Our Mission

Created by and for young people, The Boarding School is a 501c(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting and training young people to serve on boards of organizations that affect their lives.

Our Story

The Boarding School works with organizations whose actions directly impact young people to better incorporate a youthful perspective in their governance and decision-making processes across various domains, including academia, sports, business, entertainment, and government.

We believe that equipping young people to make a difference in these areas will help both our partner organizations, who will benefit from a more diverse and inclusive perspective, and our youth representatives, who will develop boardroom leadership skills early on in their life. The Boarding School’s first formal effort will be to advocate for a Young Alumni Overseer system at Harvard University similar to the one currently in place at Princeton.

Our Work

Our Team

Julia Huesa
Julia HuesaExecutive Director
Julia leads The Boarding School’s curriculum development, operations, and communications, as well as its financial, legal, and HR practices.

Based in her North Carolina hometown, Julia graduated Harvard College in 2020. At Harvard, she studied Social Studies and Statistics and served as the 2019 student body Vice President. Before The Boarding School, she contributed to front-channel reporting on US diplomatic engagement with the UN Refugee Agency and covered humanitarian affairs events with the US Mission to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. She believes decisions should be made by the people they impact and – as those who will feel these effects for longer – young people are no exception.

Julia Yanez
Julia YanezStrategic Growth Fellow
Through mentorship and outreach, Julia hopes to open the doors of board governance for young underrepresented professionals.
Originally from Southern California, Julia is a rising sophomore on a gap year at Harvard where she plans to concentrate in Social Studies and Global Health and Health Policy. She believes that minority & young people hold valuable perspectives and belong on leadership boards in every field
Scott Gigante
Scott GiganteYale Forward Co-Founder and Managing Director
Scott oversees Yale Forward’s campaign strategy and data analytics.
Scott holds a Master of Science from the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and is a current PhD candidate in the Yale Departments of Genetics, Computer Science & Applied Mathematics.

Our Board

Nathán Goldberg
Nathán GoldbergPresident, Director
Nathán co-founded The Boarding School because he believes that young people tend to be on the right side of history.

Nathán Goldberg was born and raised in Mexico City and attended high school in Austin, Texas. He was an undergraduate student at Harvard University, where he was captain of the varsity men’s soccer team and earned the first-ever Joint A.B. in Philosophy and Statistics in the school’s history. Since receiving his American citizenship in January 2018, Nathán has been involved in progressive politics by recruiting and training students in STEM fields to serve as volunteer data directors for down-ballot campaigns that can’t afford traditional analytics services.

Danielle Strasburger
Danielle StrasburgerDirector, Campaign Manager
Danielle believes strongly in the power young people’s voices. The Boarding School’s mission is near and dear to her.

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, she attended Harvard University, graduating in 2018 with a degree in Social Studies. After college, Danielle moved to Cusco, Peru, where she served as a Project Manager for GirlSportWorks, an NGO that teaches life skills to young girls through sports. Now based in Chicago, Danielle is head of operations at Bluebonnet Data, where she oversees the recruitment, training, and placement of young people to serve as volunteer data directors for down-ballot progressive campaigns. She’s excited to see more young people with positions on boards.

Priten Shah
Priten ShahSecretary, Director
Priten is a serial entrepreneur whose projects aim to change power dynamics in various industries and fields.

Priten is a Founding Partner at DryErase Ventures, a venture capital fund that runs fellowships for founders ignored by traditional investors. Through that, he has also co-founded various projects to make entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education more accessible worldwide. He is also the co-founder and CEO of United 4 Social Change, a non-profit organization that aims to develop every member of a democratic society into a civic leader. U4SC runs workshops, develops courses, and provides resources for nonprofits, teachers, and students. He currently lives in New York City after graduating with a degree in philosophy from Harvard University.

 Azza Cohen
Azza CohenDirector
Azza is a documentary filmmaker and historian dedicated to storytelling in the public service. She completed her term on the Princeton University Board of Trustees in 2020.

Currently at CreativeChaos vmg, Cohen is co-directing her first feature film, The Last Statesman, a documentary on conflict negotiators in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Colombia, Israel and Palestine. She is also currently story producing The Great Divide, a feature documentary on the debate over gun laws in the United States. Cohen’s first film, Refugee, Refugee, a day in the life of a Rwandan refugee in New Jersey, was used as part of the film subject’s successful application for asylum status. This experience highlighted how films can catalyze change on personal and political levels. She earned a B.A. from Princeton University in 2016, where she was awarded the Priscilla Glickman and Spirit of Princeton awards for her contributions to service on campus. After Princeton, she earned an M.A. in colonial history in 2017 from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Achille Tenkiang
Achille TenkiangDirector
Achille is a Cameroonian-American artist-advocate passionate about bridging the gaps between arts, advocacy, activism, and policy. He is a Member of Princeton University’s Board of Trustees.

Tenkiang is an international legal assistant at White and Case LLP in Paris, France. Prior to joining White & Case LLP, he received the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize to pursue international civic engagement efforts. Tenkiang traveled to Nairobi, Kenya and Cape Town, South Africa to explore the question of cultural production among urban refugees. He is a founding member of BLOC, an online professional network for historically disadvantaged collegians of color, and a founder of the Roots Scholars Program, which promotes education access in Cameroon. Tenkiang graduated from Princeton in 2017, where he was the first student in University to pursue a concentration in African Studies.

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