The New York Women’s Foundation is a voice for women and a force for change.
We are a cross-cultural alliance of women catalyzing partnerships and leveraging human and financial capital to achieve sustained economic security and justice for women and girls. With fierce determination, we mobilize hearts, minds and resources to create an equitable and just future for women, families and communities in New York City.
We are a cross-cultural alliance of women promoting
economic justice for women and families in New York City.
To improve the lives of women and families by funding organizations that promote the economic security of women; their right to live safely and without violence; and their health, sexual and reproductive rights.
We are democratic, cross-cultural and women-led. We are collaborative and inclusive.
We take risks, partnering with new organizations that offer ground-breaking solutions.
We believe that the problems and the solutions are often found in the same place.
The Following Power Women were honored at the NY Women’s Foundation Annual Breakfast 2016:
Tory Burch is Chairman, CEO and Designer of Tory Burch, an American sportswear and lifestyle brand. Raised in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Tory graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in art history, then moved to New York to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She worked in public relations and marketing for several American designers, including Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez at Loewe.
Elizabeth A. Sackler, PhD is a Public Historian and human rights activist. Her lifetime of activism was the subject of the January 2016 New York Times’ Women in the World feature. She is the President of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, President and founder of the American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation, President of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, Board Chair of the Brooklyn Museum, and founder of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council Speaker
Melissa Mark-Viverito currently serves as the Speaker of the New York City Council, the first Puerto Rican and Latina to hold a citywide elected position. She represents the 8th District, which includes El Bario/East Harlem and the South Bronx. Speaker Mark-Viverito was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She worked for over a decade in local activism, nonprofit organizations and labor before being elected to the City Council in 2005. In 2011, she was one of four Council Members to pioneer the first-ever Participatory Budgeting process in New York City. She is a graduate of Columbia College at Columbia University and Baruch College, City University of New York, where she studied Public Administration through the National Urban Fellows Program.
Dr. Danielle Moss Lee, Co-Chair of YWI, President & CEO of the YWCA of New York City
Dr. Danielle Moss Lee joined the YWCA of the City of New York – the nation’s first YWCA association – in 2012 as President and CEO. Under her tenure, the YWCA of NYC has expanded its program portfolio to include a women’s speaker series for professional women, STEM education for girls and young women and other robust leadership programs for women. Dr. Moss Lee’s contributions to education and the social sector have been recognized by the NY State Education Department, NYC Comptroller’s Office, The New York Coalition of 100 Black women, among many others. In 2016, Mayor DeBlasio appointed her to the city’s newly established Commission on Gender Equity.
Cherno Biko, Co-Chair of YWI’s Young Women’s Advisory Council
Ms. Cherno Biko lives to educate, inspire and entertain. She hails from a long ancestral line of charismatic leaders, activists and storytellers, most notably Steven Biko. Her work as a media strategist and activist has been featured on MSNBC, FOX, MTV, VH1, BET and Comedy Central. Ms. Biko has become widely known as a sought after speaker and prominent human rights advocate. An alum of Bowling Green State University, she has been named to the Trans 100 and The 2014 National Black Justice Coalition’s 100 Emerging Leaders. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Young Women’s Advisory Council for the City of New York and was awarded a commendation for tremendous contributions to arts and culture, politics and activism.
Gloria Malone, Co-Chair of YWI’s Young Women’s Advisory Council, Creator of Teen Mom NYC
Gloria Malone is a speaker, writer, and the founder of TeenMomNYC.com a go to destination for young parents and allies who are seeking information on how to best support and encourage pregnant and parenting young people to live their best lives. Gloria advocates and writes about politics, reproductive justice, and pregnant and parenting teens. Her work can be found in The New York Times, Huffington Post, RH Reality Check, and several other publications. In her spare time she likes to watch anime shows with her daughter and travel.
Amanda Matos, Co-Chair of YWI’s Young Women’s Advisory Council, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the WomanHOOD Project
Amanda R. Matos has devoted her work to alleviating barriers to reproductive health care and education in communities of color through capacity building, political education, and lobbying at the local, state, and federal level. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The WomanHOOD Project (Helping Ourselves Overcome Discrimination), an innovative after school mentorship program for young women of color in the Bronx. Amanda also supports Planned Parenthood of New York City expand its community organizing efforts.
Her dedication to racial and gender justice has been recognized by the United Nations Peace Day and the national Peace First Prize, among others.
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