Leadership

Board of Directors


Robert L. Hughes

Robert L. Hughes is director of K-12 Education in the United States Program at the Gates Foundation, ensuring that all students are prepared for success in college and career.

Before joining the Foundation in 2016, Bob was president of New Visions for Public Schools, a New York City school network of 70 district schools serving approximately 45,000 students. Under his leadership, New Visions created 99 district and seven charter public schools, provided mentoring services to hundreds of new principals, developed school-based certification programs for teachers and principals, and created suites of data and system tools to streamline school operations and track student progress toward graduation and college.

Bob joined the Community Opportunity Fund Board in January 2019. Prior board affiliations include Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Advocates for Children of New York, Fund For Teachers, and Projects in Education, the nonprofit publisher of Education Week.


Sandy Paik

Sandy Paik has broad-based experience in green finance, affordable housing, community development, commercial real estate asset management and property management, wireless infrastructure, structured finance, and capital markets.

Sandy began her affordable housing and real estate legal practice at Reese and Carney (now known as Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr). She subsequently developed experience in a range of affordable housing, community development, real estate and commercial finance transactions involving multifamily agency finance, housing bonds, LIHTC investment, and mortgage-backed structured finance.

Sandy later joined the legal team at InSite Wireless Group, LLC, where she provided legal advice on complex and commercial transactions including real estate, structured finance, and distributed antenna systems. After InSite, Sandy became Director of Legal Affairs and later the chief legal officer and Secretary of Willco Construction Co., Inc., where she oversaw all aspects of the company’s and its affiliated companies’ legal operations. Sandy subsequently served as Associate General Counsel with Freddie Mac’s Multifamily Structured and Targeted Affordable team, where she provided legal advice on structured affordable and targeted affordable housing transactions. Sandy also led a team to launch a social impact communications platform for Freddie Mac’s Legal Division to support the award-winning activities of the Division’s Community Service Council, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council and Pro Bono Council.

She is currently the General Counsel of DC Green Bank, which focuses its investments on solar energy, greener and more efficient buildings, infrastructure resilience, and transportation electrification.

Sandy is actively engaged in advancing social justice through pro bono and community service. She was a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, serves on the Board of Directors of Arcadia Farm, on the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region (ACC NCR), and as Steering Committee Co-Chair of the ACC NCR Leadership Academy. She provided pro bono counsel to support the launch of the Mid-Atlantic Food Resilience & Access Coalition (MAFRAC). Sandy previously served as the Director of Education Programs at Poverty & Race Research Action Council and supported the Director of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.

Sandy obtained her B.A. in History from Tufts University, an A.M. in Policy Analysis and Evaluation from Stanford University School of Education, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.


Susan Butler Plum

Susan Butler Plum is the founding director of the Skadden Foundation, which awards two-year grants to 28 public interest attorneys per year. The foundation was established in April 1988 and has made grants to 820 attorneys who provide civil legal services to the poor.

Prior to joining Skadden, Ms. Butler Plum was the director of the Botwinick-Wolfensohn Foundation and program director of the Booth Ferris Foundation. She also was the associate director for the Environmental Defense Fund. She is a graduate of the University of Miami.

Among her board affiliations are trusteeships of the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, where she is president, and of the Community Opportunity Fund. She is also a board member of Deaf Legal Advocacy Worldwide, which was founded by a former Skadden Fellow. Ms. Butler Plum is also a board member of Justice Labs, a Hong Kong-based public interest legal organization, and of Partners for Justice.

She also is a member of:

  • the Foundation Board of Stella and Charles Guttman Community College of CUNY;
  • the International Advisory Council of the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative;
  • the Harvard Law School Venture Fund Advisory Group; and
  • the New York Weill Cornell Council.

In 2008, she received the annual North Star Award, Honoring New Yorkers Committed to Social Justice.

In 2013, she received a special Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Law Journal shared with the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.

In 2015, Ms. Butler Plum was selected as one of 50 Inspiring Change Makers worldwide by the Harvard Law and International Development Society and the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

In 2017, Ms. Butler Plum was honored by the Center for Popular Democracy.


Jonathan F.P. Rose

Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work focus on creating a more environmentally, socially and economically responsible world. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, consulting and investment firm.  The firm has completed $2.3 billion of transformational work, in close collaboration with cities and not-for-profits. Mr. Rose is a thought leader in a wide range of urban issues, and the development of communities of opportunity. He has received the MIT’s Visionary Leadership Award, The Urban Land Institute’s global award for Excellence and many other awards for his work.

Mr. Rose’s book on how to create resilient cities, The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life, was published by Harper Wave in 2016, and won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher.

Mr. Rose is a Trustee of Enterprise Community Partners and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects and Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Rose plays bass and blues harp.

Mr. Rose and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute and serve on its Board. The Institute connects inner transformation with outer solutions to relieve suffering in the fields of trauma, education and the environment.

Mr.Rose graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, and received a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.