Coalitions and 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. We do that through two councils. Interested in joining? Contact Nonprofit New York's Policy Director 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!

Leadership Council

Nonprofit New York convenes the voices of the sector to represent the issues the sector cares most about. We do that through the Leadership Council and our policy campaigns. Interested in joining the Leadership Council? Email: [email protected]

Leadership Council Members

  • 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
  • Daniel Alcott, Managing Partner
    Alcott Law Group
  • Laura Alfredo, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
  • Jacqueline Bausch, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Secretary
    New York Public Library - Astor Lenox and Tilden Foundations
  • Ian Benjamin, Partner
    McGladrey LLP
  • Cara Berkowitz, Director of City and Public Affairs
    UJA-Federation of New York
  • Wanda Beverly, Asst General Counsel - Foundation
    March of Dimes National Office
  • Lloyd Brown, Managing Director, Community Reinvestment Act and Fair Lending
  • Ronna Brown, President
    Philanthropy New York
  • Elizabeth Buckley Lewis, Associate
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Richard Burns, Interim Executive Director
    Johnson Family Foundation
  • Deborah Buyer, Partner
    Deborah Buyer Law
  • Carolyn Clark, Partner
    Milbank,Tweed,Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Sharon Cott, General Counsel
    Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Sean Delany, Executive Director
    Lawyers Alliance for New York
  • Jillian Diamant, Associate
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Angelia Dickens, General Counsel
    Students First
  • Terence Dougherty, General Counsel
    American Civil Liberties Union Foundation,Inc.
  • Jacqueline Ewenstein, Partner
    Ewenstein Young & Roth LLP
  • Robert Feinberg, General Counsel
  • Anne Gerson,
    Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
  • Frederic Goldstein, General Counsel
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Karen Goldstein, Counsel to the Executive Director
    CUNY's Institute for State and Local Governance
  • Eliot Green, Partner
    Loeb & Troper
  • Verona Greenland, President & CEO
    Morris Heights Health Center
  • Sharon Grubin, General Counsel
    Metropolitan Opera
  • Antonia Grumbach, Counsel
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
  • Elizabeth Guggenheimer, Deputy Executive Director
    Lawyers Alliance for New York
  • Susan Hager, President
    United Way of New York City
  • Richard Hobish, Former Executive Director
    Pro Bono Partnership
  • Mark Hoenig, Partner
    Weil,Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Nicholas Holmes, Legal Officer
    Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Michelle Jackson, General Counsel
    Human Services Council of New York City (HSC)
  • 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
    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Robert O. Lehrman, Special Counsel
    100 Year Association
  • Arthur Levy, Sr Vice President & General Counsel
    American Management Association International
  • Jason Lilien
  • Alison Lonshein, General Counsel
    Frick Collection
  • David Lowden, Special Counsel
    Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
  • Linda Manley, Legal Director
    Lawyers Alliance for New York
  • Pamela Mann, Partner
    Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
  • Jill Manny, Executive Director
    National Center On Philanthropy and The Law NYU School of Law
  • Coleen McGrath, Associate
    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Christopher McKenzie, General Counsel and Senior Vice President
    Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Andrew Mirsky, Founding Principal
    Mirsky & Company,PLLC
  • Burton Mirsky, Vice President
    Charles A. Dana Foundation
  • Kenneth Monteiro, Deputy Director
    Ford Foundation
  • Jill Moscowitz, Senior Vice President and General Counsel
    Federation Employment & Guidance Service (FEGS) Health & Human Services System
  • Dan Myers
  • Patricia Northrop, Senior Counsel
  • Angelique Pannell, General Counsel
    Children's Aid Society
  • Elena Paul, Executive Director
    Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA)
  • Sara Paul
  • Seth Perlman, Partner/Counsel
    Perlman & Perlman LLP
  • Robert Pigott, General Counsel,VP & Secretary
    Phipps Community Development Corporation
  • Dana Brakman Reiser, Associate Professor of Law
    Brooklyn Law School
  • Adam Reiss, Partner
    Citrin Cooperman
  • Jennifer Goldberg Reynoso, Counsel
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Betty Robbins, Special Counsel
    American Jewish Committee (AJC)
  • Seth Rosen, Partner
    Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Scott A. Rosenberg, General Counsel
    The Legal Aid Society
  • Mark Rossier, Director of Development
    New York Foundation for the Arts
  • Stefanie Roth
  • Edward Rover, President
    Charles A. Dana Foundation
  • 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
  • Andrew Schaffer, Deputy Commissioner of Legal Matters
    New York City Police Department
  • Jeffrey Schanback, General Counsel
    Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City (NHSNYC)
  • Barbara Schatz, Clinical Professor of Law
    Columbia Law School
  • Victoria Schonfeld, Associate Executive Director/COO
    American Jewish Committee (AJC)
  • Lori Schulman, General Counsel
  • Amy Schwartzman, Director
    Charitable Giving, School of the Arts
  • Gail Scovell, General Counsel
    Open Society Foundations
  • Allison Sesso, Deputy Executive Director
    Human Services Council of New York City (HSC)
  • David Shevlin, Partner
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Barbara Shiers,
    Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
  • Janine Shissler, Associate
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
  • Lauren Simpson, Associate
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
  • Sandi Singer
  • James Sligar, Partner
    Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Jonathan Small, Partner,Retired
    Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Ronald Soloway, Mnging Dir, Govt & External Relations
    UJA-Federation of New York
  • Sharon Stapel, President
    Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York
  • David Stein, Partner
    Withers Bergman LLP
  • Marc Stern, General Counsel
  • David Sternlieb, General Counsel
    Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Michael Stoller, Executive Director
  • Sunita Subramanian, General Counsel
    United Way of New York City
  • Jay Swanson, Counsel
    Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Peter Swords, Director Emeritus
    Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York
  • Barron Tenny, In Residence, President's Office
    Graduate Center City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Antoinette Thomas, Trust and Estates Partner
    Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
  • Caroline Trowbridge, Associate General Counsel
    New York University
  • Robert Vanni, Senior Consultant, Government Relations
    Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York
  • Michele Warman, General Counsel & Secretary
    Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Maura Whelan, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Jane Wilton, General Counsel
    New York Community Trust
  • Ellen Zimmerman, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
    UJA-Federation of New York
  • Ivan Zimmerman, General Counsel
    WNYC (New York Public Radio)