Lehman College provides affordable education of the highest quality that fosters life-changing social and economic mobility. As the philanthropic partner of Lehman College, the Herbert H. Lehman College Foundation seeks to inspire generosity, raise and invest funds from the private sector, and obtain new and renewed sources of funding to enhance learning and personal development in Lehman College students. The Foundation offers guidance and support to the College in stewardship of gifts to make Lehman College a magnet for students and faculty alike, so students are well prepared to capitalize on opportunity.

Philanthropic Contributions

At the end of fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, the Foundation:

  • Managed assets totaling $13,150,449
  • Oversaw an endowment of $7,902,140
  • Distributed approximately $1.2 million in student scholarships and awards


Board of Directors


Fernando Delgado (ex-officio), Lehman College


Larry McCaffrey, Founder, UniRail LLC

Vice Chair:

James Hudgins, Private Investor


Byron L. Knief, Retired from 50+ year career in banking and private equity


Beth Lief, Retired, Executive Director, The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation


Paul V. Beresford-Hill, CBE, H.E. Ambassador to the Sovereign  Order of Malta of the United Nations

Jennifer N. Bernstein, CEO & The William C. Steere Sr. President at The New York Botanical Garden

Ira Bloom, Professor, Department of Political Science, Lehman College

Ruben Diaz, Jr., Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and former Bronx Borough President (2009-2021)

Maria Rivero Gonzalez, CEO, RGNY Winery

Adam Krainson, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus

William Lehman Lash, Auctioneer and Entrepreneur 

Dr. Herminio Martinez, Executive Director, Bronx Institute

David T. Nguyen, Managing Partner, Court Square Capital Partners

Rene Rotolo (ex-officio), Vice President, Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Lehman College

Robert Sancho, Vice President, Development & External Affairs, BronxCare Health Systems

Michael W. Yackira, Retired CEO, NV Energy and former Chair Edison Electric Institute


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