Board of Directors' Bios

  • Ian J. Benjamin, Chair; RSM US LLP

    is recently retired from RSM US LLP where he led the Not-for-Profit, Healthcare and Employee Benefit Plans practices in the New York office. RSM provides audit, tax and consulting services. He has more than 40 years experience advising boards of directors and senior management at nonprofit organizations. He will continue to serve as consultant to nonprofit boards and management on governance, management and other matters and as an interim executive director. Ian is a Past President of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan and a former Board member of Governance Matters and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

  • Robert Acton, Vice Chair; Cause Strategy Partners

    is Principal and Founder of Cause Strategy Partners, LLC, a purpose-driven Certified B-Corporation and consulting social enterprise with practice areas in board governance, board placement, corporate social responsibility, and leadership development. The firm's signature program, BoardLead, has placed, trained and supported hundreds of business professionals from Fortune 500 companies and professional services firms on nonprofit boards in NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC and Philadelphia. Prior to founding Cause Strategy Partners, Rob served as Executive Director of Taproot Foundation in NYC and served as interim leader of the foundation’s work in Chicago, 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%. Prior to Taproot, Rob led Cabrini Green Legal Aid 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 of NPCC and serves on the Advisory Board of Cabrini Green Legal Aid. 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: equal access to quality education, second chances for ex-offenders and the performing 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 over 30 years and exclusively serves 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.

  • Karen Pearl, Secretary; God's Love We Deliver

    Karen Pearl is the President & CEO of God’s Love We Deliver, a nonprofit organization that provides medically tailored meals and nutrition counseling to people living with severe and chronic illnesses such as HIV, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, end-stage renal disease and advanced diabetes. During Karen’s 13-year tenure at God’s Love, the organization’s services have tripled with nearly 2 million meals cooked and home-delivered annually, and the number of volunteers reaching 15,000 each year.

    Karen has grown God’s Love food and healthcare policy and advocacy capacity significantly and has led its research projects on HIV/AIDS, cancer, and healthcare cost reduction. She is the leader of the Food Is Medicine Coalition, a national volunteer association of nonprofit, medically-tailored food and nutrition services (FNS) providers seeking to integrate FNS into healthcare for the critically and/or chronically ill. Under Karen’s leadership, in June 2010, God’s Love was the winner of a New York Times Nonprofit Excellence award, and in 2018, a winner of the New York State Department of Health Social Determinants of Health Innovation Award. In 2019, Karen received a City & State New York Above & Beyond Women’s Leadership Award.

    Prior to God's Love, Ms. Pearl served as Interim President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America 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 the Director of Advisement, Health, and Learning Disabilities at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.

  • Bobby Tran, At Large; Google

    Bobby is a Program Manager for Google Cloud organization at Google, Inc. He moved to New York in 2013 and has been at Google for 5 years with experience as a technical support specialist, product support lead, vendor operations manager, and now as a program manager for Google Cloud sales and support activities. The programs are focused around both improving customer experience using Google Cloud products as well as increasing product adoption among its G Suite offerings.

    Previously, Bobby was worked at KPMG on an IT Advisory team providing clients with strategic business plans for mitigating high-impact risks. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business with a Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Management Information Systems and minoring in Finance.   

    Bobby volunteers time as a member of New York Cares and is looking to expand his professional and philanthropic experience by developing deep and lasting connections with people, and strives to make an impact as a Non Profit Coordinating Committee board member by promoting excellence in nonprofit management. He hopes to continue to strengthen the community by providing a voice and information source to a growing number of nonprofits under NPCC.

  • Diana Davenport, Consultant

    was the Vice President, Administration at The Commonwealth Fund for over twenty years. In this role, she managed the operations of a private foundation founded in 1918. She has spent over two decades working as a professional in the non-profit sector is considered one of the top nonprofit executives in the foundation world of New York. Diana has held a number of board and committee positions for Philanthropy New York, the regional grantmakers’ association. She has served as a member and as chair of the Awards Selection Committee for the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence in Management Awards and is an active member of the board of Nonprofit New York. She is on the board of the Wharton Club of New York. Diana holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Cammie Erickson, LinkedIn

    is a Senior Manager, Social Impact at LinkedIn where she focuses on leveraging LinkedIn’s assets to connect underserved communities to economic opportunity. As part of the LinkedIn for Good team, she oversees external partnerships along with the employee engagement skills-based volunteering and giving programs for our more than 10,000 employees in 30 offices around the world.

    Cammie has spent her career working at the intersection of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and building cross-sector collaborations to advance social justice and sustainability issues. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Cammie worked at Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, and then at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), a global nonprofit business network and consultancy focused on corporate responsibility.

    Cammie holds a BA in Public Policy from Duke University and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business where she was a Forte Fellow and Public Service Scholarship Recipient. She received the 2016 Emerging CSR Practitioner of the Year Award from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

  • Michelle Henry, JPMorgan Chase

    is Vice President and Community Relations Manager in the Office of Nonprofit Engagement at JPMorgan Chase. In this position, she collaborates with strategic nonprofits that are involved in advocacy and thought leadership to support low and moderate income communities.

    Previously, Michelle was a Senior Philanthropy Manager in Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase where she managed New Skills at Work, the firm’s $250MM, five-year workforce readiness initiative that focuses on supporting demand-driven workforce systems, meeting skilled labor needs of business, and developing career pathways for job seekers.

    Prior to joining the firm, Michelle was Vice President of Workforce Services at MAXIMUS, a global government services contractor, where she oversaw over $20 million in government contracts to serve jobseekers and she developed new business opportunities. From 2004 - 20012, Michelle led an innovative, national benefits access initiative at a $60 million economic development nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City. She also worked to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits and their partners to provide strong workforce and asset building programming in several cities including Detroit, New Orleans and New York. Michelle has also held management positions at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), an alternative to incarceration program which provides youth and adult services in NYC’s criminal and family courts.

    Since 2004, Michelle has served as a board member for the Center for Community Alternatives, a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration, whose mission is to promote reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she was a Benjamin Banneker Scholar; and then she went on to earn an MPA from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, where she was a Public Service Scholar. In 2016, Michelle earned the Corporate Social Responsibility Award in Banking, Finance and Insurance from City and State Institute.

  • 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 Ronda’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, Ronda 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. Ronda 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 (TCF), 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, fundraising, and compliance.

    Prior to TCF, she served as interim executive director for nonprofits going through leadership transitions. Previously, Pat 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 New York Foundation and the Nonprofit New York. She is a member of the U.S.-Japan Council and is on the Steering Committee of the Asian Women Giving Circle. Pat mentors professionals in the nonprofit sector.

    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 into Beta Gamma Sigma and Delta Pi Sigma honorary societies.

  • Roland Lewis, 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.

  • Jarrett Lucas, Stonewall Community Foundation

    helms one of the leading public philanthropies by and for LGBTQ people. In addition to being a prolific scholarship provider, including the largest in the country aimed at supporting undocumented LGBTQ immigrants, Stonewall works to build the capacity of its grantee partners, offering free skills-based workshops and over 500 hours of direct technical assistance each year. Jarrett, a certified governance trainer, joined the Stonewall team in 2010 as a consultant, charged with creating an initiative to strengthen and diversify the boards of progressive nonprofits in New York City. Previously, Jarrett spent more than a decade supporting movements that serve women, LGBTQ people, and communities of color. He has worked with an impressive roster of groups, which includes YP4, INCITE!, Soulforce, and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.

    Since 2015, Jarrett has served as an advisor to social justice arts patron, the Rubin Foundation, and has held leadership on a number of boards, most recently serving as Vice Chair and Secretary at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Jarrett’s activism has garnered three Congressional tributes and has been profiled in the award-winning documentary Equality U and PBS’s Generation Next 2.0, as well as in the Advocate, Mother Jones, The New York Times, and American Crisis, Southern Solutions. A trained computer and architectural engineer, Jarrett has a deep passion for innovation, be it in the context of technology or social change. He attended Drexel University and also has a certification in Nonprofit Executive Management from Duke.

  • 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, Carolyn is on the board of the Bronx River Alliance and the Foundation Board 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.

    Carolyn is the author of South Bronx Battles: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Renewal (U. of California Press, April, 2019). The book describes the reasons for the devastation of the 1970’s and early 80’s, and the role community members playing in its rebuilding.The last chapter deals with the increasing displacement of moderate and low income tenants, along with the threat of gentrification.

  • Kamesh Moola, Barclays

    is a Vice President in the Operations Optimization Group at Barclays, where he is responsible for improving the Global Capital Markets operations employing Lean and Six Sigma principles. Prior to joining Barclays, he held various management positions at the big four consulting firms. He has over twelve years of experience in providing management consulting services to financial services firms across I-Banking Operations, Asset Management and Wealth Management in the technology strategy and process improvement area. More recently, he has been working in the area of bank digitization and has implemented Process Robotics and Machine Learning solutions at various institutions. Kamesh is a Certified Financial Analyst, a Project Management Professional and an avid Blockchain enthusiast. Kamesh volunteers his time at Rising Tide Capital, a nonprofit dedicated to helping urban communities by empowering talented entrepreneurs to grow life-changing businesses. Kamesh graduated from the University of Rochester with a Masters in Business Management and holds a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India.

  • Tuhina De O'Connor, New Attitude Advisors

    Tuhina De O’Connor is a consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit and philanthropic advising sectors. She has expertise in healthcare, public health, social justice, and human rights. Her experience as both a grant seeker and a grantmaker gives her a unique perspective that allows her to understand what donors are looking for and advise them on how to best support a non-profit organization for greater impact.

    Tuhina co-founded Faces of Giving, a non-profit philanthropic advising firm to provide philanthropic advising services to families of color, something missing in the field but increasingly necessary. Most recently, Tuhina served as the Director of Donor Advising Services at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. A certified 21/64 trainer in family philanthropy advising, she has worked with families and foundations to help them make their philanthropic giving more strategic and rewarding. 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 currently sits on the boards of the Non-Profit Coordinating Committee of New York as well as the Mental Health Association of New York. She is a proud founding member of the Asian Women’s Giving Circle and serves on its Steering Committee. Previously, she was on the boards of the New York Women’s Foundation, The Lupus Foundation, The Human Services Council of New York City, and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

    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. She has an MS and an MPH from the University of Michigan.

    Tuhina is taking singing lessons and is an oenophile, certified in wine and spirits. She believes she sounds much better when doing both activities at the same time but that she has been advised “not to quit her day job” quite yet.

  • Angela Pinsky, Association for a Better New York

    is dedicated to promotion of New York City and civic dialogue through the expansion and evolution of ABNY's membership, as well as ABNY's signature power breakfasts.

    Prior to joining ABNY, Angela served as Senior Vice President for Management Services and Government Affairs at the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) where she was responsible for REBNY’s commercial and residential Management Divisions and the lead on building code, sustainability and energy, and federal issues that impact New York City real estate. Ms. Pinsky is the former Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayors of Economic Development Robert C. Lieber and Daniel L. Doctoroff. In her former role, she worked on economic development initiatives including long-term planning and sustainability, urban development, and government technology.

  • Ms. Pinsky holds a B.A. in Public Health, Natural Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Urban Planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. She currently lives with her husband, Seth, and children, Theo and Amelia, in Park Slope.

  • Barbara Schatz, Columbia Law School

    Barbara A. Schatz is Clinical Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Her principal areas of interest include nonprofit organizations, social enterprise, community development, and clinical teaching.

    She currently serves on the boards of The Bank Street College of Education, Trickle Up, PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law, and Nonprofit New York, where she chairs the Government Relations Council. She also serves on the Emeritus board of Human Rights First, an organization that she co-founded and on the board of which she served for more than 35 years.

    She has taught and consulted with law faculties in China, Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Poland, Hungary, and several other countries in central and eastern Europe in connection with their efforts to establish clinical legal education programs.

    Prior to joining the faculty of Columbia, Schatz served as executive director of the Council of New York Law Associates (now the Lawyers Alliance for New York). As director, Schatz administered a pro bono program for 1,800 lawyers, created the organization’s Community Development Legal Assistance Center and co-founded Court Appointed Special Advocates, a program of advocacy for children in foster care, as well as Human Rights First. She also represented nonprofits, particularly developers of low-income and
    special needs housing, in corporate, tax and real estate matters.

  • Richard Souto, LEAP

    is the Executive Director of LEAP (Learning through an Expanded Arts Program). Rich has 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 and has held leadership roles during various stages of organizational development. 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.

    Rich has been involved with several nonprofit organizations as a volunteer and board member and was an Adjunct Professor at the Milano Graduate School of the New School University. Rich 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, Founder, Pinnacle Social Impact Consultancy, LLC

    Sarah BJ Sung (BJ) is an expert in strategy and design of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, corporate philanthropy and nonprofit management. Ms. Sung is a seasoned executive who has experience working in banking and utility sectors. She is a diversity & inclusion champion who worked on innovative CSR programs to elevate company’s presence and increase its philanthropic reach. An expert in the nonprofit sector, she also serves on the boards of New York City leading nonprofits. Ms. Sung received her certificate in Corporate Citizenship Management from the Boston College for Corporate Citizenship, Carroll School of Management.

    Ms. Sung founded Pinnacle Social Impact Consultancy, LLC to help companies and nonprofits address challenges in impact philanthropy, community development and programs benefiting the community for Social Impact change. Additionally, she is the owner of Pinnacle Solution, an ID theft protection and restoration service, and is the sole distributor for Korean and Chinese communities in the New York tri-state area.

    Most recently, Ms. Sung worked in Public Affairs department of Con Edison, Inc. and built relationships with nonprofit partners to strengthen support for S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and math) and civic engagement programs. Her contributions include concept and implementation of STEM festivals, STEM scholarship program, mentorship & training projects and employee volunteer recognition program and many more. Programs she designed led to an increase in Con Edison’s standing for CSR and garnered many recognitions and awards including listing on Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

    Ms. Sung was formerly Vice President at Citi Global Bank working in international sector leading CSR efforts. She managed over $4 million dollars for philanthropy grants and hundreds of thousand dollars in business sponsorships. Nationally known relationships she managed include Habitat for Humanity, Operation Hope and Enterprise Development to name a few. Projects she oversaw and implemented contributed to meeting regulatory requirements and garnering satisfactory community reinvestment act (CRA) rating. Prior to her global assignment, she was responsible for program implementation in areas of community development and nonprofit capacity building. Her tenure at Citi Private Bank included global banker training for Know Your Client (KYC) compliance and rollout of client relationship management (CRM) tools.

    Ms. Sung is Chair Emerita and the former chairwoman of the Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC), a leading nonprofit organization helping women and children to lead safe and healthy lives free from domestic violence. Under her over a decade leadership, the organization tripled its operating budget, merged with another nonprofit to efficiently utilize resources, obtained capital funding for a shelter, expanded its staff to over 70 people, and increased support and services to Tristate area. Currently, KAFSC is undergoing a $1.5 million-dollar capital project to rebuild its emergency shelter.

    Ms. Sung is passionate about helping people and communities and is actively involved in New York City community and volunteers with many nonprofits. She serves on the board of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, an umbrella organization representing over 1,500 nonprofits as well as the Korean American Association of Greater New York and was formerly a board member of the Korean American Community Foundation. Ms. Sung was also a founding member and Co-Chair of Asian Pacific Heritage Network at Citi Private Bank. Her volunteer work also includes serving as Vice President of Korean Women International Network New York chapter, an initiative of South Korean Government Ministry of Gender Equality.

    Ms. Sung is available for consulting and public speaking engagements.

  • Mariko Tada, Communications Consultant

    Her work has spanned the private, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. She works with mission-driven organizations to make communications an integral part of their strategy, casting light on important issues and amplifying the impact of programs.

    She was previously Director of Communications & Partnerships at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a nonprofit professional services firm with a mission of thoughtful, effective philanthropy. Prior to that, she managed communications at Acumen, then a pioneer and now a global leader in impact investing. She started her career in financial services, developing philanthropic and educational programs for high-net-worth individuals. (And had a brief stint as an English-language reporter for Japanese television.) Mariko earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

  • Stephanie Thomas, Stetwin Consulting

    Stephanie Thomas, CFRE has over twenty-five years of professional fundraising experience. Stetwin Consulting specializes in fundraising and event strategy for non-profit organizations and events organized by the firm generate an aggregate of over $20 million annually. Prior to launching Stetwin, Stephanie served as President of Susan Ulin Associates Ltd. after joining the firm in 1995 as an intern.

    Under her leadership, Stetwin Consulting undertakes responsibility for all event activities, including, but not limited to, fund raising strategy, integration of events with major gift efforts, and all event logistics.

    Stephanie received her master’s degree in nonprofit management from New School University, her bachelor’s degree from New York University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). She currently serves on the board of Nonprofit New York and as Chair of the Selection Committee for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Stephanie is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New York City board and has served the local chapter and the global association on a variety of committees including strategic planning and the committee on directorship. 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.

  • Jo-Ann Yoo, Asian American Federation

    is the executive director of the Asian American Federation, a membership organization that works with the over sixty nonprofits that represent and support the pan-Asian community. Jo-Ann’s professional experiences include program management and operations, fundraising, and advocacy in the fields of community development and immigrant rights. Previous employers include the New York Immigration Coalition and Asian Americans for Equality. Currently, she is a member of the board of directors of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, an umbrella organization representing and serving some 1,500 member nonprofit organizations throughout New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. Additionally, she serves on the New York State AARP’s Diversity Council. For ten years, she served on the board of National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, the first national advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the community development needs of the AAPI communities. She was also a member of the first cohort of New York City Coro’s New American Leaders Program and served on the Alumni Advisory Board of Coro New York.

    Established in 1989, the Asian American Federation is a pan-Asian non-profit organization representing a network of community service agencies in the Northeast. These agencies work in the fields of health & human services, education, economic development, civic participation, and social justice. The Asian American Federation’s mission is to raise the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy, public awareness and organizational development.

  • 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