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Nancy Streim – Associate Vice President of Teachers College

Nancy Streim joined Teachers College in August 2007 as the Associate Vice President for School and Community Partnerships and has an appointment as Special Advisor to the Columbia University Provost. Streim's role is to coordinate the College's activities in NYC public schools and develop new and more intensive partnerships with the Department of Education, local communities and local schools. Dr. Streim came to Teachers College after nineteen years at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education where she most recently served as Associate Dean for Educational Practice. Dr. Streim's research interests include university-school collaboration and science education in urban schools. She recently completed a year long project for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in which she documented principles underlying successful university-assisted public schools across the U.S., and she has served as principal investigator for five major grant-funded projects that address the teaching and learning of math and science in elementary and middle grades.

Nancy Streim – Associate Vice President of Teachers College2019-05-03T10:52:09-04:00

Brian Simpson – Director of Communications & Strategy at Riverside Church

Since 2015, Brian Simpson has served in a variety of director-level communication and information technology roles at The Riverside Church in the City of New York, playing a key role in Riverside's branding efforts and new website launch. He came to Riverside from Arizona, where he served as director of communications at the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB). Brian spearheaded all marketing, public relations, and outreach efforts on behalf of AAFB, which provides public policy advocacy and logistics services to five member food banks and their network of 1,200 partner agencies in all fifteen Arizona counties. Brian received his MBA from Ottawa University, where he also worked as a Marketing Manager, and he graduated with a BA in Communication from the University of Arizona.

Brian Simpson – Director of Communications & Strategy at Riverside Church2019-05-03T10:52:12-04:00

Virginia Ryan – Assistant General Counsel at Barnard College

Virginia Ryan has worked in the Barnard College's Office of the General Counsel since June 2014. Prior to that, she practiced at Fordham Law School for 6 years doing Public Finance transactions. She switched her focus to Higher Education Law and worked at Fordham University Office of the General Counsel and then at Columbia University in an administrative role. She works closely with the offices of the Dean of the College, Dean of Studies, Residential Life, Disability Services, and also on faculty matters. Virginia has lived in NYC's Upper West Side for 24 years and has maintained a longstanding personal connection to the Morningside Heights neighborhood. Two of her children attended the Riverside Church Weekday School and one attended the Barnard College Toddler Program, and Ryan herself attended Barnard College before going on to Fordam Law School. She very much enjoys the Morningside Heights community and looks forward to the opportunity to work with the Morningside [...]

Virginia Ryan – Assistant General Counsel at Barnard College2019-05-03T10:52:05-04:00

Victoria Mason-Ailey – Associate Vice President for Planning and Community Affairs at Columbia University

As Associate Vice President for Planning and Community Affairs , Victoria Mason-Ailey is responsible for interfacing with area residents and stakeholders on matters of urban planning, land use, and community affairs. Victoria is the liaison to civic groups that include the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Morningside Area Alliance, and the 125th Street Business Improvement District. She also responds to matters that arise at the Department of City Planning, the Department of Transportation, the Parks Department, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Victoria has a B.A. from Brown University and a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation.

Victoria Mason-Ailey – Associate Vice President for Planning and Community Affairs at Columbia University2019-05-03T10:52:05-04:00

Lawrence Palfini – Vice President of Facilities Management and Site Operations at International House

Lawrence M. Palfini is the Vice President Facilities and Site Operations of International House. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the capital improvement plan and facilities management requirements for International House’s non-profit educational residential community of over 700 students, scholars and interns from over 100 countries around the globe. The Morningside Heights campus consists of over 350,000 square feet of both dormitory and apartments as well as a full service cafeteria, auditorium, gymnasium, fitness center, various study centers, meeting entertainment, parking garage, and administrative office support spaces. Lawrence leads and guides a team of approximately 50 maintenance and housekeeping professionals which support the mission of International House. Prior to joining International House, he worked for the iconic jewelry brand Tiffany and Company for 25 years as a Vice President of Global Real Estate and Facilities Management responsible for design, construction and property management.

Lawrence Palfini – Vice President of Facilities Management and Site Operations at International House2019-05-03T10:52:05-04:00

Rev. Dr. Amy Butler – Senior Minister of The Riverside Church

The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler is the seventh Senior Minister and first woman to serve at the helm of the Riverside Church. She holds degrees from Baylor University, the International Baptist Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Pastor Amy’s professional ministry career began as the director of a homeless shelter for women in New Orleans, Louisiana; she later became Associate Pastor of Membership and Mission at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in the city of New Orleans. In 2003, Butler was called to the position of Senior Minister of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown, where she was also the first woman to lead that historic congregation. After 11 years in Washington, D.C., the congregation of The Riverside Church voted to call Pastor Amy to the Senior Minister position. Pastor Amy is also an avid reader and loves to write, recently completing her first memoir which will be published by Penguin Random House Books in [...]

Rev. Dr. Amy Butler – Senior Minister of The Riverside Church2019-05-03T10:52:06-04:00

Phoebe Arnold – Project Coordinator for Planning & Community Affairs at Columbia University

A proud Harlem native, Phoebe-Sade Arnold is a Project Coordinator for Planning & Community Affairs. Phoebe's responsibilities include project tracking, constituency outreach, and oversight of special projects and programs that relate to matters of urban planning, land use, and community affairs. Working in conjunction with the Associate Vice President of Planning and Community Affairs, Phoebe attends Community Board meetings, public and private forums, and other community oriented events on behalf of the University. Phoebe’s portfolio also includes managing the University’s portion of the West Harlem Development Corporation in-kind space process. Phoebe received her Bachelors in Political Science from the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, and her Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College.

Phoebe Arnold – Project Coordinator for Planning & Community Affairs at Columbia University2019-05-03T10:52:06-04:00

Paula Mayo – President and Executive Director of The Interchurch Center

Paula Mayo is the President and Executive Director of The Interchurch Center, a position she has held since 2008. Ms. Mayo has over thirty years’ experience in the non-profit sector as a senior executive professional. Ms. Mayo has held prominent positions at United Way of New York City and South Street Seaport Museum, where she served as Executive Director for the last five years of her seventeen-year tenure. She has also held positions at Lincoln Center and the 92nd Street YM-YWHA. She holds degrees from Hunter College, and certifications in fundraising and real estate and property management from New York University. Ms. Mayo is a board member of The New York Women’s Agenda and National Executive Service Core Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Salvation Army, East Harlem Citadel Corps.

Paula Mayo – President and Executive Director of The Interchurch Center2019-05-03T10:52:06-04:00

Matthew J. Camp – Director of Government Relations at Teachers College

Matthew Camp is a government relations expert with 15 years of experience in politics, public policy, and advocacy and is currently the Director of Government Relations for Teachers College, Columbia University, where he cultivates relationships with government officials, develops innovative education programs, and secures funding for the College. He is also completing a Ph.D. in Politics & Education at Columbia University. In the past, Camp has taught political science at Columbia University, political advocacy at Teachers College, and SAT, ESL, GED/TASC courses though organizations including New York Cares, the New York Public Library, and Columbia Community Impact. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from Rutgers University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware with a double major in political science and psychology. Camp currently serves on boards of Community District 9 in Manhattan and Good Shepherd Services Springboard, and he volunteers with Broadway Community Church and Team Rubicon.

Matthew J. Camp – Director of Government Relations at Teachers College2019-05-03T10:52:06-04:00

Marian Scott – Director of Community Health Education at Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital

Driven by a strong work ethic impressed upon her by her parents and grandparents, Marian Scott earned her bachelor’s in Human Resource Management from the New School in 1993 and has since dedicated her career to giving back to the community. Her belief that everyone has a right to health care – regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, education, religion, sexual orientation, or disability – fueled her efforts working with community leaders and local organizations to coordinate life-saving health screenings in New York City’s most underserved communities. As a devoted mentor, volunteer, and community advocate, Marian values respect for and acknowledgment of differences and feels that an organization thrives when inclusion is reflected in its culture and practices, and she brings these values and passion into her work as Director of Community Health Education at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West.

Marian Scott – Director of Community Health Education at Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital2019-05-03T10:52:06-04:00

Marc Gary – Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer of Jewish Theological Seminary

As executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of JTS, Marc Gary is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the institution. As a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, Gary participates in the establishment of strategy and overall direction for JTS. He is a member of the JTS Board of Trustees and also represents JTS on various other boards and commissions. Prior to JTS, Gary had a distinguished career in the law, serving as executive vice president and general counsel of Fidelity Investments and as executive vice president and general counsel of BellSouth Corporation. Gary currently serves on the boards of the Neuberger Berman Mutual Funds, Counsel-on-Call, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He is also an elected member of the American Law Institute. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and Georgetown University Law Center. Among his awards, Gary received the first Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall Award, presented by the American Constitution Society [...]

Marc Gary – Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer of Jewish Theological Seminary2019-05-03T10:52:07-04:00

Loftin Flowers – Associate Vice President for Government Relations at Columbia University

Loftin Flowers is the Associate Vice President for Government Relations and leads the University’s engagement and advocacy efforts with federal, state and city government. Loftin holds a B.A. in History from Haverford College and an M.P.A. from Columbia University. Prior to his role at Columbia, Loftin worked in Washington, DC at the national offices of the Children's Defense Fund, the Democratic National Committee, and John Kerry’s 2004 campaign for President.

Loftin Flowers – Associate Vice President for Government Relations at Columbia University2019-05-03T10:52:07-04:00

Elise Dowell – Vice Chancellor for Communications and External Affairs at Jewish Theological Seminary

As JTS's vice chancellor for communications and external affairs, Elise Dowell guides the institution’s strategic communications, oversees external relations, and serves as an ambassador for JTS to the public. Elise, who joined JTS in 2002, was named chief communications officer in 2008. She has implemented a major rebranding initiative, enhanced JTS’s digital presence, and upgraded the recruitment marketing program. The work of the communications department has been recognized as the recipient of two Emmy Awards (Eternal Light: A Historical Retrospective and And the Gates Opened: Women in the Rabbinate). Prior to her role at JTS, Elise held positions in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors, including the Environmental Defense Fund and APL Digital, an Interpublic Group agency. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from Emory University.

Elise Dowell – Vice Chancellor for Communications and External Affairs at Jewish Theological Seminary2019-05-03T10:52:07-04:00

Serene Jones – President of the Union Theological Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th President of the Union Theological Seminary. The first woman to head the 182-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Religion, which annually hosts the world’s largest gathering of scholars of religion. Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and Chair of the University’s Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of several books including Trauma and Grace, and, most recently, her upcoming memoir Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World.  Jones holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Yale Divinity School, and Yale University.

Serene Jones – President of the Union Theological Seminary2019-05-03T10:52:07-04:00

Virginia Connor – Head of School at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s

Appointed in 1993, Virginia Connor is the longest serving female head of an ongoing school in New York City through her role as Head of School at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's. Virginia has taught every elementary grade and has been a director of lower school, a director of middle school, an admission officer, and a director of curriculum development. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education from Wheelock College and her Master's from Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees of The Brearley School, the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), and the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).

Virginia Connor – Head of School at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s2019-05-03T10:52:07-04:00
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