The FPHNYC team is made up of experienced and compassionate public health professionals, advocates, project managers, and administrators. Our Executive Leadership team guides the organization in our work to make New York City healthier and safer for all. You can also get to know additional members of our team and our Board of Directors.
SARA GARDNERExecutive Director[email protected](646) 710-4840
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 FISHMANDeputy Director[email protected](646) 710-4839
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 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.
AVIVA GOLDSTEINSenior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Institutional Philanthropy[email protected](646) 710-4853
Aviva Goldstein has 35 years of experience in public health with a focus on health care access and disparities. She was the co-founder and director of the Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program, a program to provide information, advice, advocacy and assistance to consumers as they navigate their health insurance. She has conducted research on reproductive health, health insurance access and lead paint and secured major federal and foundation grants for hospitals and nonprofit organizations. At the Fund for Public Health in NYC, she works with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to launch innovative public health initiatives by identifying public and private funders and partners.
She has a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Policy and a Masters in History.
ELISABETH WILLIAMSSenior Director of Finance and Administration[email protected](646) 710-4834
Ms. Williams has 20 years of 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. Before joining the Fund, Ms. Williams 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 from the University of Paris VIII and a Master in Business and Administration from Strayer University.