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Immigrant Youth Ally (IYA) Board

A young professionals board that believes in empowering youth and sustaining grassroots leadership!
Anna Hernandez-French
Anna moved to the East Coast from California to attend Williams College in 2005, graduating with a degree in English Literature and Spanish.  She moved to NYC in 2009 to work in publishing, and is currently an Associate Publisher at Oxford University Press, managing and developing a portfolio of scientific and medical journals. Anna is excited to support the inspiring youth members of Atlas through IYA!
Allison Moore, IYA Chair
Allison Moore (IYA Chair) is an associate editor at Little Brown Books for Young Readers, the children's and young adult book division of Hachette Book Group. She is originally from Fair Lawn, NJ, graduated from Boston University, and currently lives in Brooklyn.  Allison who has been volunteering with Atlas since 2012, is excited to help unlock NYC for immigrant youth!  She also started the Atlas Book Club and enjoys using literature to help Atlas members share their stories and to expand people’s minds about the immigrant experience.
Ben Cole
Ben is a consultant and entrepreneur working on an early stage machine learning startup. He previously worked at Kickstarter, Google and Facebook and is an avid traveler with extensive experience living and working abroad. He holds a bachelor's degree in information science from Cornell University, and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Cambridge, where he studied as a Gates Scholar.
Jesse Javna
Jesse Javna joined IYA after discovering Atlas through its involvement with the Catalog for Giving. Despite enjoying life on the East Coast, he's a proud Oregonian.  Jesse works at venture capital firm, Insight Venture Partners, that invests in technology companies, and is an avid musician, playing guitar at whichever New York venues will have him.
MacKenzie Seale
MacKenzie Seale is thrilled to be serving as the Treasurer of the IYA Leadership team. She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she studied Finance - Hook'em Horns! After graduating, she spent three years in San Francisco and moved to NYC in the fall of 2015. She spends her days crunching numbers and analyzing trends for ClassPass, a fitness startup based in NYC. When she is not working, she can be found doing yoga, running, boxing, cooking, meditating, or seeking out the green spaces around the city. 
Alex Upton
Alex Upton first became involved in Atlas when he volunteered to assist with the organization's tutoring programs, and he joined IYA shortly after. He currently works at Goldman Sachs and spends his free time training for a half marathon and learning about foreign languages and cultures. Alex has a range of previous volunteer experience, from helping lead disaster relief trips in college at the University of Connecticut to working with immigrant communities in teaching ESL classes.
Kelechi Acholonu
Kelechi Acholonu graduated from Princeton University and from Georgetown University Law Center.  While in law school, she successfully represented a client seeking asylum through the Center for Applied Legal Studies clinic and researched immigration and human rights issues with Georgetown Human Rights Action.  After law school, she worked in New York City at The Door Legal Services Center as a pro bono fellow where she successfully represented several undocumented immigrant youth in special findings proceedings in family court in all five boroughs and federal immigration proceedings.  She then worked in the litigation practice group at a large law firm in New York City where she represented financial institutions in commercial litigation and international arbitration matters and continued to represent undocumented youth in family court and immigration proceedings pro bono.  After a clerkship in New York Supreme Court, she now represents children in various family court proceedings as a staff attorney at Lawyers For Children.  In her spare time, she serves on the board of NYAC-Justice for Our Neighbors, is a member of ThrilltheWorldNYC, which teaches and performs Michael Jackson's Thriller throughout the city to raise money for charity, travels, and reads voraciously.  

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