WID WoA - Final


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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 need for emergency food while also launching long-term initiatives to address the systemic health and nutrition needs of low-income communities in New York City. Under Jilly’s leadership, the organization has grown from $25 million to $203 million in financial and food donations, and from rescuing and delivering 20 million pounds of food annually in 2006, to more than 125 million pounds in 2021. Jilly’s thoughtful understanding of the challenges facing New Yorkers, coupled with her experience overseeing complex logistical operations, has enabled her to successfully guide the organization through crises, including the recession of 2008, Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jilly joined City Harvest as Senior Director of Program Development in 2004, where she led the creation and expansion of the organization’s community programs, including Mobile Markets®, nutrition education, and retail partnerships, which now collectively reach nearly half-a-million 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, for 10 years.

Ana Oliveira
President and CEO
The New York Women’s Foundation

As President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation, Ana L. Oliveira leads the organization’s mission to create an equitable and just future for women and families. The Foundation achieves its goal by uniting cross-cultural and community alliances that ignite action through innovative and bold justice-oriented solutions. During her tenure with The Foundation, Ana has increased annual grantmaking from $1.7M to more than $8M today. By the end of 2021, The Foundation will have distributed over $100 million to more than 500 organizations, impacting millions of women and girls since its creation in 1987.

Before joining The Foundation, Ana’s career focused on issues surrounding substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and incarceration. She served as Executive Director of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), where she stewarded a complete organizational turn-around of the agency. She previously led and directed innovative community-based programs at Samaritan Village and the Osborne Association, addressing substance users’ needs, persons living with AIDS, and criminal justice involved.

In early 2021, Ana joined the Board of Directors for Point Source Youth, a national nonprofit to end homelessness in 50 cities and towns in 10 years. She has served as a board member for Philanthropy New York and served on and chaired committees for Women’s Funding Network.


The Woman of Achievement Award Luncheon is Women In Development (WID), New York’s 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 as we celebrate the profession and its contributions to the nonprofit sector and society. Over 200 development professionals, philanthropists, and nonprofit volunteer leaders attend annually, representing a diverse range of sectors including arts and culture, civic engagement, environmental, educational, 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