Leadership Team

SUSAN KOVAR, CO-PRESIDENT

Susan is a digital marketer and partnerships strategist with a passion for mission-driven organizations. She is especially interested in the power of technology in storytelling. She volunteered as a pro bono consultant with the Service Corps in 2015, creating a marketing and communications plan for an international literacy organization. By day, Susan manages new partner marketing initiatives in the book publishing world, focused on customer acquisition and content discovery. She’s no stranger to the non-profit sector, having worked at the Prospect Park Alliance, managing marketing and communications, and the Pearson Foundation, working on a literacy program for kids. Susan graduated from Brown University with a degree in Classics.

KELLY MILLER, MARKETING CO-CHAIR

Kelly currently works at NYU Stern’s Fubon Center for Technology, Business and Innovation. Before this role, she spent five years working in the start-up sphere – at a startup focused on industrial scale compost, at a business accelerator that mentored cleantech startups, and at an urban management research center that operated on an academic venture capital model. Kelly’s involvement with her undergraduate chapter of Net Impact helped develop her passion for working with organizations that support unique and innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges. She is excited to support the mission of the Net Impact NYC and help inspire others to learn about the social impact sphere. Kelly graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in international Relations, and minor in Spanish. 

KATELYN BARONE, MARKETING CO-CHAIR

Katelyn is a strategic communications manager with experience telling compelling stories and a passion for brands that actively work to make the world a better place. She first joined Net Impact NYC as a member of the events committee looking to meet like-minded people and learn how she can use her skills to make a difference. She graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a BA in Communications and a minor in Marketing.

CALEB CHEN, SERVICE CORPS CO-CHAIR

Caleb currently works at an early stage, 4-person, start-up that is improving the way employers hire hourly workers, by connecting people to jobs based on preference and attribute analysis using data science. His main responsibilities include managing client operations, developing marketing strategies, and creating a roadmap for product design. He was previously a consultant at Ernst & Young working in the Rapid Profit Transformation practice helping companies decrease process inefficiencies. 

Growing up, Caleb was fortunate enough to be a part of a few local non-profit organizations that have helped him in invaluable ways. He loves the opportunities to help local non-profits Net Impact provides and all the talented people he has met during his time as a mentor and volunteer consultant. He graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics and Chinese.

ARTHUR CHEN, SERVICE CORPS CO-CHAIR

Arthur is a strategist focusing on unlocking data and analytics to arrive at the right decisions through dynamic and insightful visualization. 

VALENTINA LANIZI, EVENTS CO-CHAIR

Valentina is a Senior Associate at GLG where she connects clients with subject matter experts to help them solve complex strategic and operational challenges. She first joined Net Impact NYC as a Service Corps consultant back in 2018 and continued to volunteer with the chapter by helping plan the annual social impact summit in the spring. She also provides pro-bono marketing consultations for small business owners in underserved New York City communities through Start Small Think Big’s Market Access Program. Valentina is passionate about social impact and convening events that educate and empower NYC professionals to use their skills for social good. She received her B.A. from Loyola University Maryland with a major in Political Science and double minors in French and Writing.

STEPHANIE CHEUNG, EVENTS CO-CHAIR

Stephanie is a brand enthusiast passionate about the intersection of culture and social impact. In her current role, she is leading marketing initiatives for international destinations such as Dubai, Vienna, and South Korea. Stephanie is currently a Director of Strategy & Insights at Marketing Challenges International.

ASHLEY LOW, FINANCE CHAIR

Ashley is a Finance Manager specializing in financial planning & analysis, business strategy and process improvement. Throughout her career, Ashley has worked with organizations across a wide range of industries – from financial services and consumer goods, to tech and agriculture, before her current role in fashion. Having grown up in Malaysia and Australia before moving to New York City, Ashley witnessed the differences in social, political and economic structures in each nation and is passionate about driving change in social and economic equity.

Service Corps Committee

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AMINAH MAJEED

Aminah is a non-profit development specialist with 10+ years of fundraising and development leadership experience in the education sector.

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LAYLA HASSOUN

Layla is a design strategist currently leading product management, design, product development for the Tommy Bahama footwear team.

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HALLIE STEBBINS

Hallie is currently working as an acquisitions editor at Oxford University Press, where she acquires nonfiction books in linguistics.

YIFEI HAN

Workday Specialist at Point72. I specialize in helping companies that use Workday as the ERP system to optimize their financial operations, business processes, reporting capabilities, etc. I was previously a senior technology consultant at PwC and then a financial systems manager at WeWork. I got involved with Net Impact in fall 2019 as a pro-bono consultant and project lead and I decided to join the committee after having a very rewarding experience. I graduated from Emory University Goizueta Business School with a concentration in Finance in 2015. 

PENNY ZHANG

Penny is currently working as a research lead at IBM, where she conducts quantitative and qualitative research for strategic transformation projects across functions and product teams.

Favorite hobbies: Hiking, skiing, biking, and singing

MARK A. BERNARD

Mark is a scientist and researcher who studies racial and socioeconomic health disparities, blending his organic chemistry background with public health principles to ultimately develop novel clinical interventions for patients.

Events Committee

OXANA ERMOLOVA

Oxana is committed to fostering cross-sector partnerships in service of supporting innovative approaches to addressing systemic inequities. In her current role, she is focused on empowering low-income female entrepreneurs through microfinance.

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