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09/29/2021

Meet Qadir Forbes ’11

Qadir Forbes
Qadir Forbes ’11, President, 校友 Association Board of Governors

保利的 校友 Association Board of Governors (BOG) leads in developing strategies for engaging and growing a vibrant alumni community. Here are five questions for its president, Qadir Forbes ’11.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am from Brooklyn, NY, and attended Williams College, a liberal arts school in Williamstown, MA. I currently work at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in its corporate & investment bank division. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in January 2019, I worked for The Walt Disney Company in its live entertainment division. I am a New York Giants fan, avid theater-goer, and I live in Jersey City, NJ, with my wife, Imani (who was my prom date and is a graduate of Packer Collegiate Institute).

What motivated you to become BOG president?

I love the Poly community and have been in service to Poly since my days as a student. 在保利, I was the captain of the varsity football and wrestling teams, and was the recipient of the 保利预科 School Service Award for the Class of 2011. I have been serving on the BOG for the past 10 years, starting as a student member, then college member, 秘书, 网络 & 指导 Committee chair, and most recently vice president.

What’s your vision for the BOG?

My vision for the BOG is for us to invigorate, connect, and serve the Poly alumni community. Our mission on the BOG is to further meaningful and ongoing relationships between alumni and Poly, represent the interests of the members of the 保利预科 校友 Association, and build closer bonds among alumni. We have an amazing team on the BOG representing alumni across the decades and a great Executive Committee in Jared Hedglin ’09 as the BOG vice president and Ayisha McHugh ’12 as the BOG 秘书, who are all instrumental in helping us to achieve the vision and goals of the BOG.

How do you plan to bring alumni from different Poly eras together?

One of the goals of the BOG is to create more networking opportunities and implement a mentorship program. We all have the shared experience of attending Poly and are all members of the Poly alumni community. When you succeed as an alumnus, Poly succeeds and vice versa. Ultimately, we want the very best for Poly and the members of the Poly alumni community.

Favorite Poly story?

I was a huge fan of the Bearns Public Speaking Competition for 保利的 Upper School. I am proud to say that I won two of the first place awards during my time at Poly with 演讲es from Denzel Washington in the movie 约翰问 博士和. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Drum Major Instinct 演讲.

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