By Simone Brummelhuis (Founder, TheNextWomen)
A new group of angel investors are entering the world of informal investments.

The Pipeline Fellowship – which trains women philanthropists to become angel investors through education, mentoring, and practice – has just announced its 2012 NYC Pipeline Fellowship class:

Fradel Barber
Fradel is the Visionary Entrepreneur and Director of Expansion World Financial Group. She is a member of the Leadership Network of World Financial Group — a group of hand selected individuals who will serve as the next wave of leaders for World Financial Group entrepreneurs — and is a Brooklyn Community Services Fundraising Dinner 2011 Honoree.

Leah Belsky
Leah is VP of Strategic Development & Associate General Counsel at Kaltura, an Intel Capital funded startup launching the world’s first open source media platform. She sits on the boards of Philadelphia Game Lab and Public Knowledge, an organization dedicated to preserving freedom on the web. She writes regularly about open technology, entrepreneurship, and the future of education at Leah holds a BA in Human Biology and Political Theory from Brown University and a JD from Yale Law School.

Binta Niambi Brown (pictured)
Binta is a lawyer, philanthropist, and humanitarian based in New York City. Binta has focused her efforts on advancing the cause of women and girls at home and around the globe, advocating for the arts and arts education, and manages a significant global pro bono practice focused on human rights advocacy. Binta was recognized by Crain’s New York Business as a 2011 “40 under 40” rising star in the New York business community; by the National Organization for Women as a Woman of Power and Influence; and, by Super Lawyers as a New York Super Lawyer Rising Star.

Kristin Calve
Kristin is a realtor and serial entrepreneur with experience in startups, mergers, acquisitions, new product development and nonprofits. Kristin is a past President of the Board for the YWCA Darien/Norwalk and currently serves as Nutrition Committee Co-Chair at the Whitby School. She graduated from Fordham University with a BA in English Literature and later went on to earn an MBA in Finance and Marketing, also from Fordham.

Anna Curran
Anna is the Founder of a print on demand startup, and New York Co-Founder for Startup Weekend’s pilot program. Anna has worked as a freelance digital strategist and online communications specialist in New York City assisting startups and nonprofits in developing their digital communications campaigns. She believes in volunteering for great organizations like She’s Geeky, Startup Weekend, Crisis Commons, and New Leaders Council.

Caryn Effron
Caryn is the Founder of GoGirl Finance, an online community empowering women to be more confident when dealing with money. She has spent her career in commercial real estate and currently is a Senior Managing Director for Ackman Ziff, a preeminent real estate capital advisory firm. She is passionate about financial literacy for women and is also active in youth education.

Nicole Faurot
Nicole works in investor relations at Centerbridge Partners, L.P. and currently focuses on representing the firm’s control and distressed for control platform to investors. Nicole chairs the Emory University Alumnae and Women in New York and is the treasurer of the young professionals board of the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families. Nicole worked in roles including investment banking, strategic acquisitions and business development.

Galia Gichon
Galia is the Founder of Down-to-Earth Finance, an independent financial education company based in New York City. She is on the board of In Good Company, a community for women entrepreneurs and a regular speaker at Barnard University’s Athena Center for Leadership and the Freelancers Union. She earned her BS in Finance from University of Florida and MBA in Finance from Fordham University.

Jocelyn Jacobson
Jocelyn is a litigation partner at Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt. She previously worked as Director of Policy and Budget for the Manhattan Borough President. Jocelyn is a Co-Chair of the Solo and Small Law Firm Committee of the New York Women’s Bar Association. Jocelyn has her JD from the Fordham University School of Law and a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

Kellee Joost
Kellee has a background as an entrepreneur, fundraiser, marketer, and public policy professional. Most recently she was co-founder and managing director of Integrative Pet Care, an animal rehabilitation center in Chicago, taking the entity from conception to capitalization to realization and its sale. Now residing in New York with her husband, she is an operations consultant for Hope Sings, serves on the Season of Cambodia planning team, and is an avid international traveler.

Angela Lee
Angela has over ten years of experience in strategy consulting and corporate training. She is currently involved in an innovation capability-building program in a large pharmaceutical company and has formerly served as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company focusing on strategy and marketing issues for Fortune 100 clients. Angela is a guest lecturer at Columbia and Columbia Business School and speaks on topics including strategic problem solving and career coaching.

Holly Lynch
Holly is the Founder and CEO of The Good Girls. A native of New York City, Holly is an advertising, strategic planning, and brand communications veteran, with twelve years’ experience at agencies such as Ogilvy, BBH, and StrawberryFrog. She led the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and Self-Esteem Fund; has consulted with Procter & Gamble on how to innovate and promote a healthier, more sustainable product line for future generations; and, sits on the boards of numerous nonprofits. Holly founded The Good Girls in 2010 to champion, position, and build this future for women.

Nandini P. Narula
Nandini is an independent consultant, delivering strategic advisory services to nonprofits and social enterprises. Prior to this, she was the co-founder and CTO of GreenMango, a social enterprise that provides an online marketing platform to low-income entrepreneurs in India. Nandini’s passion for social enterprise was sparked while she worked in the microfinance sector for several years, supporting the growth of microfinance organizations internationally. She started her career in the technology sector. where she managed large-scale web development projects.

Helaine Olen
Helaine is the author of Pound Foolish, a look at the personal finance industry, which will be published by Penguin’s Portfolio imprint later in 2012. A freelance journalist, she writes frequently on issues pertaining to both women and money, and parenting and finances. Helaine lives in the Hudson Valley, just north of New York City, with her husband and two sons, and received her AB in English from Smith College.

Shaifali Puri
Shaifali is the Executive Director of Scientists Without Borders, a public/private partnership that generates, shares, and advances solutions to the world’s most pressing global development challenges through open and collaborative innovation. In 2011, she was named to Crain’s New York’s “40 under 40” list of the top young business leaders in New York.

Liz Roberts
Liz is the Chief Strategy Officer at SX2 Media Labs where she directs web site positioning, product development, and revenue optimization. She is actively involved in organizations that empower women. Liz holds a BA from Smith College.

Sheri Sandler
Sheri is the director of a family foundation and is engaged in investment management for a family office. She received her BA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin and attended the Master of Arts Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design offered by Parsons The New School and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Museum of Design.

Sheri Sobrato Brisson
Sheri is a Trustee at Sobrato Family Foundation in Silicon Valley. Sheri’s long-term passion is working directly with children facing serious illnesses and their families. Other philanthropic interests include small arts organizations, youth development, and global programs targeting women and children. She also serves as an advisory board member of the Okizu Foundation, Dance Repertory, and Parents Helping Parents.

Jade Netanya Ullmann
Jade is the Director of Development, Membership, and Outreach for Romemu, the NYC transformative center for Judaism. Jade is on the board of ALEPH, Alliance for Jewish Renewal of which Romemu is an affiliate community. Jade is a member of the Threshold Foundation and has been involved in funding circles and grant making focused on restorative justice, co-existence, and community organizing. She is also involved in her family foundation.

Ming Zhao
Ming currently works for a hedge fund. She is particularly interested in how the emergence of new technologies has impacted and reshaped our society. Ming holds a BS in Computer Science from Nankai University in China and a PhD in Statistics from Stony Brook University.

The 2012 NYC Pipeline Fellowship Conference will be held in NYC on Friday, February 10, 2012, and is open to the public. Aspiring angels, current investors, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend.

For interested applicants based outside of Boston and NYC, the Pipeline Fellowship has created an executive program that will be held in NYC (February 2012 – June 2012).

This post was originally published at TheNextWomen.

About the guest blogger: Simone Brummelhuis is Founder, CEO and Editor-in Chief of TheNextWomen, the First Women’s Internet Business Magazine and Community with a focus on startups and growing businesses, led, founded or invested in by women be it in the media, service, retail, communication or any other industry, with a tech or internet angle, from Silicon Valley to Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. A partner of Women 2.0, TheNextWomen is behind concepts such as Kitchen Dinners.