2019-2020 Board of Directors
Nina Boord, President, plans on pursuing a career in technology and business. Nina is a senior at Jones College Prep and the CEO and co-founder of Teen Insider Magazine, an informative online magazine for and written by high school students. Additionally, she interns at MakerGirl, a nonprofit that brings 3D printing and STEM to younger girls. Through her internship, she has become an active member of 1871 Chicago, the city’s largest tech incubator, and hopes to use it to expand her initiatives. Her goal for JEC this year is to strengthen its community outreach programs and create new partnerships with local startups, nonprofits, and corporations. In her free time, she is teaching herself how to code and enjoys writing, swimming, networking events, and going to the beach.
Tiana Luo, Vice President and director of the Ambassadors, has experience running her family's small business and trading stocks. A senior at Northside College Prep, Tiana is a co-founder of Defining Justice, a moral philosophy club exploring ethics and personal beliefs, and president of the Christian club. Besides being a 2019 finalist for the Coolidge Presidential Scholarship, Tiana has won awards for essay, interview, and math at the state and regional level in Academic Decathlon. She loves reading economic treatises, theology, and 19th century literature. Tiana is a frequent writer for Teen Insider Magazine about money and current events. A firm believer in equality of opportunity, she spends one night a week serving in a Chinese-language fellowship for immigrants and international students.
Mei Lin Morales, Chief Financial Officer, is a senior at Whitney Young Magnet High School and plans on double-majoring in international business and finance in college. Mei Lin enjoys investing in the stock market, working to combat the effects of global warming, and is excited to finally be able to vote. She is a member of Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society, Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action, Varsity Swimming and Diving Team, and Varsity Water Polo. Mei Lin has won competitions for investing, small-business creation, and parliamentary procedure. She is a member of the third cohort of Business Emerging Leaders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studies different business majors on campus during the summer. In her free time, Mei Lin likes to cook, watch netflix, and go thrifting.
Ryan Christian, Chief Marketing Officer, is a senior at Jones College Prep. Since a young age, she has had a passion for understanding business, finance, and economics and how it impacts not only our resources, but also our safety and how we live. Outside of school, she is active in community service, primarily through her presidency in Emerging Young Leaders sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc., a program designed to enhance leadership skills and encourage scholastic achievement for school-aged girls. In addition, she is a member of the University of Chicago’s Collegiate Scholars Program and an intern at Accenture, DLA Piper, and Northern Trust. In her free time, Ryan enjoys spending quality time with friends and family and managing her social media campaign #AirOutAp (Air Out Air Pollution), to help raise awareness about the issue of air pollution and actions that can be taken to eventually eliminate the issue.
Elizabeth Brahin, Assistant Financial Officer, is a junior at Walter Payton College Prep. She is passionate about math and economics. At her school, she is involved in math team, Concert Choir, Varsity chess, and Varsity bowling. She also served as vice-president of the economics and investment club where she coordinated an international competition, led the Euro Challenge team for a competition focusing on the state of the economy in France, and is a two time Personal Finance State Qualifier. As a way of giving back to the community, she co-leads Operation Gratitude at her school, a club that encourages and gives opportunities for students to express thanks to soldiers in the form of letters, drawings, and paracord survival bracelets. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and hanging out with friends.
Cole Francis, Assistant Marketing Officer, is a sophomore at Jones College Prep. For college, he plans to major in something related to business or marketing. Cole was the previous president of student government at his elementary school, and was involved in the competitive Mathcounts team for 3 years. Cole enjoys photography, video editing, and meeting new people. He is currently involved in the Black Leaders and Mentors Club at Jones. In his free time, Cole likes cycling, hanging out with friends, and enjoying vegan foods.
Baha Kharoofa, Community Outreach Chair, is a junior at St. Ignatius College Prep and plans on focusing on something related to business or medicine in college. Baha is the vice president of the robotics team at his school, is a part of the math team, and is also on the French National Honors society. Additionally, he works at New Medical Technology, a medical device company which creates scar refinement systems. During his free time, he volunteers at Care for Real, a food pantry that is in support of the impoverished. He enjoys playing basketball, hanging out with friends, and listening to music.
Allison Cavallo, Director of Strategic Initiatives, is passionate about addressing social issues through public policy, community engagement, and youth empowerment. Her goals for the year include connecting members with opportunities from a wide range of interests and inspiring more students to pursue social entrepreneurship and sustainable business. Outside of JEC, Allison is the Co-Director of the Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action, working with a team of students to transition Chicago Public Schools to 100% clean energy. A senior at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, she volunteers with refugee girls, sings in the Whitney Young Concert Choir, and leads the Model United Nations Team. Her favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip, and she loves to read, listen to music, and hang out with her family.