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

Charles R. Bendit (Vice Chair)

Co-CEO, Taconic Investment Partners LLC

Christopher B. Hayward (Vice Chair)

Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer, HIghbridge Capital Management

Dave Barger

Former President and CEO, JetBlue Airways

E. Scott Beattie

Chairman, President and CEO, Elizabeth Arden, Inc.

Ken Clinchy

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

John Fosina

Chief Financial Officer, York Capital Management

Jeremy Johnson

Co-Founder and CEO, The Andela Institute

Lew Leone

Vice President & General Manager, FOX5/My9

Elba Montavalo

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

Shael Polakow-Suransky

President, Bank Street College of Education

Karen Proctor

CEO, Harbour Workshop LLC

Abbe Raven

Chair Emeritus, A+E Networks

Galen Robbins

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

Mitchel M. Roschelle

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

Joe Scantlebury

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

Jack Stephenson

President, HealthPlus Amerigroup

Elliott Wahle

Chairman and CEO, Rykom Enterprises

Lewis Warren, Jr.

Emerging Middle Market Head, Managing Director, Commerical Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Board Alumni

Lisa Belzberg (Founder)

Adjunct Professor, Teachers College Columbia University

Arthur H. Barnes

Maria S. Bartiromo

Anchor and Global Markets Editor, Fox Business Network

John E. Benevento

Managing Principal, The Briarcliff Group LLC

Frank J. Bisignano

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, First Data

Matthew C. Blank

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Showtime Networks, Inc.

Sharon Y. Bowen

Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

David R. Caplan

Dean, City Year New York

Beverly C. Chell

Michael Christenson

Managing Director, Allen & Company

Jerry Colonna

CEO, Partner, Coach of

Rudy Crew

President, Medgar Evers College

Maurice DuBois

Anchor, WCBS TV

Robert Evanson

Michael Fuchs

Patsy Glazer

Sally Hernandez-Pinero

Consolidated Edison, Inc.

Matthew Higgins

RSE Ventures

Sherry Jacobs

Steven Jacobson

Norma Kamali

Norma Kamali Inc.

Augusta S. Kappner

Director, The Wallace Foundation

Mark Kimsey

K & Z Partners, LLC

Joel I. Klein (Ex Officio)


Leanna Landsmann

Board Member, GreatSchools, Inc.

Sandra E. Lerner

Deputy to the President for Educational Initiatives and Special Projects, Lehman College of the City University of New York

Harold Levy

Executive Director, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Mary McCormick

President, Fund for the City of New York

William E. McCracken

Stephen J. Meringoff

Managing Partner, Himmel + Meringoff Properties, Inc.; Chairman, Meringoff Properties, Inc.

Perri Peltz-Ruttenberg


Antonio Reid

Chairman and CEO, Epic Records

Rossana Rosado

Leadership Consultant, RoRo Solutions, Inc.

Jessica Seinfeld

Founder, Baby Buggy

Matt Serletic

Owner, Emblem Music Group

Adam Silver

Commissioner, National Basketball Association

Dennis Swanson

President of Station Operations, FOX

Andrew Tisch

Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Loews Corporation

Jane Pauley Trudeau

Anchor, journalist

Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner

Vice Chairman, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.

Michael Wolf

Founder and CEO, Activate, Inc.

Deborah C. Wright

Strauss Zelnick

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Take-Two Interactive

Past Chairs

Lisa Belzberg


Dave Barger

Former President and CEO, JetBlue Airways


Past Presidents

Richard Burns

2014, Interim

Ruth Cohen

1998 - 2004

Janet Corcoran

2005 - 2006

Michael Haberman

2007 - 2014

Carol Kellermann

2006 - 2007, Interim

Jerry Colonna

2004, Interim

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

Stacy Green

A+E Networks

Alyssa Lewis

Bloomberg Enterprise Solutions

Michael Mervis

Proskauer Rose LLP

Frank Santora

Hudson City Savings Bank

Craig Sullivan

J.P. Morgan Global Investment Management

Tanya Amaya

BNY Mellon