Christine Evangelides Donovan

Christine Evangelides Donovan

Christine (Tina) Evangelides Donovan is the principal of Christine Donovan Consulting which specializes in marketing, communications and executive search in the nonprofit sector. She has broad experience with and a particular passion for the world of higher education. As a search consultant, Tina has successfully worked on and filled leadership positions in a range of organizations, from large to small, focused on higher education, arts and culture, social services, and the environment. She succeeds because she is adept at understanding complex organizations and their competitive landscapes as well as how to articulate their missions.

Tina became a consultant after a 25-plus year career in marketing/communications during which she held senior positions at The Episcopal Diocese of New York (EDNY) and The Children’s Aid Society as well as American Express, The New York Times and the Echo Design Group. In those positions she spearheaded the creation of new branding strategy and award-winning website for the EDNY; created, developed and deployed branding strategy for American Express Custom Extras winning her a Superior Performance award.

She joined the board of the LCU Fund for Women’s Education in 2009 where she serves on the grants and governance committees as well as being a past Vice President and Chair of the communications committee. She serves on the Parents Association Board at the Trinity School, co-chairs the reunion committee for her Brown University class and serves as a Parents in Action facilitator. She earned a BA in Art History from Brown University and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Tina is a native New Yorker who lives in Morningside Heights with her husband and daughter.

Yelena Dzhanova

Yelena Dzhanova

Yelena Dzhanova is a journalist with experience in both print and digital publications. Currently, she serves as a news reporter with Business Insider.

Before entering this role, Yelena worked at CNBC, where she reported on and produced breaking news, politics, and the occasional business story. From voting rights to communities in distress because of the coronavirus to impeachment and House Ethics violations, she has covered a wide array of topics deeply pertinent to and ingrained in today's cultural and political landscape.

She is a graduate of Baruch College, where she was its first triple major. There she studied English literature, political science, and journalism — and also secured a minor in Spanish.

During her time at Baruch, she served as the editor-in-chief of The Ticker, Baruch’s independent and student-run weekly newspaper. She studied abroad in Spain, taught five first-year and transfer seminar classes, and had nine internships, six of which were at large newsrooms like NBC News, BuzzFeed News, New York Magazine, and CNN.

Leslie Ehrlich

Leslie Ehrlich

As an advisor, staff member, and board member, Leslie has been nurturing innovation in the business and non-profit worlds for many years. Leslie began her career at The Boston Consulting Group and went on to lead product development and marketing organizations for Citigroup, Instinet, JPMorgan Chase, GE and Mastercard. An early advocate for the internet's potential to transform our lives, her best-known and most widely used product is the chase.com online banking website, which underwent a top-to-bottom redo following the JPMorgan Chase/Bank One merger. In addition to websites, she has also launched credit cards and mutual fund families.

Her non-profit roles include serving as the President of the LCU Fund for Women’s Education, a 160-year old grant making foundation devoted to improving New York women’s lives through higher education. She also serves as the Treasurer of Double Entendre Music Ensemble, which produces concerts of and commissions new works for double reed instruments. She was also the co-founder of Think Tank for Schools, whose curriculum enhances college readiness by teaching high school students to think and work independently and the founding co-chair of the Dress for Success financial literacy program.

Leslie holds an AB degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University. She lives in New York City with her family.

Liang Y. Hsu

Liang Y. Hsu

Liang Y. Hsu, CFA, has an extensive finance and investment background, proficient in end-to-end investment processes across various asset classes and sectors.

Active in the alternative investments industry since 2000, her previous experience had centered on idea origination, investment evaluation and portfolio management, spanning Citi Asset Management, Millennium hedge fund, real estate, and private equity.

Currently she is a Sr. Impact Investment Strategist at 17 Asset Management, an impact focused advisor and asset management firm. In her role she is responsible for leading strategic design of capital and investment solutions for the company’s clients and JV fund partners. Additionally, Liang is also a venture partner at VU venture capital fund.

A big believer in quality education as the basis for financial independence, together with her international student background and endeavors of working under economic hardship have given her the strong incentive to join LCU board to foster sustainable impact on those students in need.

Kathy Legg

Kathy Legg

Kathy Legg retired from her role as Executive Director of Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children in the spring of 2011. Ms. Legg had been the director of this child welfare and adoption agency for 21 years. Prior to this position she held several government jobs with the City of New York, including serving as the deputy executive commissioner with the City’s Human Resources Administration and as the City’s first Coordinator of Homeless Services.

A graduate of Connecticut College, she received her MBA from NYU in 1978 and earned a Master of Library Science in 2002. She is an honorary board member of Search and Care, a small nonprofit serving the homebound elderly and is on the board of the Buck Hill Conservation Foundation in Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania.

Diana Polvere Chair - Grants Committee

Diana Polvere Chair - Grants Committee

Diana Polvere is the Vice President, Annual Giving and Analytics at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street, which reaches 183 million children globally. In her role at Sesame, she supports the Workshop’s mission to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder, through high-quality programming for all children, but especially children and families in need. Diana has been at Sesame for 11 years and is responsible for building and strengthening the organization’s broad base of donors and potential donors through fundraising and engagement efforts, creating and implementing an annual giving effort, and managing donor analytics and CRM efforts. Previously, she was head of the Insights group, responsible for brand and audience measurement, market research and digital analytics.

Prior to Sesame Workshop, Diana worked at American Express for six years as Director of Research, leading a team in their Global Marketplace Insights group, providing research to inform key business initiatives, new product development, product line strategy, brand communications, acquisition and customer satisfaction. Her other experience includes client and supplier side positions across various industries including consumer packaged goods, travel, technology, financial services and media.

Diana earned an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business and completed her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Management at Cornell University. She currently resides with her family in Port Washington, New York.

Adela Ruiz

Adela Ruiz

Adela is a professor, activist scholar and project manager based in New York City. Throughout her time in philanthropy (most recently at The Ford Foundation) she has worked with hundreds of grantees, co-founded the Latinx/Blatinx, Disability, and Healing for Justice staff groups and led institutional/philanthropy-wide efforts to advance disability inclusion, diversity, and equity. At Open Society Foundations in addition to organizing international convenings, she managed the Global Legal Research Internship Program and served as the chair of OSF’s Disability Inclusion Working Group. In 2009, Adela co-founded Immigrant Advancement Matters, a non-profit organization in Queens, New York. Adela has led community/youth empowerment projects all over the world including Kenya, China, and Italy, helped develop a BA in Sustainable Development at St. John's University, and has taught undergraduate Sociology at Monroe College in the Bronx. She is passionate about creating opportunities for historically excluded groups like women, people with disabilities, queer, trans, black, indigenous, people of color (QTBIPOC), and immigrant families.

Adela was recently awarded a Líderes Fellowship from Hispanics in Philanthropy and a Clarke Fellowship at Binghamton University where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology. She earned her BA/MA in Sociology and Romance Languages from St. John’s University and is also pursuing graduate Disability Studies coursework at the University of Maine and CUNY SPS.

Sofya Shuster

Sofya Shuster

Sofya Shuster is a Director of Real Estate Finance at ING in New York. In this role Sofya is responsible for underwriting, execution, and portfolio management of commercial real estate loans across the United States. She is also a Global Sustainability Champion for Real Estate Finance at ING, acting as a connector between Sustainable Finance and Real Estate Finance teams. Previously, Sofya worked in Loan Syndications at ING in Amsterdam and London, where she was responsible for underwriting, structuring, and distribution of syndicated loans in Europe. Over the course of her career she has covered a number of sectors, including infrastructure, energy, transportation, and commercial real estate.

Originally from Russia, Sofya received a BSc Cum Laude in Economics from Lomonosov Moscow State University. Thanks to her participation in a prestigious international Huygens Scholarship Programme, she had an opportunity to continue her studies in the Netherlands. She received an MSc Cum Laude in Finance and Investments from the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University), which launched her career in international banking. Since 2014, Sofya holds a chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation. Given her personal experience, Sofya cannot underestimate the value of non-profit organizations supporting education and she is keen to contribute her time, energy, and resources for this cause. In her free time, Sofya enjoys visual and performing arts, reading, aerial acrobatics training, and travel.

Audrey Waters Co-Chair - Communications and Development Committee

Audrey Waters Co-Chair - Communications and Development Committee

Born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in different parts of the world, Audrey Waters is currently director of public relations for MJHS Health
System, which was founded by The Four Brooklyn Ladies in 1907 and is now one of the largest community- and home-based not-for-profit health
systems in Greater New York. Prior to joining the organization, Audrey worked in the Washington, DC area for a leading international law firm;
an organization founded by Gen. Colin Powell; a telecommunications giant; and a large independent global public relations agency. She also
taught at The George Washington University. After graduating from Middlebury College, Audrey served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the
Commonwealth of Dominica and Republic of Guyana. Following her return to the U.S., Audrey earned a graduate degree at The George
Washington University while working as a Fellow with the Defense Writers Group and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Public Affairs.
While in college, she interned for the Armed Forces Network in Seoul, Korea and Frankfurt, Germany. Her first story was about Sparky, the fire
dog.