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Rob Yaffa is Co-President of My Money Workshop. Rob is an Executive Managing Director in the Brokerage Services group of Cushman & Wakefield with over 25 years of experience in tenant representation, space disposition and strategic planning. Cushman & Wakefield recently merged with DTZ, formerly Cassidy Turley, where he had been working since 2012.  A creative problem-solver and skilled negotiator, Mr. Yaffa has represented clients from many of New York’s leading industries – finance, media, legal and technology; he also works with a significant number of multi-market clients in both the private and public sectors.  Prior to joining Cassidy Turley, Mr. Yaffa served as Executive Managing Director at Grubb & Ellis where he was consistently a member of the company’s “Circle of Excellence,” a national mark of distinction reserved for the top transaction specialists.  Additionally, in 2002 Mr. Yaffa won the Real Estate Board of New York’s distinguished “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year” award for relocation of the U.S. Customs Service to 266,327 square feet following the destruction of its headquarters in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mr. Yaffa co-founded Brookside Properties, Inc., a real estate investment management company that celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016.  Over the years he has owned multi-family properties in the New York Metropolitan Area.

 

In 2016 Mr. Yaffa was appointed the co-chair of the 2017 Dwight-Englewood School Bulldog Classic, which raises significant funds solely dedicated for scholarships at the school. Mr. Yaffa has also been appointed to the Dwight-Englewood School Development committee.  In 2016 Mr. Yaffa completed the David Rockefeller Fellows Program, a Partnership for New York City leadership program which brings together participants and key leaders to collaborate on issues in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors of New York City.  In 2015 Mr. Yaffa was appointed as Chair of HSS’s Board of Advisors, on which he has served for the past eight years, and in this role serves on the HSS Board of Trustees. In 2016, Mr. Yaffa was appointed to the committee for the Hospital’s captive malpractice insurer in the Cayman Islands (MIAC).

 

Mr. Yaffa graduated from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government and currently resides on the Upper East Side with his daughter Caroline.

Robert Yaffa
Co-President

Rich Yaffa is a global marketing and media industry leader with over 25 years of experience in the media, sports, entertainment, content, new technology and cause marketing arenas. Rich brings a distinct perspective to building businesses and enterprise value through his unique experience in the convergence of content, media and brands, often finding solutions, partnerships and results where others may not have considered it. Rich has represented or negotiated over $5 Billion in content, sponsorships or partnerships on behalf of clients and created business opportunities in excess of $7 Billion through these deals. He is currently the Global Chief Executive Officer of Spring Studios, a global communications firm specializing in Creative Marketing and Communications with offices in New York, London and Milan. Spring is a leader in developing unique business models for media, content, e-commerce, marketing and communications.

 

Rich received his Masters in Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business and is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. He currently lives in New York with his wife, Cathy and two children Jessica and Douglas.

 

Rich’s Defining Career Moments (Some serious and some just fun):

 

  • Always making and reaching our financial goals – Never missed a year
  • Relationships – Collaborating and developing meaningful relationships with Clients, Colleagues and Staff
  • Building Great Teams – Identifying talent, mentoring my staff and seeing them go onto great success at my company and other organizations
  • Developing the initial measurement model for The Leverage Group, which became an industry standard
  • Selling the Leverage Group to WPP/GroupM and Starting GroupM ESP and successfully integrating and managing 7 companies within GroupM
  • Recognized and honored for innovative marketing strategies, implementation and reaching financial goals.
  • Securing the American Express Founding Sponsorship deal for the Tribeca Film Festival, insuring that the Festival would occur, 12 hours prior to the deadline.
  • Did good and did good business – Developing the St. Jude Thanks and Giving Day Branding and Fundraising Campaign with Marlo Thomas, Partnership with Genworth Financial and Andre Agassi’s Academy and many other campaigns that had social impact.
  • Winning our First Brand Marketing Awards at The Leverage Group for our Campaigns (We ended up winning 6 that year)
  • Meeting Bruce Springsteen at the listening session for Human Touch and Lucky Town in New Orleans – then working on those projects
  • Securing first deal ever for the Leverage Group between Givenchy and Hollywood Records
  • Completing my MBA while working full time at Columbia Records
  • Responsible for securing the first Naming Rights deal for a NASCAR Team
  • Securing Citi as a client, creating the global marketing program for “Let’s Get it Done” and sitting at Citi Field for the first game at the new stadium
  • Starting in the mailroom at CBS Records Branch
Richard Yaffa
Co-President

Bill Lawrence, Treasurer of My Money Workshop is a CPA, Attorney and the current Chief Financial Officer of Gibson Brands, Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer of musical instruments and professional audio equipment. With more than 30 years in finance, Mr. Lawrence serves on a number of boards including several non-profits.  A Certified Dale Carnegie Instructor, he is passionate about training and development and has delivered in-house corporate and public leadership courses, seminars and workshops for the better part of two decades. Bill Lawrence earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University.

Bill Lawrence
Treasurer

David Erickson joined the My Money Workshop Board in January 2018.  He is currently a Senior Fellow and Lecturer in the Finance Department at The Wharton School. David has also been a Lecturer in Law at Penn Law/University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

In addition to his responsibilities at Wharton, David has been an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, a leading venture capital firm that manages more than $4 billion of venture capital invested in over 130 companies around the world.

 

After over 25 years on Wall Street, David retired in 2013. Most recently, he was co-head of global equity capital markets at Barclays. He was responsible for all of their corporate equity capital raising globally including all IPOs, follow-ons, private placements and convertibles, as well as equity derivatives. As part of his responsibilities, David was a member of the firm’s investment banking operating committee and equity capital commitment committee.

 

Since retiring from Wall Street, David has been a guest lecturer on capital markets and entrepreneurial finance at the business schools of Wharton, Stanford and Kellogg.  He is also an advisory board member to Accompany, a technology company developing a whole new way to manage your relationships. Additionally, David has served on the leadership council of AmeriCares, a global emergency response and health non-profit organization; and the board of trustees of CancerCare, a leading national non-profit organization that provides assistance to those impacted by cancer.

 

David has a B.B.A. from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

 

Dave Erickson

In 2004 June Jaffee became Executive Director of the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, an organization whose top priority is financial literacy. Prior to joining the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, Ms. Jaffee held various public relations positions at several international companies, including 15 years at Revlon International.

 

Ms. Jaffee is a native Californian who graduated with honors from UCLA with a BA in Political Science. During her time there, she held the position of Vice President of the Associated Students of UCLA and later founded the UCLA Club of New York. Ms. Jaffee enjoys spending her time in New York City where she currently resides.

June Jaffee

Eric Ribachonek joined the Board of Directors for My Money Workshop in 2017. He enjoys topics on financial literacy and is excited to be part of the growth of My Money Workshop and its mission of helping others making smart financial decisions.

 

He currently is a manager at UHY. UHY is one of the top professional services firms in the US, and UHY International is one of the largest accounting networks in the world.

 

Eric received his Masters in Business Administration from Clarkson University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the State University of New York at Brockport. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

Eric Ribachonek

Charlie is an operationally focused CMO and P&L leader with 25 plus years experience in data-driven marketing and strategic operations across media, financial services and direct marketing industries.  His focus is on bridging the gap between marketing, analytics and technology through a pragmatic yet leapfrog approach to capability design, growth, innovation, and organizational enrollment.

 

Charlie is also committed to helping the development of the communities in which he lives and works. He is currently on the boards of  three non-profit organizations: Marketing EDGE, MyMoneyWorkshop and the Seeger-Bartlett foundation.  He is also an active volunteer firefighter who is always looking for adventure, be it scuba diving, skiing, kayaking, or mountain biking with his wife and two daughters. Charlie holds a BSE from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Charlie Swift

Mr. Yaffa has been managing director of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP since 1980, where he continues as advisor to the Executive Partner.  Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Yaffa was a partner at Arthur Young & Company, having been with the firm for 17 years. In addition to My Money Workshop, he is on the Board of JHF Foundation and on the finance committee of Northern Westchester Hospital.  He has his Master’s Degree from the Sloan School of Management, MIT and received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.

Earle Yaffa

Claire Yaffa grew up in New Rochelle and met her husband, Dick Yaffa, at his sister’s graduation from New Rochelle High School.  Dick was a sophomore at Princeton University, and Claire Yaffa was a junior at New Rochelle High School. She graduated New Rochelle High School in 1953. Dick and Claire were married in 1955 when they moved to Pittsburgh. Dick served there as a Lieutenant at a guided missile base.  Returning to New York, having completed two years of college before marriage, she graduated Sarah Lawrence College in 1962. Majoring in Science, while she was at Sarah Lawrence College, she became a research technician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital and worked there from 1959-1966.  Richard Yaffa Jr. was born in January 1966 and her first photograph was taken of her son when he was 18 months of age.  Her second son Robert David Yaffa was born 2 years later, 1968.  Thus began her career of first photographing her own children, and also her friend’s children.  As her children were growing, she was very active as President of the PTA, helping found the Harrison Ambulance Corps and worked as an EMT for 8 years.  During this tine, she was also active pursuing her interest in photography, she studied with many of the greats in the world of photography.  One was Cornell Capa, who said to her, you take pretty pictures Yaffa, but what do you want to say. This began a very important career as a concerned photographer, addressing issues of child abuse, the homeless, disadvantaged children, children with AIDS, Holocaust Survivors. As a freelance photographer, she worked frequently for The New York Times, and Associated Press.  Her photographs have been exhibited around the World. Her most recent exhibition in October 2015 was a project photographing 100 Masters of Photography, the first exhibition at the new LEICA facility and galleries, Wetzlar, Germany.  She has published 7 books. Featured in the prestigious LFI LEICA PHOTOGRFIE INTERNATIONAL, in December this year. A quote from the article about her “Her portrait series of acclaimed photographers is like a temple dedicated to the history of the medium.  But the work of Claire Yaffa goes far beyond capturing her fellow artists: for almost half a century, she has been an active chronicler of her time. A homage on the photographers 80th birthday.” I am so very proud of Dick’s foresight in creating MMW as we all help to continue his dream.

Claire Yaffa
Board Member Emeritus

Staff

Gineyda comes to My Money Workshop with 20 years’ experience with nonprofits. First working at an organization that supported non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust where she learned the power of compassion and the incredible impact of standing up for what is right. Then after moving to work with underserved women entering the workforce, Gineyda learned the value of encouragement and helping people realize their own potential. These values continue to motivate Gineyda and are what connected her to My Money Workshop’s mission.

 

Working with small organizations introduced Gineyda to every aspect of organizational growth from vendor management, donor relations and retention, infrastructure development, volunteer and program support, as well as marketing. Gineyda is a trained artist and early on, found ways to blend her creativity with the power of data analytics to create a holistic approach to organizational development. As the director of operations, Gineyda ensured that her last organization scaled from a 3-person team with a $600K budget to a now 12 person staff and a $1.5MM budget. Gineyda also served as in-house brand ambassador, ensuring that the brand of the organization became representative of its goals and recognizable across all platforms. This experience has led Gineyda to become a compassionate and creative leader with a passion for growing nonprofits.

 

Gineyda holds a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design from Syracuse University and several continuing education certificates including a certificate in Marketing for Nonprofits from the School of Professional & Continuing Studies of the University of Richmond.

 

Gineyda also serves as the Vice President of the board of the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits.

Gineyda Diaz
Executive Director

Marisol Katchadurian is the Director of My Money Workshop. She oversees the day-to-day aspects of the not for profit organization including marketing, planning, curriculum and the execution of the many workshops that are conducted annually.

 

Marisol joined My Money Workshop in 2012 and was mentored by Dick Yaffa, the Founder of My Money Workshop.

 

Prior to My Money Workshop, Marisol worked in marketing and advertising at various firms including Saatchi & Saatchi/Conill Advertising and Iberia Airlines.

 

Marisol attended Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont and is fluent in Spanish.

Marisol Katchadurian
Director of Programs and Operations

Susan Baer joined My Money Workshop as the Director of Strategy and Development in 2017.

 

In addition to working for My Money Workshop, Susan is the Executive Director of the Joseph H. Flom Foundation, a member of the Advisory Council to the Oristano Scholar Fund, and is a volunteer college mentor with East Harlem Tutorial Program.

 

Susan has her AB from Brown University and her Master’s in Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is married with two adult daughters, and lives in Westchester, NY.

Susan Baer
Director of Strategy and Development