BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Anthony D. Schlesinger, Chair, is a retired partner from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's Corporate and Financial Services Department. Mr. Schlesinger is a member of the American College of Investment Counsel. He is a Director and the past Chairman of St. Ann’s Warehouse and a Trustee of New York Methodist Hospital. Mr. Schlesinger received his B.S. from Washington and Lee University and his LL.B. from Southern Methodist University School of Law.
William C. Silverman, Vice Chair, is a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, where he focuses on government investigations and white collar criminal matters, as well as general commercial litigation. He is also the head of their pro bono program in New York. Before joining the firm, Mr. Silverman served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he led criminal investigations, conducted trials and handled Second Circuit appeals. Prior to that, Mr. Silverman practiced at a national law firm and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Louis L. Stanton, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Silverman received his B.A. from Brown University and his J.D. from New York University.
Glenn R. Pollner, Esq., Treasurer, is a Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Mr. Pollner’s practice focuses on capital markets transactions, and on other corporate and securities law matters. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn in 2007, Mr. Pollner was a partner with Dewey Ballantine LLP. Mr. Pollner received his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law, and
received a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany.
Karen A. Greenstein, Esq., Secretary, is the Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs at Viacom International Inc. Previously, Ms. Greenstein was a Vice President of Legal Affairs at iVillage, a division of NBC Universal, Inc., where she was the senior lawyer responsible for advising the management team on a wide variety of corporate, regulatory and strategic issues. Prior to that, Ms. Greenstein was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of CNET Networks, Inc. and a corporate associate with Loeb & Loeb LLP in New York. Ms. Greenstein received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from New York University.
Leslie Abbey, Esq. is the Chief Program Officer at Lantern Community Services. Prior to that, Ms. Abbey was the Associate Commissioner of Evidence Based Practice and Programs in the Division of Policy, Planning and Measurement at the New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS). Ms. Abbey also previously served as the Executive Director of Youth Justice Programs at ACS where she oversaw several programs including the Juvenile Justice Initiative, as a Staff Attorney in the Juvenile Rights Division of The Legal Aid Society, and as a Staff Attorney at Lawyers Alliance for New York. She received her B.A. with Honors from Swarthmore College and her J.D. from New York University, where she served as associate editor of the Review of Law and Social Change.
Founding Member, September, 1996
Liberty Aldrich, Esq. is the General Counsel and Director of Domestic Violence and Family Court Programs at the Center for Court Innovation, where she works with courts and justice system stakeholders to improve responses to persistent social problems, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Aldrich was the Director of Legal Services at Safe Horizon. Ms. Aldrich is Chair of the Domestic Violence Task Force of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and has authored numerous articles on domestic violence law and policy. She received the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s annual Equal Access to Justice award in 2000. Ms. Aldrich received her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D from New York University.
Founding Member, September, 1996
Sara M. DiLeo is an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Ms. DiLeo concentrates her practice in general litigation matters and represents clients in complex securities, commercial and corporate governance matters pending in federal and state courts throughout the country. She previously served as a legal intern to the Honorable Barbara S. Jones, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Ms. DiLeo received her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from New York University in 2003 and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2008.
Frances J. DiSarro is a Principal of KPMG LLP and the Deputy General Counsel of the Office of General Counsel Practice Advisory Group where she advises the firm on a wide range of legal, corporate and regulatory matters. Prior to joining KPMG in 1989, Ms. DiSarro was an associate with Cahill Gordon & Reindel. Ms. DiSarro serves on the World’s End Theatre Board of Directors, and is a past Vice President of the Board of the Garrison Union Free School. She received her B.A. from Williams College and her J.D. from New York Law School.
Roy Haynes Jr. is Senior Vice President and Counsel to Citi Global Markets Inc. where he advises on regulatory issues and transactions involving the sale, purchase and custody of financial products. He is also co-head of Citi's pro bono efforts with the New York City Family Court Volunteer Attorney Program. Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Haynes practiced at a national law firm where he focused on general corporate matters. Mr. Haynes received his B.A. in History from the University at Albany SUNY and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Susan R. Kramer, an independent scholar, has taught medieval history and religion at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College and General Theological Seminary. She is a member of the Medieval Academy and of the American Historical Association. Dr. Kramer co-headed the Parents' Fund at Amherst College, her alma mater, for eight years. Formerly a tax associate at Debevoise and Plimpton, she has a J.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Stephen McGrath is currently a stay-at-home father. He had served as LIFT's Board Chair from 2005 to 2014. Previously, Mr. McGrath worked as an Investment Banker in the health care and technology industry sectors at Oscar Gruss & Son Incorporated, Mabon Securities Corp. and Oppenheimer and Co., Inc. In addition, he has worked in the investment advisory business as a Research Analyst at Woodward & Associates and a Partner at Emerald Advisors, Inc. Mr. McGrath received a B.A. from Columbia College.
Stephen P. Moore is a partner at KPMG LLP. He had served as LIFT's Board Treasurer from 2010 to 2014. Mr. Moore serves as a partner in the firm’s Risk Consulting Advisory practice, having served as a global lead partner, an audit partner, as well as an area risk management partner over his career with the firm. Mr. Moore, based in Miami, has previously served clients out of the firm’s Richmond, Philadelphia and Atlanta offices. He previously served as an executive committee member of the Hopewell Youth Association, on the boards of the Philadelphia Police Athletic League and University of Richmond Alumni Association, and on the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Moore, a Georgia and Florida CPA, earned a B.S. degree in Accounting with honors from the University of Richmond’s E. Claiborne Robins School of Business.
Thomas W. Ostrander is Chief Financial Officer with U.S. Paper Alliance. Before joining U.S. Paper Alliance, he was a Managing Director with GCA Savvian Advisors and a Managing Director at Banc of America Securities LLC. Prior to that, he was at Citigroup (and predecessors) for nearly 20 years, joining Salomon Brothers (which later became part of Citigroup) in 1989, after 13 years as a senior investment banker at Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he also sat on the firm's Board of Directors. He was on the Board of Directors of the Westmoreland Coal Company from 1995 until 2007, the Board of the National Down Syndrome Society from 1988 to 1995, and was the Board President of the Ballet Hispanico from 1998-2010. Mr. Ostrander has been active at the University of Michigan, where he has served on various advisory boards and committees. Mr. Ostrander received his A.B. in Economics from University of Michigan, and he earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Rebecca J. Simmons, Esq. is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Corporate and Finance Group and Financial Services Group. Ms. Simmons is the former chair of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and the former chair of the Committee on Futures Regulation of the New York State Bar Association. She has served as a member of the Committee on Futures Regulation and the Committee on Banking Law of the New York City Bar Association. In addition, she is a member of the board of the New York chapter of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce; Columbia Law School’s board of visitors; and the President’s Advisory Council of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Ms. Simmons received her A.B. from Harvard University and earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School.