Board of Directors


Brooklyn Community Foundation Board of Directors: (Top Row, Left to Right) Donald Elliot, Malcom MacKay, Reverend Emma Jordan Simpson, John Wright, Michael Sherman, Robert Catell, Richard Moore; (Bottom Row, Left to Right) Constance Roosevelt; Genevieve Kahr; Alan Fishman; Sarah Williams, Harsha Marti, Gabriel Schwartz. Not Pictured: Deborah Archer, Rohit Desai, Hildy Simmons.

Chairman

Alan Fishman is the chairman of Ladder Capital Finance, a commercial real estate finance firm. Prior to forming these firms, he was the chief executive officer of Washington Mutual Bank for a short period of time during 2008. In 2006, he was president of Sovereign Bank. Sovereign purchased Independence Community Bank in 2006. He assumed the leadership of Independence Community Bank when he was elected president and chief executive officer in March 2001. Mr. Fishman has been an active leader in many nonprofit activities in Brooklyn. He serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and chairman of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. Mr. Fishman serves on the Boards of several private companies and other not-for-profit and civic organizations. Alan Fishman holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's degree in economics from Columbia University.

Deborah Archer is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at New York Law School where she is also Director of the Racial Justice Project and the Civil Rights Clinic. She was previously an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and a Marvin H. Karpatkin Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union. Prior to joining New York Law School, Dean Archer was an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She lives in Park Slope with her husband, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, and their children. 

Robert Catell is Chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook (AERTC) and the NYS Smart Grid Consortium. His career with Brooklyn Union began in 1958, where he rose to CEO; Chairman and CEO of KeySpan Corporation, the successor of Brooklyn Union; and Chairman, U.S., National Grid, which acquired KeySpan in 2007, until his retirement in 2009. Mr. Catell serves on numerous Boards in Brooklyn and beyond and currently chairs Futures in Education Endowment Fund and Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School. 

Rohit Desai is Chairman, President and Chief Investment Officer of Desai Capital Management Inc. which he founded in 1984 as a private equity investment firm. He has served on the boards of several public and private companies involved in varied businesses. Mr. Desai is a Trustee of the East West Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Trustee Emeritus of the Asia Society.  

The Reverend Emma Jordan-Simpson is the Executive Pastor of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn. She has served as Executive Director of the New York chapter of the Children’s Defense Fund, Executive Director of Girls Inc. and the Executive Vice President of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. She serves on several boards including the Union Theological Seminary and the Weeksville Heritage Center. 

Genevieve Kahr is a Partner at Jericho Capital, a hedge fund focused on the global technology, media and telecom sectors. Genevieve joined Jericho at the fund’s founding in 2009 and currently directs the firm’s research efforts. Previously, she was an Associate at TPG-Axon Capital, a global investment firm with offices in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Genevieve has a B.A. and M.A. from Yale in East Asian Languages and Literature. She and her husband, Daniel Freedberg, a gastroenterologist, live in Brooklyn Heights.

Harsha G. Marti is a Managing Director and Assistant General Counsel of Warburg Pincus LLC. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, he was at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York where he was an attorney focused on private equity transactions. Harsha received a SB in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a JD/MBA from the Northwestern University School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management. He serves on the board of the New York Private Equity Network (NYPEN) and was a board member of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!) from 2005 to 2011. Harsha was born and raised in New York City and lives in Fort Greene with his wife and three children.

Richard W. Moore is counsel in the Individual Clients Department at Day Pitney LLP, working on matters pertaining to gift and estate planning. Dick graduated from Harvard College in 1971 and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1975. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and of the New York State and American Bar Associations. Dick and his wife Barbara, a teacher, have three grown children and live in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, where they are involved in a number of community organizations and activities. 

Constance Rogers Roosevelt has been a writer and editor at Time/Life Books, American Heritage, William Morrow and Company and Viking Press. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards including the Brooklyn Museum and the New York Society Library. Ms. Roosevelt holds an MA in Anthropology from University of Pennsylvania, a BA in English from Vassar College and is currently enrolled in an MA program in Conservation Biology at Columbia University.

Gabriel Schwartz is a 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 currently the Chair of the Achievement First Crown Heights and Brooklyn High School Boards of Directors. Achievement First is a charter school network with schools throughout Brooklyn. Mr. Schwartz lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife and two children.

Michael Sherman is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Barclays PLC. Michael has served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He was born in Brooklyn, attended Brooklyn Friends School, and currently lives there with his wife and two daughters.

Vice Chairman

Hildy Simmons has extensive experience in the philanthropic world, currently advising select clients on their philanthropic activities.  Before becoming a consultant she was a Managing Director and head of the Global Foundations group at JPMorgan and ran its corporate philanthropy program. She serves on many Boards including the Taconic Foundation and Jerome L. Greene Foundation and chairs the NYC Board of Correction.

Sarah Williams is Co-Founder and Managing Director at Propel Capital, a philanthropic and impact investing fund. She also works with family foundations and donors to develop giving strategies, design grant portfolios, and work collaboratively across generations. Prior to her consulting career, Sarah directed philanthropy programs for Pfizer Inc, where she led the Pfizer Foundation, which was, at its inception, the largest corporate foundation in the United States with over $320 million in assets. She has also worked for the Chancellor of the NYC public schools and in leadership positions in non-profits. She serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Center for Prison Education; and launched the ImpactAssets50, a guide to impact investing fund managers. Sarah graduated from Wesleyan University and was awarded a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Andrew Kimball, and their two sons.

John Wright is Principal of The Wright Group, a governmental relations consulting firm he established in 2010. Prior to starting his firm, John served as Assistant Executive Director for the Center for Children and Families/Safespace, Inc. He was also the Assistant Executive Director of New York City’s oldest African-American-run child welfare agency, the Harlem Dowling-Westside Center. He is originally from Sierra Leone and lives in Bedford Stuyvesant.