Give Us an Hour and We’ll Give You Years of Experience.


Who are we?

We match nonprofit CEOs with leaders from the private sector who become partners in crime for a focused hour once a month to plot new ways forward.


What do we do?

We are matchmakers who believe that it’s fun to see how much good you can accomplish in one hour when you’re working on someone else’s problem.

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Are we real?

We draw on the most talented leaders from the best companies and nonprofits in New York.



Our People


Cheryl Cohen Effron


As a real-estate developer, Cheryl Cohen Effron looked at crumbling neighborhoods and saw mixed-use manufacturing buildings in Queens and a thriving Manhattan center called Chelsea Market. Her passion for New York exposed her to myriad urban issues and she dug in, serving on more than two-dozen nonprofit boards. During the financial crisis she used her understanding of New York’s safety net to corral 25 private sector executives to work one-on-one with the leaders of nonprofits in the hardest-hit neighborhoods. Greater NY was born.


Jamie S. Rubin


As the US head of a multinational private equity firm and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Jamie Rubin saw the untapped potential of senior government people working one-on-one with leaders from the private and nonprofit sectors. With Cheryl, Jamie developed Greater NY in response to the the financial crisis of 2008. Leaving the private sector for government, Jamie administered $4.4 billion for Hurricane Sandy relief and allocated a billion dollars for affordable housing. Jamie is now extending the public/private model as he leads investments in greenfield infrastructure projects for Meridiam. 


Alice Naude


Alice Naude began her career in business journalism where the stories that interested her were the ones where people stepped outside their lanes. She was a communications consultant to corporations, nonprofits and philanthropy until she was recruited to build Greater NY and move it out of City Hall. Alice has an uncanny sixth sense as a matchmaker, knowing instinctively which two people, when paired, will find powerful solutions.


Our Board members are civic leaders,
each uniquely committed to New York City.

  • Matt Harris

    Matt Harris is the Managing Director of Bain Capital Ventures, where he focuses on investments in financial technology and services. In his civic life, Matt champions strong communities – both globally and locally. As a Board member of Endeavor, he supports high-impact entrepreneurs building sustainable economies worldwide. In his role as Chair of the Board of the Williamstown Theater Festival, he helps steer a beloved cultural institution in his former home of Williamstown Massachusetts - where he also launched Berkshire Capital Investments to support entrepreneurs building innovative companies in Western Massachusetts. Matt was a Greater NY partner in 2016 and 2017, working with Fatima Shama, CEO of the Fresh Air Fund.

  • Lori Lesser

    A Texas transplant, Lori Lesser, lives up to EB White’s maxim that it’s the people who come to New York who give the city its passion. As a David Rockefeller Fellow, she embraced a network of peers committed to shaping NYC’s future. On the Board of the Partnership Fund of the Partnership for New York City she directs capital to economic growth. And as a Director of the Harvard Alumni Association, she keeps a national network close. Through Greater NY, Lori has partnered with Jennifer Mitchell of the HOPE Program. Lori is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she heads the firm’s IP transactional practice and co-heads the privacy/cybersecurity practice.

  • Lili Lynton

    Lili Lynton has observed that when she scratches the surface in any business sector, there’s a recurring story of flawed educational systems and astonishingly high criminal justice system involvement.  She focuses her civic life on these two issues, serving on the boards of the East Harlem Tutorial Program, East Harlem Scholars Academies, four Bronx-based New Visions Charter High Schools, The Bail Project and The Hamilton Project, a policy initiative of the Brookings Institution. Lili has partnered for Greater NY with Marjorie Hill of GMHC and Nick Turner of The Vera Institute of Justice. Lili began her career on Wall Street, and is the co-founder and operating partner of The Dinex Group, which operates 17 Daniel Boulud branded restaurants.

  • Michael Ryan

    Michael Ryan was a New York City Urban Fellow under Mayor John F. Lindsay and has kept that title ever since. He is a founding director of the Public Interest Law Foundation at NYU, a Trustee of the Citizen’s Budget Commission, and has served on the Boards of Wildcat Service Corporation, Breaking Ground and The Osborne Association. Working with Greater NY, he has partnered with Liz Gaynes of the Osborn Association and with Angela Diaz of the Mount Sinai Center for Adolescent Health. Michael is a partner at Cleary Gottlieb.

  • Megan Sheekey

    Megan Sheekey works with mayors and city leaders around the world to help foster and structure strategic public-private collaborations. She advises Bloomberg Associates clients and Bloomberg Philanthropies grantees on the design and creation of programs that strengthen investments. From 2006-2014 Megan served as President of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, which raised nearly $400 million to meet the greatest needs of NYC residents and partnered with 45 City offices to support and launch innovative programs including Greater NY.


Our staff is small, but mighty


Suzy Mulvihill


Suzy Mulvihill is Greater NY’s Operations Director. She is a consummate organizer having run Field Operations for Barack Obama’s 2012 Campaign, served as Nonprofit Coordinator in the Office of the NYC Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, and as interim Chief of Staff at Room to Grow. She has been a mentor at Student Sponsor Partners and she has coached girls soccer for South Bronx United.

Sonal Khot


Sonal Khot manages Greater NY’s Analyst Corps. Currently a pilot program in conjunction with Centerview Partners. The Analyst Corps matches banking analysts with Greater NY nonprofits to work on carefully-scoped projects including pitch decks, Board decks and analysis of overhead and capitalization. Sonal’s first career was in finance with JP Morgan and BNP Paribas.

Sana Haque


Sana Haque is Greater NY’s External Relations Manager. Originally from Lahore, Pakistan, she joined Greater NY to help it craft a voice in her favorite city. She has a passion for communications, having previously served as a Communications Assistant to the Global Development Policy Center in Boston and as a Solutions Consultant with the United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNAGB). Sana also worked on building the social media presence of Goodwill and Women’s Lunch Place in Boston while completing her Master’s degree.   



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