Renée Joslyn
Consultant, Reproductive Justice Activists

Brooklyn Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Renée Joslyn as the coordinator for our new Reproductive Justice Activists initiative, supported through our Girls of Color Fund. 


Renée Joslyn

Consultant, Reproductive Justice Activists
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

On Friday, September 15th, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order barring New York State agencies—including the New York State Police—from asking about a person’s immigration status.

Michelina Ferrara

Consultant, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

Alone, a film by Garrett Bradley, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and other panelists


With her fiancé in jail, single mother Alone Watts must decide whether to go through with their wedding. This documentary short film investigating the layers of mass incarceration and its shaping of the modern black American family is seen through the eyes of a single mother in New Orleans, Louisiana. Followed by a discussion with director Garrett Bradley, panelists from the Alex House Project and Alex House Project Executive Director, Samora Coles. 

Brooklynite Doug Freedman has been a longtime partner of Brooklyn Community Foundation, starting in 2012 when he and his wife opened a Donor Advised Fund as a tool to give to local charities with their children. As Doug saw firsthand how DAFs made giving easier, he began to see it as a potential benefit for the company he works for as well. 

For Fort Greene residents Meera and Harsha Marti, forming a partnership with the Foundation was largely about deepening their family’s commitment to the place they’ve called home for more than a decade.

Brooklyn Community Foundation Donor Advisor Mamie Kanfer Stewart grew up in a family that values working together and giving together. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Mamie’s family business, GOJO Industries (the inventor of Purell Hand Sanitizer) has fostered generations of philanthropists. Mamie, her husband Justin, and their two young daughters now call Brooklyn home, where they are carrying on their family traditions.