Meet Our Board of Directors
United by the belief that fair and equal access to justice is central to the rule of law, and to our humanity, we’re working to make a difference today and every day, one family at a time.
Gabriella Nawi, Chair
Senior Vice President, Personal Insurance Distribution & Strategy at Travelers Insurance
Abigail Sheehan Davis, Vice Chair
Partner, Complex Litigation and Trials Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Rebecca J. Simmons, Treasurer
Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Corporate and Finance Group and Financial Services Group
Gabriella Nawi, Chair
Gabriella is a Senior Vice President, Personal Insurance Distribution & Strategy at Travelers. She joined Travelers in 2008 as Head of Investor Relations. Prior to Travelers she was a Managing Director at Lazard Asset Management. Gabi has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Gabi joined our board in January 2017.
Abigail Sheehan Davis, Vice Chair
Abigail is a Partner, Complex Litigation and Trials lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of litigations and arbitrations. Abby has been recognized for her pro bono commitment, particularly her dedication to asylum work for the LGBTQ community. Abby joined our board in October 2018.
Robert Schiffer, Vice Chair
Robert is an Executive Vice President at SL Green Realty Corp., New York City’s largest commercial landlord. He co-manages a team of investment professionals and is responsible for the development of One Vanderbilt — SL Green’s 1.6 million square foot office tower. Rob holds a MS in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a BA in Civil Engineering from Cornell University. Rob joined our board in January 2017.
Rebecca J. Simmons, Treasurer
Rebecca is a Partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Corporate and Finance Group and Financial Services Group. She is the former chair of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and the former chair of the Committee on Futures Regulation of the New York State Bar Association. Rebecca received her BA from Harvard University and earned her JD from Columbia Law School. Rebecca joined our board in June 2015.
Nancy E. Hart, Secretary
Nancy is a Partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She focuses on complex business litigation and has significant experience representing clients in a wide range of state and federal court matters — at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in domestic and international arbitrations. Nancy graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law School and received her BA in English from Vassar College. Nancy joined our board October 2018.
Ellie is a licensed clinical social worker — focusing on children and their caregivers with issues including trauma and involvement with the child welfare system. Ellie served on the board of the Westchester Children’s Association and was President of the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns. She began her career as an attorney, specializing in real estate, economic development and representation of not-for-profits. Ellie joined our board in September 2017.
Corey M. Chambliss
Corey is a public affairs leader at Meta with nearly 15 years of experience in strategic communications. He served in the administration of former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg from 2009 to 2014 and has advised some of the world’s most respected companies, cultural institutions and foundations. He is also co-founder of the nonprofit 5th Floor Theatre Company. Corey joined our board in September 2017.
Wendy H. Dessy
Wendy is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Proskauer, where she oversees employment engagement and board service. Prior to Proskauer, she served as Executive Director for NYC Cool Roofs and Manager of Public/Private Partnerships for the Mayor’s Office of Service and Volunteerism from 2010 to 2014. Wendy has held various positions within the Bloomberg administration and campaigns from 2005 to 2010. Wendy joined our board in June 2018.
Valerie Borden Farkas
Valerie is a Senior Counsel at Bloomberg L.P., serving as the Head of Legal for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Her team handles a wide range of matters for the EMEA region, including IP, licensing, financial technology, regulatory, antitrust, data privacy, HR and general corporate matters. Valerie is also the founder and emeritus chair of the Bloomberg Legal Department’s award-winning pro bono program. Valerie joined our board in September 2019.
Ria is a Program Manager in Business Planning and Operations at Meta. She leads internal go-to-market for pricing launches across non-ads products. Ria is originally from Trinidad and holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and MBA from Yale University. Prior to Meta, she worked in Mergers & Acquisitions at PepsiCo and in Client Success and Business Development at Rapid Ratings — a fintech startup. Ria joined our board in September 2021.
Anna is Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs at The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC). She also serves as a senior advisor to Executive Chairman William P. Lauder. Anna serves on a number of industry groups and sits on the Communications and Crisis committees for the Personal Care Products Council and the Steering Committee for the 30% Club — a business sector effort seeking to achieve 30% female representation on U.S. corporate Boards of Directors. Anna joined our board in 2018.
Jane is the Senior Director, Global Revenue Controller at PagerDuty. She is the former Senior Director of Revenue for Salesforce, where she led the US and Canada Revenue Recognition team. Prior to Salesforce, Jane worked in the financial audit business line at Ernst & Young. She received her B.S. in Accounting and M.Acc. from Case Western Reserve University. Jane joined our board in April 2020.
Nonny is a Trial Attorney at the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. She formerly served as the Director of Criminal Justice at the National Urban League, where she developed racial, social, and criminal justice reform-related campaigns. She also served as a litigation attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and an immigration public defender at the Legal Aid Society. Nonny holds a JD from New York University School of Law and a BS from the University of Maryland. Nonny joined our board in January 2022.
Sheri Cyd Sandler
Sheri has worked for the Brooklyn Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, Smithsonian Institution and Architectural Digest. In honor of her mother, she founded the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation, dedicated to funding services for women and girls in the areas of literacy, domestic violence and economic independence. Sheri received her BA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design from the Cooper Hewitt New School Parsons School of Design. Sheri joined our board in January 2017.
William C. Silverman
William is a Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP where he is head of the firm’s pro bono program. Before entering private practice, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and as a law clerk to the Honorable Louis L. Stanton, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Bill received his BA from Brown University and his JD from New York University. Bill joined our board in January 2011.
Susan is a long-standing community volunteer and mentor at various organizations. In her professional capacity, she worked in corporate advertising and marketing. Helping under-served families thrive is especially meaningful to her as her daughter Lisa did an Externship at the Administration for Children Services (ACS) and was intent on making a difference in the lives of children and families. Lisa passed away from Hodgkins Lymphoma and was unable to fulfill her dream. Continuing this mission is a legacy to Lisa. Susan joined our board in April 2018.
Lisa is Managing Partner at Miller Zeiderman LLP. A Matrimonial Attorney, CFL and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, she regularly handles complex financial and custody divorce matters for high-net-worth individuals. Lisa received her law degree from Fordham University. Among her other committee and board work, Lisa serves on the Executive Board of Savvy Ladies, Inc., an organization that provides free education and resources to help women achieve their financial independence. Lisa joined our board in April 2018.