Medgar Evers College Educational Foundation

Michael M. Beal, Chair – Managing Member and CEO, Data Capital Management
Michael M. Beal is Managing Member and CEO of Data Capital Management, a next-generation hedge fund based on artificial intelligence and innovative data-gathering technology. Mr. Beal graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Honors and began his investing career with Morgan Stanley and TPG Capital. Following his graduation from Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration with Distinction, he co-founded a new data analytics line of business for J.P. Morgan Chase, where he served as Head of Strategy, Finance, and Controls. After leading the build of the industry’s first “big data” approach to collateral and counter-party risk optimization, Mr. Beal, along with an experienced team of data scientists and quantitative researchers, partnered with a large Geneva-based firm to launch Data Capital Management in 2014. He is a thought leader in the artificial intelligence space and frequent CNBC contributor.
Yair Riemer – President, CareerArc
Yair Riemer currently serves as President, Career Transition Services at CareerArc. CareerArc is a leading human resources technology company helping business leaders recruit and transition the modern workforce. Prior to his current role, Mr. Riemer served as Chief Marketing Officer at CareerArc and was previously a founding team member and CMO at, the world’s largest student-focused internship marketplace, where he supported higher education institutions in the formulation of successful career pathways programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to, he was a founding team member at Amuzu, a mobile solution for higher education institutions, where he led product, marketing, and business development efforts. Mr. Riemer has led market research and conducted studies on human resources topics, including employer branding, workplace flexibility, internships, and the rise of social media in recruitment. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv.
Reverend Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood – Executive Pastor, Mount Pisgah Church
Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood serves as executive pastor of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church and is nationally recognized for his work with East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC), an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation’s largest and longest-standing network of local faith and community-based organizations. He spearheaded the Nehemiah Housing Project, which constructs owner-occupied, single-family homes in three of the most devastated communities in Brooklyn. He serves as a national spokesman for the group, and in 1990, he was recognized and included in the Congressional Record for his trailblazing work with the project. Dr. Youngblood is the subject of the book, Upon This Rock: The Miracles of a Black Church, written by Samuel G. Freedman. In December of 1995, Dr. Youngblood was featured in The New Yorker magazine as one of the ten most influential New Yorkers. Most recently, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church has become the headquarters for the Project Safe Surrender, a social justice program that helps those facing minor offenses in Brooklyn turn themselves in to church and law enforcement officials and have their cases adjudicated in a secure environment. Dr. Youngblood holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dillard University in New Orleans, a Master of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton.
Corey Fernandes – Vice President of Business Development and Member Relations, Municipal Credit Union
Corey Fernandes began his career at the Municipal Credit Union (MCU) in 2005 as a loan originator in the Mortgage Department and became Vice President of Business Development and Member Relations in 2012. Mr. Fernandes spearheads the credit union’s community outreach campaign, where he continues to develop new ways to support the communities which MCU serves. He also leads MCU’s efforts to promote financial education and empowerment. Mr. Fernandes and his team work with many public and private agencies on financial education-based programs, including the establishment of MCU’s Financially Fit program, which received an NYCUA Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award. He currently serves on the advisory board of City University of New York’s Black Male Initiative. Mr. Fernandes holds a Bachelor of Science from the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John's University and a Master of Science in Finance from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.
Richard E. Green – Adjunct Lecturer of History, Medgar Evers College
Richard E. Green is an adjunct lecturer of History at Medgar Evers College. Mr. Green served in the U.S.Marine Corps, completed a tour with the Intelligence Unit during the Vietnam War, and held the rank of commander-in-chief of the Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Virginia. A lifelong New Yorker and community activist, Mr. Green founded the Crown Heights Youth Collective in 1978. Providing comprehensive services for disadvantaged youth from diverse neighborhoods, the Collective has served more than 100,000 young people since its inception. Mr. Green co-founded the Street Outreach Program with former Mayor David Dinkins and Councilmember Sal Albanese and participated in the New York Police Department Community Relations Project under NYC Police Commissioners Brown, Kelly, Bratton, Safir, and Kerik. He is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Police Executive Research Foundation (PERF), where he meets regularly with police chiefs and commissioners from around the nation. Mr. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) from Marist College and a Master of Art in African History from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Keming Liu, Ph.D. – Professor of English, Medgar Evers College
Dr. Keming Liu is a Professor of English at Medgar Evers College and a widely-published writer and translator. Her many publications include a book, several translations, scholarly articles on linguistics and literature, and journalism. Her recent book, Voices of the Fourth Generation: China’s Poets Today (Floating World Editions, 2010), includes a historical and critical introduction to an anthology of Chinese poems in English translation, which has been adopted as required reading by Hong Kong University and other universities. Her ongoing research explores political and cultural transformations in contemporary China, the impact of language on identity and politics, and cultural influence on cognition and its implications in education. Dr. Liu served on the executive board of New York State TESOL, the Asian-American Research Institute, and currently is a board member of the American Geolinguistics Society. Dr. Liu holds a Master of Arts in Technology from Columbia University, a Master of Arts in TESOL from Hunter College, and a Doctor of Education in Linguistics from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Terence Hamilton Biggs, II – Executive Coach, Author, and Entrepreneur
Terence Hamilton Biggs, II is an executive coach, author, entrepreneur, and a marketing and financial executive who has been an active member of the business community for over 32 years. In November 2008, he founded Marketplace Dynamics, a Princeton, New Jersey-based marketing and technology agency, where he currently serves as CEO. Mr. Biggs has served as the co-founder and CEO of a Lifeline Foundation, Inc. (LFI), a non-profit that provides children’s books to schools in Farallòn, Panamá. He was inspired and moved to create LFI after visiting his birthplace and witnessing the hardship that underprivileged Panamanians face. He currently serves on the advisory board of Driven by Heroes, an organization that serves our nation’s community of veterans. As a member of Kingdom Church in Ewing, New Jersey, he also leads the business ministry known as Thrive.Mr. Biggs earned a Bachelor of Science degree in managerial accounting from Medgar Evers College, CUNY. He graduated cum laude and was commended for his dedicated service to the community and his business acumen. He is married to Dr. Sharon M. Biggs, with whom he co-wrote a leadership development book and study guide entitled, The DNA of Gutsy Leaders – I’m Made for this Moment! They have two children, Danielle and Sean, and reside in New Jersey.
Braeden Mayrisch – Director of Social Impact, Voya Foundation
Braeden Mayrisch is the director of Social Impact for Voya Financial. Through his leadership of Voya’s social impact strategy, Mr. Mayrisch founded and leads Voya’s four relevant signature programs: Voya Scholars; Voya Teacher Voices; Voya STEM Futures; and the National Personal Finance Challenge. Mr. Mayrisch joined Voya Financial as a summer intern in 2012, managing data and reporting across Voya’s sustainability, diversity, and community investment initiatives. He was able to leverage his expertise in nonprofit management and strategy to refine Voya’s philanthropic strategy, initiating the company’s most impactful partnerships and leading major employee engagement initiatives and signature events from the board room to the Capitol. Additionally, he is the national lead of Voya’s LGBTQ Employee Resource Group, member of the African American Employee Resource Group, and sits on the board of Medgar Evers College of CUNY, one of just two predominantly black institutions in New York State. Prior to joining Voya, Mr. Mayrisch worked for the New York State Assembly, and in nonprofit and for-profit sustainability initiatives. He received his Master of Public Administration from New York University and his Bachelor of Arts in public management from the University of Oregon. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Mayrisch now resides in New York with his husband and two rescue cats. He enjoys volunteering with Medgar Evers College and Habitat for Humanity and serving as a Point Foundation mentor in his spare time.