Mamie Kanfer Stewart and Vivian Liao Korich Join Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Board of Directors

Brooklyn Community Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Mamie Kanfer Stewart and Vivian Liao Korich to its Board of Directors, effective Friday, April 5, 2019.

“We are proud to welcome Mamie and Vivian to the Foundation’s Board of Directors,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation Chairman Alan Fishman. “They bring both their dynamic professional experience from across the business and nonprofit sectors and love of Brooklyn to our growing leadership team. We look forward to the contributions they will make as the Foundation expands our work to support local communities.”

Ms. Kanfer Stewart is an executive coach and Founder of Meeteor, a firm focused on building healthy, high performing teams with a special emphasis on productive meetings. She is the author of Momentum: Creating Effective, Engaging and Enjoyable Meetings and host of The Modern Manager podcast. Prior to founding Meeteor, Ms. Kanfer Stewart consulted with nonprofit organizations on staffing and strategic planning. A current board member of Luria Academy and board chair of Bend the Arc, Ms. Kanfer Stewart also serves on two foundation boards: Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation and Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.

“Brooklyn Community Foundation is the heart of our borough. They identify real challenges, engage the community, and use a variety of approaches to help meet the needs of Brooklynites. I'm honored and excited to join the incredible people already working to make Brooklyn a borough in which all people flourish,” said Ms. Kanfer Stewart.

Ms. Liao Korich is principal and co-founder of Totem, a real estate and urban design firm based in Brooklyn. From 2012 to 2016, she served as Chief of Staff and Managing Director of Programs + Partnerships at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a nonprofit local development corporation where she created and implemented the narrative strategy positioning Downtown Brooklyn as one of the most vibrant downtowns in the nation. Ms. Liao Korich previously served as Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation during the Bloomberg Administration and also worked as a journalist at NY1 News, where she helped produce the top-rated political broadcast Inside City Hall.

“Intentional, innovative, and inspiring are the first words that come to mind when I think about the work Brooklyn Community Foundation is doing to create a more just and equitable place for all who call this dynamic borough home,” said Ms. Liao Korich. “I am incredibly honored to join this community answering the charge to love and serve our neighbors.”

Launched in 2009 as the first and still only foundation for New York City’s largest borough, Brooklyn Community Foundation mobilizes people, capital, and expertise to achieve its vision of a fair and just Brooklyn. The Foundation’s now 22-member Board of Directors stewards its strategic grantmaking and special initiatives as well as the growth of its philanthropic assets to benefit Brooklyn communities.


Brooklyn Community Foundation is on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. It is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn’s charitable community, working in partnership with generous donors and community leaders to bolster vital nonprofits, strengthen neighborhoods, and increase opportunities for youth. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation and its donors have provided nearly $40 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits in Brooklyn and beyond. Learn more at

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