Welcome to our newest Board Member, Dipti Verma!

Please join us in extending a very warm welcome to our newest Board Member, Dipti Verma!

Dipti Verma is Director of Market Data at S&P Global Market Intelligence (SPGMI) based in New York. She is the Global lead for the Fixed Income Data management team that supports terms & conditions and pricing data, credit ratings, interest rates, ESG, credit default swaps, and debt capital structure. Her areas of focus are seamless delivery of content across all SPGMI products for IM/IB/Corporate clients, managing vendors, conflict resolution while dealing with multiple deliverables for product, content, technology & incorporating client feedback for continuous innovation. Her 20 years of global experience in financial services & banking positions her well at handling ambiguous projects, negotiating with challenging stakeholders & successfully delivering tangible products to the end-customer. Prior to joining S&P Global in 2010, she worked in various capacities at Merck, ABN Amro Bank & GMAC Mortgage.

She is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect and a Certified SAFe® 5 Product Owner/ Product Manager.

“The mission of ASTEP resonates with me & bridges two causes close to my heart – children and arts. In addition to indulging in random acts of kindness, I look forward to ASTEP providing a framework that enables me to give back to the community in a more meaningful manner. I strongly believe working towards furthering the well-being and development of the under-privileged communities especially younger people ensures we all have a better future.” -Dipti Verma

Welcome, Dipti!



ASTEP is pleased to announce that Laura V. Chittick, Steven Farkas, and Gabrielle Speaks have joined our Board of Directors!

Laura V. Chittick, an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan, earned a BA from Columbia University and holds a graduate degree from Yale University. She lives with her family in New York City and is excited to work towards arts education for all children.

Steven Farkas, a member of the $20 billion Global Equity Team within BlackRock’s Alpha Strategies Group, graduated cum laude with a BS in Finance from Tulane University in 2008. An early start in the arts solidified his interest in the profound effect it can have on all children. 

Gabrielle Speaks, Director of Board Relations and Special Liaison to the President & CEO at Community Service Society of New York, holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in History from Howard University. Gabrielle works towards alleviating poverty on a policy and structural level, and is thrilled to be a part of the work ASTEP is doing. 

We look forward to working closely with our new Board members and welcome them to the ASTEP community!



Welcoming a new member to the ASTEP Family

Sheri SarkisanASTEP is thrilled to announce Sheri Sarkisian has joined our Board of Directors!

Sheri is a vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and joined the firm in 1996. She is a member of the firm’s Compliance department. Sheri earned a B.S. in business administration from Northeastern University with a concentration in finance and marketing. Sheri lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

Sheri brings a wealth of fundraising experience and will be helping cultivate new funding streams.

We are excited to work closely with Sheri and welcome her to the ASTEP community — together, we will introduce the transforming power of the arts to lives of the children we serve!

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