Andrew Russ

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Andrew is currently the Venture Capital Business Development Manager at Amazon Web Services. He was previously a Senior Associate at Triangle Peak Partners, LP, a multi-strategy investment firm with offices in Palo Alto, Carmel-by-the-sea and Houston, where he sat on the firm’s five-person Investment Team, which is responsible for managing venture capital, growth equity and hedge fund strategies. Andrew also managed trading and hedge fund operations as well as being the lead Associate on Triangle Peak's venture capital strategy. Prior to joining Triangle Peak, Andrew was an equity analyst at Columbia Management Advisors, where he worked with a team managing high net worth client portfolios, as well as two Columbia mutual funds.  Andrew began his career with U.S. Trust Company, a private bank specializing in high net worth client portfolios and diversified mutual funds. In 2006, he served as a summer analyst at Lehman Brothers in the Private Investment Management group.  Andrew received a B.A. in Sociology from Amherst College in 2007, with concentrations in Political Science and History.

 

 

Cassandro Joseney - Board Treasurer

Cassandro is currently Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase.  Previously, Cassandro served as a Legal Fellow for the Haiti Country Department at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where he worked on a variety of development projects in Haiti, including the development of an industrial park, education reform and public-private partnerships in a number of sectors.  A native of Haiti, Cassandro hopes to build on his experience at the IDB to help make Hope on a String a driver for the development of social capital throughout Haiti.  Cassandro received his B.A. from Bowdoin College and his JD from Columbia Law School.

 

 

Christina Bechhold - Chairwoman

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Christina Bechhold is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Empire Angels, a member led angel group of young professionals investing in technology enabled startups with a focus on supporting your entrepreneurs, as well as investor at Samsung’s Global Innovation Center, focused on early stage investments in software and services. Christina is a Regular Contributor for the Wall Street Journal on startups and small business, a mentor at The Brandery and Venture for America and a member of VFA’s Rise Committee focused on increasing diversity in entrepreneurship. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at events in the U.S., Europe and Asia and was recognized by the New York Business Journal as a 2016 Woman of Influence.  

Christina was previously a Vice President at Citigroup with background in capital markets, emerging markets and structured finance. She serves as Chairman of Hope on a String as well as Vice President of the Board of Governors of the Hotchkiss School Alumni Association. 

 

 

Edward Faustin - Board Secretary

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Edward is a Haitian-American with firsthand experience and knowledge of the socio-economic conditions in Haiti. As an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, Edward worked with members of the Student International Business Council in Leogane, Haiti to assist with the creation of KOLEMO, a mosquito net manufacturing business. During his graduate studies in City Planning and Spatial Analytics at the University of Pennsylvania, Edward served as a graduate intern for Development Innovations Group, an international development firm that provided the Government of Haiti with strategic advisors for various ministries involved with land use and urban development following the earthquake of January 12th 2010. Edward was also a graduate intern for Deutsche Bank’s Community Development Finance Group, where he assisted with strategic projects and program evaluations for long term housing finance solutions and economic development in Haiti. Edward is currently a Vice President with the Strategic Investments Group for the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

 

 

Janet O’Connor Cornell

Janet O’Connor Cornell, a founding member of law firm CornellGrace, is an “AV Preeminent” rated attorney and has more than 25 years’ experience as a litigator in the New York City area. Ms. Cornell is a seasoned trial attorney with experience handling a wide range of complex litigation matters for corporate and individual clients in state and federal courts, as well as in court-sponsored and private arbitrations and mediations.  Ms. Cornell is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  She is also admitted to practice in the District Courts of New York and New Jersey as well as the United States Supreme Court.  Ms. Cornell and her firm help sponsor the award-winning Diversity Initiative designed by the Defense Association of New York (DANY) providing mentorship and guidance to minority and women attorneys.  In addition to serving on the Board of Hope on a String, Ms. Cornell’s charitable work includes helping create a scholarship in memory of her parents that provides financial support to college bound students from public high schools in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  She is also certified with the Literacy Volunteers of America, which assists those learning English as a second language.  Ms. Cornell graduated from cum laude from Fairfield University and received her JD from Fordham University School of Law.

 

 

 Negin Sohrabi - Vice Chair

Negin is a research associate at Causeway Capital Management, a global equity asset manager based in Los Angeles. For the past 5 years, Negin has focused on equity investments, working at investment firms such as Kopernik Global Investors and Vinik Asset Management and covering the consumer and materials sectors. Prior to investment management, Negin worked in management consulting for 4 years, advising sellside firms on their fixed income operations. Negin graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in International Political Economy and received her MA from Harvard University in Middle Eastern Studies. Negin is a CFA charterholder.

 

 

Tim Visser

Tim is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP where he focuses on anti-corruption investigations.  Prior to joining Covington, Tim served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Liam O'Grady of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia.  Tim attended Harvard Law School where he served as president of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the nation's oldest student run legal services clinic, and was named to Business Insider's list of "20 Incredibly Impressive Students at Harvard Law School Right Now."  While at HLS, Tim also worked as a summer intern at the U.S. Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section.  Prior to law school, Tim spent four years working in education reform with Teach For America.  At Teach For America he served first as a fifth grade science teacher in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood.  He later went on to serve as a recruitment director, school director, and Director of Institute Operations for Teach For America.  Tim received his B.A. from Amherst College where he majored in history and served as President of the Amherst College Rugby Football Club.