New York Regional Board

The New York Regional Board offers significant professional experience, are committed to educational opportunities, and have extensive personal and professional networks that are useful in helping secure program partnerships and philanthropic funding. Board members participate fully in quarterly board meetings, fundraise on behalf of the organization, attend at least one programmatic event, stay connected to CollegeSpring through quarterly one-on-one meetings with the CollegeSpring Vice President & New York Executive Director, and commit to making an annual donation.

Avi Dorfman, Regional Board Chair

Entrepreneur in Residence, The D.E. Shaw Group

Avi Dorfman is the Entrepreneur in Residence at The D.E. Shaw Group, a global investment and technology development firm with $41 billion under management. He previously served as a Vice President at Accretive, a venture capital firm with $500 million under management dedicated to incubating disruptive technology companies from the ground up, most notably Fandango, Accretive Health, Accolade, and Insureon. In 2012, Avi co-founded Compass, a national real estate technology platform that is now valued at over $1 billion. Avi began his career in the corporate finance and strategy practice at McKinsey & Company, and also spent summers in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers and on the private investments team at Access Industries. Prior to his national board appointment, Avi served as the founding chair of CollegeSpring’s New York regional board for two years, through which he was integral to the organization’s rapid growth on the east coast. He received a B.A. with first class honors from McGill University and an M.I.A. in international finance and economic policy from Columbia University.

Ankur Agrawal, Regional Board Member

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Ankur Agrawal is a Partner at McKinsey & Company in the New York office. He is a leader of the North America Healthcare practice, with a focus on and passion for counseling healthcare companies on strategy and corporate finance. Ankur’s recent work includes corporate strategy, M&A and strategy/finance functional excellence at many leading healthcare companies. He has worked recently with several mid-size companies and helped them scale.

Ankur has authored articles on strategy and corporate finance topics in McKinsey on Finance and has presented his work at CFO/CSO round tables in Boston, New York and San Francisco. Ankur received his B. Eng. degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from IRIM&EE India. He was also designated a Chartered Engineer by the Engineering Council, UK. Ankur received his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar and Loeb Fellow in finance.

Tracey K. Allard, Regional Board Member

Nonprofit Executive and Social Entrepreneur

Tracey is a strategic nonprofit leader and social entrepreneur with a longstanding commitment to empowering marginalized individuals and communities.

Currently, Tracey serves as the Executive Director of the African Dream Initiative, an organization that gives promising but disadvantaged children the resources to become Africa’s future leaders. She is also the Founder of a new venture – in development – called Community Entrepreneur Corps, to empower an underserved population of community college students to become agents of change in their communities.

Previously, Tracey served as the Executive Director of The Resolution Project where she led the delivery and expansion of a unique Fellowship program that helps undergraduate students create social change in more than 60 countries around the world. During her time at Resolution, Tracey built key partnerships to ensure that Resolution’s Fellowship opportunity reaches marginalized and other under-represented students.

Prior to joining Resolution, Tracey served as Executive Director of StreetWise Partners, an organization offering unique career mentoring and professional development to individuals with multiple barriers to employment. There she restructured, refocused, and improved operations to increase effectiveness and deepen impact; improved methods for evaluating organizational effectiveness; and initiated the organization’s first formal strategic planning process in 17 years to guide future direction and decisions.

Tracey holds a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management from The New School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Tracey’s passion for travel and learning about other cultures has led her to destinations including Fiji, Mongolia, Madagascar, Cambodia, Swaziland, and Turkey.

Tracey is a first-generation American whose family hails from Trinidad & Tobago, and she is a proud, long-time resident of Brooklyn, NY.

Elizabeth A. Cooper, Regional Board Member

Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP

Elizabeth Cooper is a partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Corporate Department. Her diverse practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, with an emphasis on banks and other financial institutions. Her range of M&A clients has included KKR, Carlyle, Blackstone, Charles Schwab, Xerox, Oak Hill Capital Partners, Lightyear Capital and Mellon Financial. She also represented the U.S. Treasury in connection with structuring its program for purchasing equity in U.S. financial institutions under TARP. In 2015 Elizabeth was named an “MVP” for M&A by Law360, and cited by Chambers as being “among the next generation of elite lawyers.” Elizabeth serves as one of Simpson Thacher’s Hiring Partners. She joined Simpson Thacher following her graduation from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar. She received her A.B. from Harvard University.

Alex Farman-Farmaian, Regional Board Member

Partner & Vice Chairman, Edgewood Management

Alex is a Partner and Vice-Chairman of Edgewood, a leading asset management firm with over $11 billion under management, a role he has held since 2006. He is a member of Edgewood’s Investment Committee. Previously he was at W.P. Stewart & Co. for 19 years where he was a senior member of the U.S. and global equity research and portfolio management teams and was responsible for managing some 20% of the firm’s overall assets. He chaired the Investment Oversight Committee and managed the bulk of the firm’s global account assets. Alex received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University in 1987.  He was President of the Princeton Club of New York until November 2006 and belongs to the Economics Club of New York. He serves on the board of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC).

Teena-Ann Sankoorikal, Regional Board Member

Partner, Levine Lee, LLP

Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal is a partner at Levine Lee, LLP. She’s worked broadly in litigation, with particular experience in intellectual property-related disputes, including patent, copyright, trade secret and breach of contract, as well as antitrust matters.  Ms. Sankoorikal has represented both plaintiffs and defendants including (patent litigation), IBM (copyright, trade secret and antitrust), Qualcomm (patent), Warner Brothers Records (copyright) and Frank Reginald Brown (dispute relating to ownership interest in Snapchat), among others.

Ms. Sankoorikal co-authored the Intellectual Property Law Answer Book, published by the Practising Law Institute, which is currently in its fourth edition. Ms. Sankoorikal was recognized for her work in intellectual property litigation in the Leaders League Innovation – Technology & Intellectual Property Report in 2014.  In 2013, Ms. Sankoorikal was named a “Rising Star” by both New York Law Journal and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA).  In 2012, she received the “Best Lawyers Under 40” award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for her outstanding professional achievements and dedication to the Asian Pacific American community.

Sheila Sarma, Regional Board Member

Independent Consultant

Sheila Sarma is an independent consultant working in the field of reproductive health. For ten years, she worked at Gynuity Health Projects, a research and technical assistance organization dedicated to the idea that all people should have access to the benefits of medical science and technology development. At Gynuity, Sheila was a Senior Program Associate and conducted reproductive health research in India, Vietnam and the former Soviet Union.  Prior to her work at Gynuity, Sheila was a Data and Analysis Reporting Manager at HIV Care Services, a project of the Medical and Health Research Association of NYC, Inc. (now Public Health Solutions). Sheila evaluated program data and prepared recommendations for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in New York City.

Sheila graduated from Wellesley College and earned her Master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Richard Steele, Regional Board Member

Principal, SYPartners

Dickie is a principal at the management and design consulting firm SYPartners, where he’s partnered with senior leaders at IBM and other companies to establish new strategies and tools to transform the way they work.

He has over two decades of experience in corporate strategy and organizational consulting. As a partner at Marakon Associates, Dickie advised clients across the consumer goods, media, and financial services sectors. As a senior partner and head of the New York office at The Bridgespan Group, he worked in the social sector, tackling problems relating to education, technology, and global development for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Omidyar Network, and The United Nations Foundation, among others.

Dickie has written extensively on strategic management for publications including Harvard Business Review. He also teaches a course on leadership at The School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University and serves on the boards of The Atlantic Council and The DO School, a disruptive higher education start-up. He studied at Durham University and has an MBA with distinction from INSEAD.

He lives in New York and is married to the neuroscientist Sarah Stanley, with whom he has two children, Evie and Felix.

Nada Usina, Regional Board Member

Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates

Nada Usina is a member of Russell Reynolds Associates’ CEO/Board Services Practice and leads the Technology Sector for the firm across the Americas. She also co-leads the firm’s global Digital Convergence and Mobile Practice as well as the firm’s global Sports Practice. Her clients range from Fortune 500 media, entertainment, consumer and technology brands to venture capital and private equity-backed companies.

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds, Nada served as President of publicly-traded JumpTV, which merged with Neulion to become the world’s leading online video and IPTV multi-platform provider. Prior to that, Usina was President of XOS Broadband, which was acquired by JumpTV for over $60 million.

Nada has had responsibility for up to 1,500 employees. She served as General Manager and President, Nokia Canada, General Manager, North and South America for Nokia’s entertainment and media business, and was Director of Yahoo!’s entertainment business development and sales programs. She also led the sports business and the marketing team at, which was acquired by Yahoo! for $5.7 billion during her tenure.

A native of Toronto, Canada, she moved to the U.S. and received her B.S. in Marketing and International Business and her M.S. from Florida State University.

Jordan Waxman, Regional Board Member

Managing Partner, HSW Advisors at HighTower

Jordan is a managing partner at HSW Advisors at HighTower, where he specializes in tax, wealth transfer, philanthropic and estate planning, and asset risk management. He frequently advises on the structure and execution of onshore and offshore trust solutions, and counsels on philanthropic planning issues and techniques.

Jordan joined HighTower in March 2012 after ten years with the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch and eight years as a wealth manager with Goldman Sachs & Co. He has been named to Worth Magazine’s Top 250 Wealth Advisors list, the Financial Times Top Registered Investment Adviser list, and Forbes’ America’s Top 100 Wealth Advisors list, among other honors. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees from McGill University, and a B.A. (with honors) from McGill’s Faculty of Arts.

Jordan is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Professionals and the State Bars of New York and Massachusetts. He is a member of the Board of Directors of HighTower and the Friends of McGill University, and is Board Emeritus of the Eli and Edythe Broad Theatre in Santa Monica. He serves on the Professional Advisory Committee of McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, where he co-teaches Investments for the B. Comm, and on the Faculty Advisory Board of McGill’s Faculty of Law, where he teaches Estate Planning. He lives with his wife, Caren, and three children in Cresskill, NJ.