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About Youth

Business Alliance

Youth Business Alliance helps students discover their dreams and embrace their brilliance through real-world business experiences that build confidence, career opportunities and life-changing skills.

The YBA is currently in 21 schools, serving over 2,200 students! The YBA provides a year-long course covering soft skills, career readiness, financial literacy and business 101 through a series of guest speakers, in class curriculum and field trips.

Meet the Team

Board of Directors

Jack Friedman

Board President, StudySmart Tutors

Mark Stagen

Founder, YBA XLN (Executive Leadership Network)

Robert De Acevedo

Board Vice President, CTBC Bank Corp.

Mark Siegel

Board Treasurer, Epic Healthcare Staffing

Blaire Zierke

Board Secretary, OpenNode

Russell Belinsky

LB Capital Advisors

Valerie Felix

Alliance Burton Tech High School (retired)

Beth Sestanovich


Jared Sheehan

Community Board President, PwrdBy

Marques Williams

Cushman & Wakefield

Eric Gutierrez

Preferred Bank

Marisa Keckeisen

ZGF Architects

Binuri Fonseka

Manufacturers Bank

Community Board

Courtney Crockett


Liz Haro


Stephanie Owens

NBC Universal

Kiran Chaggan


YBA Team

Betsy Blanchard

Executive Director


Miguel Fletcher

Director of Business Development


Ethel Fimbres

Program Director


Our Supporters

Thanks to our amazing sponsors and corporate partners – we could not do this without you!