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The Young Professionals and Alumni Council

The Young Professionals and Alumni Council is a group of young business leaders and 10,000 Degrees alumni who support the 10,000 Degrees mission through strategic initiatives. The Council began in 2013 and represents a diverse mix of backgrounds with a common interest in giving back to the community by supporting students from low-income backgrounds in pursuit of their higher education and career goals.


The Young Professionals and Alumni Council plays a critical role in the planning and implementation of events/programs that support the organizational objectives of fundraising, corporate engagement and supporting our students:


Using diverse development strategies, the Council raises two student scholarships annually. Past fundraising initiatives have included:

  • Art Auction
  • Barry’s Bootcamp Fundraiser
  • Guest bartending fundraiser evenings


Leverage connections within your organization and the business community to:

  • Provide contacts or introductions within a company to corporate citizenship and human resources departments and diversity and inclusion groups and departments
  • Coordinate career development workshops internally for 10,000 Degrees scholars
  • Secure Internship placements for 10,000 Degrees scholars


  • Volunteer for Student Workshops (including Money Matters! Budgeting for College workshops that are held across the Bay Area). Most take place during the day.
  • Create/participate in career networking events for our students
  • Participate in the pilot of a near-peer business mentoring program


Contact us to learn more about our 10,000 Degrees Young Professionals and Alumni Council. Join other professionals like yourself to host fundraising and networking events, pay it forward by providing career success support for students, and participate in alumni programming.

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Young Professionals Council Members:

Jamilla Afandi, Architectural Designer, Bhatia Associates

Waleed Almakrai, Genetech

Sarah Assalino, Product Management and Customer Experience Strategist, First Republic

Rachel Betancourt, Williams-Sonoma

Alexa Cacciatore, Goldman Sachs

Janessa Colomer, Practice Analyst, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

Ryan Fay, Real Estate Agent, Vanguard Realty

Joanne Fung, Assistant Vice President, Marsh

Nicole Grossling, Program Manager, Google

Anna Hoover, Associate, TPG

Jessica Johnson, Senior Marketing Director, First Republic

Janice Kha, Senior Analyst, Dropbox

Milton Lee, Lead Consultant, SAP

Marc Levit, Vice President, Dementer Group

Kevin Lowry, Vice President, TPG Capital

Omar Maissen, Real Estate Agent, Vanguard Realty

Emilie Marenec, Zendesk

Efren Oxlaj

Lauren Park, Goldman Sachs

Shruti Patel, TPG Capital

Emily Powers, Analyst, TPG Capital

Nicholas Rush, Associate, TPG Capital

Emily Sudol, Senior Account Manager, Movable Ink

Diana Thompson, Business Development Analyst, Wellington Management

Monkhmergen Tsogtbayar, TRAC Associate (Risk Analyst), Marsh

James Wu, Associate, FTV Capital

Caroline Zhang, Investment Management Division, Goldman Sachs