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VIDEO: Nonprofit Board Best Practices – Lessons From the 2020 BoardAssist Board Summit

Did you miss BoardAssist’s Annual Nonprofit Governance Summit – a meeting of some of New York’s most prominent nonprofit and corporate board members coming together to discuss nonprofit governance best practices?  Catch it now on VIDEO.

Participating panelists included private and public sector industry leaders who are current trustees of distinguished boards such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Landmarks Conservancy, New York City Ballet, Environmental Defense Fund, The Buckley School, Philanthropy New York, and Girls Scouts of the USA, among other boards. From social justice and the arts to education and environmental boards, a wide cross-section of major nonprofit interest areas were represented.

The Summit was an important first step for many seeking to forge new friendships across the New York nonprofit community.  Making connections between amazing people and terrific nonprofit boards has always been the primary mission of BoardAssist.  Creating new dialogues between our board placements and other high impact nonprofit board trustees makes the whole New York nonprofit community stronger.

The Summit was a wonderful opportunity for those already sitting on nonprofit boards to learn from other influential board members, as well as a unique way for those considering nonprofit board service to learn more from some of New York’s most impactful board members.





Name/TitleHistoric/Current Board Affiliations
Justin Abelow

Houlihan Lokey:  Managing Director and Management Committee Member

Buckley School (Board Chair), New York Landmarks Conservancy


Aly Alibhai

Citi:  Managing Director, M&A

Education through Music (Vice Chair)
Anish Batlaw

General Atlantic:  Operating Partner

Avon Products, TPG Wholesale Private Limited, Alinta Holdings
Debjani Bagchi

Deutsche Bank:  Managing Director, Private Wealth Management

Read Alliance
Jeanne Kwong Bickford

BCG:  Managing Director & Senior Partner; Managing Partner of NY Office

Girl Scouts of the USA
Carlton Charles

Hearst:  Vice President/Treasurer





Deborah Farrington

StarVest Partners:  Co-Founder and Managing Partner


Smith College, HBS Club of New York, American Friends of the V&A, NCR, Collectors Universe

Kirsten Feldman

Morgan Stanley: Former Head/Retail


Asphalt Green, Environmental Defense Fund Richard Ivey School of Business
Nicole Howe-Buggs

Carnegie Corporation:  Corporate Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer

Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Philanthropy New York

Jose Ramon Gonzalez

CNA Insurance:  Executive Vice President and General Counsel


ProjectExplorer (Board Chair)
Jonathan Knee

Columbia Business School: Professor Professional Practice; Evercore Partners:  Senior Advisor; Author

National Women’s Law Center, New Alternatives for Children, Citizens Committee for Children of NY, Arts Connection, Yale Law School Fund
Jennifer Nason

JP Morgan:  Global Chairman, Investment Banking

American Australian Association, Quibi
Jeffrey Peek

BofA:  Executive Vice Chairman/Global Corporate and Investment Banking

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Ballet, Brearley School, Teachers College,  Freddie Mac,  Travelers Companies
Mindy Posoff

Golden Seeds:  Managing Director


100 Women in Finance, E*Trade Asset Management, E*Trade Advisory and EAdvisor, HighMark Mutual Funds, Ben Franklin Technology Partners


Jennifer Raab

Hunter College: President

ExpandED Schools, United Way, Compuware
Gautam Ranji

ViacomCBS: Former EVP, Strategic Planning and Business Development

Breakthrough New York (Board Chair)
Luke Sarsfield

Goldman Sachs Asset Management Client Business:  Partner and Global Head

Literacy Inc. (Board Chair), Safe Horizons, The Montclair Kimberley Academy



4:00 – 4:45 pm       First panel

4:45 – 5:30 pm       Second panel

5:30 – 6:15 pm        Third panel

6:15 – 6:30 pm        Q&A