The Win staff is a dedicated and tireless team of professionals — many of them social workers — who go the extra mile to support, encourage, and guide each and every client. Homeless moms often enter a Win shelter with low self-esteem and even less hope; our team listens to their stories, shares in their sorrows and their triumphs, and embraces their children. Every Win staff member is committed to helping these women find their way and will always go the extra mile to support and follow through with each family.
Win is fortunate to have a dedicated Board of Directors, many who are long standing members. They are a group of highly accomplished individuals who are deeply committed to working to break the cycle of homelessness for New York’s families.
Win Partners is a group of talented and accomplished young professionals who are committed to furthering Win’s mission of breaking the cycle of homelessness for New York’s children and their families. Win Partners bring a wealth of experience and insight that allows Win to continually improve and evolve our services to better serve New York City’s homeless families.
Win Associates are a group of young professionals dedicated to giving back to the community and are actively committed to helping Win’s homeless families. Their focus is to support Win’s initiatives through hands-on projects and fundraising in our New York City community.
Board Chair Jaqui Lividini is Founder and CEO of Lividini&Co, a brand engagement company that specializes in repositioning and reinvigorating iconic fashion, retail and lifestyle brands. Previously, Jaqui rose through the executive ranks at Saks Fifth Avenue, culminating in the position of SVP Fashion Merchandising and Communications during which she played a critical role in evolving the luxury retailer’s fashion and brand image. In addition to her reputation for driving revered brands to success, Jaqui has a legacy of philanthropy including the creation of the “Key to the Cure” charity benefitting Women’s Cancer Research.
Tracy Gardner is a retail entrepreneur and business consultant. She has been a merchant leader in the retail industry for over 30 years. She was formerly the president of JCrew and held senior merchandising roles at Gap Inc and Lands’ End. She currently serves on the board of directors at Gap, Inc. and was a Guess Distinguished Professor at the New York University Gallatan School of Individualized Study.
The founder of Medical Mediation Group, Chris Stern Hyman is a lawyer and mediator of health care disputes, and is on the Board of Directors for several charitable organizations in New York City.
Kayce Freed Jennings is co-founder and EVP of The Documentary Group, and senior producer of Girl Rising, a film and global campaign for girls’ education. Kayce was a producer at ABC News for many years, where she was on the staffs of Nightline, World News Tonight, and 20/20, and based in London, Atlanta and New York. In addition to Win, Kayce has close ties to Teach for America and The Coalition for the Homeless. She is also the co-creator of The Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution.
Currently serving as the Board Vice Chair, Eileen Thomas’ guidance has been instrumental to Win since joining the Board of Directors in 1996. Eileen was previously an Associate at McKinsey and Company and now focuses on raising her four, very active children in New Canaan, CT in addition to volunteering in her community.
Wendy Silverstein is the Chief Executive Officer & President at New York REIT. Wendy served as Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Acquisitions and Capital Markets for Vornado Realty Trust from 1998 to 2015. Prior to joining Vornado, Wendy spent 12 years at Citicorp. Currently, Ms. Silverstein continues to represent Vornado on the Board of Toys R Us, Inc. and was re-appointed to the Board of Alexanders, Inc. in April 2015. She serves as an independent advisor to Trinity Church regarding their extensive real estate portfolio and is an active member of the Board of Beit Ruth, an educational and therapeutic village for at risk teenage girls in Israel.
Clover Bergmann is an adjunct professor at the NYU graduate business school, SPCPS, and a Managing Director at Golden Seeds. Previously, Clover was a senior Executive at Johnson & Johnson. In addition to Win, Clover serves as a Board member of other charitable organizations in New York City.
Christine became President and CEO of Win in 2015.
Prior to Win, she served as Special Advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo focusing on women’s issues across New York State. Quinn served as a member of the New York City council from 1999-2013 and served for 7 years as the elected Speaker of the New York City Council, making her the first woman and the first openly gay Speaker – as well as highest-ranking openly gay official in City history. Prior to serving in elected office she was the Chief of Staff to New York City Councilmember Tom Duane, and was Executive Director of the Anti-Violence Project. Christine Quinn currently serves on the board of Athlete Ally, an organization dedicated to ending homophobia and transphobia in sports, and NARAL Pro-Choice New York. She recently served as a Harvard University Institute of Politics Spring 2015 Fellow.
Joy Altimare is Vice President of Marketing at SOLS were she is responsible for all branding, marketing, and communications initiatives. A brand strategist with a proven track record, Joy has become an expert advisor for brands tackling intense growth opportunities by focusing on fueling consumer engagement, brand awareness and increasing market share. Joy has worked at leading brands and media companies including Equinox, Conde Nast’s bon appetit, L’Oreal, American Express and Verizon Telecommunications, along with advertising agencies such as Publicis and Ogilvy & Mather.
Nanda Anand is an Independent Filmmaker with a broad involvement in the Arts in NYC including Theatrical Production and the preservation of Indian Art. Nanda has a background in Psychology and Education. She also serves on the Board of the Abingdon Theater and is a Managing Director at Golden Seeds.
Kyle, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer of American Eagle Outfitters, has over 25 years of marketing experience that spans both the agency side of the business and the retail/apparel space. Kyle‘s career has been spent developing innovative marketing strategies and plans for leading global brands. In 2008, Kyle joined Kate Spade LLC as head of Global Brand Marketing. In this role, Kyle led the global brand strategy and played a central role in the re-positioning of the Kate Spade brand from a $100M handbag company to a billion dollar global lifestyle brand. Based on this success, Kyle was asked to lead the development and launch of a new brand for Kate Spade, Kate Spade Saturday. Prior to that, Kyle held the position of SVP Marketing for Kenneth Cole Productions and was VP, Gap Marketing from 2002 to 2007, where she was responsible for a number of successful brand initiatives and breakthrough advertising campaigns. Kyle earned her undergraduate degree from Monash University.
Paula Bennett proudly joined Win’s Board of Directors in 2017.
Paula is President and CEO of J.Jill where she manages the strategic leadership, growth and profitability of the brand and business. Previously, Paula has held leadership positions at Eileen Fisher, Inc., Calvin Klein, Inc., Tiffany & Co. and
Paula’s philanthropic impact includes The J.Jill Compassion Fund, which has donated more than $8 million to aid homeless and disadvantaged women regain their self-sufficiency.
Paula is a graduate of The Ohio State University. She is married and the proud mother of two adult children.
Melissa Beste is the Chief Executive Officer of InterLuxe Holdings, a platform to invest in growing, high potential fashion and luxury brands and support them with infrastructure, capital, and business resources to accelerate growth. Prior to InterLuxe, Melissa was CEO Akris, Americas; the US President for Alexander McQueen; held merchant positions at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Marshall Field’s. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism and Communications. Melissa is a member of The Women’s Forum.
Having spent her entire legal career at Proskauer, Lauren Boglivi has developed a transactional practice on behalf of strategic companies, private equity sponsors and family offices. Transactions she handles include: mergers and acquisitions involving both public and private companies in the U.S. and internationally; buyouts and related financings; joint ventures; acquisitions of distressed companies; and growth and seed investment. Lauren’s leadership commitment also extends to serving as co-Chair of the firm’s Summer Program Committee and as a member of the Hiring Committee which oversees the firm’s recruitment efforts. In addition, she is a member of the Class of 1989 annual fundraising campaign at Wellesley College.
Ms. Benedetta I. Casamento served as an Executive Vice President of Finance at The Talbots Inc. Ms. Casamento played a pivotal role in Talbots overall business operations while adding further skill and talent to The Talbots’s experienced finance team. Ms. Casamento has more than 20 years of retail industry experience. She joined Talbots after spending nine years at Liz Claiborne Inc. in various leadership positions.
Margo Fuld came to the Win Board after many years of experience as an active member in the Ethical Fieldston Schools community. She was a member of the Investment Committee and had various other titles during that time, She is employed in the financial service industry at Aegis Capital and advises both individual and corporate clients on their stock and bond investments.
Yfat Reiss Gendell is a literary agent and the co-founder of Foundry Literary + Media, representing international best-selling books that include The Dukan Diet, Ready Player One, and The Girls of Atomic City. She has served on the Win board of directors since 2008, and on Win’s executive committee from 2011-2014, in addition to co-chairing the capital campaign for the Barnard College Center of Toddler Development, and providing leadership and support to a number of charitable organizations in New York City.
Judy Loeb Goldfein has served on the Win Board for over 25 years including four years as Board Chair. She was the founder and head designer of Sweet Mama, a maternity wear company and more recently worked for 18 years at Emily’s List.
Karen Harvey launched her firm Karen Harvey Consulting Group in 2001 which focuses on executive search, advisory services and brand incubation primarily for the luxury, fashion and retail industries, and is internationally recognized for its unique approach to the executive search process. Karen began her career in 1977 with a prominent training and development company on the West Coast where she worked with companies like Hewlett Packard and Sony. In addition to the Win Board of Directors, Karen is also the Founder of The Blue Project, a mentorship program for disadvantaged women, and is a CFDA Business Service Network member. Karen is a graduate of the OPM program of Harvard Business School.
Lois F. Herzeca is a corporate lawyer and a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP . She is a Co-Author of Fashion Law and Business: Brands & Retailers (2013) and is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
As a part of Facebook’s Global Business Marketing group, Michelle Klein leads Business Marketing for North America and is responsible for setting the marketing vision and strategy. Prior to Facebook, Michelle was VP Global Marketing for Smirnoff and played an integral role in reinventing the 150-year-old brand and driving it into the future. Michelle’s career has spanned disciplines and the globe; from PR in Australia to Group Director at Agency.com in London for the British Airways account.
In addition to serving on the Win Board of Directors, Monica Rich Kosann is a fine-art portrait photographer and jewelry and home accessory designer. Her exclusive jewelry, image cases and frames are sold in select stores across the country including Barney’s, Neiman Marcus, and the Monica Rich Kosann boutique inside Bergdorf Goodman. Monica studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Sorbonne in Paris, and was the recipient of the 2010 Rising Star award for Fine Jewelry by the Fashion Group International.
Jenny Y. Lee is a Managing Director in Leveraged Loan and High Yield Capital Markets at JPMorgan Securities focusing on the Healthcare and Automotive industries and Financial Sponsors. Jenny started her career in Healthcare M&A and at the U.S. Trust in asset management. A graduate of Yale’s School of Management, she received her BA from Amherst College. Jenny also serves on the Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee for Amherst and has served on the Amherst College Executive Committee. She is also on the board of Norwalk Hospital.
Nina has been the Executive Vice President of iStar Financial Inc. since November 1999, its Chief Investment Officer since April 2007 and its Chief Legal Office since February 2008. She is listed in both The Best Lawyers of America and Sterling’s Who’s Who. From 1984 to 1987, Nina served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law where she taught real estate transactions.
Robbie Myers is the editor-in-chief of American Elle magazine, which has one of the largest readerships in the country in the women’s magazines category. Her tenure, which began in 2000, has been marked by a rise in ad pages, a 16 percent increase in readership across all platforms over the past five years, and introduction of digital content and platforms for the brand. Myers grew up in Florida and attended Colorado State University on a diving scholarship. She moved to New York City shortly after and started her career as an assistant for Rolling Stone magazine. Subsequently, she worked under artist Andy Warhol at Interview magazine and then moved onto Seventeen and InStyle, but it was her work with a little-known venture called Tell, done between the publishing company Hachette-Filipacchi and broadcast network NBC, that landed her the job at Elle.
Jane Perin spent the first half of her career in the publishing industry and then founded and was CEO of Perin Mowen handrolled beeswax candles. She is currently writing a children’s book.
Before she retired, Susan Rudin spent over 15 years in the retail business including running all the shopping services for Bloomingdales’ flagship NY store and its branches. She actively serves on the board and was past president of Lincoln Center Education and is on the education committee of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Susan served on the board of Lincoln Center Inc and is now emeritus. She is a past president of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy and presently serves on its executive committee as well as its board. Susan came to WIN in 1993 and continues to enjoy serving on its Board.
A member of the Win Board of Directors since May 2013, Ellen Schoninger is a nutrition educator for NYC youth. She developed “2nd Bytes”, a program that exposes media’s impact on food choices and how media messages might be redirected to promote health, and provides her nutrition expertise to Win clients through special classes. Ellen previously served on the board of New Heights Youth Basketball, a program to support NYC student-athletes.
Eugenia spent 38 years in the retail industry, most recently as President, Burberry Americas. She has a portfolio career of serving on boards of for-profit and non-profit organizations, and is currently the Guess Distinguished Professor in Fashion Business at the New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Barbara has been contributing her time and talents to the Win Board of Directors since 1987. Now retired, Barbara focuses her time on the theater, attending concerts and ballet performances, museums and traveling.
Anne-Marie is the CFO for Diadeis New York, a marketing production agency specializing in packaging with a 120 staff office in NYC. Clients include L’Oreal, Pepsico, GSK, Elizabeth Arden and LVMH. Anne-Marie has 15 years of management experience across the marketing, luxury, wine and finance industries. Anne-Marie holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia and Diploma with Finance Concentration from Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales – France.
Julia is an Executive Vice President of Investments at iStar, a publicly-traded investment company focused on the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining iStar in 2004, Julia worked in the Corporate Treasury department at the Walt Disney Company in Los Angeles, CA. She earned a BA with honors from Harvard College. Outside of work, Julia enjoys theater, dance, tennis, adventures in nature and reading (especially biographies). She has been involved in various not-for-profits in past years, including Girls Quest, NYPACE, Mission Hill Associates and The Seneca (a women’s organization she co-founded and lead at Harvard).
Jen is currently working on her three kids, who are eight, six and three. Prior to this, she had a marketing career, first, for Merrill Lynch Investment Management based in Hong Kong and then, at digital strategy and development firm Icon-Nicholson in New York. Jen is a graduate of Columbia University and has lived most of her life near and in New York City.
Millicent works in Asset Management for Jonathan Rose Companies, a national development, owners representative and investment firm, with significant experience in the development of affordable and supportive housing. She previously worked at Columbia University in the Real Estate Department. Millicent has a Master of Science from Columbia in Real Estate Development and a BA from Wellesley College.
Samantha Davidson is a managing director at Goldman Sachs in theInvestment Management Division where she focuses on primary, secondary and co-investment opportunities in global real estate.
Tim is an Executive Vice President at iStar. He previously co-founded and was managing director of Shem Creek Capital, Real estate opportunity fund focusing on small to mid-size transactions throughout the United States. Tim has a BS in Finance from Georgetown University.
Lili Forouraghi is Managing Director and Head of Relationship Management for BlackRock’s Financial Institutions Group (FIG) for North America. She is also a member of BlackRock’s Americas Executive Committee. Lili has been with BlackRock for 14 years in various roles, most recently leading the firm’s capital markets advisory services for the official sector. Prior to BlackRock, Lili was at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. She started her career at the World Bank Group in Washington D.C.
Suzanne is co-head of Strategic Partnerships and Client Portfolio Solutions in the Alternative Investments & Manager Selection (AIMS) Group and a portfolio manager for the AIMS Private Equity Group, where she focuses on primary, co-investment and secondary investment opportunities. Suzanne joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 and rejoined the firm in 2005 in the Private Equity Group. She was named managing director in 2012.
Suzanne earned a BA, magna cum laude, in History and Literature from Harvard College in 2001 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2005.
Chris is in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs. Her team provides solutions for families, foundations and endowments. Chris is currently on the Alumni Association Board and the Board of Advisors for the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College (CMC). She has also served on the CMC Board of Trustees. She earned an MBA in Finance and Behavioral Science from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Chris lives in New Jersey and enjoys skiing, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two boys.
Amy is a Senior Vice President in the New York Real Estate Debt group at Oaktree Capital. Prior to joining Oaktree in 2008, Amy was an associate in the Real Estate group at Morgan Stanley, where she focused on advisory assignments for investment banking clients and principal investing opportunities. Before that, Amy was a project manager on the Hudson Yards team at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Prior to that, she spent two years at UBS Warburg as an investment banking analyst in the Global Industrial group. Ms. Johannes graduated with a B.A. degree in economics and Latin American Studies magna cum laude from Wellesley College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She then went on to receive an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Hillary A. Jury is a partner at Wilk Auslander LLP with a focus on commercial real estate in NYC and throughout the United States. Prior to becoming an attorney, Hillary worked in the real estate development department of New Community Corporation in Newark, New Jersey, one of the largest non-profit community development organizations in the US.
Mara is first and foremost a mother to two little girls ages 5 and 3. She is also a PwC management consultant to the World Economic Forum on Digital Policy/ Government and the founder of Cloak Collection. Cloak is a collection of contemporary dresses for nursing mothers. Cloak is a brand that represents the needs and issues pertaining to new mothers – a portion of proceeds supports the mothers of WIN.
Mara has an MBA in entrepreneurship from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BS in Finance from Georgetown University.
Laura Kirschbaum manages the development of more than one million square feet of Extell’s residential, commercial and mixed-use projects. Before joining Extell in 2012, she was a project manager for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where she worked on infrastructure and development projects, including the redevelopment of Penn Station and Access to the Region’s Core. Previously Ms. Kirschbaum served as project manager at the Hudson Yards Development Corporation, where she contributed to the implementation of a $3 billion public infrastructure investment and a 48-block rezoning on the far west side of Manhattan. Ms. Kirschbaum holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Real Estate from The Wharton School.
Anupam is a Managing Director at Macquarie Bank focused on US real estate investments. Prior to joining Macquarie, Mr. Ladha was a Managing Director at Marathon Asset Management, a $10B multi-strategy hedge fund. Mr. Ladha joined Marathon from The Carlyle Group, where he was a Vice President in the US Real Estate group in Washington, DC. Anupam started his career at Morgan Stanley in New York and Hong Kong.
Anupam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is an active member of the Asia Society and the Chicago Society of Leadership Annual Donors. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.
Jessica works in European equity sales at Berenberg Capital Markets. Prior to joining Berenberg, she worked at Macquarie Securities Group and at ING Financial Markets, LLC. Jessica holds a BA from Wellesley College.
As CAO of Private Equity, Patty is responsible for administrative management including staffing of assignments, recruiting and training, career development, performance reviews and compensation, and new business and expansion opportunities. She is also responsible for the overall management of Blackstone’s Private Equity investment committee process on a global basis. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2005, Patty was an Investment Banker specializing in structured finance. Patty serves on the Finance Committee of the East Harlem Tutorial Program. Patty received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She lives on the upper east side with her husband Joe and two children, Sophie and Peter.
Kait is a Portfolio Manager at PIMCO, a multinational investment management firm with over $1.5 trillion in AUM, where she invests in private equity real estate transactions across equity and debt. Prior to PIMCO, Kait invested in commercial real estate transactions at iStar Financial. Kait graduated from Georgetown University with a double major in Finance and Marketing. Kait co-founded a non-profit called Hark Society (Helping Activities Reach Kids) in January 2013, an organization that dedicated to enhancing the education and cultivating passion of underserved children in NYC through after school and out-of-school activities.
Michelle is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Insolvency and Restructuring Group. Since joining the firm in 2009, she has represented debtors, creditors, agent banks, lenders, and other strategic parties in a wide range of corporate restructurings, in and out of court. Michelle has been involved with Win Partners since the summer of 2015 and has assisted in drafting charter documents and other matters.
Celina Apóstolo Merrill is an Executive Director and Portfolio Manager in the Emerging Markets Debt team of J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and is responsible for Latin American corporate bond investments. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, she was the head of EM Corporate Credit at Van Eck Global. Prior to that, Celina was a Director of Latin American Corporate bond research at Credit Suisse, an Associate at TPG Credit Management and Greywolf Capital, and an Analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Celina holds a B.A in Economics and a B.A in International Relations from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Jane headed to New York to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She majored in Art History at Columbia and obtained her MBA at Wharton before working at Giorgio Armani, J. Crew, Jil Sander, Molton Brown and Balenciaga.
Currently, Sally is the Director of Legal Affairs for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In that capacity, she oversees the Staff Attorney’s Office and the court’s civil appeals mediation program.
Cherie Schaible is the General Counsel and Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting. Prior to joining Ankura, Ms. Schaible was at AIG Asset Management where she advised clients on complex commercial transactions related to public fixed income investments, workouts/restructurings and AIG’s residential mortgage loan business. She is an active member on the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization of the New York City Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American College of Investment Counsel and the Credit Roundtable Legal Subcommittee. In addition, she is involved in several charitable organizations, including the Lighthouse International Film Festival and A House on Beekman. Previously she served as a board member and general counsel to Operation Dreamseed.
Robert Schiffer is a Managing Director of the Investments Group at SL Green Realty Corp., New York City’s largest commercial landlord. Rob, who has been with SL Green for 13 years, co-manages a team of investment professionals. Rob is responsible for the development of One Vanderbilt, SL Green’s 1.6 million square foot office tower. He is also responsible for seeking out new development opportunities, origination of new investments for SL Green’s structured finance and residential platforms as well as other corporate initiatives. Rob holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cornell University.
Victoria Shusterman concentrates in the areas of structured finance, commercial development, acquisitions and dispositions and joint ventures. Her lending practice includes construction, conventional, mezzanine and securitized financing matters, preferred equity and joint ventures. Law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and Undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. Vicki is married and has a child.
Tracy is a Senior Counsel at HSBC. Prior to joining HSBC in 2010, Tracy was a senior associate at Hahn & Hessen and an associate at Sherman & Sterling and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Tracy holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and graduated cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is currently the Co-Chair of the LSTA (The Loan Syndications and Trading Association) Women’s Committee.
Daniela Tisch was born and raised in New York City, and is a corporate attorney. As a graduate of Georgetown University and New York University School of Law, Daniela began her legal career as an M&A associate at Skadden, Arps. While at Skadden, Daniela represented many underprivileged women on a pro bono basis in affiliation with Sanctuary for Families. She most recently was Director of Business and Legal Affairs at NBCUniversal, where she was Director, Business and Legal Affairs for the Television and New Media Distribution business. She is an active board member of the NYU Law Alumni Association and member of the UJA Young Lawyers Leadership Committee.
Through a variety of volunteer activities, the Committee helps raise much-needed funds and champion Win’s commitment to transforming the lives of New York City’s homeless moms and their children. They are are always looking to increase their exposure and grow committees to become a stronger, more unified group.