Upstander Generation, the Tyler Clementi Foundation Young Professionals’ Group is comprised of early-career professionals who volunteer their time, energy, and talents to raise awareness and funds to further TCF’s mission. Young Professionals Group members have the opportunity to create, plan, and participate in a variety of volunteer and awareness-raising activities, and to plan and host fundraising events that support TCF’s programs.
Upstander Generation is a powerful engagement tool to cultivate the next generation of leaders and supporters of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Together, in collaboration with the team at the Foundation, we will leverage Upstander Generation as a gateway to engage talented volunteers, reconnect with alumni, and educate and raise awareness among a younger generation to ensure the longevity and support of our organization.
From time to time, Upstander Generation will produce special events and programs on our behalf. To get involved in Upstander Generation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
If you would like to support the Upstander Generation, please feel free to make a donation here.
UPSTANDER GENERATION LEADERSHIP
Alex Dorado is currently a Program Manager at a New York based smart access start-up called Latch. Previously, Alex spent 4 years at BlackRock and recently relocated from San Francisco to New York City. Alex has used her recent move as an opportunity to support the Tyler Clementi Foundation by creating the Upstander Generation. Back in SF, Alex was an active member of the BlackRock Philanthropy Committee and served as Relationship Manager for La Cocina (SF based food entrepreneurial non-profit). She also served as a Volunteer for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco at both the De Young and Legion of Honor and was a mentor for the Latinos in Finance organization. Although a Bay Area native, Alex graduated from Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) with a BSBA in Accounting and Financial Management.
Emma Bratman currently resides in New York City, by way of San Francisco, Vancouver, BC and Rome, Italy. Passionate about helping others, Emma joined TCF with the goal to create a community where no one should feel outcasted or bullied. When she’s not hunting the city to find the best coffee shops, Emma enjoys long runs along the Hudson River, museum hopping, and weekend adventures.
Sara Cuddeback, after almost 4 years in NYC, just relocated back home to San Francisco where she is excited to continue her involvement with TCF through the Upstander Generation. As a Social Media Analyst at Sprinklr, she is aware of how impactful the online world can be to young kids, teens and young adults alike, and is excited to see the impact TCF can continue to have on this population. Outside of work, Sara enjoys fostering puppies and dogs through Muddy Paws Rescue and has successfully found them all great homes. Although Sara will miss the NYC TCF crew, she hopes to grow the SF branch in the near future.
Caroline Griffin is currently an analyst at BlackRock working on their COO Strategy team for the US Wealth Advisory Business in New York City. At BlackRock, she is also an active member of the BLK City Harvest Strategy Team and the Analyst Impact Committee. Prior to joining BlackRock. Caroline earned her B.A. degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology with a certificate in Classical Vocal Performance from Princeton University in 2017. Caroline became involved with the Tyler Clementi Foundation and its aspiring young professional group through BlackRock colleagues and is very excited to be engaged with this incredible organization. She is excited and passionate about helping others to stand up against bullying through inclusion and embracing diversity.
Annie Hull is currently a member of the National Accounts team at BlackRock, where she is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with Private Bank, Trust and Bank Brokerage clients. She is also an active member of the OUT & Allies network at BlackRock. Annie earned a BA degree in Economics, cum laude, from Wake Forest University. While at Wake Forest, Annie was a Make A Wish Grantor, a member of Chi Omega sorority and was involved with Students Helping Honduras. She lives in New York City, and loves live music and travelling. She is inspired and excited by the mission of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, and looks forward to helping bring the message and mission of the foundation out into the world.
Ashley Lozier lives in Brooklyn, New York and works in financial services, covering clients in U.S. Wealth Advisory at BlackRock. Originally from Hamilton, New Jersey, she is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she studied International Business and Marketing. Having attended Catholic and Jesuit schools all her life, Ashley is particularly interested in helping stop faith-based bullying of the LGBTQ+ community and empowering youth and young adults to intervene in these situations. In addition to combating bullying, Ashley loves long-distance running, photography, listening to indie rock music and learning foreign languages.
Jack Melick is a graduate of Ohio University and currently working within Sales Strategy and Operations at LinkedIn. Having lived in New York for 2 years, Jack recently relocated to San Francisco to continue his project. Jack first learned about TFC through Alex Dorado and joined the Junior Board soon after. Outside of his 9-5, Jack is happy to be giving back and advocating on behalf of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Hanging with friends, exploring his new city, or traveling for weekend trips is where you can find Jack outside of the office.
Rachel Swartz is a graduate of the University of Delaware and has been living in NYC for the past 2 years. She currently works as a Talent Solutions Consultant at LinkedIn. Rachel is excited to advocate for Tyler Clementi Foundation as she’s always been involved in volunteering for her community.
Becca Benham currently works in campaign operations at an ad tech company called adMarketplace. A Bay Area native, Becca graduated with a BA in Media Studies from UC Berkeley in 2017. Most recently, Becca completed her Master’s in Strategic Communication at Columbia University, where she learned how to connect with audiences in meaningful ways through written and digital communication strategies. She is so excited to be a part of such an inspiring community and help grow the TCF network.
Ishaan Nagpal Originally from New Delhi, India, Ishaan is a graduate of Columbia University and Claremont McKenna College, and currently works as a Software Engineer at Oracle within its Data Cloud business. Ishaan is also a youth mentor through the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program in NYC. Ishaan has a passion for helping and mentoring youth and is very excited to continue this work through the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Outside of work, Ishaan loves going on adventures with his dog Hershey and cooking delicious food for his friends.
Upstander Generation Past Events
On January 16th, 2020 UpGen hosted a night of live music at a classic bar in the Lower East Side called Pianos. We raised almost $5,000 for the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Big thanks to our musicians Mike Delgado and Saunghee Ko, Richie Quake, and Pianos for donating their talent, time, and space.
On Sunday November 17th 2019, UpGen hosted a Barry’s Bootcamp class to raise money for Tyler Clementi Foundation. We had 30 lovely people come out to support and sweat for a good cause! Thank you to Barry’s Park Ave South for donating your space and time!
- On Saturday July 17th, 2021 UpGen hosted Pilates in the Park – a fundraising event in partnership with Cam Norsworthy. Cam is a local fitness instructor and entrepreneur in NYC who donated her time to support the Tyler Clementi Foundation. We gathered in a park overlooking the water on the east side of lower Manhattan on a sunny summer day and worked out for a great cause!