Staff & Board
Marc N. DeBevoise, CBS Interactive: President
Marc N. DeBevoise is the President and Chief Operating Officer of CBS Interactive. Prior to that, he was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Interactive’s Entertainment, Sports and News divisions. In this role, he oversaw CBS Interactive’s entertainment sites, including CBS.com, TV.com and Clicker.com, as well as digital content distribution strategies, and the development of both original and show-based digital content, applications and games.
Mr. DeBevoise joined CBS Interactive from premium subscription service Starz, where he was responsible for the company’s overall digital strategy and the digital initiatives supporting its film, television and digital original content properties. At Starz, he also led the generation, evaluation and execution of business development, strategic investment, and growth opportunities for all of Starz’ business units.
Prior to joining Starz, he held various roles at NBC Universal, in both Digital Media and Business Development, and worked in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at JPMorgan.
Mr. DeBevoise has been recognized on Home Media magazine’s “Digital Drivers” list for 2011, The Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital Power 50” for 2010, and Multichannel News’ “40 Under 40” for 2009. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Board President of The Door, a non-profit organization providing youth development services.
He received his M.B.A. with distinction in Entertainment, Media & Technology and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Tufts University. He lives in New York City along with his wife and daughter.
Jeffrey Silver, Corrado Financial Group: Treasurer
Jeffrey Silver has been a professional investor for 35 years. He is currently the Chief Investment Officer for the Corrado Financial Group and a registered investment advisor in New York. Mr. Silver is also currently part owner of a security company. In the past, Mr. Silver founded and managed a hedge fund, co-founded a software company, and held various positions for Wall Street financial firms. Mr. Silver has advanced degrees in philosophy, political science and business. He resides in Connecticut with his wife and has four children. Mr. Silver joined the board in 2015.
Clayton Pope received his BA in Economics from McGill University in Montreal and is a CFA Charterholder. Mr. Pope resides in downtown Manhattan with his wife. In addition to his involvement with The Door, he is also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.
Lou Leone, Leadinary: VP, Development
Lou Leone has 20+ years experience as a serial entrepreneur and management consultant across multiple industries, including healthcare, automotive, real estate and insurance, among others. His clients range from Fortune 500 to start-ups. Lou earned an M.B.A. from Rutgers University with distinction and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University. He lives in downtown Manhattan with his wife and two children. In addition to his involvement with The Door, Lou is also on the Engineering and Computer Science Board of Syracuse University and the Chair of the UJA Technology Board. Lou joined the Board in 2015.
David Shapiro*, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz: VP, Governance
David E. Shapiro is a partner in the Corporate Department of the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Prior to this, he held finance and business development positions at technology-based firms. He earned a BS in finance from the Wharton School and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the recipient of the Peter McCall prize awarded to the first in the class.
Susan Kane, Human Rights Watch: VP, Program
Susan Kane sits on the International Board of Human Rights Watch, as well as its US Program Advisory Committee; she is also the in-coming co-chair of HRW’s New York Committee. Susan previously worked as a commercial litigation attorney for 10 years, most recently at Latham & Watkins. In addition, she served as a clerk with the Hon. Richard K. Eaton at the United States Court of International Trade. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in English and Sociology and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives with her two young daughters in New York City.
Nora Abousteit, Kollabora & the Kollaborator Network
Nora Abousteit is the founder and CEO of Kollabora and the Kollaborator Network, which reaches more than 1 million skilled crafters monthly. Every day makers come to Kollabora to share, learn, collaborate, and shop, with a focus on fashion and home decoration. Members can find and share original DIY projects and source the supplies they need to make their own projects. Just as LinkedIn and Facebook are using social technology to change how people find jobs and connect with friends, Kollabora is a new way for people to start making. Kollabora is funded by Khosla Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Allen & Co, Burda/DLD Ventures, 500 Startups, and others. Nora is a member of the board of the Craft and Hobby Association, a mentor at Highway1, a hardware incubator and she is on the panel of experts to steer Cornell Tech’s new Masters of Science program in Connective Media. Before starting Kollabora, Nora reinvented an old sewing magazine into the DIY fashion community BurdaStyle.com, now the largest sewing community in the world. She joined The Door’s board in 2015.
Maya Browne is an author and fundraiser. She served as the president of Bratt Entertainment, an independent film finance, development and production company for ten years. She executive produced and produced independent films in a variety of genres prior to retiring from the business (“Ray”, starring Jamie Foxx, “Skeleton Key”, starring Peter Sarsgaard, Kate Hudson and John Hurt, and “Humble Pie”, starring Billy Baldwin, Bruce McGill , Kathleen Quinlan and Mary Lynn Rajskub).
Browne won the Wyeth Ayherst Excellence in Media Merit Award (EMMA) in 1993 for her article “Dying to be Thin,” which was a cover-story in Essence Magazine. Additionally, she has been published in Details, Interview, Fitness, New Woman, Self and Heart &Soul. A contributing writer in Kate Taylor’s anthology Going Hungry: Writers on Desire, Self-Denial and Overcoming Anorexia (AnchorBooks 2008), she shared that honor with Jennifer Egan and Francine du Plessix Gray.
In 2014, Browne was the recipient of a grant from the Institute of International Education (Ford Foundation) for her work producing a documentary that tells the stories of A Better Chance Graduates (www.abetterchancefilm.com).
A native New Yorker raised in both Manhattan and San Francisco, Browne graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Social Studies (cum laude) and NYU Stern with an MBA in finance.
Mónica de la Torre
Mónica de la Torre is an attorney who joined the Board in 2004 after having served as Director of Legal Services at The Door for over four years. Formerly the Director of the Public Interest Law Center at New York University, Ms. de la Torre received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Jim Friedlich, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
Jim Friedlich is the Executive Director and CEO of The Lenfest Institute for Journalism. He attended Dartmouth College, graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in English, Magna Cum Laude in 1979, and received his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1985. Following a fifteen-year career at The Wall Street Journal, he joined ZelnickMedia, a New York-based private equity partnership as a founding partner in 2001. He specializes in investments in digital media, professional information and business services. He has focused his philanthropic activities on youth, education and media. He serves on the Board of Directors of WFMU, a listen-supported radio station in Jersey City, and devotes time and resources to the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, pediatric cancer research, Friends Seminary, a Quaker school in New York City, and Wesleyan University.
Mr. Friedlich began his media career in 1980 as an advertising salesman for CapCities-ABC. He joined The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco office in 1985, eventually serving as Managing Director of the international editions of the Journal and Dow Jones magazines. From 1990–1999, he managed the global advertising sales, marketing and business development for a large and diverse group of Dow Jones & Company newspapers, magazines, Web sites, TV channels and conferences. Mr. Friedlich served on the Boards of Directors of several media companies and publications including CNBC Europe, CNBC Asia, Nikkei International, Vedomosti (The Record), America Economia, and the Far Eastern Economic Review; he also served as Managing Director of Handelsblatt-Dow Jones. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Naylor, Inc., the leading business media company serving the trade association market.
Hih Song Kim, Stoli Group
Hih Song has served on the Board since 2004. Hih Song is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel at the Stoli Group. Prior to that, she was Chief Litigation Counsel, Marketing and Special Global Marketing Projects at Colgate-Palmolive Company. Before joining Colgate, Hih Song was Assistant General Counsel – Marketing/Regulatory & Litigation at Unilever United States, Inc. Originally from North Carolina, Hih Song has served on the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Urban Bush Women (modern dance company) and LIFT (Legal Information for Families Today). Hih Song is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and Harvard Law School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their son and daughter.
Michelle Lewis is a marketing and public relations professional with over 20 years experience developing strategic communication platforms and cobranded partnerships for consumer brands including L’Oreal Paris, Bausch & Lomb, Dove Chocolate, Swarovski, Martha Stewart Living OmniMedia, National Football League, iVillage, Susan G. Koman for the Cure, David Bach, Morgan Stanley and more. She currently has her own consultancy working primarily with emerging brands and non-profit organizations. She joined the board in 2011.
Sarah-Marie Martin, Goldman Sachs
Sarah-Marie Martin is the Managing Director in the Financial and Strategic Investors Group at the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. She joined Goldman Sachs as a partner in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Sarah-Marie worked at Credit Suisse for 20 years, where she was most recently the co-head of the Americas Financial Sponsors Group. Prior to becoming a sponsor coverage banker, she worked in the High Yield and Equity Capital Markets Groups. Sarah Marie earned her B.A. in Quantitative Economics with Distinction from Stanford University, and received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where she was valedictorian of her class. Sarah Marie, her husband Nick Brophy, and their five children live in the West Village. Two of their children, Eyerusalem (20) and Martin Ashenafi (“Ash”, 11) were adopted from Ethiopia in 2007. Jamie (7) and Quinn (3) are biological sons, and Skylar (4) was adopted domestically.
Bethany Menzies, The Ready Foundation
As founder and Executive Director of The Ready Foundation LLC, Bethany is a hands-on philanthropist working with at-risk and under-served groups across New York City’s five boroughs.
Serving in board governance and strategic advisory roles with NYC nonprofit organizations – including The Door, StreetWise Partners, and Gibney Dance – Bethany’s focus supports workforce development, economic development, and education programs. In addition to her board roles, Bethany serves as a mentor and coach for young adults and alumni of Year Up and The Posse Foundation.
Bethany’s experience is drawn from more than 20 years of work in the for-profit sector with consulting firms, Fortune 500 corporations, and venture capital backed start-ups. She served in executive sales, marketing and business development leadership roles at Deloitte, Gartner, and two venture backed start-ups after more than a decade at The Thomson Corporation.
Bethany earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1987, from the Pennsylvania State University, majoring in marketing and graduating with honors.
Susan Notkin, Center for the Study of Social Policy
Ms. Notkin has been working on behalf of children and families for 40 years, designing and managing an array of innovative public and private initiatives. She started out as a child-care teacher in 1976, and her interest in child welfare dates from the late 1970s, when she worked as a counselor in one of the nation’s first shelters for battered women in Madison, WI. Today, Ms. Notkin is Senior Vice President of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and manages the organization’s systems reform portfolio. In this capacity she advances CSSP’s role in promoting responsive, progressive public services for children and families involved in child welfare and other public human service systems. Ms. Notkin is leading CSSP’s Youth Thrive Initiative, a multi-year, multi-site national effort, that promotes the healthy well-being and development for youth involved in foster care and juvenile justice and at risk of, or who have experienced, homelessness.
Prior to joining CSSP, Ms. Notkin was the Director for the Children’s Program at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. During her 17 years with the Foundation, she created and implemented a 10-year $50 million grant making program entitled Community Partnerships for Protecting Children. The Community Partnerships approach pioneered public/private efforts focused on preventing and reducing child maltreatment through reforming the child welfare system and the building of family support networks. Earlier, Ms. Notkin directed the Foundation’s Program for Homeless Families.
Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Notkin designed the New York City Child Protective Services Training Academy for the City’s child welfare agency. During the early 1980s, she held positions in the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services, where she represented the rights of clients residing in mental health institutions, and directed the state’s domestic violence, child abuse prevention, child protection and early care and education policy and program agendas.
In 2001, Ms. Notkin was the recipient of the LEAD! Award from Women and Philanthropy for her “contributions on behalf of girls and women in this country and for work in child welfare and domestic violence.” She is currently on the board of the Institute for Community Peace and Foster America.
Ms. Notkin holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin.
Hunter Philbrick, Hellman & Friedman
Hunter Philbrick is a Managing Director at Hellman & Friedman. He joined the firm in 2003 and focuses on the healthcare and insurance sectors. Hunter is a Director of HUB, MultiPlan, and Pharmaceutical Product Development and was formerly a Director of Change Healthcare (formerly Emdeon), GeoVera and Sedgwick and was active in the Firm’s investments in Grosvenor, Mitchell, and PARIS RE. Prior to H&F, Hunter worked in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring and General Industrial Departments of Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York. Mr. Philbrick graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Hunter formerly served on the Advisory Board for Minds Matter. He lives in Tribeca with his wife Clementine Drackett, daughter Delphine and son Hudson.
Kelly Stevens, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Kelly Stevens is the executive director of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a global law firm with over 3,000 personnel in 16 offices on four continents. She is responsible for the firm’s global operations, including finance, technology, business development, human resources, knowledge management, facilities and other direct legal support. Ms. Stevens is based in New York.
Ms. Stevens joined Cleary Gottlieb in 2011 from Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital where she was the chief operating officer for the investment bank’s Global Financial Institutions Group. Prior to that, she worked as chief administrative officer for Global Finance, a group Ms. Stevens was instrumental in creating and which brought together the firm’s equity, debt, leveraged finance and derivatives origination capabilities. Ms. Stevens was a passionate advocate of talent development and a leader in the firm’s award-winning diversity programs, serving as a key member of the Investment Bank Diversity Committee and co-chair of Lehman Employees of African Descent.
Ms. Stevens is a member of the Advisory Board for Fireside Research, a non-profit that collaborates with African journalists, academics and NGOs to offer innovative and cost-effective solutions to problems of policy analysis and project evaluation.
Ms. Stevens received an A.B. in Government from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Matthew Vierling, Gap Inc.
Matthew Vierling is the Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing and Product Development for Gap brand. As a member of the Global Leadership Team (GLT), Matt oversees Product Development, Technical Design, Research & Development, Sourcing, Production Strategy, and Quality for Gap’s omni-channel business.
In his 18 years associated with Gap Inc., he’s held a number of leadership roles across multiple brands including Banana Republic, Old Navy and Factory stores. Most recently, Matt’s been instrumental in developing the end-to-end Product to Market process and setting the product, speed and innovation strategies for the brand as a member of the Product Leadership Team.
A native New Yorker, Matt moved back to NYC after 20 years away. Living in Hong Kong leading strategic sourcing and supply chain roles for Gap Inc. and San Francisco before that.
Prior to Gap, Matt held roles at Target and Abercrombie & Fitch. Matt holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Alan P. Winters, Alan Winters Coaching
Alan Winters is the founder of his own executive coaching company, Alan Winters Coaching. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Principal of Kingdon Capital Management, LLC until 2016. In his 25-year association with the firm, he also worked as an Analyst, Portfolio Manager and as Chief Investment Officer. During an extended sabbatical from 1997-2002, he moved to Paris with his family and, upon his return, taught fifth grade for two years in a Bronx public school. In addition to his commitment to University Settlement and The Door, Mr. Winters is a trustee of the Winters Family Foundation. He has three daughters: Sloane, Haley and Rose.
M. David Zurndorfer, Proskauer Rose LLP
David Zurndorfer is a partner at the law firm of Proskauer, LLP, serving in the Labor & Employment Law Department since 1979. David is experienced in advising clients on a wide range of employment and labor law issues, including discrimination matters, administration of collective bargaining agreements, and the wage and hour laws. He has represented management in collective bargaining and in arbitrations, and in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining, and various other administrative agencies. David has represented some of the largest employers in the New York City metropolitan area. They include the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York City Transit Authority, the City of New York, Bristol-Myers Squibb, United Parcel Service, New York University, and Columbia University. He recently represented the City in fact-findings and arbitrations that determined the collective bargaining agreements of the City’s 80,000 teachers and 25,000 police officers. David has also represented the MTA and the Transit Authority in numerous important arbitrations and in proceedings to enjoin a threatened bus and subway strike. He received his undergraduate education at Penn State University (magna cum laude, B.A. in political science) and continued his education at Harvard Law School (cum laude, J.D.). He also serves as President of the Board at Broome Street Academy Charter High School.
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