Steering Committee

The Opportunity Agenda Steering Committee represents a diverse spectrum of disciplines, constituencies and approaches, yet all of them have demonstrated in their work on cross-disciplinary collaboration, leadership, a focus on results and diversity.

Steering Committee

    Vincent Benjamin

    Director, App Annie

    Vincent Benjamin is the Americas East Sales Director for App Annie, the Sequoia-backed mobile intelligence company. Prior to joining App Annie, Vincent was an Enterprise Relationship Manager in LinkedIn's Financial Services Division, where he led a team of six and partnered with corporations to accelerate revenue growth. Prior to LinkedIn, Vincent was a Vice President of Institutional Equity Sales at Sanford C. Bernstein where he owned institutional relationships and sales strategy for east coast buy side institutions. Before Bernstein, Vincent worked for Barclays Capital in their structured capital markets division where he executed structured arbitrage transactions and for Wachovia Securities as an investment banking analyst.

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    Janis Bowdler

    Managing Director within Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co

    Janis Bowdler is a Managing Director within Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co, a global leader in corporate philanthropy with more than $200 million invested in communities annually.

    Janis Bowdler joined JPMorgan Chase's Global Philanthropy team in 2013 to lead the firm's philanthropic strategy in three strategic areas: Financial Capability, Small Business, and Community Development.

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    Yasmin Cader

    Chief of Training, Office of Federal Public Defender

    Yasmin Cader, a civil rights lawyer, has practiced in state and federal courts nationwide in the areas of employment discrimination and criminal defense. She has worked with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, the Federal Defender Office in the Southern District of New York and is currently serving as the Chief of Training for the Federal Defender Office in Los Angeles.

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    Michael Goldberg

    Chief Financial Officer, Cognotion

    Michael Goldberg is the Chief Financial Officer of an innovative educational start up company that develops innovative training for entry level health care workers.

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    Alan Jenkins

    Co-Founder, President

    Alan Jenkins is President and Co-Founder of The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab dedicated to the idea that our nation can and should be a place where everyone enjoys full opportunity. Before joining The Opportunity Agenda, Alan was Director of Human Rights at the Ford Foundation, managing grantmaking in the United States and eleven overseas regions. His prior positions include Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the United States government in constitutional and other litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, and Associate Counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education, where he defended the rights of low-income communities facing exploitation and discrimination.

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    Madifing Kaba

    Steering Committee Chair

    Madifing Kaba is a Management Consultant in the advisory practice at PwC (Finance, Technology and Operations) where he assists many of today's largest banks and securities firms with their most challenging issues in every segment of the financial industry. Madi has more than 15 years of experience in banking and capital markets, having worked as an advisor and practitioner for several Fortune 500 institutions.


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    Joseph Lewis

    Director, JCRA Financial

    Joseph Lewis is a currently a Director at JCRA Financial, a global financial risk consulting firm. In his role he is providing risk management advice on interest rates, foreign exchange, and commodities to Fortune 500 companies, real estate and private equity funds. Most recently, he was a Director in Citi’s Risk Solutions Group responsible for Technology, Retail and Industrial derivative origination, structuring and execution. He held similar roles at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital.

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    David May

    Corporate Chief Marketing Officer, AIG

    David W. May is Corporate Chief Marketing Officer at AIG. He joined the company in 2013 and is responsible for global brand strategy, digital and social media, market research, advertising and sports sponsorships.

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    Alan Myers

    Private Counsel

    Mr. Myers is counsel to a family, advising it on business and legal matters. He recently retired from his position as a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he focused on corporate law with a specialty in mergers and acquisitions.

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    Amy Redford


    Amy made her directorial debut with The Guitar, starring Saffron Burrows. Amy has recently directed an episode of Law & Order: SVU. She also recently shot a short film called DeLiVeRy with Ethan Suplee and Lukas Haas. Upcoming projects include the features : Phoenix, The House that Jack Built, Claude and the Birthday Cake (which she is co-writing with Jude Falaise about growing up in Haiti in 1963) Songbird about the singer Eva Cassidy and the television series DICK. She is also co-creating the web-series The Royal Hotel with Deirdre Lewis, featuring various artists stepping out of their established Genre’s and mediums to create new work (produced by Tina Elmo and Sundance Productions)

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    Richard Roberts

    Managing Director of Acquisitions, Red Stone Equity Partners

    Richard Roberts is Managing Director of Acquisitions for Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC assisting in the origination and management of developer relationships in the Northeast and the development of new business strategies for the firm.  Richard has an extensive career in affordable housing and urban market investments having worked in these areas for over 18 years.

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    Sara Stuart

    Interim Chief of Staff

    Sara Stuart is Interim Chief of Staff at The Opportunity Agenda and a member of its Steering Committee. She has served as Director of Development and Communications at Equality Now, an organization advancing legal equality for women and girls around the world: at Union Settlement, the oldest and largest social service provider in East Harlem; at Citizens Union, a good government watchdog organization, and at Center for Community Alternatives, a leader for innovative criminal justice solutions and alternatives to incarceration.

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    Bryan Warner

    Senior Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

    Bryan N. Warner works in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where he is a senior associate in the mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance groups. Bryan has extensive experience with domestic and cross-border transactions, particularly in the healthcare and technology markets.

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