Amy Engel Scharf is Elected New Chair of the Children’s Aid Board of Trustees

New York, NYChildren’s Aid is pleased to announce the election of Amy Engel Scharf as chair to the board of trustees. Scharf, who most recently served as secretary, joined the Children’s Aid board in 2010.

“Amy has demonstrated her commitment to child services throughout her career,” said Phoebe C. Boyer, president and CEO. “For the better part of a decade, Children’s Aid has benefitted from her vast professional experience and, most importantly, her commitment to ensuring that children, youth, and their families throughout New York City have equal opportunities to learn and succeed. I am thrilled to partner with her to elevate our work.”

 “It’s an incredible honor to receive the support of my fellow trustees and take a lead role in a mission that I am passionate about,” said Scharf. “I am incredibly excited to advance the work of Children’s Aid in its ongoing battle against childhood poverty.”

Scharf currently works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a consultant to the Ethics Committee and Public Affairs Department. She was previously an equity analyst for Smith Barney and Dean Witter Reynolds, and has held leadership positions on the boards of several organizations, including Johns Hopkins University, the Clark Museum, League of Women Voters, and Casa de los Niños. Scharf earned her master’s degree in arts from Yale University and a master’s degree in science from Columbia University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Iris Abrons, who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to New York City’s children, youth, and families during her tenure on the board since 1996, and as chair since 2014, will continue to serve as a trustee emeritus.

“Iris’s leadership over the past four years has been nothing short of remarkable,” said Boyer. “She has devoted countless hours to making Children’s Aid a leading human services agency and working to ensure that the organization uses its resources in such a manner that always moves the organization forward.”

In addition to Scharf’s election, the board elected Eren Rosenfeld to serve as secretary and Linda Kao to serve as assistant treasurer.

The board also welcomed two new trustees. Brad Silver is the New York Metro Regional Tax Leader in PwC’s New York tax practice and serves on the national advisory board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Jay Nydick is the co-chief investment officer and co-head of the Real Estate Investment Group at AB Global, an investment management and research firm.

Children’s Aid is committed to ensuring that there are no boundaries to the aspirations of young people, no limits to their potential. After 165 years of serving New York City’s children, youth, and their families, we know what it takes to ensure children and youth grow up strong and healthy, and ready to thrive in school and life: excellent education and health care, social-emotional support, and strong stable families. Today, we serve nearly 50,000 children, youth, and their families in four under-resourced neighborhoods in New York City. For additional information, contact Anthony Ramos at (212) 949-4938 or

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