Mentor Community

Our Mentors
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One of the most important resources that the Locus Community has to offer is the experience and engagement of its mentors. Covering a broad spectrum of industries, our mentors have committed a portion of their time each year to sharing their insight on the importance of philanthropy. Understanding the importance of high impact service at a young age, these people believe in the value that Locus provides and its path to success.

Laurence Belfer

Chief Executive Officer of Belfer Management LLC

Laurence D. Belfer is Chief Executive Officer of Belfer Management LLC in New York, NY, a family investment firm that emphasizes the energy, real estate, financial services and certain consumer-facing industries.  He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Castleton Commodities International, LLC.  Previously, Laurence served as Vice-Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer of Belco Oil and Gas Corp. (NYSE) and Co-Founder of Harvest Capital LP.


In the not-for-profit sector, Laurence serves on the Board of Directors of The Belfer Foundations and the 92nd Street Y, where he founded and Chairs the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact.  He is a Member of the Executive Committee, Vice Chair of the Dean’s Council and a Member of the International Council of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs all at the Harvard Kennedy School.  He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing and is a Member of the Asia Society Policy Institute’s Council.  Previously, he served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of HELP USA and UJA Federation of New York, where he chaired the Terrorism Response Fund and the Jewish Leadership Forum.


Laurence is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO Big Apple Gold) and is a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute.  He is a 1988 graduate with honors from Harvard University who earned his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 1992.  He and his wife, Carolyn, their two sons and daughter live in New York, NY.

Jeff Freed

Managing Partner of Arlington Capital

Jeffrey shares overall responsibilities for all management and investment activities of the firm. Jeffrey has primary responsibility for Arlington’s business services investments and shares responsibility for the firm’s software and IT services investments. Jeffrey has nearly 30 years of private equity experience encompassing over 35 transactions in a variety of industries representing over $4.0 billion in aggregate enterprise value. Prior to Arlington, Jeffrey was the President and Chief Investment Officer of Westbury Capital Partners, L.P., a direct investment partnership focused on middle-market companies. During his tenure at Westbury, Jeffrey established the firm’s investment strategy, created the firm’s deal flow and executed all of the partnership’s principal investments. Prior to Westbury, Jeffrey was a Principal at Oak Hill Capital Partners, the management company of Acadia Partners, L.P., a $1.8 billion investment partnership established by Robert M. Bass and certain institutional investors. Jeffrey was one of seven dedicated professionals responsible for all aspects of initiating, evaluating, executing and closing leveraged buyout transactions. Previously, Jeffrey was a Principal with Adler and Shaykin, a firm with $300 million of equity capital under management. Jeffrey began his career in 1985 as one of the original members of Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, the firm’s principal investment arm.

Jeffrey earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and received B.S. and B.A. degrees, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and College of Arts & Sciences dual degree program in Economics and Oriental History.

Jeffrey is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Zemax. Jeffrey previously served on the Board of Directors of AdVenture Interactive, Apogen Technologies, Brightstar Education Group, Compusearch Software Systems, New Vision Group, Novetta Solutions, SignalTree Solutions, SECOR International and Sports Information Group.

Consumer Retail
Neil Blumenthal

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker

Andrew Tisch

Co-Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Loews Corporation

Andrew H. Tisch is co-chairman of the board and chairman of the executive committee of Loews Corporation. He serves on the boards of directors of CNA Financial Corporation, Texas Gas Transmission, LLC and Boardwalk Pipelines, LLC. He is also a member of the board of K12, Inc. Previously, Andrew served as chairman and chief executive officer of Lorillard, Inc. (1990 to 1995), and as president of the Bulova Watch Company and Bulova Corporation (1979 to 1990).


He is also active in several organizations focused on education and policy. He is involved with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (vice chair) and is a co-founder of the political organization No Labels. He holds leadership positions at Harvard Business School (Dean's Board of Advisors) and Weill Cornell Medicine (board of overseers), as well as the Young Women's Leadership Foundation (co-founder). He is a former vice-chairman of the board of Cornell University.


Additionally, Andrew is active with a number of organizations based in New York where he resides. These organizations include the New York Historical Society (executive committee), the City Parks Foundation (chairman), the Wildlife Conservation Society (trustee/secretary), and the New York City Police Foundation (trustee/executive committee). He is also a member of the Economic Club of New York (former chairman), the Brookings Institution (trustee), and the Council on Foreign Relations.


Andrew is active in Jewish communal affairs through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (trustee) and the Jewish Leadership Forum (founding chairman).


He holds a B.S. degree from Cornell University (1971) and an M.B.A. from Harvard University (1977). Andrew is married to educator and journalist Ann Rubenstein Tisch and lives in New York.


Neil Blumenthal is a co‐founder and co‐CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. In 2015, Fast Company named Warby Parker the most innovative company in the world.


Prior to launching Warby Parker in 2010, Neil served as director of VisionSpring, a nonprofit social enterprise that trains low‐income women to start their own businesses selling affordable eyeglasses to individuals living on less than $4 per day in developing countries.  


He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. He serves on the board of RxArt and on the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council.  


A native of New York City, Neil received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Neil lives in Greenwich Village with his wife, Rachel, the founder and CEO of Rockets of Awesome, and their two children.

Judith Baum
Chair UJA Women
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Judy Baum currently serves as chair of UJA Women, which raised $35.5 million dollars in the past campaign year. This was part of a record $249 million campaign year overall. She is a member of the UJA Federation of New York's executive committee and Board of Directors and its Planned Giving and Marketing Committees. Prior positions at UJA include chairing the New Leadership Committee and Long Island Women's Campaign.


Nationally, Judy is a member of JFNA's National Women's Philanthropy, comprised of Jewish leaders from throughout North America. She co-chaired the International Lion of Judah Conference in 2016. In her synagogue, Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation, Judy served as a member of the executive committee and president. 

Judy has received the Golda Meir Award for women's leadership.

Judy and her husband have two married children. 

Charlie Bresler

Executive Director of The Life You Can Save

After earning a PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology from Clark University, Charlie became The Director of Behavioral Medicine for The California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno (CSPP-F) where he was a full-time professor for seven years. Before departing the world of academia, Charlie founded and directed the Anxiety and Stress Disorder Clinic, a treatment and teaching clinic for CSPP-F. Upon leaving CSPP-F, Charlie was recruited to The Men’s Wearhouse where over time he became head of human resources, stores, and marketing and ultimately President. In 2008, Charlie made the difficult decision to step down in order to fulfill his long-standing desire to work directly on wealth inequality.

Charlie became the Executive Director of The Life You Can Save, a non-profit that is dedicated to dramatically reducing extreme poverty and its devastating effects on over 700 million men, women and children globally. Through his financial support and leadership, Charlie has helped Peter Singer develop this organization from the ground up. With his keen understanding of human behavior, organizational development, and his consensus-building leadership style, Charlie continues to guide The Life You Can Save's team today. He lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with his wife Diana, who partners with Charlie in supporting The Life You Can Save.


"I often have the feeling that the life I am saving is my own, because helping to ameliorate suffering and saving lives among the world's poorest people through the work of great charities like those we recommend is such a rare privilege."

Jeff Solomon

President & CEO of Cowen Inc.

Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon is Senior Advisor to Chasbro Investments, the family office of Charles Bronfman. For two decades, he was the President of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, a group of foundations operating in Canada, Israel and the United States. He currently sits on the Boards of the Leichtag Foundation in San Diego, the Jim Joseph Foundation in San Francisco and FJC: a Foundation of Philanthropic Funds in New York. He is the Chair of Leading Edge, an organization aimed at talent acquisition and retention in the Jewish community and serves as an officer of the Peaceworks Foundation and the Diabetes Media Foundation. He is a prolific author, and teaches in the masters and doctorate programs of New York University School of Social Work.

Caryl Stern

President and CEO of UNICEF USA

Caryl M. Stern is the President and CEO of UNICEF USA, following 27 years of non-profit and education experience. Caryl previously served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, the founding Director of the Anti-Defamation League's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute and the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University.


Caryl currently serves on the boards of The Container Store, the WE ARE FAMILY Foundation, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the SEEDS Academy and the Advisory Board to the WNBA. She previously served on the boards of the United Nations International School, Mercy College and the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation.


Caryl frequently appears in the media and has been publicly recognized for her work. Her honors and awards include the Leading Lights Award from the National Multicultural Institute and the FutureWork Institute, and the Inspiration Award from the United Nations Association of Young Professionals. Caryl has also been named a “Role MOMel “ by the New York Daily News, and one of Jewish Women International's 10 " Women to Watch", Working Mother Magazine's "25 Moms We Love", and the FORWARD 50, a list of the 50 most influential Jews in America.


Caryl's latest book, I Believe in ZERO: Learning from the World’s Children (St. Martin’s Press, 2013), offers memorable stories from her travels around the world and describes her inspiration for supporting the world's children.


Caryl holds a B.A. degree in Studio Art from the State University of New York at Oneonta and an M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Western Illinois University. She completed her doctoral coursework in this same field at Loyola University in Chicago. Caryl has received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from both Mercy College and Cedar Crest College.


Caryl is married, and has three sons and two grandchildren.

Meighan Stone

Director of the Malala Fund

Meighan Stone is Director of the Malala Fund. She served previously as Vice President of Communications and Special Projects at World Food Program USA and as President of the Developing Group, supporting the Global Partnership for Education’s 2011 $1.5 billion Replenishment Conference. Meighan has lead special projects in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum, 2010 FIFA World Cup and at UN and G8 summits globally. At Bono's ONE Campaign, she was Communications Director and then Director of Special Projects, part of the team that helped build the organization in its early years. Meighan has also served as a Congressional Fellow, media consultant for the World Economic Forum and worked on HIV/AIDS projects in the office of President Clinton. A former campaign Press Secretary, Meighan has also worked on the Democratic National Convention and Inauguration of President Obama. She is a member of the Board for both Pencils of Promise and Good Labs.

Jodi Schwartz

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz

Jodi J. Schwartz focuses on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs and financial instruments.  Ms. Schwartz has been the principal tax lawyer on numerous domestic and cross-border transactions in a wide range of industries.  She was elected partner in 1990.

Ms. Schwartz received her B.S. in Economics magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981, her M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) in 1984, her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1984 and her LL.M. in taxation from the New York University Law School in 1987.

Ms. Schwartz is recognized as one of the world's leading lawyers in the field of taxation, including being selected by Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading LawyersChambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessInternational Who's Who of Business Lawyers and as a tax expert by Euromoney Institutional Investor Expert Guides. In addition, she is a member of the Executive Committee and past chair of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association and also is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Ms. Schwartz serves on the board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, the Jewish Community Project of Lower Manhattan and serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Ms. Schwartz lives in Manhattan with her husband, son and daughter.

Jeff Wilpon

Partner of Sterling Equities and COO of the NY Mets

Jeffrey S. Wilpon is a Partner of Sterling Equities and the Chief Operating Officer of the New York Mets, overseeing the team’s day-to-day baseball and business operations. He is also Partner of Sterling Project Development. Mr. Wilpon serves on the board of MLB Business and Media, as well as other non-profit organizations. He also serves on the board of the New York Mets Foundation and received a Presidential Appointment in 2007 from President George W. Bush to the Board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl

Senior Rabbi of Central Synagogue in NYC

Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl serves as the senior rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City, the first woman to lead the large Reform congregation in its 175-year history. Rabbi Buchdahl first joined Central Synagogue as senior cantor in 2006. In 2014, she was chosen by the congregation to be senior rabbi.


Rabbi Buchdahl was invested as a cantor in 1999 and also ordained as a rabbi in 2001 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York where she was a Wexner Graduate fellow. She earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University in 1994. Born in Korea to a Jewish American father and a Korean Buddhist mother, Rabbi Buchdahl is the first Asian American to be ordained as cantor or rabbi in North America. Prior to her service at Central Synagogue, Rabbi Buchdahl served as associate rabbi/cantor at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y.


Rabbi Buchdahl has been nationally recognized for her innovations in leading worship, which draw large crowds both in the congregation’s historic Main Sanctuary and via live stream and cable broadcast to viewers in more than 100 countries.


Rabbi Buchdahl has been featured in dozens of news outlets including the Today Show, NPR, PBS and was listed as one of Newsweek’s “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis.” She serves on the boards of Auburn Theological Seminary, Avodah Jewish Service Corps, and the UJA-Federation of NY.


Rabbi Buchdahl and her husband Jacob Buchdahl have three children.

Linda Mirels

Honorary Board Member of UJA-Federation of New York

Ms. Linda Mirels serves as Honorary Board Member of UJA-Federation of New York. Previously, she served as Chairman of UJA-Federation of New York. Ms. Mirels co-chaired the UJA-Federation Campaign Steering Committee for three years, culminating with the 2011 Campaign, which raised a total of $188 million, surpassing the 2010 campaign by more than $7 million. She previously chaired the Women's Campaign and is an Executive Committee member-at-large and sits on the Board of Directors of UJA-Federation. She is involved in a number of other philanthropic organizations, including the American Jewish Committee, where she serves on the Executive Committee; the Jewish Funders Network, where she is on the Board of Directors; and the Metropolitan Opera, where she serves on the Advisory Board.

Rabbi Peter Rubinstein

Director of Jewish Community and Bronfman Center for Jewish Life

Peter J. Rubinstein brings decades of experience as a congregational rabbi and as a leader in the Jewish and interfaith communities to his role as 92Y’s director of Jewish Community and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life. In this capacity, he oversees Jewish content and programming within the Bronfman Center, collaborates with staff throughout the institution on innovative programs related to Jewish themes and forges new collaborations with faith leaders both within and beyond the Jewish community.

Rabbi Rubinstein is also the Rabbi Emeritus of Central Synagogue, a Reform congregation where he served as the Senior Rabbi for 23 years. Prior to his position at Central Synagogue, Rabbi Rubinstein served as the Rabbi of Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, New York and Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, California.


Rabbi Rubinstein graduated from Amherst College and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York where he received a Master of Hebrew Letters degree with honors.  Prior to joining Central Synagogue, he served as the Rabbi of Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, N.Y., and at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, California.  Throughout his career, Rabbi Rubinstein has taught at Manhattanville College, Colgate University, San Jose State and the HUC-JIR in both New York and Cincinnati. In addition to his professional affiliations and responsibilities, Rabbi Rubinstein is a founder and Chair of the Rabbinic Council of the World Union of Progressive Judaism and Co-chair of the Partnership of Faith in New York City.  He is the Founder and Chair of the Rabbinic Vision Initiative aimed at the evolution of Reform Judaism in North America and he is a frequent lecturer on the role of a Rabbi now and in the future.  Rabbi Rubinstein serves on the Board of several prominent organizations including Auburn Theological Seminary of which he is the immediate past Chairman of the Board, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, UJA-Federation of New York, United Way of New York, and the Rabbinic Council of HUC-JIR.  He is recognized as a leader in the changing face of the Jewish community and was ranked number 3 in Newsweek’s 2012 list of “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis”.  He has been on the list since its inception.


His writing has been included in several books including, Our Rabbis Taught (1990), How Can I Find God (1997), Restoring Faith (2001), and Shine by Star Jones (2006).


Rabbi Rubinstein is married to Kerry Rubinstein.

Susan Stern

Immediate Past Chair, National Campaign, Jewish Federations of North America

Susie Stern is a local and national civic leader who was nominated by President Barack Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In that role, she is focused on the issue of Human Trafficking. Susie also serves as the chair of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service and as chair of Global Programs for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Susie was a co-creator of the International Lion of Judah Conference and is immediate past national campaign chair of Jewish Federations of North America. She has also previously served as the national chair and president of National Women’s Philanthropy, chair of National Young Leadership Cabinet and chair of the board of UJA-Federation of New York.

Her work has enabled her to visit the Jewish communities of Ethiopia, Cuba, Ukraine, Russia, Argentina, Bulgaria, Turkey, Poland, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Latvia and Belarus. In 1991 she was asked to be one of the eyewitnesses to Operation Solomon, the historic rescue of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews in 23 hours.

She is married to Jeffrey, and together they have two married sons and one grandson.

Commissioner Mary Bassett

NYC Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene 

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Dr. Mary Travis Bassett was appointed commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in January 2014. With more than 30 years of experience in public health, Dr. Bassett has dedicated her career to advancing health equity.

After Dr. Bassett completed her medical training, she moved to Harare, Zimbabwe, where she served on the medical faculty at the University of Zimbabwe for 17 years. In that role, she developed a range of AIDS prevention interventions to address one of the world’s worst AIDS epidemics. She later served as the associate director of Health Equity at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Southern Africa Office, overseeing it Africa AIDS portfolio.

In 2002, Dr. Bassett was appointed deputy commissioner of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she directed key initiatives, including bans on smoking and trans fats in restaurants and the requirement at chain restaurants to post calorie counts. She also established the department’s District Public Health Offices (DPHOs) in East and Central Harlem, the South Bronx and North and Central Brooklyn to lead targeted health and communication strategies in these communities that experience an excess burden of disease. Each office advances community health through home visiting programs, free exercise programs, efforts to increase access to healthy food, meetings with area doctors and coordination with local coalitions.

Most recently, since 2009, Dr. Bassett served at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation as program director for the African Health Initiative and more recently has led the Child Well-being Program. Both portfolios have focused on strengthening systems to support health improvement.

Dr. Bassett grew up in New York City, received her B.A. in History and Science from Harvard University, her M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She served her medical residency at Harlem Hospital Center, and has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Washington. She served for many years as an associate editor of the American Journal of Public Health.