Founder, President, and CEO
After graduating from Amherst College, Chloe worked as a mortgage trader at J.P. Morgan. She found Wall Street intellectually stimulating, but felt as though she was not helping those truly disadvantaged. When she became a Financial Counselor for homeless families and completed an education fellowship where she pursued work related to strengthening teaching practice and curriculum innovation, she felt compelled to start an organization with a mission of teaching wealth and financial curriculum to women and girls of color.
Chloe is Series certified General Securities Representative and Investment Adviser and has her graduate certificate in Financial Planning. She is currently completing her Master of Public Administration from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and has completed graduate coursework in general and special education.
BlackFem teach manager
Emma Ross's path to BlackFem, Inc began in the classroom, her work within schools provided her the privilege of seeing the limitless possibility of education and opportunity that only strengthened her commitment to empowering women and girls of color. Emma has experience teaching in general and special education classrooms as well as school leadership experience. Prior to joining BlackFem, Emma was a social studies teacher and later an Education Coordinator at Success Academy Charter Schools. As an Education Coordinator, Emma coordinated the IEP process at her school and conducted all data analysis and visualization. Emma also has experience creating and customizing school curriculum. Emma has completed coursework in general and special education and has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.
Blackfem at school manager
Tara Spruill-Jones is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and New Jersey native currently residing in Washington, D.C. She has "Big 4" accounting experience in the areas of expatriate and high net worth taxation. She holds a BS from Cornell University and an Masters in Accounting and a M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
Tara joined BlackFem to regain the passion for her career and to answer the call to teach and inspire her community. During her time in Public Accounting, Tara found it extremely difficult to reconcile her purpose with her profession. She is immensely grateful to be able to align who she is with what she does at BlackFem.
blackfem In House Manager
Clarke Wheeler is the Government Relations Associate at Planned Parenthood of New York City, and previously worked for the city's Office of Financial Empowerment on its NYC Free Tax Prep Initiative. She graduated from Barnard College in 2016 with a double major in Political Science and Africana Studies.
As a black woman, Clarke is inspired by the possibilities that financial empowerment offers her and her communities. She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to support BlackFem's mission and pedagogical model because the racial and gender wealth gap, as well as the lack of financial literacy and power in communities of color, are issues that are personally resonant to her. Clarke looks forward to a world in which women and girls of color can financially thrive, and is excited to support the critical work happening at BlackFem!
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Helen Sacco graduated from the University of Tampa in 2013, and ended up working for a local non-profit organization helping homeless, unaccompanied youth. While working for this organization, she found her calling helping at-risk youth. She believes in a holistic approach to help at-risk youth better their futures by giving them the skills necessary to obtain successful economic opportunities. Helen is excited to work for BlackFem because the organization successfully implements her personal beliefs on a national scale. Currently, Helen is pursuing a Master of Public Administration from NYU Wagner.
Sarah Vistocco has a Masters in General and Special Education and has taught elementary and middle school children for three years. When she first heard of the Time is Money program, she knew she had to be a part of this project because she did not want to pass up the privilege to work with a program that equips young women with the tools they need to become not only financially independent, but affluent leaders in a society. Sarah's expertise augments the process of developing our youth programs' curriculum and strengthens the performance of the rest of our team and students at BlackFem.
Stephanie Gamble has worked as a teacher in New York City’s highest need communities for the past seven years. She was excited to join the BlackFem team, which allowed her to continue her love of education as well as ignite a passion for empowering the communities in which she lives and works. Stephanie has a Masters in Childhood Education and her BBA in Actuarial Science. Stephanie also is special education certified. Having spent most of her educational career as a kindergarten teacher and curriculum writer, she understands the importance of “investing” in students from an early age. Stephanie is a firm believer that demographics do not dictate your destiny, and organizations like BlackFem help students and families reach their full potential regardless of their socioeconomic background.
Having worked in the financial sector for many years, Charlene became accustomed to making money for large institutional investors and generating plans to further their wealth. This is something that Charlene did with ease, but it left her void, especially when she saw the inequity within her own community, being unequal participants in the financial markets. She did not see the creation and generation of wealth from the black community as she saw in other counterparts - something needed to change. Charlene wants to see young black girls and adults having the same financial knowledge and skills to create generational wealth and change the community. She want to see young girls flourish and have all the knowledge they need to invest in their financial future.
Charlene brings a wealth of financial and public policy knowledge and experience, having worked at J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Barings Asset Management, Allianz Global Investors, and as a Legislative Fellow for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. Charlene also has an Investment Management Certificate in the UK, a Masters in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and a BSc from the University of Westminster. She is currently pursuing her CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst).
curriculum writer, Parent Programs
Tiffany Willis has many years of experience in finance and as a financial coach and currently works as an operations specialist for fixed income securities, large denomination time deposits, commercial paper, and exchange traded funds. She has her MBA in finance from Golden Gate University and a bachelor's in economics from University of California, Davis.
Tiffany joined BlackFem because she wholeheartedly believes in the mission, creating opportunities for women and girls of color to sustain and build wealth. She believes there is a huge difference between coming into wealth (from whatever form) and building the tools that actually create wealth. Tiffany believes that if we as a community take part in building the tools, we have already built the basis for the investment. Creating a knowledge base around sound financial principles gives us the means that we need to help manage the risks that would threaten our financial growth. Tiffany wants to help women of color be proactive about their financial independence and success as it will open opportunities for them to truly live the life they desire. She plans to use her education and experience to do just that.
Programs data analyst
Amy Cushman has a Masters in Special and General Education and currently works as a data analyst for a public charter school. When Amy learned about BlackFem's after school program, she wanted to get involved and help develop the data system for our student's credit reports. She is excited to join BlackFem, Inc to help empower young women of color by providing an education beyond that of the Common Core curriculum.
Business Development Department
co-director of fundraising | blackfem West Coast
Emelyn Chew began her career as an analyst at J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank, working on structuring and originating fixed income securities for both private and public sector clients. While her professional work experiences allowed her to discover the transformative effect of capital markets, her volunteer work with nonprofits and social enterprises revealed the challenges faced by financially excluded communities in building wealth.
As a member of Funding Circle’s Capital Markets team in San Francisco, Emelyn works to connect small businesses with investment capital through the company’s online lending platform. She is excited to lead Blackfem’s West Coast expansion and see first-hand how financial education can empower communities to take ownership of their financial future. Emelyn has a bachelor’s degree from NYU.
CO-director OF FUNDRAISING | blackfem west coast
Kerina Koch currently works in investment operations at Wetherby Asset Management, a wealth management firm that emphasizes the importance of impact investing. Kerina previously worked at Funding Circle and has a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Davis.
She is excited to join BlackFem, Inc. because she recognizes the integral role financial education serves in empowering girls and women of color by giving them the tools needed to make their own financial decisions and build generational wealth.
Director of Marketing
Leslie Aguilar joined BlackFem, Inc. because as a Hispanic woman she has strived to attain opportunities she knows are far too uncommon within her sex and ethnicity. At BlackFem, she can use her education to show other women of color what they are capable of given the right tools and privileges. Ultimately, she believes the best thing she can do for women of color is lead by example and show them what the world could look like if women of color were the supervisors, CEOs, presidents, and even just interns of the world. Leslie is a rising junior at University of California, Berkeley majoring in political science and government.
Our Board of Advisors
BRIAN GRIMES, CFP®, CLU®
Brian Grimes is the co-founder of Bloyd Street Capital, a real estate development company in Philadelphia. Brian is a Certified Financial Planner™ and a Chartered Life Underwriter™previously worked at the New York Mercantile Exchange, AXA Advisors and Bridgewater Advisors Inc. He has spent his professional career providing an array of full financial planning services to both the masses and the classes. Brian previously served on the Board of Directors BlackFem and continues to share his knowledge and expertise with the BlackFem team and the communities we serve.
Gaurav Ahuja is an Investor at Thrive Capital and previously worked as a Growth Equity Investor at TA Associates in its Technology group. As an investment professional, he is responsible for sourcing and executing investments in growing technology companies with the goal of helping them scale to achieve the next level of success. Previously, Gaurav was a consultant with McKinsey & Co., where he helped several technology companies with growth strategy and go-to market decisions. When Gaurav heard about BlackFem's mission to improve financial literacy, he was immediately drawn to it. He'd always thought there was a gap in public education with regards to teaching practical personal finance skills and he is excited to join the team. Gaurav received a BBA with high distinction from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Jonny Price leads the U.S. lending division of Kiva.org. Founded in 2005, Kiva has now funded over 2 million entrepreneurs around the world with $850 million of microloans. These loans have been crowdfunded by 1.5 million individual lenders, and paid back with a 97% repayment rate. After starting his career in the London office of Oliver Wyman, Jonny took a break from strategy consulting to volunteer at Kiva in 2009. After falling in love with Kiva's mission (and his wife Ali, who worked at Kiva at the time!), he returned to Kiva full-time in 2011, to co-found the Kiva Zip pilot program. The program focuses on supporting financially excluded entrepreneurs here in the United States with 0% interest loans and the social capital engendered by Kiva's crowd-lending model. The vision for the Kiva U.S. program is to reimagine a financial system based on people, not profit. Jonny studied History at the University of Cambridge.