Board of Directors

Ingrid H. Benedict

Ingrid H. Benedict is the director of the Daphne Foundation, which invests in organizations that empower community residents affected by poverty, violence, and discrimination. Prior to joining the Daphne Foundation, she served as a Senior Fellow with the Movement Strategy Center, supporting youth-led and intergenerational social change leaders, organizations and networks. Since 2011, Ingrid has acted as an independent philanthropic and organizational consultant for several clients, including Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights, NoVo Foundation, and Ford Foundation. She is a co-founder and co-chair of New York Blacks in Philanthropy and serves on the boards of United We Dream Network, Solidaire and BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity) . She holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a Masters of Public Administration from San Francisco State University. Ingrid is a first generation immigrant from Nicaragua. She moved to California with her family in the early 1980s. She currently resides in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Katharine Darrow

Secretary
Katharine Darrow is a retired Senior Vice President of The New York Times Company. She started her 30 year career at The Times as a summer intern in the legal department and joined the department upon graduation from Columbia Law School. After serving 8 years as General Counsel, she was appointed president of the company’s Broadcasting Group. In the following years she held various additional corporate positions, including 5 years as president of the International Herald Tribune. She has been a director of several not-for-profit organizations, including the University of Chicago, where she earned her BA, the Brooklyn Museum, Resources for Children With Special Needs (now Includenyc), and she was a founding board member and co-chair of Community Roots Charter School in Brooklyn. Katharine and her husband Peter lived abroad for several years, in London and Rome, but Brooklyn has been their home and primary residence since 1968.

Michael Gillespie

Treasurer
Michael Gillespie is a corporate partner at Debevoise & Plimpton and a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and Family Enterprise Groups. Mr. Gillespie regularly advises senior management and boards throughout the world, including the United States, Latin America, India, Russia and various other jurisdictions, on a range of strategic transactions and related matters, including critical governance, compliance and risk management issues. He is a leader of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Latin America Groups. He received a B.A. from Amherst College in 1982 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986.

Nicole Gueron

Co-Chair
Nicole Gueron is the co-founder of the law firm Clarick Gueron Reisbaum LLP. She previously served as the Deputy Chief Trial Counsel to New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, directing some of the office’s largest investigations as a member of the Attorney General’s Executive Staff. She has also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and was awarded the national Director’s Award for Superior Performance for her work during this time. Early in her career, Ms. Gueron was a litigation associate at Friedman, Kaplan & Seiler LLP, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles S. Haight, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. She is a graduate of Harvard College and received her law degree from Yale Law School.

Zul Jamal

Zul Jamal is a Managing Director at Moelis & Company, an independent investment bank, which he joined in 2008. Prior to joining Moelis & Company, he was a Senior Vice President at Jefferies & Company in New York and Jefferies International in London. Mr. Jamal received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. A native of the United Kingdom, he lives in Park Slope with his wife and daughter and has called New York City home for 17 years. 

Mamie Kanfer Stewart

Mamie Kanfer Stewart is an executive coach and Founder of Meeteor, a coaching and training firm focused on building healthy, high performing teams with a special emphasis on productive meetings. Mamie is the author of Momentum: Creating Effective, Engaging and Enjoyable Meetings and host of The Modern Manager podcast. Prior to founding Meeteor, Mamie consulted with non-profit organizations on staffing and strategic planning. She received an MBA from Stern Graduate School of Business at New York University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Mamie is a current board member of Luria Academy and board chair of Bend the Arc. She serves on two foundation boards: Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation and Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah. Mamie, her husband, and two children live in Brooklyn, NY.

Vivian Liao Korich

Vivian Liao Korich is principal and co-founder of Totem, a Brooklyn-based real estate development firm that specializes in community-driven projects and innovative design. Prior to founding the company, Vivian spent nearly a decade in the nonprofit and public sectors, both at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the New York City Economic Development Corporation during the Bloomberg Administration. She also worked several years at the global public relations firm, Edelman, and as a journalist at NY1 News, where she helped produce the top-rated political broadcast Inside City Hall. Vivian holds a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Harsha Marti

Co-Chair
Harsha G. Marti is a Managing Director, General Counsel and is a member of the Executive Management Group. He oversees legal and regulatory matters in his role as the firm’s General Counsel. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Harsha was at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York where he was an attorney focused on private equity transactions. Harsha is a member of the Law Board of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and was a board member of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!) from 2005 to 2011. He received a S.B. in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D./M.B.A from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management. Harsha was born and raised in New York City and lives in Fort Greene with his wife and four children.

Noa Meyer

Noa Meyer is Managing Director and Head of Philanthropic Initiatives for BDT & Company. Prior to joining BDT, Noa was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where she served as the global head of 10,000 Women. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Noa worked with a number of foundations and nonprofits focused on global development. Noa held several positions in the Clinton Administration, first for First Lady Hillary Clinton and then at the United States Agency for International Development, targeting political development in post-conflict states. She has worked on two presidential campaigns and one prime ministerial campaign internationally. Noa is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She received a BA with honors in International Studies from Vassar College.

Carley Roney

Carley Roney is an entrepreneur and co-founder of The Knot, one of New York City's most successful Internet companies. She led The Knot from its early days as a wedding website to a multi-platform, multi-brand media, commerce, and mobile company. After she left the day-to-day of The Knot/XO Group (NYSE: XOXO), Carley focused her expertise on supporting female-founded startups, progressive political organizing, and social entrepreneurs. She also sits on the Board of Rent The Runway as well as nonprofits Power of Two and Project Entrepreneur. A resident of DUMBO for over 20 years, She lives with her husband and three children. 

Connie Sargent

Connie Sargent is currently an adjunct professor at the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University where she teaches English as a second language to foreign graduate students. She has also taught at Columbia University in the American Language Program, and spent many years teaching survival English to refugees at the International Rescue Committee. Prior to teaching, Connie was a product manager at General Foods, and then did PR and communications for Habitat for Humanity NYC. She served for 5 years as Habitat’s Vice Chair of the Board. She holds a B.A. in Literature from Penn State, an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University, and a MATESOL from the New School. Connie and her husband, John, have lived in Brooklyn since 1992. They have two grown children.

Gabriel Schwartz

Gabriel Schwartz is Co-Deputy Executive Managing Member of Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP, a global institutional investment management firm, which he joined in 2009. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director in the Special Situations Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Schwartz holds a B.A. from Colgate University. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Trustees of the Brooklyn Friends School and also serves as a member of its Finance and Advancement Committees. He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Achievement First, a charter school network with schools throughout Brooklyn. Mr. Schwartz lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife and two children.

Diane Steinberg

Diane Steinberg is a passionate champion of Brooklyn and has been on the vanguard of the borough’s remarkable revitalization and transformation through her civic leadership. She has worked at the New York Federal Reserve Bank in both the Domestic Research Department and as a Securities Analyst on the Open Market Trading Desk, and was a Vice President and Senior Equity Securities Analyst at Drexel Burnham Lambert. She serves on Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Spark Prize Committee, and is the Chair of the Board of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She has previously served on the boards of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Packer Collegiate, Center for Arts Education, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Directors Council), and Sheridan Arts Foundation. She received her B.A. from Wheaton College and her M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She and her husband, Joseph, have three grown children.

Shelley Stewart III

Shelley is a leader within McKinsey & Company’s Private Equity and Principal Investing practice where he serves a range of clients on Marketing and Sales related topics. He has worked with numerous privately held and publicly traded companies across the industrials and technology space to help clients identify opportunities for accelerated growth, design new go-to market models, improve effectiveness of sales-force deployment, and improve margin through comprehensive pricing programs. Additionally, Shelley leads the McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility; a think-tank focused on catalyzing cross-sector solutions to improving economic outcomes for Black individuals and families. He has published numerous articles and is a speaker on the topic. Shelley is also on the Board of Directors of the National Black MBA Association. Before joining McKinsey, Shelley worked in the financial-services industry. He held a variety of roles at an investment banking firm, and subsequently co-founded Dreadnought Capital Management, an investment management firm where he led portfolio management. Shelley has a BA in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from Columbia University

Susannah Taylor

Susannah is Chief Operating Officer and Director of Development at READ 718, a literacy nonprofit in Brooklyn. Prior to joining the staff of READ 718, she was a founding board member there, serving on the board from 2015 until 2018. Before joining READ 718, she was Director of Finance at Malia Mills, a fashion company headquartered in Brooklyn, and spent 10 years working at Goldman Sachs in investment banking. Susannah graduated from Princeton University with a BA in English Literature. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, she moved to Manhattan in 1990 and to Brooklyn in 2002, where she lives in Park Slope with her husband and three daughters.

Rabbi Rachel Timoner

Rabbi Rachel Timoner is grateful and proud to serve as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Her initiatives have included a study series on systemic racism in America, a sukkah about the refugee experience, a dialogue and study series with the breadth of views and perspectives on Israel, a BESTY (youth group) revival, and a Dismantling Racism Team. In November 2016, Rabbi Timoner, in cooperation with City Councilmember Brad Lander, opened CBE’s sanctuary to #GetOrganizedBK, so that thousands of Brooklyn neighbors could help to protect human rights and democracy. From 2009 to 2015, Rabbi Timoner served as Associate Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles. She grew up in Miami, Florida, received a B.A. from Yale University, and her rabbinical degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Previously, Rabbi Timoner raised funds to rebuild the San Francisco Women’s Building, worked to mitigate the impact of welfare reform in California, worked in San Francisco City Hall, and founded two leadership programs and a peer hotline for LGBT youth. Rachel, her wife Felicia, and their two sons Benji and Eitan live in Park Slope. 

Sarah Williams

Vice Chair
Sarah is co-founder and CEO of Propel Capital, which invests in entrepreneurs, innovators, and changemakers building a more just and equitable society. Propel uses blended capital (political, investment, philanthropic) to accelerate durable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges and invests 100% of its assets in alignment with its mission. Previously Sarah led her own consulting firm, working with foundations, donors, and corporations to strengthen giving and impact investing strategies to have greater impact, and she led and launched the Pfizer Foundation, overseeing the creation of their first international and community-based health and social venture programs. Sarah is a lifelong activist and serves on a range of nonprofit boards, including the Center for Prison Education and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Sarah has a B.A. from Wesleyan University and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons. 

 


Emeritus Trustees

Alan Fishman
Chair Emeritus

Robert Catell
Rohit Desai
Donald Elliott
Reverend Emma Jordan-Simpson
Malcolm MacKay
Richard W. Moore
Constance Rogers Roosevelt
Hildy Simmons