Officers

Thomas McC. Souther, Chair
Partner, Pepper Hamilton, LLP
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Thomas Souther

Thomas McC. Souther is a partner in the New York office of Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP.

He has served on Brooklyn A’s Board of Directors since 2003, and has served as Chair of the Board since 2016.

For more information on his experience and professional history, see his Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP page.

Valarie A. Hing, Vice-Chair
Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
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Valarie Hing

Ms. Hing is a partner in the Capital Markets and Mergers and Acquisitions groups for Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. Ms. Hing has extensive experience in advising on cross-border transactions and working with international clients and counterparties in various jurisdictions in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

She has been a Member of Brooklyn A’s Board of Directors since 2000, serving as Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair for several different years.

For more information on her experience and professional history, see her Curtis attorney page.

Mark A. McDermott, Treasurer
Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

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mcdermottMark A. McDermott is a partner at the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. His primary focus is on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and financing transactions.

He has advised global institutions on Dodd-Frank and corporate leaders about fiduciary responsibilities.

For more information on his experience and professional history, see his Skadden attorney page.

Anne Pilsbury, Secretary
Executive Director, Central American Legal Assistance
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Anne Pilsbury is the Executive Director of Central American Legal Assistance, which  provides free or low-cost legal services to New York’s immigrant community.

She has served on Brooklyn A’s Board of Directors since 2000, becoming Secretary in 2010.

For more information, see Central American Legal Assistance.

Members

Robert E. Crotty
Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
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Robert Crotty

Robert Crotty is a partner in Kelley Drye’s New York office. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation, trials, arbitrations and appeals.

He has served on Brooklyn A’s Board of Directors since 2007, first as Secretary and then becoming Vice-Chair in 2010.

For more information on his experience and professional history, see his Kelley Drye attorney page.

Robert Begleiter
Partner, Constantine & Cannon 
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Robert Begleiter

Robert Begleiter, the former Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and a founding partner of Constantine Cannon, joined Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP in 2011 as a Senior Partner. He specializes in commercial civil litigation.

He has been a Member of Brooklyn A’s Board of Directors since 2010.

For more information on his experience and professional history, see his Schlam Stone & Dolan attorney page.

Harold Green
Board Member, Cypress Hills Local Development Corp.
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Harold GreenHarold Green is the President of the Board of Directors of Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC). CHLDC was formed in 1983 and works to build a strong, sustainable Cypress Hills/East New York, where youth and adults achieve educational and economic success, secure affordable housing, and develop leadership skills to transform their lives and community.

He has been a member of Brooklyn A’s Board of Directors since 2001.

For more information, see Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation.

Jyotin Hamid
Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
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Jyotin Hamid

Jyotin Hamid, a partner in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, is a seasoned litigator with extensive courtroom experience. He handles a diverse array of complex litigation matters, with particular focus on employment litigation and intellectual property disputes.

He has been a Member of Brooklyn A’s Board of Directors since 2012.

For more information on his experience and professional history, see his Debevoise attorney page.

Harvey Lawrence
Executive Director, Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center
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Harvey Lawrence

Harvey Lawrence became President and CEO of Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center (Brownsville Multi-Service) on January 2009, after serving as the Corporations Executive Vice President and COO. Since joining the executive team in 1994, Mr. Lawrence has been responsible for most of the Corporations new initiatives and expansion

He has been a Member of Brooklyn A’s Board of Directors since 2003, and served as Treasurer for 5 of those years.

For more information on his professional experience and to learn more about Brownsville Multi-Service, please see their website.

Joseph Lipofsky
Of Counsel, Zwerling Schachter & Zwerling LLP
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Joseph Lipofsky

Joesph Lipofsky has been Of Counsel to Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling LLP since 1995. He has been primarily involved in the prosecution of antitrust class actions. Mr. Lipofsky has also been involved in innovative class action settlements providing benefits to community-based organizations.

He has been a member of Brooklyn A’s Board of Directors since 2002.

For more information on his experience and professional history, please see his Zwerling attorney page.

David Lopez
Community Activist, Board Chair, Southside United HDFC (Los Sures)
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david lopez croppedDavid Lopez serves as Board Chair of Los Sures. Since 1972, Los Sures has created and preserved thousands of affordable housing opportunities for the area’s predominantly low-income residents; it is a non-profit aimed at creating and managing low-income housing, aiding tenants in the purchase and maintenance of their buildings predominantly throughout the Williamsburg Southside, a population that is 68% Latino.

He has been a member of Brooklyn A’s Board of Directors since 2010.

For more information, see the Los Sures website.

Frances Lucerna
Executive Director, El Puente
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Frances Lucerna

In 1982, Frances Lucerna became a co-founder of El Puente, a community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of members (youth and adult) in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action. She currently serves as Executive Director of the organization, a nonprofit that is based in Williamsburg.

She has been a member of the Brooklyn A Board of Directors since 2007.

For more information on her background, experience, education, and professional history, please see her Executive El Puente webpage.

Saul B. Shapiro
Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
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Saul Shapiro

Saul Shapiro is Chair of the Patterson Belknap’s Litigation Department, a group of more than 125 lawyers.  He is also Co-Chair of the firm’s Media and Entertainment Practice Team.  His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, as well as intellectual property disputes.

He has been a member of the Brooklyn A Board of Directors since 2006.

For more information on his background, experience, education, and professional history, please see his Patterson attorney page.

James H.R. Windels
Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
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James Windels

James H.R. Windels is a member of Davis Polk’s Litigation Department. He has experience in a wide variety of federal and state court commercial litigation matters, regulatory enforcement proceedings and internal investigations.

He has been a member of Brooklyn A’s Board of Director’s since 2002, served as Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Board from 2010-2016.

For more information on his experience and professional history, see his Davis Polk attorney page.