Meet the advisory board and staff that are inspiring Greater Los Angeles's young people to find their paths to success!


NFTE Greater Los Angeles Advisory Board

Jeff Green, Chair
Founder & CEO
NanoH20 Inc.

Sharon Amezcua
ESE Partners, LLC & ESE Fund Ltd.

Paul Chen

Brandie Cobb
NFTE Teacher
Environmental Charter HS

Leo Gestetner
Heath Capital

William Hsu
Mucker Capital

Tricia Landry
Senior Vice President

Jeff Lipp
Chairman & COO
The Kive Company

Bryce Maddock

Megan McGowan-Epstein
Vice President
Goldman Sachs & Co.

Jeannette Michels
Founder / Owner, PackIt
Consultant, Global Icons/Ironman Brand


NFTE Greater Los Angeles E-Council

Elliott Schwartz, Chair
Empty Leg Market

Paul Albarian

Sanjay Baway
HD Geo Solutions

Dave Buck
Oaktree Capital Management

Jennifer Chang

Natascha French

Jack Friedman
Study Smart Tutors

Fred Hanna
Comerica Bank

Cindy Ho

Hayana Kwon
Comerica Bank

Kasey Lundquist
Vow to be Chic

Cian Mitsunaga

Andrew Morris
Solace Capital

Rishi Roongta
Wild Onion Labs

Nick Shum

Vic Thompson

Kat Yalung
General Assembly

Claire Zeigler
Capital Group


NFTE Greater Los Angeles Staff

Estelle Reyes, Executive Director, joined in 2006 as Program Director, and in 2010 was named Executive Director. Estelle manages staff, operations, fund development and major partnerships. Prior to NFTE, Estelle worked as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co. as well as a First Grade Teacher.  Estelle holds a Sc.B. from Brown University, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Betsy BlanchardBetsy Blanchard, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, joined in 2008 as Program Director, after joining NFTE Bay Area in 2006. Betsy focuses on fund development and cultivating strategic partnerships. Prior to NFTE, Betsy led urban girls’ leadership programs. Betsy earned a B.A. from Amherst College and an MSW from Columbia University, School of Social Work.


Nadia Shahin, Program Director, joined NFTE Greater LA in November 2011 as Volunteer Coordinator, took on the Program Manager role in September 2012 and was named Program Director July 2014. Nadia provides support to our teacher cadre, is building our volunteer engagement system and strengthening our alumni programs. Nadia holds a B.S. in Business from USC with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.