• William P. Lauder Chairman of the Board
  • John N. Irwin III Vice Chairman
  • Howard B. Johnson President
  • Wendy R. Flanagan Vice President
  • Winthrop Rutherfurd, Jr. Secretary
  • Donald L. Hawks III Treasurer

Board of Directors

  • June Ambrose
  • Jaynemarie Enyonam Angbah, EdD
  • Mariah Carey
  • Mats G. Carlston
  • Derrick D. Cephas
  • Ahmed Deria
  • Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
  • LizabethAnn R. Eisen
  • Hugh Grant
  • Siumy Keys
  • Isabelle B. Krusen
  • Gregory D. Lee
  • Alexis F. Maged
  • Joseph J. Magliocco
  • David S. Perpich
  • Nancy Rooney
  • Greg Rosica
  • Matthew E. Rubel
  • Jody Schwartz
  • Kimberly E. Steward
  • Richard D. Thomas
  • Bradley A. Whitman
  • Steven M. Wolf

Chief Executive Officer

Our city is stronger when each of our children and their families are stronger. I am honored to lead an organization with a rich history of providing children with transformative experiences which open worlds of possibility to them. By partnering with our families and communities we can continue strengthening the children of our city.

Lisa Gitelson, Chief Executive Officer

Throughout Lisa’s career in public service, as an attorney and child welfare advocate, she has been dedicated to addressing the needs of underserved youth.  Prior to joining The Fund, she was Assistant Executive Director/Legal Counsel for The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC). She is also an Adjunct Professor at Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, CUNY, where she teaches the Policy & Practice of Child Welfare. 

As Assistant Executive Director/Legal Counsel for NYSPCC, Lisa identified legislation and other public policy issues that impacted the organization’s work and developed an advocacy agenda to move public policy efforts forward.  Previously, she served as Associate Executive Director, Downstate, at the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA) where she was responsible for bringing private foster care, juvenile justice, residential care and prevention services agencies together to coordinate advocacy efforts for the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In this role, Lisa represented COFCCA member agencies in discussions with the Administration for Children’s Services, the New York City Council and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.   

Prior to COFCCA, Lisa was the Director of Foster Care and Adoption Services at Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services. She began her career as an attorney representing foster care agencies before serving in multiple leadership and supervisory roles at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, Family Court Legal Services. Lisa is a graduate of Colgate University and has a JD from Washington University School of Law.  

Fresh Air Staff


The Fresh Air Fund Council is a dynamic group of young professionals who are passionate about our mission and are an integral part of The Fund’s volunteer and internal leadership network.