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Junior Board

Junior Board

The mission of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC)’s Junior Board is to support and promote the critical issues and efforts of Advocates for Children in a variety of ways, including:

  • Serving as an advocate for quality and equitable public education;
  • Providing input on AFC’s positions and raising visibility for the organization;
  • Connecting resources (both financial and in-kind) to the organization;
  • Organizing a variety of fund-raising projects that focus on the vital work of AFC;
  • Making current and future New York City leaders aware of AFC and our programs.


Lauren Friedman (Chair) 
JPMorgan Chase

Melkis Alvarez-Baez
Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York

Maria Angelov
Neuberger Berman

Megan Bannigan
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Janine England
Saint Dominic's Home 

Daniel Katz
Goldman Sachs

Cyrus Kharas 
Goldman Sachs

Sara Lee
JPMorgan Chase

Jesse Mak 

Erik Moss

Javier Piggee

Tara Raam
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Natasha Seng
Pratt Institute and Publicolor

Andrea Singer
Goldman Sachs

Natalie Tagher

Janyll Canals (ex officio)
Advocates for Children of New York

If you are interested in joining Advocates for Children’s Junior Board, please submit a completed application [PDF] and an updated copy of your resume to

If you have additional questions, contact