Philanthropy New York Announces New Executive Committee

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

 A message from PNY President Ronna Brown, published originally in the New York PhilanthroPost Monthly April 2016 edition.

“These are the leaders helping New York’s philanthropic sector move forward.”

Philanthropy New York’s Board of Directors is one of the most highly engaged boards with which I have ever worked.  Not only do they show up (!) but they attend their quarterly board meetings well prepared and ready to explore complicated membership, policy and sector issues.

Each board member also serves in some other committee capacity.  Among our hard-working board members, those who serve on the Executive Committee dedicate the most time and effort in ensuring our organizational mission to support members’ work is always top priority. 

I am thrilled to announce the new slate of Executive Committee members who will be leading us forward:

Our outstanding Board Chair, Phillip Li, President and CEO of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
is continuing in his second year of a two year term as Chair, joined by four leaders:


Jay Beckner, President of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and 
Jane O’Connell, President of the Altman Foundation will serve as Vice-Chairs.  

Jay, on his second year as an Executive Committee member
also Co-Chaired the Annual Meeting Committee creating our very exciting May 10th event.  


Jane has been an invaluable contributor to PNY’s recent work by
Co-Chairing the Fund for 2025 Committee. 


Gerry Watson, Vice President for Finance & Operations at Rockefeller Brothers Fund
has been terrific as the Chair of PNY’s Audit Committee, so it is wonderful that she will now also serve on the Executive Committee as Treasurer. 

And, Kyung Yoon, Executive Director of the Korean American Community Foundation
has gotten to know the ins-and-outs  of our governance in her role as Co-Chair of our Governance and Nominating Committee, and will be stellar as the Executive Committee’s Secretary. 


While the entire membership will vote on a slate for the Board of Directors at Philanthropy New York’s May 10 Annual Meeting, the Board itself will decide on the Executive Committee. The slate above was affirmed at the most recent meeting of the PNY Board of Directors on March 15, 2016.

Because they have all been so deeply engaged in our work over the past several years, these new Executive Committee members know what they are getting themselves into!  We are very grateful that they will be dedicating their thoughtful leadership to PNY and working extra hard over the next year as we shape our next strategic plan and build on the Vision for 2025.   

If you run into Phil, Jay, Jane, Gerry or Kyung in the course of your day or at the Annual Meeting, I hope you will thank them for supporting the philanthropic community with their time and wisdom.   

Best regards,

Find More By