Founded in 2010, the 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 OMD Associates Board is to cultivate supporters and volunteers, to provide philanthropic support, and to increase awareness of the valuable work of One Million Degrees. 

The Associates Board inaugural Back-to-School Bash was a smashing success! Learn more about event here.

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

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

Christina Black
Associate Consultant/Writer, Campbell & Company

Drake Blessum
Sales Executive - Commercial Projects, Kohler Co.

Reid Bolton
Attorney at Law, Bartlit Beck, LLP

Monica Cason
Business Analyst, Deloitte Consulting

Jonathan Chaparro
Student Recruitment Manager, Noble Network of Charter Schools

Jessie Essman
Project Manager, Business Transformation, Stepan

Rami Fakhouri
Attorney, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP

Mike Friedman 
Account Manager, Wrigley Company

Monica Gupta
Manager, Investor Relations; Grainger

Shaina Henderson
Financial Institution Specialist, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Anthony Jackson
Managing Partner, Aptus Strategies

Maggie Keen
Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships, myCNAjobs

Allison Leverenz
Talent Management Partner - HR Placement, Advanced Resources

Kaitlin Lowey
Public Relations Associate, Enova International, Inc.

Derek Lyttle 
Senior Manager, Advisory Services, EY           

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

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

Blaine Slack 
Senior Analyst, Asset & Wealth Management Strategy, The Boston Consulting Group                                                    

Tiffany Taylor
Associate/Underwriter, Wintrust Financial Corporation

Lauren Thanasouras
Technology Consultant, Deloitte Consulting

Gabriel Millan Velez
Senior Analyst, Product Control, Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services

Chandler Watlington
Associate, Driehaus Private Equity

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

Mandy Zaransky-Hurst
CMO/COO, Ragan Communications

Allison Zures
Associate Dean, Student Services, Harry S. Truman College