The Overbrook Foundation Board of Directors
Stephen F. Altschul
Emily Altschul Miller, Vice Chair and Secretary
Carolyn J. Cole, Vice Chair and Treasurer
Kathryn G. Graham
Robert C. Graham, Jr., Director Emeritus
Aaron Labaree, Chair of the Board
The Overbrook Foundation Staff
Stephen A. Foster, President and Chief Executive Officer
Steve is the first President and CEO of The Overbrook Foundation. His career began at the National Institutes of Health in 1974 and has continued, since 1985, within private philanthropy. Between 1997 and joining The Overbrook Foundation in June 2002 he worked as an independent consultant, providing advice to foundations, corporations and individuals on a broad spectrum of programmatic, governance and management concerns. Steve spent twelve years with the Charles A. Dana Foundation; beginning his career in private philanthropy at Dana as a program officer in 1985 and, ultimately, serving as the Dana Foundation president.
Steve is Chair of the Steering Committee for the Sunrise Initiative for Human Rights in the U.S., a collaborative donor initiative dedicated to the full realization of human rights in the United States. He also co-chairs the Civil Marriage Collaborative (CMC) a separate donor collaborative focusing on state-based strategies to win marriage equality for same-sex couples. Since its inception in 2005, the CMC has been active in all state-based civil marriage campaigns which have either won the freedom to marry for same sex couples or have successfully defended the freedom to marry from attack.
After graduating from Pennsylvania State University in 1969 with a B.A. in Political Science, he served as a volunteer for two years in the United States Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Upon returning he studied at Northwestern University where he earned his M.A. in history (African Studies) in 1973, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He went on to successfully complete the National Institutes of Health’s, Management Intern Training Program in 1975.
Daniel R. Katz, Senior Program Director of the Environment Program
Daniel Katz is the Senior Program Director at The Overbrook Foundation, where he directs the Foundation’s environmental giving in the areas of international biodiversity conversation and sustainable consumption. He is the Board Chair and former president of the Rainforest Alliance, an organization he co-founded in 1986 at the age of 24. At Overbrook, Mr. Katz created Catalog Choice – a web-based service that offers an easy way for millions of users to stop the flow of unwanted catalogs into their mailboxes. He is currently spearheading initiatives to build a stronger, more inclusive and equitable environmental movement in the United States.
A former Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow, Mr. Katz has served as a consultant, adviser and board member for numerous organizations including People for the American Way, Grist.org and the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the editor of two volumes: Why Freedom Matters: The Spirit of the Declaration of Independence in Prose, Poetry and Song (Workman) and Tales from the Jungle: A Rainforest Reader (Crown).
Mr. Katz is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities around the country on the topics of the social entrepreneurism, rainforest conservation, sustainability, and leadership. He received his MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University where he recently became an Adjunct Professor. Katz studied Chinese linguistics in Wuhan, the People’s Republic of China. He lives in New York City with his wife, Maggie, and their two children.
Mary J. Grecco, Chief Financial Officer and Grants Manager
Mary began working with The Overbrook Foundation in 1989 when she joined Overbrook as its Assistant Controller, and she now serves as both Grants Manager and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Overbrook, she worked in public accounting at Coopers & Lybrand, now PriceWaterhouse Coopers, in both the audit and executive tax departments. Mary is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPAs. She graduated summa cum laude from Manhattan College where she earned a B.S. with a dual major in Accounting and Computer Information Systems.
Samantha M. Harvey, Environment Program Officer; Program Support Team, BEA for Impact
Samantha is the Environment Program Officer at Overbrook, as well as Program Manager of Building Equity and Alignment for Impact (BEA4Impact), a grassroots-led initiative designed to reach greater sustained success for the environment and overlapping progressive movement by supporting equitable funding structures and partnerships among grassroots groups, large, national green groups and philanthropy. Through this work, Samantha is also helping to develop a “movement-building” portfolio for the Foundation. She serves on the boards of EDGE Funders Alliance and Center for Diversity and the Environment. Samantha found her environmental calling in the canyons of Utah on a 2002 Outward Bound trip, and went on to earn a Master’s in Journalism through the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. Her first career was as a modern dancer, and she has performed and taught with dance companies internationally and throughout the New York area.
Sarah Abelow, Human Rights Program Officer
Sarah Abelow has been working at The Overbrook Foundation as the Human Rights Program Assistant since 2011. In this role, she assists with the Foundation’s human rights grantmaking and other administrative tasks at the Foundation. She has recently returned to her native New York City after attending Pomona College where she studied History and French and worked with several local non-profit organizations.
Alex DeMucha, Environment Program Assistant
Alex DeMucha is a 2013 graduate of Penn State University, with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management and minors in Wildlife Science and Watershed Resources. Prior to working at The Overbrook Foundation, she worked in invasive species management with the Delaware Department of Natural Resource & Environmental Control and as an environmental science and Spanish language tutor.
Nikole D. LaVelle, Assistant Grants Manager
Nikole LaVelle joined Overbrook Management Corporation in 2007 and has been working with the Foundation in various capacities since her arrival. She currently assists Mary Grecco with grants administration, office operations and website development. She graduated from Pitzer College with a concentration in International Intercultural Studies and is originally from El Paso, TX.
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