In 2018, Young Professionals of PBKNY was created by Matthew Kriegsman to host events and initiatives to satisfy the preferences of young PBKNY alumni that were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa within the last fifteen years. The Committee works in collaboration with the National Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Phi Beta Kappa New York Association. We encourage recent inductees to join us, engage in leadership opportunities within the committee, and to become actively part of the greater Phi Beta Kappa community.

You can stay connected by signing up for our Monthly Newsletter here and following our Facebook page here.

Interested in learning more about us? To join, or to share new ideas and suggestions, feel free to message our YP Committee <>

Leadership Positions

Vice Chairs



Young Professionals programming is led by the Vice Chairs of the Committee.  We are excited to announce our new Vice Chair of Marketing and Communications, Lexi Eisert and our new Vice Chair of Events, David Zarowin.  Their two-year terms will start in April 2021 and we will host a "Meet the Board" event on May 12th at 7PM EDT.  RSVP here.

Emerging Leaders


Are you interested in volunteering based on your availability?​


Emerging Leaders provide feedback and volunteer on their own schedules. The group is on Slack and meets quarterly (virtual for now); they learn about volunteer opportunities and share their voices that help shape programming.

The Committee is always looking for Emerging Leaders to join us.  Please fill out an interest form here.


Virtual Volunteering

In 2020 and beyond, many of us have tackled challenges, and received support from our friends, families, and networks. In this spirit, the Young Professionals decided to give back through a virtual Food Drive with the Food Bank for New York City. We volunteered with the Food Bank in person in 2019 and had a great time, and in 2020 we adapted our efforts to our virtual reality. Participants had the option to virtually donate specific food items, as well as give the Food Bank for New York City a monetary donation. All proceeds (over $500!) from gifts made through this Virtual Food Drive went directly toward the fight to end hunger in New York City.

Our Emerging Leaders also compiled a list of volunteering opportunities that can be performed virtually:

Write a Letter to an Elder 

  • Write a letter to elders that have experienced additional isolation due to Covid-19

NYPL Oral History Project

  • Help the New York Public Library by transcribing oral history interviews to facilitate searching for specific topics, and ensuring an important piece of history is preserved 

The Anti-Cruelty Society DIY Pet Toy Project

  • Create DIY pet toys that can be donated to the Anti-Cruelty Society: everyone is invited to utilize their collection of craft tutorials to create enrichment items to donate to shelter pets. Items can be mailed to the below address. 


The Anti-Cruelty Society 

157 W. Grand Ave. 

Chicago, Illinois 60654

​Holiday Card/Letter Writing and Artwork for Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation

  • Write holiday cards/letters or make artwork and send it to residents at Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, a short-term rehab/ long-term care nursing facility on Long Island.

  • Parker is filled with many different residents of differing functional levels so a variation of holiday cards, letters and artwork would be appreciated.

  • For the holiday cards and letters, feel free to talk a bit about yourself and send well wishes. For the artwork, feel free to create something that can be displayed in a resident’s room. Items can be mailed to the below address. 


A Special Resident at Parker Jewish Institute

c/o Therapeutic Recreation

271-11 76th Avenue

New Hyde Park, NY 11040-1433


Black and Pink Penpal Pairing

  • Find incarcerated LGBTQIA2S+ PenPals and begin writing to them within minutes, allowing you to form lasting connections and care to imprisoned folx. Penpals are respectful of each other's boundaries and mindful of the fact that they may have some difficult conversations.

  • No pressure for it to be long term! Communicating your availability is all that is asked.

Recent Graduate Essay Contest

During Summer 2020, we hosted a Recent Graduate Essay Contest and were very inspired by our newest members. They shared with us how their priorities have changed and how they felt being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa during this unique time.  Thank you to the 30+ members that participated.  It was a challenge to pick our finalists with so many wonderful essays to chose from. Congratulations to our winners!

We have selected one (1) finalist and four (4) semi-finalists. 



Our finalist had their essay published in The Key Reporter, has been awarded $500 and has their essay published on our Time Capsule. Our semi-finalists also have their essays published on our Time Capsule.

Questions? Reach out to the Young Professionals Committee

Jessica Levy


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University at Buffalo

Alyssa Manz

Vice Chair of Events

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Grinnell College

Columbia PhD

Madison Montemayor

Vice Chair of Marketing and Communications

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Willamette University

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Antonio Femia


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Queens College

(Macaulay Honors)

Amanda Schwartz

Vice Chair of Mentorship Program

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University of Maryland Honors Program

Rutgers Law School

Meagan Odette


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SUNY Geneseo

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