President, The New York Community Trust
Lorie A. Slutsky has been the president of The New York Community Trust since 1990. She is responsible for managing The Trust’s nearly 2,500 charitable funds, overseeing an operation that distributed about $225 million in grants from an endowment approaching $3 billion.
Ms. Slutsky began her career at The Trust in 1977 and was named executive vice president in 1987.
Ms. Slutsky received her BA from Colgate University, where she served for nine years as a trustee and chairman of the budget committee, and her MA from The New School, where she was a trustee for six years. She is a former board chairman of the Council on Foundations and BoardSource, treasurer of the Independent Sector, and vice chairman of The Foundation Center. She is a former director of AllianceBernstein Holding, an investment management firm, and AXA Financial, Inc., an insurance company.
Ms. Slutsky co-chaired the Independent Sector’s Panel on the Nonprofit Sector. She has served on the boards of United Way of New York City, Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, the DeWitt Wallace Fund for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Forthcoming research from CEP will explore how funders approach the question of influencing policy at the national, local, and regional levels. When and how should funders influence policy? When do funders’ actions strengthen democracy, and when might they undermine it? What should be the guiding principles for funders as they consider the role of policy influence in their strategies? CEP’s research and a panel of philanthropic leaders will consider these questions.