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March 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Please join us as we inaugurate BoardStrong (formerly Governance Matters) and begin the first of many conversations with nonprofit leaders on the forefront of improving nonprofit board governance.

We work alongside many admirable nonprofit board leaders – people who have years of board service experience. Many serve on several boards, often chairing them, and apply their talents and vision to move organizations forward. How did they get that way? What early board experiences set them on a path of life-long service?

We will be hosting a conversation with three nonprofit board leaders, to hear what made their early board experiences successful, and why they continue to serve on nonprofit boards.

This inaugural BoardStrong (formerly Governance Matters) event is the first of many conversations we plan to have with nonprofit leaders on the forefront of improving nonprofit board governance. We will also introduce you to BoardStrong.org, our new board placement matching platform.

Register at nycon.org.


Richard Eaddy | Senior Managing Director, Savills Studley; Board member: Skyscraper Museum, CSS, BRC and Madison Square Boys and Girls Club

Jerel “Jerry” Golub | Vice Chair of the Board, Price Chopper Supermarket; Board member Albany Symphony Orchestra (Chair) Food Marketing Institute, Business Council of New York State

Alison Overseth | Chief Executive Officer, Partnership for Afterschool Education; Board Member: Smith College (Chair); The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School, FDR Presidential Library and Museum


David S. Birdsell | Marxe Dean and Professor, Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs; BoardStrong Board Chair

Richard Eaddy joined Savills in 2008 to strengthen its development advisory practice and works with brokerage teams company-wide. Along with tenant representation services, Richard provides consulting capabilities in land use, entitlement procedures, feasibility analysis, financial engineering and public-private partnerships. His extensive background in the development and municipal arenas provide him with a keen understanding of the development process and how to strategically navigate through its complexities.

Richard is a trustee of the Skyscraper Museum, CSS, BRC and Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, as well as an active participant in a number of other philanthropic and civic activities.

Jerel (“Jerry”) Golub is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Price Chopper Supermarkets, where he served as CEO from 2012-2016 and President from 2009-2015. Mr. Golub is a focused and strategic thought leader with two-plus decades of experience in senior-level leadership positions in that multi-billion-dollar, privately held, family-led, 132-unit supermarket chain. As Founder and CEO of Evolution Strategies LLC, Mr. Golub also provides consulting and advisory services to companies who seek significant improvements in the areas of governance structure, strategic planning, branding, and operational enhancements. In this capacity, he is especially effective with privately held and family-owned businesses, as well as companies that operate in the retail food/CPG space.

Jerry is a seasoned Board member, having served on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit Boards. He is currently the Board Chair for the Albany Symphony Orchestra, a Board on which he has served for over twenty years. He is also a member of the Boards of the Food Marketing Institute and the Business Council of New York State.

Alison Overseth is the Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership for After School Education (PASE), a nonprofit which works with hundreds of community based organizations, higher education institutions, and corporate partners to improve the quality of opportunities available to young people living in poverty in New York City. With over 25 years of experience in the youth serving profession, Alison directed a management initiative for the Fund for the City of New York to strengthen the non-profit agencies that provide community support for young people, and served as the founding President of the Board of Directors of PASE for 12 years.

Alison serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Smith College; is on the Advisory Board of The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School; has taught leadership courses at Bank Street College of Education; and is a Trustee of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. Ms. Overseth was a Director at The First Boston Corporation, specializing in corporate restructurings, from 1984-1992. Ms. Overseth is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia Business School.

Moderator: David S. Birdsell, PhD | BoardStrong Board Chair
Marxe Dean and Professor, Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs

David Birdsell is Dean of the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College and Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Effectiveness. He has centered his academic work on the nexus of communication, media, and information technology in politics, government and nonprofit administration. An expert on political debating and widely published on communication theory and practice, David is a regular guest commentator on debates and other aspects of political communication for television and print media. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the IBM Endowment for the Study of Business and Government, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the JPMorganChase Foundation, the United Way of New York City, the Markle Foundation, and other funders.

David is President of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, and serves on NASPAA’s Executive Council. He chairs the boards of BoardStrong and of the New York Federal Statistical Research Data Center. He is a member of the board of the New York Council of Nonprofits. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. David received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Public Communication from the University of Maryland.


March 17
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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