The Banyan Foundation

Our focus

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About US

The Idea

The team of The Banyan Foundation has spent twelve years learning how to be responsible with their donor’s generosity.  It’s now time to take the effort to an entirely different level that leverages its relationships, experience and philosophy to make a huge impact for our members and their kids, deserving children and our surrounding communities.  Our board members are passionate about the new model because it accomplishes everything; transparency, empowerment, education, sustainability and cost efficiency. 

  • Youth leadership
  • Adult mentorship
  • philanthropy
  • social enterprise

The Team

Responsible Philanthropy
Brian Werdesheim
Brian Werdesheim
Founder/Chairman
Brian Werdesheim is a founding member of The Summa Group of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (“Oppenheimer”), a private client financial advisory team that provides… Continue reading
MITCH KIRSCH
MITCH KIRSCH
Board Member
Mitch has 29 years experience in live events, overseeing production of music-driven, interactive experiences, tv specials, corporate functions, and fundraisers.
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RICK SINGER
RICK SINGER
Board Member
Rick Singer is the CEO and Master Coach of the world’s largest private Life Coaching and College Counseling Company, The Key…
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CARRIE WEST
CARRIE WEST
Board Member
Carrie has over 25 years experience helping companies achieve results and grow their business. Her overarching goals are to help build communities and support future generations. The Bayan Foundation is the perfect avenue to achieve both.
Rashad Evans
Rashad Evans
Executive Director
Rashad Evans is an attorney and senior academic coach at the Key Worldwide where he helps students meet their academic and professional goals.  Rashad is also a national champion debater and coach.
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Karen Levine
Karen Levine
Advisory Board
Karen Levine graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science.
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Robert Dalie
Robert Dalie
Advisory Board
Robert Dalie is an Executive Director of Investments with The Summa Group of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (“Oppenheimer”).
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Jeff Werdesheim
Jeff Werdesheim
Advisory Board
Jeffrey is a founding member of The Summa Group of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (“Oppenheimer”).
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