Anna has been involved in the performing arts as both an artist and arts administrator for over twenty years. She recently produced Carmen de Lavallade’s solo show As I Remember It—an intimate portrait of a legendary artist. Anna previously served as the Managing Director of 651 ARTS, a presenting/producing arts organization dedicated to celebrating contemporary performing arts of the African Diaspora. While at651 ARTS, she co-produced numerous projects, including the highly regarded national tour of FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance. Anna has also served a consultant providing strategic planning and fundraising guidance to various non-profit arts organizations, including Urban Bush Women and the Weeksville Heritage Center. She has served as a Hub Site for the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project grant program. After receiving her Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law, Anna became the Artist Representative for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, a company she performed with for three years (DCDC2). She is a licensed attorney in the State of New York and lives in Harlem with her husband and daughter.
Alexandros Hatzakis is Chief of Administration and Executive Affairs at the FPWA (formerly Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies). In that capacity, he manages internal operations and administration for the organization including but not limited to human resources, technology and facilities, driving operational excellence tied to monitoring and meeting strategic objectives. Critical to this work, he manages and coordinates the Executive Office, Senior Leadership, Board of Directors and related committees on behalf of CEO.
Prior to working at FPWA, Alexandros was the Director of Income at United Way of New York City where he oversaw and managed a $6 million portfolio of program and policy initiatives aimed at assisting families in meeting their basic needs, tackling household insecurity and working towards economic stability.
Alexandros’ experience shares the common thread of systems-level thinking and strategy. He formerly served as the Development and Information Systems Manager at The Financial Clinic overseeing the implementation and integration of fundraising, operational and client data systems. He has also conducted research and policy analysis for the State of Delaware’s Division of Corporations and U.K. Companies House on the feasibility and approach to promote corporate accountability, economic growth, and combat fraud and corruption through the use of open companies’ data.
Alexandros received his Bachelor’s degree from Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Baruch, his Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP). He serves as Chair and member of New York City’s Procurement Policy Board.
Anita Appel has over 30 years of experience in the field of mental health. Beginning in 2006, Ms. Appel served as Director of the NYC Field Office at the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH). She began her career at OMH in the Field Office in 1983. Ms. Appel was named the Director of Children’s Services in 1989, and became Deputy Director in 1995.
During her time at OMH, Ms. Appel was instrumental in the expansion of the availability of services for children and adolescents with mental health disorders, including school based services, family support, case management, home and community-based waivers, and home based crisis intervention.
Ms. Appel received her Social Work degree from Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work.
Anita Nager serves as an advisor to foundations and individual donors with a special emphasis on environmental giving. She was the last Executive Director of the Beldon Fund, an intentional spend-out foundation, dedicated to building and sustaining a national consensus to achieve and sustain a healthy planet. For seven years, she also served as its Director of Programs. The Beldon Fund, founded and chaired by John Hunting—a Steelcase heir—invested its entire principal and earnings over a ten-year period. Anita guided the final spend out, communication of lessons learned, and the conclusion of operations. When the Beldon Fund closed its doors in May 2009, it had allocated more than $120 million in grants and foundation directed projects.
Prior to joining Beldon, Ms. Nager was a Senior Program Officer for Community Development and the Environment at The New York Community Trust, where she designed a grantmaking strategy for a $100 million fund focused on national environmental issues.
A former Board Chair of the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers, Ms. Nager is also a past board member of the Neighborhood Funders Group and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. She was a founding board member of Cause Effective, which provides management and resource development assistance to nonprofit organizations, and a founder of the AIDS and Adolescents Network of New York. Ms. Nager is a trustee of the Hudson River Foundation and chairs its New York City Environment Fund, providing environmental stewardship grants to grassroots organizations. She is a founder and past co-chair of the Health and Environmental Funders Network, and serves as a trustee of the Jenifer Altman Foundation.
In 2008, Anita was recognized at the Breast Cancer Fund Heroes Tribute for her “philanthropic leadership and nurturance of the environmental health movement” and by West Harlem Environmental Action in 2009 with its We Act for Environmental Justice 20th Anniversary Award.
Barron Tenny is the former executive vice president, secretary and general counsel of the Ford Foundation. He joined the Foundation as special assistant to the president in 1983. The following year he was made vice president, secretary and general counsel. In that capacity his responsibilities included oversight of finance and administration. In 1996 he became executive vice president, secretary and general counsel.
Prior to working at the Ford Foundation, Tenny served as vice president, assistant secretary and general counsel of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, a community development corporation in Brooklyn, New York. Before that, Tenny was an attorney at the law firm Greenbaum, Wolf & Ernst.
Tenny has a BA degree in History and Science from Harvard College and a JD degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Following his retirement from the Ford Foundation in 2011, Tenny has served on nonprofit boards, including the International Center for Transitional Justice (co-chair), the Foundation Center (vice-chair), the New York Community Trust, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the International Fellowships Fund, the City Bar Fund of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Orchestra of the Americas. He has also taught nonprofit management and governance at the masters level at New York University and Columbia University.
Betsy MacLean has been engaged in groundbreaking sustainable community development work for more than 15 years. As the Executive Director of Hester Street, Betsy and her team work with community organizations, private firms and government agencies throughout New York City and nationwide to provide low-income communities with the tools they need to shape their built environment. Before Hester Street, Betsy worked in East New York as the Director of Community Development at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, where she oversaw well over $100 million of affordable housing development. Betsy’s projects have earned The Alliance for a Greater New York’s (ALIGN) Movement Builders award, ioby’s Heroes in our Backyard award, and the Boston Society for Architects’ Excellence in Affordable Housing award. Prior to her time in East New York, Betsy created and directed an international community development program in Cuba and, before that, worked as a carpenter. Betsy holds master’s degrees in Urban Planning and International Development from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young sons.
Carmen is a national consultant leading conversations at the forefront of the field on equity, diversity, and inclusion issues. She is the founder and director of artEquity, a national program that provides tools, resources, and training to support the intersections of art and activism. She has provided leadership development, organizational planning and coaching for staff, executives, and boards for over 100 non-profit organizations. She is on the faculty of Yale School of Drama where she addresses issues of identity, equity, and inclusion in the arts.
For the past eight years, she has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on structural and organizational equity. With her guidance, OSF has implemented innovative programming, policies, and new organizational structures to support ongoing inclusion efforts. In addition, she serves as the consultant for Theatre Communications Group’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and programming, where she partnered with TCG to launch a national Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute for theatres. She has provided customized resources to theaters and arts organizations in the US and Canada, including Cal Shakes, Portland Center Stage, Steppenwolf, New York Foundation for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the Association for the Performing Arts Service Organization, League of American Orchestras, Opera America, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, Theatre Puget Sound, and Center Theatre Group, to name a few.
For the past fifteen years, Carmen directed Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR), a nationally recognized social justice program co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Central American Resource Center, and the Martin Luther King Dispute Resolution Center. Prior to her work with the LDIR program, Carmen was the Associate Regional Director for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), an international human rights organization, where she oversaw human rights work on the US/Mexico border; gay liberation and sovereignty education work in Hawai’i; and tenant rights and racial/economic justice work in California and Arizona.
Carmen is a founding member of the California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), a former Human Services Commissioner, and is currently on the Board of Directors for Black Women for Wellness, a community-based organization serving women in South Los Angeles. She has presented at numerous national conferences including the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, National Association for Multicultural Education, Grantmakers in Health, Grantmakers for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, The California Endowment, and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, to name a few.
Carmen’s work is rooted in popular education, community organizing, and a commitment to social justice. She remains dedicated to community building and activism, and has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years.
Carole Wacey is the CEO of the Women’s Club of New York. Prior to her current position she served as the Vice President of Education at WNET where she led a team that produced educational television (American Graduate Day, Ted Talks Education), online educational media for teachers (PBS Learning Media), and community engagement (Parenting Minutes, professional development). Previously, she served for a decade as Executive Director at MOUSE, a national nonprofit organization that empowers underserved youth to learn, lead and create with technology. During her tenure, she vastly broadened MOUSE’s reach from 32 to more than 150 Title I schools across New York City, expanded to five other states, and created a global partnership with more than 20 countries.
She also served as the Director of the Markle Foundation’s Interactive Media for Children program, which worked to help realize the potential benefits of interactive media for children by building partnerships between industry, the academy and consumers. Ms. Wacey arrived at Markle from her position as a Political Appointee in the Clinton Administration where she held a number of leadership roles—as Deputy Director of the Office of Education Technology and Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. In that capacity, she provided leadership for the Clinton Administration on the development and implementation of national educational technology policy, e-Learning: Putting a World-Class Education at the Fingertips of All Children; and, addressed issues such as telecommunications, the digital divide, Internet safety, privacy, and e-commerce.
In addition to working on educational technology, she spent four years as the U.S. Department of Education Liaison to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, and received a one-year appointment to The White House. There, she led the development of the first national education policy for sustainable development, Education for Sustainability: An Agenda for Action. Before joining the Clinton Administration, she served as a law and policy advisor at the United Nations Development Program. Her research, “Creating a Voice for Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations Development Program”, was presented at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro.
Ms. Wacey earned a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from American University. She studied Public International Law at Oxford University and Environmental Leadership at Yale University. Currently, Ms. Wacey serves as a member of the Board of Directors at MOUSE.
Carolyn McLaughlin was the Executive Director of BronxWorks for 34 years, from 1979 to 2013. She oversaw the progression of BronxWorks from a small storefront based in one Bronx neighborhood to a settlement house with program that serve many neighborhoods in the South Bronx. Under her guidance, BronxWorks grew tremendously, expanding services to include children and youth, immigrants, homeless individuals and families, people with HIV/AIDS, working age adults, as well as senior citizens. She oversaw a merger with the Girls Club of New York, a rebranding and name change, and the acquisition of two buildings. Today, BronxWorks programs make a difference in the lives of 35,000 people annually, from preschool children to senior citizens. The organization maintains 27 locations spread across Bronx Community Districts 1 through 7. In honor of her achievements, BronxWorks named their main community center after her.
Currently, Ms. McLaughlin is a member of the board of the Non Profit Coordinating Committee, and an officer of the boards of the Bronx River Alliance and the Foundation of Hostos Community College. She was previously on the board of the United Neighborhood Houses and Mid Bronx Senior Citizen Council and on many advisory committees.
Since she retired, she served on a transition subcommittee for the Di Blasio administration, convened an interviewing committee for the presidential search for Hostos Community College, and served as the moderator for the 2014 Nonprofit Management Awards ceremony.
Ms. McLaughlin has been honored by the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Food Bank of New York City, and BronxWorks. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University.
Chris Hanway assumed the role of Executive Director at Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement in Long Island City, Queens on August 1, 2013. Before that he was the organization’s Director of Development & Communications and headed Riis Settlement’s fundraising and marketing efforts for almost five years. Mr. Hanway has over 13 years of professional experience in the not-for-profit sector, most notably at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
He received his B.A. from Hunter College of the City University of New York, was a Ph.D. student in German at the Graduate Center of CUNY and recently completed the his Masters in Public Administration in the Executive Program at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. A native of Long Island, he now resides in Astoria and is proud to both live and work in the borough of Queens.
Charles A. Archer has made a career out of helping others. He is the CEO/co-founder of The THRIVE Network, which helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in New York City and New Jersey. A lawyer, author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Archer has been involved in community services for more than two decades. In the process, he has worked in partnership alongside such community advocates and politicians as Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Public Advocate For The City Of New York Letitia James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Archer has served as a Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney and the Associate Executive Director to the InterAgency Council of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disability Agencies. He also serves as the Board of Director for Black Agency Executives. Archer is also the author of the book Everybody Paddles: A Leader’s Blueprint for Creating a Unified Team.
Christopher Amos’s work focuses on the impact of digital media and technology on learning in the arts. As director of educational media and technology at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, he oversees digital media initiatives that are integral to Carnegie Hall’s programs for students, educators, young artists, and lifelong learners. Christopher leads the team responsible for developing Carnegie Hall’s online learning community for young artists, Musical Exchange, and produces a wide range of digital media projects, including work on Open Educational Resources (OER). He has also worked with schools in India, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, and the U.S. to develop international programs and partnerships. Before joining the staff of Carnegie Hall in 2008, Christopher was director of electronic media for the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied music history, theory, and criticism.
Darwin Davis has taught as an Adjunct Professor at The New School University, Bernard Baruch’s Executive Management and National Urban Fellows Programs, Columbia University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management and The City University of New York’s inaugural Certificate Program in Non Profit Management. Mr. Davis has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 37 years; and has served as the CEO of The Black Agency Executives, The Human Services Council of New York City, The New York Urban League and Black Equity Alliance.
Dr. Davis is the principal of bas Enterprises, which coaches executives on leadership and advises nonprofit organizations on strategic planning, board development, values clarification, and diversity. His clients include Harlem Arts Alliance, Touro College of Medicine, The City College of New York, Hunter College, Baruch College (executive programs), Omnicom, and Black Veterans for Social Justice.
Mr. Davis received a B.S. from New York University an M.A. in Human Development and Clinical Counseling from the New York Institute of Technology.
David C. Banks is the President & CEO of The Eagle Academy Foundation. He was the Founding Principal of The Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first school in a network of innovative all-boys public school in New York City. As President, he is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization, which is charged with the replication of the successful Eagle model. Prior to becoming principal of Eagle, David served as the Founding Principal of The Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice. This theme-based high school provided a unique opportunity for him to combine his law and education background. During his tenure, David helped spearhead a community-wide effort to secure a permanent home for the school. As a result, Bronx Law is now housed in a $75 million state-of-the-art facility, representing an unprecedented partnership between the criminal justice community and an inner-city high school. David is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University. He and his wife Marion reside in New Jersey; they have four children, Jamaal, Aaliyah, Ali, and Malcolm Rashaad.
Dipty leads the National Consulting and Advisory Services team at FMA. She brings comprehensive operations experience in the private and nonprofit sectors to her leadership of FMA’s consulting team, helping build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to build the infrastructures they need to be sustainable organizations and increase performance.
Over the past ten years at FMA, she has grown FMA’s management consulting practice and has worked with a wide range of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in various stages of organizational development. Through this work, she has advised organizations in management and operations to strengthen their finance, human resources, and information technology infrastructures to become more efficient and realize their goals. She regularly coaches and trains nonprofit leaders in the areas of financial health and operational excellence.
Dipty started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP with Fortune 500 clients, and spent several years performing domestic and international operations audits at Schering-Plough Corporation and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
She was a Sparer Public Interest Law fellow on International Human Rights issues with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and has worked with the Safe Harbor Asylum Law Clinic and Urban Justice Center. Dipty serves on the Selection Committee of the Nonprofit Excellence Awards as well as the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
She graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Dipty earned a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Dipty also holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The CGMA demonstrates management accounting expertise, determination and commitment to achieving sustainable business success.
Don Waisanen is an associate professor in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, where he teaches courses and workshops in public communication including executive speech training, campaign and advocacy strategies, media analysis, and seminars on leadership and humor. All his research projects seek to understand how communication works to promote or hinder the force of citizens voices. In particular, his recent publications have focused on the functions of political language, the increasing role of comedy in public culture, and the factors that can best sustain a deliberative democracy.
Before entering academia, Don was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, and worked in broadcast journalism, as a speechwriter, and on political campaigns. He has conducted communication strategy for various domestic and transnational projects, and serves on the board of the Resilience Advocacy Project, a nonprofit helping youth transition out of poverty. He writes for The Huffington Post, and has long enjoyed and been informed in his professional work by involvement in the performing arts, particularly improvisational comedy. He received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California.
Edwin Torres serves as Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York. The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is the largest local cultural funding agency in the United States. Mr. Torres began his career serving as Director of Longwood Art Project, the visual art facility of the Bronx Council on the Arts in the South Bronx where he was born and raised. From there he moved on to serve on the Arts and Culture team at The Ford Foundation, ARTOGRAPHY: Arts in a Changing America supports organizations that actively reflect the changing demographics of their communities in their programming and leadership.
During his time at Rockefeller Foundation, Torres’ grantees helped make New York a nationally-recognized leader in wage-theft prevention; helped prevent the evictions of hundreds of public housing residents; helped place hundreds of low-income residents in jobs; and advanced paradigmatic change such as the collective impact approach for homelessness-prevention and crime-reduction. Under his leadership, The Rockefeller Foundation’s cultural grantees helped supply over $800,000 in goods and services to art-making through on-line barter; increase artists’ earned income by 150%; triple the rate of participation in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) residential energy-efficiency programs in Brooklyn; influence NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development to partner with applicants and residents as well as NYC’s design community to develop new communication tools and services; and advance paradigmatic change such as that of naturally-occurring cultural districts.
Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Torres was Director of External Partnerships for Parsons the New School for Design. HMr. Mr. Torres received a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College and a Master of Science in Management from The New School.
Ella Baff is the former Senior Program Officer for Arts and Cultural Heritage at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York. She has received several awards in the cultural field including the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture, the William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and Honorary Doctorates from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and College of the Holy Cross. Ella has twice Co-chaired the International Society for the Performing Arts Congress in New York. She is currently the Chair of The Gish Prize, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Ella was born and raised in New York City, has studied classical music and dance, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley. Her work in the cultural field has included developing arts programs and teaching theater in juvenile prisons. She has worked as a consultant for foundations, government, and not-for-profit organizations and has been a guest speaker and panelist for U.S. and international government agencies and arts organizations. Ella is also the Executive Producer of Never Stand Still, an award-winning documentary on PBS Great Performances series and released worldwide.
Prior to joining Arbor Brothers, Erica served as the Executive Director of City Year New York where she oversaw a $12 million budget and led more than 50 staff members to recruit, train and manage 250 AmeriCorps Members in New York City public schools. Before City Year, Erica spent nearly two decades in roles across the social enterprise and private sectors. She has managed educational programs at Prep for Prep, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, iMentor and the Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship and led strategy and sales teams in the US and abroad at Goldman Sachs and Citi. Erica currently serves on the boards of Arbor Brothers and the Community Roots Charter School in Brooklyn; she also teaches at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Erica earned her MBA at Wharton, her MPA at Wagner, and her BA at Harvard. Erica resides in Brooklyn where she and her husband are raising their two children.
Erika Bernabei is a leader in the strategic design and implementation of whole organization and collaborative work to achieve equitable results in low-income communities and communities of color. Through Equity and Results, she works with small and large non-profit, philanthropic and public organizations nationally and internationally to use a racial equity results driven process to build the capacity of leaders and communities.
Erika uses an antiracist lens, developed by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, and Results Based Accountability (RBA) developed by Mark Friedman to look at how organizations and collaboratives can work differently to do systems change work and strategically disrupt ‘business as usual’. Erika’s deep knowledge of community-based participatory processes encourages accountability with formal, informal and community leaders so that there is buy-in at all points in the work.
Farra has led dozens of organizations through major brand overhauls, fundraising campaigns, and much more since joining Big Duck in 2007. She’s a frequent speaker around the country, training nonprofit staff and board members on branding, communications planning, and engaging donors at all giving levels. Farra was born an activist on Long Island, organizing to end hunger, prevent drunk driving, and right other wrongs. She studied psychology at American University where she started and led a public health awareness organization called Students for Healthy Decisions. During the nine years she lived in DC, Farra worked on fundraising and social marketing for the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In 2002, Farra moved to San Francisco and dove into the wonderful world of online fundraising with Donordigital. In 2004, she came home to New York to get her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management at The New School and soon joined the team at Douglas Gould and Company to lead online engagement projects. Farra currently serves as Board Chair for NTEN, an organization that believes technology can revolutionize social change. She is also a part-time faculty member at New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she teaches a class about strategic communications for nonprofit and public service organizations.
Frederick Davie is the Executive Vice President of Union Theological Seminary. In this capacity, Mr. Davie is the institution’s chief administrative officer and serves as an adviser and assistant to the President for the structure and administration of the executive office, strategic planning, institutional advancement, and vision implementation. Mr. Davie came to Union most recently from the Arcus Foundation where he served as Interim Executive Director and Senior Director of the Social Justice and LGBT Programs. In this capacity Mr. Davie managed the Foundation’s $20 million grant making budget and supervised the implementation of the Foundation’s grant making strategy for social justice and LGBT programs.
Mr. Davie served on President Barack Obama’s transition team and accepted an appointment by the President to the White House Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. On the Obama Transition Team, Mr. Davie assisted with reviews of the federal agency offices of faith-based and community initiatives. As a member of the White House Council, Mr. Davie provided counsel on strategies for more effective partnerships between federal agencies and community and faith organizations. Mr. Davie provided leadership for the inclusion of non-traditional families and marginalized populations in policy formation.
Mr. Davie has extensive experience in senior-level roles in philanthropic and social and economic justice organizations, including Public/Private Ventures and the Ford Foundation. Mr. Davie has also served in a number of leadership roles in public administration for the City of New York, including Deputy Borough President of Manhattan (1994-1997), Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Community and Public Affairs (1993-1994). Mr. Davie’s community and civic engagement work includes executive-level positions with New York City Mission Society, Brooklyn Ecumenical Cooperatives and the Presbytery of New York City. A Presbyterian minister in the Presbytery of New York City, Mr. Davie has served the national church, presbytery and local congregations in various volunteer capacities.
Mr. Davie received a B.A. in Political Science from Greensboro College and an M.A. from Yale University Divinity School.
Frederick S. Lane is an independent management consultant based in Sandwich, Massachusetts. His practice is limited to nonprofit organizations, government agencies and institutions of higher education, and focuses on strategic planning, organizational change, board development, and executive leadership. He is also a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management at Bernard M. Baruch College of The City University of New York (CUNY).
Lane is Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY, where he taught for over thirty years. He also has been Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, Visiting Professor of Public Administration at the University of Vermont as well as Professor of Political Science at CUNY’s Graduate Center. At Baruch College, Lane served as founder and Director of the Executive Master of Public Administration Program and Chairperson of the Department of Public Administration. He is also the recipient of Baruch College’s Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Service.
A pioneer in nonprofit management education, Lane was the first in the nation to teach a graduate course specifically in the management of nonprofit organizations in an accredited school of business or public administration. Regarding nonprofit management, Lane’s publications include: “Managing Fiscal Stress” in Wise Decision-Making in Uncertain Times: Using Nonprofit Resources Effectively (Foundation Center); “Organizational Analysis and Management Improvement” in The Nonprofit Organization Handbook, 2nd edition (McGraw-Hill), and “Managing Not-for-Profit Organizations,” for which he won the Laverne Burchfield Award for the best book review essay in Public Administration Review in 1980. Lane also was a member of the Board of Directors (and Board Vice-Chair, Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, Chair of the Standards Committee, and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee) of the National Charities Information Bureau (now merged into the BBB Wise Giving Alliance) for 12 years, an Associate Editor of the journal, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, for four years, and the first Chair of the Section on Nonprofit Management of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Lane is frequently cited on nonprofit management topics in the media, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Smart Money, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Newark Star-Ledger, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, Chamber Music Magazine, GothamGazette.com, the Internet Nonprofit Center, and Bloomberg Business News.
Lane also has a special interest in public policy, finance, and administration in higher education. He served as Staff Director of the Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education in New York in the mid-1970s. For his 1983 article, “Higher Education and Public Policy in New York,” he received the Golden Apple Award for excellence in writing about education from the New York State United Teachers. He is the author or co-author of: the chapter on “Higher Education” in the Productivity Improvement Handbook for State and Local Government; “Governors and Higher Education: Politics, Budgeting and Policy Leadership” in State Government; and “University Financial Analysis Using Interinstitutional Data” in New Directions in Institutional Research. Lane is often called on to comment on higher education practices in publications ranging from The New York Times to the Denver Post, from Community College Week to Empire State Report.
Lane holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. He is the editor of Current Issues in Public Administration, 6th edition (Wadsworth, 1999) and Managing State and Local Government: Cases and Readings (St. Martin’s Press, 1980). In 1984, he was named Outstanding Academic in Public Administration by the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.
Ingrid is the Director of the Daphne Foundation. She is a first-generation immigrant from Nicaragua whose family moved to California in the early ‘80s. She began her work in social justice as a regional organizer against an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative – Proposition 209 – and then became a youth organizer, coalition leader, facilitator and grantmaker. Ingrid earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego and a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from San Francisco State University.
James A. (Jack) Krauskopf is the Director of the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College (City University of New York). He was previously Chief Program Officer for the 9/11 United Services Group, which was formed in 2001 to coordinate the social services organizations assisting people affected by the September 11 World Trade Center attack. During nearly 15 years at The New School (formerly New School for Social Research), he was Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, and faculty member in urban policy.
Mr. Krauskopf has held several public sector positions, including Administrator/Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration under Mayor Koch, Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services (including Chairman of the Parole Board), Deputy and Acting Director of the Cleveland Department of Human Resources and Economic Development during the administration of Mayor Carl Stokes, and Director of a Rutgers University-based staff office to the Mayor of Newark. He served previously as President of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and has also been a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute in New York working on human services policy issues.
He is an active writer and speaker on public policy, human services, and related urban issues. In addition to Baruch College and the New School, he has taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, the University of Wisconsin, and Rutgers Law School.
Mr. Krauskopf received a B.A. in Government from Harvard and an M.A. in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.
James McCarthy has held senior faculty and leadership positions at Johns Hopkins, Columbia, The University of New Hampshire, and Baruch, where he served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. He also served as President of Suffolk University, and as a consultant for strategic planning and academic technology at universities throughout the United States.
He has conducted demographic and public health research in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, and has published extensively in leading journals in a number fields.
Janet is the Director of Alumni Relations & Volunteer Engagement for Baruch College. She comes to Baruch with 17 years senior management experience, with 14 years leading the Alumni Relations programs at the School of Visual Arts, The Cooper Union, and Columbia Business School. Janet holds a BA, cum laude, in Art History from Georgetown University and a MS in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School University.
Jason Yoon is the child of Korean immigrants, and a native New Yorker born and raised in Brooklyn and Queens. With over 10 years of experience in nonprofit leadership in the arts, education and youth development, Jason has devoted his career to cultivating communities that promote creativity and self-determination. Jason came to Atlas from the Queens Museum, where he was the Director of Education responsible for the museum’s education programs for people across the lifespan both at the museum and in community settings around the borough of Queens. His work included Queens Teens, a White House award-winning youth leadership program; New New Yorkers, an arts, language and digital literacy initiative for and with adult immigrants; ArtAccess, nationally recognized model programs for children and adults with varying physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive abilities; and additional work with over 30,000 K-12 students through museum visits. Jason has also been a teaching artist and museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum; founded and directed his own youth arts mentoring program 7ARTS which was featured on NY1 News; and worked as a grant writer and Development Associate for the DreamYard project. Jason has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a concentration in art history from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service where he was a Carl Long Dean’s Fellow and a Public Service scholarship awardee.
Jennifer Flynn joined the North Star Board of Directors in July 2014. She is the former executive director of VOCAL-NY (previously NYC AIDS Housing Network), where she organized around welfare rights, homelessness, drug user rights, and immigration, winning campaigns that resulted in a progressive right to housing legislation and over $30 million in funding to build housing. Prior to VOCAL-NY, she served as the managing director of Health GAP (Global Access Project), an international AIDS advocacy organization that led campaigns resulting in over $50 billion for AIDS treatment. Among her many accomplishments, Jennifer was a recipient of the Union Square Award, Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award and New York City Council Hero Award. She has also been highlighted as one of the leading twenty-five LGBT AIDS activists in twenty-five years by HIV Plus Magazine in 2009. Jennifer holds a master’s degree from the New School for Social Research. She lives in Brooklyn with her spouse, Bela August Walker, their two kids, and their two dogs.
Leslie Goldman is a strategic planning, education and development consultant, a board member of the Non Profit Coordinating Committee (NPCC), and a volunteer at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Ms. Goldman recently stepped down from the New York Academy of Medicine where she served as Senior Advisor to the President following 25 years as the Director of the Office of School Health Programs.
In that role, she provided overall leadership for the Academy’s health education programs in the New York City Public Schools and nationally. A small private initiative in 25 schools began in 1979 and expanded to over 1500 New York City schools. The project became a national model of how private-public sector collaboration can bring about large-scale change in public institutions and has been cited as a “beacon of change” by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition, Ms. Goldman administered activities that included an array of health, health career and science programs linking the medical and health communities and the schools in New York City and around the United States. Ms Goldman was responsible for policy formation, program development and implementation, evaluation research, national dissemination. She raised over $25,000,000 to support all the Office of School Health Programs staff and programs for 25 years.
Ms. Goldman received a Research Fellowship from the Exxon Education Foundation for her graduate training, receiving an M.A. in Policy Analysis/Educational Administration from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She also holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology. She is the recipient of The New York Academy of Medicine 2014 Academy Plaque for Exceptional Service and is a Fellow of the Academy.
Leslie is a seasoned professional with more than 30 years of expertise in integrated strategic communications, media and marketing for many leading nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross, Lighthouse International and the Ford Foundation.
She has led many successful campaigns that increased brand recognition and impacted causes and issues from corporate social responsibility to education and disaster response. Her areas of expertise include: high visibility top tier media placement (print, electronic and online), digital strategy, social media, videos, branding, crisis communications, writing targeted copy from blogs to thought leadership articles.
She was the 2019 President of the New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-NY.) She is also an experienced mentor and chaired the Mentoring Committee of PRSA-NY for 6 years.
She has taught numerous semesters at NYU and Marymount College. Her classes have ranged from Media and Politics to Crisis Communications and Strategic Communications for Nonprofits.
She writes a blog on ethics and the media for Commprobiz.
Linda Basch, PhD, is the former President of the National Council for Research on Women, a network of 117 research, policy, and advocacy centers with a Corporate Circle of major corporations and a Presidents Circle of leaders from higher education. Linda provides a gender lens to a range of issues including globalization and human security; economic justice; the impact of public policy on women and families; higher education; gender and diversity in academia, society, and the workplace; women in the corporate world, including work/life balance; women’s transformative leadership; and women and girls in science and technology. Her articles, letters and interviews have been featured in major media outlets including the Associated Press, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. An anthropologist by training, she has examined issues of migration, race, ethnicity, and gender and conducted field research in the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and North America. Linda has served in leadership positions in academia and at the United Nations. She serves on numerous advisory bodies and boards including Ms. Magazine, the Gruber Foundation Women’s Rights Prize, and the New York Academy of Science, of which she is an elected Fellow. She received her PhD in Anthropology from New York University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Lisa Cowan is a Principal at Hummingbird Consulting (www.hummingbirdconsulting.nyc). She has been working with community-based organizations for the last 25 years, first as a community health educator and program director at several youth-serving agencies, then as a Senior Consultant at Community Resource Exchange. Lisa was the Co-Founder of College Access: Research and Action (Caranyc.org), where she continues to act as an advisor.
She served as the Board President of the Red Hook Initiative from 2005 – 2013. In 2012, the Red Hook Initiative was at the center of hurricane relief work in Brooklyn, and won the Excellence in Non-Profit Management awards from the Non-Profit Coordinating Committee. In 2013 RHI was a finalist for the Brooke W. Mahoney Award for Board Leadership.
Lisa graduated from Wesleyan University and was a Coro Fellow in New York City. She is also a parent organizer and non-fiction writer. She founded her independent consulting practice in 2013. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Lisette Nieves is a Partner at Lingo Ventures, providing consulting services to the nonprofit and public sector on growth, talent recruitment/retention, professional coaching and change management. For the last three years, she has also served as the Commissioner for the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and currently co-chairs the Subcommittee on Higher Education. Prior to her tenure as Commissioner, Ms. Nieves was a Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College and a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Blue Ridge Foundation.
Previously, she served as the founding Executive Director for Year Up NY, a workforce and education program for young adults. From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Nieves served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) for the City of New York. Earlier in her career, she held several positions in the New York City educational sector. Ms. Nieves has been both a Rhodes Scholar and a Truman Scholar. Her awards include the Robin Hood Hero Award (John F. Kennedy Jr. Hero Award) from the Robin Hood Foundation and El Diario’s Mujeres Destacadas Award from La Opinion.
Ms. Nieves received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Lori is a consultant specializing in professional development for mid-level and senior managers. She has 20 years of experience in executive education, first as executive director of Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-for-profit Management and member of Columbia’s Executive Education faculty, and then as an independent consultant. In these roles she has managed, designed and/or directed over 100 programs with over 2000 participants from community-based organizations, large regional organizations and public-sector institutions. She also served as a coach and facilitator in Columbia Business School’s Executive Education and Executive MBA Programs. In 2010 she founded Strategic Learning Associates to continue this work and related research and evaluation.
Lori has taught at the New School for Public Engagement since Fall 2013. Courses include Organizational Assessment and Diagnosis, the Science and Art of Leadership Development, Management and Organizational Behavior, and Advanced Seminar in Organizational Change Management.
Lori is known for her collaborative approach, engaging clients and program participants in both design and evaluation of the educational experiences she develops. She is valued for her broad knowledge of management, leadership, and adult learning theory and its practical applications at work. Recent clients include AHRC, Astor Services for Children and Families, Westchester Community Foundation and New York Community Trust. Clients while at Columbia include Robin Hood Foundation, The After School Corporation, UJA-Federation, United Neighborhood Houses, Girl Scouts, Fire Department of New York, NYC Police Department, and US Department of Homeland Security.
Lori earned her EdD in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation explored CEO succession and strategy development in the not-for-profit sector. She earned her Masters degree in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management and her BA from Brandeis University.
Mark is Professor of Management at the Milano School, a graduate division of The New School in New York City. He served as Milano’s Chair of management programs for over twenty-two years, and launched The Tenenbaum Leadership Initiative (TLI) in 2007.
For over forty years, he has been a trusted adviser to Fortune 500 corporations, think tanks, philanthropies, not-for-profits, and start-ups.
His diverse entrepreneurial client base includes founders of transformative start-ups in technology, manufacturing, media, education, health care, finance, and marketing. His coaching skills and leadership development programs are engaged by C-level executives across all sectors of the economy. He develops corporate and non-profit boards to govern more effectively. In the nonprofit realm, he has consulted to and led leadership development initiatives for organizations ranging from multibillion-dollar philanthropic game-changers to local community-based social service providers to the world’s largest international NGOs.
Much of his New School-related work to infuse progressive leadership practices into the NGO and not-for-profit world has been made possible by significant grants from the Ford, Rockefeller, Mott, and Charles H. Revson Foundations, among others.
His work as a consultant and professor has inspired his writing for such publications as Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Deloitte University Press and Journal of Management Consulting, as well as his previous book, Guiding Growth: How Vision Keeps Companies on Course (Harvard Business School Press, 2003).
Entrepreneur, nonprofit consultant, career transitions coach, radio host, teacher: Marti Fischer’s professional passions follow two paths, as a nonprofit fundraising and communications consultant, and as a coach helping people successfully navigate employment transitions. Marti helps organizations align their communications and develop effective fundraising strategies. Her coaching clients are those entering or reentering the workforce, changing jobs, or seeking advancement and strategic positioning within their current job. She teaches fundraising and fund development workshops at Baruch, NYU, and Norwalk Community College. Marti holds a degree in Art History and Economics from Sarah Lawrence College and a certificate in Philanthropy and Fundraising from NYU.
Mary Jo Mullan is a consultant in philanthropy whose specialities include designing programs, writing, editing and facilitating. Clients have included: The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Tides Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation. For 17 years, she served as Vice President, Programs, and a member of the executive team at the F.B. Heron Foundation in New York City. Prior to that she was a program officer for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Board and committee service include: LCU Fund for Women’s Education, Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, Friends of Island Academy, Vice Presidents’ Network for Philanthropy New York, Gulf Coast Rebuilding Task Force, Asset Funders Network, Neighborhood Funders Group, and Council on Foundations.
Ms. Mullan received a J.D. from the New York University School of Law. She lives in the Lower Hudson Valley with her husband and two no-account, formerly homeless mutts.
Melba Butler is Principal of Butler Consulting, which provides management and program development services. In this capacity, she developed a practice guide for NYC Children’s Services, co-authored management training for NYC Children’s Services on Improved Outcomes for Children model, and developed and trained agency staff in Home Assessment Protocol.
From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Butler held the positiion of Director of Resident Engagement for the New York City Housing Authority. As part of a strategic plan to preserve pubic housing, Ms. Butler launched an innovative approach towards enhancing the participation of New York City’s 400,000 public housing residents. She consuled for internal clients, and coordinated and facilitated inter-departmental NYCHA Restores strategy after Super Storm Sandy and developed emergency response teams for vulnerable populations and residents in hurricane zones. From 1990 to 2006, Ms. Butler served as Executive Director of the Harlem Dowling West-Side Center for Children and Family Sevices, a mult-service organization serving inner city children and families.
Ms. Butler received a B.A. from Long Island University, a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the City University of New York, an M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University.
Michael Park is an Organization Development practitioner whose work spans the roles of consultant, executive leader of organizations, and teacher. The majority (but not all) of this work has been in nonprofit organizations.
As a consultant, his focus is on the human systems needed to design and implement successful change in organizations. He has served a variety of internal and external consulting, roles, both as sole practitioner and part of a team. My not-for-profit clients have included UNICEF, The Ford Foundation, The Girl Scouts of the USA, The American Red Cross, Hillside Family of Services, The TEAK Fellowship, Broadway Housing Communities and NeighborWorks America. Corporate clients have included Goldman Sachs, Marriott, and Ernst & Young. He has served on awards juries for the NPCC-NY Times Non-Profit Excellence in Management Award and the Governance Matters Brooke Mahoney Board Excellence award.
For several years, he served in key staff roles at Robin Hood Foundation, a public charity that finds, funds and strengthens more than 250 poverty-fighting schools and non-profits in New York City. He joined Robin Hood to build out the capacity building function, strengthening grantee organizations with a full range of key management services, delivered through an internal consulting staff, grants to external providers, and pro bono services from top management firms. Later, as Chief Administrative Officer he had management responsibility for all back-end functions of the foundation including finance, human capital, technology, legal affairs, strategic planning and performance monitoring, and coaching the executive team.
Michael Seltzer is a Distinguished Lecturer at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. Prior to joining Baruch, Michael Seltzer served as president of Philanthropy New York and as a program officer at the Ford Foundation where he was responsible for its work in strengthening the nonprofit sector and promoting organized philanthropy worldwide. He also founded and led a sustainability in business initiative at The Conference Board.
Seltzer chaired the master’s degree program in Nonprofit Management at the Milano School of the New School University. At Baruch, Professor Seltzer redesigned the core master’s degree course in fund raising and resource mobilization for nonprofit organizations, and teaches Advanced Public and Nonprofit Management in the Executive MPA program, as well as a variety of different topics in the executive certificate programs. He holds a B.A. from Syracuse University in International Relations and African Studies.
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Mino has been living and working as an artist, educator, activist and arts administrator in NYC since 2000. For the last 5 years she has served as the Co-Executive and Program Director for People’s Theatre Project, which she co-founded with actor Bob Braswell. During her tenure with PTP, Mino has received the Creative Power of Women Award from State Senator Bill Perkins for her “Outstanding work as a woman in the Arts”, the Woman of Excellence award from the Bronx Resource Center and an award from the American Chamber of Commerce DR, that recognizes her accomplishments as a Dominican working in the diaspora. NBC Latino also included Mino as one of 10 Latinos with Heart. Mino has been profiled by FoxNews Latino, NBC Latino, El Diario, Manhattan Times, Listin Diario, El Nacional and other newspaper and magazine publications in the US and abroad. Mino has participated as a panelist and guest speaker throughout New York City and was the international orator for the Women of Success 2014 conference in Santo Domingo, DR. Mino received her
BA in English Literature and Theatre from Manhattanville College and her MA in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation from the Graduate Institute.
Nancy Wackstein is the Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. She has been Director at the 9/11 United Services Group, Executive Director of the United Neighborhood Houses of New York (UNH), and Executive Director of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a multi-service settlement house on Manhattan’s East Side and a UNH member. Prior to her work at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Nancy served in both government and the non-profit sector. She was Director of the Mayor’s Office on Homelessness and SRO Housing from 1990 to 1991 under Mayor David N. Dinkins and was Senior Policy Advisory for Human Services in the Manhattan Borough of Mayor Dinkins’ office from 1986 to 1989, where she also held the position of Staff Director for the Task Force on Housing for Homeless Families. During her tenure at Citizens Committee for Children in the 1980s, Nancy was a leader in efforts to reform the city’s approaches to the crisis of homeless families and children. She also serves and has served on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations, including: Citizens Union, the Human Services Council of New York and SAGE. Nancy received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY at Binghamton, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work.
Patty was named Executive Director of Futures and Options in April 2007. Patty has worked to improve the long-term sustainability of the organization through board development and strategic planning, as well as through organizational growth and development in the areas of programming, fundraising, and marketing. Patty’s passion for youth and the program’s mission is coupled with commitment to excellence in all areas.
Patty has always been a strong advocate for children and youth. Before Futures and Options, Patty was Director of Volunteer Services at The Children’s Aid Society, one of the oldest and largest children’s welfare agencies in New York City. From 2003 to 2005, Patty was Executive Director of Variety International—The Children’s Charity, a multi-national, volunteer-driven organization aligned with the movie industry, which supports programs for children with special needs or serious medical concerns and children living in poverty. In Dallas, Patty was president of the Board of Directors for Dallas for Children, a start-up, volunteer-run fundraising organization that supported select intervention and prevention programs for needy children, from birth through six years old.
She served on the Dallas Commission for Children and Youth for three years, was a member of the Adolescent Pregnancy Board in Fort Worth, Texas for three years, and also served as director of Rockville Community Nursery School in Rockville, Maryland. She now serves on the board for New York City’s Department of Youth & Community Development. Patty received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgetown University, and her Masters of Arts in Education: Early Childhood/Special Education from George Washington University.
Pavitra “Pavi” Menon consults and coaches clients on human resources, leadership development, strategic planning, and board development issues. Ms. Menon, who has been with CRE for over 10 years, co-leads CRE’s cohort programs to help nonprofit executives and managers enhance their leadership skills. She also contributes to CRE’s blog, writing posts on “HR without HR.” Before joining CRE, Ms. Menon was a consultant with Ernst & Young’s human capital practice in India, where she worked on a number of human resources and knowledge management consulting assignments.
Ms. Menon received an M.B.A. in international business from École Nationale des Ponts et Chausseés, Paris, and a B.A. in commerce from Bangalore University, India. She is a past member of the board of directors of Manavi, a New Jersey-based organization serving South Asian women who are victims of domestic violence.
Peter Gee is the Director of New Business Development at The Door and University Settlement. Previously, he served as Chief Program Officer at Pratt Area Community Council and Director of Housing and Community Services at Asian Americans for Equality. He has served on the board of Community Healthcare Network for over five years. He has a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley.
Rachel Hyman has over twenty years of experience in community development. Her work experience includes COO of Habitat for Humanity – NYC, Real estate lender with three major banks, specializing in the financing of affordable housing, Affordable housing consultant, Non-profit affordable housing developer, Planner – City of Peekskill, Economic Development Project Manager – City of New Rochelle.
Her experience working on all sides of the development process, early on in government, next as a bank lender and later as a non-profit affordable housing developer gives her a thorough understanding of the multiple perspectives and risks and rewards surrounding affordable and supportive housing development.
In her consulting work Ms. Hyman represents non-profit and for-profit clients, often working on joint venture projects, as well as working as a consultant to The Low-Income Investment Fund (a community development financial institution). This varied experience enables Ms. Hyman to ably anticipate and analyze the pros and cons and flashpoints for various participants in real estate development projects.
Throughout her career, Ms. Hyman has worked in various development capacities on both new construction and preservation affordable housing projects totaling over $2 billion and 6,500 units. Ms. Hyman has also been responsible for the development of various innovative financing programs in conjunction with government agencies, such as The Habitat for Humanity/State of NY Mortgage Agency home mortgage program, The Bank of America/NYC Housing Development Corporation Co-Op program, The Long-Term Tax Exempt Bond Program in conjunction with NYC Housing Development Corporation, and The Citi national pre-development loan program for non-profit organizations
Ms. Hyman holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University and a BA degree from Binghamton University.
Robert Acton is Principal and Founder of Cause Strategy Partners, a firm that provides strategic counsel and high-impact programming to foundations, companies and social good organizations with a specialized focus on building both board and executive leadership. He has more than two decades of experience founding, leading and scaling social good organizations as both a nonprofit chief executive and board leader. He has provided strategic counsel and consulting to numerous Fortune 500 companies including Google, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Barclays, LinkedIn, BlackRock, Citigroup, MasterCard, Cushman & Wakefield, ConEdison, Time Warner, HBO, The Macquarie Group, Alcoa, and Verizon. Rob has developed strong partnerships with leading philanthropic foundations including The Ford Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Robin Hood Foundation, to name a few. For the last ten years, Rob has frequently written, taught and presented on the topics of board service, nonprofit leadership, and social impact. Rob is a member of the Bar of the State of New York. He attended Michigan public schools Spring Arbor University and Brooklyn Law School.
Russell Chung joined the City University of New York (CUNY) as the University Executive Director of Strategic Sourcing and Chief Procurement Officer in July 2017. In this position, he leads the University’s strategic sourcing efforts, as outlined in CUNY’s Master Plan 2016-2020, by leveraging the OTPS budget to create key supplier relationships that will generate cost savings, provide administrative efficiencies and modernize procurement practices across the system. Prior to coming to CUNY, Russell was the Procurement Director at Ohio State University. He has successfully led procurement transformation in strategic sourcing, eProcurement, cost savings initiatives and streamlining the procure-to-pay process. Prior to working at Ohio State University, he was the Director of Procurement at the Kohler Company in Wisconsin. He has also held senior procurement positions at Delphi Automotive Systems and General Motors which included expatriate assignments in Japan and Thailand. Russell holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Ms. Rathblott has been a leader in the nonprofit sector for nearly 20 years, 15 of which she spent at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City where she played a central role in its expansion. There she held a series of progressively responsible positions, ultimately serving as associate executive director where she managed a $10 million annual budget and oversaw six major agency departments and corresponding board committees ranging from finance to public relations /marketing to operations. Ms. Rathblott holds a B.A. from Goucher College and an MSW from Boston University. She was the youngest alum awarded the Goucher College Excellence in Public Service in 2005. Ms. Rathblott joined HEAF in January 2013.
Sandra A. Lamb, President and CEO of Lamb Advisors, has over 40 years of Wall Street, corporate and nonprofit experience addressing financially complex and critical strategic issues. Prior to establishing Lamb Advisors, Ms. Lamb’s corporate experience included 20 years at the investment bank, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC, where, as a managing director, she held executive responsibility working with clients on all aspects of buying and selling businesses and other financial advisory assignments. Prior to joining Lazard in 1983, Ms. Lamb spent 16 years as a portfolio manager with The MONY Group.
Ms. Lamb’s nonprofit experience includes serving as Chair of the New York Women’s Foundation in 2001-2002. As Chair, she provided critical leadership in responsible financial management, strategic planning, development and governance initiatives for a diverse, hands-on Board of 36 members and a committee structure of over 130 volunteers. Through the Foundation’s grantmaking process, Ms. Lamb gained expertise in grassroots organizations and philanthropy. In 2005, Sandy served as Interim Executive Director of the Foundation and as a member of the Search Committee for the new CEO.
Ms. Lamb has also served on several nonprofit and for-profit Boards, including ORC Worldwide, Biomet, Inc., The Fortress Group, Inc., Center Trust, Inc. the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, the Taproot Foundation, Vera Institute of Justice, and CURE International. She served as Chair of the $36 million Crossroads Capital Campaign for the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. She is currently Vice Chair of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Treasurer of the Taproot Foundation, and for the fourth year, a member of the selection committee of the New York Times Company Nonproft Excellence Awards.
Ms. Lamb has an MBA in Finance from New York University Graduate School of Business where she was a member of the Business School Scholastic honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma. She graduated with a BA in Political Science from Duke University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Sara K. Gould is a seasoned, strategic leader and executive; an executive coach; and a thought leader, advocate, collaborator and mentor. Her areas of expertise include strategic program design, coaching, nonprofit management, philanthropic advising, women’s and social justice philanthropy, and fundraising.
Following a year as the activist-in-residence at Smith College, Gould is currently co-directing the College’s Steinem Initiative. The Initiative brings a new tool – women’s and gender history – into organizing. It is experimenting in this arena by: 1) working with organizations to pilot new ways to use history in current campaigns, 2) creating new curriculum at Smith through which organizations collaborate directly with faculty and students, 3) implementing an activist-in-residence program, and 4) initiating the Gloria & Wilma School for Organizers.
Gould spent nearly 25 years at the Ms. Foundation for Women, serving as president and CEO from 2004 to 2010. Early in her tenure, she spearheaded the creation of the Collaborative Fund for Women’s Economic Development, a pioneering initiative in the field of microenterprise that leveraged more than $12 million to support organizations assisting low-income women to create their own jobs, while engaging funding partners and grantees in a learning and evaluation process. She is also the creator of the Ms. Foundation Institute on Women’s Economic Empowerment, a field- and capacity-building convening that brought together some 250 women activists and advocates from around the country regularly over a 15 year period.
As the Foundation’s president, Ms. Gould expanded its grantmaking directed at organizations that create meaningful connections — across issues, movements, constituencies, and geographies — to engage more women and men in working for sustainable change in both public policy and the broader culture. She also established the Katrina Women’s Response Fund immediately after the levees broke in New Orleans in 2005. The Fund granted nearly $3 million in Louisiana and Mississippi to organizations building the leadership of women of color and low-income women to impact the recovery and rebuilding process.
In 2011-12, Gould served as the Atlantic Philanthropies Senior Fellow at the Foundation Center where she advised the Center on its work with global women’s funds, led a study of progressive public foundations in the US, and researched and promoted activities to elevate the profile of social justice philanthropy. She also authored Diminishing Dollars: The Impact of the 2008 Financial Crisis on the Field of Social Justice Philanthropy.
Gould then served for nearly two years as the associate director of Caring Across Generations, a national campaign (led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Jobs with Justice) to bring about change in the long-term home care system in the US, for the benefit of both people who receive care and the workers who provide it.
Gould is also an executive and organizational coach in the nonprofit arena, focusing on building capacity through developing leaders and teams.
Gould holds a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University. She has received the Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award from the Women’s Funding Network and the Women Who Make a Difference Award from the National Council for Research on Women. She currently serves as the board chair of the National Immigration Law Center, and as vice-chair of the board of the Proteus Fund.
Prof. Sonia R. Jarvis, J.D., a graduate of Stanford University and Yale University Law School, has extensive work experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors as well as academia. Her law practice focuses on matters of civil rights, discrimination, diversity, nonprofit governance and equal access to technology, privacy and voting. She clerked for the late Judge Frank Johnson, a Federal Appellate Court Judge in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, managed a law clinic at the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and the Center on Equality, Pluralism and Policy at a Baruch College/CUNY, served as Executive Director for the National Coalition on Black Voter Participation, a national nonprofit civic engagement organization, and has consulted for major foundations and the White House on issues of equality, civic engagement, tolerance, and affirmative action policy. During the Clinton Administration, Prof. Jarvis was responsible for drafting the final report of the Advisory Board for the President’s Initiative on Race.
More recently, Prof. Jarvis conducted a study entitled “Leadership, Diversity and Legal Aid: Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of Legal Aid Management in New York and in America’s Most Diverse City” for the New York Leadership Project and the IOLA Fund (September 2009). She has engaged in training sessions for faculty members and administrators on diversity issues in academia. Prof. Jarvis also conducted a 3-hour Workshop during the 2015 National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education Conference entitled “Making Ferguson Matter: How Our Nation Can Achieve Greater Diversity and Social Justice By Dismantling Structural Discrimination Based on Race, Gender, Class, Identity and National Origin– An Examination of Public Policies that Perpetuate Power and Privilege.” She recently stepped down as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, a private foundation that funds education reform, youth leadership development and social justice projects. She is currently Board Chair for the Center for Responsive Politics, a national nonprofit that promotes transparency for the role of money in our political process.
Prof. Jarvis has taught at leading institutions of higher education including Harvard University’s Kennedy School, George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, and Rutgers, State University of New Jersey’s Eagleton Institute along with teaching positions at Catholic University Law School and Georgetown University Law Center’s Foundations of American Law courses. Her graduate and undergraduate courses have focused on law and public policy; race, media and politics; media, politics and culture; diversity and higher education; non-profit management; voting rights; and immigration. She has engaged in public advocacy on a number of social justice and racial equity issues in public seminars, on television and other media outlets, including minority civil rights, women’s rights, electoral politics and voter registration reform, access to technology, the right to privacy and civil liberties, poverty and inequality issues, equity in secondary and higher education, employment discrimination, diversity training, and nonprofit management and board governance.
A sought-after fundraising expert and President and Founder of YFJ Consulting, LLC, Yolanda F. Johnson has successfully launched fundraising and marketing initiatives; created special streams of earned income and special events, including creative strategies for partnerships and sponsorships; secured foundation, corporation and government funding, cultivated a diverse major gifts portfolio and trained boards and leadership groups in effective fundraising strategy. A trailblazing figure on the NYC fundraising landscape, Yolanda recently became the first African American President in the history of Women In Development, NY, one of the NY Metro Area’s premier professional fundraising organizations.
Yolanda is the author of A Useful Guide for Planning Events for Arts Organizations and is often seen as a panelist and moderator at Fundraising Day in New York and with other presenting organizations. She served as the Acting Executive Director of the Barthelmes Conservatory of Music in Tulsa Oklahoma and an adjunct professor of Humanities and Music at Tulsa Community College, before relocating to the NYC area, where she led individual giving and special events efforts for the Hudson River Museum. Shen then led the development department at the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, which supports emerging artists in theater, dance and film, for more than seven years. While there, she created licensing partnerships between the Foundation and European funders and planned and executed special events for American audiences in Europe. She then held the position of Vice President, Development and Communications, at Chess in the Schools, a youth development organization in Manhattan before founding her consultancy, YFJ Consulting, where she is able to work with a variety of clients from diverse sectors.
Her other leadership roles include serving on the Board of Directors of the Lehman College Art Gallery and she was a previous board member of the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site. She is also a former United Nations NGO Rep and current International Advisory Board Member for the Foundation for Post Conflict Development.
Yolanda is classically-trained lyric soprano with an extensive, simultaneous international career as a successful performing artist and public speaker (www.yolandafjohnson.com). This has given her a unique, creative perspective on the communications and presentation aspects of organizational and fundraising development. With this in mind, she developed All the World’s A Stage, a special workshop using performance practice for fundraising and philanthropy. She presents All the World’s A Stage to professionals and leadership groups across the country.
Yolanda received her BA in Music (Voice) from the University of Tulsa and MA in Arts Administration with fundraising emphasis from The University of Akron, in addition to a certificate in Arts Management in Community Institutions from the National Guild of Community Arts Educators (formerly National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts).