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Robert V. Edgar
Robert V. Edgar
Vice President, Donor Relations

Bob is the principal contact for donors, helping them identify and achieve their charitable objectives. A graduate of Harvard, he is a board member of the Memton Fund and the Clinton Hall Association, the vice chairman of Kingsborough Community College Foundation, a trustee of the Board of Foreign Parishes, and is on the advisory council of the Singapore Community Foundation.  

Mary Z. Greenebaum
Mary Z. Greenebaum
Chief Investment Officer

Mary works with the Investment Committee on strategies for investing The Trust’s endowment. She is a member of the CFA Institute, CFA Society New York, and the Financial Women’s Association of New York. Mary has a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Patricia Jenny
Patricia J. Jenny
Vice President for Grants

Patricia oversees a $50 million annual grants program that supports the city’s nonprofits. She also serves on the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, which represents more than 200 foundations around the world. She has a B.A. from Brown University and a master’s in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Mercedes Leon
Mercedes M. León
Vice President for Administration

Mercedes is the Vice President for Administration since January 2002.  Her areas of responsibilities include personnel, human resources, benefits administration, the IT department, and off-site operations.  Mercedes holds a BA from Baruch College of CUNY.

Lorie Slutsky
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.

In the media
July 12, 2017
Four challenges for the city in 2016 — and some solutions
A leader of the city's charitable sector explains how donors can make a difference on homelessness, heroin, incarceration and education
September 9, 2012
Lorie Slutsky quoted in Times piece: "Charitable Giving Not Earmarked for Poor"
November 16, 2009
Lorie Slutsky answers readers questions on community philanthropy for The New York Times.
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 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.

Jane Wilton
Jane L. Wilton
General Counsel

Jane advises charitable New Yorkers and their professional advisors on creating funds in The Trust and on other charitable matters. She is also responsible for a broad range of legal issues for The Trust. She writes The Trust’s Professional Notes, a series of publications for attorneys and other advisors working in estate and financial planning. She received a B.A. from Michigan State University, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and an LL.M in taxation from New York University School of Law.

Gay Young
Gay Young
Vice President, Donor Services

Gay works with donors to identify their charitable objectives, and organizes events to inform and cultivate donors and advisors. She serves on the boards of Hudson Guild and the New York Foundation.

Other Departments

Jannette Andaluz
Financial Assistant
Anita Arroyo
Executive Assistant
Michele Kumi Baer
Program Associate

Michele supports grantmaking across The Trust’s arts and culture, civic affairs, community development, environment, and historic preservation portfolios. She also coordinates the New York City Cultural Agenda Fund in The New York Community Trust. Michele has a bachelor’s from Brown University and a master’s from Columbia University.

Ken Beitler
Director of Investments
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.

Marie D'Costa
Director of Leadership and Legacy Giving

Marie works with donors to create personalized philanthropic legacies. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Philanthropy Planning Group of Greater New York, and the Advancement Network. She has a B.A. in public relations and advertising and an M.A. in international relations, both from the City College of New York, CUNY.

Sheila R. Dinkins
Grants Administrator
Robert V. Edgar
Vice President, Donor Relations

Bob is the principal contact for donors, helping them identify and achieve their charitable objectives. A graduate of Harvard, he is a board member of the Memton Fund and the Clinton Hall Association, the vice chairman of Kingsborough Community College Foundation, a trustee of the Board of Foreign Parishes, and is on the advisory council of the Singapore Community Foundation.  

Domingo Figueroa
Systems Administrator
Arturo Garcia-Costas
Program Officer, Regional, National and International Environment

Arturo manages The Trust’s national and New York City environmental grantmaking program.

He has a B.A. in International Affairs and Theater from the City University of New York, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he focused on international and environmental law.

Mary Z. Greenebaum
Chief Investment Officer

Mary works with the Investment Committee on strategies for investing The Trust’s endowment. She is a member of the CFA Institute, CFA Society New York, and the Financial Women’s Association of New York. Mary has a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Irfan Hasan
Program Director, Health and Behavioral Health

Irfan directs the Healthy Lives grantmaking program at The Trust, and oversees health, behavioral health, and biomedical grants. He serves on the board of CharitySTRONG. He is a member of Philanthropy New York’s Health Policy Working Group, a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a member of the American Public Health Association. Irfan has a B.Sc. in sociology from Northeastern University and a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Roderick V. Jenkins
Senior Program Officer, Youth and Workforce Development

Roderick 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.

Patricia J. Jenny
Vice President for Grants

Patricia oversees a $50 million annual grants program that supports the city’s nonprofits. She also serves on the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, which represents more than 200 foundations around the world. She has a B.A. from Brown University and a master’s in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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.

Mercedes M. León
Vice President for Administration

Mercedes is the Vice President for Administration since January 2002.  Her areas of responsibilities include personnel, human resources, benefits administration, the IT department, and off-site operations.  Mercedes holds a BA from Baruch College of CUNY.

Natasha Lifton
Senior Program Officer, Girls and Young Women, Hunger and Homelessness, Social Services

Natasha manages The Trust’s grants that address girls and young women, hunger and homelessness, social services and welfare. She is co-chair of The Trust’s Early Childhood Partners NYC Fund. She is a graduate of Notre Dame University, and has master’s degrees from New York University and Hunter College.

David L. Marcus
Director of Communications and Marketing

David oversees The Trust’s media relations and marketing efforts. A former journalist and the author of two books, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. He earned his B.A. at Brown University and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

Kerry E. McCarthy
Program Director, Arts and Culture, Historic Preservation

Kerry oversees grantmaking in arts and culture and historic preservation at The Trust. She is co-chair of the New York City Cultural Agenda Fund. She also is vice chair of Grantmakers in the Arts; board vice president of Women’s Studio Workshop; and a member of the City Department of Education’s arts education committee. 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
Shawn V. Morehead
Program Director, Education & Human Justice

Shawn manages education and human justice grantmaking for The Trust. She is chair of the Fund for New Citizens, and co-chair of the Donors’ Education Collaborative. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Maggie M. Murphy
Grants Manager
Yahaira Ortiz-Gutierrez
Senior Accountant
Rachel D. Pardoe
Program Officer, People with Special Needs and Animal Welfare

Rachel oversees The Trust’s grantmaking for people with special needs, including elders, the blind and those with visual impairments, and children and youth with physical and developmental disabilities. 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.

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
Accountant
Shaneshia Rivers
Donor Relations Assistant
Leigh Ross
Program Associate

Leigh supports The Trust’s grantmaking in education, human justice, human services, and youth and workforce development. She also coordinates the activities of the Fund for New Citizens. Leigh graduated from Rutgers University and has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Ayanna Russell
Director, Office Operations

Ayanna works closely with the vice president  of Administration managing 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.

Leanah Scott
Administrative Assistant
Mike Shievkumar
Office Assistant
Anna Silvera
Accounting Manager

Anna manages the tax preparation and filing requirements for The Trust. Anna has a B.A. from Pace University.

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.

In the media
July 12, 2017
Four challenges for the city in 2016 — and some solutions
A leader of the city's charitable sector explains how donors can make a difference on homelessness, heroin, incarceration and education
September 9, 2012
Lorie Slutsky quoted in Times piece: "Charitable Giving Not Earmarked for Poor"
November 16, 2009
Lorie Slutsky answers readers questions on community philanthropy for The New York Times.
Toya Smallwood
Receptionist
Patricia A. Swann
Senior Program Officer, Civic Affairs, Community Development, and Technical Assistance

Patricia manages The Trust’s grantmaking for community development, affordable housing, civic affairs, and technical assistance. She is a board member of Philanthropy New York, and serves on the advisory boards of Brooklyn Workforce Innovations and the New York City office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. 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.

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 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.

Jane L. Wilton
General Counsel

Jane advises charitable New Yorkers and their professional advisors on creating funds in The Trust and on other charitable matters. She is also responsible for a broad range of legal issues for The Trust. She writes The Trust’s Professional Notes, a series of publications for attorneys and other advisors working in estate and financial planning. She received a B.A. from Michigan State University, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and an LL.M in taxation from New York University School of Law.

Amy Wolf
Senior Communications Officer

Amy writes, photographs, and designs print, digital, and multimedia materials for The Trust. She is also the webmaster. She 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.

Barbara Wybraniec
Assistant to the President
Gay Young
Vice President, Donor Services

Gay works with donors to identify their charitable objectives, and organizes events to inform and cultivate donors and advisors. She serves on the boards of Hudson Guild and the New York Foundation.