Meet the advisory board and staff that are inspiring Greater Los Angeles's young people to find their paths to success!

 

NFTE Greater Los Angeles Advisory Board

Jeff Green, Chair
Founder & CEO
NanoH20 Inc.

Sharon Amezcua
Co-Founder 
ESE Partners, LLC & ESE Fund Ltd.

Paul Chen
Partner
EY

Brandie Cobb
NFTE Teacher
Environmental Charter HS

Leo Gestetner
CEO
Health Capital

Jeff Lipp
Chairman & COO
The Kive Company

Megan McGowan-Epstein
Vice President
Goldman Sachs & Co.

Jeannette Michels
Founder / Owner, PackIt
Consultant, Global Icons/Ironman Brand



 

 

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NFTE Greater Los Angeles E-Council

Elliott Schwartz, Chair
Empty Leg Market

Sanjay Baway
Consultant

Francine Beppu
NamiWave

Dave Buck
Oaktree Capital Management

Jennifer Chang
PromoJam

Natascha French
Allison+Partners

Jack Friedman
Study Smart Tutors

Cindy Ho
EY

Hayana Kwon
Comerica Bank

Corinna Lau
Ares Management LLC

Cian Mitsunaga
Attorney

Perlita Ortega
Chow Now

Kiran Rao
Campus Explorer

Rishi Roongta
Wild Onion

Jeffrey Sarmiento
US Bank

Nick Shum
TaskUs

Vic Thompson
USC MBA

Kat Yalung
General Assembly

Claire Zeigler
Goldman Sachs & Co.

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NFTE Greater Los Angeles Staff

Estelle Reyes, Executive Director, joined in 2006 as Program Director, and in 2010 was named Executive Director. Estelle manages staff, operations, fund development and major partnerships. Prior to NFTE, Estelle worked as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co. as well as a First Grade Teacher.  Estelle holds a Sc.B. from Brown University, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

Betsy BlanchardBetsy Blanchard, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, joined in 2008 as Program Director, after joining NFTE Bay Area in 2006. Betsy focuses on fund development and cultivating strategic partnerships. Prior to NFTE, Betsy led urban girls’ leadership programs. Betsy earned a B.A. from Amherst College and an MSW from Columbia University, School of Social Work.

 

Nadia Shahin, Program Director, joined NFTE Greater LA in November 2011 as Volunteer Coordinator, took on the Program Manager role in September 2012 and was named Program Director July 2014. Nadia provides support to our teacher cadre, is building our volunteer engagement system and strengthening our alumni programs. Nadia holds a B.S. in Business from USC with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.