Staff Team

Cecilia Clarke

President & CEO

For more than 20 years, Cecilia has successfully managed and developed nonprofit organizations in New York City, with an emphasis on social justice and community and cultural advancement.

Cecilia joined Brooklyn Community Foundation in September 2013, launching an extensive overhaul of its strategic grantmaking, community leadership, and asset building activities. Her first signature effort, Brooklyn Insights, engaged more than 1,000 Brooklyn residents and leaders in conversations about the borough’s future and the Foundation’s role in bringing about needed change. She has since overseen the development of several strategic initiatives, including a resident-led grantmaking model in Crown Heights, a Restorative Justice pilot in four Brooklyn public schools, and an institution-wide commitment to racial justice. The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy awarded the Foundation with its 2015 Impact Award in the category of Grantmaking Public Charity in honor of this breakthrough community-led approach. Under her leadership, the Foundation has also significantly increased both its assets and the number of grants distributed through a new donor advised fund program.

Prior to joining Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cecilia was the founder and Executive Director of the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, an innovative educational leadership program for low-income young women from New York City and Newark, NJ. Cecilia started SNLP in her dining room with an inaugural class of 16 in 2002. Today, it is a thriving organization serving almost 1,000 annually, and widely considered an outstanding girls leadership model. SNLP was awarded the 2010 New York Times Company Gold Prize for Overall Management Excellence and the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Previously, Cecilia was the Executive Director of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, was Associate Director of The Drawing Center, and was responsible for government fundraising at the Brooklyn Museum. She got her start as a social worker, counseling women at Fountain House, a “clubhouse” program for the mentally ill.

Cecilia has served on the New York State Attorney General’s Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization, the Board of Directors of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, as an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s School of Education, and as a volunteer for the Park Slope Safe Homes Project.

Cecilia received her B.A. from Georgetown University. A mother of three, she lives in Fort Greene with her husband and two younger children.

Kaberi Banerjee Murthy

Vice President of Programs

Kaberi Banerjee Murthy joined Brooklyn Community Foundation in December 2015, bringing 15 years of philanthropic experience in education, health, community development, civic affairs, and arts and culture at the local, regional, and national level.  

She most recently served as the Vice President of Education at the Social Impact Exchange.  Prior to that, she was Program Director at Crown Family Philanthropies. She has also served as Senior Program Officer for Education at the Picower Foundation in New York, Philanthropic Advisor at Hemenway & Barnes in Boston, and Program Officer at the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation in Chicago. She has been a philanthropic consult for Ford Foundation’s GrantCraft, Grant Management Associates, and the Council on Foundations.

Kaberi is a Board Member for the Crossroads Fund and a past National Board Member for Grantmakers in Education. She graduated from Carleton College with a BA in History and Women's Studies, and holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University with a focus on planning and social policy. Kaberi lives Downtown Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.  You are most likely to find her and her epicurean brood checking out the newest spot on the foodie scene.

Julia Metro

Manager of Donor Services

Julia Metro joined the Brooklyn Community Foundation in November of 2012. Previously, she coordinated development and fundraising efforts for Friends of Materials for the Arts, the nonprofit partner of Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Julia is a graduate of New York University, where she studied Art History and French, and currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Brooklyn-based dance group, the A.O. Movement Collective. A Brooklyn resident since 2007 and proud Massachusetts native, she lives in Park Slope.

Prachi Patankar

Senior Program Officer

 

Prachi Patankar joined the Brooklyn Community Foundation in December 2014 playing an instrumental role in implementing the Foundation’s core initiatives and grantmaking strategies. She brings a 15 years of experience in community organizing and development, education, grantmaking, arts and culture, and immigrant rights work.  Most recently, she worked at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council managing grantmaking and at the Tenement Museum bringing contemporary immigration perspective into the Museum's historical immigration focus. She has a MA from New York University in International Education and Communications.

Prachi grew up in rural India, raised by a freedom-fighter grandmother and parents deeply involved in peasant social movements. In 2000, she established a school in rural India for children of people displaced by dams. For over a decade in New York City, she has been engaged in leading efforts against war, police brutality, and racism.  She has worked with social justice nonprofits like WITNESS, CHHAYA, and DRUM and created popular-education trainings through organizations like the Palestine Education Project. Prachi currently serves as a Board member of CAAAV, Organizing Asian Communities, the NY Steering Committee of Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), and works with South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), a New York–based collective she co-founded. 

Edgardo Rivera

Director of Operations

Edgardo Rivera joined Brooklyn Community Foundation as the Director of Operations in April 2016. In this role, Edgardo oversees internal operations and provides key leadership in building the Foundation’s capacity to implement and grow its programmatic and donor services strategies. As the former Assistant Commissioner of Administration in the New York City Department of Investigation, he brings 10 years of city government experience in areas including finance, management, human resources, performance metrics, cost benefit analysis, databases, audit, and grants compliance. Prior to City government, Edgardo worked for various community-based nonprofits focusing on youth, college and career prep, organizing, tenant advocacy, financial literacy, and healthy eating advocacy.

Edgardo has a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Purchase and a Masters from The New School in International Affairs with a focus on socio-economic development. A Brooklyn native and Air Force Veteran, he resides in North Brooklyn with his family where they study martial arts at Traditional Okinawan Karate.

Sarah Shannon

Director of Philanthropy & Donor Services

Sarah Shannon joined Brooklyn Community Foundation in November 2014. As Director of Philanthropy and Donor Services, she is the principal fundraising officer for the Foundation. She is responsible for the oversight, planning, and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program to secure support from individuals, foundations, corporations and others for the Foundation’s core program strategy. In addition, she works closely with the board, leadership, and staff to steward major donors, providing support and advisory services to further their philanthropic goals. With over two decades of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising, Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge about the sector as a whole and specifically the Brooklyn landscape. Prior to joining the Foundation, Sarah was Deputy Director for the Heart of Brooklyn, a partnership of the borough’s leading cultural institutions. She was also National Program Director for Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), a school-to-career initiative for the culinary and hospitality industries. As a nonprofit fundraising and management consultant, Sarah’s clients have included National Child Labor Committee, The Jewish Museum, Lutheran Medical Center, and Art2Facts, Inc.

Sarah graduated with honors from Barnard College. She is a proud Brooklynite since 1997 and currently lives in Clinton Hill with her husband and two sons.

Liane Stegmaier

Director of Communications

Liane Stegmaier manages the Foundation's multichannel communications, public relations, and marketing strategies to build awareness, engagement, and partnership for our work throughout the borough. Liane joined the Foundation in 2011; previously she oversaw communications for the Lupus Research Institute and the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, and was an intern with the NYC2012 Olympic Bid. Liane graduated with honors from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and is a proud decade-long resident of Brooklyn. She lives on Ocean Parkway (the country's first bicycle path!) in Kensington with her partner and their rescue dog, Arya.

Andrew Weaver

Administrative & Program Assistant

Andrew Weaver joined Brooklyn Community Foundation as the Administrative & Program Assistant in December 2014, supporting every corner of the Foundation team. He previously held an array of positions, from law firm file clerk, to bicycle tour guide, to delivery truck driver, to barista, to vegan food truck cook. Andrew studied public relations and the nonprofit sector at Boston University, where he also managed Boston’s oldest student-run food rescue program. After growing up in a quiet New Hampshire town and spending four years in Boston, Andrew moved to Brooklyn in fall 2014. He spends his free time on a bike, in the kitchen, and exploring the city. He resides in Bay Ridge with his partner and their adopted calico cat, Pancake.