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BRC Champions

A community of individuals dedicated to supporting BRC’s mission 

Ways to Become a BRC Champion

BRC Champions support BRC’s work by raising funds, spreading awareness of our mission, and volunteering.

Anyone can be a BRC Champion, by:

  • Participating in a BRC event, like our annual gala or benefit, or a third-party event where BRC is a charity partner.

  • Hosting or participating in a unique fundraiser of your own, like a bake sale, online birthday fundraiser, or DIY fundraiser.

  • Creating “in lieu of gift” options for guests attending life events like weddings or rite of passage ceremonies. 

  • Joining BRC groups like the Clyde Burton Society or the Leadership Council, or TeamBRC

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Join the BRC Leadership Council
Participate in the Clyde Burton Society
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The BRC Leadership Council

The BRC Leadership Council is a modern version of BRC’s former “Jr. Board,” made up of dynamic early to mid-career professionals who work closely with BRC staff and administration on special projects, fundraisers, and volunteer events. 


Each year, members learn about BRC, participate in group volunteer projects, and host an annual fundraiser in the fall, the BRC Champions Benefit.

Leadership Council members have an annual donation/fundraising expectation of $1,000, along with participation in regularly scheduled meetings and BRC fundraising events.

The Leadership Council helps BRC by:
  • Inviting existing networks to BRC fundraising events

  • Raising funds and/or donating to support BRC's mission

  • Providing expertise to assist on projects

  • Volunteering

  • Assisting in large and small-scale BRC fundraising events

Leadership Council members enjoy:
  • Mentoring from BRC's Board of Directors

  • Socializing and networking event for like-minded professionals who have a passion for service

  • Opportunities to learn about policy and nonprofit management

  • Executive-level experience

Members of the BRC Leadership Council


Rachel Day, Barclays

Nicole Jagernauth, Bloomberg

Sophia Anagnostakis, 22V Research
Ivana Bouras, Matrixport
Lauren Callahan, Summit Rock Advisors
Thomas Constabile, Up Media, inc.
Brittany Gurkin, Gurkin Properties
Natalie Hunter, Msquared
Jonathan Jeanty, The Community Preservation Corporation
Ashley Lafontant, Bloomberg

Shaun McElhenny, Pinterest

Maxwell McKenna, National Cybersecurity Alliance

Ross Oshinsky, Point72

Sarah Lauren Peabody, SCS Financial

Adam Perlstein, MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School

Esteban Reichberg, EAR architecture

Caroline Sandleitner, Bloomberg

Matthew Soble, Bright Power, Inc

Khephren Spigner, Google

Mallika Subandh, The Carlyle Group

Rachel Weitzner, Forum One

Clyde Burton Society

The BRC Clyde Burton Society


The Clyde Burton Society is named after one of BRC’s founders, who was also a former client and volunteer. Later in life, Clyde Burton donated to BRC a generous portion of an unexpected windfall he had been awarded to help other men and women who, like him, struggled with homelessness in NYC.  He credited BRC with giving him the support he needed to turn his life around, and “when fate smiled on him,” he wanted to help make sure others had the same access, support and resources that helped him reclaim his life. 


Members of the BRC Clyde Burton Society continue that spirit by directly supporting BRC’s mission via donating, fundraising and volunteerism, while learning about BRC’s organization and its programs. Each year, the society “sponsors” a specific BRC program and/or need where a significant impact can be made. They also sponsor our annual #GivingTuesday match challenge, encouraging others to join in supporting our clients.


Clyde Burton Society members are experienced and senior levels career professionals and have an annual donation/fundraising expectation of $5,000. They also attend regularly scheduled meetings and BRC fundraising events.

Members of the BRC Clyde Burton Society

Elizabeth Cardelli

Executive Director — COO Business Development & Field Training, Morgan Stanley


Chris Coulthrust

Sr. Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft

Jena Grady

Healthcare Partner, Nixon Peabody


Lisa Kail

Director of University Partners and the NYU Combined Campaign, New York University

Jai Lakhanpal

Senior Associate, Advent Capital

Awilda Martinez

Senior Vice President, Maximus

Team BRC

TeamBRC are individuals who help BRC by fundraising via sporting and endurance events, or by organizing private athletic fundraising events with friends and colleagues. TeamBRC members have various fundraising minimums to participate in the events determined by the hosting organization. There is no long-term commitment to TeamBRC, however, TeamBRC members who have already participated in fundraising events get priority for future event spots.

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Examples TeamBRC Participant Events:
  • New York Road Runner’s Half Marathon

  • Bike New York’s 5 Boro Bike Tour

  • New York Road Runner’s NYC Marathon

  • Private spin fundraiser at Flywheel

  • Private workout fundraiser at Barry’s Bootcamp


To learn more about any of these opportunities to join the BRC Champion network, email Miguel Guadalupe, VP of Development at

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