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Staff & Board

Board of Directors

OFFICERS

Marc N. DeBevoise, Argus Capital Corp: President

Marc DeBevoise has served on The Door’s Board for over a dozen years and as its Board President for over a decade.

DeBevoise is an accomplished leader with wide-ranging experience in the direct-to-consumer, media and technology industries. He is currently Vice Chair & President of Argus Capital Corp, a special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC) focused on the broader tech-driven media landscape and an Executive-in-Residence at Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), the venture capital fund of this major, global media company. Additionally, DeBevoise serves on the board of Limelight Networks (NASDAQ: LLNW), a leading provider of edge cloud, CDN and security computing services and on the Advisory Board of Antenna Group, a privately-owned international technology, media and entertainment company with a leading presence in Central and Eastern Europe.

DeBevoise spent nearly a decade with CBS and ViacomCBS, leading the company through the mobile, social and streaming revolutions to become a major player in direct-to-consumer streaming and a top 10 U.S. Internet company. Most recently he served as CEO of ViacomCBS Digital and Chief Digital Officer of ViacomCBS, leading the rapidly growing, multi-billion-dollar-revenue digital and streaming businesses of ViacomCBS and prior to that served as President & COO, CBS Interactive, overseeing the digital strategy and operations for all 25+ of the company’s industry-leading brands including the digital businesses of the CBS Television Network and CNET Media Group.

Earlier in his career he was the SVP of Digital Media, Business Development and Strategy for premium subscription service Starz, held various roles in both Digital Media and Business Development at NBC Universal, and was in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at JPMorgan (originally Hambrecht & Quist).

DeBevoise received his M.B.A. with distinction in Entertainment, Media & Technology and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business (where he is now an Adjunct Professor of Digital Strategy) and his B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Tufts University.

Benjamin Felt, The Invus Group: Treasurer

Ben is a Managing Director of The Invus Group, a leading global investment firm, where he actively manages growth equity investments across industries and sits on the boards of several private companies in which Invus has invested. Previously, Ben was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked with clients in the consumer products, industrial goods, and financial services industries, in addition to pro bono projects in the education non-profit sector. Ben graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.

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.

Since 2018 Monica has been the president of Fundacion Colibrí, a grant making foundation that invests in the people of Puerto Rico to spark transformation through informed engagement and local action.

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.

Lou Leone, Leadinary: VP, Development

Lou Leone has 30+ years of experience as an entrepreneur and management consultant across multiple industries including government, healthcare, automotive, real estate, and insurance. Lou’s expertise focuses on technology-based solutions, including enterprise resource management (ERM), financial and expert systems. 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.

In addition to his involvement with The Door, Lou is on the Engineering and Computer Science Board of Syracuse University. He was Former National Chairman of the Emory University Leadership Board and former Chair of the UJA Technology Board. Lou lives in Southampton, NY with his wife Deborah and has two adult children, Mark and Jessica who live in Williamsburg, NY. Lou joined the Door Board in 2015.

Sarah Marie Martin, Yumi: Board Development

Sarah Marie Martin is the Chief Financial Officer of Yumi. She became Yumi’s inaugural CFO in 2021 after a 25-year career in investment banking. For the five years prior to joining Yumi, Sarah Marie was a Partner in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. She was responsible for covering some of the Firm’s most important and complex alternative asset management and private equity clients. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Sarah-Marie worked at Credit Suisse for 20 years, where she served as the co-head of the Americas Financial Sponsors Group. In the earlier days of her career, 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 at the Jersey Shore. Two of their children, Eyerusalem and Martin Ashenafi (“Ash”) were adopted from Ethiopia. Jamie and Quinn are biological sons, and Skylar was adopted domestically. They have a giant bernedoodle named Washington. 

Sarah Marie is on the Board of Directors of The Door, an organization that empowers disconnected youth in New York City. She is passionate about attracting and retaining more diverse professionals in financial and business roles. 

Clayton Pope, Austin Pearce: Secretary

Clayton Pope is the founder and principal of Austin Pearce, a privately-owned investment entity focused on global debt and equity securities, real estate investment, and early-stage venture financing. Prior to establishing Austin Pearce in 2018, Mr. Pope worked for 16 years in investment banking, most recently as Managing Director for the Emerging Markets Debt Syndicate Group at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, based in New York. At Credit Suisse he was responsible for overseeing the primary structuring, distribution, and pricing of all international bond issuance out of Latin America into the global markets. Clayton joined Credit Suisse from HSBC Securities (USA) Inc, where he served in a variety of roles across the Emerging and US corporate investment grade debt markets. He received his BA in Economics from McGill University in Montreal and is a CFA Charterholder. Mr. Pope resides in TriBeCa with his wife and two sons. He is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada.

DIRECTORS

Maya Browne

Maya Browne is an award-winning journalist, feature film producer and author. 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, including “Ray,” starring Jamie Foxx, “Skeleton Key,” starring Peter Sarsgaard, Kate Hudson and John Hurt, and “American Fork”, 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), an honor she shared 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.

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 Executive MBA in finance. She currently serves as a Board Member at The Door – A Center of Alternatives, hosts a Podcast called “Stories from the Brink” and splits her time between Austin, Texas and Quogue, New York with her partner, Laurence Pels, and their Labradoodle, Messier.

 

Blake Devillier, Old Navy

Blake Devillier is the Vice President of Stores for Old Navy, where he leads stores in the East and in Canada—a total of 487 stores and thousands of team members. He’s held several leadership roles for Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic over his 27-year career with Gap Inc. and he and his team have received numerous awards, including the Magic Award for Territory of the Year for the last two years.

Blake is committed to inclusivity and has supported the Pride at Gap Inc. Equality and Belonging group as an Executive Sponsor. He mentors the group’s Field Ambassador Chairs and partners with them to create community and connectivity for all Gap Inc. employees. In 2021, he became a trustee for the Gap Inc. Foundation and also joined the board of The Door.

Originally from Louisiana, Blake graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and went on to earn his MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He currently lives in New York City and his husband, Jerad, lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they own JF Gardemal Designs, an interior design business.

Hollis Forbes

A New Yorker for over 30 years, Hollis Forbes has extensive experience in both retail and community organizations. Hailing from St. Louis, she spent over 25 years as an executive at various retailers, most notably the Gap and Federated Department Stores. In addition to her career, Hollis has served on several boards, including the Children’s Museum of the East End and The Donaldson Adoption Institute where she served as Treasurer and Vice President. Further, Forbes served as President of both the East Hampton Historical Society and the Garden Club of East Hampton. Currently, Hollis is raising funds (Er lingo) and working with The East End Fund for Children.

Court Golumbic, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Court is global head of Financial Crime Compliance, responsible for administering the firm’s anti-money laundering, antibribery and government sanctions compliance programs. Previously, he oversaw Compliance for the global Prime Brokerage and Clearing businesses from 2005 to 2007. Prior to that, Court served as co-head of Compliance for Operations, Technology, Finance, Human Capital Management and Services from 2010 to 2012. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 as a managing director and was named partner in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Court was a senior managing director and global anti-money laundering compliance officer for Bear Stearns & Co. He previously served as an assistant US attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted securities fraud, money laundering and other white-collar crimes. Prior to serving as a federal prosecutor, Court was senior advisor to the undersecretary for enforcement at the US Treasury Department, where he specialized in financial crime policy. Earlier in his career, he was an associate at Richardson, Berlin & Morvillo, specializing in securities fraud litigation and SEC investigations, and a litigation associate with Jones Day. Court is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, where he lectures on white collar crime. Court earned a BA, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University, and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the Virginia Law Review and Virginia Journal of International Law.

Leslie Gruss, MD, Downtown Women Ob-GYN Associates, LLP

Dr. Leslie Gruss is a founding partner of Downtown Women OB/GYN and has been practicing gynecology since 1990. Leslie received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She completed her residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Leslie administers a family foundation and has had a lifelong commitment to education and helping people out of poverty. Leslie volunteered in the medical center of The Door while in college. She sent two young men who spent their early years in public housing before moving in with Leslie to The Door for GED and SAT prep. Two of Leslie’s sons worked at the Door more recently and Leslie currently tutors math at The Door. Leslie has lived in the East Village for many years and her children attended public school there. She lives with her husband, Michael Kramer, a long-term community board member active in downtown issues.

Bethany Menzies, The Ready Foundation

As founder of The Ready Foundation (“Ready”), Bethany is a hands-on philanthropist in support of at-risk and underserved members of the community across New York City.  Ready’s mission and resources are devoted to non-profits within the five boroughs doing remarkable work with youth development, workforce and economic development and social justice.  Through Ready, Bethany provides direct funding, strategic advisory and board service.  Her experience is drawn from over two decades in the private sector and more than a decade with non-profits.  She and her husband and Ready co-founder have become advocates for the role of strong mentors and coaches in helping to build successful careers; hard work, formal education, and even luck often prove to be insufficient without leadership and role models.  This perspective guides much of the work of Ready.  Bethany is currently serving in board governance and strategic advisory roles with non-profits including The Door, Gibney and StreetWise Partners. Prior to Ready, she served in executive sales, marketing, and business development leadership roles with global consulting firms including Gartner and Deloitte, “Fortune 500” corporations including The Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters), and two venture backed start-ups.   Bethany earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, and an Executive Development Program Sponsored Certificate from Columbia Business School.  Bethany joined the board of The Door in 2014, and lives in downtown Manhattan with her husband and three dogs.

Susan Notkin, Center for the Study of Social Policy

Ms. Notkin is Executive Vice President at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and oversees the organization’s programmatic directions. In this capacity she advances CSSP’s role in promoting progressive systems and policies that support children, youth and families receiving the help they need within their own communities, and ensuring that public systems support safety, healing, well-being and permanent connections for those families who are experiencing state interventions. Ms. Notkin is leading CSSP’s Youth Thrive, a multi-year national initiative, working to promote the healthy well-being and development for all youth, with a particular focus on youth in child welfare, juvenile justice and homeless systems.

Prior to joining CSSP, Ms. Notkin was the Director for the Children’s Program at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation where she created and implemented a 10-year $50 million grant making program entitled Community Partnerships for Protecting Children. 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 1980s, she held positions in the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services, representing the rights of clients residing in mental health institutions and directing the state’s agenda in child abuse prevention, child protection, early care and education and domestic violence.

Ms. Notkin is a member of the board of directors of The Door and Foster America.

David Shapiro, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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. David serves on the Board of the Jewish Museum, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and University Settlement.

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.

M. David Zurndorfer, Proskauer Rose LLP

David Zurndorfer is a partner at the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP. He is the President of the Board of Broome Street Academy and has served in that position since BSA was first chartered in 2011. He is also a member of the Board of the New York City Board of Collective Bargaining.


HONORARY BOARD

James Kagen
Jim Friedlich

STAFF

Kelsey Louie
Chief Executive Officer

 

Peter Gee
Interim Executive Director

Rachel Levine
Chief Operating Officer

Sanjay Dutt
Interim Chief Financial Officer

 

Administrative Leadership:

Barbara Clapp
Managing Director, Individual Giving

Virginia Dotson 
Managing Director, Data and Business Operations

Perry Guilianti
Managing Director, Facilities

Juan Gonzalez
Managing Director, Information Technology 

Michelle Greene
Interim Managing Director, Human Resources

Gabriella Sperduto
Director, Foundation and Government Support

 

Senior Program Leaders:

Reed Christian
Managing Director, Supportive Services

Holly Harrison
Director, College and Academic Services

Elizabeth Hoagland
Managing Director, Bronx Youth Center

Bailey Huguley
Managing Director, Programming

Sergio Leon
Director of Health Programs

Renee McConey
Managing Director, Health Services

Reshard Riggins
Director, Career Services

Kaavya Viswanathan
Managing Director, Legal Services Center

Claire Wiley
Director, Data Systems and Program Evaluation

 

* University Settlement Board Member