2019 The Responsible 100

December 18, 2019  
Sony Hall
235 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, USA
11:30AM - 2:30PM
Celebrating The 100 Most Responsible
Event Description
City & State is proud to shine a light on socially responsible leaders in New York with The Responsible 100 Awards. The annual awards ceremony honors an elite group of 100 New Yorkers who are setting new standards of excellence, dedication and leadership in improving their communities and making transformative change. This year, we have selected 100 New Yorkers from 10 sectors who embody one or more of the core principles of corporate social responsibility: charity, diversity, environment and sustainability, equity, ethics, privacy, sourcing, transparency, volunteerism and community engagement. 
Each December, this event offers the unique opportunity to enjoy and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of socially responsible executives, visionaries and influencers. As a result, we have the privilege of ending the year - and this year, the decade - inspired by the exceptional leadership, dedication and passion of our fellow New Yorkers.
Congratulations to this year's honorees, and thank you for your dedication to improving our society!
Commitment to Excellence Award:
Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City and Chairwoman, Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
Margaret Josephs, Philanthropist and Real Housewife of New Jersey
Nonprofit & Philanthropy Awards:
Rose Anello, Executive Vice President, Strategy, SCO Family of Services
Phoebe Boyer, President and CEO, Children's Aid
Lisa David, President and CEO, Public Health Solutions
Abigail DeAtley, Director of Development, Planned Parenthood of New York City
Kendra Hems, President, Trucking Association of New York
Lois Johnson, Director of Workforce Strategies, Workforce Development Institute
Angela Pinsky, Executive Director, Association for a Better New York
Rachel Pratt, Senior Vice President, Youth and Community Services, New York Road Runners
Matthew Sturiale, President and CEO, Birch Family Services
Rebecca Wulf, Executive Program Director for Community Treatment and Support Services, The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services
Accounting & Finance Awards:
James H. Bason, President and CEO, TruFund Financial Services
Adam Cole, Partner and National Co-Leader, Nonprofit and Education Practice, BDO
John M. Eusanio, Partner, Citrin Cooperman
Robert P. Garrett, New York Metropolitan Area Managing Partner, KPMG LLP
Hope Goldstein, Co-Partner-in-Charge, Nonprofit, Government and Healthcare Group, Marks Paneth
Saran Johnson, Co-Chief Human Resources Officer, Marcum
Ethan Kahn, Partner, Not-for-Profit Practice Leader, Mazars USA
Frank Longobardi, CEO, CohnReznick
Manokia Musonge, Senior Corporate Communications Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, TD Bank
Stephanie Van Damm, Northeast Community Engagement Leader, Ernst & Young
Education Awards:
Ralph da Costa Nunez, President and CEO, Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness
Kelly J. Depsee, Director, Communications and External Relations, Berkeley College
Rachel Gazdick, CEO, New York Edge
Michael Geisler, President, Manhattanville College
Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO, Hispanic Information Television Network
Dina Refki, Director, Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, University at Albany
Michelle Relyea, Senior Vice PResident for Student Success, The New School
Rachana Shah, Director, Government and Community Relations, Pace University
Alexander Schuil, CEO, Briscoe Protective
Linda Werbel Dashefsky, Vice President, Government and Community Relations, St. Francis College
Health Care Awards:
Victoria Carosella Baecker, Director of Community Relations and Corporate Events, Capital District Physicians' Health Plan Inc.
Sherly Demosthenes-Atkinson, CEO, CABS Homecare
Raymond Felix, Director of Community Engagement, Affinity Health Plan
Pam Hassen, Chief Member Engagement Officer, Fidelis Care
Karen Ignagni, President and CEO, EmblemHealth
Gloria Janata, President and Senior Partner, TogoRun
David Loeb, Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Marrow and Blood Cell Transplantation, Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Todd Rogow, President and CEO, Healthix
Talya Schwartz, President and CEO, MetroPlus Health Plan
Kimberly Williams, President and CEO, Vibrant Emotional Health
Infrastructure Awards:
Michele Arbeeny, Partner, Windels Marx
Elizabeth Bradford, Global Technology Leader, Jacobs Engineering Group
Rob Byrnes, President, East Midtown Partnership
Steven Cohen, New York Trustee, Gateway Program Development Corp.
Tyson Hackenberg, Vice President, APTIM
Charles Marino, Co-Leader, AKF’s Energy + Performance team
Brittney Parkinson, Community and Citizenship Manager, Turner Construction Co.
Frank Reig, Co-founder and CEO, Revel
Palmina Whelan, Managing Director, Real Estate and Facilities, American Airlines
Melinda White, CEO, Transit Wireless
Legal Awards:
Gopal M. Burgher, Partner, BurgherGray
Lisa E. Davis, Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Jeremiah A. DeBerry, Partner and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Mayer Brown
Hank Greenberg, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Tatiana E. Gutierrez, Partner, Nixon Peabody
Jacqueline Haberfeld, New York Pro Bono Counsel, Kirkland & Ellis
Jacqueline Marcus, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Katherine Marquart, Pro Bono Counsel and Director, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Jamie Porco, Associate Director of Professional Development and Pro Bono Programs, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
Ted Wolff, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Lobbying & Consulting Awards:
Barrtley J. Costello III, Principal, Hinman Straub
Kara Hughes, Senior Vice President, Corporate and Legislation, Kasirer
Maggie Moran, Managing Partner, Kivvit
Rick Ostroff, President and CEO, Ostroff Associates
Barbara Rothenstein, Executive Vice President for Global Finance and Operations, Protiviti
Juanita Scarlett, Partner, Bolton-St. Johns
Travis Terry, Chief Operating Officer, Capalino+Company
Nicole L. Weingartner, Associate Director, State Government Affairs, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron
Michael Woloz, President and CEO, CMW Public Affairs
Norah Yahya, Vice President, The Parkside Group
Real Estate Awards:
Josh Agus, President of Real Estate, Cactus Holdings
David Gallo, President, Georgica Green Ventures LLC
Vijay Dandapani, President and CEO, Hotel Association of New York City
Nnenna Lynch, Founder, Xylem
Jay Martin, Executive Director, Community Housing Improvement Program
Alison Novak, Principal, The Hudson Companies
Heather Payson, Associate, Vidaris
Ryan Prime, Sustainability Director, Skanska USA
Osei Rubie, Founder and President, National Standard Abstract
Craig Schwitter, Partner, BuroHappold Engineering
Sports & Entertainment Awards:
Erin Bakst, Senior Vice President, People and Culture, Vox Media
Ed Domingo, Chief Financial Officer, Empire City Casino
Jan Greenberg, Vice President, Social Responsibility, Major League Soccer
Anna Isaacson, Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility, NFL
Karen E. Kelso, Senior Director, Corporate Programs and Initiatives, Sony Corporation of America
Kevin Martinez, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship, ESPN
Danielle Parillo, Executive Director, External Affairs & Community Engagement, New York Mets
Susanna Pollack, President, Games for Change
Shana Stephenson, Vice President of Marketing, New York Liberty
Maurice A. Stinnett, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, BSE Global
Tech & Telecom Awards:
Kamal Bherwani, CEO, GCOM Software
Rodney Capel, Vice President, State Government Affairs, Charter Communications
Roberto Celestin, Public Policy Advocacy Lead, Airbnb
Sara Link, Director of Societal Impact, Verizon
Kristin Malek, Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity, CDW
Andrew Martin, Head of Cross Asset Technology Analysis, Societe Generale
Lee Schroeder, Executive Vice President, Government and Community Affairs; Chief Diversity Officer, Altice USA
Elizabeth Segal, Executive Director, New York City External Affairs, AT&T
John S. Shegerian, Executive Chairman, ERI
Stu Solomon, Chief of Intelligence Solutions, Recorded Future
Chirlane McCray
Chirlane McCray
First Lady of New York City
As First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray has redefined the role of First Lady, managing a robust portfolio to advance an ambitious agenda in support of all New Yorkers. Nationally recognized as a powerful champion for mental health reform and dubbed one of TIME Magazine's 50 Most Influential People in Health Care for 2018, Ms. McCray created ThriveNYC, the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or state in the nation. She also spearheads the Cities Thrive Coalition, with more than 200 mayors, county officials and thought leaders from all 50 states, advocating for a more integrated and better-funded behavioral health system. A lifelong writer, activist and feminist, Ms. McCray joined the Combahee River Collective while attending school at Wellesley College. As First Lady, she continues to fight for gender equity and LGBTQ rights, support survivors of gender-based violence and create a more inclusive NYC. She brings her deeply-held commitment to the mental health and well-being of people and communities to everything she does.
Margaret Josephs
Creator, Hospital Heroes
Margaret Josephs is instantly recognizable with her infectious smile, big lashes and trademark blonde hair, worn in pigtails, earning her the nickname "Powerhouse in Pigtails." Margaret graduated from FIT, NYC with a degree in Marketing and Fashion Design and worked at the heart of the infamous New York Garment Center as a dress designer. It was here Margaret’s love of fashion and print developed and her desire to launch her own label began. She literally launched her line, Macbeth Collection by Margaret Josephs, from her kitchen table. Since it’s inception in 1999 with a capsule collection of home accessories, the company has since grown into a global lifestyle brand. In 2015 she introduced Candie Couture by Margaret Josephs and then in 2016 House Candie by Margaret Josephs brands to her portfolio as sister brands to her wildly successful Macbeth Collection. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of her launch and she celebrated by adding a signature clothing collection under her namesake label, Margaret Josephs and looks forward to introducing a jewelry collection this Fall 2019. Her belief is that everyone deserves a little fabulosity in life and makes it her mission to bring her devoted followers fashion forward products that embody the term “Luxury for Less”. Margaret Josephs is a true entrepreneur and her growing stable of brands, all of which are an extension of her personal style, fully embody her mantra “Caviar dreams; Tuna fish budget”. This concept resonates with all inspiring entrepreneurs and she looks forward to expanding this concept in 2020 to a podcast and delivering that message through seminars to her loyal fans and budding business moguls. She joined the cast of the top rated Bravo show Real Housewives of New Jersey in 2017 and instantly became known for her quick fire one liners and no nonsense approach. She is truly enjoying the ride and looks forward to more adventures with her Jersey Girls! Margaret is grateful to be able to use her platform to bring awareness to causes that are close to her heart. Margaret featured her partnership with Brave Gowns by creating the "Hospital Heroes" gala raising funds for Northwell Health & Cohen Children's Hospital which was on season 9 of Real Housewives. She was honored at the 2019 Pride celebration by receiving the keys to the City of Englewood from Mayor Michael Wildes for her continued support of the LGBTQ community. In addition to riding the Bravo Word Pride float in the 50th annual Pride Parade Margaret is an avid supporter of Live Out Loud, which inspires and empowers LGBTQ youth. Another important theme to Margaret is that of women's empowerment. As an FIT graduate entering the garment center in the 90's Margaret was no stranger to forging her way as a strong woman in typically a man's world. After having her child she realized she didn't want to go back to a career that would take away from time with her family and didn't support her being a mom so she launched her own company. Margaret has never compromised her identity even when she was told she had to in order to succeed and today she has been featured on Fox Business News proudly wearing her pigtails. To this day Margaret runs her company, of all women, to empower her team and help them achieve a work/life balance where the women can bring children to the office and be themselves, pigtails and all. Margaret is a lifestyle expert and can be seen regularly on network TV sharing her tips and picks for organizing, accessorizing and glamorizing! Life is a 24/7 madhouse at Margaret’s with the team working out of her home. Her belief is that women should feel empowered in their career yet not compromised as a mother so the office is full of energy; between baby Nino accompanying his mom Lexi, Margaret’s Creative Director, to work and Marge’s yorkie baby Bella it’s non stop crazy! Whilst the team work to create new products in her signature prints Margaret is busy renovating her estate with the love of her life Super Joe (albeit slowly…and against his will). Their home is from 1906 and is definitely a labor of love but Margaret is determined to have a real closet by 2020! And as if tackling a challenging renovation isn’t enough the couple are constantly attempting to tame her mom; Marge Sr who has reinvented herself the modern day working girl with a big job in New York City and a sassy single attitude to match. The Marge continues to do it all on the daily; living large as the Marge-in-Charge proving she truly is "Powerhouse in Pigtails".
Shelley Sylva
Head of U.S. Social Impact, TD Bank
Shelley Sylva, Head of U.S. Social Impact is responsible for leading The Ready Commitment, TD Bank's global corporate citizenship initiative to help open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow for customers, communities and colleagues. In this role, established in early 2019, Shelley leads the Social Impact team which includes the TD Charitable Foundation, Office of Charitable and Community Giving, Employee Engagement and Community Partnerships. She is responsible for executing upon the strategy guiding TD's citizenship initiatives throughout the regional U.S. footprint. Shelley joined TD in 2013, as Senior Manager, US Legal Operations and Governance. She then served as Associate Vice President, Director External Counsel and Knowledge Management where she was responsible for hiring, onboarding and managing all external legal firms that performed legal work on behalf of the bank. In addition, this role included oversight of the Legal Department's strategic technology and process improvement initiatives as well as knowledge management capabilities. Shelley actively mentors employees and serves on the Minorities in Leadership- Employee Resource Group and COLA Diversity Leadership Council. She brings to TD a combined 15 years of legal experience in addition to over a decade of executive leadership as Deputy Executive Director of Administration (COO) for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the 4th largest public housing authority in the United States with an annual budget in excess of $360MM. Shelley earned her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law. Shelley is passionate about community service and is a charter member of the Suburban Philadelphia Branch of the National Association of University Women, a member of the Links Incorporated, Delaware Valley Chapter, a member of Jack and Jill Incorporated, Philadelphia and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She serves on the following boards: Operation Understanding; The Ivy Legacy Foundation and the Girl Scouts of Southern New Jersey.
Brian Sandoval
Former Governor of Nevada
Governor Sandoval currently serves as the President of Global Gaming Development for MGM Resorts International, where he drives MGM Resorts' global expansion efforts, most importantly in Japan, and focuses on state public policy efforts around sports gaming. Previously, Sandoval served from 2011-2019 as Nevada's first Hispanic Governor and as one of the nation's most popular state leaders, and transformed Nevada with key accomplishments in economic development, water policy, state parks and recreation, public lands, veterans' issues, health care expansion, workforce development, renewable energy policy, innovative gaming policy and modernizing Nevada's public education system. As Governor, Sandoval also established the new medical school at UNLV as well as establishing innovative workforce development programs between new industries and higher education. Sandoval served as the Chairman of the National Governors Association, Western Governors Association, National Council of State Governments and the Education Commission of the States. He also focused on international outreach, hosting multiple international delegations in Nevada, and led 18 trade missions to 16 countries on six continents. Earlier in his career, Sandoval was elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1994, serving on the Judiciary, Taxation, Labor and Management and Natural Resource Committees. He was appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission in 1998 and became the Commission's youngest Chairman in state history the following year. Sandoval was thereafter elected Nevada Attorney General in 2002. Sandoval was nominated in 2005 by then-President George W. Bush to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, a position he held until resigning to run for Governor in 2009. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1986 and a Juris Doctorate degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1989. Sandoval has received numerous recognitions and awards throughout his career. He is married to Lauralyn McCarthy Sandoval, a business executive and community leader.
Mike Schnall
VP, Government Relations & Community Investment, New York Road Runners
Mike leads NYRR’s efforts on establishing and strengthening community contacts, and developing borough-specific community engagement strategies to optimize health and wellness efforts amongst local residents, organizations, government and elected officials. He oversees a robust community investment portfolio that invests in and partners with other non-profits like Trust for Public Land and City Parks Foundation. And, works to secure funding from City and State elected officials in support of NYRR’s youth and community programming. Most recently, Mike served as the Staten Island Chief of Staff and Director of Government Relations for NYC Parks. He started his career in City government with the NYC Council working as a Legislative Financial Analyst, and then running the City Hall legislative office of an NYC Council Member. Mike holds a BA from Binghamton University, and a JD from Brooklyn Law School. He lives in Staten Island with his wife and two daughters, who enjoy bike riding, exploring playgrounds, and flying kites in “the borough of parks."
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