American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU) has announced the appointment of Suzanne K. Ponsot as Executive Director of its Greater New York Regional office. Ponsot will lead fundraising and development efforts for a region that is pivotal to AFHU’s mission. AFHU’s Greater New York Regional office, under her leadership, will work to showcase The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s foremost institution of higher learning and research. AFHU has eight regional offices throughout the United States, with its national headquarters based in New York City.
“Suzanne Ponsot is bringing her vast skill set and successful fundraising experiences to one of AFHU’s most vital regional offices. We are excited to have her join our team and look forward to promoting The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Greater New York Region,” said Lawrence Zweifach, President of AFHU’s Greater New York Region.
Ponsot has many achievements in the fields of fundraising and marketing. She has worked to foster the growth of cultural institutions such as the Queens Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In her capacity as Director of the Friends of Carnegie Hall, Ponsot spearheaded a complete overhaul of the membership department, leading to rapid annual growth in donors and membership. During her tenure as Executive Director of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the organization’s fundraising totals increased by more than 1500% from less than $500,000 annually to more than $8 million in 2012. In twenty years, she raised more than $100 million for the group. Throughout her distinguished career, Ponsot has worked with celebrities, CEOs, and other high profile individuals in pursuit of formidable fundraising goals.
“I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and working to promote the academic achievements and outstanding scientific research conducted by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As a native of New York, I am delighted to have this great opportunity to work for a prestigious organization that has a tremendous positive impact on the intellectual assets of the State of Israel” said Ponsot.
Other philanthropic activities that Ponsot is involved in include the establishment of the Zubin Mehta Instrument Fund, which provides instruments to recent immigrants to Israel who join the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra but cannot afford instruments of their own. She also currently serves on the New York Youth Symphony Board of Directors and on the Board of Advisors of Midori and Friends, organizations that provide high quality music education programs to children.
Ponsot lives with her family in Chappaqua. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College and an MBA from Stern Business School at New York University. She may be reached at American Friends of The Hebrew University, One Battery Park Plaza, 25th Floor, New York.