularly CI’s alumni organization, CIAO.

Jesse Horwitz, CC ‘10, volunteered as an undergraduate with CI’s MyNYC program, a  high school tutoring and mentoring group. He is now an analyst at the Columbia Investment Management Company, which manages Columbia University’s endowment.  He is an unequivocal CI advocate, and very happy to be able to institutionalize his enthusiasm through his CI Board service. 

Jessica Marinaccio is the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions of Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  This work gives her a deep understanding of how important volunteer service projects are to our undergraduates  – and what a key role Community Impact plays in facilitating not only students’ participation in our programs, but also helping them build leadership development skills.