Jane Kennedy believes that every person has the potential to change the world – if only they accept the challenge. In pursuit of this mission, she chases any opportunity to serve, lead, and grow through public service and various organizations that celebrate people and innovative ideas. After serving for eight months in the White House, working on events, programming, and communications, she returned to UCSB to graduate with honors and degrees in political science and communication. Today she leads as Miss Bay Area 2017, visiting classrooms and organizations to underscore the importance of healthy living and cultivating confidence for life. Jane believes that the first step to success is embracing a healthy mind, body, and soul, and she’s thrilled to share this message on the advisory board for Healthy Lifestyle for Youth.
William Guo, CPA is a vice president on the investment team at Medley Management, a $5 billion investment fund based in New York, NY. Mr. Guo’s primary accountabilities include evaluating and executing investment opportunities, portfolio management, and restructuring. Since joining Medley in 2013, Mr. Guo has successfully invested $750 million in 25+ companies as part of leveraged buyouts, mergers & acquisitions, refinancings, restructurings, recapitalizations, and tactical opportunities across a wide range of industries. At Medley, Mr. Guo also founded the firm’s corporate philanthropy program. Prior to Medley, Mr. Guo worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was engaged on advisory, audit, and compliance projects.
Outside of his professional life, Mr. Guo serves as a board member on the Emory Alumni Association’s NY and Philadelphia chapters. He also enjoys running marathons, volunteering, mentoring, traveling, and photography. Mr. Guo earned a B.B.A. with high distinction from Goizueta Business School at Emory University and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Daniella Cohen is a leader in social innovation and education technology. She is currently an associate at Techstars NYC, an international start-up accelerator, and a student at Princeton University. In elementary school, she co-founded Go GIVE Global, a non-profit that facilitates pen-pal letter writing exchanges and installs computer labs in partner schools across India and Uganda. Before starting college, she joined the Education Modernization team at the Facebook headquarters, working to incorporate technology and emotional intelligence into high schools.
She has worked with the Ashoka Foundation and Character.org to implement youth programs internationally and served on advisory boards to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and HackHarassment by Intel. She has spoken at two TEDx events, The United State of Women, The Grace Hopper Conference, The Forum on Character Education, Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service and the Facebook Headquarters. She has been recognized by We Are Family Foundation, the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, the Bruce Fishkin Scholarship, YWCA’s Young Woman of Achievement Award and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.