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Young Professionals Board

Our Young Professionals Board engages a new generation of supporters in the important work of ensuring Breakthrough's long-term sustainability. Members connect the program with potential supporters, volunteer, and build community. Interested in learning more? Please email us at btsf.ypb@gmail.com.

Ric Chi [bio]
Cong Ding [bio]
Trisha Regine Fuerte, Events Committee Lead [bio]
Jessica Kim [bio]
Melissa Koshy [bio]
Dashell (Dash) Laryea, Chair [bio]
Harrison Lieberfarb [bio]
Irene Liu [bio]
Alec Miller [bio]
Sachin Mitra, Program Committee Co-Lead [bio]
Chong Ni [bio]
Kevin Wang, Program Committee Co-Lead [bio]

Ric Chi is an Associate in the private equity practice at GI Partners, an investment management firm focused on middle market private equity and real estate investments. Prior to joining GI, Ric worked in investment banking at Citigroup in New York City. He is actively involved in the non-profit world, with a particular focus on education and cultural awareness. Ric holds a B.A. from Cornell University, where he double-majored in Information Science and Economics. 

Cong Ding is a VC at Comcast Ventures focused on consumer technology and digital media. Previously, she worked in Corporate Development at Yahoo and Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley. In her spare time, she enjoys serving as a reading partner for children at the Western Addition library, as well as spinning and running. Cong graduated from Duke University, where she majored in Economics. Despite her academic focus, her favorite class was Improv Acting.

Jessica Kim is a software engineer at Uber working on the People Development team. She previously worked at Remind, an education technology startup, and as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in South Korea, researching the causes of North Korean defectors' high unemployment rates. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy and minor in Economics. She is pursuing a Masters in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Melissa Koshy is a Strategic Partner Associate at Instacart, where she manages retailer partnerships and leads the launch process for new partners joining the grocery delivery platform. Before joining Instacart, Melissa worked at PepsiCo on the Finance and Strategy team and the Mountain Dew Brand team in New York. After four years in the corporate world, Melissa moved to Mazatlán, Mexico to work on her own startup, which provided rental management services for expats. While in Mexico, she also taught English to local high school students and young professionals. Melissa holds a B.S. in Finance from New York University.

Dashell (Dash) Laryea is an Associate at FSG, a mission-driven consulting firm. Prior to FSG, Dash worked in venture philanthropy investing in tech-forward companies and social enterprises, domestic and abroad. He has worked with companies like Google, BRAC, and Charity:Water. In summer 2011 and 2012, Dash was a Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough San Francisco, teaching 5th grade writing. Dash studied Humanities & Philosophy at Yale University.

Harrison Lieberfarb is a member of the Business Development team at Yelp, where he helps create product partnerships designed to connect people to great local businesses. Before joining Yelp, Harrison worked in investment banking at Evercore. Harrison holds a B.A. in Science, Technology, and Society from the University of Pennsylvania.

Irene Liu is a consultant with Bain & Company. She is passionate about providing equal educational opportunities for low-income students. In her hometown, she spearheaded creating textbook recordings to build students' literacy skills. She also served as a tutor for students in Oakland Unified and organized a weekly farmers' market to promote nutrition education. Irene holds a B.A. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

Alec Miller is a Value Creation Associate at Vector Capital. He previously worked at Bain & Company and also served on the Executive Committee of Inspire, Inc., a non-profit consulting firm that serves youth-focused non-profits. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Fisher Program in Management and Technology, Alec holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the Wharton School and a Bachelors of Science in Systems Engineering. 

Sachin Mitra is an Associate at Sansome Partners, the direct investment vehicle of the Fisher family, where he focuses on the public equities fund. He previously worked at Goldman Sachs as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group, and he holds a B.S. in Economics from Duke University.

Chong Ni is an Associate at Gryphon Investors, a private equity firm focused on middle market investment opportunities. Prior to joining Gryphon, he worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan in New York City. Chong has been involved with Breakthrough for over 15 years as a former student, summer teaching fellow, and most recently as Founding Chair of Breakthrough San Francisco's Young Professionals Board. Chong holds a B.S. from Duke University.

Kevin Wang is a member of the investment team at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a philanthropy that funds initiatives in science research, environmental conservation, and patient care. Kevin has two years of previous investment banking experience and graduated with a B.S. in Economics from Duke University. On the weekends, Kevin can be found exploring the many hiking trails in the Bay Area.