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

Vice President – Investment Banking — Goldman Sachs

Norman Merritt 
Vice Chairman of the Board

President and CEO
Qualitest Group

Ira Wachtel

(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
CFO — West Side Montessori School

Wendy Bosalavage
President — LIV unLtd

Rakim Brooks
Litigator — Susman Godfrey

Daniel Goldberg
Principal, Real Estate — Blackstone

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

Lauren Marrus
CEO — Dempsey & Carroll

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.

Ashish Prashar
Senior Director of Global External Communications at Publicis Sapient

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