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


E. Scott Beattie

Chairman, President and CEO, Elizabeth Arden

Howard Chatzinoff, Chair

Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Dave Barger

President and Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue Airways

Galen Robbins

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

Abbe Raven

Chair Emeritus, A+E Networks

Karen Proctor

CEO, Harbour Workshop LLC

Elba Montalvo

Former Founder, The Committee for Hispanic Children & Families, Inc.

Mitchell M. Roschelle

Partner, Financial Instruments, Structured Products and Real Estate, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Shael Polakow-Suransky

President, Bank Street College of Education

Joe Scantlebury

Vice President for Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Elliott Wahle

Chairman and CEO, Rykom Enterprises

Lewis Warren, Jr.

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

Charles R. Bendit

Co-CEO, Taconic Investment Partners LLC

Ken Clinchy

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

Christopher B. Hayward

Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Highbridge Capital Management, LLC

Lew Leone

Vice President and General Manager, FOX5/My9

Board Alumni

Past Chairs

Dave Barger

President and Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue Airways

Lisa Belzberg, Ph.D.

PENCIL Founder


Past Presidents

Ruth Cohen

Senior Director, American Museum of Natural History

Janet Corcoran

Executive Director, Everybody Wins! NY

Michael Haberman

(2007-2014) Managing Director, Northeast Region Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase

Richard D. Burns

(January-June 2014) Interim Executive Director

Executive Leadership Council

As PENCIL celebrates its 20th Anniversary it has formed the ELC to spread awareness and broaden resources to support innovative programs to transform the lives of New York City public school students. Accomplished business leaders invited to join the ELC strongly believe in the transformative potential of businesses and schools partnering together to improve student learning. The ELC is designed to provide members with hands-on non-profit Board experience and to develop a pipeline for future Board participation (either with PENCIL or other organizations).

Gerd Alexander

Paul Hastings LLP

Alyssa Lewis

Bloomberg Enterprise Solutions

Michael Mervis

Proskauer Rose LLP