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Advance Forward Foundation was founded in 2020, but its roots go back to the late 2000s. The foundation draws inspiration from high school teachers, mentors, and friends who are all dedicated to empowering the next generation.

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Our Team

We are a team of experienced professionals with backgrounds in finance, marketing, accounting, fundraising, and digital marketing. Our primary objective is to raise funds, offer scholarships, and enhance financial literacy for high school seniors.



Gabriel Vancea

Gabriel is a results-driven professional with a successful track record of launching new organizations and leading teams. He founded Advance Forward Foundation in 2020 with the primary goal of increasing financial literacy among high school students, providing mentorship opportunities, and offering financial support. Gabriel partnered with a group of seasoned professionals with backgrounds in finance, marketing, accounting, and fundraising to empower the next generation.

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Fundraising | Director

Joe Welsh

Since joining us at the foundation's inception, Joe has been a vital member of our team, bringing years of experience in donations and endowments. His financial expertise and skills have been invaluable in our growth and success.

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Fundraising | Director

Sou Fang

Sou is a dedicated member of our nonprofit board of directors, with a specific focus on fund raising, community outreach, and serving as the director of our Upward Bound program. With expertise in strategic planning, financial management, and stakeholder engagement, Sou plays a vital role in stabilizing and developing our organization. He brings an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for giving back, actively seeking innovative ways to enhance fund raising efforts, mentor others, and create opportunities for underprivileged students through the Upward Bound program.

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Operations & Finance | Director

Andrei Savastru

Andrei has a diverse background in multiple industries, with a proven track record of stabilizing, developing, and growing companies. He has held various roles focused on finance, accounting, HR, and operations. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Andrei is eager to help grow Advance Forward while also giving back and mentoring others through his role in the organization and team.

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Mentorship | Director

Cheyenne Cobb

Cheyenne joined our board of directors with a passion for driving the mission and vision of the Advance Forward Foundation. Her diverse background and perspective bring valuable insights to our team, helping us better serve our community and grow as an organization

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