Lives of Commitment Donors

Thank you for your partnership and support in elevating women whose lives inspire us all to join in the call to heal the world.

Abigail Ehrlich

Alan and Judith Fishman

Amalgamated Bank

Andrea Bradford

Ann Lovell

Anne Waasdorp

Annie Pforzheimer

Arlene Lieberman

Barbara Best

Barbara Friedman

Bernita Walker

Betty Jones

Beverly Dempsey

Cade Steinmetz-Silber

Carol Argento

Carolyn Risoli

Catharine Stimpson

Catherine Carmody

Claire Silberman

Dale Avers

David Klein

Debra-Ellen Glickstein

Derrick McQueen

Dobkin Family Foundation

Dorothy Sherling

Edith Hunt

Eileen Johnson

Elaine Reuben

Ellie Friedman

Elyse Klayman

Ernest Brooks

Eugene M Lang Foundation

Evelyn Ophir

Gail Goodman

George Suttles

Gerry Cunningham

Holly Fogle and Jeff Lieberman

Iqbal and Shelby Mamdani

Isaac Sonett-Assor

Ivan Zimmerman

J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Jack and Tricia Ryan Family Foundation

Jennie Rosenn

Jim Henderson

Joan and Andrew Frankle

Jocelyn Cunningham

Jocelynne Rainey

John and Marianne Golieb

Jon and Mindy Gray Family Foundation

Jon Walton

Judith Wolff

Katherine Kitchen

Kelly Dunphy

Lola C. West

Lori Shepard

Lynn Vos

Macky Alston and Nick Gottlieb

Margaret Jacobs

Mark Hostetter and Alex Habib

Mary Byron

Mary White

Matt See

Melinda Wolfe and Ken Inadomi

Michael Gillespie

Nancy Michaels

Nate and Mary Mahrer

Nicki and Harold Tanner

Nicole Gueron

Pamela Perkins

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Penny Fujiko Willgerodt

Polly Howells

Prospect Hill Foundation

Quinn Delaney

Rachel Timoner

Rebecca Brainard

Rebecca Mebert

Sally Gottesman

Sally Mandler

Sandy Landau Rippe

Sara and Isaac Luria

Sarah Abram

Schaunté Collins

Shari Brink

Sherry King

Sheryl and Barry Schwartz

Shifra Bronznick

Sofia Mortada Blanchard

Sophia Amaro

Starry Night Fund

Stephanie Ferdman

Stewart Clifford

Stosh Cotler

Susan Block

Susan Glickman

Susan Silbermann

Susie Moskowitz

Trinity Church Wall Street

Weiler Arnow Investment Co.

Westchester Reform Temple

On May 4, 2022, we celebrated women whose stories have broken chains and whose visions have healed communities; women who have given of the substance of their lives to nurture movements for justice.

Watch the full program below

Meet our 2022 Honorees

Peggy Shepard is co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice and has a long history of organizing and engaging Northern Manhattan residents in community-based planning and campaigns to address environmental protection and environmental health policy locally and nationally.

She has successfully combined grassroots organizing, environmental advocacy, and environmental health community-based participatory research to become a national leader in advancing environmental policy and the perspective of environmental justice in urban communities — to ensure that the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment extends to all. She has been named co-chair of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, and was the first female chair of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Black Environmental Justice Network and the Board of Advisors of the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. Her work has received broad recognition: the Jane Jacobs Medal from the Rockefeller Foundation for Lifetime Achievement, the 10th Annual Heinz Award For the Environment, the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership, the Knight of the National Order of Merit from the French Republic, the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and Honorary Doctorates from Smith College and Lawrence University.


Cynthia Chandler is a change agent and attorney. Her innovations include launching the first organization advancing the rights of HIV+ women in prison, creating the compassionate release process allowing for the release from prison of terminally ill people, and co-founding several innovative social justice organization including Critical Resistance and Justice Now, early prison abolitionist organizations influencing the Black Lives Matter network.

Cynthia has spent the last 20 years campaigning to end and win reparations for coerced sterilization of people in prison, culminating in legislative victory in 2020 making California the 3rd state to provide reparations for survivors of historic State eugenics programs and the 1st state to provide reparations to people coercively sterilized in State prisons. Her work to end sterilization abuse is featured in the Emmy Award winning and Peabody nominated documentary Belly of the Beast. Cynthia currently is working to democratize the rule of law as Director of BALI | Bay Area Legal Incubator, where she supports diverse attorneys in building successful law practices serving latent markets historically shut out from legal representation. BALI is an access to justice project of the Alameda County Bar Association in collaboration with five California Law Schools. Cynthia has received numerous prestigious honors for her contributions to the legal profession, including the ABA Pro Bono Publico Award, the California Women Lawyers Fay Stender Award, and the inaugural Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award.


Kelli Dillon, a survivor advocate against intimate partner violence, gang violence, and state violence, shares her personal story of healing and journey to fight for reproductive justice in the documentary film, Belly of the Beast. 

Kelli’s strength is not only highlighted in the film, but in the work she provides in her community every day, bringing awareness to forms of gender-based violence.


Erika Cohn is a two-time Emmy, Peabody and DGA Award-winning filmmaker who Variety recognized as one of 2017’s top documentary filmmakers to watch and was featured in DOC NYC’s 2019 “40 Under 40.” Most recently, Erika directed/produced the New York Times Critics Pick, Emmy Award-winning and Peabody nominated Belly of the Beast, featuring the 2021 Oscar shortlisted original song, “See What You’ve Done” by Mary J. Blige.

This powerful expose´ of human rights abuses in women’s prisons opened in theatres and was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens series last fall. Her current releases also include The New York Times Op-Docs short film, What You’ll Remember, a beautiful portrait of a family who reframes their experience of homelessness, now playing in theatres and major film festivals. Previously, Erika directed/produced The Judge, a Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated film about the first woman judge appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a courts, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS’ 2018 Independent Lens series. She co-directed/produced In Football We Trust, an Emmy award-winning, feature documentary about young Pacific Islander men pursuing their dreams of playing professional football, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS’ 2016 Independent Lens series. Her work has been supported by IFP, the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Institute, Chicken & Egg, Hot Docs, ITVS, Women in Film, Fork Films, SFFILM, IDFA and BAVC among others. 

Erika grew up attending the Sundance Film Festival as a native Utahn, where she first began her career. She studied at Chapman University (California) and Hebrew University (Jerusalem) and has degrees in Film Production, Middle East Studies, and Acting Performance. In 2013, Erika founded Idle Wild Films, Inc., which has released three feature documentaries, two short films, and produced numerous branded content and commercial spots, including Gatorade’s “Win from Within” series, for which she received a 2016 Webby award nomination. In her spare time, Erika is an avid documentary photographer, music editor and performing artist. Erika is currently in development with her fiction feature debut and is represented by APA.


Michelle Coffey leads the strategy and drives the vision of Lambent Foundation, while mindfully honoring complexity. By nurturing emergent ideas and welcoming uncertainty, Michelle works as an advocate and partner to imagine and build more just and equitable societies. 

While working at the Walker Arts Center during the 1990s American culture wars, Michelle learned to fuse her work with her personal and political values, and respect the interconnections between art, location, and community. Michelle built on her background in human rights advocacy and philanthropy to develop Lambent’s approach. She served as Director of Starry Night Fund and as Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Tides Foundation. Her portfolio spanned global human rights, women and girls, criminal justice reform, arts and culture, and HIV/AIDS. This challenging work alerted Michelle to the vital role of arts and culture in progressive movements. Michelle serves on the boards of the Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Care Center in East New York as well as Grantmakers in the Arts, and Creative Capital Foundation. 


Anne Delaney is a visual artist and a leader in feminist philanthropy. As co-founder of Lambent Foundation, she is committed to honoring the role of artists in public life, and how cultural expression catalyzes social movements for progressive change. Anne began grantmaking by founding the Starry Night Fund in 2002 and then deepened this commitment by co-creating Lambent Foundation in 2008. 

Anne is a proud member of New York’s Bowery Gallery collective. She uses drawing and painting to make sense of socio-political issues in the current climate. Many national organizations have recognized Anne’s vision for philanthropy and support of women’s empowerment, including the Ms. Foundation, the New York Women’s Foundation, the Korean American Family Service Center, and the Women’s Funding Network. Anne has served as a board member for Peace is Loud, the Ms. Foundation as well as an Advisory Council member of Common Justice.


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