Board of Directors

NYCLU Officers

  • Robin Willner - President
    New York, NY
    Nonprofit Executive, NYS P-TECH Leadership Council

    Robin Willner is Director of the NYS P-TECH Leadership Council, representing the Executive Chamber, NY State Education Department, State University of NY, Business Council and IBM International Foundation, scaling the innovative P-TECH 9-14 college and career ready school design. Approximately 12,000 students throughout New York State will be prepared to secure a high school diploma, a 2-year college degree and the workplace learning necessary for success in 21st century careers. Ms. Willner is coordinating the implementation and continuous improvement of the model in almost 40 partnerships across the state in a range of industries and STEM careers.

    Ms. Willner had a distinguished career as Vice President, Global Community Initiatives for the IBM Corporation. As an executive in corporate citizenship, she managed all of IBM’s school partnerships and programs in 80 countries, with a focus on early literacy and STEM. She oversaw a range of global philanthropic and leadership development programs, including international corporate volunteer initiatives (Corporate Service Corps) and online mentoring programs for students, entrepreneurs and returning veterans. She also managed IBM’s humanitarian response to disasters. Ms. Willner joined IBM following her term as chief policy advisor to NYC Chancellor Joseph A Fernandez, to design and implement Reinventing Education, a unique philanthropic initiative in K-12 school reform. This $100 million global program grew to include 25 grant partnerships with school districts and states throughout the United States plus projects in twelve other countries, each focusing on a collaborative effort to develop new applications of technology to overcome common barriers to school improvement and increase student achievement.

    In addition to the NYCLU, Robin was founding chair and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Planned Parenthood of NYC Political Committee and she served for more than a decade on the Board of Planned Parenthood of NYC. Ms. Willner has also served on numerous national boards and councils to consider a range of education policy issues.

  • Wendy Stryker - Vice President
    New York, NY
    Attorney, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
  • Ronald J. Tabak - Secretary
    New York, NY
    Attorney, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Geneviève Wachtell - Treasurer
    New York, NY
    General Counsel, AltSchool

NYCLU Board of Directors

  • Steven Adler
    Port Washington, NY
    Chief Information Strategist, IBM
  • Claudia Angelos (Co-General Counsel to the NYCLU)
    New York, NY
    Clinical Professor of Law, New York University
  • Deborah Archer
    Brooklyn, NY
    Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Elliot H. Auerbach
    East Patchogue & New York, NY
  • Barbara Bernstein
    New York, NY
    Executive Director, NYCLU's Nassau County Chapter (Retired)
  • John D. Cirrin
    Albany, NY
    Public Information Officer, Albany Public Library (Retired)
  • Rebekah Cook-Mack
    New York, NY
    Associate, Levy Ratner, PC
  • Douglas Cuthbertson
    Brooklyn, NY
    Attorney, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
  • Tanya M. Douglas
    Bronx, NY
    Public Interest Attorney
  • Julie B. Ehrlich
    Brooklyn, NY
    Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives & Chief of Staff, NYC School of Law
  • Thomas R. Frey
    Rochester, NY
    Attorney (Retired)
  • Salvatore Gogliormella
    New York, NY
    Attorney, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Peter J. Gollon
    Huntington, NY
    Physicist and Executive (Retired)
  • Mark Winston Griffith
    Brooklyn, NY
    Founder & Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center
  • Kelly Haley
    Brooklyn, NY
    Interim Executive Director, East Harlem Block Schools, Inc.
  • Michael J. Hall
    Milton, NY
    Associate Professor of Psychology & Department Chair of Behavioral Sciences, Dutchess Community College
  • Jonathan Horn
    New York, NY
    Attorney, Law Office of Jonathan F. Horn
  • Samantha Howell
    Albany, NY
    Director of Pro Bono & Outreach, Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York
  • George Kannar
    Williamsville, NY
    Professor of Law, SUNY-Buffalo School of Law
  • Amin Kassam
    New York, NY
    Senior Counsel Bloomberg LP
  • Justin Krebs
    Brooklyn, NY
    Founder, Living Liberally and Campaign Director,
  • Melissa Lee
    New York, NY
    Attorney, The Bronx Defenders
  • Julie Kowitz Margolies
    New York, NY
    Adjunct Clinical Law Professor, Brooklyn Law School
  • Arjun Patel
    New York, NY
    Director, PwC Advisory
  • Arlene R. Popkin
    Elmsford, NY
    Civil libertarian and attorney (Retired)
  • Bruce Popper
    Rochester, NY
    Vice President, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
  • Donna Schaper
    New York, NY
    Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church
  • Daniel Stewart
    Brooklyn, NY
    Associate Legal Officer, United Nations HQ
  • Olivier Sylvain
    New York, NY
    Associate Professor, Fordham Law School
  • Jordan Thomas
    New York, NY
    Advocacy consultant and producer/writer/director
  • Ralph Valente
    Buffalo, NY
    Senior Client Manager, Xerox Corporation
  • Maria Valentin
    White Plains, NY
    Attorney; Teacher, Scarsdale High School
  • Ellen Yaroshefsky
    New York, NY
    Clinical Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law; Executive Director, Jacob Burns Ethics Center

Board of Directors Emeriti

  • Daniel L. Alterman
    New York, NY
    Attorney, Alterman & Boop LLP
  • William J. Butler
    New York, NY
  • Tony Feldmesser, Esq.
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Margaret Fung
    New York, NY
    Executive Director, Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Janice Goodman
    New York, NY
    Attorney, Law Offices of Janice Goodman
  • Joel Gora
    New York, NY
    Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
  • John Dewitt Gregory
    New York, NY
    Distinguished Professor of Law, Emeritus, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University/em>
  • Ragna Henrichs
    Houston, TX
  • Susan N. Herman
    Brooklyn, NY
    Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School and President, ACLU
  • Nancy Hollander
    New York, NY
    Licensed psychologist
  • Miriam O. Hyman
    New York, NY
    Attorney, Duane Morris LLP
  • Steven Hyman
    New York, NY
    Attorney, McLaughlin & Stern
  • Deborah H. Karpatkin (Co-General Counsel to the NYCLU)
    New York, NY
    Attorney, Law Offices of Deborah H. Karpatkin
  • Lesly I. Lempert
    Ithaca, NY
    Consultant; Lecturer on Israeli and Palestinian Issues
  • Alan Levine
    New York, NY
  • Edwin J. Lopez-Soto
    Rochester, NY
    Attorney, Faculty at Cornell University ILR School
  • Jennifer McAllister-Nevins
    New York, NY
  • Kathleen Peratis
    New York, NY
    Partner and Former President, Outten & Golden LLC
  • Shirley Rausher
    New York, NY
    Adjunct Professor, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • May Del Rio
    New York, NY
    Public Affairs Executive, Planned Parenthood (Retired)
  • Ruth Rosenberg
    Washington, D.C.
  • Gemma Solimene
    South Orange, NJ & New York, NY
    Clinical Law Professor, Fordham University School of Law
  • M.D. (Lita) Taracido
    New York, NY
  • Daan Zwick
    Rochester, NY
    Research Associate, Eastman Kodak (Retired)