Since 1991, the John A. Reisenbach Foundation has worked for a better and safer New York City. We provide grants and strategic support to nonprofit partner organizations throughout all five boroughs in the areas of Youth & Education, Neighborhoods, and Criminal Justice.
We strive every day to support safety, security, and a high quality of life for all New Yorkers. We are a 501c3 public charity, and we fund our programs with donations from generous corporate and individual supporters.
The JAR Trailblazer Council is comprised of passionate, engaged young professionals who are committed to the mission of John A. Reisenbach Foundation. Trailblazers are change agents for a thriving, compassionate, New York City, and serve as ambassadors of the Foundation to reach and activate a new generation. The Trailblazers contribute their time, expertise and passion to the John A. Reisenbach Foundation with the goal of making a difference in our community.
Michelle Aragon,SVP Business Solutions, MAGNA Global
Michelle is an influential global brand marketer who brings well-rounded experience in the areas of strategic direction, business development, operations and marketing to each project she leads. Her current focus is on building the MAGNA brand and business, where her versatility has helped to increase brand value and maximize profitability. She has held executive management roles at IPG’s MRM//McCann and one of the world’s largest beverage companies, Constellation Brands. Michelle has a passion for making a difference in the industry and community, serving as She Runs It Executive Achievement Committee Co-Chair, John A. Reisenbach Foundation Board of Trustees, Friends of Mount Sinai Board of Directors, and Step Up New York Chapter Board Member.
Lauren Busch, Global Marketing at BlackRock
Over the course of her career, Lauren has been fortunate enough to witness many of the transformations affecting the media industry first-hand. Because of her unique ability to recognize value and opportunity amidst major change, she has enjoyed success across brand-building, marketing, and media.
Upon graduating from Duke University, Lauren moved back to New York and began working at Zenith, a part of Publicis Media. This role ignited an interest in cross-channel marketing that led her to Audience Marketing at Penske Media Corporation. There, she leveraged her knowledge of integrated planning to drive subscription growth for such storied brands as WWD and Variety. She was able to navigate the challenges of managing an ever-changing business, while also spearheading strategic development initiatives and technological investments designed to directly impact the bottom line.
Lauren transitioned to the Global Marketing group at BlackRock at an opportune time, as the world’s largest asset manager is redefining how it thinks about marketing. Her extensive marketing and media background has made her uniquely qualified to contribute to that firm-wide shift.
Lauren grew up on Long Island, and New York City has always been “the city” to her. In addition to her work on the DukeNY board, she is deeply committed to the John A. Reisenbach Foundation for a better and safer New York, and co-chairs the JAR Trailblazer Council.
Robbie Brenner has ten years’ experience as a development officer and fundraiser. He began this career as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service to America) with an after-school youth development program and has since led campaigns and managed boards, special events and communications programs at a 100-year-old independent school, a seven-hospital health system and an early literacy and youth employment program. He currently serves as senior development officer with a veterans and community services organization and as a consultant. Robbie also serves on the Covenant House Associate Board, and admires the deep and diverse ways in which the John A. Reisenbach Foundation executes its vital mission.
Prior to his development career, Robbie worked as a journalist and travel writer, authoring and updating Fodor’s guides to Fiji, Australia, Finland and New York, and writing for magazines. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Julia works for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, where she oversees programs and policies that build social and economic resilience to climate change . Previously, she was an Analyst at the Earth Institute’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and worked with a network of scientists and urban planners committed to the study of climate change and cities. Before moving to NYC, Julia spent 5 years in Washington, DC working on fundraising and management consulting for the non-profit National Parks Conservation Association. Julia has a BA from Bates College, and an MPA from Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs.
In joining the Trailblazer Council, Rebecca is excited to get involved with the JAR Foundation.
Rebecca is currently a Project Manager at New York Health + Hospitals. She started her career in health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She worked at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and as a member of the Mortality Statistics Branch at NCHS, Rebecca’s work focused on the evaluation and analysis of mortality data. She then decided to broaden her public health experience by completing a CDC fellowship program that places associates in state and local health departments throughout the United States. As a fellow at the California Department of Public Health, Rebecca worked on a wide range of projects, from providing health education to local communities to working on data collection and analysis efforts.
Rebecca grew up in the Washington D.C. area and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in Sociology. She subsequently earned a Master of Public Health from Yale University.
Anastasia works as a graphic designer and marketing associate at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Prior to this, she worked as a freelance designer for various for-profit and non-profit organizations. A native New Yorker, Anastasia spent over six years advocating on behalf of the 9/11 Responders while overseeing a project that provides federal funding to those of them who became ill from their work at Ground Zero. Anastasia's background and experience fuel her enthusiasm and dedication to JAR's mission and the Trailblazers, where she serves as Creative Chair. She holds a BA in Art History from Tulane University, and she takes graphic design courses at the School of Visual Arts.
Shaquana Lee, Membership Coordinator
Shaquana joined the Mouse team as the Membership Coordinator in July 2017. Her work involves ensuring that Mouse member schools are having an awesome experience. Shaquana is currently a Masters in Public Administration candidate at Baruch College. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology from Hofstra University.
In her spare time, Shaquana loves exercising and going to concerts. She also enjoys doing touristy things in her hometown New York City.
Charlotte is currently Client Services Director for MediaVillage where she manages b2b market research and content development. Before joining MediaVillage three years ago, she was Project Associate for the ad tech firm, BrightLine, supporting American Express’s interactive digital cable channel. Charlotte graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a B.S. in Television/Radio/Film. She currently serves on the board for the official Syracuse University Alumni Club of New York. A born and raised New Yorker, Charlotte is an avid supporter of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York City Ballet.
Nia PierreLouis was born and raised in the NYC area. She left for four quick years to North Carolina where she received her BA from Wake Forest University. Subsequent to Wake Forest, Nia landed her first job at Universal McCann where she would discover her true passion for media and advertising. Nia currently works at Amobee, a leading marketing technology company where she is currently responsible for providing business leadership and account oversight across key strategic accounts to help develop and grow client partnerships.
Outside of Nia's love for ads, she loves New York City even more, with its extensive culture, and wide range of things to do and see there is no place she would rather live. Joining the Trailblazer Committee was an easy decision for Nia as New York City as she loves to give back to the city that has given her so much in return. She is very excited to be part of such a great group of individuals who are looking to create positive change in NY, and can't wait to see all the amazing things this organization will accomplish in the years to come.
Michael Sandor, Senior Field Sales Executive
Mike is a proven sales leader and experienced digital media executive. He has over 10 years’experience working in agency and sales roles in NYC. Today, Mike is a Senior Field Sales Executive at Quantcast. Mike works with agencies and clients to deliver digital advertising campaigns that drive bottom line performance. Beyond the day to day, Mike focuses on building team culture that inspires creativity and innovation. Mike lives in New Jersey with his wife Jill and son Robert.
Emma Sweet is a Content Marketing Analyst at BlackRock, where she focuses specifically on marketing to U.S. Wealth Advisory clients. Prior to joining BlackRock, Emma attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated in 2016 with a major in Cognitive Neuroscience and minors in Consumer Psychology and Music.
Stephanie, a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, is Client Support Coordinator at MediaVillage. She works on editorial, research, and new business development initiatives. She is responsible for organizing events, maintaining client communication and account management responsibilities, including analytic reporting, client presentations, and database management.
Through a major in Television, Radio and Film, and a Management Studies minor from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Stephanie gained extensive experience in media, ranging from creating and producing current events content for Syracuse University’s student-run television station, CitrusTV, to interning at a radio station, co-producing on air content and promotions.
In her most recent position, Stephanie was a Business and Social Media Coordinator at a travel tech startup, StayBillety, where she wrote and produced multiple social media campaigns resulting in thousands of impressions. She also managed their Google Analytics and database of their progress.
Stephanie was born and raised in Toronto. She is excited to call New York City her new home!
Peipei Zhou, Director of TechStart, Facebook
Peipei is the Director of TechStart at Facebook, a national education initiative that aims to modernize education through technology. The core focus of TechStart is to provide upward mobility for underrepresented students through exposure to Technology and Tech careers across the nation. Before TechStart, Peipei led the North America Global Solutions Partners Team at Facebook, helping Facebook’s top global clients maximize their business potential on world’s largest advertising platform (1.8 billion users and counting). Prior to Facebook, Peipei spent 10 years at Procter & Gamble, leading customer business development for various distribution partners. Peipei received a BA in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin. She was born in Shanghai, China and is fluent in both Mandarin and Shanghainese. Outside of work, Peipei devotes her time helping those around her with the goal of leaving the world a bit better than she found it. She sits on boards, serves meals to the homeless, mentors immigrant students and drives volunteer efforts for Facebook. She is also an avid dancer, photographer and writer, whose works can be found in the NYTimes and on NPR.
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