Our People

Board of Directors

Members of our Board of Directors represent a diversity of experience and expertise. Their broad skills and resources help guide the Andrew Goodman Foundation into the 21st Century.


EDWIN A. GOODMAN

EDWIN A. GOODMAN

Chairman

Energized by the opportunities he saw being created by the Internet in the New York metropolitan area, Mr. Goodman co-founded Activate Venture Partners in 1999. Between 1981 and 1999, prior to founding Activate Venture Partners, Mr. Goodman was with the U.S. office of Hambros, a London-based merchant bank where he supervised the growth of the venture business from $5 million to $150 million of paid-in-capital. Prior to Hambros, Mr. Goodman worked at Patricof & Co. (now Apax Partners), which he joined in 1974. Among other transactions, the Patricof fund invested $250,000 in the final private financing round raised by Apple Computer in the summer of 1977.

From 1970 through 1973, Mr. Goodman managed WBAI FM, an educationally licensed, listener-sponsored FM radio station in NYC. Before managing WBAI, Mr. Goodman joined the Bedford Stuyvesant Development & Services Corporation in Brooklyn, NY. His group made SBA-guaranteed loans to dozens of small businesses to encourage entrepreneurship and job creation.

Mr. Goodman started his business career by joining his family’s high-fashion retailing business, Bergdorf Goodman, in New York City. He spent five years with the firm and worked with his father on the sale of the business to Carter Hawley Hale Stores, a New York Stock Exchange company, in 1972. The Goodman family retains ownership of the land and building.

Mr. Goodman is a former board chair and a current life trustee of the Board of the Choate Rosemary Hall School and is a former board chair and a current member of the Board of FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology), an 11,000-student college within the State University of New York system. Mr. Goodman holds a BA in English Literature from Yale College in 1962 and an MS from Columbia University Business School in 1979. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from June of 1962 to June of 1967.

LOLA A. BROWN

LOLA A. BROWN

Lola Brown is a scientist, educator, and entrepreneur. She is an expert in the academic success of students in math and science, from kindergarten to postgraduate, with a specialization in equipping Ph.D. students with the tools to successfully complete their doctoral studies in STEM disciplines.

Dr. Brown is currently the Assistant Dean for Research at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The City College of New York. In addition to her leadership role at Weill Cornell, Dr. Brown has found time to reach out to her community and share her passion for science and engineering education. She had an academic enrichment business for middle and high school students specializing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and was a teacher at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. She has provided research mentorship and training to scores of undergraduate and graduate students throughout her career.

Lola obtained her bachelor of science from Brown University in biology where she conducted research studying tissue engineered heart valves. She took her master of science from the joint department of biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University studying the stroke pathology in children with sickle cell anemia. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in biochemistry as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow after solving the structure of proteins involved in HIV. Immediately following the completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Brown began postdoctoral research in biomedical engineering at Yale University.

Her highly interdisciplinary training and skill set, which combines biomedical engineering, structural biology, and molecular biology, which makes her well suited to analyze projects from multiple perspectives. Lola has a deep commitment to teaching and mentoring and was awarded the 2009 "30 Under 30" Award for her science outreach efforts. Lola is committed to contributing to STEM education in a manner that values high achievement and meaningful community impact.

Dr. Brown is an active member of her undergraduate alma mater, Brown University, where she is a Women’s Launch Pad mentor and a member of the President’s Advisory Council for the College.

ROSS GARON

ROSS GARON

Ross Garon is Managing Director, Quantitative Strategies at Cubist Systematic Strategies. From 2002 until early 2009, Mr. Garon was the co-founder and Managing Member of Tykhe Capital LLC. Mr. Garon began his career in quantitative finance in 1993 when he joined D. E. Shaw & Co. and was a member of the team that established the firm’s London presence and successful customer business in equity-linked securities (now KBC Financial Products). In 1994, he moved to Tokyo to establish the Japanese presence of D. E. Shaw Securities International. In 1997, Mr. Garon joined Commerzbank’s fledgling securities operation as the head of global business management. In 1998, he returned to New York to become responsible for Commerzbank’s equities business in the United States. In 2000, Mr. Garon co-founded Blink.com, an internet technology company, which was subsequently sold. Mr. Garon graduated magna cum laude from Harvard.

DAVID GOODMAN

DAVID GOODMAN

David Goodman is the brother of Andrew Goodman, the President of The Andrew Goodman Foundation, and member of its Board of Directors. Professionally, David is a civil engineer and holds an MBA from Stanford University. He is presently a Principal of North Arrows LLC, which specializes in power and energy investments. David is a member of the Global Leadership Council of the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), member of US Green Building Council, member of American Solar Energy Society, member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, on the Advisory Board of the Natural History Museum of The Adirondacks and a member of the Antioch College Board of Trustees. He brings extensive experience in developing and expanding organizations.

SYLVIA GOLBIN GOODMAN

SYLVIA GOLBIN GOODMAN

Sylvia Golbin Goodman is the Executive Director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation and a member of its Board of Directors. She leads the Foundation’s programming and organizational development and originated the Hidden Heroes Awards and the Vote Everywhere program. Before joining The AGF, Sylvia was the Director of Corporate Communications for United American Energy Corp. from 1989 to 2001. She is an experienced educator who served for 13 years as a tenured English teacher, guidance counselor and dean for the NYC Board of Education as well as two years as an Adjunct Professor of English at Bergen Community College. In addition, Sylvia is a trained Life Coach and Earth Wisdom Teacher. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Council for Peace. Sylvia earned a B.A. (English) from Connecticut College in 1967, an M.A. (Education) from Syracuse University in 1968 and an M.S. (Counseling) from Fordham University in 1972.

BARBARINA HEYERDAHL

BARBARINA HEYERDAHL

Barbarina Heyerdahl was born in New York City in 1964, the same year Andrew Goodman volunteered as a civil rights worker with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during Freedom Summer. She attended the Rudolf Steiner Waldorf School in NYC, then Barnard College, and received a degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her educational path instilled in her a deep curiosity about the world and commitment to serving it.

Ms. Heyerdahl has always been interested in the intersection of citizens and government working collaboratively to solve problems. Her career has included running an organic vegetable garden, working in early childhood and parent education, and working for various NGO advocacy groups, as well as running a family philanthropic fund, the Acorn Fund. Whether as a funder, board member, or volunteer, she enjoys finding ways to connect organizations that could benefit from working collaboratively. The Acorn Fund supports work on racial and economic justice, climate change, and sustainable agriculture.

Barbarina is married and is the mother of four children (three of whom are now voting age), and also serves as a board member of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.

CHARLES IMOHIOSEN

CHARLES IMOHIOSEN

Charles Imohiosen is a first-cousin of Andrew Goodman. He is the Senior Director of Value Engineering and Global Head of Customer References at Infor. Previously, Mr. Imohiosen was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the Empire State Development Corporation by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. He also worked for the Obama Administration in Washington D.C. as Counselor to the Deputy Administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Administration, where he provided policy advice to Lisa Jackson, Administrator and the Deputy Administrator on a wide range of issues, including environmental technology and finance and community engagement. Charles has a long history of working on local civic engagement issues, having served as a local Democratic District Leader for the Upper West Side of Manhattan, an advisor to Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a representative to the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District, a director for the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center. Previously, he served as an associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. He graduated from Williams College with Honors in 1997, Harvard Law School in 2002, and served as law clerk to Judge Colleen McMahon in the Southern District of New York from 2003-2004.

EDWARD LOWENTHAL

EDWARD LOWENTHAL

Mr. Lowenthal is one of two Co-founders of the Wellsford Group of public and private companies. He served as President and CEO of its NYSE listed REIT, Wellsford Residential Property Trust from its IPO in 1992 to its merger with Equity Residential Property Trust (NYSE: EQR) in 1997. Currently, Mr. Lowenthal is Co-Managing Member of Wellsford Strategic Partners LLC, a private investment firm organized to acquire real estate special situations including equity and debt investments. Mr. Lowenthal presently serves as a non-executive Director of two NYSE listed companies: Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. and as non-executive Chairman of American Campus Communities. Previously he has served as a director of EQR and as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts from 1992-2000. Mr. Lowenthal serves as a Trustee and Vice-Chairman of The Manhattan School of Music and is Chairman of its Executive and Finance Committees. He received a B.A. degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1966 and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1969, where he was an editor of the Georgetown University Law Journal. Mr. Lowenthal is Andrew Goodman’s first cousin.

ROBERT MASTERS, ESQ.

ROBERT MASTERS, ESQ.

Board Member

Robert Masters Esq. is a life-long New Yorker who attended Queens College during the same period as Andrew Goodman. Robert and Andrew drove together from NYC to Oxford, Ohio in June 1964 to participate in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Freedom Summer training to prepare for their volunteer work in Mississippi registering African Americans to vote.

Currently retired, Robert was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Acadia Realty Trust, a fully-integrated equity real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition, ownership, management and redevelopment of high-quality retail properties located in key street and urban retail corridors as well as suburban locations within high-barrier- to-entry, densely-populated metropolitan areas along the East Coast and in Chicago.

Previously Mr. Masters worked in the banking sector, a private law firm, and the Department of Justice. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo and Ghana, West Africa. Robert received his Bachelor of Arts from the City University of New York and his Juris Doctorate from New York University Law School. He currently lives with his wife Carla in White Plains, NY. They have three children and five grandchildren.

JONIAN RAFTI

JONIAN RAFTI

Board Member

Jonian Rafti is a recent graduate of Bard College, where he served as the College’s first Vote Everywhere Ambassador. During his first year at Bard, Jonian founded Election@Bard. The nonpartisan voter engagement group promotes student voting rights in New York’s Dutchess County, a county with a history of student voting rights abuses. For his voting rights activism, he received the Robert Koblitz Human Rights Award in 2015.

After graduating, Jonian joined The Andrew Goodman Foundation and worked to expand and refine Vote Everywhere. Today, he sits on Bard’s Young Alumni Advisory Council and is a student at Fordham Law School, where he is a Public Interest Scholar at the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics.

VALENCIA RICHARDSON

VALENCIA RICHARDSON

Valencia Richardson is a first-year law student at Georgetown University and the co-chair of The Andrew Goodman Foundation's Alumni Association. She is also a certified Distinguished Communicator, recipient of Upper Division Honors from the LSU Honors College, and a Fulbright Scholar. Valencia graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University in 2016, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, with a concentration in Political Communication with a minor in Spanish. In 2014, Valencia became an LSU Vote Everywhere Ambassador for The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She also co-founded Geaux Vote LSU, an on-campus student organization aimed at assisting LSU students with registering to vote, voting, and staying up-to-date on upcoming elections. Under her leadership as a Vote Everywhere Team Leader and Geaux Vote LSU President, her team was instrumental in registering hundreds of students to vote, advocating for higher education funding, as well as increasing voter accessibility for college students by leading the charge to change Louisiana’s state law to allow student IDs to become eligible voter IDs. She will continue to expand voter accessibility in Louisiana as a Puffin Fellow.

AMY SOLAS

AMY SOLAS

Amy Solas is the Founder and Managing Member of Solas Communications, LLC. She has over 25 years of experience in financial communications, marketing consulting, and journalism. Prior to launching Solas Communications, Ms. Solas was a vice president in both Latin America Investment Banking and Corporate Communication at J.P. Morgan. She was a news assistant at The New York Times early in her career.

Ms. Solas is an active member of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance and a volunteer for PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support). She has served as a judge for double-bottom-line business plan competitions and is a contributor to the book Generating and Sustaining Nonprofit Earned Income (Jossey-Bass). A native New Yorker, Ms. Solas graduated from Hunter College High School. She holds a BA cum laude from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

COREY WEISS

COREY WEISS

Corey Weiss has a background in engineering, physics, business management and philanthropy. He spent the early part of his career in the semiconductor industry in both technical and management positions for a subsidiary of Sony Corporation. In 1998, Mr. Weiss founded Applied Technologies Consulting, a business consultancy that serves clients of technology driven enterprises. Mr. Weiss is also an active investor evaluating, making and monitoring investments across asset classes. He is currently a Board member, advisor and fiduciary to a variety of organizations including the Karan-Weiss Foundation (founded by Donna Karan and Stephan Weiss, founders of the NY based fashion house Donna Karan International) and the Green Meadow Waldorf School, of Chestnut Ridge, NY. Mr. Weiss holds a Masters degree in Applied & Engineering Physics from Cornell University, NY and a BA in Physics and a BS in Electrical Engineering both from Rutgers University, NJ.

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