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About Youth

Business Alliance

Youth Business Alliance empowers students to build essential business skills for 21st century careers.

The YBA is currently in 20 programs, serving over 590 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, ZGF Architects

Russell Belinsky

LB Capital Advisors

Valerie Felix

Alliance Burton Tech High School

Mona Fontela

Royal Business Bank

Beth Sestanovich


Jared Sheehan

Community Board President, PwrdBy

Marques Williams

Cushman & Wakefield

Courtney Crockett


Dominica Scibetta

California Student Opportunity & Access Program

Binuri Fonseka

Royal Business Bank

Kiran Chaggan

SierraConstellation Partners

Lyric Everly

Everly Agency

Stephanie Owens

NBC Universal

Liz Haro

Community Board Member

YBA Team

Betsy Blanchard

Executive Director


Nadia Sandoval

Program Director


Jess Man

Program Manager

Our Supporters

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