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.

Alan Fishman

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

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

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. 

Reverend Emma Jordan-Simpson

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

Genevieve Kahr is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ailanthus Capital Management, a hedge fund focused on small and mid-cap companies in the global technology, media and telecom sectors.  Prior to Ailanthus, Genevieve was a Partner at Jericho Capital; she was the fund's first pre-launch hire in 2009 and helped to grow the business from $36 million to $2 billion in assets under management over the following six years.  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.

Martin Kessler

Martin Kessler is a Managing Director and Head of Global Markets, Corporate Sales for the Americas at HSBC.  Martin manages a team of 100+ sales people, and is responsible for the overall delivery of the firms OTC risk management product suite to corporate clients in the region.  His product responsibility includes foreign exchange, interest rates, and commodities.  He joined HSBC in May 2011 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he previously ran the bank’s foreign exchange and derivative business for US corporates.  Martin has worked in finance since 1998, with sales roles at JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers prior to joining Bank of America.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Brooklyn resident since 2001.  He lives in Carroll Gardens with his wife and three children.

Harsha Marti

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.

Amani Martin

Amani Martin is Founder and President of Peaceful Warrior Productions, a Brooklyn-based television, film and digital media production company specializing in non-fiction programming for broadcast networks. Prior to Peaceful Warrior, Martin was Director of Production for HBO Sports, where he won multiple Emmy Awards as a producer of the documentary, Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.  A board member for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, he also consults to corporations, educational institutions and non-profits on media strategy, branded content and communications. A former policy fellow for the Connecticut State Legislature, Martin has a B.A. in English Literature from Trinity College.

Richard W. Moore

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

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 theBrooklyn Museum and the New York Society Library. Ms. Roosevelt holds an MA in Anthropology fromUniversity 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

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 was previously a member of the Boards 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.

Michael Sherman

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.

Hildy Simmons

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

Sarah Williams is Co-Founder and Director of Propel Capital, a social impact fund that supports and invests in social entrepreneurs. In addition, she works with foundations and donors to design and implement giving strategies. Prior to her consulting career, she directed philanthropy programs for Pfizer. Sarah came to NYC as a Coro Fellow and currently lives in Park Slope with her husband, Andrew Kimball, CEO at Industry City, and their two sons.

John Wright

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. 

Emeritus Trustees

Rohit Desai
Donald Elliott

Malcolm MacKay
Maria Fiorini Ramirez