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Marie D'Costa
Marie D'Costa
Vice President & Chief Development Officer

Marie works with donors to create personalized philanthropic legacies. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York, Women in Development, the Advancement Network, and a Founder’s Circle member of Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy. She has a B.A. in public relations and advertising, an M.A. in international relations, both from the City College of New York, CUNY, and is a 21/64 Certified Advisor. She serves on the board of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation and served on the board of BronxWorks.

 

Irfan Hasan
Irfan Hasan
Deputy Vice President for Grants

Irfan directs the Healthy Lives grantmaking program at The Trust, and oversees health, behavioral health, and biomedical research grants. Irfan also oversees more than $10 million of grants to organizations designated as grantees through donor bequests. He serves on the board of BoardStrong, Philanthropy New York, and Grantmakers In Health. Irfan is a member of Philanthropy New York’s Health Working Group, co-chair of the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Funder Network, and an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Irfan has a B.Sc. from Northeastern University and a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

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Kerry McCarthy
Vice President for Philanthropic Initiatives

Kerry designs donor services that make best use of the expertise in our competitive grants program. She is co-chair of The Trust’s Mosaic Network and Fund. She also is on the board of the Billie Holiday Theatre; a member of the City Department of Education’s arts education committee; and the former vice chair of Grantmakers in the Arts. Kerry has a B.A. from Sewanee: The University of the South, and an M.A. in Folk Art Studies from New York University.

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Shawn V. Morehead
Vice President for Grants

Shawn oversees The Trust’s competitive grantmaking program, which distributes approximately $50 million annually. Prior to this position, she served as The Trust’s program director for Human Justice and Education grantmaking. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.

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John Oddy
Vice President for Donor Relations

John works directly with donors to help them deepen the impact of their philanthropy and identify the most effective strategies for their giving. He is a frequent speaker on donor trends, the philanthropic landscape, and has a special interest in the arts and humanities. John is a graduate of Bard College and has an M.A. in Urban Planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

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Tatiana Pohotsky
Chief Investment Officer

Tatiana works with the Investment Committee on strategies for investing The Trust’s endowment. She previously worked for the Bureau of Asset Management in the NYC Comptroller’s Office where she was the senior investment officer & group leader for global active management of the city’s $30-billion, long-only equity strategies for municipal pensions. Prior to her time in public service she worked as an equity analyst at firms such as worked at Deutsche Bank, Independence Investments, and Schroders PLC. She received her B.A. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a CFA charterholder.

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Ayanna Russell
Vice President of Administration & Chief Technology Advancement Officer

Ayanna manages the support of the foundation’s information technology, facilities, and office administration operations. Ayanna has a B.A. from NYU.

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Lorie Slutsky
President

Lorie is the president of The Trust, where she began her career in 1977 as a grantmaker. She was named executive vice president in 1987.

Lorie received her B.A. from Colgate University, where she served for nine years as a trustee and chairman of the budget committee, and her M.A. from The New School, where she also was a trustee. She sits on the Chief Judge’s Permanent Commission to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York State.

Lorie is a former board chairman of the Council on Foundations and BoardSource, and vice chairman of The Foundation Center. She was a member of the board of Independent Sector and co-chaired its Panel on the Nonprofit Sector. She also was a director of two for-profit companies: AllianceBernstein Capital Management and AXA Equitable.

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Carrie Trowbridge
General Counsel

Carrie Trowbridge is the General Counsel of the New York Community Trust. In addition to managing The Trust’s legal affairs, Carrie helps charitable New Yorkers and their professional advisors create funds at The Trust. Prior to joining The Trust, Carrie served as Associate General Counsel and Director of Nonprofit Practice at New York University. Previously, she was an associate in the tax-exempt organizations practice group at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, which she joined after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles S. Haight, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Carrie received a B.A. from Yale University, a doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Carolyn Weiss
Carolyn M. Weiss
Chief Financial Officer


Carolyn manages the financial operations of The Trust. She holds a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from Baruch College. She has served on many corporate and nonprofit boards and speaks at investment conferences around the world.

Wen Weng
Wen Weng
Controller

Wen Weng
Wen oversees the daily activities of The Trust’s Finance Department. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Wen has a B.A. from Sun Yat-Sen University in China, and an M.B.A. from Baruch College.

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Mariann Asayan
Senior Digital Media and Graphic Designer


Mariann designs the print and digital materials for The Trust. She also manages The Trust’s social media and digital marketing. Mariann has a BFA from Syracuse University and an MA in Design Studies from The New School.

Tonia Brewer
Records Administrator
Eileen P. Casey
Director, Investment Reporting

Eileen supports the CIO and the Investment Committee in monitoring The Trust’s large roster of money managers.

Julia T. Chang
Philanthropic Initiatives Officer



Julia supports efforts that help donors achieve their philanthropic goals. She has a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.P.A. from NYU Wagner.

Catherine Creedon
Donor Department Assistant
Marie D'Costa
Vice President & Chief Development Officer

Marie works with donors to create personalized philanthropic legacies. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York, Women in Development, the Advancement Network, and a Founder’s Circle member of Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy. She has a B.A. in public relations and advertising, an M.A. in international relations, both from the City College of New York, CUNY, and is a 21/64 Certified Advisor. She serves on the board of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation and served on the board of BronxWorks.

 

Melanie M. DeLorenzo
Grants Manager
Sheila R. Dinkins
Senior Grants Administrator
Domingo Figueroa
Systems Administrator
Arturo Garcia-Costas
Program Officer, Local, National and International Environment

Arturo manages The Trust’s national and New York City environmental grantmaking program as well as our Appalachia grantmaking. He serves on the board of Friends of the Earth – US. He has a B.A. in International Affairs and Theater from the City University of New York, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he focused on international and environmental law, and an M.S. in Urban Policy and Leadership from Hunter College.

Irfan Hasan
Deputy Vice President for Grants

Irfan directs the Healthy Lives grantmaking program at The Trust, and oversees health, behavioral health, and biomedical research grants. Irfan also oversees more than $10 million of grants to organizations designated as grantees through donor bequests. He serves on the board of BoardStrong, Philanthropy New York, and Grantmakers In Health. Irfan is a member of Philanthropy New York’s Health Working Group, co-chair of the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Funder Network, and an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Irfan has a B.Sc. from Northeastern University and a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Brooke Intlekofer
Executive Assistant

Brooke is an executive assistant and paralegal who supports the General Counsel.

Roderick V. Jenkins
Program Director, Promising Futures

Roderick is program director for The Trust’s promising futures program and manages The Trust’s grantmaking for youth and workforce development. He leads our work to reform criminal justice and to increase youth employment and help disconnected youth. Roderick is chair of the New York City Youth Funders Network and a board member of Advocates for Children. He earned his undergraduate degree from LIU Global College (formerly Friends World College) and a master’s in social work from Hunter College.

Liza Lagunoff
Director, Grants Budgeting and Management

Liza works with the program team to manage The Trust’s competitive grantmaking program. She also helps develop the competitive grants budget and manages our scholarship program. She is vice chair of the steering committee for the New York Regional Chapter of PEAK Grantmaking. Liza has a B.A. from Bard College.

Marty Lipp
Director of Communications

Marty Lipp is responsible for communications and public relations efforts to support The Trust’s mission. He was Communications Director at the Harlem Children’s Zone for 15 years and a speechwriter at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, Crain’s New York, The Staten Island Advance and Our Town. He has a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Kerry McCarthy
Vice President for Philanthropic Initiatives

Kerry designs donor services that make best use of the expertise in our competitive grants program. She is co-chair of The Trust’s Mosaic Network and Fund. She also is on the board of the Billie Holiday Theatre; a member of the City Department of Education’s arts education committee; and the former vice chair of Grantmakers in the Arts. Kerry has a B.A. from Sewanee: The University of the South, and an M.A. in Folk Art Studies from New York University.

Elizabeth Mirarchi
Grants Manager
Alena Miroff
Administrative Assistant
Shawn V. Morehead
Vice President for Grants

Shawn oversees The Trust’s competitive grantmaking program, which distributes approximately $50 million annually. Prior to this position, she served as The Trust’s program director for Human Justice and Education grantmaking. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Maggie M. Murphy
Assistant Director, Donor Services & Grants Management

Maggie provides unparalleled service to donors, helping them fulfill their philanthropic goals, while efficiently managing the Trust’s operational databases. She is a member of PEAK Grantmaking and ADNET. She has a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a master’s in gerontology from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. She serves on the board of the Greenwood Lake Bark Park.

John Oddy
Vice President for Donor Relations

John works directly with donors to help them deepen the impact of their philanthropy and identify the most effective strategies for their giving. He is a frequent speaker on donor trends, the philanthropic landscape, and has a special interest in the arts and humanities. John is a graduate of Bard College and has an M.A. in Urban Planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

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Senior Accountant
Rachel D. Pardoe
Senior Program Officer, Older Adults, People with Disabilities, Animal Welfare


Rachel oversees The Trust’s grantmaking for older adults, people with disabilities, including the blind and those with visual impairments, and animal welfare. She has a B.A. in psychology from New York University and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Tatiana Pohotsky
Chief Investment Officer

Tatiana works with the Investment Committee on strategies for investing The Trust’s endowment. She previously worked for the Bureau of Asset Management in the NYC Comptroller’s Office where she was the senior investment officer & group leader for global active management of the city’s $30-billion, long-only equity strategies for municipal pensions. Prior to her time in public service she worked as an equity analyst at firms such as worked at Deutsche Bank, Independence Investments, and Schroders PLC. She received her B.A. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a CFA charterholder.

Joan Reedy
Benefits Administrator

Joan is responsible for the administration of health and pension benefits for The Trust staff.  She holds a B.A. from Pace University.

Janet Reynolds-Fletcher
Administrative Assistant
Lora A. Rhames-Davis
Accounting Manager
Shaneshia Rivers
Grants Manager
Leigh Ross
Program Officer, Girls & Young Women and Arts Education


Leigh manages The Trust’s grantmaking for arts education and girls and young women. Leigh received a BFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and an MA from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Ayanna Russell
Vice President of Administration & Chief Technology Advancement Officer

Ayanna manages the support of the foundation’s information technology, facilities, and office administration operations. Ayanna has a B.A. from NYU.

Raymond P. Salibur
Senior Investment Administrator


Raymond administers all non-cash contributions for The Trust. He also maintains and reconciles Trust investment-related market values and transactions. Raymond has a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Pace University.

Mike Shievkumar
Office Assistant
Lorie Slutsky
President

Lorie is the president of The Trust, where she began her career in 1977 as a grantmaker. She was named executive vice president in 1987.

Lorie received her B.A. from Colgate University, where she served for nine years as a trustee and chairman of the budget committee, and her M.A. from The New School, where she also was a trustee. She sits on the Chief Judge’s Permanent Commission to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York State.

Lorie is a former board chairman of the Council on Foundations and BoardSource, and vice chairman of The Foundation Center. She was a member of the board of Independent Sector and co-chaired its Panel on the Nonprofit Sector. She also was a director of two for-profit companies: AllianceBernstein Capital Management and AXA Equitable.

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Receptionist
Eve A. Stotland
Senior Program Officer, Education and Human Justice


Eve manages education and human justice grantmaking for The Trust. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Patricia A. Swann
Program Director, Thriving Communities

Patricia manages The Trust’s grantmaking for community development, affordable housing, civic affairs, and technical assistance. She is chair of the New York State Census Equity Fund, co-chair of the Capital Change Fund, and serves on the advisory boards of Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, the New York City office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Fair Representation in Redistricting, and the Neighborhoods First Fund. She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s from Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. She was a Revson Fellow at Columbia University.

Barbara Taveras
Special Projects Officer

Barbara administers several Trust initiatives, including grantmaking from the Brooke Astor Fund for New York City Education. She has a B.A. from Pace University and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She was a Revson Fellow at Columbia University.

Carrie Trowbridge
General Counsel

Carrie Trowbridge is the General Counsel of the New York Community Trust. In addition to managing The Trust’s legal affairs, Carrie helps charitable New Yorkers and their professional advisors create funds at The Trust. Prior to joining The Trust, Carrie served as Associate General Counsel and Director of Nonprofit Practice at New York University. Previously, she was an associate in the tax-exempt organizations practice group at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, which she joined after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles S. Haight, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Carrie received a B.A. from Yale University, a doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Salem N. Tsegaye
Program Officer, Arts & Culture


Salem oversees grantmaking in arts, culture, and historic preservation. She also manages the Mosaic Fund. Salem has a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from Parsons The New School for Design.

Carolyn M. Weiss
Chief Financial Officer


Carolyn manages the financial operations of The Trust. She holds a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from Baruch College. She has served on many corporate and nonprofit boards and speaks at investment conferences around the world.

Wen Weng
Controller

Wen Weng
Wen oversees the daily activities of The Trust’s Finance Department. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Wen has a B.A. from Sun Yat-Sen University in China, and an M.B.A. from Baruch College.

Amy Wolf
Assistant Director of Digital Media and Marketing

Amy manages advertising, public relations, digital strategy, marketing efforts, and many of the publications produced at The Trust. She also oversees the foundation’s web and social media presence. Amy has a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. She is a board member of Cause Effective and a member of the Communications Network.

 

Barbara Wybraniec
Assistant to the President