Join OMD's Award-winning Associates Board for its Inaugural Back-to-School Bash

Friday, August 18 at Chez, 7-10PM
247 E Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Founded in 2010, One Million Degrees' Associates Board is a diverse group of emerging leaders who believe in the transformative power of a community college degree.  

The mission of the Associates Board is to cultivate supporters and volunteers, to provide philanthropic support, and to increase awareness of the valuable work of One Million Degrees.

Please join OMD's Associates Board for its inaugural fundraiser to benefit Chicago's low-income community college students. Enjoy food, drinks, entertainment and a silent auction with 200 young professionals on a mission to make a difference. 


Sponsorship opportunities available here. Please contact Andrea Bussey, Development Manager, at with any questions.


Thank you to our sponsors:



Jessica Chu (Chair)
Vice President, Hedge Fund Investor Relations & Marketing, Northern Trust

Jeremy Murden (Vice-chair)
Senior Investment Manager Analyst, William Blair and Company

Matthew Altstiel
Grant Developer, External Affairs & Competitive Grants, Chicago Public Schools

Jonathan Berger
Portfolio Manager, Alyeska Investment Group

Christina Black
Associate Consultant/Writer, Campbell & CompanyCorrie and Chris Carrigan

Drake Blessum
Sales Executive - Commercial Projects, Kohler Co.Mary and Chuck Dale

Reid Bolton
Attorney at Law, Bartlit Beck, LLP

Monica Cason
Business Analyst, Deloitte Consulting

Jonathan Chaparro 
Student Recruitment Manager, Noble Network of Charter Schools

Rami Fakhouri
Attorney, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLPD

Associates Board

Mike Friedman 
Account Manager, Wrigley Company

Monica Gupta
Manager, Investor Relations; Grainger

Jessica Halton
Project Manager, Coyote Logistics

Shaina Henderson
Financial Institution Specialist, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Anthony Jackson
Managing Partner, Aptus Strategies

Maggie Keen
Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships, myCNAjobs

Travis Kessel
Vice President of Recruitment, Edelman

Kaitlin Lowey
Public Relations Associate, Enova International, Inc.

Matthew McCarthy
Manager, Client Services & Assistant Vice President, AB Bernstein

Rachael Olson
Business Manager, Enova International, Inc.

Anisha Patel
Senior HR Specialist, Aon


Edward Poropat
Senior Associate, PWC

Cat Rabenstine 
Communications Associate, Kinship Foundation

Corey Richardson
Director of Placement and Alumni Relations, Golden Apple Foundation

Julie Schnidman
Strategic Alliances Manager, American Marketing Association

Arielle Semmel
Manager, Chapter Communities at the American Society of Safety Engineers

Chandler Watlington
Associate, Driehaus Private Equity

Phillip Wilson
Vice President, Private Capital Manager, Metropolitan Capital Bank

Daniel Wood
Equity Research Associate, Next Door a Subsidiary of State Farm

Mandy Zaransky-Hurst 
VP of Sales & Marketing, Ragan Communications