Executive Team

Sara Gardner, MPH

Executive Director

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Ms. Gardner has 25 years of progressive experience as a leader, manager, technical advisor, and evaluator of public health and development programs. Under Ms. Gardner’s leadership as Executive Director, the Fund develops public-private partnerships that launch and expand programs promoting public health in New York City. Before joining the Fund in 2008, Ms. Gardner worked for 19 years at EngenderHealth, a global nonprofit health organization. In her last position, she served as the Vice President of Programs, leading and overseeing programs in New York and 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She has also worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras and for Environmental Quality International in Egypt.


With extensive community leadership experience, Ms. Gardner serves on the NYC Health and Mental Hygiene Advisory Council, the Executive Board of the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, and the Board of Trustees of the Richmond University Medical Center. She is a founding member of the Steering Committee of the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse Initiative on Staten Island. Ms. Gardner holds an MPH from New York University and a BA from Hartwick College.

Donna Fishman, MPA

Deputy Director

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Ms. Fishman has made a career of serving others. For more than two decades, she has worked in the nonprofit sector as a champion for the poor and underprivileged. She is also an accomplished fundraiser, both professionally and as a volunteer. Before joining the Fund, she served for five years as the Chief Executive Officer of Gilda’s Club Westchester, whose mission is to provide social and emotional support to all those affected by cancer. Her previous positions include Deputy Director of the Jewish Fund for Justice and Vice President for External Affairs, Community Service Society of New York.


Ms. Fishman has played an essential role in managing organizations or advising top-level managers. She is skilled at financial, strategic, and performance management and at all aspects of external relations, including fundraising, board relations, and public communications. She has been an active fundraiser for Bank Street College of Education and served as a co-chair of the Development Committee for the School for Children at the Bank Street College of Education. Ms. Fishman has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Pratt Center for Community Development and Ansche Chesed synagogue. She holds an MPA from Columbia University and a BA from the School of General Studies, Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Amy Dixon, MS

Director of Finance & Operations

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With more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Ms. Dixon combines the desire to “do good” with the drive to design and implement systems that make workplaces more efficient and effective. She has played an essential role in managing organizational change due to rapid growth and mission shift.


Ms. Dixon is also an accomplished fundraiser. Before joining the Fund, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Jewish Funds for Justice (now Bend the Arc), an organization whose mission is to connect Jews who want to create economic opportunity and secure basic rights for everyone in the U.S. with the tools they need to do so, working collaboratively across lines of race and faith.


Previous positions include fundraiser for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of New York and Director of Operations for the Horticultural Society of New York. Ms. Dixon holds an MS in Nonprofit Management from The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, and a BS from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.

Aviva Goldstein, MPA

Director of Development

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Ms. Goldstein has 25 years of experience in public health fundraising strategy, program development, policy, evaluation, and research. She has secured major federal and foundation grants for municipal health departments as well as nonprofit organizations. Ms. Goldstein worked on the proposal to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fund Communities Putting Prevention to Work, which resulted in an award of $31.1 million to the NYC Health Department through the Fund. In addition, she has conducted research and published reports on public health insurance policy, founded and managed a program to assist consumers with health insurance, and consulted with organizations on building organizational capacity.


Before joining the Fund, Ms. Goldstein worked at the New York City Comptroller’s Office, the New York State Department of Health, Community Service Society of New York, and as an independent consultant. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University, an MA from New York University, and an MPA with honors with a concentration in Health Policy from the Rockefeller College at SUNY Albany.

Elisabeth Williams

Senior Director of Finance & Administration

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Elisabeth Williams  is Senior Director of Administration and Finance at FPHNYC.  Elisabeth has 20 years progressive experience in finance and accounting, budgeting and forecasting, contracts and grants and legal compliance, and has managed programs in international and non-profit settings. She has worked for such organizations as the National Academy of Sciences (in Washington D.C. and Open Society Foundations in New York City. She most recently served as a business consultant to non profit organizations.

Elisabeth holds a Maitrise in Political Sciences (University of Paris VIII) and a Master in Business and Administration (Strayer University)