Staff & Board
Marc N. DeBevoise, Advisor and Former Chief Digital Officer, ViacomCBS: President
Marc DeBevoise is the Advisor and Former Chief Digital Officer of ViacomCBS. As such, he was responsible for the company’s unified digital strategy, leading its technology and digital operations.
In these roles, DeBevoise is responsible for the company’s subscription, live and vertical ad-supported direct-to-consumer streaming services including CBS All Access, CBSN, CBS Sports HQ, ET Live, Noggin and BET+; it’s over 30 major branded internet properties, including those related to the CBS Television Network, the company’s portfolio of leading cable networks and CNET Media Group. He also oversees Viacom Digital Studios, responsible for the creation of original programming and branded content in support of the company’s brands across social platforms, as well as the company’s overall technology infrastructure and its partnerships with technology, digital video, and social platforms. DeBevoise’s team is also responsible for editorial content, original series and acquired programming across many of the company’s digital services. The combined company’s digital properties make ViacomCBS a leading multi-platform content company, the sixth-largest U.S. Internet company with over 200 million monthly users according to ComScore and the third largest social video company with over seven billion monthly views as measured by Tubular.
Since joining CBS Interactive in 2011, DeBevoise has been instrumental in the development and growth of CBS’s digital strategy, positioning the company as a leading multi-platform content company and leader in direct-to-consumer streaming. DeBevoise has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of CBS Interactive since 2016 leading the strategy and operations for all of CBS Interactive’s 25+ industry-leading brands. He has also been responsible for the company’s digital distribution strategies and original programming and editorial content across its digital properties.
DeBevoise previously held other executive roles at CBS Interactive, including EVP and GM of CBS Digital Media and SVP and GM of CBS Entertainment Digital. 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.
DeBevoise has been recognized as one of Ad Age’s “Media Mavens”, The Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital Power 50”, Cynopsis Media’s “Most Intriguing People” and as a B&C Technology Leadership Award recipient.
DeBevoise 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 is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a board member of Limelight Networks (NASDAQ: LLNW), a leading provider of edge cloud services, and the Board President of The Door, a non-profit organization providing youth development services.
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 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.
Sarah Marie Martin, Goldman Sachs: Board Development
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.
Hunter Philbrick, Hellman & Friedman: Treasurer
Hunter Philbrick is a Partner of 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.
He lives in Tribeca with his wife Clementine Drackett, daughter Delphine and son Hudson.
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.
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 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 (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 Executive MBA in finance. She currently serves as a Board Member at The Door – A Center of Alternatives, and splits her time between Austin, Texas and Quogue, New York with her partner, Laurence Pels, and their Labradoodle, Messier.
Benjamin Felt, The Invus Group
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.
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. Recently, Hollis has been instrumental in raising funds to establish a state-of-the-art emergency room on the East End of Long Island. Married with two daughters, she splits her time between Manhattan, East Hampton and Florida
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 two dogs.
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.
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.
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.
Interim Executive Director
Chief Operating Officer
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Managing Director, Individual Giving
Managing Director, Data and Business Operations
Managing Director, Facilities
Managing Director, Information Technology
Interim Managing Director, Human Resources
Managing Director, Marketing and Communications
Director, Foundation and Government Support
Senior Program Leaders:
Managing Director, Supportive Services
Alex Da Silva
Director, Supportive Housing
Director, College and Academic Services
Managing Director, Bronx Youth Center
Managing Director, Programming
Managing Director, Health Services
Director, Career Services
Managing Director, Legal Services Center
Director, Data Systems and Program Evaluation
* University Settlement Board Member