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youth investing in youth for global change

The Fast Forward Fund was led through its pilot year by an international network of students, guided by its founding Board of professional mentors. Youth directors were drawn from students through the Bard Globalization & International Affairs (BGIA) Program, a semester-intensive immersion in NYC. FFF was independently incorporated summer 2008; launched at a press conference with President Clinton featuring FFF as an outstanding commitment of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) in February 2009. Its fiscal sponsor, The Fund for the City of New York (FCNY), provides fiscal, personnel, and administrative management services for FFF through the FCNY Incubator Program.

founding board

founding advisory council

  • Braden Ferrari, AVALON Group Ltd
  • Roger Frank, i3 Advisors LLC
  • Hall Gardner, The American University of Paris
  • Kevin Gruneich, Investor, Ivy Asset Management
  • Robert Heitsenrether, Comprehensive Investment Solutions
  • Daniel Kaufman, One Percent Foundation
  • Alissa Keny-Guyer, Children’s Investment Fund
  • Chaula Kothari, Teach For America Social Entrepreneurship Institute
  • Jensine Larsen, World Pulse
  • Chris Lee, New York Yankees
  • Heather Lord, philanthropist
  • Leslie Meek-Wohl, Synergos
  • Jayan Patel, Blossom, Inc.
  • Heather Rees, NYC Venture Philanthropy Fund
  • Justin Rockefeller, Richmond Management
  • Robert Sherman, The Action Center to End Hunger
  • Rusty Stahl, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
  • Caitilin Twain, philanthropist
  • Nathaniel Whittemore, Asset Management, change.org
  • Shama Zehra, Goldman Sachs