Commission Members

Beverly Cooper Neufeld

Beverly Cooper Neufeld, President, PowHer: To address the slow advancement of women's economic issues, Beverly Neufeld envisioned and launched in 2014 PowHer New York: a community working across typical barriers to connect organizations and issues, energize a movement, and accelerate progress. It is one of many innovative projects created by Beverly Neufeld, President of BCN Consulting Group LLC, which helps nonprofits create change through advocacy, programming, and organizational development.

Neufeld leads a decade long campaign for pay equity reform, now a signature project of PowHer New York, which influenced the passage of the NYS Equal Pay Act and the Women's Equality Act. In 2016, working with 2020 Women on Boards and Catalyst, she rallied passage of a NYC Board Diversity Law for contractors and is pursuing similar state legislation. In September 2016, with 100+ groups, under her leadership "PowHer The Vote" was launched, a 10-week interactive program and social media campaign, to ignite and empower a state-wide legion of activists to champion women's issues during the 2016 election season and beyond. A member of the national Paycheck Fairness Taskforce and the steering committee of the 850-member NYS Women's Equality Coalition, Neufeld is working on the federal, state and local fronts.

Previously, as President of the New York Women's Agenda, Neufeld invigorated the 20-year old institution with innovative programming, including and the New York Women's Business Principles Initiative. As Executive Director of The White House Project, she oversaw research on women's leadership, and helped develop SheSource and "Vote, Run, Lead." Beverly was Finance Director for Congresswoman Nita Lowey. Her board service includes 2020 Women on Boards, Free the Children, Sing for Hope, Women's Campaign Forum, and Westchester Children's Association.