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Stamford Resident Joins Board At Stamford's Future 5

The board members of Future 5.
The board members of Future 5. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. — Future 5, a Stamford-based nonprofit that helps guide high-school students through school and into careers, has elected three new members to its board of directors.

The new board members are Jamere Jackson, Jessica Lee and Christopher Wright.

According to its website, "Future 5 serves high school students in Stamford, Connecticut, who are at risk of graduating without the resources or an actionable plan to move on to a community or four-year college, trade school, professional job or military."

"Jamere, Jessica and Chris have an impressive combination of experience and strong community connections," said board chairman Polly Perkins Johnson. "We ... look forward to their valuable insights and contributions."

Wright is a New Canaan resident and partner with Pilgrim Capital, a private-equity firm based in Fairfield. Before helping to establish Pilgrim, he had more than nine years of private equity experience. He has a B.S. in civil engineering and operations research and an M.B.A. in finance.

Jackson, a Stamford resident, was elected treasurer of the Future 5 board. He is CFO of Nielsen, based in Wilton. Prior to Nielsen, Jackson spent nine years at GE, where held CFO roles. He has a bachelor's in finance and business economics.

Lee is a Fairfield resident and an assurance senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She's served a broad mix of small, mid-sized and large multinational companies, both private and public. She has a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree.

Founded in 2009, Future 5 has served 369 students and has a overall high school graduation rate of 98 percent. In the 2015-16 school year, Future 5 expects to serve approximately 150 students. The nonprofit has a staff of five, more than 60 coaches and volunteers and an annual budget of about $600,000.

"Continuing on its success, Future 5 and its board are currently focused on sustainability by expanding quality programming and infrastructure, creating a reserve fund, expanding its physical space, and strengthening general operations," said Clif McFeely, founder and executive director of Future 5 and also a New Canaan resident. "Ultimately, the board hopes to expand Future 5's model to other cities."

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