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It is through the dedication of a few that we are able to touch so many. A special thanks to our board members for their commitment, passion, and vision. Together, we are making a visible difference in the health and well-being of our community.
Emeriti: Vince Chiappetta, Norman Goluskin, Nina Kuscsik, Carl C. Landegger, Bryant McBride, Arno Niemand, Elizabeth Phillips, Peter Roth
George Hirsch, 83, has served as chairman of the NYRR Board of Directors since 2004. A lifelong runner, Hirsch ran New York’s first-ever five-borough marathon in 2:49. He has been the worldwide publisher of Runner’s World magazine, the publisher and president of New York magazine, the vice president of Rodale’s magazine division, and the publishing director of Men’s Health magazine.
In the 1980s, he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives; his campaigners included Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers. Hirsch served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness from 1986 to 1988 and was vice chairman of the New York City Sports Commission. He has provided television commentary for prominent racing events such as the Olympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Trials, and major marathons including Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
He marked his 75th birthday by winning his age group in the 2009 New York City Marathon in a time of 4:06:14—a mere two weeks after running the Chicago Marathon in 3:58:42. He continues to shock runners half his age and younger by passing them in NYRR races, in which he routinely places in his age group.
Additional Board Position: Chair, Nominating and Governance
Michael Frankfurt is the senior partner and a founding partner of Frankfurt Kurnit, one of the pre-eminent media and entertainment law firms in the United States. His experience is in all aspects of the business practice of law, focusing on entertainment and media law, representing advertising agencies, commercial film, television, publishing, graphic and fine arts, and new media companies, and representing and counseling executives and talent in those and other businesses.
Frankfurt is an active member of the New York State Bar Association. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of The Creative Coalition and The Armory Foundation and as a trustee of the Hunter College Foundation. He is a member of the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame Committee, Friars Club, Hunter College Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame, and Millrose Athletic Association.
The Hollywood Reporter named Mr. Frankfurt one of the “Top 100 Power Lawyers,” and he was cited as one of New York’s best entertainment lawyers by New York magazine. He has been named a New York-area “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine eight times, and has been listed in Best Lawyers' annual report since 1989.
Frankfurt is a graduate of Hunter College (B.A., 1957), University of Virginia (J.D., 1960), and New York University (L.L.M., 1962).
Additional Board Position: Chair, Investment; Vice Chair, Finance
Thomas G. Labrecque Jr. is the co-founder of NextSteps Research, a consulting practice that he started in 2004. The firm focuses on helping investment professionals and management teams understand and manage competitive trajectories. Clients have ranged from Fortune 100 to middle-market companies, startups, and hedge, private equity, and venture funds. He is also the managing partner of NextSteps Capital, a lower-middle-market private equity firm that invests non-control growth capital into companies with product and revenue.
Before founding the NextSteps businesses, Labrecque was a managing director at the private equity firm Perseus LLC, a partnership with six investment funds and approximately $1.3 billion of capital. Joining the firm as it was expanding to its second fund, he led investments in private companies ranging from bridge financing to leveraged buyouts and restructuring transactions. Before Perseus, Labrecque was at Alvarez and Marsal, a turnarounds and workouts consulting firm. At A&M,There he assumed the roles of COO, CFO, and VP of business development for troubled companies in the telecommunications and manufacturing sectors.
Labrecque holds an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.S. in avionics engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Since becoming president and CEO of NYRR in May 2015, Capiraso has committed the organization to making a bigger impact on youth, communities, and athletes of all abilities through running. To that end, NYRR has expanded its free programs in schools and neighborhood parks, serving nearly 250,000 youth nationally and offering free weekly runs and walks in 13 parks across the five boroughs. The organization has also created new opportunities, like the first-ever Global Running Day and Million Kid Run.
Capiraso has continued to align NYRR with partners that help the organization drive innovation in the sport of running and provide runners the most technologically advanced experiences on and off the course. These include Tata Consultancy Services, NYRR’s premier partner and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon, and New Balance, a well-established brand that shares NYRR’s commitment to emerging technology and giving back to the community.
Capiraso, a runner and father of two, holds undergraduate and MBA degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University and also studied film at New York University. Prior to NYRR, he accumulated 15 years of brand marketing, organizational strategy, and leadership experience at companies like National Football League, Major League Baseball, Cole Haan, and Calvin Klein. Capiraso has worked with NYRR since 2010. He became an executive vice president in 2012 and COO in 2014.
Peter Ciaccia has been a key player at New York Road Runners for the past 16 years. A native New Yorker, he is committed to growing and sustaining a vibrant, inclusive running community in NYC.
Ciaccia works to elevate the logistical integrity and overall race-day experience at NYRR events by coordinating with city, state, and federal officials. He holds certifications in emergency management (FEMA) and Command System (ICS) planning, and is a certified USAT Race Director and USATF official.
Ciaccia also leads recruitment of professional athletes in NYRR’s marquee races and directs NYRR Run Clean, an educational initiative that addresses the issue of doping in the sport. Ciaccia is especially committed to NYRR’s mission to build a community of young runners, and has established partnerships with city agencies to create more opportunities for youth races at NYRR events.
Ciaccia is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Center for Spectator Sports Security and was instrumental in developing the safety and security council for marathoning and road racing in the United States. Before joining NYRR, he held executive positions in the music industry, including roles at CBS Records, Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment. Ciaccia has a BA from the City University of New York and holds a School of Continuing and Professional Studies Certification in Sports, Entertainment & Events Marketing from New York University.
Priscilla is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Real Estate Banking business within the Commercial Bank at JPMorgan Chase. In this capacity, she manages a team of real estate professionals responsible for delivering products and services, such as debt, treasury and investment banking products, to top-tier real estate developers, investors, real estate operating companies, investment funds and real estate investment trusts. Prior to this role, she led Community Development Banking at JPMC, a national real estate business that lends to and invests in community and economic development projects in underserved markets. Priscilla also serves on JPMC’s Real Estate Council.
Previously, Priscilla was the President and CEO of New York State's housing finance agencies. Prior to her government service, Priscilla was a corporate partner at White & Case LLP, a global law firm.
Priscilla serves on the board of directors of Enterprise Community Partners, a national community development financial institution.
Fortune named her one of the “50 Most Powerful Latinas,” and Hispanic Business named her one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the United States and one of their “25 U.S. Corporate Elites.”
Board Position: Vice Chair, Human Resources and Compensation
Anne Beane Rudman is a solo practitioner with a criminal defense practice. Previously, she was an assistant district attorney and the chief of the Asset Forfeiture Unit with the New York County District Attorney’s office for 25 years. Rudman is chairman of the board and special counsel for Lawyers Without Borders and has been involved with trial advocacy training programs in Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, and Uganda. She also serves on the board of directors of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has run the New York City Marathon nine times, with a personal best of 3:37.
Dr. Mark Bilsky is an Attending Neurosurgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and Professor of Neurological Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He holds the William E. Snee Chair in Neurosurgical Oncology and serves as the Chief of the MSKCC Multi-disciplinary Spine Tumor Service (MSTS). He received the Willet F. Whitmore Award for Clinical Excellence at MSKCC in 2014 and has been recognized on the annual list of New York Magazine’s Best Doctors and America’s Top Doctors for Cancer since 2005 and Super Doctors since 2008.
Dr. Bilsky’s efforts to advance the treatment of both benign and malignant spine tumors of the MSTS have led to the development of international treatment paradigms that integrate tumor-specific surgical approaches with advanced radiation techniques and percutaneous interventional procedures. This combined modality treatment has significantly improved treatment outcomes and substantially reduced morbidity for patients with spine tumors. Based on this work, Dr. Bilsky has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and delivered over 350 lectures worldwide.
Dr. Bilsky has been an NYRR member since 1988 and has completed 10 marathons. He resides in Manhattan with his wife and daughter, both runners as well.
Board Position: Chair, Development and Philanthropy
Richard Byrne is the president of Benefit Street Partners, the credit‐investing arm of Providence Equity Partners. Prior to joining Benefit Street Partners in 2013, Byrne was the chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. He was also the global head of capital markets at Deutsche Bank and a member of the Global Banking Executive Committee and the Global Markets Executive Committee. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Byrne was global co‐head of the Leveraged Finance Group and the global head of credit research at Merrill Lynch. He was also a perennially top‐ranked credit analyst.
Byrne earned an M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. from Binghamton University. He is also on the Board of Directors of MFA Financial, Inc.
Board Position: Chair, Public Affairs
Raul Damas is vice president of corporate affairs & communications at Purdue Pharma LP, a privately held mid-cap specialty pharmaceutical company. He is responsible for the company’s corporate communications, government affairs, health policy, advocacy alliances, and business intelligence functions.
Previously, Damas spent seven years at Pfizer in various senior positions, including media relations, government relations, and policy development. He also served in the White House as associate director of the Office of Political Affairs, where he advised the president and senior administration officials on political and public policy matters. Prior to that, Damas was coalitions director at the Republican National Committee and co-founder of Latino Opinions, a bilingual polling and strategic communications firm.
Damas is a graduate of Villanova University, and holds a Master’s of Political Management from George Washington University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Damas resides in Manhattan with his wife, Rebecca, and daughter, Sarah.
Since 2001, Christopher Foster has served as an assistant district attorney for the New York County District Attorney’s office, prosecuting some of the most serious crimes in Manhattan. In addition to those prosecutions, Foster has supervised teams of handpicked prosecutors who build complex cases against violent street gangs.
Growing up in New York City, Foster participated in many different sports, but he primarily used running as a tool to obtain fitness. During his junior year in college, he was talked into joining the cross country team, which meant spending a summer running more than he ever thought possible. That foray into track workouts, long runs, and hill repeats forged an appreciation of the sport. Foster continues to participate in and enjoy the dedication, camaraderie, and sacrifice required to run NYRR events.
Being a board member has enabled Foster to combine his dedication to New York City and its communities with a sport that he has grown to love. He understands that the benefits of structure through sport are particularly helpful to young people, who can easily stray from productive habits.
Foster received his B.A. in history from Vassar College and his J.D. from Albany Law School.
Jason Gorevic became the CEO of Teladoc in 2009, and has led the company through tremendous growth, increasing revenue nearly twentyfold and driving Teladoc to become the nation's largest and fastest growing telemedicine firm. He has steered Teladoc through innovative program enhancements, the redesign of its core technology, multiple successful acquisitions, and its 2015 IPO.
Previously, Gorevic was senior vice president and chief marketing and product officer for WellPoint Inc., a Fortune 50 managed-care company and the second-largest U.S. insurer. He twice won WellPoint’s Pinnacle Award for outstanding leadership. Gorevic became part of the WellPoint management team when it acquired Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, where he was the president of the $7 billion New York market, having joined the company in 2002. He began his career at Oxford Health Plans.
In 2015, Gorevic was named 2015 Digital Healthcare Innovator of the Year by Healthegy, in recognition of his efforts to bring telehealth into the mainstream. Additionally, he was recognized by Ernst & Young in 2014 as a regional winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award and in 2003 was named one of Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40″ executives. He received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Board Positions: Vice Chair, Audit; Vice Chair, Development and Philanthropy
Michael Gross has more than 25 years of experience in the private equity, distressed debt, and mezzanine lending businesses. He is the CEO, chairman, and a founder of Solar Capital Ltd. and Solar Senior Capital Ltd., two business development companies that provide primarily debt financing to sponsor-owned, U.S. middle market companies. Since founding Solar Capital in 2007 and Solar Senior Capital in 2011, Gross, as co-chair of the franchise’s investment committee, has overseen investments totaling more than $4.2 billion in over 160 companies to more than 140 financial sponsors. Between 2004 and 2006, Gross was the CEO and chairman of Apollo Investment Corporation, a business development company that he founded. In addition, Gross is a founder and former senior partner of Apollo Management, L.P., a leading private equity firm. During his tenure at Apollo Management, from 1990 to 2006, Gross was a member of the investment committee that was responsible for more than $13 billion invested in over 150 companies in the U.S. and Western Europe. From 1987 to 1990, Gross worked in mergers and acquisitions at Drexel Burnham Lambert.
Gross currently serves on the board of directors of Jarden Corporation and Global Ship Lease Inc. He also serves on the boards of the Mount Sinai Pediatrics Foundation and the Trinity School, and on the advisory boards of Kellogg Global and Ross BBA.
He earned a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Michigan and an M.M. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Board Positions: Chair, Finance; Vice Chair, Investment
Mark Levenfus is a former managing partner of Marks Paneth LLP, a nationally recognized accounting and advisory firm with revenues exceeding $130M and a staff of approximately 600. In this capacity, he oversaw the firm's operations, managed business development efforts, and consulted on key accounts. He also played a major role in developing strategy, setting policy, and overseeing acquisitions. In his present role, managing partner emeritus, he is continuing to serve the firm in many of these capacities.
Under his leadership, the firm underwent a major transformation that included several significant milestones: built a nationally recognized brand and reputation for a firm whose heritage was the merger of two local New York firms; expanded its offerings beyond traditional accounting firm services to become an established provider of sophisticated advisory services; reorganized its organization model to align with the industries of its clients and developed compelling professional expertise in these industries; and increased firm revenue at an 8 percent compound annual growth rate.
Levenfus founded the firm’s media and entertainment business area and grew it into a major division of the firm, servicing prominent clients. Under his leadership, the firm has worked with nearly all segments of the industry, including internet and e-commerce; telecommunications; camera and lighting equipment rental and sales; direct mail; motion picture financing; motion picture production and distribution; theatrical production; television commercial production; editing and post-production; radio and television stations; book and magazine publishers; and advertising and public relations firms.
Board Position: Chair, Youth and Community Services
Nnenna Lynch is the director of development at The Georgetown Company, LLC, a privately held real estate investment and development firm in New York City. Prior to joining The Georgetown Company, Lynch served as senior policy advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for six years. In that role, she led inter-agency teams to create and implement economic development policies, projects, and initiatives. Before serving in government, she was a partner in Urban Green Builders, LLC, a real estate development firm with a focus on transportation-based, mixed-use real estate projects in distressed neighborhoods throughout the New York City metro area, emphasizing eco-friendly design. Lynch has also worked as an analyst with Goldman Sachs and was a professional runner and spokesperson for the sporting goods corporation Fila. She is a board member of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars and a member of the Robin Hood Foundation's Housing Advisory Board.
Lynch received her B.A. in sociology from Villanova University in 1993. A standout runner at Villanova whose resume includes five NCAA and nine Big East titles as well as NCAA Woman of the Year and NCAA Top Eight awards, she was inducted into the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. In 1993, she became the first of three Rhodes Scholars in Villanova history.
Lynch earned her master’s degree in social anthropology from Oxford University in 1996. She resides in Harlem with her husband and two children.
Nnamdi Okike is a venture capitalist and angel investor with a track record of investing in leading software and internet companies. Nnamdi is co-founder and general partner of 645 Ventures, a seed to Series A venture capital firm headquartered in New York. Nnamdi oversees the fund’s investment strategy and works with portfolio companies ALICE, LeagueApps, Rifiniti, Poshly, and Keaton Row.
Nnamdi previously worked as a private equity investor for Kayne Anderson Private Investors, as a business development officer at Verne Global, and as a consultant for Boston Consulting Group.
Nnamdi received his B.A. with cum laude honors, J.D. with cum laude honors, and M.B.A. with second-year honors from Harvard University, where he was a five-time letterman in track and field.
Former JPMorgan Chase executive Steve Pamon is currently the CEO of Beyoncé’s management company, Parkwood Entertainment. In the time he has held the position, he has made history with his involvement in the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show, the launch of the athleisure line Ivy Park, the groundbreaking release of Beyonce’s Lemonade film/album, and the commencement of The Formation World Tour.
Prior to joining Parkwood Entertainment, Pamon was the head of sports and entertainment marketing for JPMorgan Chase, where he led a team responsible for the ongoing marketing of the Global JPMC sponsorship portfolio.
Pamon’s team was also the primary sponsor behind many of the world’s most significant entertainment venues and productions, including Radio City Music Hall, The Rockettes, Chicago Theater, Los Angeles Forum, Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run Tour, and The Concert for Valor, among others.
Before joining JPMC, Pamon was the vice president of strategy and new business development for the National Football League. He also served as the senior vice president and general manager of HBO's digital distribution and business development team.
Pamon holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in business administration (concentration in finance) from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.
John Roberts is an adviser and consultant to the tech industry. He has spent 10 years in venture capital, working primarily on clean tech and data science startups, and has been the president of Central Park Track Club since 2008.
He was the first Brooklyn and ninth American finisher in the 2011 New York City Marathon but now gets winded chasing after his two young boys.
Amber Sabathia is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, published columnist, public speaker, and contributing editor.
Having grown up in the inner city and been raised by a single mom, Amber learned early on to follow her dream and that anything is possible. With this core value at the forefront, she co-founded the PitCCh In Foundation to enrich the lives of at-risk youth in inner cities. She also manages several business projects including being the creator and designer of CCandy Clothing™, a unique line of clothing for children.
Amber graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and earned a Certificate of Philanthropy at Heyman College at New York University. She is married to her high school sweetheart, CC Sabathia, six-time All-Star and Cy Young Award-winning pitcher for the New York Yankees. Amidst all her success, Amber’s greatest accomplishment is being a mom to four amazing children.
Cidra M. Sebastien is the Associate Executive Director at The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a Harlem-based organization that serves 1,000 youth across New York City.
Cidra graduated from Hampton University with a B.A. in English Arts, and from New York University’s Gallatin School with an M.A., completing her thesis on the connections between education, social justice, and the arts.
In 2005, Cidra was a co-awardee of the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award and co-authored “Taking Back the Work: A Cooperative Inquiry into the Work of Leaders of Color in Movement-Building Organizations.” She traveled to Brazil and the UK in 2008 and 2009 to discuss issues of leadership and race in the U.S. She is a Ford Public Voices Fellow of The OpEd Project. She was appointed to the New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative as a Steer Committee member and Co-Chair of the Education Committee. Cidra is an avid runner and lives with her family in Brooklyn.
Danielle Sered envisioned, launched, and directs Common Justice. She leads the project’s efforts locally and nationally to develop and advance practical and groundbreaking solutions to violence that advance racial equity, meet the needs of those harmed, and do not rely on incarceration. Before planning the launch of Common Justice, Danielle served as the deputy director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Adolescent Reentry Initiative, a program for young men returning from incarceration on Rikers Island. Prior to joining Vera, she worked at the Center for Court Innovation's Harlem Community Justice Center, where she led its programs for court-involved and recently incarcerated youth.
Danielle sits on the Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims, the Advisory Council to the New York State Office of Victims Services, the New York State Governor’s Council on Reentry and Community Reintegration, and the Advisory Board to the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice.
Danielle received the 67th Precinct Council Award for Service, given in recognition for leadership in reducing violence in Brooklyn, and the Brown Memorial Baptist Church Extraordinary Woman Award. A Stoneleigh fellow, Danielle received her B.A. from Emory University and her Master's degrees from New York University and Oxford University (UK), where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Judy Turchin is a Managing Director and Global Chief Compliance Officer of the Real Estate Group at Blackstone. Ms. Turchin is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all compliance matters relating to Blackstone’s global real estate business.
Prior to joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. Turchin was a Senior Vice President and Legal Officer at Lehman Brothers Real Estate Private Equity. Prior to that, she was with the law firm of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in the real estate department.
Ms. Turchin received a BA from Rutgers College, with honors, a Certificate in Government Studies from the Eagleton Institute of Politics, and a JD from Fordham Law School.
Juan Uro is a partner at Ernst & Young (EY), where he focuses on counseling and supporting CFOs, CEOs, boards, and other C-suite executives on corporate finance, strategy, transactions, and operations issues. He has counseled and supported CFOs and other finance leaders on a broad set of issues (e.g., value creation & strategy, resource allocation and transactions, cost and operational improvements, finance function optimization) and has done that across many sectors (e.g., media, financial services, consumer, healthcare) and geographies (North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America).
Prior to joining EY, Juan served as executive vice president, league finance and global strategy at the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he led the league's finance department as well as the global strategy department. Juan also served as a partner at McKinsey & Company; during his time at McKinsey, he helped numerous Fortune 100 companies develop and implement top management strategy, finance, and operations best practices. He cultivated and developed trust-based relationships with many C-suite executives and served them across a variety of business problems.
Before his tenure at McKinsey & Company, Juan served as an economic advisor at Argentina’s Ministry of Economy. Juan graduated from Argentina’s Universidad Nacional de la Plata with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics. He also earned a master’s in finance at Argentina’s Universidad Torcuato di Tella before earning an MBA in finance and economics at Columbia Business School.
Alice Vilma is managing director of the Multicultural Client Strategy team at Morgan Stanley, where she works to strengthen the company's connection to the multicultural business community by identifying, developing, and executing commercial opportunities with corporate, government, and individual clients. She is also the co‐head of the Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab, an accelerator that invests in and supports tech and tech‐enabled startups with a multicultural or woman founder.
Vilma has spent her career in the financial services industry and worked at Sallie Mae in the Strategic Planning and Corporate Development group before attending business school. Prior to Morgan Stanley, she was an assistant vice president in the Communications, Media, and Entertainment Group at CIT, where she spent her time advising clients on and making investments in production- and content-related companies in the entertainment sector.
Vilma has over 15 years of structured finance experience across various asset classes and sectors, executing over $25 billion of securitization, structured finance, and equity transactions over that time. She graduated cum laude with a BBA in finance from the University of Miami and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
David Weil is the chief operating officer of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. He oversees the foundation's operations and administration and focuses on strategic opportunities to enhance the foundation's impact and scale.
Weil previously worked as president and COO of TPG-Axon Capital, a global equity hedge fund, and as a partner at Goldman Sachs, where he held several management roles, including COO of the investment management division, global treasurer of the firm, head of finance and operations for Goldman Sachs Asia (based in Hong Kong), and chief financial officer for the firm’s Whitehall Real Estate Funds.
Weil also serves as a founding board member of the Gendler Grapevine Project, which supports lasting initiatives in the Jewish community that promote environmental sustainability and social justice. He previously served on the audit committee for Planned Parenthood of NYC and on the board of the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation.