Future 5, a Stamford-based nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income high school students in Stamford, CT graduate and connect to a better and sustainable education and career path, announced the addition of two new members to its board of directors and a new member to its advisory board. Michael Chambers and John Bonora joined the board of directors while Nancy Fink Benjamin joined the advisory board.
Stamford, CT resident, Michael Chambers, is executive director of the Per & Astrid Heidenreich Family Foundation based in Stamford, CT. Chambers also serves as vice president for Heidenreich Enterprises Limited Partnership. Previously, he served nearly ten years as the agency director of Inland Wetlands & Watercourses for the town of Greenwich. Chambers graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Lynchburg College.
John Bonora is a resident of North Haven, CT and a senior vice president – chief risk & chief credit officer with First County Bank based in Stamford, CT. Prior positions include vice president – regulatory risk & compliance Assurance Manager for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Stamford and a vice president – compliance officer for Fairfield County Bank in Ridgefield, CT. Bonora received his Master of Science in Financial Risk Management from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Economics-Finance from Bentley University.
Stamford, CT resident Nancy Fink Benjamin, who is also a Future 5 college prep coach, grew up in Stamford and attended Stamford public schools. Nancy began her career on the advertising agency side in account management at Dancer, Fitzgerald, Sample and moved into advertising sales at Conde Nast where she worked for Mademoiselle, Glamour and Allure magazines. She attended Michigan State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications and English and a Masters of Arts in Advertising.
In addition to the new board members, Future 5 board includes: New Canaan residents chairman, Polly Perkins Johnson, vice chairman & secretary, Tom Turrentine, VP of RBC Wealth Management, Andrew Ashforth, co-CEO, The Ashforth Company, Thomas Beusse, CEO, F+W, Jack Loop, CEO, The Loop Company, Frank Lyon, individual philanthropy officer, AmeriCares, Jamere Jackson, CFO, The Nielsen Company, Christopher Wright, partner, Pilgrim Capital, Cindy Ziegler, director, Halo Studios, as well as Darien resident David Schirmer, VP and general manager, Hearst Corporation, Fairfield resident Jessica Lee, assurance senior manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Redding resident Kim DePra, VP, marketing & communications, The Ashforth Company.
Founded in 2009, Future 5 has served 500+ students and overall has a 98% high school graduation rate. For the 2016-2017 school year, Future 5 expects to serve approximately 160 students. The nonprofit has a staff of five. Future 5 and its board are currently focused on sustainability by expanding quality programming and infrastructure, creating a reserve fund, expanding its physical space, and strengthening general operations. Ultimately, the board hopes to expand Future 5’s model to other cities.