Nidhi Badaya (Board Chair)                Chief of Staff and Business Manager of Microsoft’s New York team

Originally from India, Nidhi completed her undergraduate education at the University of Warwick in the UK and following that, worked in management consulting at Ernst & Young (EY), London and across Europe with both public and private sector clients and specialized in operations management, change management and organizational design strategy. During her time at EY, she was one of the founding members of the Smart Futures program — a professional development and scholarship program for at-risk youth in London. She moved to the U.S. in 2014 to pursue a joint MBA/ MPA degree at MIT and Harvard University. She is currently the Chief of Staff and Business Manager of Microsoft’s New York team. Nidhi is passionate about driving social mobility and educational access, and her interests range from global politics to entrepreneurship, female leadership, competitive public speaking, conflict management, negotiation and mediation, and all things related to food and wine!

 

Diane Blum (Vice-Chair)

Nonprofit consultant and former Nonprofit Executive

Diane Blum is a consultant for non-profit health and social service organizations with expertise in program development, fundraising, and non-profit management. Through 2013, she served as chief executive officer of the Lymphoma Research Foundation.  Previously, for twenty years, Diane was executive director of CancerCare, a national non-profit support organization for people with all cancers. Before serving as executive director, she had been director of social service at CancerCare and a social work supervisor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Diane is a founder of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for 12 years, served as editor-in-chief of Cancer.net. She has served on committees of the Institute of Medicine, ASCO and the National Cancer Institute and is on editorial boards of five oncology publications. Diane's awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Board of Sponsors of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Special Recognition Award from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the Republic Bank Breast Cancer Research Award, the ASCO Special Recognition Award and the ASCO Partners in Progress Award. Diane received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and a Master's degree from the School of Social Welfare at the University of Buffalo.

Luke Murumba

Attorney, Haynes and Boone LLP

Luke Murumba is an attorney in the New York office of Haynes and Boone LLP, and a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. His practice includes all areas of real estate and real estate finance, including joint ventures, development, sales, acquisitions, mortgage and mezzanine loan origination and restructuring, and leasing. Prior to law school, Luke was an associate in the institutional client group at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. Luke holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Amherst College.

 

aura Wilson is the founder and former CEO of WilsonPrep, a premier tutoring agency. Currently, she consults with school districts and educators, oversees WilsonPrep’s online educational platform, and teaches test prep classes to underserved students. She has written numerous books; The Guide to Grammar is her most recent. At this time, she is busy working on a high school reading and writing workbook. In 2011, Laura founded Graph It Forward Today, a non-profit organization that donates graphing calculators and free test prep to students and schools in need. Laura has served on various educational boards, including the Horace Greeley Scholarship Foundation, Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program, and Lincoln High School Academy of Finance. Laura received her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.\\

Leigh Nathanson 

Partner, Boise Schiller Flexner, LLP

Leigh Nathanson is a partner at the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, where she has a complex commercial litigation practice focusing on antitrust, banking law, and class actions. Leigh graduated from Harvard with a degree in History and Literature and received a law degree from New York University School of Law.

Vikram Nidamaluri

Vice President, Bank of America

Vikram is the Vice President of Investment Banking in Technology, Media and Telecom at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Vikram graduated from University of Chicago with a degree in economics and received his masters in Finance and Strategy from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Joesph Ortega

Associate, Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, LLP

Joseph Ortega is a litigation associate at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he focuses on general commercial litigation, employment, and class action law. Joe graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Accounting and Finance from Creighton University and earned a law degree cum laude from New York University School of Law. 

Laura Wilson

Founder and former CEO of WilsonPrep and President of Graph it Forward Today

Laura Wilson is the founder and former CEO of WilsonPrep, a premier tutoring agency. Currently, she consults with school districts and educators, oversees WilsonPrep’s online educational platform, and teaches test prep classes to underserved students. She has written numerous books; The Guide to Grammar is her most recent. At this time, she is busy working on a high school reading and writing workbook. In 2011, Laura founded Graph It Forward Today, a non-profit organization that donates graphing calculators and free test prep to students and schools in need. Laura has served on various educational boards, including the Horace Greeley Scholarship Foundation, Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program, and Lincoln High School Academy of Finance. Laura received her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.