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Board & Staff

Our Board

Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., Chairman

Mr. Gerstner was chairman of the board of IBM Corporation from April 1993 until his retirement in December 2002. He served as chief executive officer of IBM from 1993 until March 2002.

Dr. Elizabeth Gerstner, Vice President

Dr. Gerstner is a clinical neuro-oncologist at the Mass General Cancer Center and Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Brown University and pursued her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she served as Chief Resident in Neurology while completing her residency training. Dr. Gerstner then attended Harvard Medical School to earn her Masters in Medical Science.

Dr. Gerstner’s research accomplishments have been recognized by a number of prestigious awards, including the Clinical Research Scholar, awarded by Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award. She has been featured in many notable medical journals highlighting her research in collaboration with colleagues at Mass General and various physician-scientists from other prominent medical institutions.


our staff

Kara V. Klein, Executive Director

Ms. Klein is the Executive Director of the Gerstner Family Foundation.  She joined the Gerstner family office in 2006, prior to which she was a management consultant.

She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Sarah D. Persily, Program Director

Ms. Persily’s experience includes philanthropy, development, and law. She has worked for Tiger Foundation, Pro Bono Partnership, IBM, Proskauer, and The New York Public Library.

She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Molly C. Gelinas, Program Assistant

Ms. Gelinas has over seven years of experience in administration and client service and has worked with social services agencies for over 10 years to organize holiday events and charity drives for families in need.

She holds a B.A. from Stony Brook University.

Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., Kara Klein, and Sarah Persily with students.