Board of Directors

Jackie Shapiro (Chair), United Nations & ECPAT USA
Veronica Jordan (Vice Chair), Simon and Schuster
Michele Potlow (Treasurer), Ford Foundation
Josh Rubin (Secretary), LRN Consulting
Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz Edelman
David Boxenbaum Heavy Metal
Mark Fina Spring Studios
Brett Galley Hollywood Pop Gallery
Deanna Lee Carnegie Corporation
Lisa Miles Pace University
Laurence Paredes Managing Director at BlackRock
Cheryl Rathbun Citi Bank
Philip A. Sanchez, Esq. Sanchez & Polovetsky, PLLC.
Julie Tilson Stanley Luria Academy

Jackie Shapiro, United Nations & ECPAT USA Representative
Jackie is a free-lance writer, has represented not-for-profit organizations at the United Nations for fifteen years. Currently, she is a representative for ECPAT-USA, an organization working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States. Formerly, she represented Zonta International, a women’s service organization working to advance the status of women and girls worldwide. In her years at the United Nations, Jackie has served as the Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Convener of the NGO Committee on UNIFEM, Chair of UNA-USA Council of Organizations, Vice-President of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO), Co-Chair of the NGO Committee on UNICEF and Co-Chair of the Working Group on Girls.

Veronica Jordan, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Veronica Jordan is a Vice-President and Senior Counsel in the legal department of the publishing company Simon & Schuster (S&S). She manages a diverse projects portfolio for S&S, which includes cutting-edge legal, work for the digital distribution and marketing of content, data privacy, multimedia content development deals, print on demand, and content streaming deals. She has worked on a host of issues for S&S ranging from its initial efforts to digitize content for eBooks, to its innovative enhanced eBooks, as well as its foray into ecommerce, its digital warehousing initiative, its Author Portal, and its teen fiction and romance social networking platforms. Veronica touts Stephen King’s critically acclaimed “N” “mobisode” series as her favorite work project and securing political asylum for an Ethiopian survivor of torture as her proudest legal achievement. Veronica serves on the Data Privacy Committee and Legal Diversity Committee of CBS, S&S’s parent company.

Veronica started her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Judge Stanley S. Brotman and worked at the law firm Davis, Polk and Wardwell before joining S&S. She is a graduate of Amherst College and NYU School of Law. She is passionate about education; particularly the ways in which a quality education can help broaden the life choices for inner-city students. She formerly sat on the board of the Ruth Turner Fund, a foundation that gives grants to NYC-based charities focused on social services for those with developmental and emotional disabilities, senior citizens, and human rights. Veronica has also been involved in fundraising for Friends of The Brooklyn Latin School. Veronica enjoys reading, travelling, hiking and Salsa dancing. She was born and raised in Spanish Harlem in NYC, a heritage that brings her great pride. She lives on the Upper West Side with her partner and two teenage sons.

Michele Potlow, CPA, Ford Foundation
Michele, with over 35 years experience, retired from the Ford Foundation in January 2010. As Deputy Director, Financial Services she managed financial statements, taxes and payroll for overseas offices in addition to headquarter operations. As Treasurer of the Board, Michele’s experience managing the finances of the largest and most influential foundation in the world, with a global reach and special interests in education, the arts, and Third World development, is invaluable to the organization. Michele has traveled extensively to support the finance and accounting teams in Ford’s field offices. She is well versed in nonprofits that focus on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement.

Joshua Rubin, Chief of Staff, LRN Consulting
Joshua Rubin is Chief of Staff at a mission-driven consulting firm, LRN, which provides governance, culture, leadership, ethics and compliance solutions to business leaders and corporations. Prior to joining LRN, he was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC), a leader in services, advocacy and education for people with mental illness and their families. Before MHA-NYC, Mr. Rubin was the Director of Policy and Planning for YAI Network and served as the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Hygiene Policy for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene of the City of New York. Mr. Rubin has a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelors degree in Religion and the Humanities from the University of Chicago.

Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz, Senior Advisor, Edelman
Rabbi Berkowitz is Director of the Global Chabad Development Fund, and is the Chabad NGO Representative to the UN. He serves as a Senior Advisor at Edelman, is on the board of the Inspirasia Foundation, and is an advisor to the CEO of Airbnb and the company’s key teams on social responsibility and philanthropic strategy. He is a member of the World Economic Forum and Civil Society constituents. Rabbi Berkowitz graduated from the Rabbinical College of America in 1996, and was ordained in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1998. From 1999-2009 he was Executive Director of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the Former Soviet Union, and Directed the Chabad Mumbai Relief Fund in 2010. A Michigan native, Rabbi Berkowitz lives in Brooklyn with his wife Leah and their five children. He speaks English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, and Russian.

David Boxenbaum, Co-CEO, Heavy Metal
David is Co-CEO of Heavy Metal, a multi-platform media company focused on: Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy. Previously, David was a co-founder and COO of A&M/Octone Records, which he sold to Universal Music Group in 2014. At A&M/Octone he discovered and developed such artists as: Maroon 5, Hollywood Undead, K’naan and Flyleaf. Prior to A&M/Octone, David was a Senior Strategy Consultant in the Entertainment and Media Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. David currently sits on the boards of several early-stage tech companies. David is on the Family Council of the March of Dimes. He has a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Mark Fina, Executive Creative Director, Spring Studios
Mark has been a renowned Creative Director on international brands such as COVERGIRL but began his career working in a dark mailroom at Ray Manley Photography in Tucson, Arizona. His early jobs in advertising were working on accounts such as Fendi, Revlon, Ultima, Charles of the Ritz, Almay, Max Factor, The Limited, Express, Henri Bendel, L’Oréal, Jean Patou, Giorgio Fragrances, Hugo and Hugo Boss. Mark honed his eye for beauty by working with photographers and their images, including Horst P. Horst, Patrick Demarchelier, Kurt Markus, Arthur Elgort, Michael Thompson, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel and many others. Mark is an expert in matching talent to brands, such as Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift to COVERGIRL. In his spare time he is a photographer with Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, a painter and a chef with a black belt in karate and mixed martial arts.

Brett Galley, Co-owner of Hollywood Pop Gallery
Brett Galley, co-owner of Hollywood Pop Gallery, leads a team of creative and over-the-“POP” planners that design and produce private and corporate events for some of the biggest names in sports, business, and entertainment (Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, Diana Ross, and Bette Midler) with offices in Greenwich, CT, New York City and London. Brett was raised in New York City and around the world by her journalist / artist mother and explorer father. Following art school, she opened her first art gallery with her mother, acclaimed artist Joyce Galley. As the space became a hot spot for events, Brett satisfied the demand for full event planning and concert production. With a background in the fine arts and a taste for entertainment, Brett brought her experience as the Director of Entertainment at New York City’s Tavern on the Green to Hollywood POP Gallery. Hollywood POP has worked with Family Centers, Kids in Crisis, and the Greenwich Audubon. Brett, along with her all-female team of planners, satisfies the demands of their national and international client list for all occasions. Brett also fulfills her artistic passions as the creative director to Monday Night Magic, the longest running Off-Broadway magic show in New York City.

Brett is enthused about becoming a member of the Board of Directors to Girl Be Heard and says, “We are all here to give our wisdom and to make a difference. I try to teach my daughter Ava to be a Shero by letting persistence and passion fuel her efforts and by finding her special calling that will make the world a better place.”

Deanna Lee, Communications and Digital Strategies Officer, Carnegie Corporation
Deanna Lee is the Chief Communications and Digital Strategies Officer for Carnegie Corporation of New York, overseeing Corporation web initiatives and the development of new distribution channels in addition to media relations, programmatic dissemination, publications, and public engagement. Previously, she was the VP for Communications and Marketing at The New York Public Library. In 2011, she launched the groundbreaking Biblion: The Boundless Library Apple Hall of Fame iPad education app.

Deanna also served as VP of Communications at Asia Society, following a 20-year career in broadcast journalism. As overseas producer for ABC News Nightline, she worked in the former Yugoslavia, Israel and the Middle East, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Australia. In Africa, she covered famine and the U.S. deployment in Somalia, the election of Nelson Mandela, and AIDS in Uganda. In Asia she reported on global environmental, health, and demographic concerns; and covered the death of Deng Xiaoping, the Hong Kong handover, and the resurgence of Shanghai as a world financial center. Deanna was a Senior Producer at ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings then Charles Gibson. She is the recipient of eight Emmy Awards and one duPont-Columbia Award.

A native of Seattle, Deanna is first generation Chinese American. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University in Music, and English and American Literature. She serves on the boards of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and the New York Piano Society. In May 2013, Deanna was elected to the Harvard University Board of Overseers.

Lisa Miles, Officer of Equity and Compliance, Pace University
Lisa Miles is a proud product of the South Bronx who has dedicated the past thirteen years as Pace University’s first Affirmative Action Officer. In this capacity, she implemented Equal Employment Opportunity policies and wrote the University’s first Affirmative Action Plan. Today Lisa is the Officer of Equity and Compliance for Pace University where she has an active role in the area of affirmative action, civil rights and social justice, advocating for individuals who feel un-heard or disenfranchised. She received her Bachelors degree in English from Herbert H. Lehman College and later her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, where she specialized in employment law. Lisa is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, sits on the Board of Westhab, which provides housing and social services for homeless and low-income families in Westchester County and is a representative of Shelterbox, USA. Lisa is passionate about education and is currently in her final year at Union Theological Seminary, working toward her Masters in Divinity with a concentration in Religion and Psychology. She is seeking ordination in the Methodist denomination and plans on pursuing a PhD, allowing her to provide free mental health services to under-served communities. Lisa is also a prolific poet and very active in her church community.

Laurence Paredes, Managing Director at BlackRock
Larry serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation, and had served in the same roles with BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation’s former investment adviser since 2008. Prior to that, Larry served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Porter Novelli, Inc., an Omnicom Group Inc. agency and a global public relations firm. Before joining Porter Novelli, Inc., Larry was with the law firms of Spitzer & Feldman P.C. and Beckman, Millman & Sanders LLP, where he practiced corporate, securities and investment management law.

Larry is admitted to the Bars of the States of New York and Connecticut, as well as the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Larry received a B.A. (Economics) from Hobart College and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He has served as a Trustee of the Rye Country Day School, as well as President of the Rye Country Day School Alumni Executive Board. Larry has also served on the Board of the Darien Youth Hockey Association.

Cheryl Rathbun, Managing Director, Citi Bank
Cheryl is the Head of Governance and Controls for Citi’s Mexico franchise, Banamex. Cheryl spends most of her time working in Mexico City. Prior to her current assignment, Cheryl spent six years as the Chief Operating Officer for Institutional Clients Group (ICG) Risk Management in New York. Cheryl also worked in London in Risk Management covering over 40 countries in the region. Other previous assignments include Chief of Staff for Citi’s Emerging Markets Credit Risk franchise and providing expertise in country and cross border risk in the Global Country Risk Management Group with a particular focus on emerging markets economies and policies.

Prior to joining Citigroup in 1998, Cheryl spent 11 years at the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer with various assignments abroad and in Washington, D.C. Cheryl has also been a foreign policy analyst for both the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress and the North Atlantic Assembly in Brussels, the parliamentarian wing of NATO. Cheryl received her undergraduate degree from Suffolk University; as well as graduate degrees from the University of London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and the University of London; Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs; and is a distinguished graduate of the National War College in Washington, D.C., the senior school of the U.S. Government.

Philip A. Sanchez, Esq., Partner/owner at Sanchez & Polovetsky, PLLC.
Philip began his career as the Director of the Community Outreach Division at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, where he worked from 1999-2001. From 2001 until 2012, Philip was a partner at the eminent domain law firm of Goldstein, Rikon & Rikon. Over the years, Philip has successfully settled and litigated many cases on behalf of his clients in the New York State Courts at both the trial and appellate levels. In 2015, Philip received an award from the Manhattan Borough President for his distinguished leadership and service to the community. That same year, he was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in the New York Times. Philip is the Chairman of the New York County Lawyers Association Condemnation Sub-Committee. He has also served as a panelist and speaker for the Hispanic National Bar Association, and a guest speaker at Touro Law Center.

As a father of two young girls, Philip is honored to join the Board of Girl Be Heard. Based on his own experiences with being the sole person of color in his niche practice, he wants young women to know that while it may be a long and difficult road for women and people of color, success can be achieved. In fact, Philip’s firm settled the largest trade fixture case (over $35,000,000) in the history of New York State, a proud victory not just due to size of the award, but because it was achieved by a firm owned by a woman and a Latino man.

Julie Tilson Stanley, Director of Institutional Advancement, Luria Academy
Julie has been a fan of Girl Be Heard since 2012 when she brought the theatre company in to raise awareness about the rape epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo with a performance and talk back at the WNYC Green Space for an American Jewish World Service (AJWS) event. At the time, she was serving as AJWS’s Board Engagement Director and prior to that served as the Senior Development Officer, handling major gifts and events. Julie is now the Director of Board Relations at the Birthright Israel Foundation where she provides organizational leadership, strategy, and support for the Board of Trustees. She holds an M.P.A. from NYU Wagner School of Public Service with a focus in nonprofit management, and is a recipient of the Professional Leaders Project Academic Fellowship. Earlier in her career, Julie worked for an event management firm in Los Angeles, coordinating celebrity weddings and events. She also worked in the Theatrical Feature Film Publicity and Marketing Department at 20th Century Fox Studios Film. Projects included: “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Borat,” “Walk The Line,” and “Star Wars Episode III.” Julie’s volunteer activities include serving as a Steering Committee member for Hand in Hand (Domestic Workers Network) and as a Leadership Council member for American Jewish World Service’s Global Circle. Julie lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband Matt and sons Jack and Charlie.