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

  • Mara Silverstein


  • Sue Hershkowitz

    Executive Vice President

  • Lauren Edwards

    Vice President Development

  • Sara Raber

    Vice President Marketing & Communications

  • Ellen Fox

    Vice President Support Center

  • Paula Whitman

    Vice President Strategic Planning

  • Michelle Duran

    Vice President Grants

  • Robert Kleinman


  • Larry Feinblum

    Assistant Treasurer

  • Renee Laffer

    Recording Secretary

  • Katharine Ullman

    Corresponding Secretary

  • Amy G. Bass

    President Emerita

Nikos Andreadis
Ilana Engel
Beth Eule
Dardana Geller

Stephanie Greenberg
Julie Kozinn
Mat Lanfant
Ryan Lefton
Jaimee Loewy

Robin McDermott
Ann Mergler
Kim Nauer
Elaine Sands
Suresh Sani

Becky Schamis
Karen Sloan
Meredith Steigman
Valerie Taylor
Tracy Widolok

Advisory Board

Owen Costello
Doreen Gamell
Lorraine Gropper
Bridgette Hirsch

William Keller
Kelley Keyes
Amanda Khalil
Marcia Levine

Amy Levinson
Matt Melkonian
Laura Mogul
Cindy Moroney

Roy Nelson, MD
Jean-Marie Posner
Claudia Rouhana
Michelle Schimel

Rob Seiden
Cathy Seldin
Karen Seltzer
Robin Sigman
Laura Sweeney

Junior Board

The Ed. Foundation

Junior Board 2020–2021

  • Lily Labella & Noah Loewy


  • Max Mallah, Kyra Hershkowitz & Kevin Taylor

    Executive Vice Presidents

  • Daniel Haas, Julia Mody, Derek Lam

    Vice Presidents, Development

  • Daniel Kates, Matthew Pierre-Louis, Kate Steigman

    Vice Presidents, Grants

  • Caroline Brandvold, Remi Haas, Max Garmisa, Jacob Schorr, Zachary Siegel

    Vice Presidents, Marketing & Publicity

  • Alexandra Grundfast, Trey McDermott

    Vice Presidents, Strategic Planning

  • Brooke Garmisa

    Vice President, Recruitment 

  • Sara Mody & Daniella Tardera

    Recording Secretaries

Hudson Aarons
Jolie Baltic
Asher Charno
Mia Drazic
Tyler Duran
Alex Flyer

Jackson Gade
Kate Goodman
Alec Goodman
Layla Hershkowitz
Amanda Kaminsky
Meiling Laurence

Gillian Lefcourt
Cara Mazzei
Camryn Neches
Chase Pastolove
Iliana Pecullan
Sam Rothenberg

Joanne Salloum
Ava Silverstein
Victoria Sinconegui
Natalie Smith
Aidan Spizz