The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF)Announces New Board Officers

June 11, 2024

The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) announced today the appointment of its new officers and welcomed three new members to the Board of Directors.

Each of these members is committed to enabling NYWF to use the blueprint of radical generosity and radical collaboration to advance a dynamic philanthropic strategy rooted in the belief that people living the issues know the answers and that when women and gender-expansive people thrive, their families and communities also thrive. The Foundation, among the largest women-led grantmaking organizations in the world, has used this trust-based, participatory grantmaking model since its inception in 1987 to support multi-issue and cross-identity efforts affecting women and families.

“… leadership … impacting today’s women … will be invaluable.”

“We are delighted to welcome our new Board officers and board members,” said Ana L. Oliveira, President and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation. “Our incoming board chairs, Mary Baglivo and Dr. Danielle Moss Cox, have been longstanding advocates and supporters of The Foundation’s mission to advance economic, racial, and gender equity in New York City and beyond. Their leadership on the connected issues and needs urgently impacting today’s women, gender-expansive people and families, will be invaluable.”

The two Board Chairs, Mary Baglivo and Dr. Danielle Moss Cox bring complementary strengths. Mary Baglivo is an experienced independent board director, at both public private companies and not-for-profit organizations. Her professional experience spans CEO roles in global marketing firms and experience in higher education as Chief Marketing Officer and strategic council at three universities, Northwestern, Rutgers, and Pace.

“With connected issues and needs urgently impacting today’s women, gender-expansive people, and families, the role of philanthropic organizations like The New York Women’s Foundation that model how to center people and encourage others to follow is needed now more than ever. And I am honored to have the opportunity to bring my experience in service of this phenomenal institution,” said Mary Baglivo

Dr. Danielle Moss Cox brings over 20 years of experience in college access and education. As the CEO of Oliver Scholars, she is a vocal proponent of expanded educational access for underserved communities. She has served as the Chair of the Young Women’s Initiative alongside NYWF’s President and CEO, Ana L. Oliveira. Cox’s 2018 TED Talk on student potential has garnered over 2 million views.


“Let’s change the world for women together …”

“As a former grantee partner, it feels surreal that I would have been considered for the board much less selected to serve as Board Chair. This is an honor of a lifetime. Let’s change the world for women together,” said Dr. Danielle Moss Cox.

The board chairs will be supported by Lola C. West, as the Vice Chair, Victoria Chu Pao as the Treasurer, and Haydee Morales as the Secretary. Outgoing Board chairs Helene Banks and Karen Choi will continue to serve on the Board alongside, Maria Cilenti, Rebecca Cokley, Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, Soffiyah Elijah, Teresa Gonzalez, Beth Holly, Imara Jones, Marielle Villar Martiney, Tanya Odom, Michèle Penzer, Juliana Pereira, Gloria Pitagorsky, Susan Sawyers, Jean Shafiroff, Tomasita Sherer, Anastasia Somoza, and Narae Yun. The Board also welcomed three new members, Chisun Lee, Alison Overseth and Donna Wilson.

The New York Women’s Foundation

The New York Women’s Foundation creates an equitable and just future for women, girls, gender-expansive individuals and their families by investing in bold, community-led solutions to ignite action for gender, economic, and racial justice.  Since 1987, The Foundation has invested $125 million in 500+ organizations, creating a vibrant community of grantees, philanthropists, advocates, innovators, and change-makers.

Photo credit: Some NYWF Past and Present Board Members with Honorees at the
2024 Celebrating Women Breakfast® event by BFA)


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