Our Trustees

At Central Synagogue

Emily Lawi
Trustee

Emily Lawi is a communications professional with more than 20 years in the business. She is co-founder of The Optimist Collective, a strategic communications agency that helps people discover innovative companies, products, and ideas that can have a positive impact on their lives by connecting brands to their audience. She began her career at leading fashion PR firm LaForce where she worked on campaigns for ELLE magazine, H&M, Dolce & Gabbana, and others.  She climbed the ranks to Vice President before departing in 2006 to lead in-house communications for global fashion agency FORD Models.  Later, she led in-house communications for e-commerce start-up OpenSky, which was ultimately acquired by Alibaba, before striking out on her own. Prior to launching The Optimist Collective, she spent many years as the head of a boutique communications practice serving clients with a mission to make people healthier.

She serves on the board of directors for the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS), which helps more than 50,000 people a year rise from poverty, exit homelessness and live healthy.  She is an active member of the community at New York City’s Central Synagogue, where in 2017 she served as Co-President of the Parent’s Association at the May Family Nursery School, spearheading the planning and execution of the school’s largest annual fundraiser.  She also regularly prepares and serves breakfast to people in need at the Central Synagogue’s Breakfast Program, which is among Central Synagogue’s longest ongoing social justice projects. Emily lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not having fun with her family or clients, you’re most likely to find her on a kayak in the North Fork of Long Island or out for a run.

 


 


Our Trustees

Shonni Silverberg

President

Jon May

Treasurer

Jill Seigerman

Secretary

Brad Bernstein

Vice President

Jonathan Crystal

Vice President

Susan K. Stern

Vice President

David Tanner

Vice President

Barbara Brill

Trustee

Nancy Chemtob

Trustee

Lynn Finkel

Trustee

Michael Gamzon

Vice President

Amy Glickman

Trustee

Alice Greenwald

Trustee

Bruce Gutkin

Trustee

Emily Lawi

Trustee

Nino Magliocco

Trustee

Lisa Messinger

Trustee

Lori Moore

Trustee

Sara Moss

Trustee

Ellen Oppenheim

Trustee

Stephen Siegel

Trustee

Joe Sofer

Secretary

Marc Stern

Trustee

Josh Targoff

Trustee

David B. Edelson

Honorary President

Jeremy Fielding

Honorary President

Kenneth H. Heitner

Honorary President

Abigail Pogrebin

Honorary President

Howard F. Sharfstein

Honorary President

Alfred D. Youngwood

Honorary President