Coalitions & Councils

Nonprofit New York Brings People Together

Nonprofit New York convenes the voices of the sector to represent the issues the sector cares most about. Nonprofit New York represents and engages with nonprofit organizations across all subsectors, from start-ups to organizations with centuries of experiences, from groups that run with the help of a handful of volunteers to corporations with many hundreds of employees, from organizations that are focused on a particular community to organizations that work with dizzyingly diverse groups of people.

Nonprofit New York convenes leaders and advocates to assess and analyze public policy affecting the New York nonprofit sector through our Government Relations Council, a committee of nonprofit general counsel and law firm partners who specialize in nonprofit law, and the Coalition to Advance Nonprofits, a sector-wide nonprofit advocacy coalition.

Interested in joining? Contact Nonprofit New York's Vice President of Policy Chai Jindasurat at [email protected] Don’t have time for another meeting? You can join a campaign on an issue that matters most to you!

Coalition to Advance Nonprofits

The Coalition to Advance Nonprofits (CAN) is a sector-wide coalition of over 100 nonprofits that was formed in response to the COVID-19 crisis, coordinated by Nonprofit New York. CAN coordinates federal, state, and city advocacy impacting the sector and is grounded in Nonprofit New York’s Declaration of Nonprofit Rights: 1) a right to be powerful forces for change, 2) a right to sustainable financial resources to fulfill our responsibility to serve our communities well, 3) a right to engage in advocacy and a responsibility to share our expertise, and 4) a right to champion equity and support and sustain an equitable workforce.

Coalition to Advance Nonp0rofits Member Organizations

  • Alphonse Tam,
    Hester Street Collaborative
  • Andrew Wallace,
    Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • Carlyn Cowen,
    Chinese-American Planning Council
  • David Ng,
    Advocacy Institute
  • Devin Murphy,
  • Dipty Jain,
  • Elizabeth Clay Roy,
    Take Root Justice
  • Howard Shih,
    Asian American Federation
  • Jina Paik,
    Nonprofit Finance Fund
  • Jo-Ann Yoo,
    Asian American Federation
  • Jonathan Soto,
    Union Theological Seminary
  • Kimberly Roberts,
    Philanthropy New York
  • Lucy Sexton,
    New Yorkers for Culture & Arts
  • Lyle Matthew Kan,
    Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • Marissa Martin,
    Advocacy Institute
  • Michelle Jackson,
    Human Services Council
  • Nora Moran,
    United Neighborhood Houses
  • Rafi Stern,
    Lawyers Alliance for New York
  • Rico Blancaflor,
    Philanthropy New York
  • Shamira Lukomwa,
    Philanthropy New York
  • Sheila Lewandowski,
    The Chocolate Factory Theater
  • Tenzing Chadotsang,
  • John Casey,
  • Cristina Balboa,
  • Alejandra Duque,
  • Sophie Allen,
  • Kate Garroway,

Government Relations Council

Nonprofit New York’s Government Relations Council (GRC) meets monthly to consider and, where appropriate, comment on legislative and regulatory developments affecting New York's nonprofit sector. The council has 100 members, including nonprofit general counsel and law firm partners specializing in nonprofit law. The GRC interacts regularly with government officials, including heads of city and state agencies, the Charities Bureau of the New York State Attorney General, and elected officials. The GRC uses its voice to amplify the concerns of the sector.

Government Relations Council Members

  • Laura Abel, Senior Policy Counsel
    Lawyers Alliance for New York
  • Adeola Adele, General Counsel
    IMPACCT Brooklyn
  • Lisa Aguilera del Puerto, Assistant General Counsel
    Urban Resource Institute
  • Daniel Alcott, Partner and Not for Profit Chair
    Dorf & Nelson LLP
  • Laura Alfredo, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
    Greater New York Hospital Foundation
  • Farah Ansari, Partner
    Schenck Price Smith & King
  • Meg Barnette, President & CEO
    Nonprofit New York
  • Jacqueline Bausch, General Counsel
    Urban Pathways
  • Ahsaki Benion, Counsel
    Carter Ledyard & Millburn LLP
  • Ian Benjamin, Board Chair
    Nonprofit New York
  • Cara Berkowitz, Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy
    EmblemHealth Services, LLC
  • Anna Boardman, Manager, Board of Trustees and General Counsel
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Ronna Brown, President
    Philanthropy New York
  • Elizabeth Buckley Lewis, Associate
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Laura Butzel, Partner
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
  • Deborah Buyer, Partner
    Deborah Buyer Law
  • Jane Carey, Senior Officer, Community and Government Affairs
    Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Jim Carolan, Partner
    Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Nishka Chandrasoma, General Counsel
    Ford Foundation
  • Carolyn Clark, Partner
    Milbank,Tweed,Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Debra Cohn, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
    Metropolitan Metropolitan New York Council on Jewish Poverty
  • Jennifer Cowan, Pro Bono Counsel
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Sean Delany, Former Executive Director
    Lawyers Alliance for New York
  • Jillian Diamant, Associate General Counsel
    Open Society Foundations
  • Terence Dougherty, General Counsel
    American Civil Liberties Union
  • Marcia Eisenberg, General Counsel
    Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Jacqueline Ewenstein, Partner
    Ewenstein Young & Roth LLP
  • Robert Feinberg, General Counsel
  • Anne Gerson,Counsel, Nonprofit Organizations Practice
    Venable LLP
  • Karen Goldstein, Counsel to the Executive Director
    CUNY's Institute for State and Local Governance
  • Antonia Grumbach, Counsel
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
  • Elizabeth Guggenheimer, Executive Director
    Lawyers Alliance for New York
  • Marcy Hirschfeld, Associate General Counsel
    Ford Foundation
  • Mark Hoenig, Partner
    Weil,Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Nicholas Holmes, Legal Officer
    Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Michelle Jackson, Executive Director
    Human Services Council of New York City (HSC)
  • Shveta Kakar, Partner
    Pryor Cashman LLP
  • Adriana Kierszenbaum, Counsel, Not-for-Profit
    Dorf & Nelson LLP
  • Sujin Kim, Senior Associate General Counsel
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Nancy Kopans, General Counsel & Secretary
    Ithaka Harbors,Inc.
  • Rochelle Korman, Partner
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
  • Lenore Kreitman, Senior Staff Attorney
    New York Legal Assistance Group
  • Daniel Kurtz, Partner
    Pryor Cashman LLP
  • Robert O. Lehrman, Special Counsel
    100 Year Association
  • Arthur Levy, Sr Vice President & General Counsel
    American Management Association International
  • Jason Lilien, Partner, Nonprofit Organizations Practice
    Loeb & Loeb
  • Alison Lonshein, General Counsel
    Frick Collection
  • David Lowden, Consultant
    Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
  • Pamela Mann, Partner
    Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
  • Jill Manny, Executive Director
    National Center On Philanthropy and The Law NYU School of Law
  • Christopher McKenzie, General Counsel and Senior Vice President
    Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Tanvi Mirani, Associate
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
  • Andrew Mirsky, Founding Principal
    Mirsky & Company,PLLC
  • Burton Mirsky, President
    Charles A. Dana Foundation
  • Patricia Northrop, Senior Counsel
  • Casey Oetgen, Associate
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
  • Angelique Pannell, General Counsel
    Children's Aid
  • Clifford Perlman, Partner
    Perlman & Perlman LLP
  • Seth Perlman, Partner
    Perlman & Perlman LLP
  • Robert Pigott, General Counsel
    Phipps Community Development Corporation
  • Rebecca Porath, General Counsel
    The Jewish Federations of North America
  • Adam Reiss, Partner
    Schulman Lobel PPP
  • Jennifer Goldberg Reynoso, General Counsel
    Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
  • Seth Rosen, Partner
    Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Scott A. Rosenberg, General Counsel
    The Legal Aid Society
  • Stefanie Roth, Partner
    Ewenstein & Roth
  • David Samuels, Partner
    Duval & Stachenfeld,LLP
  • Shelley Sanders Kehl, Attorney
    Bond,Schoeneck & King
  • John Sare, Partner
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
  • Pietrina Scaraglino, Deputy General Counsel
    New York University
  • Barbara Schatz, Clinical Professor of Law
    Columbia Law School
  • Gail Scovell, General Counsel
    Open Society Foundations
  • Amarah Sedreddine, Partner
    Sedreddine & Whoriskey, LLP
  • Susan Shattuck, Founder & Co-President
    Special Events Unlimited
  • Jacqueline Sherman, Deputy Executive Director/General Counsel
    Jewish Child Care Association of NY
  • David Shevlin, Partner
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Barbara Shiers, Partner
    Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
  • Janine Shissler, Associate
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
  • Lauren Simpson, Associate
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
  • James Sligar, Partner
    Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Jonathan Small, Partner, Retired
    Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Bridget Smith, Associate General Counsel
    new York Public Library - Astor Lenox and Tilden Foundations
  • Marc Sonneberg, Partner
    Citrin Cooperman
  • Jane Sovern, New York Labor Attorney
    Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
  • David Stein, Partner
    Withers Bergman LLP
  • Marc Stern, General Counsel
    American Jewish Committee
  • David Sternlieb, General Counsel
    Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Peter Swords, Director Emeritus
    Nonprofit New York
  • Linden Thomas, Associate Vice President
    Greater New York Hospital Foundation
  • Caroline Trowbridge, Associate General Counsel
    New York University
  • Robert Vanni
  • Katie Wagner, Executive Director
    Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Michele Warman, General Counsel & Secretary
    Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Margo Watson, Associate
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
  • Maura Whelan, Counsel
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Jane Wilton, General Counsel
    New York Community Trust
  • Helen Yan, Assistant General Counsel
    Greater New York Hospital Foundation
  • Ellen Zimmerman, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
    UJA-Federation of New York
  • Ivan Zimmerman, General Counsel
    WNYC (New York Public Radio)