Founders & Staff


Marcus Bartolome

Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder

Columbia University

Hey there, I’m Marcus. I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. Right now, I am finishing up my four years in the Marine Corps Infantry with 1st Battalion 1st Marines, and I will be an incoming Columbia University sophomore this Fall. Skiing, camping, swimming, and attempting to make my younger sister talk to me are all ways I love to spend my time. As my life progresses, I aim to complete Law School and try my hand as a Corporate Attorney. Additionally, my passion for helping veterans achieve their post-military goals will remain at the forefront of my ambition. I aspire to preserve the awesome community of driven student-veterans that helped me when I was just praying I could get into any college not so long ago.


Jake Glazer

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Princeton University

Hey all, I’m Jake. I grew up in Laguna Beach, CA and enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 20. For five years, I served as an H-1 Quality Assurance Inspector and Huey Aircrewman with HMLA-267. Since completing my service, I earned associates degrees in both economics and business from Saddleback College before transferring to Princeton University. I take pride in constantly challenging myself and engaging in new opportunities, whether that be in the classroom, on my mountain bike, or somewhere abroad. My goal is to attend a top MBA program upon the completion of my undergraduate degree, and I’m open to any and all advice. Please feel free to connect with me and reach out with any questions!


Brandon Lambert

Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder

Columbia University

Hello all! Firstly, I want to thank you for being a part of our NSI community! I’m Brandon, originally from Houston, TX. I served four years in the United States Marines Corps, a part of 1st Battalion 1st Marines, where I held the privilege of being a member of my unit’s sniper team. Concurrent to my service, I pursued higher education throughout my military career and studied at three different community colleges before ultimately gaining admittance to Columbia University. My desire to aid veterans in their pursuit of higher education has been forged through my own hardships while seeking academics. Becoming a student-veteran can be a daunting and stressful experience; our NSI team is here to help.


Nestor Walters

Head of Writing Development

Stanford University

Hi all, I’m Nestor. I was born in Bangladesh, raised in Greece, and served ten years in the US Navy as a combat medic and SEAL. I now study math and creative writing at Stanford, have had numerous stories rejected from literary journals, and sometimes write in my blog.

Maybe you’re wondering if you have what it takes. Your high school transcript was average, your stack of ribbons unremarkable, maybe your professors describe you as “fitfully brilliant.” Ok, that’s actually me. But looking back, I see that I was lucky to have help from family and friends who read early drafts of my essays and offered suggestions for revision again and again. I know everyone doesn’t have that kind of support, so I want to do my best to extend it to you through Next Step Inbound’s essay tutorial program.

Welcome and let’s tell them a story they won’t forget.


Jeff Parrish

Director of Outreach

Columbia University

Welcome to NSI! My name is JP, and I’m excited to work with each and every one of you! Originally from Chico, CA, I’ve spent the last five years in the United States Marine Corps filling various roles. I was trained as a Chinese Linguist, Motor Transport Operator, and had the privilege of serving as the senior enlisted liaison to the Base Magistrate aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. While on active duty, I completed several courses at Palomar College, set my sights on the country’s leading institutions, and eventually transferred to Columbia University. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I hope to attend a top tier law program with the intention of later working as a corporate litigator. For most veterans, ending your military career is not the finish line – it’s merely the start. Let us at NSI help you facilitate the transition from service member to scholar and beyond.


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