Board of Directors
Alvin S. Trenk
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Co-Founder, Owner and Director of Sightseeing Tours of America and Liberty Helicopters, Inc., a group of companies providing helicopter charter and air tours. He is also the Co-Founder and Director of Saker Aviation, Inc., which provides Fixed Base services at air and heliports in the US.
Since the 70’s Trenk held high level executive positions at such diverse companies as Holding Capital Fund, Air Pegasus, International Health Company, which was bought by Kenton Corporation a diversified publicly company. At Kenton Corporation, Trenk served as Vice Chairman.
Trenk served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and is a licensed helicopter and airplane pilot. He is a member of the Helicopter Association International and the Eastern Region Helicopter Council and has been awarded Golden Eagle Membership in the Wings Club for his leadership, patriotism and support to the development of aeronautics.
Trenk serves on the Boards of Global Gateway Alliance and No Labels, both not for profit organizations and is the proud recipient of the Ellis Island 2017 Medal of Honor Award.
Trenk attended Syracuse University and Seton Hall University from which he earned his Bachelor’s degree. He was born and raised in New Jersey and resides in Florida for the past 15 years.
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.
His family moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 2000 where he spearheaded many philanthropic efforts and is known as a community activist. He founded The Farm Institute, the Farm Based Education Association, the National Widowers Organization, the Martha’s Vineyard Donors Collaborative and Polly Hill Arboretum. In addition, Sam was an initial funder of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, YMCA, The Martha’s Vineyard Charter School and the new Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
Feldman’s philanthropic roots were established post-World War II, when his father Herman Feldman took an initiative to relieve the plight of Jews; he participated in the purchase of Old Bay Line Steamer named “President Warfield.” The ship was re-outfitted and armed in Baltimore, and renamed “The Exodus”.
Feldman, with his life companion Marilyn Meyerhoff, divide their time between Baltimore, New York, Palm Beach and Martha’s Vineyard. Sam is the proud father of Dene Elizabeth and Leigh Erika and has three wonderful grandchildren.
Robert Carey served as the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the US Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration. ORR was charged with the administration of the US national resettlement program, which provides a range of social, medical, and other services to refugees, asylees, victims of torture, and unaccompanied children through state governments and nonprofit organizations across the country.
Previously, Mr. Carey served as Vice President for Resettlement at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), leading IRC’s efforts to advance systematic change in domestic and international refugee resettlement, refugee protection, immigration policy, and human trafficking. Mr. Carey is the former chair of the Refugee Council USA, a coalition of nonprofits focused on refugee protection. He earned a BA in history from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and attended the Barbieri Center in Rome, Italy. He is currently working as a consultant in the areas of refugee and immigration policy and non-profit management. Recently he completed a Leadership in Government Fellowship at the Open Society Foundations.
Justin Sosne is a business executive, social entrepreneur, and proud husband to Erin and father to Levi and Eva.
A decade-long Capitol Hill resident with strong Tar Heel roots who has lived, worked or studied in more than fifty countries, Justin comes from a family of educators and passionately believes that exposure to new ideas and people from different backgrounds is the foundation of peace, democracy and economic prosperity.
Justin also believes in the power of partnerships and the importance of taking a systems approach to challenging and complex problems that span borders and organizations.
From volunteering with immigrants and refugees in his local community, to striving to empower women and girls as an advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State, to fostering enhanced commercial ties between the United States and Asia in his current role as a business executive at BowerGroupAsia, Justin has devoted his life and career to breaking down political, social and economic barriers and improving peoples’ lives.
Justin previously served as a Coro and Starting Bloc Fellow and graduated with a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He speaks fluent Spanish and beginner-level Mandarin Chinese.
Judge Judith C. Chirlin
Judge Judith C. Chirlin (Ret’d), was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1985; she retired in 2009. As of November 2011, she became Executive Director of the Western Justice Center (“WJC”) in Pasadena, California. WJC is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a more civil, peaceful society where differences are valued. It designs and implements creative programs that change the way people think about and respond to differences and conflict. In September of 2018, she retired from WJC and now serves as a private judge doing arbitrations and mediations, and serves on several non-profit boards.
Over the years, Judge Chirlin has been involved in numerous efforts to improve the legal system and the administration of justice in California, throughout the nation and around the world. She is a past Chair of the Board of the American Judicature Society, a national organization dedicated to improving the justice system. She has held numerous positions in the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, California Women Lawyers, National Association of Women Judges and the International Association of Women Judges. She also served as Vice Chair of the California Gender Bias Task Force, as a member of a Blue Ribbon Panel Investigating the Problems of Women in Prison, and as a member of a commission evaluating the administration of justice in California, all by virtue of appointment by Chief Justices of California. She is a member of the Board of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (“ROLI”) and is Chair of the Asia Council of ROLI. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the CEELI Institute in Prague, the Czech Republic. Judge Chirlin has traveled extensively, consulting on court reform and teaching programs for foreign judges, lawyers, police officers and other legal professionals in more than 20 countries. Since 2003 to the present, she has worked with various groups from Iraq, including both male and female judges and women who lead civil society organizations that address the problems of women in Iraq, in cooperation with ROLI or the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.
She is a graduate of The George Washington University (BA in Political Science), Rutgers University (MA in Politics from the Eagleton Institute of Politics) and the University of Southern California Law School (J.D.).