About Us

As we near our centennial, we are as energetic, bold, and creative as ever when it comes to leveling the playing field for underserved youth.

Read Chairman's Message

Our mission is to level the playing field for underserved youth.

We do that by focusing our giving on education.

We support programs, partnerships, and targeted solutions in college access and success, workforce training and jobs access, and arts or physical education that improves achievement in the classroom.

We take a venture philanthropy approach to funding, using three principal strategies—catalytic giving, strategic partnerships, and targeted problem solving—that look for inflection points where we have the potential to change the course of a young person’s life at a key juncture.

Our Board & Staff

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  • Howard G. (Peter) Sloane
  • Hilary Azrael
  • Mark E. Beck
  • Brian Feinstein
  • Daniel Laub
  • Philippe Laub
  • Gail Meyers
  • Kathryn Meyers
  • Matt Perelman
  • Alexander Sloane
  • Jake Sloane
  • Nessia Sloane Kushner
  • Arthur Smadbeck
  • Jeffrey Smadbeck
  • Leigh Smadbeck
  • Louis Smadbeck
  • Louis Smadbeck, Jr.
  • Mark Smadbeck
  • Paul Smadbeck
  • Alexander Taubman
  • David Tillson

Administrative Staff

  • Ourania Vokolos-Zias,
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Alyssia George,
    Receptionist and Administrative Assistant
  • Christina Figueroa,
    Facilities Manager and Bookkeeper

Program Staff

  • Shelby (Marzouk) Abell,
    Senior Program Officer
  • Ashley Dunn,
    Grants Manager
  • Cara Bowmore,
    Program Officer

Heckscher Scholars

  • Geoffrey Howarth,
  • Pamela Mason,
    Director of College & Financial Aid Advising
  • Beth Pili,
    Director of College & Financial Aid Advising
  • Giselle Robledo,
    Student Affairs Coordinator