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 <>



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. 


  • Carine Zambrano


  • Nkiru Ayaegbunam

  • Marisa Bianco

  • Elliot David

  • Demi A. Moore

Our finalist will have their essay published in The Key Reporter, be awarded $500 and have their essay published on our website. Our semi-finalists will also have their essays published on our website. We will post the essays this fall.

Questions? Reach out to the Young Professionals Committee

Leadership Positions

Vice Chairs


Young Professionals programming is led by the Vice Chairs of the Committee.

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.

Meet The 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

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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