Julie Sandorf has served as president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation since January 2008. Before joining Revson, she was a co-founder and executive director of Nextbook, a national organization dedicated to the creation and promotion of Jewish literature, culture, and the arts. From 1991 through 1999, she was president of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), an organization she founded that worked to deliver permanent solutions to chronic homelessness in partnership with philanthropic foundations, nonprofit organizations, and government at the local, state, and national levels.
Previously, she was a program director at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where she forged a groundbreaking public-private partnership to revitalize distressed neighborhoods throughout New York City. She has served as a senior program consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, directing the Foundation’s After School Project, and has been a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.
She currently serves as an adviser to the Oak Foundation, is chairperson of the board of directors of the Center for Urban Community Services, and is a member of the boards of directors of the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing and Leading Edge: Alliance for Excellence in Jewish Leadership. She has previously served on the advisory board of the Brookings Institution Center for Urban and Metropolitan Policy, the editorial board of Housing Policy Debate, and on the boards of the National Mental Health Association, Goddard Riverside Community Center, and the Project for Psychiatric Outreach for the Homeless.
Azade Ardali joined the staff of the Charles H. Revson Foundation as chief administrative officer in April 2010. She is responsible for all operations, including finance and accounting, human resources, contracts and information technology, and administrative services.
Her career has spanned philanthropy, cultural institutions, government, and academia. She served for eight years as the chief operating officer of the Beldon Fund, a spend-out philanthropy, where she set up or redesigned the operating and administrative systems and developed and executed the plan to dissolve the foundation.
Azade was the chief financial officer of WNYC, the chief financial and administrative officer of the American Craft Council and Museum, and served in several different capacities at the New York State Council on the Arts. As an arts and management consultant, she has worked with groups ranging from the Ford Foundation to The Jewish Museum.
Maria Marcantonio is a program officer at the Charles H. Revson Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation's urban affairs and education portfolios. Maria has a particular interest in the integral role public libraries play in communities, and has been teaching English to recent immigrants at the library for several years. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in politics and religion and has experience in public policy research and consulting. Maria joined the Foundation in 2009.
Nessa Rapoport oversees grants that focus on North American Jewish life and Israel. She joined the Foundation in 2005 and has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1991, developing programs and publications in the areas of leadership education and Jewish culture in the United States and Israel. Previously, she was a senior editor at Bantam Books, where she specialized in memoirs, including the bestselling book of the decade, Iacocca: An Autobiography.
She is the author of a novel, Preparing for Sabbath; a collection of prose poems, A Woman’s Book of Grieving; and a memoir, House on the River: A Summer Journey. She writes and speaks frequently on Jewish culture and imagination.
Katie Shragge joined the Revson Foundation in 2015 with a background in legal and non-profit work. She received a BA in Government and Hispanic studies from Connecticut College in 2011 and went on to teach English in Southern Spain. Upon returning to New York she worked for three years as a litigation paralegal at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Katie has a particular interest in education and tutors and mentors at-risk high school students.
Rosie Webb joined the Revson Foundation in April 2015 as office and program assistant. In Fall of 2015, she took on her new role as program associate. She manages the Charles H. Revson Senior Fellowship in Biomedical Science and works with Program Officer Maria Marcantonio on the urban affairs and education portfolios. Rosie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from New York University in January 2015 with a BA in Anthropology and Spanish. At NYU, she specialized in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on religion and ethnicity.
Carolyn Hietter became part of the Revson team in March 2016 as the Office and Program Assistant. Her duties encompass the logistical, IT, and day-to-day administrative needs of the office. She graduated from Bard College in May 2015 with a BA in anthropology and music.
Karen Yu joined Revson as an accountant in 2005 and became controller in 2010. Her responsibilities include accounting operations, financial reporting, and human-resources administration. Karen is a certified public accountant with experience in audit, nonprofit, and SEC accounting. She holds a BS in accounting and international business from NYU’s Stern School of Business.