Board of Directors


Abraham Biderman, President
Steven Price, Co-Chair
Joseph C. Shenker, Esq., Co-Chair
Merryl H. Tisch, Co-Chair
Joseph S. Allerhand, Esq., Vice President
Israel Englander, Vice President
Linda Spitzer, Secretary
Benjamin Lopata, Esq., Treasurer


Raanan A. Agus
Barry Bergman
Lawrence J. Cohen
Rebecca Feit
Gerald Feldhamer


Susan Frieden
Robert Goodman
David A. Handler
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein
Yossi Prager

Honorary Board Members
Joel S. Beckman
Sylvia Golden
Joseph I. Lieberman, Esq.
Menachem Lubinsky
Martin Minkowitz, Esq.
Esta Stecher
Joseph C. Strasburg, Esq.

Stacy B. Scheinberg

Robert C. Smith
Judy Wesalo Temel
Benjamin Tisch
Scott M. Weiner



 Executive Staff

Alan_pic.jpgChief Executive Officer: Alan Schoor
Alan Schoor is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. He is an accomplished executive with broad operational and management experience in government, private, and not-for-profit organizations. As CEO and Executive Director, Alan ensures that Met Council fulfills its mission to aid, sustain and empower poor and near-poor New Yorkers through culturally sensitive and client empowerment services.

Prior to joining Met Council, Alan served as the Senior Vice President for Operations at Touro College, where he was responsible for the school’s administrative and business functions, including its real estate management and development, information systems, procurement, and human resources. He previously served as Chief Business and Administrative Officer at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS), where he directed the agency’s outpatient mental health clinics, implemented new organizational systems and reduced administrative expenses. He also has held senior positions at Energy Investment Inc., Honeywell Inc., and the City of New York’s Department of General Services.

Alan earned a Bachelor’s degree from City College, a Masters in Business Administration from Baruch College and an honorary doctorate from Touro College.

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.

Elliot HalperinChief Development Officer: Elliot Halperin
Elliot Halperin is an accomplished fundraising and development executive. Most recently he served as the Development Director for Institutional Advancement at Jewish Home Lifecare where he was part of the team working toward the successful  completion of a $150 million capital campaign.  He also has extensive experience working within the Jewish Federation system, including: the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod - United Israel  Appeal and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.  

 Elliot earned a BA from Carleton University and a Master of Management in Human Services and Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University. 


Stacey JerroldChief Human Resources Officer: Stacey Jerrold
Stacey M. Jerrold joined Met Council in March 2016 to oversee the Human Resources and Risk functions.  With two decades of experience Stacey has grown in executive-level leadership roles for national and global corporations, providing expertise in business improvement that leverages human capital and increases revenue. She is recognized as a formidable leader in the field of Human Resources—known for “turning potential into performance.” 

Most recently Stacey was the Chief HR Officer for a Mortgage Bank while also working part-time as an Executive Coach.   From 2003 to 2008, Stacey served as Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources and Administrative Services for ING Clarion, a leading real estate investment management company. She gained extensive international experience while serving Deutsche Bank from 2000 to 2003 as Director / Global Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to that position, she held the title of Vice President and Chief of Staff at Bankers Trust Company. Stacey’s diverse background spans financial and retail sectors, with several years leading teams as Operations Executive for Lord & Taylor. 

Devoted to lifelong learning, Stacey holds a Master of Business Administration and the SPHR and SHRM- SCP certifications. She is a certified business coach (CBC) as well as a certified career coach. Stacey previously held a Director position on the Board of HR/NY and was also their VP, Finance/Treasurer as well as the Mentoring Committee Chair for the organization. 


Michael StollerChief Operating Officer: Michael Stoller
Michael brings with him extensive work experience in serving New York’s diverse and vulnerable communities through leadership roles in government and nonprofit sectors.  Most recently, Michael served as the Chief of Government and External Relations at JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging) where he was instrumental in partnering with government to best serve the needs of older adults. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director of the Human Services Council of New York for over a decade where he grew the community agency to a robust 160+ partner organization. In addition, Michael spent sixteen years working for the City of New York. He earned a BS from SUNY College at New Paltz, a JD at SUNY Buffalo School of Law, and a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia University Business School.