Young Professional Network

The Urban Justice Center’s Young Professional Network (YPN) is a community of progressive minded individuals who work as advocates and amplifiers for the work of the UJC. The YPN offers two levels of involvement for young professionals eager to support our work: the Young Professional Board (YPB) and the Young Professional Advocates (YPA) 

The Young Professional Board provides critical support and input on matters ranging from events to direct mailings to communicating the organizational mission. This Board of approximately 25 people meets monthly to volunteer, assist in fundraising, and plan new ways to spread the word about our work. They also help to select the topics for our quarterly UJC Speaker Series, which brings together great minds from around the country to discuss timely issues that are pertinent to our work. If you are interested in joining the YPB, click here to download the application.

If you are interested in getting more involved with UJC, but don't currently have the time to join the YPB, you may be right for our Young Professional Advocates. The YPA has a smaller time commitment, but still offers critical support to the work of the Urban Justice Center. To join, fill out and return this application to gwagnernealon [at]

All members of the YPN receive advance invitation to our ongoing YPN Speakers Series, which brings a wide variety of activists and thought leaders together to discuss issues related to the work of the Urban Justice Center. As well, YPN members can take advantage of exclusive volunteer opportunities, event discounts, and other benefits.

Current Members:

  • Jasmine Smith is the YPB's co-chair. She is the development coordinator at the Joyful Heart Foundation, which works to change society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. She has nearly 10 years experience working for the nonprofit sector, where she has consistently and passionately advocated for the rights of vulnerable populations and helped to build and improve pivotal programs for the benefit of our global human community. Previously as an outreach specialist at the 92nd Street Y, she acted as a philanthropic facilitator and ideation leader for the #GivingTuesday initiative. At Research to Prevent Blindness as program assistant, she effectively aided in the creation and execution of organizational grants management processes. In Jinja, Uganda, she worked with Slum Women’s Initiative for Development where she facilitated a discussion with local leaders to establish program priorities, which addressed the needs of women in the local communities. Jasmine is a certified project manager who holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy and a Bachelor’s degree in communications, and theater arts from Pace University. Jasmine is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the Young Professional Board and looks forward to advancing the mission of the Urban Justice Center.

  • Godfrey Mutoro Bakuli is the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of The Mutoro Group, a privately held investment company. He served previously as an investment professional at Sageview Capital, a US$1 billion fund investing in the public and private markets, researching investments across a diverse range of industries and geographies, including consumer, media, and technology. Prior to that, Godfrey was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in New York, advising corporate clients in the transportation and infrastructure industries on financial and strategic activities. Some of his advisory work included the merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines, the sale of a 19% interest in JetBlue Airlines to Lufthansa AG, and the IPO of Spirit Airlines. Godfrey graduated from Williams College, earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics and History. He serves on the young professional board of the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit providing free civil legal representation and advocacy on behalf of some of New York’s most vulnerable residents. He is an avid photographer and fan of English Premier League soccer (Arsenal F.C.). A naturalized citizen of the United States of America, Godfrey was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and resides in New York City.

  • Katherine Corwin was born and raised in New York City. She attended Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, where she developed a love of history. She graduated from Colorado College with a degree in history. Katherine studied abroad in Athens, Greece, which ignited her interest in Greek and Turkish relations and prompted her to write a thesis on Greek and Turkish relations in Cyprus in the 1950’s-1970’s in the wake of the Red Scare. After college Katherine worked for College Year in Athens, a study abroad program she attended before pursuing a career in admissions. After working at a school in Dayton, Ohio for 1 year, Katherine is happy to be back in New York City working in the Admissions Department at her alma mater, Riverdale.

  • Storm Hurwitz joined the Young Professionals Board at the Urban Justice Center in the Summer of 2016. Outside of his work with the Board, Storm works as the Health Campaigns Specialist at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of NYC (The Center). During his time at The Center, Storm has implemented and overseen New York State LGBT health campaigns that utilize digital marketing and mobile messaging strategies and provided digital marketing training to over 20 LGBT organizations across New York State. Storm's professional background includes work with and internships at The United States Mission to the United Nations, New York City Criminal Court, GMHC and Children's Rights. Storm holds a Bachelor's degree from The New School with a major in Global Studies and minor in Journalism + Design.

  • Emma Javits studied psychology as an undergraduate student at Boston University. After college she worked at Bonhams Auctioneers in their Client Services and as their Manager of Business Development. She traveled around the country organizing appraisal events and worked with numerous financial, non-profit, educational, and arts-related organizations to host and execute their fundraising events. She currently works in residential real estate at Stribling & Associates. She volunteers as a Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line, a text-based hotline services for those in crises and is an active member of the ALS Young Professionals Group of New York.

  • Benjamin Loffredo is currently an investment professional at Otter Media, a joint venture between The Chernin Group and AT&T with a mandate to build, acquire, and make strategic investments in digital content and OTT video businesses.  He previously served as an investment banker at Guggenheim Partners in New York, where he advised clients on M&A transactions in the Technology, Media, and Telecom sectors.  He was born and raised in New York, attending high school at the Fieldston School in the Bronx and graduating from Yale College in 2012 with a degree in Philosophy.  He first became involved with the UJC as a summer intern in 2008 and is eager to continue contributing to all aspects of UJC’s mission. 

  • James Rex, is currently an Associate in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He has spent the entirety of his career focusing on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance activities for industrial companies. In addition to serving on the Young Professional Board, James is also an avid support of FARA, an organization dedicated to curing Friedreich’s ataxia, a Robin Hood Foundation P.Y.T., a Junior Associate at the Museum of Modern Art, and a long distance runner and cyclist. James graduated, cum laude, from Wake Forest University, earning a bachelor’s of science degree in Finance and Economics. James was raised in Windermere, FL, and currently resides in New York City.

  • Jacqueline Scott-Douglas is a political and corporate strategist and pollster at Benenson Strategy Group, where she has worked on behalf of the Obama administration, Democratic National Committee (DNC), Microsoft, Harvard University, and Phil Murphy for New Jersey Governor. She received a Master’s degree in Political Economy from the University of Cambridge in Britain, a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Canada, and an International Baccalaureate from the International School in Paris, France.

  • Olivia Hu is a Senior Marketing Associate at UBS Investment Bank. Previously, she was a Senior Analyst at Nielsen, consulting on high-profile product launches for a number of Fortune 500 companies in the CPG space (e.g. L’Oreal, Mondelēz, Hershey). In 2015, she graduated magna cum laude from the NYU Stern School of Business with a degree in Business Administration and Sociology. Her Honors thesis, entitled “Gender, Marital Status, and Hiring Practices in the United States”, explores the ways in which a job candidate’s gender and presumed marital status may affect how s/he is perceived by recruiters. While not a student currently, Olivia is passionate about research and enjoys attending lectures throughout the tri-state area. In addition to serving on the Young Professional Board at the Urban Justice Center, she also tutors through New York Cares. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, piano, fitness, reading, and writing.

  • Michal Miernowski is an Associate at Ardea Partners in London, where he advises financial services clients on strategy, mergers & acquisitions and capital raises. From 2017 to 2018, Michal worked as a Senior Associate at Onex Partners in New York City, where he focused on evaluating investments primarily in the financial services, business services and healthcare sectors. From 2015 to 2017, Michal was an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York City, advising clients in the insurance industry. He earned a BA in Economics and French from University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with honors. In his free time, Michal enjoys running, as well as investing in and advising London-based fintech startups.