In January 2016, two non-profit veterans, Romi Lassally and Patrick McCabe, saw the opportunity to transform outcomes with targeted support—to take the foster youth that were motivated, ambitious, and tenacious enough to make it to college and ensure they had the resources, relationships, and opportunities they needed to succeed there and in all facets of life. Romi and Pat believed that if every college student impacted by foster care had the kind of support they needed, when they needed it, they could be successful and have a shot at pursuing a future brighter than their past. Initially leveraging their own personal and professional networks, they began to close the opportunity and network gap their students faced.
Encouraging others to start opening their own networks as well, the RTS network began to grow exponentially, creating a deep bench of caring and connected professionals across all industries and at every level of the career ladder. Today, RTS Scholars have unique access to a diverse group of thought leaders, innovators and passionate professionals who offer advice, encouragement, opportunities and a community of support.
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Romi
Lassally

Co-Founder/Co-Executive Director

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Patrick
McCabe

Co-Founder/Co-Executive Director

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Mayra
Portillo

Program Coordinator

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Lucy
Cherkasets

Director of Career Success

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Elana
Gimbel

Director of Development + Communications

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Gina
Ibrahim

Program Manager/Career Advisor

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Sarah
Morse

Career Success Coordinator

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Mai
Breech

Wellness Coach

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Brenda McDonald

Wellness Coach

OUR BOARD

Fred Bennett
Elizabeth Friedman
Todd Kessler
Thomas Lee
Felix Ruano
Karen Kehela Sherwood
Robbin Steif
James A. Thomas

OUR PARTNERS

Our employment partnership program offers powerful ways for companies to engage with our students through mentorship, leadership, hiring and financial sponsorship. By opening their doors, these innovative companies are accelerating the career success of our students and contributing to a more diverse and culturally collaborative workforce. It’s a win win for everyone.

Aids Healthcare Foundation
Amazon Studios
Anthony + Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation
Bad Robot
Bank of America
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Canyon Partners
Casting Networks
Colliers International
Conrad Hilton Foundation
Creative Artists Agency
Disney-ABC Television Group
HBO
Hertz-Lichtenstein-Young
Icelandic Water
Illumination Entertainment
Inspire
Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors

Lourd-Murray Private Wealth Management
NBC Universal
Paramount Pictures
Participant Media
Penske Automotive Group
Propper Daley
Rubicon Project
Safe Place For Youth
Sony Pictures
Steaven Jones Development Company
The Museum Of The Holocaust
The Wonderful Company
3 Arts Entertainment
United Talent Agency
Universal Music Group
UpFront Ventures
ZipRecruiter