Founders

Alvin S. Trenk

A very successful business executive and a continually involved philanthropist, Trenk has recently embarked on a new not for profit initiative as co-founder of an Institute to bring together great minds from around the globe to work on solutions to the problems of forced migration and the resulting refugees. Its members will include institutions and their representatives from leading universities, religions, humanitarian organizations, museums and memorials, governments and advocacy groups who will address prevention and mitigation, assistance and resource management and resettlement. Major emphasis will be on enabling symbiotic relationships among existing resources and organizations to improve the quality and the overall effectiveness of assistance.

Price Arana

Price Arana started her career as a professional photographer at the age of 21, working with Kodak, Rolex, Swissair and Sports Illustrated. She launched her Los Angeles-based advertising agency, The Press Cabinet, in 1998. Since then, her company has acquired a reputation for branding in highly creative and non-traditional ways, revolutionizing her corner of the luxury advertising industry. Ms. Arana has helmed several non-profit campaigns for various organizations and worthy causes, including bringing attention to the plight of victims of sex-trafficking. In addition, she has worked with the organizations like the Christopher Reeve Foundation, Blessings in a Backpack and Shoe4Africa, the latter of which resulted in the construction of Africa’s first children’s hospital. Ms. Arana made her directorial debut with ‘An Undeniable Voice’, a short documentary on Sam Harris, believed to be the youngest person to survive a concentration camp during the Holocaust. The film has won several awards and is traveling the world via film festivals.

Samuel “Sam” Feldman

After graduating from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Sam Feldman became the Chairman, CEO and President of Webster Menswear in Baltimore, MD, which became a public company in 1986. In addition to running Webster, he was an integral part of the Baltimore philanthropic community. Among his many contributions, he helped to purchase an old synagogue in Baltimore city and was a founder of Beth Am Congregation. His philanthropy continues to support many Jewish, educational and cultural endeavors in Baltimore and elsewhere.

Samuel Harris

Samuel Harris is a child Holocaust survivor, author, active community member and proud naturalized citizen. He has received countless awards and distinctions for his leadership, visionary ideas, and contributions to the community. He is a former President of Northbrook United Way, and he is currently on the Board of Directors of South Central Bank in Chicago. For 44 years, Mr. Harris has been a member of The Rotary Club of Northbrook, Illinois, who awarded Mr. Harris with the “Service Above Self” award. Mr. Harris spearheaded the building of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (IHMEC) and is currently serving as President Emeritus of the IHMEC in Skokie, Illinois. In 2011, New Trier High School named Mr. Harris one of the ten outstanding graduates of all time. Chicago Magazine awarded Mr. Harris “Chicagoan of the Year 2009.” In 2005, Mr. Harris was awarded “The State of Illinois Human Rights Award for Distinguished Leadership for Protecting the Human Rights of the People of Illinois.” He is a graduate of Grinnell College and the recipient of the College’s coveted Alumni Award.

Marilyn Meyerhoff

A longtime Baltimore resident, she was instrumental in establishing Center Stage, a professional, not-for-profit theater company, of which she is a former trustee and a current Honorary Board Member. Marilyn was also on the boards of The Baltimore Ballet Company and the Maryland Eye Bank. She is currently involved with a number of Martha’s Vineyard initiatives.

Bruce Singer

Bruce Singer graduated from Harvard University cum laude with a distinction in International Law and Foreign Service and was named to the National Social Science Honor Society. He obtained his law degree from Whittier College School of Law and served as a law clerk to judges and Commissioners in both the Criminal Court and Superior Court of Los Angeles.

Bruce’s business career began renting roller skates in Venice California his business was well known not for its amazing service but because he conducted their rental activity out of the back of an old Funeral Hearse… their business and their slogan “Let Us Undertake Your Skating Needs” was a fixture throughout the beach communities in the 70’s & 80’s.

Once he became a lawyer, Bruce morphed his business to renting cars to tourists at airports throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico that were looking to explore the famous Route 66. The company exploded from 29 cars to over 10,000 cars by 1988. INC magazine named Bruce and his company RPM Rent-A-Car the 101st Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in America.

Shortly thereafter, Bruce had an idea to provide loans on the equity that existed within their cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, jet skis and RV’s. Today RPM Lenders is a part of one the largest vehicle collateral lending networks in the United States; Bruce sold his interest in RPM some time back.

Bruce served on a number of boards such as the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes Association and with his wife Kelly in her charity Planet Hope an organization specifically focusing on young children and single moms affected and often devastated by homelessness.

Bruce is married to Kelly, a lifelong activist and founder of Planet Hope. Bruce has 3 children, a daughter Stefanie and two sons Josh and Nick.

Bruce was born in Bronx New York, which makes him by birth a Yankee fan.

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone began her career in New York, working as an internationally successful model in print and as an actor appearing in network television. Sharon caught the eye of Woody Allen, and subsequently made her film debut in, Stardust Memories. In 1992, Sharon starred in the blockbuster, Basic Instinct, and in 1995, Sharon earned a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nomination for her role in Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, Casino. Other film credits include, The Muse, Sphere, Total Recall, Sliver, Bobby, The Quick and the Dead, Alpha Dog, Fading Gigolo, and Lovelace. Sharon earned an Emmy Award for her role on The Practice, and her recurring role on Law & Order garnered some of the highest ratings in prime time for the hit franchise series. In 2015, Sharon starred in the TNT drama series, Agent X, and in early 2016, Sharon is appearing in the features, The Disaster Artist, with James Franco, and Mosaic, with Steven Soderbergh.

In 1995, at the Cannes film festival, Sharon stepped in for Dame Elizabeth Taylor at the amfAR Gala; she has continued her work with the organization for 20 years as the Global Fundraising Chairperson, raising hundreds of millions to find a cure, and achieving major treatment advances including pediatric care for those suffering from AIDS. Sharon is Knight Commander of France, and in 2002, the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) honored Sharon for her contribution in combatting the AIDS epidemic. She was presented the ‘Global Institutes Healthcare & Medicine Humanitarian Award’ by a special assembly of one hundred of the nations most prestigious doctors. In 2005, Sharon released the CD collection, Come Together Now to benefit victims of hurricane Katrina, co-writing the title track. In 2007, Sharon received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Edinboro State University. Sharon is a committee chair with YALA, a ground breaking young peoples’ peace initiative, and she has co-chaired Planet Hope providing care to single mothers and children for decades. In 2013, Sharon was honored by the Nobel Peace Laureates at the Nobel Peace Summit, in Poland, where she was given the ‘Peace Summit Award’ by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for her continuous humanitarian work.