Business Engagement Manager
Fareesa Abbasi joined Futures and Options as a Business Engagement Coordinator in September of 2019. As a Business Engagement Manager, she is responsible for working to secure new internship opportunities for students attending Career and Technical Education high schools as well as managing Future's and Option's existing business relationships. Fareesa has always been a strong advocate for youth development and education. Prior to joining Futures and Options, she was based out of Asia and co-founded a nonprofit dedicated to building schools for the underprivileged in India. She focused on fundraising and securing donors, as well as helping to develop vocational programs. Fareesa spent the earlier years of her career working in the finance industry as a Sales Trader in Hong Kong. She was also an active member of the Young Professionals Committee of Room to Read's chapter in Hong Kong, an organization supporting children's literacy.
Fareesa attended Northwestern University where she earned a B.A. in History and Legal Studies in 2007. She is very excited to use all of the skills she's gained to make a positive impact on New York City's underserved youth, and proud to be a part of an organization that empowers low-income students. In her spare time Fareesa enjoys spending time wakesurfing, hiking, playing piano, making crafts with her nieces and nephews, and traveling with family and friends.