Board of Directors/

GOSO’s Board members share a deep commitment to improving opportunities for court-involved young men. Along with fulfilling the standard duties of board members, many are GOSO coaches and share their experience and expertise by presenting seminars on Rikers Island and in the GOSO office. All have had successful careers in business, law or education and are able to impart valuable, directed advice and support.

Reginald André
Chairman of the Board

VP Investment Management Division
Goldman Sachs

Norman Merritt 
Vice Chairman of the Board

Founder / CEO
Merritt Advisory Practice

Ira Wachtel
Secretary

(former) construction industry VP

Joe Azelby
(former) CEO — JPMorgan Asset Management’s Global Real Assets Group

John Berman
co-Anchor — CNN’s “New Day”

Richard Block
(former) Senior VP and President of Consumer Packaging Group — Westvaco Corporation

Matthew Bloom
(former) Senior Portfolio Manager — AllianceBernstein

Wendy Bosalavage
President — LIV unLtd

Daniel Goldberg
(former) VP, Merchant Banking Division — Goldman Sachs

Robert Harwood-Matthews
Executive VP — Starcom

Simone Hicks
Associate — Debevoise & Plimpton

Charles Kushner
Chairman / Principal — Kushner Industries

Erich Linker
Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer —
Smart Wine Company

Sam Martin
Solutions Executive — Oracle

Caliph Mathis
Director of Crisis Management Global Corporations Security — The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Jeremy Miller
Chief Communications Officer — McCANN WorldGroup

Brian Murrell
Partner — Deloitte & Touche LLP

Paul Netter
Global Credit Portfolio Manager — Millennium Partners

Fred Pfaff
President — Fred Pfaff Inc.

Tony Smith
co-Founder — VSA Consulting Group

Julian Taub
(former) Senior VP of Financial and Strategic Planning — Bloomingdale’s

Kimberly Till
(former) senior leadership — Disney, Sony, AOL Time Warner and Microsoft

Edie Weiner
President — Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc.

Jake Weinig
Founding Partner and Portfolio Manager — Malachite Capital Management

Advisory Directors/

John Atchison
community leader and Owner, John Atchison Salon

Judge Michael Corriero
New York State Judge for 28 years

Andrew Konigsberg
Deputy Managing Partner — Deloitte Consulting LLP

John Leguizamo
actor, stage and screen

Gloria Ortiz
GOSO Co-Founder and Principal — Horizon Academy