The Associate Board is a group of young professionals in the Boston area who are dedicated to educational equity and to advancing Breakthrough’s mission. The Associate Board has three main goals: to raise awareness, to attract new supporters to Breakthrough, and to recruit volunteers. The AB achieves these goals by hosting events geared towards young professional engagement including trivia nights, an annual young professional’s Bash, and ongoing special events throughout the year to raise awareness about Breakthrough’s mission and successes! To learn more about the Associate Board and how you can be involved, contact Emma Samler, Director of Development and Partnerships at email@example.com.
Robert is an MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before attending business school, he was a Research Associate at Cornerstone Research, an economic and financial consulting firm. Prior to joining the Associate Board, Robert also volunteered with Breakthrough Greater Boston as an Academic Mentor. Robert grew up in Johns Creek, Georgia, and he received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard College.
Elisabeth Symczak, Co-Chair
Elisabeth has a background in higher education and academic affairs and now works In Learning & Development at ZoomInfo. Originally from San Diego, she enjoys exploring the mountains and beaches in New England, skiing, playing tennis (poorly), and traveling as much as possible. She is passionate about education access and loves working with people. In addition to being on the Associate Board, she volunteers as a College Access Coach for Breakthrough.
Tino grew up in the Berkshires where he attended Wahconah RHS and played and coached soccer. He attended Western New England University, where he studied accounting. While at WNE he continued to coach youth soccer and worked as a tutor and teacher’s assistant. After graduation, he started a career in public accounting where he audits a variety of companies. He now lives in North Andover and continues to stay involved with education through teaching firm trainings, mentoring associates and by joining the Breakthrough Greater Boston Associates Board.
Catherine is the program lead for News Content Strategy at Google based in the Cambridge office. Before joining Google, she was a reporter for The Boston Globe. Catherine holds degrees from Boston College (B.A. English) and the University of Southern California (M.A. Journalism). Beyond journalism and Google, Catherine enjoys reading fiction, trying new takeout spots, and making frequent trips to her home state of Maine.
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