2020 Woman of Achievement Honoree

Photo by Eric Vitale

Jilly Stephens
Chief Executive Officer
City Harvest

Since becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2006, Jilly has overseen City Harvest’s efforts to meet the rising demand for emergency food while putting in place long-term initiatives to address the health and nutrition needs of low-income communities in New York City. Under Jilly’s leadership, City Harvest established a Food Rescue Facility in Long Island City, Queens, a 45,000 square-foot warehouse that enabled the organization to double the amount of food rescued and delivered each year from 30 million in 2012 to over 63 million pounds in 2019. Jilly joined City Harvest as Senior Director of Program Development in 2004, where she led the development and expansion of the organization’s community programs, including Mobile Market, nutrition education, and retail partnerships, which now collectively reach over 400,000 New Yorkers across the five boroughs each year. Prior to joining City Harvest, Jilly served as the Vice President of Program Operations at ORBIS International, an $80+ million nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of avoidable blindness through hands-on surgical training and education.

WiD_luncheon_57_June 19, 2019

The Woman of Achievement Award Luncheon is Women In Development (WID), New York’s highest profile, signature event. Its purpose is to recognize and promote the achievements of a distinguished colleague who has demonstrated extraordinary service to the field of development and philanthropy, to celebrate the profession and its contributions to the nonprofit sector and society. Over 300 development professionals, philanthropists, and nonprofit volunteer leaders attend annually, representing a diverse range of sectors including arts and culture, civic and environmental, advocacy, education, health services, international relations, social and legal services, and much more.


With a diverse membership roster, outstanding events and knowledge sharing and acquisition opportunities, WID is dedicated to empowering, connecting, and engaging women in an atmosphere that fosters professional growth and leadership. We provide a vibrant community where we are supported, valued and respected. We also offer insightful programs that advance leadership and promote development in all sectors of the nonprofit world.



2019 – Ruth C. Browne, SD, Ronald McDonald House New York
2018 – Mary Ellen Miller, Girls Who Code
2017 – Robin Merle, Hospital for Special Surgery
2016 – Debra LaMorte, New York University
2015 – Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
2014 – Aileen C. Hefferren, Prep for Prep
2013 – Karen Brooks Hopkins, Brooklyn Academy of Music
2012 – Myra J. Biblowit, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
2011 – Jenny Morgenthau, The Fresh Air Fund
2010 – Ana Oliveira, The New York Women’s Foundation
2009 – Rosanne Haggerty, Common Ground
2008 – Paula Kerger, PBS
2007 – Dr. Vishakha N. Desai, The Asia Society
2006 – Ellen V. Futter, The Museum of Natural History
2005 – Emily K. Rafferty, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
2004 – Virginia P. Louloudes, Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
2003 – Elaine R. Jones, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund
2002 – Madeline Lee, New York Foundation
2001 – Sara E. Meléndez, Independent Sector
2000 – Mary Schmidt Campbell, Tisch School of the Arts
1999 – Naomi Levine, New York University
1998 – Elinor Guggenheimer, New York Women’s Agenda
1997 – Nicki Newman Tanner, UJA Federation
1996 – Susan Weber Soros, Bard Graduate Center
1995 – Sara Ann Fagin, Phoenix House
1994 – Marie Wilson, Ms. Foundation for Women
1993 – Jane Blumenfeld, Beth Israel Medical Center
1992 – Lenore Parker, YWCA of New York City
1991 – Betsy Gotbaum, NYC Parks and Recreation
1990 – Penny Stoil, Projects Plus
1989 – Elizabeth Hicks, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
1988 – Marguerite Gilpatric, Planned Parenthood Federation
1987 – Betty Becker, YWCA