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Young Professionals Committee Leadership 

Melanie Jones


Melanie is an Associate Director at Commonfund and is currently responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with endowment and foundation clients in the northeast.  Prior to her current role at Commonfund, Melanie was the investor relations operations liaison between Citco Fund Services and Tudor Investment Corporation responsible for developing an investor web portal and building reporting efficiencies.

Melanie graduated from the University of Connecticut, with a B.S. degree in Business Management. 

Ben Spiegelman


Ben currently leads the corporate development and strategy effort for Symbiont, an enterprise fintech company creating the next generation of financial markets infrastructure using blockchain technology. Previously, he has had an array of diverse experiences as a salesman @ Google, a trader @ Bank of America, and a banker/investor @ SenaHill Partners.

The work Ben is most proud of is being the Co-Chairman for the Young Professional Committee of Futures and Options. Ben leads the committee of 40 young professionals to raise awareness, grow the program and provide scholarship funding for the Futures and Options students.

Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a double major in Finance and Technology Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. 


Fundraising Committee

Zachary Larson 

Fundraising Chair

Zach joined the YPC in 2018. He is passionate about creating an even playing field for educational and professional opportunities. 

Zach is an Associate in MUFG's Securitized Products Group. He advises MUFG's corporate clients on asset monetization strategy, securitization structure, and capital markets execution with a focus on captive consumer finance companies. 

He received a BA in Economics and Government from Connecticut College in 2016.

Recruitment Committee


Krish Dutta

Recruitment Co-Chair

 Krish is currently a Principal at Centerview Partners, where he is focused on providing strategic advice and complex M&A matters across a broad range of industry sectors. He has been part of the Futures and Options YPC since 2016 and is a co-chair of the Recruiting Committee.

His prior experience includes being an investment banker in the Consumer and Retail Group at Barclays Capital (New York, NY) and a consultant at Cornerstone Research (Boston, MA).

Krish holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and an MBA from MIT Sloan. Additionally, he has served as a Big Brother.

Rachel McCauley

Recruitment Co-Chair

Liliana Nunez

Recruitment Co-Chair

Liliana Nunez is a Corporate Internal Auditor at Kuehne + Nagel Inc., a global logistics company, where she conducts audits, risk assessments and consulting engagements in North, Central and South America, while supporting the global teams in Switzerland and Singapore.  She is also a Certified Internal Auditor and is Certified in Risk Management Assurance.  In addition to her work with Futures and Options, Liliana also volunteers with NYCares and helps 2nd graders build robots and learn computer coding, though if you ask her, the 2nd graders help her!

Patrick Venter

Recruitment Co-Chair

Patrick Venter is an Associate in Kirkland & Ellis' Restructuring group, based in New York, where he provides a broad range of business advisory services in financial and operational restructurings and insolvency proceedings, including representing debtors, distressed investors, and creditors in all restructuring efforts both in and out of Chapter 11.  Pat has been a member of the YPC since 2017, and currently serves as Recruitment Co-Chair.

Pat is a graduate of Boston College Law School (J.D.) and Villanova University (B.S., Economics, International Business).

Social Committee


Ashley Niness

Social Chair

Ashley Niness is an Assistant Vice President in the Data and Information Management group at Moody's Investors Service. She is responsible for the implementation and management of a new business operation related to the central processing and management of data that will support research and analysis for the business. She has held a number of different positions at Moody's since she started at the company in 2010. She holds an MBA from NYU Stern and a Bachelors from Colgate University.

Alumni Engagement & Volunteer Committee

Wariz Anifowoshe

Volunteer Co-Chair

Navid Rahgozar

Volunteer Co-Chair

Jess Whitman

Alumni Engagement Co-Chair

Jess joined the YPC in 2017, inspired by the mission of the organization. 

Professionally, Jess is an Investment Banking Analyst for the Technology group at Morgan Stanley. 

 Outside of work, he loves to be active and be outside.  Some of his favorite hiking locations include Yosemite, Glacier National Park, and the National Parks in Southern Utah.

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