Board of Directors


Steven Price, President
Joseph C. Shenker, Esq., Co-Chair
Merryl H. Tisch, Co-Chair
Israel Englander, Vice President
Robert Goodman, Vice President
Shonni J. Silverberg, M.D., Vice President
Linda Spitzer, Secretary
Benjamin Lopata, Esq., Treasurer


Raanan A. Agus
Joseph S. Allerhand, Esq.
Joel S. Beckman
Abraham Biderman
Jeffrey Bogatin
Lawrence J. Cohen

Gerald Feldhamer
Susan Frieden
David A. Handler
Olessia Kantor
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein
Menachem Lubinsky

Honorary Board Members
Sylvia Golden
Harrison J. Goldin
Joseph I. Liberman, Esq.
Martin Minkowitz, Esq.
Benjamin Rouah
Esta Stecher
Joseph C. Strasburg, Esq.

Daniel Carr

Aran Ron, M.D.
Stacy B. Scheinberg
Richard B. Stone, Esq.
Judy Wesalo Temel
Benjamin Tisch
Scott M. Weiner

 Executive Staff

David M. FrankelChief Executive Officer: David Frankel
David M. Frankel was appointed the CEO and Executive Director of Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty on August 18th, 2013 and officially joined on September 30th, 2013. David brings extensive operational and financial expertise from the public and private sectors and an outstanding record of success in leading complex organizations. His integrity and passion for public service are extremely valuable resources to lead Met Council in addressing the problem of poverty in New York City.

Prior to joining Met Council, David served as the Finance Commissioner of New York City under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg since September 2009. As Commissioner of the Department of Finance, which collected more than $30 billion in revenue for New York City, David focused the agency on exemplary service, accountability for measurable results and the highest standard of conduct.

David started at Morgan Stanley in 2004 and served as a Managing Director from 2006 to 2009.  Prior to that he was the head of global operations for the AIG Trading Group from 1992 to 2004. He also served as Deputy Commissioner of New York City Housing and Preservation (1990-1991) and as Special Counsel to the Commissioner for the Department of Correction (1988-1990). From 1978 to 1988, he practiced law at two New York firms. David holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. in history from Tufts University. 

StaffChief Human Resources Officer: Joyce Bloom
Joyce Bloom is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Met Council.  She is responsible for the design and execution of innovative Human Resource strategies including organization planning, change, talent and performance management, and the implementation of cost-effective recruitment, compensation and benefits programs.

Joyce joins Met Council with broad experience in human resources, with particular expertise in managing organizational change in complex multi-location and international organizations. Most recently she was Chief Human Resources Officer for the tech start-up Oberon Media, where she created a global Human Resources and shared service organization, and led cultural change initiatives driving a culture of operational excellence worldwide.  Prior to that she was Chief Human Resources Officer at the Constituency Management Group, a segment of the Interpublic Group of Companies, where she led global turnaround efforts and created industry-leading programs resulting in achievement of several “Agency of the Year” awards.    She also worked at Keyspan Energy Services, where she created the human resources organization for the deregulated division of this energy company and led labor negotiations for that division.  Before that, she served as vice president, human resources at Leviton Manufacturing, an electronic equipment manufacturer.  She was senior vice president, human resources worldwide for Hill and Knowlton., and also held management positions in human resources at Revlon, Gruner + Jahr and major advertising agencies, including Ted Bates and Grey Advertising.  She is trained as an attorney specializing in international labor and employment law and is a member of the New York State Bar. 

StaffGeneral Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer: Debra Cohn
Debra Cohn joined Met Council as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in January 2014 to oversee all legal and compliance matters. She has held senior positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Most recently, Debra served as Senior Counsel to CF Ventures, Inc., a business to business media and marketing organization with a specialty serving the advertising specialty industry.

Prior to that, Debra served for eight years as New York State Deputy Attorney General, first overseeing the Criminal Division and then serving as a member of the Executive staff, responsible for office-wide policy and special initiatives. Previously, she served for four years as Special Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, focusing on health care, debt collection, and child support enforcement and four years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia specializing in health care and government fraud, environmental enforcement, and other affirmative litigation.

Debra clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge James L. Oakes.

In addition, Debra taught for ten years as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, primarily courses on health care and public advocacy. Debra has served as a board member of several not-for-profits including the Jewish Publication Society and the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Debra earned her J.D. from New York University and her A.B. from Harvard-Radcliffe College.

StaffChief Program Officer: Nicole Doniger, LMSW
Nicole Doniger serves as the Chief Program Officer at Met Council. Over the past ten years Nicole has been engrossed with the cause and effects of cyclical poverty. She has examined how poverty effects generations of families and the inabilities to escape its restraints.

Since 2009, Nicole has leveraged city, state and federal funding to provide services to the neediest of NYC residents. Through her leadership, Met Council grew the Benefits Access Department from three staff to over 25 staff members and expanded the department’s services  to access to benefits through several new grants, all while offering holistic services in culturally sensitive way. Representing Met Council in several hunger and health related coalitions; Nicole has worked to effect change in both local, state and federal policy and procedure.

Nicole began her career in refugee resettlement and then transitioned to the child welfare system, which has provided a strong platform in understanding unique cultures and supporting multiculturalism. Nicole received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University with a concentration in Public Policy.

StaffChief Housing Officer: Gary Gutterman
Gary Gutterman has been involved with housing issues in New York for over  30 years.  In his current role as Director of Housing for Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Mr. Gutterman is responsible for developing and maintaining Met Council’s expansive portfolio of supportive housing sites for low-income seniors, formerly homeless and mentally ill.  During his 15 years at Met Council, Mr. Gutterman grew the housing portfolio from  950 units to more than 2,000 units under management, in construction or in the development process.  Prior to this position, Mr. Gutterman served as Deputy Director of Tax Incentive Programs at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation where he worked on critical housing policy issues.  Then, as General Manager of a non-profit housing company in Brooklyn, he developed hundreds of units of ownership housing.  Mr. Gutterman later became the Director of the NYS Affordable Housing Corporation where he served six years.  He has also served as a real estate consultant in the private sector.  Mr. Gutterman has a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin.

staffChief of Staff: Eric Munson
Eric Munson joins the team at Met Council with seven years of intergovernmental, communications, and management experience in the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.  Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff as well as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the New York City Department of Finance. Eric’s responsibilities at Finance included liaising with State and City legislators, negotiating State and local laws, supervising interagency operations, and improving customer service and communications with the public.  Prior to coming to Finance, Eric served in Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, where he successfully negotiated more than 100 local laws, prepared 17 agency heads for monthly oversight hearings, and liaised between City Council members and the Bloomberg Administration.

Eric has a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University.  His studies focused on the role of religion in social service provision throughout American history.