Emerging Leaders Council

In 2022, the Corey C. Griffin Foundation launched the pilot of its first-ever Emerging Leaders Council.

It is composed of up-and-coming professionals from Boston and the surrounding areas who serve as strategic volunteers for the Foundation for a two-year period. Our council members have a strong commitment to the mission of the Corey C. Griffin Foundation and a desire to connect meaningfully with, and support, its grant partners. 

Throughout the year, council members support the Foundation by organizing volunteer efforts for program partners and acting as an advocate for our work. They attend skills-building workshops and learn from industry leaders about current philanthropic issues in order to become next-generation philanthropists, fundraisers, and community leaders. As the year comes to a close, the council will host a fireside chat incorporating the insights of program partners and speakers. 


Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 cohort of the
CCGF Emerging Leaders Council


Education Committee

Backpack to School Project

The Education Pillar of the Emerging Leaders Council held the council’s inaugural event this summer, in support of our co-sponsorship with the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers (MAMLEO) and Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy’s (SJP2CA) second annual backpack drive for elementary school students in the City of Boston. The backpack event works with local partners and organizations to ensure students in need are able to start each school year with a brand new backpack and fresh school supplies. The Education Pillar organized a young professionals happy hour, hosted by Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, where entry to the event was the donation of a new backpack. The event was a huge success with over 200 attendees who donated and funded the purchase of over 1,000 backpacks!

Healthcare Committee

Care Packages for Patients

The #CCG Emerging Leaders Council hosted a happy hour at Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar. Admission was free with the donation of new art supplies and proceeds of all the merchandise sold are also going to help support juvenile mental health at our program partner, Franciscan Child. The night was a tremendous success

Faith & Character Committee

Meal-packaging Service Project

The Emerging Leaders Council packaged 6,500 nutritious meals to help Massachusetts households who struggle to provide food for their families. Meals packaged through this service project benefited Corey’s Kids through our partnership with My Brother’s Keeper to alleviate food insecurity.

Meet the Council

Sean Ndebele

CCGF ELC Program Manager

“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to lead the Emerging Leaders Council and work with Boston’s best and brightest young professionals, who are passionate about the Foundation’s mission and supporting its program partners.”

Theodore Floyd

Account Executive: Datadog

“This council presents the opportunity for me to get back involved in a cause I really care about, and leverage my experience to maximize the impact I can have.”

Andrew McLaughlin

Master's Degree Candidate

“What makes the opportunity to join the Emerging Leaders Council so exciting for me is the Foundation’s mission to help children who face unimaginable and hurtful obstacles in their lives.”

Emma Roberts

Strategy and Finance Analyst: Brooklinen

“I hope to join the Emerging Leader’s Council to work with and follow the lead of others with the commitment and drive that Kaelyn has and to use this to further the initiatives of the Corey C Griffin Foundation.”

Jonathan Farrow

Associate: PSG

“Being a part of the ELC would be a great opportunity to continue getting more deeply ingrained with the foundation on a more consistent basis.”

Hannah Merson

Investment Commercial Real Estate Broker: Horvath & Trembla

“The Emerging Leaders council presents the opportunity for all of these things; it allows like-minded individuals to come together to work towards a common goal.”

Natalia Smith

Applied Behavior Institute: Board Certified Behavior Analyst

“My past and present both align with the foundational elements of the foundation and I am very excited to be a part in whatever way I possibly can.”

Grady Zink

Superintendent: J Calnan & Assoc.

“I have supported the Corey C. Griffin Foundation since its inception and would love the opportunity to continue to increase my involvement.”

John Montgomery

Account Executive: Postscript

“I feel it’s now part of my responsibility to carry on the legacy and do my best to do
for others what he had done for me.”

Ashton Fagan

Strategy-Investment Product Placement & M&A: BlackRock

“I have always felt a strong connection to the children in our community and I spent a lot of time at Boston College tutoring and working with at-risk youth.”

Daintry Calnan

Marketing Coordinator: Olivela

“This foundation means a lot to me and I would like to be more involved and have a
bigger impact on its’ success.”

Michael Chamberlain

Enterprise Sales Development Representative: BitSight

“Leaving an impact and legacy on others is something I truly would love to be a part of.”

Zachary Phelps

Investment Associate: Henley Investment Management

“I have never seen so many kind, loving, caring people in one place.”

Alex Berluti

Investor: M33 Growth

“Volunteering my time to help support those less fortunate than me is something I have been doing since I was in middle school.”