Advisory Board

Stephen L. Norris

Stephen L. Norris is one of the co-founders of The Carlyle Group, an American private equity firm and previously the Chairman of Gulf Capital Partners. He is a former member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, who was appointed by President George H. W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate in 1990. In July 2014, it was announced he had joined the Florida-based company Global Digital Solutions.

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Pamela J. Newman

Pamela J. Newman is the Founder, President, and CEO of PJN Strategies LLC, a boutique strategic consulting firm in New York City.

Dr. Newman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the University Club, the River Club of New York, and the Cosmos Club. She is on the Board of Directors of The College of Mount Saint Vincent, The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, PCI Media Impact, Inc., and the New York City Mission Society. Dr. Newman is also on the Advisory Boards of Brock Capital LLC and Pi Capital.

On October 20, 2017, Dr. Newman was appointed by the Acting Secretary of the Army as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for New York (South).

Pamela has written two books, “Organizational Communication” (McGraw Hill) and “Behind Closed Doors”: A Guide to Effective Meetings” (Prentice Hall).

Dr. Newman has received many awards. She was honored with the 2019 Charles Evans Award in recognition of her work with the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. In 2018, Pamela was the first recipient of the Business Insurance Women to Watch Inspiration Award. John Cabot University (Rome) gave Pamela J. Newman the John Cabot University Presidential Medal for Leadership in Business in 2017. In 2016, Dr. Newman was a Scholarship Tribute Dinner Honoree by the College of Mount Saint Vincent. In 2015, she was selected as the Insurance Advocate’s Insurance Professional of the Year, and was honored by the UJA-Federation and the Arthritis Foundation in 2014. In 2012, she received The Humanitarian Award from the New York Center for Living. The Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America awarded Dr. Newman “Distinguished Woman of the Year” in 2009.

Pamela earned her BA, MA, and Ph.D. from The University of Michigan.

She is the widow of Henry E. Kates and has two children, Romy and Theodore, and five fantastic grandchildren.

Doug White

Doug White, a long-time leader in the nation’s philanthropic community, is an author, teacher, and advisor to nonprofit organizations and philanthropists.
He is Co-Chair of the FoolProof Foundation’s Walter Cronkite Project Committee and a governing board member of the Secular Coalition of America.
Doug has published five books about nonprofits and philanthropy.
His most recent, “Wounded Charity," (Paragon House), analyzes the allegations of mismanagement made against the Wounded Warrior Project, and it describes how WWP came to be so heavily criticized and why much of the criticism was unfounded.
He published “Abusing Donor Intent” (Paragon House, 2014), which chronicles the historic lawsuit brought against Princeton University by the children of Charles and Marie Robertson, the couple who donated $35 million in 1961 to endow the graduate program at the Woodrow Wilson School. The family contended that Princeton abused its mandate to spend the money as the donors wished - and as the university agreed.
He is the former director of Columbia University’s Master of Science in Fundraising Management program, where, in addition to his extensive management responsibilities, he taught board governance, ethics, and fundraising. He is also the former academic director of New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. He has also been an advisor to BoardSource, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to “building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service.”
Doug is also the moderator of the Donors' Forum in New York, a monthly discussion about the challenges facing philanthropy and nonprofits. 





David Sica

David Sica is a Partner at NYCA Partners. Prior to joining NYCA, David was a Director at Visa Corporation, focusing on the merchant side of the business during a period of government regulation and new payment innovation. Before Visa, David worked at Merrill Lynch in Real Estate Investment Banking and Institutional Sales, specializing in emerging markets.

David is a graduate of The George Washington University.

Notable exits he lead this year include: Affirm, Payoneer, Blend, Avid, Poynt (sold to GoDaddy).