George Adams (1930 – 2011) was a retired corporate and international partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he was chairman of the corporate department and head of its London office. He also served as a trustee of the American Association for the International Commission of Jurists and the American Trust of the British Library, as a director of New Amsterdam Singers and as a member of the Board of Visitors of CUNY Law School. He in addition, he was an advisor to a number of not-for-profit organizations, including, on the recommendation of Gray Matters, Broadway Housing Communities and CUNY Law School. He was, for many years, a director of United Way of New York City and was the president of the Greater New York Fund (the distributing arm of United Way) and chairman of the board of trustees of Sarah Lawrence College. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School and served as a First Lieutenant, Artillery, during the Korean War.
Larry Levine (1934 – 2004). As founder and dedicated member of Gray Matters, Lawrence S. Levine (1934-2004) worked closely with three not-for-profit organizations: Broadway Housing, the East River Apprenticeshop, and CUNY Law School. A graduate of Colgate University and the Yale Law School, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District and was a founding partner of Beldock Levine & Hoffman, a law practice with a long-standing commitment to pro bono representation. As co-founder and past chair of the Jewish Fund for Justice, he was a passionate advocate for community-organizing initiatives aimed at addressing poverty and for efforts to sustain this work across the generations. Larry was an ardent supporter of CUNY Law School’s mission to provide lawyers for underserved communities and a member of its advisory board.
Linda Levine (1937 – 2013). Until her passing, Linda served as co-chair of Gray Matters. An elected Fellow of the American Anthropological Association, Linda Levine was dedicated to advancing equity and social justice through education for over thirty years. A former professor of special education and museum education, and associate dean of the Graduate Faculty at Bank Street College, she was co-founder and first director of the Urban Education Semester – a partnership between Bank Street and the Venture Consortium colleges that afford liberal arts students an introduction to challenges and opportunities in urban teaching. In Linda’s teaching and research, she highlighted the need for teachers to be culturally competent and able to facilitate dialogues across difference. She was honored as a ‘Woman of Valor’ by the Jewish Funds for Justice and a ‘Distinguished Alumna of Bank Street’ and was an ardent supporter of the Educational Video Center. Linda held a B.A. in French literature from Smith College, an M.S. in Special Education from Bank Street, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education from the University of Pennsylvania.