The Groundwork Board of Directors

Groundwork's Board of Directors come from diverse experiences in both the private and public sectors. We are proud to have them as part of the team.



Matt Klein,
Founding Chair

Matt is the Executive Director of Blue Ridge Foundation New York, a private foundation supporting organizations working in the areas of youth development, education, community building, and the public interest use of technology. Matt is a co-founder of LEAP, a nationally recognized youth development agency operating in high-poverty neighborhoods throughout Connecticut. Begun in 1992, LEAP has garnered awards from the Children's Defense Fund and the Peter F. Drucker Foundation, among others. In his legal work, Matt focused on issues of equal opportunity, clerking for such organizations as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the U.S. Department of Justice. He served as a law clerk for the Judge Robert L. Carter in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Matt attended Yale Law School and Yale College.

Ojeda Hall-Phillips


Ojeda Hall-Phillips is the Executive Vice President and the Director of the Women©ˆs Business Center of the Local Development Corporation of East New York. Ms. Phillips was an associate in the Financial Divisions at two major Wall Street investment banks in the seven years prior to joining the Local Development Corporation of East New York in 1999. She is also a recent author of an article on women and finances for a major national lifestyle magazine. Ms. Phillips serves on the boards of the New York City Financial Network Action Consortium (NYCfNAC) whose mission is to build better community development credit unions in New York City, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, a highly effective Brooklyn-based job training and employment program in Brooklyn, and the Genesis Homes Community Development Corporation in East New York, Brooklyn. She graduated with an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and is a Masters of Theological Studies candidate at Drew University.

Mark Pendarvis ,


Mark Pendarvis is a native of East New York, Brooklyn and has long been active in community affairs. He was formerly a member of community school board 19, which serves the East New York community. A graduate of CW Post College, Mark is currently an investment manager at Morgan Stanley.

Richard Buery,


Richard has an extensive background in nonprofit management, youth development, education, and public interest law. Most recently, Richard co-founded iMentor, a technology education and mentoring program that connects middle and high school students with professional mentors. Richard is a co-founder and former director of the Mission Hill Summer Program, an enrichment program for children in the Mission Hill Housing Development in the Roxbury section of Boston. He also taught fifth grade at an orphanage in Bindura, Zimbabwe as a Michael Clarke Rockefeller Memorial Fellow. In his legal work, Richard was a staff attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice, and before that was a law clerk for Judge John M. Walker, Jr. of the Federal Court of Appeals in New York City. He has also clerked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and the D.C. Public Defender Service. He serves on the board of directors of City Project, a New York City budget watchdog organization, and serves on the advisory boards of Community Works, the NPowerNY Workforce Development Project, Youth Inc., Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools and Education (MOUSE), and the Economic Opportunities Program of the Aspen Institute. Born and raised in East New York, Richard graduated from Yale Law School and Harvard College.

Jason Scott,

Founding Board Member

Jason has founded, led, and advised both youth development oriented nonprofits and start up business enterprises. Jason helped found and lead national youth development organization Public Allies and was President and COO of software company Togglethis. He has worked as a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies and venture capital firm Flatiron Partners. Jason serves on the board of directors of youth development organizations LISTEN, Inc. (currently co-Chair) and Public Allies, as well as the Full Circle Fund. Jason is a graduate of Duke University, where he was an instructor on Social Enterprise issues in 2000 and the author of "After the Bubble: Recommendations for Investors in Internet-based Social Enterprises in Challenging Times.".

Julius Walls, Jr.,

Board Member

Julius Walls, Jr. was recently named CEO of the Greyston Foundation, having previously been the Vice-President for Business Enterprises and Job Development for Greyston Foundation and CEO of the Greyston Bakery. Greyston Foundation is a values driven network of not-for-profit and for-profit organizations founded to help transform the lives of individuals, families and communities. Greyston is located in and focuses the large majority of its community development and social service work in the southwest section of Yonkers, New York. Born in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York and educated at Catholic schools throughout his early years, Julius went to the catholic college seminary to pursue the priesthood. He later transferred to Baruch College to study business. Julius worked first in the accounting field at a midsize CPA firm. He was given an opportunity to work for a chocolate company and was appointed, at the age of 27, to the position of Vice President, Operations. In his final years at the chocolate company, Julius started his own fund raising company, Sweet Roots, Inc. Sweet Roots was a chocolate bar made from African cocoa and packaged in a kente cloth designed wrapper and sold to schools and other organizations for fund raising. He is Vice Chair of the Workforce Investment Board ú Yonkers, Vice-Chair of SEA Change, and serves on the boards of the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce and the Yonkers YMCA.

Josh Wright,

Board Member

Joshua Wright is Vice President, Supply Chain Operations at Random House, Inc. Before joining Random House in January 2001, Mr. Wright was a Senior Associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton focusing on business and operations strategy in the media and entertainment group. While attending the Yale School of Management, Mr. Wright was a Research Associate for the Department of Housing and Urban Development©ˆs Community Renaissance Program. Prior to returning to school, he was a Tenant Community Organizer in the Community Pride Program of the Harlem Children©ˆs Zone (formerly Rheedlen Center for Children and Families) in Harlem, New York and held various leadership positions at Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership in New Haven, Connecticut. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, he graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University and received an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is a founder of the New York City Full Circle Fund.
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