CEO, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
Stephanie Cuskley is the CEO of the Helmsley Charitable Trust, one of the largest foundations in the U.S., granting over $270 million annually. Headquartered in NYC, with an endowment of almost $6 billion, Helmsley supports exceptional efforts in health and select place-based initiatives. Helmsley is one of the largest private funders of work in type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and rural healthcare in the U.S. Helmsley’s work in health also extends to Israel, sub-Saharan Africa, and NYC.
Appointed in 2015, Stephanie brings more than 30 years of management, investment, and leadership experience from the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Since joining Helmsley, Stephanie has launched a strategic transformation towards a focus on health and a drive towards thought leadership and high-impact grantmaking. A confirmed believer in the power of personal leadership, Stephanie is helping Helmsley build a talent management approach that attracts and develops outstanding talent and enables them to work together as One Helmsley to drive maximum impact across programs.
Stephanie began her career as an investment banker with Drexel Burnham and most recently with JPMorgan Chase, where she spent many years leading leveraged finance, as well as public and private equity offerings for U.S. and global corporations.
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