Our Mission

To create a bridge of opportunity  between employers and first-generation college goers of color to increase knowledge workforce diversity at all levels

Our Vision

A world in which a college degree  provides equitable access  to a choice-filled life. 

Teresa Baez

Program & Operations Associate

Amber Field

Director of Programs

Corinne Kang

Chief of Staff

Bedilia Ramirez

Senior Manager of  Employer Partnerships

Mohamed Barry

Career Success Manager

Maura FitzGerald

Senior Manager of Program Design

Gary Marin

Data Analyst

Sheila Saremzadeh

CEO, Founder

Nicole Dillon

Program Manager

Erin Haywood

Director of Career Success

Ben Maskell

Director of Data Strategy

Alistair Scott

Senior Manager of Alumni Success

Claudia Esteva

Career Success Manager

Annie Hopkins

Director of Employer Partnerships

Maggie Raible

Co-Founder, Head of Data & Operations

Basta's 2021 Interns

Cynthia Sanchez

Operations Intern

Monisha Mohsin

Partnerships Intern

Sneha Sajan

Cover Letter Coach

Jamie Davidson

Education Consultant

Bob Giannino

President & Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Degan Leopold

Diversity and Inclusion Recruiting Team Leader, Bloomberg LP

Johanna Meadows

Director, Centerbridge Foundation

Alejandro Perez

Head of Professional Services, Unqork

Abe Taleb

Vice President, Koya Leadership Partners

Advisory Board

Hilary Darilek

CEO E.L. Haynes Public Charter School

Frances McLaughlin

President - Education Pioneers

Michelle Molitor


Carmita Semaan

Founder - Surge Institute

David Wick

Chief External Affairs Officer - KIPP

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