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About The New Agenda

2015 Board of Directors and Officers

The New Agenda 501(c)(4)

Board Members
  • Amy Siskind
  • Karen Gerringer
  • Deb Kemper
  • Tammy Jones
  • Heather Capell Bramble

The New Agenda Foundation 501(c)(3)

Board Members
  • Amy Siskind
  • Karen Gerringer
  • Deb Kemper
  • Heather Capell Bramble
  • Cherylyn Harley LeBon
  • Marla Isackson
  • Tammy Jones

Officers

President
Amy Siskind

Vice President
Karen Gerringer

Treasurer
Tammy Jones

Secretary
Deb Kemper

  • Amy Siskind

    Amy Siskind

    Amy Siskind is a national spokesperson, writer and expert on helping women and girls advance and succeed. A highly successful Wall Street executive, she’s Co-founder and President of The New Agenda, a national organization working on issues including economic independence and advancement, gender representation and bias, sexual assault and domestic violence. Some of her television and radio appearances include: CNN, Fox News, CNBC, PBS, TheStreet.com, NPRand Marketplace Radio. A frequent source for national press, Siskind has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, POLITICO, U.S. News & World Report, RealClearPolitics, the Boston Globe and The Hill.

    She’s a regular featured contributor at The Huffington Post. Amy speaks on college campuses and to young women about economic empowerment, and delivers inspiration keynotes and speeches to professional women on how to succeed. She serves on Cornell University’s highly prestigious President’s Council of Cornell Women and Cornell University Council, and was recently honored by the Westchester County Legislators for her LGBTQ advocacy.

    A pioneer in the distressed debt trading market, she has a lifetime of experience with failure and remarkable success and knows what it takes to win. She became the first female Managing Director at Wasserstein Perella at the age of 31, and later ran trading departments at Morgan Stanley and Imperial Capital, where she was also a partner. She received a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance from The NYU Stern School of Business.

  • Karen Gerringer

    Karen Gerringer

    Karen Gerringer is a founding member of The New Agenda, with a particular interest in the “safety” and “leadership” aspects of the organization. She is an Executive Director in Risk Management at Morgan Stanley, where she has worked for 16 years variously in technology, investment banking, firm management, and fixed income. Karen has a BS in Marketing and Management from Wharton/UPenn and an MBA in Finance and Technology from Stern/NYU.

  • Tammy Jones

    Tammy Jones

    Ms. Jones founded and launched Basis (as a Minority and Women Owned Business) in 2009 in partnership with lead investor, JEMB Realty Corporation, creating a team with more than 60 years of combined commercial real estate debt and equity experience.  Basis is a multi-strategy commercial real estate investment platform that acquires and originates senior mortgages, mezzanine loans and B notes, CMBS, performing and distressed whole loans, preferred equity and equity positions on behalf of its investors. Ms. Jones is both Principal and President of Basis and is responsible for overseeing the day to day management of the firm and its separate account and JV investments.  While many other funds struggled to deploy capital in 2009/10, Basis, since inception, under the leadership of Ms. Jones, has succeeded in closing more than $2 billion in CRE debt and structured equity related investments.  Ms. Jones has more than 23 years of experience in the CRE finance industry, a solid record of building and growing debt platforms and a well-developed strategic view of the future of this business.

    Prior to joining Basis, Ms. Jones spent five years with CWCapital LLC (“CW”), where she was the head of CW’s fixed and floating rate Capital Markets Lending Division.  In this role, she created CW’s national capital markets lending platform from inception, developed and branded the business and managed 80 professionals across eight (8) offices.  Under her direction, the team originated more than 500 loans totaling in excess of $6 billion in fixed, floating and mezzanine loans collateralized by CRE assets across the country.  Prior to CW, Ms. Jones was a Senior Vice President of Commercial Capital Initiatives, Inc., a GMACCM subsidiary (now Berkadia) (“GMAC”), where she was part of the senior management team responsible for creating GMAC’s Capital Markets lending division.  Ms. Jones was responsible for building and overseeing the securitization platform, where she securitized in excess of $25 billion, and was a senior member of the firm’s Credit Committee.  Prior to her seven years with GMAC, she held positions at Equitable Real Estate and AMRESCO Management, Inc. where she was involved in equity acquisitions and sales, mortgage lending and workouts, servicing and due diligence of portfolios including RTC pools.

    Ms. Jones currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC), is a board member and Treasurer of The New Agenda, and a member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women (PCCW).  Ms. Jones chaired fundraising efforts for the Neighborhood Defender Service and the Morris County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America.  Ms. Jones recently became a mentor for the GSU students in the Robinson College’s Honors Program and was awarded the 2014 Robinson Alumni Entrepreneurship Award by GSU’s Robinson College of Business. Ms. Jones has also been honored with the Jack and Jill of America Morris County HerStory Global Corporate Trailblazer and Community Service Award and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Morris County Economic Security Initiative Award.  Ms. Jones holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate Finance from Georgia State University.

  • Deb Kemper

    Deb Kemper

    Deb Kemper is an experienced consultant and non-profit board member with cross-cultural leadership experience; she has lived and worked on three continents. Deb has provided leadership support to non-profit organizations in China and the United States. Deb recently directed the launch of Stone Soup Global Leadership, a YGL task force being incubated within JUCCCE. Stone Soup is focused on inspiring and enabling leaders who catalyze change. Prior to her non-profit focused work, Deb was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Deb earned her MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College where she was named an Edward Tuck Scholar. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University where she graduated With Distinction and was a member of the Varsity Women’s Crew. She recently moved to Boston with her husband and two children.

  • Heather Capell Bramble

    Heather Capell Bramble

    Heather Capell Bramble has over a decade of senior legal and executive management experience. She is currently Chief Counsel to Commissioner Marietta Robinson of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. The CPSC is an independent federal regulatory agency formed in 1972, charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from more than 15,000 consumer products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard, or that can injure children.

    Heather recently joined the CPSC after spending four years at home with her young children. Prior to that, Heather was a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP where her law practice focused on complex class actions, securities litigation and white- collar matters. Before becoming a partner at Dewey, Heather worked as an associate with the same group at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene, and MacRae, LLP (Dewey’s predecessor firm) and Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP. Her clients included large corporations such as Global Crossing, Ltd., Shell Oil Company and Zurich Insurance Company, as well as individuals. Heather began her legal career in Washington, DC as a staff attorney in the Division of Enforcement at The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission where she prosecuted commodities fraud and manipulation cases. After college but before law school, Heather spent three years working in New York City in the Office of Academic Affairs at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg School for International Students.

    Throughout her life and her career, Heather has been very involved in political, social and diversity issues. Her political work culminated in 2008, during Democratic primary elections, when Heather took a leave of absence from her law firm to work full time in various senior positions on the Hillary Clinton campaign.

    While working in the government and private practice, Heather has spent much time mentoring many women and diverse lawyers. She was very involved in the women’s groups at all of her law firms and has initiated many networking activities for younger lawyers and law students over the years. She is extremely excited about her new position as a board member for The New Agenda to work to fulfill its mission to “improve the lives of women and girls by bringing about systemic change in the media, at the workplace, at school and at home.”

    Heather received her J.D. from The University of Texas Law School and her B.A. with Highest Honors from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She also studied overseas in Israel at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the One-Year Program.

    She lives with her spouse, Jocelyn, and their two children, Jonah and Vera, in Washington, D.C.

  • Cherylyn Harley LeBon

    Cherylyn Harley LeBon

    Cherylyn Harley LeBon is a lawyer and public affairs executive with almost 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C. and is the President and CEO of KLAR Strategies. She provides grassroots/coalition development, strategic counsel, and media strategy to executives, corporations, trade associations, and non-profits.

    She has worked as a political appointee and senior executive in the federal government and as a Vice-President of Public Affairs for a national trade association where she directed media and communications strategy; health coalitions, and corporate partnerships. Additionally, Cherylyn served as a Senior Counsel with the U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee was responsible for judicial nominations, the Department of Justice oversight, and civil and human rights.

    She writes about policy, business and legal issues for a variety of publications including BlogHer, The Blaze, and She Owns It, and serves as Co-Chair of Project 21, a leadership network with the National Center for Public Policy Research. Cherylyn is a regular guest and commentator on nationally broadcast radio and television programs.

    Cherylyn was a Research Guest and Lecturer at the University of Bremen Law School in Germany and has lectured across the U.S. and Europe on American business, leadership, and policy issues. She was formerly an adjunct public policy professor with the Washington Center in Washington, DC. Cherylyn is a 2013 graduate of Georgetown University’s program in Executive Leadership Coaching.

  • Marla Isackson

    Marla Isackson

    Marla Isackson is a seasoned marketing executive with over 25 years’ experience creating innovative marketing campaigns for world-famous brands including Citibank, American Express, Barnes & Noble, and WebMD.

    A longtime passionate supporter of girls’ initiatives, Marla is the founder of Like a Boss Girls, a website providing young women the tools, information and inspiration they need to define, explore and connect with their goals — including finding (or creating) their dream job, becoming entrepreneurs, social activists, leaders, basically pursuing success however they may define it. A mother of two and an entrepreneur herself, Marla created Like a Boss Girls, formerly known as Heart of Gold, because she believes that young women have the strength, determination and talents to play a bigger game, make a big difference in the world, and “make it big” by achieving real greatness in their lives.

    Prior to founding Like A Boss Girls, Marla was the Chief Marketing Officer for Barnes & Noble during the successful expansion of “Readers’ Advantage,” the industry’s largest consumer loyalty program. While at Barnes & Noble, Marla also oversaw the development and execution of key multi-channel retail promotions and sponsorships.

    As Senior Vice President for WebMD — the leading consumer Website in the healthcare industry — Marla oversaw all marketing activities, including advertising, media, promotions, user acquisition and retention and partner marketing.

    During her 12-year tenure at American Express, Marla worked on numerous high-profile programs to expand and evolve the company’s consumer credit card portfolio. She oversaw the development and execution of all consumer loyalty, usage and retention initiatives, including the management of “Membership Rewards,” the largest and most diverse travel and retail rewards program in the marketplace. Marla also led several new product introductions, including the 1999 launch of “Blue from American Express,” the company’s most significant and successful effort to attain leadership in the credit card category.

    Marla holds a B.A. from Union College and an M.B.A. from Fordham University. She lives with her husband in New Jersey. Marla is a newly elected member to the board of The New Agenda Foundation, a 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls by bringing about systemic change in the media, at the workplace, at school and at home.

  • Lauren D. Myers

    Lauren D. Myers

    Lauren D. Myers is the Owner of The Myers Group, Inc. where she focuses in both Human Resources Consulting and Sports and Entertainment Marketing Partnerships and Development. During Lauren’s tenure with The Myers Group, Inc., she has increased her responsibilities from solely developing both active and retired NFL players through their brand management/image consulting endeavors (PR, media tours and training, foundation creation and development, career counseling including internships, events, marketing and sponsorship opportunities and fundraising endeavors) to now include musicians and a celebrity/award winning chef.

    Prior to developing The Myers Group, Inc. Lauren served as an Executive Search and Human Resources Consultant for various Fortune 500 companies, as well as the Director of Marketing and Player Development for Sports West Football in Oakland, CA. At The Myers Group, she continues to consult with various clients nationwide addressing Human Resources and Talent Acquisition gaps. Through volunteer and philanthropic activities locally in Philadelphia and nationwide, it affords her the opportunity to expand her reach in creating career plans for her clients.

    A native of Philadelphia, PA, Lauren is a graduate of Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She is also a member of the Cornell University Council, and the Cornell Association of Class Officers where she chairs Diversity and Inclusion. She is a frequent speaker on campus discussing Sports and Entertainment Marketing /Development and the challenges with leading, influencing and navigating with athletes for life during and after their professional athletic careers. She resides in Philadelphia raising her four young children.

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