Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

John B. Beinecke — Director & President

 John Beinecke is a managing director of Antaeus Enterprises, Inc., a private investment company in New York. He is the president of The Prospect Hill Foundation and a director of The Sperry Fund.  He is chairman of the Yale School of Drama Board of Advisors.  He also serves on the board of Page 73 Productions and is chairman emeritus of Lincoln Center Theater. He attained a B.A. from Yale University in 1969.


Frederick W. Beinecke — Director & Vice President

Frederick “Rick” Beinecke is a managing director of Antaeus Enterprises, Inc. He currently serves as vice president and director of The Prospect Hill Foundation, and president and director of The Sperry Fund. He is involved in numerous arts organizations, serving as president of the board of trustees of the National Gallery of Art, director emeritus of the New York City Ballet, director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, director emeritus of Close Encounters With Music, and trustee emeritus of The Trudeau Institute and Phillips Academy. In addition, since 1981, he has been a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society, where he is a member of the executive committee, and he was formerly a trustee and treasurer of The Samuel H. Kress Foundation. He earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1966 and a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1972, and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969. He attained the rank of Captain, and was decorated with the Bronze Star for service during 1968 in Vietnam.

Sarah Beinecke Richardson — Director & Secretary

Sarah Beinecke Richardson is secretary and a director of The Prospect Hill Foundation.  She is also a director of The Sperry Fund, a member of the board of Antaeus Enterprises Inc., and vice president of Tangent Films Ltd., a motion picture production company founded by her husband, Craig Richardson.  A resident of Jamestown, Rhode Island, she has served on the boards of Save the Bay, Community Preparatory School, the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; and as a member of the advisory boards of the International Institute of Rhode Island and The Conservation Law Foundation/RI.  She also has been a trustee and co-chair of the board of Dana Hall School.  Sarah received her B.A. in English and American Literature from Brown University, and attended Colorado College, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Factory of Visual Arts in Seattle.

Benjamin B. Beinecke — Director

Benjamin “Ben” Beinecke is an investor and entrepreneur based in New York City. Currently, he is a director of The Prospect Hill Foundation, as well as the Keewaydin Foundation and 14×48. He co-founded and directed MyLu Foods, a company that aimed to bring healthy snacks to children living in food deserts, and Tyche Data Analytics, an algorithm-based data intelligence company. He most recently served as director of strategy for Ufora, managing the organization’s financial planning and capital raising. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.

Frances G. Beinecke — Director

Frances Beinecke is a director of The Prospect Hill Foundation and a board member of The Sperry Fund and Antaeus Enterprises, Inc. She currently sits on the boards of World Resources Institute, Wave Hill, Climate Central, Client Earth, and Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund. She worked at Natural Resources Defense Council for over thirty years, serving as executive director from 1998 to 2006 and as president from 2006 to 2015. In 2010, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.  Frances  holds a B.A. from Yale College and a M.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Among many awards and honors, she received the Yale Medal in 2009 and the Audubon Medal in 2017.  She was awarded an honorary degree from Lehman College, Doctor of Humane Letters, and an honorary degree from Vermont Law School, Doctor of Laws.  She is author of The World We Create: A Message of Hope for a Planet in Peril and co-authored Clean Energy Common Sense: An American Call to Action on Global Climate Change.

Jacob S. Beinecke — Director

Jacob “Jake” Beinecke is an investment associate at a private wealth management firm. He is licensed to practice law in New York and Massachusetts, and has worked previously at the Open Space Institute and on the legal team at the Acumen Fund. Prior to law school, Jake had an entirely separate career as a professional cook, mostly in San Francisco. Jake has more than ten years of experience in philanthropy and the non-profit sector, and currently serves as a trustee of several charitable organizations in addition to The Prospect Hill Foundation including the Global Greengrants Fund, Page73 Productions, and the Waterfront Alliance. He is a former Executive Director of the Law and Social Entrepreneurship Association at NYU Law School (now the Social Enterprise and Startup Law Group). A life-long New Yorker, Jake graduated from The Trinity School, Columbia University, and New York University School of Law. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Julia Felsenthal.

Carrie Elston Tunick — Director

Carrie Elston Tunick is a multimedia artist who lives and works in New York. She received a B.A. from Yale University in 2003 and received an M.F.A. from Hunter College in 2010. Her work has been shown around the world from New York City to Linz, Austria. She was the first prize recipient of the New York Art Marathon, and has received multiple residencies including NARS Foundation and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Carrie is currently a director of The Prospect Hill Foundation, a board member of the Bronx River Alliance and the Hunter Art Advisory Board. She currently works for the Association of Marshall Scholars and Voices of Ascension.

Elizabeth B. Elston — Director

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Beinecke Elston is a freelance consultant focused on nonprofit capacity building. In this role she applies her expertise to improve social services with a particular focus in child welfare and youth justice organizations. Previously, Elizabeth served as the Senior Director of Data Analysis and Accountability at HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services, where she led the transformation of the 100+ year old agency into a data driven organization.  Earlier in her career, Elizabeth worked as a senior analyst at the Vera Institute of Justice. There, she developed strategies to reform child welfare in New York City. She has also worked for the NYC Department of Education where she supported the roll-out of a new student assessment system throughout New York City, and on issues of gender equity and children’s access to education in Durban, South Africa, working for the Legal Resources Centre and Gender AIDS Forum. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University in 2006 and an M.B.A. in Operations and Social Sector Management from Columbia Business School in 2014. Elizabeth is a director of The Prospect Hill Foundation, chair of the board of directors of Exalt Youth, and a member of the board of Antaeus Enterprises, Inc.

Mary B. Elston — Director

Mary Beinecke Elston is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. Her research explores Islamic educational practices and institutions in modern Egypt. She graduated with a B.A. in Middle East Studies and Developmental Studies from Brown University in 2007 and with an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2012. Mary currently lives in Cambridge, MA.

Jesse W. Smith — Director

Jesse Smith is a director of The Prospect Hill Foundation, a board member of Lineage Project, and a member of the board of Antaeus Enterprises, Inc.  He earned a B.A. from Colorado College, and has pursued further study at New York University, New York Studio School, Sculpture Center in New York, and Rhode Island School of Design. 



Management Committees FY2019

Audit:  Frederick W. Beinecke, Chair; John B. Beinecke; Frances G. Beinecke
Finance & Investment:  Frederick W. Beinecke, Chair; Benjamin B. Beinecke; Jacob S. Beinecke; John B. Beinecke; Elizabeth B. Elston

Program Committees FY2019

New PHF Program Committee: Carrie Elston Tunick, Chair; Benjamin B. Beinecke; Elizabeth B. Elston; Ana Oliveira
Nuclear Disarmament & Nonproliferation:  Frederick W. Beinecke, Chair; Frances G. Beinecke; Jacob S. Beinecke; John Redick, Senior Adviser

Past Committees 

Strategic Planning Committee: John B. Beinecke, Chair; Carrie Elston Tunick; Benjamin B. Beinecke, Sarah B. Richardson
Environment: Jacob S. Beinecke, Chair; Benjamin B. Beinecke; Frances G. Beinecke; Sarah B. Richardson
Reproductive Health & Justice: Carrie Elston Tunick, Chair; Frances G. Beinecke; Benjamin B. Beinecke; Sarah B. Richardson
Youth Justice: Benjamin B. Beinecke, Chair; Elizabeth B. Elston; Jacob S. Beinecke


Penny Fujiko Willgerodt — Executive Director

Penny Fujiko Willgerodt is the executive director of The Prospect Hill Foundation.  Penny started her career in philanthropy at the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1987; joined the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation as a program officer in 1990; and the Rockefeller Family Office in the fall of 1999. Part of the start-up team to create Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, she served as vice president until the fall of 2008 when she joined The Prospect Hill Foundation.  Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Penny co-founded with Monique Harden, Michelle DePass and Marni Rosen, the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, a funder collaborative initially housed at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Among other boards, she served as board president of the Weeksville Heritage Center and was a founding member and former chair of the New York Youth Justice Initiative. Currently, Penny is a board advisor to Prison Watch Sierra Leone and board chair of Clean and Healthy New York. She graduated cum laude from Yale College with a B.A. in East Asian Studies and holds a M.A. in secondary school education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Caryn Thor Lesser — Grants & Operations Manager

Caryn Thor Lesser joined The Prospect Hill Foundation in July 2017.  Caryn began her career in philanthropy as a graduate intern with the Polk Bros. Foundation in Chicago, where she reviewed grants for workforce development, youth programming, and women’s rights organizations. Prior to that, she worked full-time for SmithBucklin, an association management company and Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, a DC-based youth justice policy organization. Outside of the office, she is also Chair of the Junior Board of Youth Represent. Caryn graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Criminal Justice and holds a M.A. in Social Administration from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.