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

Maureen Brady Atinsky, President
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

Maria Esposito, Treasurer
VP and NYC Sales Manager, Citizens Bank (Home Mortgage).  Member of Development Committee, W.I.N. (Women’s Interactive Network).  Former:  Sr. Loan Officer, Chase Bank. Professional Development Co-Chair W.I.N. (Chase Bank).  Community VP and Development Area Manager, Junior League NYC.  

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

Bill Davis
Founder and Managing Director, Stance Capital. Former: Co-Founder and Managing Director, Empirical Asset Management, Portfolio Manager on EAM Sustainable Equity; Founder and CEO of Ze-gen, CEO or founder of numerous companies including: Database Marketing Corporation, Holland Mark, and Cambridge Brand Analytics. Board Member, HoneyDrop Beverages and Mafic, S.A.. Founding Member, President’s Council of Ceres and Advisory Board Chair of Seven Hills Global Outreach. Mr. Davis has taught Environmental Entrepreneurship at Columbia University Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, and guest lectured at Harvard College, Harvard Business School, MIT, MIT/Sloan, and Boston University.

Karina Funk
Karina Funk, CFA, is a partner at Brown Advisory, co‐portfolio manager of the Brown Advisory Large‐Cap Sustainable Growth strategy, and Head of Sustainable Investing. Ms. Funk and her team have developed an original fundamental research methodology focused on finding companies at the intersection of positive fundamental and sustainable business drivers. Prior to joining Brown Advisory, Ms. Funk was an equity research analyst for Winslow Management Co and an investment manager at the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust. Her first career was as an environmental engineer with international experience operating in Spanish‐ and French‐speaking environments. Ms Funk earned engineering degrees at Purdue University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a post‐graduate diploma from the Ecole Polytechnique, France.

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

Janet Harckham
Co-Chair, Westchester County Climate Change Task Force; Board Chair Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation; Board Member, New York Theatre Workshop; Chair, Westchester County Climate Reality Chapter. Former: Board Member, Katonah Lewisboro School District; Advisory Board of Bedford 2020.

Charles Kimball
Managing Director, Korea Center for International Finance, NY; Member, International Finance/Foreign Exchange Committee of International Finance Council of Korea; Previously Chief Investment Research Consultant for Bosera Asset Management in equity research; J.P. Morgan Investment Management.

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.

Melissa Platner
Vice President, Institutional Business Development at Impax Asset Management LLC, formerly Pax World Management LLC.;  former VP and Senior Consultant Relations Liaison with SSGA and GE Asset Management, Ambassador, United Way’s Emerging Leaders Society;  Hunger 101 Facilitator, Foodshare and CT Foodbank.

David M. Ross
Managing Director, joined Neuberger Berman in 2005. David is a Senior Portfolio Manager for the Fraenkel Group within the firm’s Private Asset Management division. Prior to joining the firm, he was a director within the Private Investment Management division at Prudential/Wachovia Securities. David began his career at E.F. Hutton & Co. as a vice president and portfolio manager. He earned a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and also participated in the MBA program at the University of San Francisco, McLaren College of Business.

 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

Daniel Cott, Managing Director
Wells Fargo Capital Finance

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*

Andy Sternlieb, Chairman*
Brass City Charter School, Waterbury, CT

*Board Member Emeritus