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PRESS RELEASE: The Mission Society Welcomes Six New Board Members

Updated: Apr 15, 2021


New York, NY (December 22, 2020) – The Mission Society of New York City is pleased to announce the appointment of six new board members in 2020 - Hannah Choi Granade, Burhan Jaffer, Timothy Little, Alvarez Symonette, Elsie McCabe Thompson, and Greg Worrell. Each individual is dedicated to the Mission Society’s longstanding efforts to end multi-generational poverty by building the lifelong educational capacity of New York’s most vulnerable youth and families.

“Using their diverse expertise, professional experience, and unique insight, the new leaders on our board will be instrumental to expanding the reach and offerings of the Mission Society. We are excited to collaborate, and welcome them into our community,” shared Board Chair, Matthew Mamak.

For over two centuries, the Mission Society has worked to end multigenerational poverty by building the lifelong educational capacity of New York’s most vulnerable youth and families. Since their founding in 1812, over 6.5 million New Yorkers have benefitted from their afterschool and summer programs, career and college counseling, and social and emotional learning opportunities – services that have the potential to alter the course of a student’s life in the classroom and beyond.

Each of the Mission Society’s new board members brings a unique expertise to help further the critical mission and vision of the organization:

Hannah Choi Granade, CEO and Founder of mLogg, has had extensive leadership, consulting, and management experience across her career. Prior to her founding mLogg Software, she served as a Partner at McKinsey & Company, CEO at Advantix Systems, and Head of SPQR at the Senator Investment Group.

Burhan Jaffer, Chief Strategy Officer at Conduent, is an experienced and successful C-level executive with expertise leading mergers & acquisitions, corporate development, and corporate finance. He is known for his ability to scale high performing teams and rally stakeholders around a shared vision.

Timothy Little, Partner of the Real Estate Department at Katten Muchin Rosenman, has had a 30 year career representing lenders, buyers, and sellers in major real estate transactions and restructurings. His practice also focuses on real estate finance, purchases and sales, and joint ventures.

Alvarez Symonette, COO of Lady M Confections, works in strategic management, finance, investment advisory, business development, legal affairs, data analytics, and non-profit management and fundraising. He helped launch and grow two successful businesses, and raised $750 million over the course of his career to fund new investments.

Elsie McCabe Thompson, the Mission Society’s President, has provided her decades of experience, strategic leadership, and vision to the nonprofit, cultural, legal, and government sectors. Prior to her work at the Mission Society, she shepherded the Museum for African Art as its President for 15 years.

Greg Worrell, President of Scholastic Education, partners with schools and districts to empower educators and to raise achievement for all students. Through his work at Scholastic, he provides a comprehensive literacy program, print and digital instructional materials, and professional services for educators and family engagement.

About the Mission Society

Since 1812, the Mission Society of New York City has worked to end multigenerational poverty by building the lifelong educational capacity of New York’s most vulnerable youth and families. Each year, they provide over 3,000 students with a suite of afterschool, summer, college access, and career readiness programs at their flagship building on Malcolm X Boulevard and 12 public school programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. To learn more, please visit their website at

Media Contact

Sara Elghobashy

Senior Vice President of External Affairs

T: 212.674.3500 ext. 234


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