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Chanel Frazier
Title: Vice President, Corporate Tax
Employer: BlackRock
Education: Tax LL.M, New York University School of Law; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law; B.A., Dartmouth College

Chanel participated in the Bedford-Stuyvesant “I Have A Dream” program in Brooklyn, NY, and is the first alumna to join our National Board of Directors. After graduating from high school, she attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where she served as President of the Pi Theta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, participated in the University of Barcelona Language Study Abroad program, and received the Dartmouth College Dean's Place. She graduated from Dartmouth with honors, earning a bachelor's degree in Government. Chanel then served as Board Member of the Bedford-Stuyvesant "I Have a Dream" Alumni Association. She went on to receive her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was active in the Black Law Students Association and was Publication Editor for the Virginia Tax Review Association.

Upon graduating from law school, Chanel joined the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP as a Tax Associate. She then became an International Tax Services Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, primarily working with hedge funds and private equity funds, for which she advised on the international tax aspects of investments around the world, including the potential tax impact of such investments under U.S. and non-U.S. tax regimes. During her tenure at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP , Chanel obtained a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. Chanel currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Tax at BlackRock, Inc., an investment management firm. Chanel advises on and provides tax technical support for the company’s income tax filing positions, financial statement reporting of taxes, income tax audits, restructurings and acquisitions. Chanel is also actively involved in the company’s tax lobbying and incentives efforts.

She is a member of the Dartmouth Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

 

Juan D. Martinez, Esq.
Title: Political-Military Advisor, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, U.S. Department of State; Vice Consul, U.S. Consulate General, Mexico
Employer: U.S. Department of State
Education: J.D. University of Pennsylvania; B.A. Swarthmore College

Juan had just delivered the valedictory speech at P.S. 121 the day Mr. Lang promised college tuition to his class, which would come to be known as the first group of Dreamers at the “I Have A Dream” Foundation. Juan went on to take full advantage of that promise when he graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and continued his undergraduate education at Mr. Lang’s alma mater, Swarthmore College. He later received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Over the years Juan has excelled outside of the classroom through his many and varied volunteer activities. He has also remained closely connected to the “I Have A Dream” Foundation, supporting expansion efforts for programming and the national Alumni Initiative.

Juan has served in a volunteer capacity for various pro-bono legal projects, including the City Bar's Consumer Bankruptcy Project in New York, and has also served on boards with the American Cancer Society and Public Allies. He is a founding member and counsel for the Swarthmore Association of Latino Alumni and for the City Sports Alliance in New York City.

Juan is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C., and also has admittance to the United States Supreme Court bar. Abroad, he has served as Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico from 2010-2012. Additionally, he was a Consul at the U.S. Embassy in London, England from 2012 - 2014. Currently, he serves as a Political-Military Advisor in the Office of Euro-Atlantic Affairs in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance at the State Department in Washington, D.C.

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