Who is WiD?

Women in Development (WiD), New York is a membership organization dedicated to the advancement of women in their fundraising careers. Through its programs and services, as well as its supportive and collegial network, WiD affords women at all levels of the field the opportunity to augment professional training and expand career opportunities.

WiD offers:

  • Events that allow members to sharpen their skills and learn about current
  • issues and emerging themes in the field.
  • Coaching for members in all phases of their careers.
  • A job bank, to learn about new opportunities and advance as a professional.
  • A membership directory that allows members to reach out to one another.
  • President’s Council for those in the field for 15+ years.

WiD’s membership base is made up of over 750 women at all phases of their Development careers.  We represent 18 types of organizations in the greater New York area including higher education; consulting; healthcare; arts; social and community services; primary and secondary education; cultural; and youth development.

What some of our members say about us:

“The women you meet here are coming from diverse backgrounds and the network does a great job of holding quality luncheons where all women get to meet the stars of their field and get to know them on a deeper level.”

“The mentoring for those new to the organization and the field is a tremendous benefit.  The programming is great too!”

“I like the whole educative, networking, coaching mission of WiD.”

“I found WiD to be enormously helpful for my transition to Development work this year.”


Executive Committee

Jocelyn Bowman – St. Luke’s School
Andrea Brown –  Girls Inc. of New York City
Brooke Bryant – Kaufman Music Center
Robyn Cimbol – Congregation Emanu-El
Melissa S. Cohen – JDC
Erin Dodd – New York University
Phyllis Dunlop
Shirley Jenks – Jenks Group LLC
Yolanda Johnson – Chess in the Schools
Jane Karlin
Sharon Kossoff
Martha Lauria – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Francesca Ryan – Prep for Prep
Nicole Thigpen Felix – Northwell Health


Julia Bonem – Consultant
Caroline Chick
Robyn Cimbol – Congregation Emanu-El
Carolyn Gray – Wildlife Conservation Society
Marcela Hahn – CARE
Nina Hanan – Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Janet Heit- American Friends of the Hebrew University
Hattie Jutagir – Lincoln Center Theater
Laurie Krotman – Special Events Unlimited, Inc.
Melanie Lupo
Dee Dee Mozelski – Colin Powell School for Civic & Global Leadership
Eve Nachman
Carmel Napolitano – DRG, Inc.
Catherine Reed – AFMDA
Lane Richard Peace – James Lenox House/Carniege East House
Mary Ann Routledge – Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of New York
Sue Seliga – Off Alumni & Dev, Columbia University
Jill Slattery
Arlene Swartz – Interim Solutions