Board of Directors

Chairman

Alan Fishman is the chairman of Ladder Capital Finance and Beech Street Capital, commercial real estate finance firms. 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 not-for-profit activities in Brooklyn, New York. He serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, chairman of the Brooklyn Community Foundation and chairman of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. 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.

Martin Baumrind is a principal of Baumrind and Baumrind, a real estate investment firm in New York. In addition to serving on the board of the Brooklyn Community Foundation , Mr. Baumrind also currently serves on the board of Ohr Haganuz and has served on the boards of the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Historical Society. He is a member of many professional associations including the NYS Association of Realtors, Small Property Owners of New York and the Real Estate Boards of New York and Brooklyn. Mr. Baumrind is also a member of the ACLU, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, American Jewish Congress, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Prospect Park Alliance and other local and international nonprofit organizations. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Richmond College.

Robert Catell is Chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook (AERTC) and the NYS Smart Grid Consortium. He began his career with Brooklyn Union in 1958, rising 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 retirment in 2009. Mr. Catell has served on numerous Boards in Brooklyn and beyond and currently chairs Futures in Education Endowment Fund and Cristo Rey Network's Lourdes Academy. 

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.  

Donald Elliott, a lawyer, has worked for various law firms as well as serving as Chairman of the NYC Planning Commission where he was responsible for some of the more notable developments in the City. With extensive experience in land use, he is currently involved in a major effort to renew downtown Brooklyn.  He serves on the Boards of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. 

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. 

Malcolm MacKay served as Managing Director of the Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive recruitment firm, and led its not-for-profit practice.  A lawyer, MacKay has years of experience in law, management and government service and has served on numerous Boards including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden,  Brooklyn Historical Society and Pratt Institute. He currently serves on the Boards of Episcopal Social Services and Greenwood Cemetery. 

Harsha G. Marti is a Vice President 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. 

Maria Fiorini Ramirez is President and CEO of Maria Fiorini Ramirez, Inc., an independent global economic and financial consulting firm founded in 1992. With extensive background in the money markets, Ms. Ramirez is a regular guest on TV and radio business reports and has served on various Boards including Ballet Hispanico, the New York Women’s Agenda and the Medic Alert Foundation.

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.

Claire Silberman is a philanthropist and former lawyer who supports many progressive organizations. Claire practiced corporate litigation and banking law until 1997. She serves on several non-profit boards and her philanthropy is focused on at-risk populations, progressive organizations and environmental groups. Involved in local politics, Claire serves on the State Affairs Committee of the Citizens Union of the City of New York. She holds a BA and JD from Stanford University, and has lived in Brooklyn Heights with her husband and kids since 1988. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.

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.