FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kay Keenan
December 20, 2017 – Chicago – Spark is pleased to have two outstanding business people join their National Board. Perry Wallack has been both a donor and mentor with Spark dating back to 2011. Jeff Markowitz comes to the National Board from our Bay Area Executive board which he joined in 2016.
Jeanette Castellanos, Spark CEO, said, “It is an honor to have both Jeff and Perry agree to join our board. They both have a passion for helping middle school students at one of the most vulnerable time of their lives—discover the possibilities.”
Jeff Markowitz, is a partner at Greylock Partners where he leads the executive talent team which focuses on managing executive talent relationships. Jeff joined Bay Area Executive board in fall 2016 and now a year later joins the National Board. He distinguished himself in the Spark peer-to-peer soul cycle event in 2016 when he raised over $3,300 which was over 3 times the goal.
Perry Wallack is a co-founder of Cornerstone which helps to companies engage their workforces and empower their people. Perry’s commitment to Spark began with financial support from he and his spouse dating back to 2011. Since 2012, he has been a four time mentor. Through Perry’s leadership, Cornerstone is a “Corporate Champion” with Spark, and has been providing both funding and mentors. They have had over 200 mentors mentor over 400 students since 2012.
Spark is a Career Exploration and Self-Discovery Program that gives middle school students opportunities to understand, experience and pursue what’s possible for their future. Spark is leading The Possibility Movement by bringing together diverse communities of families, schools and companies who care, share, teach and inspire. Spark Lab, Spark Mentorship and Spark High School Pathways use workplace experiences, mentoring and guided support to help students in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia explore careers, build skills and find the right path to a successful future. Learn more at sparkprogram.org.