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We believe in what we do. So, it’s no surprise that many of our staff and board members have a personal connection to our mission.

Since our founding in 1995, our staff and Board continue to be true believers in our model and some would even testify to its efficacy – since many are themselves, permanent parents to youth. Some of our staff and board are also former foster youth; in essence each member of our board and leadership team has a personal connection to our mission which informs their passion and commitment to the agency.

Executive Director

Jennifer Pinder

Executive Director
Jennifer Pinder assumed the Executive Director role at You Gotta Believe (YGB) in July 2020. Ms. Pinder is responsible for overseeing and successfully executing all aspects of the organization, including fundraising, communications, advocacy, strategy, board management, and strategic partnerships. As an adoptee, Ms. Pinder holds a direct personal connection to YGB’s mission and seeks to work collaboratively with her team that consists entirely of credible messengers. Prior to joining YGB, Ms. Pinder held positions as a director at a social science research firm, and as an affordable housing researcher for a national nonprofit organization, both in Washington, DC. She holds an Executive Master of Public Administration from New York University, a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Hampton University. Ms. Pinder resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Board President

PRESIDENTIAL PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, URBAN EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, & SOCIAL WELFARE AT CUNY
BOARD VICE PRESIDENT
MANAGING DIRECTOR AT NEUBERGER BERMAN
BOARD TREASURER

Vice Chairman; Penthera Partners
BOARD SECRETARY

Executive Director at Mizuho
ad-hoc Executive Committee Member

Strategy and finance consultant
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Partner Veritas Capital
HEAD OF EQUITIES AND CENTRAL FUNDING COMPLIANCE, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS
Global Head of Wholesale, Coinbase
FOUNDER AND CEO, SMALL GREAT DEEDS ATTORNEY
Head of Content-TONE Networks
CONSULTANT, ADVANCING FUNDRAISING: COACHING AND CONSULTING
CONSULTANT, ADVANCING FUNDRAISING: COACHING AND CONSULTING
DEVELOPMENT FOR LATITUDE
Vice President, Senior Supervision Officer, Neuberger Berman
Manager of Social Responsibility and Weil Foundation at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Investment Banker
Head of Social Impact and Employee Engagement at Yahoo
Production Manager, Celtra Creative
Supervisory Principal at Neuberger Berman
The Executive Committee comprises elected board leaders and acts as a steering committee for the full board. Its primary purpose is to facilitate decision-making between board meetings or in urgent and crisis circumstances.
The Advocacy Committee partners with YGB’s lobbyists to develop, comment on, and advocate for state, federal, and local public policies that enhance You Gotta Believe’s ability to end the practice of allowing youth to age out of foster care without connection to a permanent family.
The Development Committee leads the board’s participation in resource development and fundraising. In addition, the committee works with the staff to develop the organization’s fund development strategy.
The Finance Committee provides financial analysis, advice, and oversight of the organization’s budget. This committee’s sole responsibility is to ensure the organization operates with the financial resources it needs to provide programs and services to the community.
The Program Committee oversees new program development and monitors and assesses existing programs. In addition, this committee initiates and guides program evaluations and facilitates discussions about program priorities for the agency.
The Audit Committee assists the Board of Directors concerning financial reporting, internal control, and audits and supports the organization’s process for monitoring its compliance with laws and regulations. The audit committee’s primary role is to instill confidence in stakeholders that the organization’s financial and tax status, internal controls, risk management, and compliance procedures allow it to fulfill its mission and achieve long-term viability.
The Board Development Committee is crucial in ensuring that YGB has a strong and effective board of directors capable of fulfilling all responsibilities and achieving YGB’s mission and goals. The committee oversees the organization and processes for board recruitment, onboarding, and retaining board members who will contribute to YGB’s success.
The Governance Committee oversees who serves on the board of directors and plays a central role in the organization’s selection and compensation of executive-level positions.