From 1909 through 2009, the New York Foundation has tapped the talent of this diverse and energetic city. Its long list of distinguished trustees includes some of the most recognized names in science, medicine, commerce, politics, law, social work, and social activism. Notable trustees include:
Morris Loeb (1909 – 1912) was a New York University professor of chemistry, trustee of the Hebrew Technical Institute and the Solomon and Betty Loeb Home for Convalescents.
Alfred M. Heinsheimer (1909 – 1929) the brother of Louis Heinsheimer, had a degree in civil engineering from Columbia University. In addition to establishing the New York Foundation, Heinsheimer was a chief benefactor of the Hospital for Joint Diseases. He donated his summer home in Far Rockaway to the hospital; the site is now Bayswater State Park.
Paul M. Warburg (1909 – 1932) was a banker and an economist and was instrumental in creating the Federal Reserve System. President Woodrow Wilson appointed him to the Federal Reserve Board, where he served as vice-governor in 1917 and 1918. Warburg’s family bank, M. M. Warburg & Company in Hamburg, had been founded in 1798 and would last into the Hitler era, when it was forcibly confiscated in 1938 by non-Jews.
Jacob H. Schiff (1909 – 1920) was a German-born New York City banker and philanthropist, who helped finance, among many other things, the Japanese military efforts against Tsarist Russia in the Russo-Japanese War. From his base on Wall Street, he was the foremost Jewish leader in what later became known as the “Schiff era,” grappling with all major issues and problems of the day, including the plight of Russian Jews under the tsar, American and international anti-Semitism, care of needy Jewish immigrants, and the rise of Zionism. He also became the director of many important corporations, including the National City Bank of New York, Equitable Life Assurance Society, Wells Fargo & Company, and the Union Pacific Railroad. In many of his interests he was associated with E.H. Harriman.
Isaac N. Seligman (1909 – 1918) was a banker and a graduate of Columbia University. He headed the firm of Seligman & Hellman. He was a trustee of numerous social reform organizations and chair of the Committee of Nine, which attempted reform of New York City’s municipal government. He was also a member of the Ethical Culture Society.
William F. Fuerst (1910 – 1946) was a real estate dealer and acted as secretary to the board of trustees.
Dudley D. Doernberg (1910 – 1914) was a real estate dealer.
David M. Heyman (1912 – 1984) a nephew of the original donor and a trustee since 1912 was elected president of the foundation in 1937. Heyman was an investment banker with wide-ranging interests in health and public policy. In the late 1930s, he developed financing plans for public housing of the federal government, and later helped implement them. He later served on the Senior Advisory Committee of the U.S. Public Health Service, helped create the Board of Hospitals, headed the New York City Commission on Health, and led a mayoral task force charged with raising standards for medical care, eradicating waste, closing obsolete facilities, and integrating municipal services with those provided by voluntary and private hospitals. He was a founder of the Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP). His work to reshape the city’s health services has influenced how millions of New Yorkers have received care over many decades.
Felix M. Warburg (1912 – 1937) was a member of the Warburg banking family of Hamburg Germany, the brother of Paul Warburg, and a partner in Kuhn, Loeb & Company. He was a leader in the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee raising funds for European Jews facing poverty after World War I.
Mortimer L. Schiff (1912 – 1931) was a banker and an early Boy Scouts of America leader.
Lee K. Frankel (1914 – 1931) was president of the American Public Health Association and headed the Welfare Division of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He was a pioneer in the field of public health, particularly public health nursing.
Paul J. Sachs (1914 – 1916) was the son of Samuel Sachs, a partner in the investment firm Goldman Sachs. His mother was the daughter of the firm’s founder Marcus Goldman. An art collector, Sachs left the investment firm in 1914 and joined the Fogg Art Museum. He was also a founding member of the Museum of Modern Art and donated its first drawing.
Julius Goldman (1916 – 1921) attorney, was a founder of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies.
Sam A. Lewisohn (1918 – 1951) was an investment banker and philanthropist in the areas of art, culture, and science.
Herbert H. Lehman (1920 – 1954) during his tenure, Lehman – son of a founder of the Lehman Brothers investment banking firm – served as Governor of New York and then as U.S. Senator.
John L. Wilke (1930 – 1936) attorney, was chairman of the Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation and a senior partner in the firm Gould & Wilke.
Madeleine Borg (1931 – 1956) was an early leader in the field of juvenile delinquency and founded the Big Sister movement in America in 1912 and was one of the first women to hold the post of president of the New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.
Paul Baerwald (1931 – 1961) banker, was head of the Joint Distribution Group, and served under Franklin D. Roosevelt as the first Jewish representative to the Advisory Committee on Jewish Refugees.
Arthur Hays Sulzberger (1932 – 1960) was the publisher of The New York Times from 1935 to 1961. In 1929, he founded Columbia University’s Jewish Advisory Board and served on the board of what became Columbia-Barnard Hillel, and served as a University trustee from 1944 to 1959. Sulzberger also served as a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1939 to 1957. In 1954, he received The Hundred Year Association of New York’s Gold Medal Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York.
Hugh Knowlton (1936 – 1965) was a specialist in aviation financing, and advisory director of Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb Inc. He was an attorney and Vice President of the International Acceptance Bank.
Frederick M. Warburg (1937 – 1973) was a banker, philanthropist active in groups aiding youth.
Lindsay Bradford (1943 – 1958) banker and former president of the City Bank Farmers Trust Company.
D. John Heyman (1947 – 1982) was actively engaged in civic and governmental positions for many years, acting as associate director of the Home Advisory Council, program administrator of Rockland State Hospital, director of operations of the Neighborhood Conservation Program, executive officer of the NYC Rent and Rehabilitation Administration, vice president of the Heyman Family Fund, of the International Committee Against Mental Illness, and of the State Communities Aid Association, and president of the Foundation for the Advancement of Psychiatry. He has served on many boards including the American Korean Foundation, National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing, Heyman Family Fund, Citizens’ Committee for Children, and Tougaloo College.
George G. Kirstein (1954 – 1959) was publisher and principal owner of The Nation magazine, and a former health insurance executive.
Myron S. Falk Jr. (1954 – 1992) was an investment banker, philanthropist and prominent collector of Asian art.
Lucille Koshland Heming (1956 – 1960) was a political and civic volunteer. She served as President of the League of Women Voters in New York State. She was also the first president of the Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund (later the Overseas Education Fund).
Henry C. Brunie (1957 – 1967) was the former chairman of the Empire Trust Company, and a retired vice chairman of the Bank of New York.
Edward S. Greenbaum (1957 – 1967) attorney, served in War Department during World War II and was an executive officer to Undersecretary of War.
Mary Lasker (1957 – 1964) furthered medical research on cancer and heart disease. She supported beautification projects in New York and Washington DC. She was president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and created the Mary Lasker Medical Awards.
Leonard F. Howard (1959 – 1982) was a trustee of the Student Aid Association of City College and president of Howard Associates and Investments and vice president of the General American Investors Corporation.
Edward M.M. Warburg (1959 – 1976) philanthropist and benefactor of the arts, was a founder of the Museum of Modern Art, and a founder of the American Ballet Company.
George D. Woods (1959 – 1975) was an investment banker who served as President of the World Bank.
J. Richardson Dilworth (1962 – 1966) was a philanthropist and financier. He was former chair of the Metropoilitan Museum of Art and the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
William T. Golden (1963 – 1984) was a tour de force in American science. He discussed science policy with Albert Einstein, became a consultant to President Harry S. Truman, conceived the idea of a presidential science adviser. He helped launch the National Science Foundation, and served as a key boardroom figure in nearly 100 medical schools, museums, and universities.
Fairfield Osborn (1963 – 1969) was a leading conservationist and chairman of the board of the Bronx Zoo. He was the author of two books, Our Plundered Planet (1948), and The Limits of the Earth (1953).
Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger (1964 – 1968) was associated with The New York Times beginning in 1896 when her father Adolph S. Ochs bought the paper at the age of 38. She was also an active supporter of parks, environmental conservation, education, libraries and the welfare of animals.
Howard A. Rusk, M.D. (1966 – 1981) was the father of rehabilitation medicine. Dr. Rusk founded Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and the World Rehabilitation Fund. As an Associate Editor, he wrote a weekly medical column in The New York Times that appeared from 1946 to 1969.
Kenneth B. Clark (1967 – 1980) was the best known and most highly regarded black social scientist in the United States. Clark achieved international recognition for his research on the social and psychological effects of racism and segregation. His seminal work as a psychologist – including his 1940s experiments using dolls to study children’s attitudes about race and his expert witness testimony in Briggs v. Elliott, a case rolled into Brown v. Board of Education – contributed to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared school segregation unconstitutional. Dr. Clark was the first African American to serve on the New York State Board of Regents.
Maurice C. Greenbaum (1967 – 1980) was an attorney in the areas of international corporate law, literary property law, and served as executor and trustee of family trusts at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. He was Village Justice of Kings Point, NY. He served as a member of the board for many corporations including H.L. Bache Foundation, Chelsea Theater Center, Inc., The Mandeville Foundation, and The Rosenstiel Foundation.
John H. Fisher (1969 – 1984) was dean of Teachers College, Columbia University and became the president of the college in 1962. As Superintendent of Baltimore schools, he oversaw integration without civil disruption in 1954 after the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
John W. Gardner (1970 – 1976) was Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson, where he presided over the launching of Medicare and the creation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He was also President of the Carnegie Corporation and the founder of two influential national U.S. organizations: Common Cause and Independent Sector. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.
David Morse (1970 – 1982) as director general of the International Labor Organization, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for the United Nations affiliate in 1969. He also served as Acting United States Labor Secretary. Among Mr. Morse’s awards were the United States Legion of Merit, the French Legion of Honor, the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy, the Order of Merit of Labor of Brazil and the Human Rights Award of the International League for Human Rights.
Malcolm B. Smith (1973 – 1995) was a senior consultant at General American Investors Company, Inc. He has served on the International Board of Human Rights Watch for over 20 years. In 2001, he was named an HRW Board emeritus member and still remains very active within the organization. Mr. Smith has served on the Boards of many organizations including John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Permanent Fund of the Modern Language Association, and Phi Beta Kappa Fellows. He has been a trustee of the New School since 1982 and was chairman of the Board of Trustees for 10 years. He serves on the Board of Governors of the New School for Social Research (Graduate Faculty) and Lang College. Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 and holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA in Economics from Harvard University. He also holds an honorary degree from the New School.
Donald H. Elliott (1976 – 1984) is counsel to Butzel Long. He was Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission until 1973. He has served on the many boards including Long Island University, and WNET/Channel 13. He was awarded the Municipal Art Society’s medal of honor.
Helene L. Kaplan (1976 – 1986) is of counsel to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP. She is the first trustee to serve a second term as chair of the board of Carnegie Corporation of New York, and upon her retirement on March 1, 2007, she became the first chair to be elected as honorary trustee. Mrs. Kaplan is also a trustee of The American Museum of National History. She is trustee emerita and chair emerita of Barnard College and a trustee emerita of the Institute for Advance Study, The Commonwealth Fund, and The J. Paul Getty Trust. She is a member, and former director, of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Rebecca S. Straus (1976 – 1992) was an educator and historian. She was a teacher at the Dalton School, Director of Bank Street School and administrator and later adjunct associate professor of the NYU School of Continuing Education.
Sol C. Chaikin (1978 – 1979) was President of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
Jorge L. Batista (1978 – 1984) was President of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund, first Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Borough President of the Bronx.
Eli S. Jacobs (1979 – 1982) began his career at the Wall Street investment banking establishment White Weld & Co., where he became one of its youngest partners. For over a decade, he spent his time as a stock market investor and venture capitalist. In 1986, he established his own firm, E.S. Jacobs & Co. In 1988, he became one of the owners of the Baltimore Orioles, and later became chairman of the board of the Orioles.
Stephen D. Heyman (1979 – present) is principal of Sustainable Real Estate Solutions LLC. The firm provides highly personalized and experienced nonprofit and commercial leasing, sales, project management and facilities management solutions. Previously, he managed the Trinity Church Wall Street six million square foot commercial real estate portfolio. Mr. Heyman succeeded in converting Trinity’s industrial properties into modern office buildings that comprise Hudson Square, Manhattan’s newest business neighborhood. While at Goddard Riverside Community Center, he managed the “gut” rehabilitation of a 100-year old 200-unit single room occupancy hotel for the formerly homeless, while keeping it two-thirds occupied at all times. At Studley, Inc., Mr. Heyman directed the National Investment Sales Department and a joint real estate venture with Salomon Brothers. He served as director of the asset services department of the Galbreath Company. At Helmsley-Spear, Inc., he served as general manager and director of leasing for the three million square foot office tower at One Penn Plaza. Mr. Heyman is Treasurer of the World Rehabilitation Fund, an organization that he has served on the board of for over 40 years.
Barbara D. Finberg (1979 – 1991) worked for the U.S. State Department from 1949 to 1953 and for the Institute of International Education from 1953 to 1959. She then joined the Carnegie Corporation and worked in various positions there, including executive vice president, until her retirement. In 1965, She initiated a Carnegie grant in early childhood education, which included the planning and launching of Sesame Street for PBS. Finberg was vice president of New York-based MEM Associates, a consultancy for philanthropy and nonprofit organizations, at the time of her death.
Peggy C. Davis (1980 – 1981) is the John S.R. Shad Professor of Lawyering and Ethics at New York University School of Law and the director of the Experimental Learning Lab. She previously served three years as a judge in the Family Court of the State of New York. She is the author of Neglected Stories: The Constitution and Family Values. She has served as chair of the board of the Russell Sage Foundation, and as director of numerous not-for-profit, for-profit and government entities.
Josephine Morales (1980 – 1990) was the clinical coordinator of the East Harlem Council for Human Services and later on staff of the Fund for the City of New York.
Theodora Jackson (1981 – 1992) founded Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults and served as its executive director until she was appointed deputy director of the New York State Office for the Aging. She volunteered at the Bedford Hills, NY Correctional Facility in the children and parenting programs. In 1996, she led efforts that succeeded in reestablishing a college degree program at the correctional facility and until her death was a tireless advocate for criminal justice reform. Jackson received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2002 New York State Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award and the Women of Faith Award from The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
John Bertram Oakes (1982 – 1987) was a journalist and editor of The New York Times editorial page.
Stephanie K. Newman (1982 – 1990) was professor at Columbia School of Social Work and Jewish Theological Seminary.
Michael M. Kellen (1982 – 1992) serves as vice chairman of Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Advisers, LLC and as co-president and CEO of Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc. In 1987, he co-founded the First Eagle Fund of America. He serves on the board of trustees at the Cancer Research Institute.
Charles Hamilton (1983 – 1987) is a political scientist, civil rights leader, and the W. S. Sayre Professor Emeritus of Government and Political Science at Columbia University.
John E. Jacob (1983 – 1985) served as executive vice president-Global Communications for Anheuser Busch Companies, Inc., and was the president of the National Urban League for several years. He has served on numerous boards including Anheuser Busch, Morgan Stanley, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., NYNEX, Howard University, Legal Aid Society, Drucker Foundation, National Conference Board, and National Parks Foundation.
Archibald R. Murray (1983 – 1992) was a lawyer born in Barbados who was the first black president of the New York State Bar Association and the second black chairman of the executive committee of the City Bar Association as well as the longtime head of the Legal Aid Society.
Marilyn Gittell, Ph.D. (1985 – 1993) was director of the Samuels Center, professor of Political Science at the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY. She produced an enormous body of scholarly work, trained scores of graduate students, received numerous awards, and served as a consultant to several private and voluntary sector institutions. She wrote extensively on the politics of education, higher education for low-income women, state politics, and community development.
Joan M. Leiman, Ph.D. (1985 – 1993) is chief of staff to the president and CEO of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Previously, she was the executive deputy vice president for the Health Sciences at Columbia University, executive director of the Commonwealth Fund Commission on Women’s Health, and assistant budget director, deputy commissioner and special advisor to the Mayor. She has served as a consultant for the Fund for the City of New York, Ford Foundation, and the Doris Duke Foundation. She served as a member of the board for New York Women’s Forum, The Commonwealth Fund, American Medical Women’s Association Foundation, and National Center for Children in Poverty.
Alice Radosh (1985 – 1993) earned her Ph.D. in neuropsychology at the Graduate School. Her teaching and research has centered on women’s reproductive health. She was the director of the City’s Mayoral Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Services from 1984 to 1988. Dr. Radosh acted as a senior program officer at the Academy for Educational Development from 1991 to 2001.
Mack Lipkin Jr., M.D. (1985 – 1993) is a professor of Medicine, director of the Section of Primary Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, and co-director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Training Program. He is Founding President of the American Academy on Communication in Health, and a founder and Past President, Society of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Lipkin is an internationally recognized leader in General Internal Medicine and Primary Care. His work with Kerr White established clinical epidemiology as the basic science of population medicine and made created 240 divisions or departments of clinical epidemiology in the developing world. He has written or edited 13 books and over 200 articles chapters and monographs.
William M. Kelly (1986 – 2004) was the CEO and president at Lingold Associates LLC. He is also a director and treasurer of Black Rock Forest Consortium, and vice president and treasurer at Sergi S. Zlinkoff Funds for Medical Education. Previously, he worked at the National Aviation and Technology Corporation, and was vice president and portfolio manager at Chase Manhattan Bank. He is currently an independent trustee for the First Eagle Group of Mutual Funds, and a trustee of St. Anselm College.
Helen Rehr (1987 – 1995) received her doctorate in social work from Columbia University in 1970. She has worked in the health and mental health field since 1943, thirty of those years were with the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Her many awards include the Ida M. Cannon award from the Society for Hospital Social Work Directors, election to the Hunter College Hall of Fame, and the first Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award in Health and Mental Health.
Robert Pollack (1988 – 1993) is professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia University and served as Dean of Columbia University. He also serves as director of the Center for the Study of Science and Religion.
Lita Taracito, M.D. (1988 – 1999) became the first woman appointed president and executive director of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. She is vice president of the Dixie Foam Company. She has served on the board of the United Way and the New York Civil Liberties Union.
R. Harcourt Dodds (1990 – 1998) was an attorney, deputy police commissioner, executive assitant to Corporation Council and executive assistant District Attorney for operations in Kings County.
Edgar Wachenheim III (1990 – 1999) is president and chief executive officer of Greenhaven Associates, a money management firm. He is a trustee emeritas of Skidmore College.
Margaret Fung (1991 – 1999) is a co-founder and executive director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). She testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in 1992, calling for the expansion of language assistance under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Her advocacy led to the first fully-translated Chinese-language ballots in New York City in 1994. Margaret was also co-counsel in Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association v. City of New York, in which New York’s highest court ruled that new developments which may affect low-income tenants and small businesses are subject to review under state environmental laws.
Susan Bellinger (1992 – 2000) is an independent consultant for not-for-profit organizations, whose clients include the Neighborhood Partners Initiative of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Ms. Foundation, and the New York Urban League. Previously, she has worked for the Fund for the City of New York, Center for Human Services Development, Human Services Management Institute, and the Industrial Social Welfare Center at Columbia University School of Social Work. She has been a faculty member at Hunter College and Columbia University. She is also a founding member of the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS.
Angelo Falcón (1992 – 2000) was the founder and president of the National Institute for Latino Policy and was an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Public and International Affairs. He served as the co-chair of the NY Chapter of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. He is the author of Atlas of Stateside Puerto Ricans and co-edited the book Boricuas in Gotham: Puerto Ricans in the Making of Modern New York.
Madeline Einhorn Glick (1992 – 2007) is the former investment counselor and vice president of Loomis-Sayles & Co. Upon retirement; Ms. Glick enrolled in the masters program at New York University, and was elected to the senate of the Phi Beeta Kappa Society.
Arthur Zankel (1992 – 2000) was founding partner of High Rise Capital Management, former director of Citigroup, co-managing partner of First Manhattan Company, vice chairman of Carnegie Hall, trustee of Teachers College, and on the board of UJA-Federation.
Brian P. Mooney (1993 – 2001) currently serves as the regional sales director at a large, for a privately-held technology company delivering data infrastructure business solutions. He has over 20 years of experience directing business development and sales teams focused on generating revenue growth in the data services and management industry. Mr. Mooney currently serves on the Development Committee of St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, and has earned the honor of Knight Commander within St. Baldrick’s Foundation for his commitment to funding research that discovers and develops cures for pediatric cancers.
Angela Diaz, M.D. (1994 – 2002) is the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. She is the president of The Children’s Aid Society’s board and chaired the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism. She was a White House Fellow under President Clinton. She was named one of the Best Doctors in NY numerous times, and listed in America’s Top Doctors and Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians.
Elba Montalvo (1994 – 2002) is the executive director of the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families. She serves as a member of PENCIL and the National Council of La Raza.
Janice C. Simpson (1994 – 1996) spent nearly three decades at Time magazine, serving in a variety of positions that included assistant managing editor, arts editor, and deputy chief of correspondents. Prior to that, she was a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal. She has also worked at Essence, Ebony Jr!, and Woman’s Day magazines and was a contributing editor to TheaterWeek magazine. She most recently served as contributing entertainment editor for W magazine. Ms. Simpson currently writes about theater for the website she created, Broadway & Me, hosts the Broadway Radio podcast “Stagecraft” and is a frequent contributor to the online publication Stages. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing, which administers the Tony and Obie Awards, and a member of the executive committee of the Outer Critics Circle. Ms. Simpson holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she also served as a member of the editorial board of The Columbia Journalism Review.
Emilio Bermiss (1995 – 1999) was executive director of the New York Mission Society.
Rose Dobrof, Ph.D. (1995 – 2008) was a Brookdale professor of gerontology at Hunter College. In 1975, she became the founding director of Hunter’s Brookdale Center on Aging. She served as co-director of the Hunter College/Mount Sinai School of Medicine Geriatric Education Center. Dr. Dobrof was appointed to serve as a member of the policy committee for the White House Conference on Aging in 1995, and appointed to serve on the Federal Council on Aging.
A. Carleton Dukess (1995 – 2004) was previously of counsel to Faust, Rabbach, Stanger & Oppenheim, director and chairman of Real Estate Committee and Consultant to Apple Bank for Savings, partner at Castle Properties Co. and Demov & Morris, and co-founder and co-CEO of Continental Wingate Co., Inc. He served on several boards including the Association of the Bar of the City of NY, the Board of Education of Mamaroneck, and Community Resource Exchange. He also served as advisor to the Attorney General of the State of New York and the Commissioner of Housing Preservation & Development of the City of New York.
David Jones (1995 – 1997) is the president and CEO of the Community Service Society of New York. He was a founding member of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, president of Black Agency Executives, and executive director of the NYC Youth Bureau. He has served on various boards including Carver Federal Savings Bank, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Scherman Foundation, and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. He writes bi-weekly newspaper columns for the New York Amsterdam News and El Diario/La Prensa.
Thomas J. Klein (1995 – 2000) was the vice president of manufacturing strategies at Pfizer, Inc.
Thomas Acosta (1997 – 2005) was a director at Smith Barney Asset Management. He held positions as a labor official with District 65 United Auto Workers and where he served as vice president, and as a Taft-Hartley/Public Funds Account Executive at Equitable Life. He has served on numerous boards, The New School’s Graduate School of Urban & Social Policy, the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, and United Neighborhood Houses. In 2001, he established the Acosta/Boltuch scholarship at Brown University.
Alan Altschuler (1997 – present) is currently a professional actor. He previously served as chief financial officer of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He was chairman of the American Diabetes Association and its Research Foundation, and has also served of the board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities and the Foundation Financial Officers’ Group.
Margaret Booth (1997 – 2005) is chairman of M Booth & Associates, a public relations and communications firm. Her firm runs on two words: Be Inspired. The firm is a culture-first communications agency that attracts the best people and the best brands to a workplace that’s alive with courage, ideas, respect and humanity. At M Booth, 150 employees share one title: Ideapreneurs. Her company has received numerous awards including, The Holmes Report 2016 Overall Agency of the Year and 2016 Consumer Agency of the Year; the 2016 PRWeek Midsize Agency of the Year; and the 2016 PRWeek Best Places to Work. The firm specializes in Corporate, Consumer, Travel, Lifestyle, Communications, Social media, Digital, Wine/Spirits, Travel, Luxury, Wellness, Consumer Tech, Beauty, Food, and Media Relations.
Chung-Wha Hong (1998 – 2005) is the executive director of Grassroots International. As a global justice advocacy and grantmaking organization, Grassroots International connects progressive donors in the US, to high-impact social movements in the Global South. For over 25 years, Chung-Wha has worked on a range of social justice issues locally and internationally, through organizing, policy advocacy, coalition building and philanthropy. Ms. Hong’s past activism includes working on health care, worker rights and human rights issues at the New York Immigration Coalition, Campaign to Save Public Hospitals, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance AFL-CIO and the Korea Information Project.
Jason Warwin (1999 – 2005) was co-founder and co-director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol.
Peter Kwong (1999 – 2007) is the co-founder & associate executive director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. His focus during the past two decades has been creating programs that directly support the development of Black and Latino youth in the Americas. The organizations and programs he has co-created, including The Brotherhood-Sister Sol, the Community Service and Development Program, International Study Program, The Liberation Program, Diáspora Solidária and Irmãos Unidos have long records of success and have received widespread acclaim in the United States and internationally. For 7 years, from 2006 to 2013, Mr. Warwin lived in Bahia, Brazil. There he explored Afro-Brazilian culture, learned and implemented permaculture techniques, and was involved in community organizing and youth development efforts. Over the years Jason has received numerous awards including an Echoing Green Fellowship, the Community Works’ Long Walk to Freedom Award for a New Generation of Civil Rights Activists, the Fund for the City of New York’s Union Square Award for Grassroots Organizing, the Brown University Alumni Association’s inaugural John Hope Young Alumni Public Service Award, the Abyssinian Development Corporation’s Harlem Renaissance Award, the Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network Use Your Life Award and the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award. Mr. Warwin has served on the boards of The Fund for Social Change and Educators for Social Responsibility.
Myra Mahon (2000 – 2002) a former social worker, is a member of the executive committee of the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell’s Lying – In Hospital and benefactor of its Myra Mahan Patient Resource Center.
Peter Kwong (1999 – 2007) was professor of Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, as well as professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of CUNY. He served on the board of directors of several organizations including Downtown Community TV, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, International Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship, and The New Press. Mr. Kwong has authored many publications including Chinese America: The Untold Story of America’s Oldest New Community and Chinese Americans: An Immigrant Experience, co-authored with his wife, Dusanka Miscevic.
Gladys Carrión (2000 – 2007) is the former Commissioner of the NYS Office of Children & Family Services. Previously, she worked for the United Way of NYC, Inwood House, and was an attorney with the Bronx Legal Services Corporation. She has served on numerous boards including Legal Services of NY, Puerto Rican Policy Institute, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, Latino Child Welfare Collaborative, and Agenda for Children Tomorrow.
Ester Fuchs (2001 – 2002) is a professor of Public Affairs and Political Science at Columbia University.
Martha V. Johns (2002 – 2003) served as adjunct lecturer at the Hunter College School of Social Work. She was also the director of member services at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Inc., and executive director of the Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults. She has served on several boards including the Brookdale Center on Aging Social Work Advisory Committee, Tuttle Fund, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Elders Share the Arts, Hunter College School of Social Work Alumni Association, and Nonprofit Coordinating Committee. Publications include To Grandmother’s House We Go And Stay: Planning for Permenance.
Sayu Bhojwani (2002 – 2004, 2007 – present) is the founder and president of New York American Leaders, focused on motivating immigrants and refugees to run for office. She served as New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, from 2002 to 2004. In 1996, she started South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!), to develop the leadership potential of immigrant youth in Queens. Dr. Bhojwani holds a PhD in Politics and Education and a M.Ed. in Comparative Education. She serves on the boards of the National Immigration Forum and The AfterSchool Corporation (TASC). She is an immigrant of Indian descent who was raised in Belize, Central America, and is a naturalized citizen of the United States.
Dana-Ain Davis, Ph.D (2002-2013) is the director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society at CUNY Graduate Center. received her PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in anthropology in 2001. She served as associate chair for the Graduate Program in Urban Affairs at Queens College and College (2011 – 2017); associate chair for Worker Education at the Joseph Murphy Institute (2007 – 2011); and assistant professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of the Global Black Studies Program at SUNY Purchase. Dr. Davis’ areas of specialization include black studies, family and sexual violence, reproductive rights, poverty and welfare policy, and women’s studies. She has published several books including Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth and Battered Black Women and Welfare Reform: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, as well as a number of articles on women and welfare policy. Dr. Davis has been co-chair of NARAL-NY, served as President of the Association of Black Anthropologists, Executive Director of the ADCO Foundation, and has been a consultant to a number of foundations and community-based organizations. New York Governor Cuomo appointed Dr. Davis to the Governor’s Maternal Mortality Taskforce in June 2018.
Thomas J. Mackell (2002 – 2004) served as chairman of the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He was also a member of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Federal Reserve System, president of the Association of Benefit Administrators and Publisher, editor of its newsletter, Insights, and member of the Investment Management Committee of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. From 2002-2005, he was principal and member of the Investment Committee of RCG Capital Partners, LLC, and has also served as managing director for the Kamber Group. Mr. Mackell served on the boards of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Union Mutual Pension, and Committee for Hispanic Children and Families.
Ana L. Oliveira (2003 – 2011) is the president and CEO of the New York Women’s Foundation and former executive director of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. She has also worked for the Osborne Association, Samaritan Village in Queens, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, and Kings County Hospital.
John Daley (2003 – present) became the president & CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation in 2006. Under her leadership, the foundation has grown in several dimensions, establishing a new strategic plan, sponsoring landmark research reports, increasing visibility and public awareness of the foundation’s presence in NYC. She served as the executive director of Gay Men’s Health Crisis for over seven years, overseeing a complete turn-around of the agency. Before working at GMHC, Ana directed innovative community-based programs at Samaritan Village, the Osborne Association, Kings County and Lincoln Hospitals. Ms. Oliveira has served as a member of the New York City HIV Planning Council, in the New York City Commission on AIDS, chaired the NYC Commission for LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth, and, most recently, co-chaired Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative. She currently serves as a co-chair of the Board of the Women’s Funding Network. In 2005, Ms. Oliveira was profiled in Newsweek as “America’s Best,” a series highlighting ordinary individuals using their extraordinary vision on behalf of others. She was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and resides in Manhattan. Ms. Oliveira has an M.A. in Medical Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. She has just been awarded an Honorary Doctor Degree by her alma matter.
John P. Daley (2003-2011) served as vice president and treasurer of the Henry Luce Foundation. He has held positions with the Outreach Project, Office of Youth Services at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. He acted as an independent consultant to Western Queens Consultation Center, Dynamite Youth Center, Hudson Guild, and Unitas Therapeutic Community, and an auditor for American Express Company & Cerro Corporation and Coopers & Lybrand.
Seth Borgos (2003 – 2015) is director of research and program development at the Center for Community Change. He has also worked at the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program and ACORN. He is the co-author of This Mighty Dream.
Paul Spivey (2004 – 2012) serves as principal at Phillips Oppenheim. He has advised a broad range of nonprofit clients on issues ranging from donor development to board governance. Paul also served as president of the Edwin Gould Foundation for Children, supporting education, youth development and financial literacy. Prior to joining Gould, Mr. Spivey was executive director of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, committed to the achievement of low-income students. His years as a human rights worker for the Black Sash in South Africa in the late 1980’s inspired him to support underserved youth both abroad and at home. Immediately following his graduation from college, he worked as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs. Currently, he sits on the boards of Exponent Philanthropy, New York City Center, and the TEAK Fellowship. Prior board service includes serving as chair of the Association of Black Foundation Executives and secretary of the Council on Foundations. As a loyal alumnus, Mr. Spivey has served on the boards of Eaglebrook School and Wesleyan University while representing St. Paul’s School as an Alumni Regional Representative.
Mike Pratt (2004 – 2019) has been the president and executive director of the Scherman Foundation since 2009. He served as program officer from 1996 until 2009, and continues to serve as the foundation’s Treasurer, overseeing its investment portfolio. He has provided leadership in several outside philanthropic roles, including serving as Chair and Treasurer of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Initiative for Neighborhood Organizing (INCO.) Prior to entering the world of philanthropy through a one-year fellowship at the Rockefeller Family Fund in 1995, he practiced law with the civil division of New York City’s Legal Aid Society for ten years, developing expertise in equitable development, federal housing subsidies, and landlord tenant law. Earlier, he worked for NYPIRG as a community organizer, later becoming Director of the Straphangers Campaign. He serves as the chair of the board of Philanthropy New York and the Vice Chair of the board of trustees of Pratt Institute. He received his undergraduate degree at Amherst College and a J.D. at the NYU School of Law.
Errol Louis (2005 – 2007) joined NY1 as the host of “Inside City Hall” in November 2010. Prior to joining NY1, Louis was a Daily News columnist who wrote pieces on a range of political and social affairs and also served on the paper’s editorial board. As a leading commentator, he hosted “The Morning Show,” one of the city’s liveliest political talk shows for New York’s political, cultural and business leaders, every weekday on AM1600 WWRL. Prior to joining the Daily News, Mr. Louis was associate editor of the New York Sun, where he published columns from 2002 to 2004. He also won an award for commentary from the New York Association of Black Journalists, and was named the city’s Best Columnist & Radio Show Host by the Village Voice in 2010. Louis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Harvard University, a Master’s in Political Science from Yale, and a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School.
Gail Gordon (2005 – 2019) retired in 2018 as senior portfolio manager in the investment department of Loews Corporation. She was responsible for equity and commodity trading as well as for portfolio management of asset/liability matched accounts, and investment strategies related to corporate development. Prior to joining Loews in 2000, she was a managing director at Schroder & Co., Inc. where she oversaw the firm’s retail fixed income efforts and ran the futures trading and sales operation. Ms. Gordon joined the firm as an analyst in 1980, while it was Wertheim &Co., in order to help start the futures trading effort and to develop a client base for this new product area. To further that effort, she worked with the equity, fixed income and asset management areas of the firm, as well as with counterparts in London from Schroders, to design portfolio management strategies for a diverse client base. Proud of her Bronx roots, Ms. Gordon attended Hunter College High School, where she started her exploration of New York City’s neighborhoods. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Clark University in political science and received her MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she graduated Beta Gamma Sigma. Ms. Gordon is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She currently serves on the Board of the City Parks Foundation as treasurer and member of the executive committee.
Denice Williams (2006 – 2014) is the deputy commissioner of Planning, Program Integration and Evaluation at the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development. She served as deputy director for Community Resource Exchange where she spearheaded the development of two publications, From Vision to Reality: A Guide to Launching a Successful Nonprofit, and Mastering Your First Government Contract. She serves a trustee for the Leadership Council of the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition, Council of Community and University Leaders for the Center for After School Excellence, and on the professional development committee for the New York State After School Network.
Roland Lewis (2006 – 2014) is the president and CEO of Waterfront Alliance. He was previously the executive director of Habitat for Humanity-NYC, and program associate at the Trust for Public Land. For nine years, he was a partner in the law firm of Dellapa, Lewis, and Perseo. He has served on the following boards Housing First!, Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. Mr. Lewis lends his expertise to many advisory and steering groups, including the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast Steering Committee, the Professional Advisory Committee for the New York Harbor School, and the Hudson River Park Trust Advisory Council.
Deborah Holmes (2006 – 2007) is the Americas Corporate Responsibility Director at EY. She has been named a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow and a Crain’s New York Business Rising Star. She has consulted to large corporations on work-life integration and women’s issues, and is a published author and frequent public speaker.
Keith Hefner (2006 – 2014) is the executive director of Youth Communication, which he founded in 1980. He won a MacArthur Fellowship in 1989, and he was a 1986 – 1987 Charles H. Revson Fellow on the Future of New York City at Columbia University. He is a 2004 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Institute for Non-Profit Management, Executive Level Program. In 1997 he received the Luther P. Jackson Award for Educational Excellence from the New York Association of Black Journalists. He is the executive editor or co-author of several dozen Youth Communication books and programs, including Real Men and The Teen Guide to Sex Without Regrets.
Eugene Eisner (2007 – 2008) is the president of Eisner & Associates, P.C. He has served as counsel to many tenant organizations, done pro bono legal work for civil liberties organizations and individuals, and published several articles on the right to strike, plant closings and affirmative action in various law journals. He as received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest attorney rating and is listed in the book Best Lawyers in America. He has also served on several boards and committees including National Labor Relations Board, and Center on Labor and Employment Law at NYU School of Law.
Wayne Ho (2007 – 2015) is the president & chief executive officer at CPC-NYC, a social services organization that promotes social and economic empowerment of Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities. He served as chief strategy and program officer for the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. From 2004 – 2013, Mr. Ho was the executive director for the pan-Asian children’s advocacy organization, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families. He has taught leadership and management courses at New York University and University of California at Berkeley. He was recognized by the City and State as a 40 Under 40 New York City Rising Star in 2014 and was one of 10 leaders invited to meet with President Obama during the White House’s Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration in 2011. Mr. Ho serves on numerous boards, including the board of Coro New York Leadership Center, and is appointed to several New York City and State advisory boards. He received a bachelor of arts from UC Berkeley and a masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Roger Schwed (2007 – 2021) is a lawyer with his own practice providing general counsel and corporate legal services to various businesses that do not have their own in-house counsel. Previously, he served as executive vice president and general counsel, and then as a consultant, for four years to Connecticut-based United Rentals, Inc., the world’s largest equipment rental company. Prior to United Rentals, Mr. Schwed served for nine years as executive vice president and general counsel of Maxcor Financial Group, Inc., a publicly-listed international financial services company with an inter-dealer brokerage business conducted through its various Euro Brokers affiliates in New York, London, and Tokyo. Mr. Schwed helped Maxcor rebuild its offices and business after 9/11 (it was housed on the 84th floor of 2 World Trade Center) and successfully sell itself in 2005 to Cantor Fitzgerald. Prior to Maxcor, Mr. Schwed was M&A counsel at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York and an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. He also spent a year as law clerk to the late Honorable Eugene H. Nickerson. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Princeton University in 1979 and a law degree from Columbia University Law School in 1986, where he was an editor of the Law Review and both a Kent and Stone Scholar. In addition to his work for the New York Foundation, Mr. Schwed is on the board of, and finance chair for, Climate Ride, a not-for-profit that organizes multi-day bicycle and hiking tours throughout the U.S. to raise funds for other charities focused on climate change, green industry and/or transportation advocacy. He also was the founding board chair for 12 years of I Challenge Myself, Inc., a not-for-profit focused on building self-esteem and leadership skills among disadvantaged high school youth through a curriculum of athletic training and endurance bike rides. He was born, raised and still lives in New York City on the Upper West Side. Mr. Schwed has had a lifelong love affair with cycling, and completed a 4,000 mile ride across America in the summer of 2012 (see http://biking.rschwed.com). He is married and has two sons.
Marlene Provizer (2008 – 2019) served as executive director of the Jewish Fund for Justice (JFJ), a public foundation that supports grassroots efforts to combat poverty, from 1989 to 2004. Prior to working in social change philanthropy, Ms. Provizer had 20 years of experience as a policy analyst, program developer, advocate and trainer with national nonprofit organizations. In Washington, DC, she served on the education staff of the Children’s Defense Fund and as social policy director of the League of Women Voters Education Fund. After moving to New York City, she worked as assistant director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, then as deputy director of National Affairs for the American Jewish Committee before assuming the leadership of JFJ. Ms. Provizer has served on numerous boards, including the National Network of Grantmakers, Interfaith Funders, Jewish Funders Network and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. She has written and spoken widely on public policy, philanthropy, and inter-group relations. Since 2005, Ms. Provizer has been an independent consultant, working with nonprofit groups on organizational development issues and launching a personal shopping business, Forward Fashion.
Fitzgerald Miller 2008 – 2016) is an experienced financial services professional at Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, one of the nation’s most prestigious investment firms, with over 18 years of Wall Street experience. Formerly, he was the Director of Investments at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., a leading wealth management, asset management and investment banking firm. Prior to joining Oppenheimer & Co., he was a Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch, where he provided financial and investment management advice and services to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Mr. Miller is an ordained Deacon at Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City, the First Vice President of One Hundred Black Men, Inc., NYC Founding Chapter and has been appointed a second term for the New York Supreme Court First Department Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division. A graduate of Baruch College, where he obtained a BBA in Accountancy. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Bridge Street Development Corporation, which focuses on affordable housing and small business development in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant community.
Ana Rodriguez (2009 – 2015) retired in 2017 as professor of Professional Practice and chair of the Nonprofit Management Program at the Milano School. Formerly, she was deputy director of the Equal Opportunity Division at The Rockefeller Foundation. Dr. Rodriguez was a co-recipient of the Council on Foundations’ Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grant making in 2003. She has served on many nonprofit boards including Philanthropy New York, One Economy, Inc., Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Learning Leaders, Inc., Hispanics in Philanthropy, and on the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Policy Council. Dr. Rodriguez is currently the Senior Management Advisor to the Northeast Regional Office of Hispanics in Philanthropy. She also serves on the Office of Children and Family Services’ Child Welfare Research Advisory Panel. Dr. Rodriguez frequently lectures on the future of the philanthropic sector, Latinos in the United States, leadership in communities of color, community development, and the effective management of not-for-profit organizations. She received her bachelor of arts from Princeton University in 1976 and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1990.
Rosa Alfonso-McGoldrick (2010 – 2018) is the vice president of Corporate Affairs and Communications for American Express OPEN, the small business division of American Express. Since she became Vice President, in 2006, OPEN has achieved and retained record-setting media coverage for several critical brand initiatives including the Make Mine a Million Business program, Victory in Procurement for Small Business program and the launch of OPENForum.com and the Plum Card. Under Ms. Alfonso’s leadership, OPEN has received significant coverage in an array of national and regional media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur, Fox Business News and Telemundo. Previously, she led communications programs in support of American Express’ consumer lending, co-brands and Membership Rewards divisions. With more than 17 years of communications and marketing experience, Ms. Alfonso has worked for a variety of consumer brands including: American Express, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, American Airlines, Hard Rock Café and Edy’s Ice Cream. She is currently a member of American Express’ Women’s Interest Network, the company’s Hispanic employee network AHORA and is Co-Chair of American Express’ Corporate Affairs and Communications Diversity Council. Ms. Alfonso is the daughter of immigrant parents from Cuba and Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of Boston University and currently lives with her husband, Christopher and dog, Bosco in Brooklyn, New York.
Kerry-Ann Edwards (2010 – present) is the Relationship Manager Director of Markets and Securities Services at Citi focusing on asset managers, hedge and pension fund platinum and priority accounts. In her 12 years at Citi, she has had the opportunity to work in strategy analyzing policy issues and actions that impact trading, as a foreign exchange structured product specialists for public sector clients as well as in marketing and developing content and thought leadership for the benefit of Citi’s highest revenue generating clients. Mrs. Edwards provides solutions driven, partnership approach with the purpose of helping to make her clients’ business more successful. She is an active member of the Underrepresented Minority Advisory Recruiting Committee and earned Citi’s Corporate Citizenship Award two years in a row (2017, 2018) for her efforts. Prior to Citi, Mrs. Edwards spent 5 years at Merrill Lynch in Municipal Markets Sales. She is also a member of Jack and Jill of America, where she serves as her chapter’s Corresponding Secretary. Mrs. Edwards also serves as Assistant Treasurer for Newark Academy Parent Association. Mrs. Edwards earned an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School where she was a Goldman Sachs Fellow. She earned a bachelor of arts in Economics with a minor in Management and Organization from Spelman College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She lives in NJ with her husband and two young children.
Glenn E. Martin (2010 – 2015) is the founder and senior consultant at GEMtrainers which supports philanthropic institutions seeking to engage in thoughtful, effective philanthropy. Before launching GEMTrainers, he founded and served as the President of JustLeadershipUSA for three years, an organization dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030. Mr. Martin is the founder of the #CLOSErikers campaign in NYC. Prior to founding JustLeadershipUSA, he was the vice president of The Fortune Society, where he founded and led the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy. He also served as the Co-Director of the National HIRE Network at the Legal Action Center, and is a co-founder of the Education from the Inside Out Coalition. Mr. Martin’s inspirational leadership has been recognized with multiple honors, including the 20174 Brooke Astor Award, the 2016 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, and the 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship.
Sue Kaplan (2011 – present), Secretary, is a research associate professor in the Department of Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine. Her work focuses on achieving health equity for historically disadvantaged populations. For nearly two decades, she worked with the Bronx Health REACH, a coalition of organizations working to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in the South Bronx. Ms. Kaplan serves as the director of the NYU Langone Health Community Service Plan located on the Lower East Side and Chinatown in Manhattan and in Sunset Park and Red Hook in Brooklyn. This multi-sector plan focuses on preventing chronic disease and on promoting healthy women, infants and children. It has also developed resources for frontline workers addressing the intersection of health and housing, and it has created a center to help to support and strengthen Community Health Worker Initiatives. Before coming to NYU, Ms. Kaplan was the vice president for planning and director of special projects and policy at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (H+H), the country’s largest public hospital system. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Wesleyan University, Ms. Kaplan is a member of the Board for JustLeadershipUSA, a membership driven leadership and advocacy organization devoted to criminal justice reform. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, where she is a member of the Selection Committee for the annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize.
David Rivel (2011 – 2019) is the chief executive officer of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, one of the nation’s largest social and human service providers with an annual budget of $250 million and a staff of 3,200. The organization works with 45,000 people of all ages each year at 75 locations around New York City, helping them to recover from a wide range of mental health, behavioral, and family challenges. Prior to The Jewish Board, Mr. Rivel was the executive director of City Parks Foundation, which works in over 750 parks citywide presenting a broad range of arts and culture, sports and recreation and education programs, and helping communities support their local parks. He has written and lectured extensively about the importance of parks to the life of a community and about the key role community involvement plays in revitalizing parks. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Rivel was president of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community schools of the arts. He engineered six consecutive years of record enrollment and fundraising results. He also launched a successful capital campaign to renovate the conservancy’s historic brownstone school in Brooklyn and built a new facility in Flushing. Before coming to the Conservatory, Mr. Rivel was vice president of marketing and communications at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts where he created its marketing and design departments. He also served as director of executive projects and assistant director of strategic planning, playing an important role in the creation of Jazz at Lincoln Center. From 1986 to 1988, Mr. Rivel was director of finance for First Run Features, an international film and video distribution company. He negotiated and supervised a merger with a major competitor, thereby creating the country’s largest nontheatrical distributor of political and social issue films. Mr. Rivel’s academic background is in film history and aesthetics, and he taught film studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. After receiving his master’s degree from Wesleyan, he served as the first assistant curator of the newly-formed Wesleyan Film Archives.
Lillian “Lee” Llambelis (2012 – 2020) is the deputy commissioner for community partnerships and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture/Art and Mathematics) initiatives at the NYC Department of Design and Construction. She leads the agency’s outreach, and develops and strengthens programs that support educational initiatives that create a pipeline for students from middle school through employment. This includes managing various programs, including ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) mentoring for high school students citywide, college summer internships, college aides, high school internship program, middle school after school program, and summer middle school enrichment program. Ms. Llambelis also manages the Town + Gown Program, as well as the department’s work using academic and practitioner resources to increase built environment research across disciplines and sectors by partnering with city agencies, colleges and universities. Prior to her appointment, she served as the special assistant district attorney for community affairs at the New York County District Attorney’s Office where she was responsible for community outreach efforts, with a primary focus on the ethnic minority, school, senior, immigrant, and crime victim communities. Ms. Llambelis maintained relationships with elected officials, business leaders, citizens, civic and larger community stakeholders to enlist public support to identify public safety and quality of life issues that merit law enforcement action. She and her team worked to develop and implement strategies to promote the public’s access to the services of the district attorney’s office, to ensure that citizens have easy and consistent access to services, and ensure that problems are identified and solved speedily. Ms. Llambelis has held positions as the director of intergovernmental and community affairs for New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, and as litigation director for LatinoJustice PRLDEF. From 1992 to 2002, she served as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan, where she was assigned to the Trial Division; the Special Prosecutions Bureau, where she investigated and prosecuted white-collar crimes, including embezzlement, fraud, bribery, and the financial exploitation of the elderly; and the Official Corruption Unit where she investigated and prosecuted police corruption. Ms. Llambelis is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Georgetown University Law Center. She was also a Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs. Prior to attending law school, she served as an assistant press secretary to former Mayor Edward I. Koch.
Jeffrey Sullivan (2012 – 2013) is a Managing Director and Partner at HighTower Advisors. He brings over 28 years in experience from his previous firm, Morgan Stanley and its predecessor firms. His focus is on Investment Management Consulting for a variety of clients. They include trusts and high net worth families, foundations and endowments and pension funds. With institutional clients, these services include Investment Policy development, selection of independent investment managers, on-going investment advisor due diligence, evaluating and monitoring performance, and setting domestic, global and international strategic and tactical asset allocation. All of these services are also provided to high net worth families and are combined with a host of comprehensive wealth planning strategies to provide the best service we possibly can. Active in the respected IMCA (Investment Management Consultants Association), Mr. Sullivan focuses on ever changing government, trust and ERISA guidelines and Investment Manager Consultant standards within the industry. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University in 1978 and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business distinguished Investment Management Analyst Program, earning the Certification of Investment Management Analyst (CIMA).
Dawn Walker (2013 – 2018) is the associate vice president of communications and marketing at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she is responsible for managing the communications/public relations and marketing efforts for both the academic and hospital sides of the institution. Most recently, she served as assistant vice president of communications and marketing at CUNY Kingsborough Community College, having previously served with the City University of New York’s Central Office of University Relations where she managed and directed special projects and media relations activities. Previously, Ms. Walker served as assistant vice president of communications and external relations for Medgar Evers College where she was responsible for building a strategic communications program and increasing public awareness of the College, and as executive director of the Medgar Evers Educational Foundation, leading the College’s advancement efforts and the administration of all fundraising programs.
Kyung Yoon (2013 – 2021) is president and co-founder of the Korean American Community Foundation, a leading funder of Korean and Asian American community organizations in the Greater New York City area, and a model of inclusive and participatory philanthropy in immigrant communities. Her previous experiences are in the fields of global development and media, as the Executive Producer of Television at the World Bank Institute, where she created and hosted an international documentary series focused on poverty issues and economic development which has been broadcast in more than 60 countries around the world. Prior to the World Bank, Ms. Yoon was a correspondent for WNYW-Fox Channel 5 where she made history as the first Korean American broadcast reporter in New York City. She is currently a contributing reporter to CUNY-TV’s Asian American Life, which is broadcast nationally on PBS stations and for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2015. Ms. Yoon currently serves as the Board Chair of Philanthropy New York. She is the immediate past Board Chair of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and a former Board member of United Way of New York City. Ms. Yoon holds a bachelor of arts in English and political science from Wellesley College, and an MA in development economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Carla Franklin (2014 – 2019), founder of Carlin Solutions, LLC, is a social media and business strategy expert. She has held positions at Deloitte Consulting, IBM, and Bain Consulting. As managing director of Carlin Solutions, Ms. Franklin provides management consulting services in the areas of operational improvement, change management, business analytics and due diligence, project management for leading corporations, nonprofit organizations and public sector clients worldwide. Ms. Franklin is also a digital media expert who blogs and speaks frequently on cultural trends in social media, women in technology, online safety, and anti-cyberbullying/cyberstalking advocacy. She has been a featured guest on National Public Radio, the CBS Morning show, and other major media outlets. Ms. Franklin currently sits on several nonprofit boards and actively blogs on the topics of technology, social media safety, and digital pop culture. Most recently, she was selected to speak at the 2014 SXSW Interactive conference on Technology and Women’s Empowerment. In 2011, Ms. Franklin was one of 50 women featured in MORE Magazine for her fight against cybercrimes in New York State. In 2012, she was featured as one of Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s Women in the World. Ms. Franklin earned a bachelor of arts from Duke University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Fatima Shama (2014 – present) is the executive director of The Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit agency that provides free summer experiences to New York City children from low-income communities through summer camps and a host families program in rural and suburban communities across 13 states, and provides year-round academic enrichment and support both at camp and in New York City. Previously, she was the vice president of strategic development and external affairs at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. Prior to this role, Ms. Shama was the commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, a position she had held since 2009. From 2007 through 2009, she served as Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s senior education policy advisor. She joined Mayor Bloomberg’s office in 2006 to work on a special initiative on the intersection between health care, language access and literacy. Ms. Shama has worked with many community-based organizations across the city on a variety of issue areas and needs. Ms. Shama earned a bachelor of arts from Binghamton University and a master’s in public administration from Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs Executive Program. Born and raised in the Bronx, Ms. Shama is a daughter of immigrants—a Brazilian mother and a Palestinian father.
John Weiler (2014 – present), Treasurer, is currently an independent consultant to nonprofits and philanthropies. Mr. Weiler was most recently chief operating officer of Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners. For more than a dozen years, Mr. Weiler worked at the F.B. Heron Foundation, a private foundation based in New York City. For most of that time, he was Heron’s program officer responsible for grantmaking and program-related investing in New York City as well as other areas. Before joining Heron, Mr. Weiler directed national programs for the Corporation for Supportive Housing; prior to that he was assistant director of Common Ground Community, a New York City supportive housing provider. Mr. Weiler’s other nonprofit experience includes work at Development Training Institute, where he designed and delivered training programs for community development lenders and community-based organizations. He began his career in banking, with positions at Chase Manhattan Bank and Manufacturers Hanover Trust. Mr. Weiler has served on the boards of the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, Neighborhood Funders Group, and Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, as well as on the advisory committee for New York City’s Office of Financial Empowerment, and for the New York City Acquisition Fund, LLC. Mr. Weiler earned a bachelor of science in economics from the Wharton School and a master’s in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Holly Delany Cole (2015 – present) is director of the Flexible Leadership Awards Program, an organizational and leadership development initiative located within the Haas Jr. Fund and serving the Fund’s grantees. Until June 2014, she was co-director of Community Resource Exchange (CRE), having been part of CRE’s senior team for 18 years. During her time there, Ms. Delany Cole was a staff consultant, director of consulting and deputy director for programs. Immediately before CRE, she was a freelance consultant for human services and grant-making organizations in Chicago and NYC, and helped to formalize the National Funding Collaborative for Violence Prevention. Her work included program evaluation, program development, coalition-building and proposal writing. Ms. Delany Cole served as a program officer at the New York Community Trust from 1983 through 1989, managing grant programs in youth services, human justice, employment and aging. Now a citizen of Oakland, California, Ms. Delany Cole is active with Decarcerate Alameda County, and joined the board of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Ms. Delany Cole has a bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University and a master’s degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She is the co-author of Working with Teen Parents – a Survey of Promising Approaches with Phyllis Smith Nickel (1985).
Victor Quintana (2015 – present) retired in 2014 as a senior program officer and assistant director at the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock. For more than 17 years at the Veatch Program, he championed strategic grantmaking to build progressive movements for social, political and economic change in the United States. His knowledge of the critical history and role of the labor movement, informed Veatch Program’s grantmaking for over a decade. Mr. Quintana has held leadership positions on the boards of Neighborhood Funders Group, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Progressive Technology Project, and the Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships. Prior to joining the staff of the Veatch Program, Mr. Quintana was the executive director of a youth and adult entrepreneurship program for inner-city residents offered by The Columbia University Business School. He also served as the founding director of a healthcare program for HIV-positive individuals or people-with-AIDS who were changing residency from Puerto Rico to New York City. Mr. Quintana served on the mayoral administration of David Dinkins, as the first director of constituency affairs in the mayor’s office and later as chief of staff at the Department of Environmental Protection. During the 1984-1985 academic years, he was a Revson Program Fellow at Columbia University.
gabriel sayegh (2015 – present) is co-executive director of the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice. For nearly 20 years, gabriel has worked on campaigns to end mass incarceration the war on drugs, promote fair economies and racial equity, and more. From 2003 – 2015 he worked at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), in many capacities, including as managing director of policy and campaigns. At DPA, he led numerous policy reform campaigns in cities and states around the country, including the coalition effort to roll back the Rockefeller Drug Laws in New York, campaigns to reform New York’s marijuana arrests laws and pass medical marijuana legislation, and efforts to reduce overdose fatalities through health-based approaches to drug policy. In each campaign, gabriel managed three strategic areas: policy advocacy and grassroots engagement; communications; and affiliated c4 and PAC political engagement activities. He has appeared in a wide range of broadcast, online, and print media, including The New York Times, NY1, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, Fusion, NPR, Washington Post, Newsweek, Vice, New York Daily News, New York Post, Associated Press, Huffington Post, The Village Voice, Gawker, BBC, and more. He lives in Brooklyn.
Shekar Krishnan (2016 – 2020) is the chief program officer of Communities Resist, an anti-gentrification and anti-displacement legal services organization. Formerly, Mr. Krishnan was a program director at Brooklyn A’s group representation unit, managing its fair housing litigation and community-based advocacy on behalf of tenant and neighborhood groups in North and East Brooklyn. He began his career as an attorney in the Unit, leading Brooklyn A’s Broadway Triangle fair housing case against the City of New York. He was then an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, serving as pro bono counsel to Brooklyn A and as a member of the board. Mr. Krishnan clerked for Senior United States District Court Judge Jack B. Weinstein in the Eastern District of New York. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a Clarence Darrow Scholar and contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review, and his undergraduate degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Mr. Krishnan is a member of the board of directors of Citizens Union, a good-government advocacy group in New York, and the Chair of Friends of Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, Queens. His publications include: “Race Lost for the New East New York” (N.Y. Daily News); “Black, White and Wrong All Over” (N.Y. Daily News); “The Real Needs of NYC’s Plaza’s” (Queens Tribune); and “Advocacy for Tenant and Community Empowerment”(CUNY Law Review).
Christopher Harvell (2017 – present) co-founded Dental Kidz, LLC in 2008 and serves as its chief executive officer. Mr. Harvell worked for the management consulting firm, Booz Allen in the Health Care, Communications, Media & Telecom and Financial Services Groups. At Booz Allen, he focused on corporate and business strategy formulation, organizational development, business performance, process improvement, and technology strategy development. In addition, while at Booz Allen he founded a recruitment program focused on identifying minority talent. Mr. Harvell also worked on a pro-bono basis with Bill Clinton’s Harlem Small Business Initiative where he was responsible for identifying and implementing areas for operational improvements and increasing the financial viability of selected Harlem small businesses. He was an investment banker in the Real Estate Finance Group at Credit Suisse based in NY. Mr. Harvell attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and received his MBA with a concentration in finance and real estate. He received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from George Washington University.
Gay Young (2017 – present), Vice Chair, vice president, manages the Donor Services department that works directly with donors and advisors to donor advised funds administered by The New York Community Trust. She helps individuals, families, and companies carry out their charitable giving. Ms. Young majored in Political Science and History at Wellesley College and graduated from New York University School of Law. She is on the board of Hudson Guild. Ms. Young and her husband live in the West Village.
Robert Cordero (2018 – present) has served as Executive Director of Grand St. Settlement since 2015. With an operating budget that increased from $15M to $30M during the first four years of his tenure, Mr. Cordero works to guide the growth of a historic settlement house into its next 100 years of service in the Lower East Side and throughout Brooklyn. He prods himself and others to think creatively about innovative solutions that amplify impact, all while remaining focused on Grand Street’s mission, vision, culture and values in service to over 10,000 low-income New Yorkers annually. To date, Mr. Cordero has restructured and strengthened Grand Street’s administrative, finance, fundraising and advocacy functions, while dramatically expanding youth services and early childhood program serving the highest need families. He and his team launched a new social enterprise job training program, GrandLo Café, and intergenerational community center at Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side. Mr. Cordero got his start as a public school educator and community organizer in Chicago. He received the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Leadership Prize for outstanding work in the fields of health and harm reduction services in 2012, later completing the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program at the Anderson School of Management as the former President and Chief Program Officer of BOOM!Health in the Bronx, New York. In 2018, he completed the Greater New York executive leadership program. Mr. Cordero holds a master’s degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye (2018 – present), Chair, is an independent consultant focusing on urban problem solving, housing, movement building, governance design, non-profit management, narrative development and strategic planning. Ms. Kirmani-Frye is currently working with the Ford Foundation on public housing reform. Until December 2018, Ms. Kirmani-Frye was Director at the Office of Public/Private Partnerships, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), appointed to the executive team in 2015. She developed and managed NYCHA’s strategic relationships with external cross-sector entities. While at NYCHA, Ms. Kirmani-Frye founded The Fund for Public Housing in 2016 where she served as its first president. The Fund for Public Housing invests in the well-being of public housing residents and their communities by collaborating with partners to re-imagine and improve the way public housing in NYC works. Prior to that Ms. Kirmani-Frye served as director of The Brownsville Partnership, a community based organization. She spearheaded the effort to build a collective impact neighborhood network working with community residents, many of whom live in public housing. Ms. Kirmani-Frye earned a master of science in Urban and Public Policy from The New School and a bachelor of arts in Urban Studies from the College of Wooster in Ohio. She is a board member of Hester Street, serves on the national advisory board of the Center for Court Innovation, and Chair of the Youth Design Center (formerly Made in Brownsville, Inc). In 2018, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation named Ms. Kirmani-Frye a Sterling Network Fellow, New York City leaders from government, non-profit and business sectors working together to tackle the challenge of increasing economic mobility across the five boroughs.
Patricia “Pat” Kozu (2018 – 2021) is chief operating officer at The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank addressing entrenched inequalities in education, job/economy, health care, and foreign policy. Before this, she served as transitional executive director at nonprofit organizations undergoing transformation. Previously, she was managing director of the National Employment Law Project; served as vice president, finance & administration at The F.B. Heron Foundation; and held executive roles in operations, finance, and marketing at Citibank, American Express, and at several entrepreneurial ventures. Ms. Kozu currently sits on the steering committee of the Asian Women Giving Circle, is a member of the U.S.-Japan Council and volunteers as a mentor to emerging leaders.
Rickke Mananzala (2018 – 2020) has been active in grassroots organizing, advocacy, and social justice philanthropy for over two decades. He currently works as an independent consultant advising foundations and individual donors on social justice grantmaking strategy, capacity-building, and program design. Mr. Mananzala’s roots in community and youth organizing for racial and gender justice and LGBTQ rights guide his work in philanthropy to move resources where and how they are needed most. He most recently served as Vice President of Programs at Borealis Philanthropy, a philanthropic intermediary that brings funders together to support leaders, organizations and movements in their efforts to build power in communities most impacted by injustice. Mr. Mananzala previously served as the Executive Director of FIERCE, a grassroots organization for LGBTQ youth of color in New York City that spearheaded campaigns to challenge youth criminalization. He was also a New Voices Fellow at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project where he worked to integrate legal services, litigation, and policy advocacy in service of organizing and movement-building by and for low-income transgender people in New York City. Mr. Mananzala was a founding board member of the Right to the City Alliance and served on the board of the Third Wave Foundation (now Third Wave Fund) where he helped develop grant-making strategies to support feminist youth organizing work across the U.S. He currently serves as the board chair of Funders for LGBTQ. Mr. Mananzala received his bachelor of arts in political science from Columbia University and Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a focus on urban policy.
Faiza Ali (2019 – present) is the Director of the Community Engagement Division at the New York City Council. This division focuses on connecting disenfranchised communities to the government and serves as a link between the Speaker’s office, NYC Council Members, and outside advocacy groups. She was previously employed by the Arab American Association of New York, and has focused on immigration, criminal justice, and working with youth since becoming an activist in the post 9/11-era. Ms. Ali also worked extensively on the successful campaign for Eid holidays to be recognized as public holidays by New York City public schools.
Cathie Mahon (2019 – present) is President/CEO of Inclusiv, a CDFI and national nonprofit organization committed to promoting financial inclusion through community development credit unions. Ms. Mahon is responsible for developing and implementing strategies in accordance with the organizations business plan and oversees all of Inclusiv’s programmatic and investment activities. She is committed to continuing Inclusiv’s role of bridging the credit union movement to the community development field, promoting financial inclusion and identifying and connecting credit unions to unserved and untapped markets and communities. Ms. Mahon had previously served as deputy commissioner at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs where she started and led New York City’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE). OFE was the first initiative of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s anti-poverty efforts and was the first local government initiative in the nation with a mission aimed expressly at helping to educate, empower and protect low-income residents to help them make the most of their financial resources. Ms. Mahon was a co-founder of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition and Fund, and has worked to integrate financial capability programming into municipal service delivery systems. She also serves on the Board of the Center for NYC Neighborhoods. Ms. Mahon worked as a private consultant on issues of community development, financial empowerment and asset building, launching and directing the Asset Funders Network and serving as a lead researcher for the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Ms. Mahon earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University in Durham, NC and a Master’s of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
George Suttles (2019 – present), Assistant Treasurer, supports Commonfund’s educational, market research, and professional development activities as director of research of Commonfund Institute. He also serves as a member of the Commonfund Diversity and Inclusion Office. Prior to joining Commonfund, Mr. Suttles was a program officer at the John A. Hartford Foundation, an independent, national private foundation focused on improving care for older adults. Before joining the foundation, he was a vice president, senior philanthropic relationship manager at U.S. Trust/Bank of America. In this role, he worked with private and institutional clients on issues related to best practices in strategic grantmaking. Throughout his career, Mr. Suttles has supported the philanthropic activities of leading nonprofits with a focus on healthcare and related missions. He is also a member of numerous nonprofit boards, including Odyssey House, Drive Change, and the Support Center for Nonprofit Management. Currently, he is on the adjunct faculty at the New York University School of Professional Studies. Mr. Suttles received a bachelor of arts from Wesleyan University, a master of arts in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and an MPA from Baruch CUNY School of Public Affairs.