Mariano Portocarrero, Board Chair of Roads to Success, is a Vice President at Wells Fargo. At Wells Fargo, he is responsible for originating, underwriting, and syndicating senior secured credit facilities ranging between $35 million and $5 billion for commercial and corporate borrowers. He has experience negotiating legal documentation, coordinating business due diligence, and facilitating collateral evaluations with third party appraisal and audit firms. Mariano formerly worked in the Office of Advancement at Fairfield University for four years and sat on the board of Fairfield University Alumni Association’s NY Chapter for two years. He competed in the Fairfield University Start Up competition and was featured in multiple Fairfield University publications.
Mariano holds a B.S. in Finance from Fairfield University and lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Gregorio Concha-Toro’s passion for helping kids find their identity and sense of purpose is rooted in his upbringing. Growing up as a first-generation American, he witnessed those in his community struggle because they grappled with their place in the world. In addition to his passion, he brings a background in corporate strategy and human-centered design thinking to create meaningful and user-centric impact for Roads to Success and its ecosystem of members.
As a strategist and operations leader for Eleanor Health, Gregorio is focused on ensuring the organization is tackling the opioid crisis as effectively as possible. Before Eleanor Health, he was a business strategist and designer for Doblin and the Monitor Group, Deloitte’s Innovation and Corporate Strategy practices, helping clients tackle their most complex questions and issues about their future. He has developed growth strategies for companies and designed innovative solutions to avoid disruption across multiple industries.
Outside of work, you can find him empowering children through Roads to Success, biking around New York, or sailing. He graduated with a B.S. in Business and Political Economy and a minor in advance mathematics from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is a native speaker of Spanish and English.
Natalie Cuchel is area Vice President at Gallagher where she is thrilled to work with leading industry experts to create innovative wellness programs and tailor them for public and private sector employee unions and social service sector organizations to help them become the best environments they can be for their members, employees and the people/communities they serve. Prior to Gallagher, Natalie worked in different capacities in NYC’s not-for-profit community. She brought enrichment programs to school children living in NYC family shelters, was co-founder of one of NYC’s first charter schools, and a founding member of the Roads to Success Team. She is a graduate of Hampshire college and Bank Street College where she received an MS in education.
Jackie Fusco is an accountant with Jane Street. She has over 10 years of experience providing accounting and assurance services. She was previously an Audit Senior Manager with EisnerAmper LLP, providing accounting and auditing services to hedge funds, private equity funds, broker-dealers, investment managers, and other financial service entities. Jackie is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She received her B.S.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and lives in New York City.
Larry Hackett is a media executive, writer and an ABC News contributor. From 2006 to 2014, Hackett was the editor in chief of People magazine. He is the former president of the American Society of Magazine Editors. Prior to joining PEOPLE, Hackett worked for more than eight years at the New York Daily News as a national reporter, entertainment reporter and features editor. A graduate of Boston University, Larry has two children and lives in Manhattan.
Steve Kotran is a partner specializing in mergers and acquisitions and financial institutions at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Steve earned a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Charlie Miles is a founding member and the CIO of Claris Capital Management.
Prior to starting Claris Capital Management, he was a Portfolio Manager for Del Mar Asset Management and a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Asset Management. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2002, he was a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers Citibank, where he managed the US equity derivatives sales force from 1996 through 2001. He started his Wall Street career in 1983 at Salomon Brothers, where he was an equity analyst involved in quantitative research, portfolio construction and trading.
Charlie received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Middlebury College in 1983. Charlie was the Board Chair of Roads to Success from 2010-2014. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Naomi and three children.
D’Juan A. Neal
D’Juan A. Neal is an attorney in the Blank Rome Finance, Restructuring and Bankruptcy practice group. Mr. Neal represents many leading institutional lenders including commercial banks, finance subsidiaries of banks, private equity groups, and finance companies. D’Juan’s practice background includes areas such as cash flow and asset-based lending, split collateral lending, first lien/second lien and mezzanine financings, acquisitions and leverage recapitalization financing. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Mr. Neal served as a director of wealth management compliance for a leading global financial services firm.
D’Juan is a resident of Harlem, who moved to the big apple after receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law and his BS in Industrial Engineering and Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and sits on the Executive Board of Roads to Success, an organization committed to the academic, personal and professional development of all New York City youth. D’Juan was named to the National Black Lawyers’ 2019 class of Top 40 under 40.
Aiwa Shirako, Ph.D.
Dr. Aiwa Shirako is the Equity & Fairness Lead for Analytics, Performance Management, Compensation & Benefits, at Google, Inc. She is responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of equitable, data-driven people programs at Google. She marries people analytics and design thinking to solve complex organizational problems in performance management, benefits, and compensation – most recently from a DEI (diversity, equity, & inclusion) lens.
Prior to Google, Aiwa served as a Visiting Professor of Management and Organizations at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and her research has been published in peer reviewed academic journals and edited volumes, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Applied Psychology and Psychological Science.
Aiwa received a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California Berkeley.
Bre Statuto is an Associate with Wells Fargo’s Investment Bank, responsible for the origination, structuring, and syndication of investment grade debt private placements. Prior to Wells Fargo, Bre worked in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s corporate banking division to underwrite and manage credit products for large corporate healthcare clients. She has years of experience volunteering with various Non-Profit organizations, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Finance and International Business.
Jean Teo has experience with after-school programs and children’s activities. She was the Hunter College Elementary School parent chess coordinator for 5 years coordinating numerous chess events including the school’s team participation in the bi-annual US Chess Nationals. She worked at KPMG UK in the Assurance department and was a financial consultant prior to moving to NYC. Jean received a M.A in Economics and Management Studies from University of Cambridge, UK. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.