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PRESS RELEASE: The Mission Society Welcomes Two New Board Members


New York, NY (April 15, 2021) – The Mission Society of New York City is pleased to announce the appointment of two new board members – Emily Peterson Alva and David Hinson. Each individual is dedicated to the Mission Society’s longstanding efforts to serve New York’s most vulnerable youth and families, and the staff and board are thrilled to welcome them into the organization.

“David is a highly qualified candidate whose professional experiences will enable him to bring a sophisticated and nuanced perspective to our important work,” shared board member, Alvarez Symonette.

Chairman of the Board, Matthew Mamak, said of Emily, “I am deeply impressed by her resume and her character. She is an experienced and respected finance and strategy executive with a notable track record. She will be an invaluable member of the Mission Society team.”

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.

The Mission Society’s new board members bring a unique expertise to help further the critical vision of the organization:

Emily Peterson Alva’s sector expertise spans healthcare, consumer, manufacturing and industrials, technology, financial services, and real estate. She currently serves on the board of Amneal Pharmaceuticals, and has been an active speaker and panelist on a variety of corporate governance matters, M&A related topics, and themes related to leadership and mentoring. In recent years, Emily has served as a Board Coach for the 2020 Women on Board Diversity Initiative, which supports and prepares board-ready business leaders for corporate board service.

David Hinson is a Senior Vice President of Ategra Capital Management and has over 25-years of executive and senior management experience. Formerly, he was founder of Brookland Capital Partners, a global finance and strategic consulting company. David was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a U.S. Department of Commerce agency focused on increasing the global competitiveness of the nation’s 8 million minority-owned and operated business. Under his leadership, the MBDA had the best 5-year performance in its 45-year history.

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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