Representing a broad range of experience and professional backgrounds, PENCIL’s passionate Board of Directors is committed to supporting PENCIL and improving public education in New York City and beyond.

Board Members


Howard Chatzinoff, Chair

Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Dave Barger

President and Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue Airways

E. Scott Beattie

Chairman, President and CEO, Elizabeth Arden, Inc.

Charles R. Bendit,
Vice Chair

Co-CEO, Taconic Investment Partners LLC

Ken Clinchy

Principal, Deputy Regional Managing Partner – Northeast Region, Deloitte LLP

Christopher B. Hayward ,
Vice Chair

Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Highbridge Capital Management

Jeremy Johnson

Co-Founder, 2u

Lew Leone

Vice President & General Manager, FOX5/My9

Elba Montalvo

Executive Director, The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc.

Karen Proctor

CEO, Harbour Workshop LLC

Abbe Raven

Chairman, A+E Networks

Galen Robbins

Managing Director, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mitchell M. Roschelle

Partner, PwC

Joe Scantlebury

Senior Policy Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Elliott Wahle

Chairman & CEO, Rykom Enterprises

Lewis Warren, Jr.

Managing Director, Global Client Executive, Treasury & Securities Services, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Board Alumni

Past Chairs

Dave Barger

President and Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue Airways

Lisa Belzberg, Ph.D.

PENCIL Founder


Arthur H. Barnes

Maria S. Bartiromo

Fox Business Network / Fox News Channel

John E. Benevento

The Briarcliff Group, LLC

Frank J. Bisignano

First Data Corporation

Matthew C. Blank

Showtime Networks, Inc.

Sharon Y. Bowen

Latham & Watkins LLP

David R. Caplan

Beverly C. Chell

Michael Christenson

Allen & Company, LLC

Jerry Colonna

Maurice DuBois


Robert Evanson

Michael Fuchs

Patsy Glazer

Sally Hernandez-Pinero

Matthew Higgins

RSE Ventures

Sherry Jacobs

Stephen Jacobs

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Norma Kamali

Norma Kamali Inc.

Augusta S. Kappner

Mark Kimsey

Joel I. Klein

Ex Officio

Leanna Landsmann

Sandra E. Lerner

Harold Levy

Mary McCormick

Fund for the City of New York

Bill McCracken

Stephen J. Meringoff

Himmel + Meringoff Properties LLC

Perri Peltz-Ruttenberg

Antonio Reid

Rossana Rosado

El Diario La Prensa

Jessica Seinfeld

Matt Serletic

Adam Silver

National Basketball Association

Dennis Swanson

Andrew Tisch

Jane Pauley Trudeau

Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner

Michael Wolf

Deborah C. Wright

Strauss Zelnick

Past Presidents

Ruth Cohen

Senior Director, American Museum of Natural History

Janet Corcoran

Executive Director, Everybody Wins! NY

Michael Haberman

Managing Director, Northeast Region Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase

Richard D. Burns

(January-June 2014)
Interim Executive Director