The JCP Board is made up of downtown community members who contribute time, energy, and resources to helping build a vibrant and diverse downtown community. Read our board member bios
Victoria PL Feder*, Founder and Advisory Council Chair
**Parents’ Association President
***Hebrew School Parents Vaad President
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Adi Beltzman is a Sales and Customer Service Operations Executive who most recently served as Head of Commercial Operations for Bloomberg Law. Prior to her tenure at Bloomberg, Adi held positions in Marketing at American Express and as a Publicist at a boutique PR firm where she represented television and film actors. Adi is also currently on the Board of Directors of KiDS of NYU Langone, raising awareness and funding to enhance clinical and supportive care for children and their families throughout NYU Medical Center. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Communications from Northwestern University and a J.D. from New York Law School. Born in Israel and bred in Georgia, Adi has been a Tribeca resident since 2004, where she continues to reside with her husband Daniel and their two children.
Vanessa Benjamin graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. A born and raised New Yorker, she spent several years working in marketing and strategic planning roles in San Francisco, New York City, and London, before returning to Manhattan in 2009 to raise her family. Currently a full-time mom, Vanessa is a member of both the Leadership Circle and Special Gifts Committee at Stanford University and serves as secretary for the Tung Family Foundation. She is a former marathon coach for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program and loves going for long runs along the Hudson River…although it is a somewhat different experience with a double-stroller in the mix! Vanessa lives in North Battery Park City with her husband and two children.
Scott Berrie is an Emmy Award winning producer for “The Loving Story,” a documentary on the watershed civil rights case Loving v. Virginia released by HBO. He is the CEO and founder of Impulse Creative Productions, LLC and serves as Vice President of the Russell Berrie Foundation which makes social investments in innovative ideas that promote a rich Jewish communal life; supports medical advances in diabetes and humanism in medicine; and fosters religious understanding and pluralism. Scott’s currently developing “Jerusalem, I Love You,” a feature length, narrative film along the same format as films widely acclaimed “Paris, Je t’aime” and “New York, I Love You.” Before founding Impulse, Scott was the co-founder and CEO of VisionSpring, a three-time winner of Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award for reducing poverty and economic advancement in the developing world through the sale of affordable eyeglasses. Berrie was given the first NYU Stern Stewart Satter Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2007, Scojo New York joined the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Scott is a trustee with the the Jewish Community Project Downtown, the American Society for Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, American Friends of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and Jerusalem Foundation. He’s a graduate of Colorado University, Columbia University Graduate School of International and Public Affairs with a certificate in Middle East Studies where he was a SIPA International Affairs Fellow and New York University Graduate School of Business Administration. Scott served as a Combat Engineer in the Israel Defense Forces from 1989-1990 and has lived in Tribeca since 1995 with his wife, Patricia Willens, and their three children.
Daniel Elias is an award winning Producer and Director. In 1995 he co-founded Hybrid Films where he pursues a passion for storytelling, larger than life characters and in-the-moment real-life drama. He has created and produced over 500 episodes of powerful, dramatic and humorous television – from the groundbreaking series that pioneered character-driven docu-soap, like Brooklyn North Homicide and Family Plots, to long running hits like Dog the Bounty Hunter and Parking Wars. He has also produced and directed several feature length award winning documentaries on topics ranging from Hostage Negotiation to the arms industry, the environment, and human rights abuses. Daniel grew up in England and studied law at Cambridge University before moving to NYC and graduating from the Film and TV program at NYU, where he now also teaches. He lives in Tribeca with his family.
Brian Friedman is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Brevan Howard Investment Management. Prior to joining Brevan Howard, he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in their Interest Rate Product group in charge of Hedge Fund Sales, and received a BS in Finance from Indiana University. Brian serves on the board of directors for Advocates for Children, which provides free legal and advocacy services to students with disabilities and from low income backgrounds, to promote access to the best education and services that New York can provide. He lives in Tribeca with his wife Dori and daughters Samantha and Danielle.
Dori Friedman received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Language Studies from Indiana University. She spent nine years at The Advertising Council, a national non-profit organization. As Director of Special Events for the Ad Council, Dori was responsible for coordinating and running all of the organization’s events including their Annual Benefit that raised over $2,000,000. Dori is now a full-time mother and lives in Tribeca with her husband and two daughters, Samantha and Danielle.
Kerry Golden holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law. She spent numerous years practicing commercial real estate and financial restructuring law and ultimately joined the legal recruiting industry. Prior to attending law school, Kerry was a member of Teach for America, where she taught high school special education students in New Orleans. Kerry lives in Soho with her husband and daughter, who is a graduate of the ECC and attends HSP.
Melissa Goldsmith is the Director of Sales at Electronifie, a financial technology company that is building an electronic marketplace for corporate bond trading for institutional investors. Prior to her tenure at Electronifie, she spent 20 years on Wall Street at Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan selling fixed income and macro products. Melissa graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics and a Business Institutions Certificate, and received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. After graduating from undergrad, she lived in London for a stint before moving to New York City. She lives in Tribeca with her husband, their three kids, and their cat Plexus.
Laurie Slosberg Kaminsky is an attorney in private practice in Tribeca. After growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, she graduated from Tufts University with a degree in International Relations and earned her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. Laurie is a member of the State Bar of New York and that of California. She is a member of the 2009 Gala Host Committee for LIFT, an organization dedicated to providing information and support, as well as access to justice and neighborhood-based resources, for families and individuals involved in New York City Family Court. Prior to starting her own law practice, Laurie clerked for the Honorable Geraldine Mund of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California and worked as an associate in large law firms in Los Angeles and New York City. A resident of Tribeca since 2003, Laurie lives with her three true loves, her husband Howard and their children, Isabelle and Oliver.
Cindy Leibovitch was a former Vice President of Marketing at Clinton Group, a New York based hedge fund. Prior to her 20-year career on Wall Street, Cindy graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Finance. She is the co-founder of the Alisha C. Levin Memorial Fund, a family foundation which awards acadamic scholarships to exceptional high school students from her alma mater in Philadelphia. She is a founding member of Lincoln Center Kids, a new program at Lincoln Center making the arts accessible to children and their families and sits on their Steering Committee Executive Board. Cindy lives in the West Village with her husband Richard, their son Andrew and the newest member of the Leibovitch family, their pug Lily.
Kellie Lerner is a partner in the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group of Robins Kaplan L.L.P. where she litigates “bet the company” litigation on behalf of businesses and publicly traded corporations. Ms. Lerner co-founded Roseann’s Gift, an organization named for her late mother and dedicated to raising research funding to cure lung cancer. The organization is currently funding lung cancer research at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is a member of the Tri-State Area Advisory Board of Jumpstart, which works to provide equal access to education for preschool children in low-income communities. She also provides pro bono assistance to KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) and has previously provided assistance to AARP and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law. She lives in lower Manhattan where she is entirely outnumbered by her husband, Jeff, and her three sons, Roman, Otis and Quinn.
Jonathan Lewinsohn is a Partner at Centerbridge Partners, LP, an investment manager focused on distressed and stressed credit, special situations, and private equity. Prior to joining Centerbridge, Mr. Lewinsohn was Head of Research and a member of the Investment Committee at Anchorage Capital Group. He was previously a law clerk to Judge Richard A. Posner of the US Court of Appeals and began his career at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Lewinsohn received his JD from Yale Law School and his BA, summa cum laude, from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Economic Club of New York, and serves on the board of Families for Excellent Schools. He lives in Tribeca with his wife Elizabeth and their children Gabriel and Clara.
Elizabeth Rosenberg is an attorney at Labaton Sucharow LLP where she practices securities litigation. Liz studied Psychology at the University of Michigan and received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. She has lived in downtown Manhattan since 2001 and has been involved with JCP since 2008. She currently lives in TriBeCa with her husband Adam and their three children, Zara, Luca, and Ayla.
Jeff Ross is a partner and chair of the Executive Compensation & ERISA department at Fried Frank. For over 15 years, he has counseled clients on ERISA fiduciary matters and assisted clients with the executive compensation aspects of merger and acquisition transactions. More generally, Jeff has worked with several clients on a broad variety of employee benefits and compensation matters, including the negotiation of employment, non-competition and severance agreements, as well as equity-based compensation arrangements. He received his JD from New York University School of Law in 2001, where he was an Associate Casebook Editor of the law school’s Moot Court Casebook, and received his BA, cum laude, with honors in Latin Literature, from Yale University in 1998. He has called Tribeca home for nearly 10 years and enjoys exploring the neighborhood with his wife Solange and his three children Gabriel, Naomi and Billie.
Evan Roth, Co-President of the Board, is a Managing Partner of BBR Partners, co-running the firm, and a Director of Portfolio and Wealth Advisory. He is a member of BBR’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee. He co-founded the firm in 2000 and works with clients to develop an overall financial strategy, managing their investments and executing their wealth management plans. Evan’s focus is working with multigenerational families and individuals who have newly-created wealth to define and translate their values into a comprehensive, sophisticated investment program. Prior to founding BBR, Evan served as the Director of Private Accounts for Global Asset Management (GAM), where he developed and grew the firm’s U.S. high-net-worth business and developed sophisticated investment strategies for his clients. Prior to GAM, Evan was in Goldman Sachs’ Asset Management Division. Evan graduated with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School and holds an additional degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute. Evan is Treasurer a member of the Executive Committee of the Gotham chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is the Development Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Community Project (JCP) in downtown Manhattan. He is a Life Trustee of The Kentuckians of New York and is actively involved with the Mary Byron Foundation and Bancroft NeuroHealth. Evan is often quoted in publications such as The New York Times, Bloomberg, Worth Magazine and Newsweek. Evan is a co-host of business podcast “Breaking the Mold”, where he interviews entrepreneurs and executives who have found success through nontraditional paths.
Dan Senor is an author, investor, and television commentator on global affairs. He is currently a senior advisor to Elliott Management, a New York-based hedge fund. He is also adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to re-joining the investment management business, Dan was one of the longest serving civilian officials in Iraq, where he served in 2003 and 2004 as a Senior Adviser and the Chief Spokesperson for the U.S.-led Coalition. For his service, he was awarded the highest civilian honor by the Pentagon. Dan also served as a Pentagon adviser to Central Command in Qatar.Dan completed his BA at the University of Western Ontario and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; he completed his MBA at Harvard Business School. Dan is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle. He writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, and has also been published by the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek Magazine, and Time.
Randi Sidikaro received her Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Hartford. She’s held multiple Event & Sports Marketing positions over a nine year period at iN DEMAND Networks. She went on to work as a Project Manager at AgencyNet, an award-winning interactive digital agency directing digital projects. Randi is now a full-time mother living in Tribeca with her husband and three children.
Erin Mitzner Silvers, Co-President of the Board, joins the Board of the JCP having worked in the corporate sector for eight years following her graduation from the University of Wisconsin in 1998 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Erin worked for Ernst & Young (1998-1999) as an auditor before transitioning into the world of corporate communications as an Associate Director focusing on event planning for UBS (1999-2004). Following her time at UBS, Erin was hired by Hearst Corporation (2004-2006) as a Senior Manager in Events Marketing & Special Projects. Erin has lived in Tribeca since 2003 with her husband, Nicholas, and her children Maxwell, Sloan and Brody.
Susan Silverstein, Chair of the Board, has served on the JCP Board since 2010. She became JCP’s volunteer Transition Team Leader in 2011, and then served as President of the Board from July 2012 to June 2016. Susan worked on Wall Street for 18 years until 2006 when she completed her four-year role as Global Director of Equity Research at Banc of America Securities. Prior to that, she was a US equity research analyst, and was awarded the #1 ranking in US footwear and apparel research and stock picking, as reported by Institutional Investor Magazine’s All-America Surveys and the Wall Street Journal’s top stock picking polls. In addition to her JCP volunteering, Susan and her partner live in Tribeca and raise their daughter. Susan’s other joy is to serve up her knubbel (garlic) borscht to any takers or borscht devotees. Word is that her cholent has an underground following as well.
Molly Snyder is a clinical social worker at the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services. Prior to that she founded Metropolitan Moms, a company that runs various educational classes at galleries, museums, and other cultural institutions throughout New York City for people of all ages. The company has been featured on CNN, New York Magazine, Fox News, and CBS, among others. Molly started her career at Goldman Sachs in investment banking in New York and London and then went to work at the New York City Investment Fund providing funding and mentoring to companies affected by 9/11. Molly received her MBA and MSW from Columbia University. She lives in Tribeca with her husband Andy, and children Sara and Sam.
Aaron Stone is a Senior Partner of Apollo Management, a private equity firm, where he runs the firm’s Media, Entertainment & Communications group. Prior to joining Apollo in 1997, he was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Smith Barney and received an AB in Social Studies from Harvard College. Aaron serves as co-Chairman of Endemol Shine Group and has served on numerous other corporate boards of directors. He is also a board member of The Civilians, a non-profit that creates and produces new theater, and is a Trustee of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Eric Stone is a Portfolio Manager at Iridian Asset Management. Prior to joining Iridian, he held a similar role at Plural Investments. Eric received his BA from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He is a member of the ILR Finance Council and is Chairman of the Philanthropy Committee. Eric is currently the Annual Campaign Chairman for the Jewish Community Project Downtown. He has lived in downtown Manhattan since 2000 and now resides in Tribeca with his wife Marissa and children Chloe, Kensie, and Nora.
Jeff Zalaznick is a restaurateur and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and co-owner of Major Food Group (MFG). MFG is a New York based restaurant and hospitality company founded in 2010 by Jeff, and his partners, Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi. MFG currently operates twelve restaurants: CARBONE (New York, Hong Kong, Las Vegas), ZZ’s Clam Bar, Dirty French, Santina, Parm (Soho, Yankee Stadium, Upper West Side, Battery Park, Williamsburg) and Sadelle’s. Currently, they are in the process of restoring New York City’s most iconic restaurant space (formerly know as The Four Seasons), located in the historic Seagrams Building. They will open three new fine dining concepts in the landmarked rooms of the building. To date, MFG has received 2 nominations for Best New Restaurants in America by the James Beard Foundation, holds 12 New York Times Stars and 3 Michelin Stars. In addition to the restaurants’ numerous accolades, Jeff is a Cornell Hotel School’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence and has been listed in 30 Under 30 by Zagat and Forbes. He has also been named 40 under 40 by Crain’s and a Rising Star Restaurateur by Star Chefs. In addition, Jeff and his partners believe strongly in giving back, and have pioneered an exciting charity partnership with the Robin Hood Foundation. Jeff lives in Soho with his wife Ali and two children, Poppy and Leo.
Victoria PL Feder, JCP Founder, leads a digital education company that develops internet and mobile based corporate training classes in the area of digital marketing. Victoria was previously a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and was co-founder of an internet software company, ExpertCommerce. She holds MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from Yale University. An active member of New York’s Jewish community, Victoria co-founded JCP in 2002 to build Jewish community downtown in the wake of 9/11. She is now active with and passionate about the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), which drives for global justice in the name of Jewish. Victoria is a 21-year resident of Tribeca where she lives with her husband, Ben, and four children, Sam, Oliver, Rita and Nava.
Lori Fineman is the Executive Director of Transport Group, a not-for-profit, Off-Broadway theater company. Prior to her role with Transport Group, Lori was the Global Director of Knowledge Management for the Capital Markets Company, an Antwerp-based financial services consulting firm and was the Director of Knowledge Management, Pharmaceutical Practice for Andersen Consulting. Ms. Fineman has also worked professionally as an actor, choreographer and yoga instructor and served as the Executive Director of the National Women’s Theater Festival in Philadelphia. Ms. Fineman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and Theater Arts and a B.S.E. from the Wharton School. Lori lives in Tribeca with her husband, Steve and their three sons.
Nathalie Rubens is a former Equity Research Analyst at Morgan Stanley and Solomon Smith Barney, where she covered the Israeli technology and US retail sectors. Prior to working in Finance, she was a freelance journalist and the Grants Director at The Abraham Fund, a not-for-profit organization seeking to promote coexistence among Jewish and Arab Israeli citizens. She received a M.A. in International Relations and Economics with a concentration in Middle East Studies from the The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently with American Jewish World Service (AJWS) as part of its New York Leadership Council. Nathalie has lived in Tribeca since 2002 with her husband Saul Goodman and their four children, and has been active in JCP’s leadership since its founding.
Jodi J. Schwartz is a Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz where she is the practice leader for Tax and Employee Benefits. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Board of Family and Childrens Services, UJA Federation of New York, and Israel Sci Tech Schools. She has lived in Tribeca since 2002 with her husband and two children.