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.

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.

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.