Karim is a founder and the CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, Inc. After graduating from the New York City public school system, Karim secured over $300,000 in scholarships and awards to make his college education possible. Karim has held internships with BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, and has volunteered on political campaigns. He was a licensed New York State Realtor, a Newman Civic Fellow, a Pearson Prize National Fellow, REACH Scholar, New York Needs You Fellow and a Presidential fellow through the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Most recently, Karim was named a 2013 Echoing Green Fellow.
In his spare time, Karim enjoys mentoring, playing sports, and engaging in political discussions. Karim serves on Connected Potential’s Youth Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of Long Island City High School’s NAF Academy of Hospitality and Tourism. Karim graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
Andre is a founder and the President of Practice Makes Perfect, Inc. After graduating from the New York City public school system, Andre secured over $250,000 in scholarships and awards to achieve his higher education dreams. He has held two Investment Banking Internship with Credit Suisse, and was a recipient of the Douglas Paul Scholarship. Andre is currently enrolled in the National Football League’s Leadership Development Rotational Program.
At Cornell, Andre was a Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar, an honor granted to less than 2% of the University’s undergraduate population. He was the professional development chair for Black Students United, and was on the Rugby Team. He also helped build a school in Mali, Africa and provided business consulting and strategic investments to support under-resourced microenterprises in Panama
Andre graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics & Management from The Dyson School at Cornell University.
Most recently, Tyler sat on Oppenheimer’s & Co.’s Mergers and Acquisitions desk, where he transacted in the real estate, consumer products, and healthcare sectors. He has previously worked in hotel investment banking and brokerage as well as with Goldman Sachs in a buyside investing role, where he focused on middle-market debt and structured equity principal investments.
Tyler is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration with a concentration in Finance, Accounting, and Real Estate at Cornell University.
Dana recently graduated from Emory University. At school she is majoring in English, minoring in Sociology, and concentrating in business at the Goizueta Business School. Dana was raised in New York City and attended Horace Mann High School in Riverdale. Throughout high school, Dana was involved with Dorot, a leading non-profit for Jewish seniors in the Manhattan area. She served on the teen board for three years and as President her final year. She helped plan various fundraisers and community outreach activities, ultimately connecting students and the elderly.
At Emory, Dana’s main involvements are social chair of Tridelta Sorority and tutoring with IMAGE, an afterschool program that works with kids from low-income families in Atlanta and focuses on strengthening the students’ reading and math skills. Dana became a member of the Council after positive experiences with Practice Makes Perfect during her involvement as a volunteer. Dana graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory with honors in English. She works as an analyst in the Private Bank at JP Morgan.
Alexandra Rallis is originally from Freeport, ME, and joined the PMP Governing Board in November 2013. In 2008, Alexandra graduated summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) with an Honors B.Soc.Sc in Political Science where she was awarded the Faculty of Social Sciences Plaque for her academic performance. In 2010 Alexandra obtained an M.A. in Political Science from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) where she worked as both an academic research assistant and teaching assistant in the Political Science department.
Upon graduating, Alexandra joined the recruitment team at Teach For America as an associate, supporting recruitment at Cornell University. Most recently Alexandra has worked as a recruitment manager at Teach For America, owning a portfolio of schools across New York and Connecticut as well as managing underclassman development and mobilization initiatives in the Northeast.
Zach is a founder at Practice Makes Perfect, Inc. He is originally from Great Neck, NY. Zach currently works as a technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York. He has previously worked at Google, Merrill Lynch, and also started his own web development business. At Cornell, Zach served as the behavioral economics researcher at the Lab for Experimental Economics and Decision Research. In addition, he was also a lead teaching assistant for the financial accounting course.
He is active within his community as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and is an emergency vehicle operations specialist. Zach’s other interests include tennis, skiing, and consumer electronics and technology.
Zach graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics & Management from The Dyson School at Cornell University.