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Charles Richter is a retired lawyer who practiced in New York City, specializing in commercial litigation. He started his career with a large New York law firm and later co-founded his own firm. Before starting his firm, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan where he also received a Masters Degree in Philosophy. He taught philosophy for one year at the University of Illinois and then returned to New York City, where he was raised, to practice law. Mr. Richter has been a member of both corporate and nonprofit Boards of Directors. For many years he was the president of One Stop Senior Services, a nonprofit organization that helps seniors in New York City.

LINDA SENAT // Secretary

Linda Senat is the former Director of International Relations at the American Jewish Committee in New York where she directed the diplomatic outreach program building relationships with the UN and consular communities to communicate on important international issues and create a framework for dialogue about critical human rights concerns. Prior to joining AJC, she was with Deloitte & Touche in NY, as an international tax attorney and focused on corporate international business expansion and development. She has represented blue chip private corporations and consultancies and has broad international experience advising foreign governments.  Prior to moving to NY she was Executive Director of a European NGO, working with transition economy countries to change from command to market systems and modify their institutions and legislation. She brings to all her work an understanding of and an ability to bridge diverse cultures, practices and attitudes.


Maria Pencheva is a Managing Director at Innovative Shareholder Strategies, LLC where she advises middle market companies on merges and acquisitions, ESOP transactions, refinancings and recapitalizations. Maria began her career at the Leveraged Finance division of Barclays Capital and later led the execution process on more than 20 transactions at CSG Partners. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and sits on the Board of Directors of the Mount Holyoke Club of New York City. Maria is also a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership, the ESOP Association, the ESOP Emerging Leaders Group and the National Association of Professional Women.

SUSAN ZOHN // Member

Susan Zohn is a partner of EY (formerly Ernst & Young) and has worked in its global headquarters for over 20 years. She is EY’s Global Director of Business Ethics, handling whistle-blowing and “hotline” matters for the organization of 200,00 people and their external stakeholders. In addition, she is the secretary to the EY Global Board and the EY Global Governance Council and, as such, much of her work consists of special projects, often in the areas of governance, compliance, and policy.