Who We Are
The Urban Justice Center’s Young Professional Network (YPN) is a community of progressive minded individuals who work as advocates and amplifiers for the work of the UJC. The YPN offers two levels of involvement for young professionals eager to support New York City & the UJC: the Young Professional Board (YPB) and the Young Professional Advocates (YPA)
The Young Professional Board provides critical support and input on matters ranging from events to direct mailings to communicating the organizational mission. This Board of approximately 25 people meets monthly to volunteer, assist in fundraising, and plan new ways to spread the word about our work. They also help to select the topics for our quarterly YPN Speaker Series, which brings together great minds from around the country to discuss timely issues that are pertinent to our work.
Meet Our Members
Olivia Hu is a Senior Marketing Associate at UBS Investment Bank. Previously, she was a Senior Analyst at Nielsen, consulting on high-profile product launches for a number of Fortune 500 companies in the CPG space (e.g. L’Oreal, Mondelēz, Hershey). In 2015, she graduated magna cum laude from the NYU Stern School of Business with a degree in Business Administration and Sociology. Her Honors thesis, entitled “Gender, Marital Status, and Hiring Practices in the United States”, explores the ways in which a job candidate’s gender and presumed marital status may affect how s/he is perceived by recruiters. While not a student currently, Olivia is passionate about research and enjoys attending lectures throughout the tri-state area. In addition to serving on the Young Professional Board at the Urban Justice Center, she also tutors through New York Cares. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, piano, fitness, reading, and writing.
Benjamin is currently an investment professional at Otter Media, a joint venture between The Chernin Group and AT&T with a mandate to build, acquire, and make strategic investments in digital content and OTT video businesses. He previously served as an investment banker at Guggenheim Partners in New York, where he advised clients on M&A transactions in the Technology, Media, and Telecom sectors. He was born and raised in New York, attending high school at the Fieldston School in the Bronx and graduating from Yale College in 2012 with a degree in Philosophy. He first became involved with the UJC as a summer intern in 2008 and is eager to continue contributing to all aspects of UJC’s mission.
B.A., Philosophy, 2012
Michal is an Associate at Ardea Partners in London, where he advises financial services clients on strategy, mergers & acquisitions and capital raises. From 2017 to 2018, Michal worked as a Senior Associate at Onex Partners in New York City, where he focused on evaluating investments primarily in the financial services, business services and healthcare sectors. From 2015 to 2017, Michal was an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York City, advising clients in the insurance industry. He earned a BA in Economics and French from University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with honors. In his free time, Michal enjoys running, as well as investing in and advising London-based fintech startups.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Economics & French
James is currently an Associate in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He has spent the entirety of his career focusing on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance activities for industrial companies. In addition to serving on the Young Professional Board, James is also an avid support of FARA, an organization dedicated to curing Friedreich’s ataxia, a Robin Hood Foundation P.Y.T., a Junior Associate at the Museum of Modern Art, and a long distance runner and cyclist. James graduated, cum laude, from Wake Forest University, earning a bachelor’s of science degree in Finance and Economics. James was raised in Windermere, FL, and currently resides in New York City.
Wake Forest University
B.A., Finance & Economics
Ashlee is an events coordinator for Crain’s New York Business, a local weekly business news magazine, producing 25-30 business events in the NYC area, curated by the CNYB newsroom. Prior to Crain’s, she worked as a marketing coordinator for Harlem One Stop, a Harlem community-based destination marketing non-profit organization - committed to the preservation of Harlem's cultural and historic assets while contributing to the economic development of the area. Ashlee graduated from City College of New York with a BA in Sociology and minor in Economics, winning the Guylay Award for achievements as Business Manager/Advertising Director for the award-winning City College News Magazine, The Campus. Ashlee joined the Young Professional Board in 2018 and is excited to further the powerful mission of the Urban Justice Center.
City College of New York, CUNY
B.A., Sociology & Economics
Jacqueline is a political and corporate strategist at Benenson Strategy Group, where she works on behalf of progressive candidates, institutions, and corporations. In addition to her work with the Young Professional Board, Jacqueline is also a mentor with the Opportunity Network, which aims to give low-income students in New York City education-to-career guidance. Jacqueline joined the Young Professional Board in 2016.
M.A., Political Economy
B.A. Political Science & History