Leadership Committee

The Corporate Fund’s Leadership Committee, an exclusive group of business leaders, has been a vital resource to Lincoln Center for over 45 years. This important leadership team ensures that Lincoln Center remains the world’s premier performing arts complex while making significant economic contributions ($2.4 billion each year) to New York City.

Council Chair

Steven R. Swartz

President & Chief Executive Officer


Council Members

  • James L. Amine
    Managing Director Investment Banking Division
    Credit Suisse
  • Keith T. Banks
    Vice Chairman of Global Wealth & Investment Management
    Head of Chief Investment Office and Investment Solutions Group

    U.S.Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
  • Sarah E. Beshar
  • Valentino D. Carlotti
  • Richard A. Cirillo, Esq.
    King & Spalding LLP
  • John P. Cole
    Executive Vice President
    Northeast Business Banking
    Wells Fargo
  • David A. Coulter
    Managing Director & Senior Advisor
    Warburg Pincus LLC
  • Richard K. DeScherer
    Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
    Bloomberg L.P.
  • Nancy J. Dubuc
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    A + E Networks
  • Bob Garrett
    New York Office Managing Partner
  • Maurice R. Greenberg
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    C.V. Starr and Co.
  • Taimur Hyat
    Chief Strategy Officer
  • Jill Kaplan
    United Airlines
  • Charles G. Ludmer
    Principal, Chief Marketing Officer
    CohnReznick LLP
  • Peter L. Malkin, Esq.
    Chairman Emeritus, Chairman,
    Empire State Realty Trust, Malkin Holdings LLC
  • Deborah Montaperto
    Managing Director, Private Wealth
    Morgan Stanley
  • Bruce E. Mosler
    Chairman of Global Brokerage
    Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
  • Michael Mullman
    Blank Rome LLP
  • Thomas A. Renyi
    Retired Chairman
    BNY Mellon
  • Michael I. Roth
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Interpublic Group
  • Edward Skyler
    Executive Vice President Global Public Affairs
  • Jeffrey T. Stevenson
    Managing Partner
    Veronis Suhler Stevenson
  • Mark Thompson
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    The New York Times Company
  • Ilana D. Weinstein
    Founder & Chief Executive Officer
    The IDW Group, LLC
  • Emily Weiss
    Managing Director
  • Kenneth L. Wyse
    Licensing and Public Relations
    PVH Corp.
  • Neal Zuckerman
    Partner & Managing Director, Co-Head
    Global Media Practice, The Boston Consulting Group

Membership Expectations


A $25,000 minimum annual contribution is required for membership on the Leadership Committee.


Members are asked to personally solicit new corporate prospects. Solicitation lists and letters are prepared for each member.


Raise unrestricted funds for 10 world-class performing arts organizations at Lincoln Center.


Attendance is required at two meetings annually—one in the spring and one in the fall. Meeting materials are provided onsite, where members will discuss campaign progress.

Introduce Prospects

Attendance at one of two donor appreciation events is encouraged. These are key opportunities for members to introduce prospects to Lincoln Center.

Host An Event

If possible, we suggest hosting a gathering or event to thank existing donors and cultivate new prospects.


Members are expected to provide incremental support to Corporate Fund events.

Membership Benefits

High-Profile Network

Members are entitled to participating in high-profile networking opportunities


Recognition in the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Annual Report


Visibility on our website and in a number of printed materials, such as business publications, advertisements, and Lincoln Center Playbills

Special Invitations

Invitations to donor events throughout the year

Concierge Services

Access to Concierge Services (a members-only ticketing service that connects you with the best seats at all performances across campus—before they’re on sale to the general public)

Many More Benefits

Other benefits commensurate with gift level, as detailed in our Membership Benefits Guide

Annual Events

Lincoln Center Business Council Annual Business Leadership Award Breakfast

Each year, the Lincoln Center Business Leadership Award Breakfast honors a professional (or professionals) for their outstanding commitment to the arts and culture in New York City. Proceeds from this event support the Lincoln Center Business Council (LCBC) in its work with the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund. The LCBC raises vital unrestricted funds from middle-market corporations and professional firms for the nine performing arts organizations and two professional training academies resident at Lincoln Center. The unrestricted nature of these funds permits the organizations to use them to maximum effect—which includes engaging in creative educational programming, presenting exciting new productions, and mounting free performances. For additional information, please contact Ayesha Johnson at 212.875.5347 or AJohnson@lincolncenter.org.

Spring Networking Event: A Little Light Music and More

This annual event featuring music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres is hosted by the Lincoln Center Business Council, designed to create a corporate networking opportunity in support of Lincoln Center. Hundreds of professionals attend this event to mix, mingle, talk business, and highlight the extraordinary partnership between the business community and Lincoln Center’s exceptional performing arts institutions. For additional information, please contact Ayesha Johnson at 212.875.5347 or AJohnson@lincolncenter.org.

Lincoln Center Corporate Fund’s Annual Golf and Tennis Tournament

Join the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund for a day of golf and tennis at one of the area’s most prestigious private clubs. The day will feature a buffet brunch and luncheon, gift bag, team photos, entry to contests, and on-course refreshments. It will be capped off with a cocktail reception, award ceremony, and silent auction. Special guests will join the players to make for a truly memorable experience. To secure your spot, or for more information, please contact Arlene Graime at 212.875.5467 or agraime@lincolncenter.org.

Lincoln Center Jazz Evening at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

The Lincoln Center Business Council hosts this annual evening of jazz at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, an intimate venue designed to ideally frame the superb live music of Jazz at Lincoln Center. A menu of soulful, down-home flavor with New York flair, seasonal cocktails, and the best in live jazz performed several stories above the expansive vista of Central Park make it a terrific opportunity for client entertainment or a night out for employee appreciation. For additional information, please contact Ayesha Johnson at 212.875.5347 or AJohnson@lincolncenter.org.

Real Estate & Construction Council Gala

Each year, Lincoln Center’s Real Estate and Construction Council hosts the RECC Gala, with proceeds benefitting eight of the constituent organizations and the two world-class schools at Lincoln Center. Following a lively (but not lengthy) reception and dinner, guests select priority seating from a roster of performances being offered at Lincoln Center: theater, ballet, orchestra, or jazz. The RECC Gala is an exceptional opportunity to entertain important clients and business associates while supporting the arts at Lincoln Center. For additional information, please contact Lily Lovinger at 212.875.5433 or llovinger@lincolncenter.org.

Women’s Business Council Fashion Luncheon

Hosted by the Corporate Fund’s Women’s Leadership Council, the annual What’s In/What’s Out Luncheon is regularly sold-out event showcasing the latest fashion and beauty trends for the coming season. The afternoon features seasonal style displays, a presentation by Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey on the must-have fashion trends and beauty secrets, and a raffle featuring prizes from our sponsors (which have included such prestigious names as LALIQUE). To secure your table, or for ticket information, please contact Jane Kolb at 212.875.5384 or jkolb@lincolncenter.org.

Alternative Investment Industry Gala

Each Spring, the Corporate Fund hosts its annual Alternative Investment Industry Gala at the Rainbow Room. It was established to engage the alternative capital industry to rally in support of the 10 arts organizations on the Lincoln Center campus. Over 300 guests representing our City’s top investment firms and financial services organizations attend this festive event. Attendees enjoy an evening of amazing food, fun entertainment, dancing, and spectacular views from one of New York City’s most iconic and glamorous landmarks. For additional information, please contact Anissa Graham at 212.875.5432 or agraham@lincolncenter.org.

Join the Leadership Committee

Interested in membership with the Leadership Committee?