CELF thanks Proskauer NYC for generously hosting the Board of Directors meetings.

CELF's Board of Directors' expertise spans environmental and social sciences, education, marketing, finance, law and publishing. We strive to work together as systems thinkers to bring to education the kind of professional development and support necessary for creating critical thinkers and leaders for a sustainable future.

Katie I. Ginsberg
CELF Founder and Executive Director; Chair Emeritus

Nick Gutfreund, President
Principal, Long Run Media, LLC; Advisory Board Member, Bedford 2020; freelance marketing/ strategic planning and video/sound production on sustainability topics

Jon Koch, Treasurer
Co-founder and Venture Partner, US Renewables Group. Former: CEO and co-founder,; COO, Visible Path; Business Development Manager, General Electric Energy; Consultant, Booz, Allen & Hamilton

Maureen Brady Atinsky, Secretary
Founder and Director, Prodigy Recruiting. Member of Development and Public Relations Committee, NY Foundling/Elizabeth Seton Preschool. Sustainer Member, Junior League NYC; PTA Board, PS 6. Former: Director of Recruiting, Hudson Recruiting, and Products Liability Trial Coordinator, Skadden Arps

Philip M. Abelson, JD
Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP, Corporate practice group: Business Solutions, Governance, Restructuring & Bankruptcy group. Phil’s practice focuses on debtors’ and creditors’ rights and corporate restructurings. He also represents asylum and refugee seekers on a pro bono basis.

Amory Armstrong
Principal, The Dilenschneider Group; Founding Partner, Armstrong Associates; Board Member, New York School of Interior Design, Greenwich Land Trust, and Greenwich Garden Club. Former: Vice President, Doyle New York, Auctioneers & Appraisers, and Cataloguer, Sotheby’s.

Melanie Lester
Educator and Administrator, MS Neuropsychology and Education, Advanced Certified Educational Therapist, Conference Coordinator/Presenter/Consultant on best programs and practices on topics such as Learning and the Brain and Education for Sustainability. Former: Co-Director Learning Resource Center, The Allen-Stevenson School.

Jessica Mendelowitz
Vice President, Ketchum Corporate Practice, with focus on counseling clients on sustainability and social impact communications. Former: Communications Director, Environmental Defense Fund.

Andrew Sternlieb
Founder and President of Salem Realty Capital, LLC. Speaker/moderator on numerous panels for Urban Land Institute, NYU Real Estate Institute and Columbia University’s Real Estate Development Program. Chairman of Fiscal Advisory Committee, North Salem School district.

 Professional Advisory Board

As industry experts, CELF’s Advisory Board informs our approach to our multi- and interdisciplinary programs by providing the most current thinking and resources from across the often interrelated fields of public policy, business and finance, education, engineering, law, marketing, real estate, science, technology and urban planning.

Patti Bressman*

Dr. Cynthia Coburn
Northwestern University

Chris Hall*
Mizuho Bank

Jon Jacobs, JD*
Jacobs Stotsky

Riva Krut, PhD

Kim Larson*

Clare McMillan, MEd
Independent Curriculum Consultant

Gail Port, JD
Proskauer Rose, LLP

Beth Sauerhaft, PhD*

*Board Member Emeritus