National Leadership Council

Members of the Upwardly Global Leadership Council standing

Our Board

Our Board members come from a myriad of professional and personal backgrounds. They are joined in a shared vision of a United States where immigrants and refugees are seamlessly integrated into the workforce and included in the fabric of American life, and recognized for the value they add to both. Board members support Upwardly Global through strategic direction and by leveraging their experience, expertise and passion to ensure the resources we need to forward our work.

The National Leadership Council at Upwardly Global is composed of highly skilled professionals from all over the country who represent various industries. These individuals commit to lending their knowledge and skills to further advance the strategic vision of the organization. Their efforts center around strategic partnerships and revenue generation, alumni engagement, and advocacy efforts.

To learn more about joining our National Leadership Council, please contact Doris Acheampong at

Chicago Leadership Council

Amrit Bedi
Research Scientist, University of Maryland

Andy Gush
Development Manager, Lendlease

Anj Danar
Corporate Actions Analyst, UBS Asset Management

Jane Yang
Analytics Senior Advisor, Administration for Children and Families Impact Fellow, Federation of American Scientists

Koray Yesilli
Research Associate, William Blair

Maria Ptouchkina
Global Private Equity Practice Manager, Salesforce

Melanie Levine
Manager, Food and Agriculture, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Nitida Wongthipkongka
Venture Director, Rippleworks

Peter Kim
Associate Manager, Customer Loyalty and Insights, Walgreens

Simone Gourguechon
Sustainability Director, McDonald’s Corporation

Waqas Khan
Clinical Research Coordinator, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

New York Leadership Council

Chance Masloff
Strategic Project Manager, Bridgewater Associates

Christine Savino

David Kim
Director, Investment Banking, Stout

Ishan Gurg
Global Product Lead, Google

Linda Sun
Investment Banking Associate, Goldman Sachs

Liz Meyer
IBM Alliance Manager, Deloitte

Michael Diamond
Head of In-Kind Product Giving

Olena Ostasheva
Principal, Apollo Global Management LLC

Rohit Prasad
Relationship Director, Financial Institutions Group, Barclays

Sabrina Hodjati
Insight Analyst, LinkedIn

Tej Mehta
Head of Product Growth, Multiverse

Yoga Acharya
Chief Operating Officer, Mezcla

Yvonnie Phan
Account Director, Infinite Global

San Francisco Leadership Council

Amie Vu
Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Chang
Head of Service Management, Airbnb

Fiona Alfait
Director, Visa Crypto

Gita Patel
Director, University of California San Francisco

Hannah Pace
Associate Director, Workforce Partnerships
Year Up Professional Resources

Liza Dingle
Strategy and Operations Manager, Google

Maria Sclarandi
Strategy and Operations Lead, Virtual Reality, Meta

Melina Wyatt
Head of Opportunity Hiring, Gap Inc.

Rakiya Witwer
Director of Business Partnerships, New Door Ventures

Sameer Ziaee
Private Equity Associate, TPG

Sweta Sridhar
Business Analyst, Global Core Product & Affluent, Visa

Tadios Belay
President and CEO, U.S. Africa Institute

Seattle Leadership Council

Farron McDonald
Senior Talent Acquisition Professional, Block

Fiona Goodwillie
Managing Director, Operations, Accenture

Jessica Hennessey
Senior Immigration Policy Specialist, Amazon/AWS

Kristin Pankey
Senior Program Manager, Remitly

Matthew Quinlan

Rachid El Mourabit
Corporate Financial Planning Analyst, First Mode

Rumsha Siddiqui
Program Manager, Microsoft

Sarah Jacob
Vice President of Product, Optimize Health

Sophie Solomon
Senior Account Manager, Marketing, Accenture

Sulamita Madsen
Technical Account Manager, Xenon arc

Washington, D.C., Leadership Council

Amy Swers
Senior Manager, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Anna Gorodetsky
Intelligence Analysis Manager, Accenture

Bob Bissen
Director of Government Affairs, National Head Start Association

Bryan Li

Emilie Hyams
Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Director, USCIS

Jay Lurie
Head of Investments, Odyssey Energy Solutions

Maggie Yuan Yue
Ocean Import Agent, DSV

Maria Little

Sarah Jackson-Han
Senior Advisor, UNDP

Shakib Mohsanyar
Sr. Manager, Pfizer

Shorena Megrelishvili
Proposal and Grant Writer, WeConnect

Sonia Lin
Senior Fellow, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Susan Go
Director, Solution Engineering, Salesforce

National Members

Abdeljawed Zich
Trinity Health – Loyola Univesity Medical Center 

Jeremy Ross
Cofounder and CEO, Requitable Inc.

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