Funding educational grants in Port Washington schools since 2001

Our Mission: The Ed. Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, community-based organization. The purpose of the Foundation is to support initiatives that are beyond basic educational needs and to enhance and expand educational opportunities for all students in the Port Washington public school district. The Foundation actively seeks donations, grants and government funds in order to distribute funds to selected programs and resources.

Enhancing Our Children’s Education

Help us support academic opportunities and excellence!

The Ed. Foundation: Opportunity Delivered.

The History of The Ed. Foundation

In 2002, community advocate Amy Bass assembled a group of volunteers to form an education foundation with the goal of making a difference in the experience of students in Port Washington. The following spring, the PWEF awarded its first grants, totaling $20,329, to fund 18 projects ranging from an oral history study at Schreiber to math literacy workshops at the elementary schools. Since then, hundreds of grants have been awarded in every school, at every grade level, in every subject area, totaling well over 1.5 million dollars.

A marketing effort in the spring of 2015 rebranded the PWEF as The Ed. Foundation with a new name, new logo, and a new look. While the Foundation has grown tremendously, the mission remains the same: supporting initiatives beyond basic educational needs and enhancing educational opportunities for all students in the Port Washington public school district.

Board of Directors

  • Sue Hershkowitz


  • Lauren Edwards

    Executive Vice President

  • Meredith Steigman

    Vice President Development

  • Sara Raber

    Vice President Marketing & Communications

  • Dardana Geller & Julie Kozinn

    Vice President Support Center

  • Michelle Duran

    Vice President Strategic Planning

  • Valerie Taylor

    Vice President Grants

  • Ilana Engel

    Assistant VP Grants

  • Larry Feinblum


  • Robert Kleinman

    Assistant Treasurer

  • Kim Nauer


  • Amy G. Bass

    President Emerita

  • Mara Silverstein

    Immediate Past President

Nikos Andreadis
Sara Edelson
Ellen Fox
Stephanie Greenberg

Renee Laffer
Mat Lanfant
Ryan Lefton
Jaimee Loewy
Jill Manczyk
Robin McDermott
Jessica Melwani
Ann Mergler
Jennifer Schiffer
Laura Sweeney
Kay Ullman
Paula Whitman
Tracy Widolok

Advisory Board

Owen Costello
Nicole Eskanazy
Doreen Gamell
Bridgette Hirsch
William Keller
Kelley Keyes
Amanda Khalil
Ruth Kleinman
Matt Melkonian
Laura Mogul
Roy Nelson, MD


Jean-Marie Posner
Claudia Rouhana
Suresh Sani
Cathy Seldin
Jamie Spielman
Amanda Stone

Junior Board


Junior Board 2022–2023

  • Sam Feldman, Ezra Loewy & Holly Sternlicht


  • Ben Gordon, Harrison Roth & Olivia Gade

    Executive Vice Presidents

  • Gabe Furstenberg, Jack Rothenberg & Morgan Stone

    Vice Presidents, Development

  • Taylor Schorr & Juliet Feinblum

    Vice Presidents, Grants

  • Jai Dhillon, Jake Eskanazy & Addyson Rejwan

    Vice Presidents, Marketing & Publicity

  • Devin Spizz, Evan Friedman & Cole Reyes

    Vice Presidents, Strategic Planning

  • Jessie Feinstein

    Vice President, The Ed. Foundation Support Center 

  • Savannah Aarons

    Vice President, Administration

Hudson Aarons

Jake Eskanazy

Olivia Gade

Juliet Feinblum

Evan Friedman-Ogino

Andrew Krefetz

Alexis Levine

Jordy Levine

Addyson Rejwan

Cole Reyes

Jack Rothenberg

Ryan Shanahan

Aidan Spizz

Morgan Stone