Young Friends

The mission of Young Friends is to support and advance KIPP Philadelphia Schools as it strives to create and sustain a system of exceptional schools for the most underserved communities in Philadelphia.

The Young Friends Steering Committee seeks diverse, engaged young professionals in the greater Philadelphia area to become champions for KIPP Philadelphia and join us. Learn more about member expectations and how to apply.


2017-18 Steering Committee

  • Jerry Davidse, Chair Merrill Lynch, Senior Vice President
  • Paulina Arnal Comcast, Corporate Development Associate
  • Julia Cadwallender Director of Student Support, KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy
  • Lindsay Czacharowski Accenture, Strategy Consultant
  • Lara Falusi Comcast, Strategic Business Planning Director
  • Christian Hartranft Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.M. Candidate
  • Robert Bruce Hill Risk Advisory at Pine Hill Group, Senior Associate
  • Akbar Hossain University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD Candidate
  • Kate Pichola Ineson Vanguard, Project Manager, Personal Advisor Client Experience Team
  • Srinivasan "Srini" Kuppuswami KPMG LLP, Transfer Pricing Associate
  • Caitlin Mead Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Manager Trade Strategy and Operations
  • Khrystyna Oros Yellowdig, Sales and Marketing
  • Alexandra Rau IBB Consulting Group, Consulting Manager

Join the Steering Committee


Attend regular committee meetings (most will be in-person, a few may be held via conference calls)

Recruit event attendees

Participate in fundraising efforts and make a personal financial gift

Contribute to planning and execution of Young Friends events (volunteer opportunities, social/networking events, and panel discussions)

Become a knowledgeable representative of KIPP Philadelphia Schools and build relationships with individuals, corporations, and organizations within the community.

Join the Young Friends Steering Committee:

To apply to join the Steering Committee, complete the application found here. Submit your completed application, along with a resume, to [email protected]. For more information on Young Friends, please contact Christopher Johnson.