Board of Directors’ Bios

Board of Directors' Bios

  • Ian J. Benjamin, Chair; RSM US LLP

    is a Partner at McGladrey LLP and leader of the Not-for-Profit, Education and Healthcare Services Practice in the New York office. He is also a member of the firm’s National Leadership Team for not-for-profits. He has over 30 years of experience serving not-for profit and higher education organizations including international, membership and cultural groups, colleges and universities, K-12 schools, and trade and professional associations. Ian also leads the Employee Benefit Plans Practice in the New York office. As an engagement leader, Ian advises boards of directors, CEOs and CFOs of not-for-profit organizations as they address matters such as government audits, OMB Circular A-133 audits, governance reviews, bond offerings, organizational changes such as mergers, and the implementation of new auditing standards. Prior to joining the firm, Ian was a partner at Deloitte & Touche in its Tri-State Not-for-Profit and Higher Education Services Group. In addition to not-for-profits, his clients have included employee benefit plans, manufacturing companies, and real estate and investment companies. Ian is President of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan and a former Board member of Governance Matters.

  • Robert Acton, Vice Chair; Cause Strategy Partners

    Principal of Cause Strategy Partners, has served as a nonprofit Executive Director for 11 years and has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years. Most recently Rob served as Executive Director of Taproot Foundation in New York City and served as interim leader of the foundation’s work in Chicago in 2014, as well. Partnering with more than two dozen Fortune 500 companies and philanthropic foundations, during his four year tenure the number of NYC nonprofit organizations served by Taproot grew 220%. Most notably, Rob worked with the Heckscher Foundation for Children, Google, PwC and Alcoa to build a board seat program that recruited and trained 80 executives and employees for board service. Prior to Taproot, Rob led Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) in Chicago. During his seven year tenure as Executive Director, CGLA expanded ten-fold the number of indigent clients served, added policy work as a key aspect of its programs, and tripled the agency’s annual revenue. During his tenure, CGLA received Chicago’s prestigious Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence. Training others to lead effectively is one of Rob’s passion. He has served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law and North Park University. He is a regular presenter at nonprofit leadership conferences around the country. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Development Committee of NPCC and serves on the Board Governance Committee of the NYC Anti-Violence Project. Rob is a member of the Bar of the State of New York. He attended Michigan public schools, Spring Arbor University & Brooklyn Law School. Rob’s causes: youth education, second chances for ex-offenders and the arts.

  • Charlene Laniewski, Treasurer; KPMG LLP

    is an Audit partner in KPMG’s Metro New York Public Sector practice. She has been with KPMG for 26 years, including thirteen years as a partner exclusively serving not-for-profit organizations. Charlene has extensive experience serving as engagement partner on many significant not-for-profit engagements. In this capacity she has assisted clients with the implementation of new accounting standards, developed and presented training courses in technical and industry topics to clients, and participated in the firm’s quality reviews. Charlene was a recipient of the Tribute to Women in Industry Award by the YWCA. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Charlene received her BS in accounting from the University of Scranton and is a certified CPA in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

  • Merble Reagon, Secretary; Women's Center for Education & Career Advancement

    is Executive Director of the Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement in New York City. She has worked for more than 30 years to create greater opportunities for working women in the business and public sectors. Current community involvement includes board membership at the Justice Fund, Wider Opportunities for Women, the NYS Defenders Association, the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Westbeth Artists’ Housing and the Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund. Her current work includes introduction and promotion of the Self-Sufficiency Standard for the City of New York and the web-based New York City Self-Sufficiency Calculator, both being utilized in 2009 by more than 300 non-profit agencies and others. She holds leadership positions with national, regional, state and local employment and training advocates and organizations such as WOMEN WORK! The National Network for Women’s Employment, and has received numerous awards, including the Ellen Lurie Award from the Community Service Society in recognition of her efforts on behalf of the poor; the Woman of Color Award from the NY Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs; the WISER Hero Award for Women Who Make a Difference, and the Susan B. Anthony Award from NOW NYC. She is a graduate of Smith College and the New York University School of Law.

  • Victoria Bailey, Theatre Development Fund

    Bailey is executive director of Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the only not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the entire spectrum of the performing arts with programs that touch the lives of millions of New Yorkers and visitors each year. Its tkts booths and its membership, education, subsidy, access and dance programs all further its core mission of ensuring the vitality of theatre and dance by building and sustaining audiences. Ms. Bailey is currently working with Brad Erickson at Theatre Bay Area on Triple Play, a research project that is examining ways to strengthen the relationship between playwrights, theatres and audiences as a means to increasing audience appetite for new and risky work.

    Previously, she was instrumental in the execution of a comprehensive study of the lives of American playwrights and the production of new American Plays. The study culminated in Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play written by Todd London with Ben Pesner and Zannie Giraud Voss, published in 2009. Ms. Bailey was a key member of the team that designed and realized the award winning new TKTS booth in Duffy Square. Prior to her appointment at TDF, she had a nearly 20-year association with Manhattan Theatre Club. Ms. Bailey is an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Arts, Columbia University, and is a member of the boards of the Times Square Alliance and the Non Profit Coordinating Committee. She has served two terms on the Tony Awards Nominating Committee. Ms. Bailey received a B.A. in history from Yale College.

  • Joyce M. Bove, The New York Community Trust

    until September 2013, was Senior Vice President for Grants and Special Projects at The New York Community Trust, the community foundation for the New York metropolitan area. With The Trust since 1978, she administered a wide range of grant programs and special projects. Before joining The Trust, she held administrative and planning positions in health, mental health, and substance abuse agencies. She has been active in several nonprofit, civic, and philanthropic organizations, including the Boards of the National AIDS Fund, Philanthropy New York, the Primary Care Development Corporation, Grantmakers in Health, and Funders Concerned About AIDS. She currently serves on the Boards of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, United Neighborhood Houses, and the Women’s City Club as well as the New York Academy of Medicine School Health Programs Advisory Committee.

    She is the former president of the Health Care Executive Forum, where she now serves on the Program Committee. In 1989, Ms. Bove received the Council on Foundations’ Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking for her leadership in shaping the local and national philanthropic response to the AIDS epidemic. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Indiana University; she is member of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Distinguished Alumni Council. Ms. Bove is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, a visiting lecturer at New York Medical College’s School of Public Health, and a member of the New York State Supreme Court Departmental Disciplinary Committee.

  • Richard Burns, Esq., Vice Chair; Johnson Family Foundation

    is a non-profit management consultant who has served as Interim Executive Director of the Johnson Family Foundation, the North Star Fund, PENCIL, The Funding Exchange, Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Stonewall Community Foundation.

    He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the Arcus Foundation and was Executive Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City for 22 years, from 1986 to 2009. Richard serves on the boards of directors of the Proteus Fund, the New York City AIDS Memorial Park and is a member of the Selection Committee of the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for HIV Law & Policy. He served as president of the founding board of directors of GLAD in Boston from 1978 through 1986, was co-chair of the board of Centerlink and is an alumnus of the board of directors of Lambda Legal. Richard is a graduate of Hamilton College and Northeastern University School of Law.

  • Gregory Cohen, Cause Effective

    has extensive experience in nonprofit management as well as program development in the areas of education, healthcare and housing. Before joining Cause Effective, Greg was managing a collaboration of global health organizations who were seeking a shared outcome management system. He is also an advisor to InsideNGO, a trade association of operations executives from international development and relief groups. Greg founded and ran Comprehensive Development, Inc., a nonprofit associated with Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School, for 11 years.

    Prior to leading CDI, Greg was responsible for housing development at the New York Urban Coalition. Greg is a certified trainer in nonprofit ethics with the Institute for Global Ethics and has served as a facilitator for IBM corporate retreats. For the past decade he has been a guest instructor on "Fundraising For New Nonprofit Ventures" at NYU's Wagner School. He is a Vice Chair of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, and was a participant in Coro's Leadership NY II. He holds a BA from Union College.

  • Diana Davenport, The Commonwealth Fund

    is the Vice President, Administration for the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. In this role, Diana oversees the Fund's landmark headquarters Harkness House, office operations, risk management, talent management and benefits administration. During her tenure, she has championed and implemented a number of quality improvement activities in the areas of human resources and benefits, information technology, and building operations.

    Diana has spent over two decades working as a professional in the non-profit sector. She is a member of the Board and cochair of the Membership Committee for Philanthropy New York, the regional grantmakers association. She also serves as chair of the Awards Selection Committee for the 2014 New York Community Trust - New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Since 2005 she has held a human resources credential with SHRM, now called the Senior Certified Professional. She holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Leslie Goldman, New York Academy of Medicine (retired)

    has 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 health education programs in the New York City Public Schools and nationally. Ms. Goldman played a pivotal role in establishing a small private initiative in 25 schools in 1979 that later expanded to over 1500 New York City schools. The project is now 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 and science programs linking the medical and health communities and the schools in New York City and around the United States.

    Prior to her tenure at the New York Academy of Medicine, Ms. Goldman worked as a teacher trainer, NYC Central Board of Education Director of Arts Education, and a consultant in both the private and public sectors. She has provided technical and consultative assistance to school districts and corporations throughout the country in developing local linkages and coalition-building to support the health of children and adolescents. Ms. Goldman received a Research Fellowship from the Exxon Education Foundation, for her graduate training, a Master’s Degree in Policy Analysis/Educational Administration at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology. She is the recipient of many honors and awards, sits on numerous national advisory boards and is a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine.

  • Ronda Kotelchuck, Primary Care Development Corporation (retired)

    is the founding CEO of the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC). She served on the original workgroup that conceptualized, designed and established PCDC in 1993. Under Ms. Kotelchuck’s leadership, PCDC has financed more than 100 primary care projects totaling $485 million and modernized more than 925,000 square feet of space, creating the capacity to serve over 750,000 patients. PCDC has also provided Performance Improvement training and coaching to nearly 900 primary care organizations throughout the US.

    Prior to PCDC, Ms. Kotelchuck previously served as Vice President for Corporate Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs for the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. From 1981 to 1993, Ronda served with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the nation's largest municipal hospital system, rising from Assistant Director of Reimbursement to Vice President for Corporate Planning and Intergovernmental Relations. Ms. Kotelchuck held a variety of earlier health related positions, including Associate Analyst at the New York State Financial Control Board, Director of Acute Care for the Health Planning Council of Greater Boston, and Director of the Health Policy Advisory Center and Managing Editor of its Bulletin. Ronda received her Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University and her Bachelor of Arts from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She speaks and has written broadly on health care topics. She is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine; a member of Advisory Council of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; a member of the NYS Health Care Quality Advisory Committee; Chair of the Health Care Executive Forum; and former co-chair of the Herman Biggs Society.

  • Patricia J. Kozu, The Century Foundation

    Pat Kozu is chief operating officer at The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank which undertakes timely and critical analyses of major economic, educational, governmental, privacy, and social inequality issues. She is responsible for finance, investments, operations, HR, technology, business development and fundraising.
    Prior to this, she served as Interim Executive Director for nonprofits going through leadership transitions.

    Previously, she was Managing Director at the National Employment Law Project, Vice President, Finance & Administration at The F.B. Heron Foundation, and held executive positions at multinational corporations as well as at entrepreneurial, Internet-based ventures. Pat serves on the board of directors of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of NY. She is a member of the U.S.-Japan Council and is on the Steering Committee of the Asian Women Giving Circle. Pat mentors Baruch College students in the Financial Women’s Association program.
    She earned her B.S in mathematics and statistics at the University of Washington and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Mu Epsilon. From New York University she received her M.S. in quantitative analysis (Operations Research and Management Science) and a post-master’s certificate in Marketing and was inducted in Beta Gamma Sigma and Delta Pi Sigma.

  • Antoinette La Belle, Growth Philanthropy Network/Social Impact Exchange

    joined Growth Philanthropy Network/Social Impact Exchange in January of 2014. She comes to GPN most recently from Civic Ventures (now known as, where she was a Senior Fellow focusing on corporate career transition models. She was also the East Coast Director with startup responsibility for the board-approved national expansion of the Encore Fellowship Program.

    She spent most of her career in the private sector as an executive working in the areas of organization development, strategic business and human capital strategies, and change management initiatives. She concluded her corporate career in 2007 as a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers to enter a doctoral program at Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management and to continue her civic engagement endeavors. Her doctoral research was a comparison study of the professional and situational influences on nonprofit leaders’ effectiveness; articles based on her research have been featured by The Bridgespan Group and BoardSource. Her “activist” philanthropic and volunteer involvement supports initiatives and organizations helping “level the playing field” by working for social and economic justice and well-being for vulnerable populations. She is a past board officer of The New York Women’s Foundation, Taproot Foundation, and The Viscardi Center and currently serves on the board of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. In addition to her doctorate, she holds an MBA from Fordham University and a BS from Marymount College.

  • Larry Lee, New York Asian Women's Center

    is Executive Director of the New York Asian Women’s Center NYAWC is the largest Asian American domestic violence agency in the country; a premier human trafficking serving agency; and, a national model for sexual assault services. Larry, a distinguished social work administrator, community leader and civic advocate has a rare ability to make positive impact both globally and locally.

    Larry is the founder of the first Mandarin and English dual language and dual culture public school in the Nation. Mr. Lee has an MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. He earned an MA in psychology also from Hunter College. He has been honored as a leading New Yorker; a top social worker; and outstanding Hunter College alumnus.

  • Sheila Lewandowski, The Chocolate Factory Theater

    is a co-Founder and Executive Director of The Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City. The Chocolate Factory has supported the work of over 700 artists for over 30,000 visitors since opening its doors in 2004. From 2004-2006 she served as the first Managing Director of Queens Council on the Arts. During this time she helped to secure new funding for QCA, increasing the budget by over 20% in an effort to better serve the 2.2 million residents of Queens, its visitors and businesses with vast and diverse arts programming, further establishing Queens as a cultural mecca.

    Ms. Lewandowski served from 1987-2004 as Associate Director of the Girls' Vacation Fund (since renamed Girls' Quest), a youth services agency focused on empowering under-served girls from New York City to be better local citizens through residential summer camping, year-round teen leadership development and mentoring programs. She was devoted to Girls' Quest since, as a child, she was recruited out of the Stapleton Housing Project in Staten Island. She credits the agency as a major influence in her commitment to public service. Ms. Lewandowski holds a BA from Bennington College, where she received a fellowship from the Islands Fund for academic excellence. She also received a fellowship from the United Way of New York City's NonProfit Leadership Institute, which provided MPA level coursework in communication, marketing, nonprofit finance and government relations at Baruch College for emerging nonprofit leaders in New York City. She volunteers time as a member of the Advisory Board, New York Multi-Arts Center Consortium Executive Board and Community Board 2 in Queens. She also volunteers for New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York and informally for a variety of local groups and coalitions.

  • Roland Lewis, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

    has worked in the field of community development since 1984, when he began as a program associate at the Trust for Public Land. A graduate of Columbia University, he then went on to earn a Masters of City and Regional Planning and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University in 1988. This was followed by nine years as a partner in the law firm of Dellapa, Lewis, and Perseo, whose clients included not-for-profit corporations, civic groups, churches, cooperative corporations, and private real estate developers.

    Starting in 1997 Roland became the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity - NYC. Roland led the organization for ten years, guiding it to become one of the top producers in the region and a nationally emulated model of Habitat urban success. In the spring of 2007, Roland took the helm of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making the New York and New Jersey harbor and waterways accessible, healthy, and vibrant. Under his leadership, MWA has organized a growing constituency for a better waterfront, instituted new programs to provide water access, and become the leading waterfront policy organization in the New York region. In addition to his professional experience with community development, Roland has been active with many non-profit community organizations. He served as Co-Chair of Housing First! and is now on the Board of the New York Foundation and Chairman of the Board of the New Amsterdam Market. Roland also currently serves as Co-Chair of the Harbor Coalition and is on the Freight and Maritime Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure & Transportation at Rutgers University, the Professional Advisory Committee for the New York Harbor School, the Hudson River Park Trust Advisory Council, and the New York City Waterfront Management Advisory Board.

  • Carolyn McLaughlin, BronxWorks (retired)

    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 renamed their main community center after her. Currently, Ms. McLaughlin is on the board of NPCC, 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. She 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.

  • Tuhina De O'Connor, Palliative Care; Faces of Giving

    Director of Development, Partnership for Palliative Care
    Tuhina has been in the non-profit sector for nearly two decades and has experience in healthcare, public health, social justice, and human rights. Most recently, she was the Director of Donor Services at the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

    Prior to that, she worked in development at Robin Hood Foundation, a large public charity in New York City whose mission is to fight poverty in the five boroughs. From 1999-2007, Tuhina was the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, the New York Asian Women’s Center, a direct service provider of domestic violence services and shelter for Asian women and children. Tuhina received the Governor’s Award to End Domestic Violence in 2002 and the Robin Hood Hero Award in 2003 for her work at the Center. Tuhina actively participates in many philanthropic endeavors and currently sits on the boards of the Lupus Research Institute, the Mental Health Association of New York City and the Asian Women’s Giving Circle of New York. Previously, Tuhina was on the boards of the New York Women’s Foundation, The Human Services Council of New York City, and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Tuhina has a Master of Science and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan. As a certified wine educator, she offers free wine-tastings for charitable fundraising events.

  • Karen Pearl, God's Love We Deliver

    President & CEO of God's Love We Deliver, joined the organization in September 2006, bringing with her over 30 years of experience in nonprofit leadership. Since its founding in 1985, God's Love has responded to the urgent need for food and nutrition experienced by people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves – people living with life-altering illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and advanced diabetes. During her tenure, Ms. Pearl has expanded and enhanced the organization's capacity, increasing meal numbers by 94% in eight years and launching an advocacy program to ensure access to services for those in need. During her tenure, the number of volunteers has grown to 8,000 and the number of meals cooked and delivered to over 1.3 million.

    In June 2010, God's Love was the winner of the silver prize in the New York Times Nonprofit Management Excellence Awards. Prior to joining God's Love, Ms. Pearl served as Interim President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and as President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Nassau County. Before that, Ms. Pearl was Executive Director of the Literacy Assistance Center. She also served as Director of Advisement, Health, and Learning Disabilities at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.

  • Barbara Schatz, Columbia Law School

    After three years of private practice with a New York firm, Barbara Schatz became executive director of the Council of New York Law Associates (now the Lawyers Alliance for New York). As director, she administered pro bono programs for 1,800 lawyers; founded the Community Development Legal Assistance Center; and co-founded the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) and Court Appointed Special Advocates, a program of advocacy for children in foster care. Ms. Schatz represented nonprofits, particularly developers of low-income and special needs housing, in corporate, tax, and real estate matters. She joined the Columbia faculty in 1985; has taught the Mediation Clinic, the Community Development Clinic, and the Clinical Seminar in Law and the Arts. Currently teaches the Community Enterprise Clinic and the Community Development Law Externship.

    Ms. Schatz serves as chair of PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law and serves on the boards and executive committee of Human Rights First and Trickle Up. Her principal areas of interest include nonprofit organizations, social enterprise, community development, and clinical teaching (including the introduction of clinical methodology to countries in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and China).

  • Michael Seltzer, Baruch College, CUNY School of Public Affairs

    a professor in The School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, has been named a distinguished lecturer and an affiliated faculty member of the college’s Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management. An executive-on-campus at Baruch since 2007, Mr. Seltzer has taught graduate level courses in nonprofit management, corporate citizenship, philanthropy and fund raising. Prior to that, he served as the president of the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (now known as Philanthropy New York) and a program officer at the Ford Foundation. He also served at the New School University as a Senior Fellow and Acting Chair of its Masters in Nonprofit Management Program.

    Mr. Seltzer has over 40 years of experience in all facets of nonprofit leadership and philanthropy as an educator, executive director, grantmaker, author and consultant. He currently serves as trustee of EMPower-The Emerging Markets Foundation, and a member of the National Advisory Committee of GreatNonprofits. He is a regular contributor to PhilanTopic, the blog of the Foundation Center, which addresses current issues in the philanthropic community. His professional experience includes consulting to numerous foundations in the United States and around the globe. Mr. Seltzer holds a B.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

  • Emily Smith

    was a Managing Director for Sales/Marketing and Client Service for Scudder, Stevens & Clark, now owned by Deutsche Bank. She worked with major institutions (endowments, foundations, corporations, public funds) regarding equity, fixed income and global/international portfolios.

    During her career, she coordinated the firm's public relations for several years and initiated and ran a large conference for the firm's largest clients. Emily graduated from Smith College (B.A.) and Fordham University (M.B.A.- Finance). In addition to her activity with NPCCNY, she is also on the Board of Overseers for the Fordham University Schools of Business and attends the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU. She served on a Board of a publicly held company and several other finance committees.

  • Richard Souto, LeAp

    is the Executive Director at LeAp NYC. Rich has 14 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, serving youth and families in NYC’s most underserved communities with high quality education and enrichment programs. Throughout his career, Rich has managed all aspects of nonprofit operations including programs, finance and infrastructure departments, and has held leadership roles during various stages of organizational development including start up, transition, growth and new site expansion. Prior to joining LeAp, Rich was the Chief Operating Officer of Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School, a community-based organization and school serving over 2,000 young people from pre-k to college.

    Rich was previously Executive Director of New Heights Youth, an organization that offers year-round educational and sports programs to young people in New York City. Prior to New Heights, Rich was the Associate Executive Director of Groundwork, a community-based organization providing year round youth literacy and enrichment programs and family support services in East New York, Brooklyn. Richard has been involved with several nonprofit organizations as a volunteer and board member including Creative Arts Workshops for Kids and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and currently serves on the Board of the Non Profit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCCNY). He has also been an Adjunct Professor at the Milano Graduate School of the New School University and is a frequent speaker on various aspects of nonprofit management. Richard has a B.S. from Boston University, an MBA from Baruch College of the City of New York and completed the Columbia University Non Profit Management Executive Level Program.

  • Sarah (BJ) Sung, ConEd

    who joined Con Edison in Dec. 2010, is a member of the Strategic Partnerships team within the Public Affairs department at Con Edison. As a Public Affairs manager, Ms. Sung focuses on education programs and works with nonprofit organizations across the five boroughs to strengthen and focus support for S.T.E.M programs. Ms. Sung was formerly a vice president at Citi Global Community Relations group and worked in the international sector supporting Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Latin America regions for Citi’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.

    Prior to her global assignment, Ms. Sung was responsible for program implementation in areas of financial education, affordable housing, home ownership, small business development and NGO capacity building for US North East region. Ms. Sung was a founding member and Co-Chair of Citi Asian Pacific Heritage Network and Vice President of Korean Overseas Women International Network NY chapter, an initiative of South Korean Government Ministry of Gender Equality. Ms. Sung is actively involved in the community and volunteers with many nonprofits including voter registration, community foundations and human services. She is currently Chairwoman of the Board of Korean American Family Services Center, a domestic violence prevention organization. She previously served on the board of the Korean American Community Foundation. Ms. Sung has extensive experience in project management and nonprofit, philanthropic and corporate social responsibility initiatives. She has a passion for mentoring the next generation and is fluent in Korean and English.

  • Stephanie Thomas, Stetwin Consulting

    President of Stetwin Consulting, has over twenty years of professional fundraising experience. Prior to launching Stetwin Consulting, Stephanie served as President of Susan Ulin Associates Ltd., a 28-year old consulting firm that specializes in event management for nonprofit organizations. She joined the firm in 1995 where she advised a broad spectrum of organizations, coordinating both inaugural and annual benefits. The events organized by the firm consistently generated an aggregate of more than $35 million annually. While at Susan Ulin Associates, Stephanie served as the Senior Account Executive on a number of events and has trained, supervised and overseen account representatives for hundreds of others. While at the firm, she undertook the responsibility for all event activities, including, but not limited to fund raising strategy, site and vendor selection, prospect research, budget and timeline management, development of print communications, list management, serving as liaison with event leadership, record keeping, follow up to solicitations, financial reporting and on-site management of the event.

    She has worked effectively with boards of directors, event committees, business leaders, foreign dignitaries, society figures and celebrities as well as with event venues, caterers, designers, security details, entertainment and other professional services. Prior to joining Susan Ulin Associates, Stephanie served as Coordinator, Institutional Giving for the American Red Cross in Greater New York and as Prospect Researcher for the United Negro College Fund's Campaign 2000, a $250 million capital campaign. She received her master’s degree in nonprofit management from New School University and her bachelor’s degree from New York University. Throughout her career, Stephanie has consistently volunteered to give back to the non-profit fundraising community. She is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New York City board and current Chair of the group’s Nominating Committee. She also sits on the Committee on Directorship for the international Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is reprising her role in 2014 as a member of the Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee and is a former board member of Women in Development, New York. Stephanie is a regular speaker at workshops throughout New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.

  • Eileen Torres, BronxWorks

    has been the BronxWorks chief executive officer since May 2014. Ms. Torres started at BronxWorks as Assistant to the Executive Director in 1995, soon becoming Administrative Counsel and then General Counsel in 2003. Her responsibilities as General Counsel included overseeing human resources, training, information technology, and other aspects of administration. Upon the retirement of her predecessor in June 2013, she was named as the Interim Executive Director. While she continued to serve as IED, the Board appointed her to the newly-created position of Chief Operating Officer. During Ms. Torres’s interim leadership, BronxWorks received a 2013 New York Nonprofit Excellence Award, was selected as a merit finalist in the nationwide Community Partnership Award of Mutual of America, and was named a finalist in the Brooke W. Mahoney Award for Outstanding Board Leadership, a greater New York metropolitan area award organized by VCG Governance Matters. BronxWorks was also awarded contracts to provide Affordable Care Act Navigator services and operate the Classic Community Center, a 20,000 square foot space that serves three NYCHA complexes in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. Ms. Torres earned a B.S. from Pace University and a J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Center for Bronx Non-Profits as well as the board of the Human Services Council. She is a New York native, having spent her formative years in northern Manhattan and the north central Bronx.

  • G. Robert Watts, Care for the Homeless

    was appointed Executive Director of Care for the Homeless in 2005. Mr. Watts, widely known as Bobby, has more than twenty years’ experience in direct service, administration, management, development, and implementation of health and social service programs with and for homeless, mentally ill, HIV-positive, and substance-abusing populations. He is the former Finance Officer of the New York City HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council, where he was responsible for delivering financial information about its $122-million service portfolio to Council members so they could make informed decisions concerning the allocation of resources.

    Mr. Watts began his work with homeless people as a live-in staff member of the McAuley Mission. He is recognized as a leader in meeting the health needs of homeless people, and has been invited to make presentations at the annual meetings and conferences of many groups, including the Community Health Care Association of New York State, Health Care for the Homeless, Ryan White Care Act All-Titles Conferences, and the American Public Health Association. Mr. Watts holds a Masters in Public Health in health administration and a Master’s of Science in epidemiology, both from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. At Mailman, he was a Columbia University International Fellow and received the Gorman Humanitarian Award for founding Homelessness Concern, which mobilized medical and public health students as well as faculty to volunteer at a homeless men's shelter. Previously, he graduated from Cornell University with a major in Biology and Society and minor in Africana Studies. He has also earned a Certificate of Theological Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY.

  • John Kaiteris, Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Community

  • Carol Kurzig, Avon Foundation

  • Sandra Lamb, Lamb Advisors

  • Jessica Lee

  • Nancy Lublin, Crisis Text Line, Inc.

  • Prema Mathai-Davis, YWCA Retirement Fund Trustee

  • Mary McCormick, Fund for the City of New York

  • Shin Richard Miyoshi, Westport / Weston Family Y

  • Harvey Newman

  • Cao K. O, Asian American Federation (retired)

  • Stephanie Palmer, 1199 SEIU Child Care Funds

  • Nicholas Platt, Asia Society

  • Margarita Rosa, National Center for Law and Economic Justice

  • Andrew Schaffer, Esq.

  • J. David Seay, Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State

  • Walter Sweet, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors