Jefferies Scholarship
Jefferies Scholarship

JFS Board of Directors

Jeffrey Agnew
Mo Ahmed
Chanel Brewster
Larry Dunn
Julia Dworkin
Peter Forlenza
Richard Garrison
Zachary Goldberg

 
  Chris Kanoff
Mark Sahler
Jason Schecter
Carrera Jefferies Shea
Chase Upshaw
Chris Kanoff
    
Chris M. Kanoff
Co-Chairman

Chris is Executive Vice President in Jefferies' Los Angeles office and Co-Head of the firm's Investment Banking Group. Chris joined Jefferies in 1991 and currently serves on the Executive Committee.
He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and also the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Board Member since 2011
Appointed Co-Chair in 2011
     

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Jeffrey Agnew
Co-Chairman
Jeff is the Global Human Resources Controller in Jefferies' New York office and has been with Jefferies since 2008. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and New York University School of Law.
Board member since 2010
Appointed Co-Chair in 2013

 

     
     Mo Ahmed
Director

Mo is a VP in the Distressed Debt and Special Situations Group at Jefferies. He began his career in New York at an FXCM, an international FX brokerage firm. Mo joined Jefferies in 2015, where he spent time in Operations and Fixed Income Technology before transferring to his current position. He currently serves  on Working Council for J-NOBLE, Jefferies’ Network of Black and Latino Employees. Mo graduated from the University of Oklahoma where he studied Economics.
Board member since 2021
 
   
  Chanel Brewster
Director

Chanel is the granddaughter of founder, Boyd Jefferies. She attended The University of Arizona where she majored in Special Education and has been working in early childhood education for nine years. She currently works as a teacher at The Gratitude Garden Preschool, which is a STEAM and Reggio inspired pre-school that focuses on science, engineering, and mathematics.  
Board Member since 2017

 

     
     Larry Dunn
Director

Larry retired from Jefferies in 2006 after 30 years of service.
Board Member since 2008
Appointed Chairman of the Investment Committee in 2008

 

     

     Julia Dworkin
Director
Julia Dworkin is a Senior Vice President in the Capital Intelligence Group at Jefferies LLC and covers managers and investors in the Midwest, Texas, Colorado and Tri-State regions. Julia graduated from the Vagelos Life Science and Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania, earning her B.S. from the Wharton School and a B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences. Julia has also been on the junior board of Chick Mission since in 2019.
Board Member since 2021
     
  Peter Forlenza
Director

Pete joined Jefferies in June of 2013 as Global Head of Equities. He is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Pete holds a BA, from The Catholic University of America, in Washington DC.
Board Member since 2021

 

     

Richard Garrison

  Richard Garrison
Treasurer

Richard is the Director of Tax in Jefferies Financial Group’s New York Office.
Board Member since 2018
 
     
  Zachary Goldberg
Director

Zach is a Managing Director in Jefferies' New York office and Head of Franchise Sales within equities. Zach joined Jefferies in 2017 and currently serves on the jWin Board at Jefferies and the New York Board of Team Impact. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Board Member since 2021
     

 

  Mark Sahler
Director

Mark Sahler has been at Jefferies for 20 years and currently holds the roles of Global Head of Liquidity Management and Head of U.S. Core Operations. Prior to Jefferies, Mark spent 4 years at Lewco Securities as Assistant Treasurer and 9 Years at Tucker Anthony as the Head of Cash Management and Head of various Operations groups.
Board Member since 2019

 

     
  Jason Schecter
Director
Jason is the Global Head of CDO Origination and Trading at Jefferies and has been with the firm since 2012. He earned a BS in Engineering at Cornell University and an MBA from the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Board Member since 2019

 

     
   Carrera Jefferies Shea      Carrera Jefferies Shea
Secretary

Carrera is the daughter of Stephen Jefferies and the granddaughter of founder, Boyd Jefferies. She is also a former employee of Jefferies. Carrera served on the Selection Committee from 1995-2001.
She is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara.
Board Member since 2001
     
  Chase Upshaw
Director

Chase is an Associate in Fixed Income, with 4 years of experience in Municipal Sales. Prior to joining Jefferies, Chase attended Stevens Institute of Technology where he graduated with a B.E. in Chemical Engineering. Chase grew up in West Orange, NJ and graduated from West Orange High School with high honors. Chase is also a member of JNOBLE and works on the Diversity Recruitment team at Jefferies.
Board Member since 2021
     

Inactive

Dorothy P. Grace   Dorothy P. Grace
Secretary & Treasurer Emeritus

Dorothy joined Jefferies in 1975 and worked in the Los Angeles Office. As Executive Secretary to Boyd Jefferies, her involvement with the scholarship program began at its inception. Even after her retirement from Jefferies in 2001, her participation with JFS continued until she resigned in 2008. With 27 years of service, Dorothy is the longest serving board member of the Jefferies Family Scholarship.
Served 1981-2008
     
Sharon K. Jefferies      Sharon K. Jefferies
Director Emerita

Sharon was involved with the Jefferies Family Scholarship long before she became a director. Sharon's husband, Boyd L. Jefferies, started this scholarship program in 1981 in honor of his son, Stephen.
Served 2001-2011
 
   Maxine Syrjamaki      Maxine Syrjamaki
Treasurer

Maxine retired after 24 years in the Los Angeles Office where she was Jefferies Controller and Chief Financial Officer. She is a CPA formerly with KPMG.
She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and University of California, Los Angeles.
Served 2008-2018
 
Tom Tarrant
 
     Tom Tarrant
Secretary Emeritus

Tom is Director of Marketing and a Managing Director at Jefferies, Inc. He joined the firm in 1997 and works in the firm's Stamford and New York offices.
He is a graduate of Stanford University, Stanford, CA and the
University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Business.
Served 2006-2011