Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York Appoints Barbara R. Mendelson as New Board Chair


NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York (BBBS of NYC), the nation’s premier mentoring organization and New York City’s largest, welcomes Barbara R. Mendelson, partner at Morrison & Foerster, as the new chair of the board. Mendelson succeeds Lucy Lopez, General Counsel for the Americas and Deputy General Counsel at McKinsey & Company, who served as Chairman of the Board until the summer of 2021.

Mendelson served as executive vice chairman of the board of BBBS of NYC before becoming chairman of the board. She is the third woman in a row to be elected chair of the board of directors. This decision is a continuation of the organization’s commitment to maintain a diverse representation in the youth development sector. In his new role, Mendelson will ensure consistency between board policies and set the board leadership agenda.

“At BBBS of NYC, we champion gender inclusion, ”said Alicia Guevara, BBBS of NYC’s first female CEO. “We are delighted to welcome Barbara as the new Chair of the Board of Directors, continuing to advance the leadership of female executives, and we look forward to how her Chair will shape the future of our organization.

Recently recognized as one of the Notable Women in Law, Mendelson applies his judgment of confidence and his long-standing knowledge of the New York community in this new position.

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS of NYC), New York City’s first and largest youth mentoring organization, has been serving the changing needs of New York City youth since 1904. The organization’s mission is to build and grow support mentoring relationships that ignite the best possible future for young people. BBBS of NYC serves over 2,500 NYC youth through a variety of specialized mentoring programs that reach all grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and extend through their sophomore year of college. The organization’s evidence-based approach to youth mentoring provides personalized and expert support to each youth (Small) and a caring adult mentor (Large). Its proven community and workplace mentoring programs provide the next generation of city leaders with increased access to invaluable opportunities and essential guidance that allows them to reach their full potential.

BBBS of NYC’s city-wide impact is made possible through the support of individuals, foundations and businesses, who recognize the urgent need for all young people to have access to mentors. All contributions allow BBBS of NYC to deepen investment in current twinning relationships and expand its reach. Approximately $ 3,500 will fund the establishment of a new one-to-one matchmaking relationship for one year. To learn more, become a mentor, make a donation and / or offer support, please visit


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