Revson

Staff

Julie Sandorf President

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 board of directors of the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing. She also sits on the advisory council of the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University. 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.

Sylvia Abdullah Program Associate, Grants Manager

Sylvia Abdullah graduated from Barnard College in May 2011 with a B.A. in history and human rights. She is an involved native New Yorker interested in projects that engage New York City youth, and she works with immigrants through the Mayor’s Office of Adult Education. She spent a summer participating in an international conflict resolution program in Geneva and London and was a delegate to the Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights. During college, she was a programmer for the Columbia New Student Orientation Program, on the editorial board of the Columbia Undergraduate Journal of South Asian Studies, and is a Barnard alumna admissions representative. Her previous work experience includes museum and public education. Sylvia joined the Charles H. Revson Foundation in July 2011.

Azade Ardali Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

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.

Nicole Bebout Grants and Operations Associate

Nicole Bebout joined the Revson Foundation in 2014 with a background  in the non-profit gallery world.  She received a BFA from Ohio University in Art History and an MA in Art History from Hunter College in 2012.  Her academic interests focused on contemporary women painters and she has presented her research at conferences at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the University of Cork, Ireland.  Nicole volunteers at animal shelters and as an English language partner throughout Queens.

Benjamin Creed Operations Manager & Accounting Associate

Benjamin Creed received a BA in urban studies and Hispanic studies from Vassar College in 2009 and an MA with distinction in Spanish language and translation from NYU Madrid in 2011. Before graduate school, he taught English for a year at Changzhou University in China. At Vassar, he was a research assistant for the chair of the education department and studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he volunteered at Fundación Leer, a children's literacy NGO. He is also a Spanish-English translator whose work is frequently published in Americas Quarterly, and he is studying Mandarin Chinese. Ben joined the Foundation in August 2011.  

Maria Marcantonio Program Officer

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.

Emily Milder Program Associate & Web Content Manager

Before joining Revson in 2011, Emily Milder spent four years in the literary world, first at The Paris Review and then as an editorial assistant with the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in literature from Claremont McKenna College, where she worked at the student writing center, volunteered with the Pomona Public Library’s adult literacy program, interned at Oxfam, and studied abroad in Hong Kong and Buenos Aires.

Nessa Rapoport Senior Program Officer

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.

Karen Yu Controller

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.