Meet Our Team
EDWARD LEIBMAN, Founding Partner
Edward Leibman has been a fixture on New York’s nonprofit landscape for decades. He has led highly successful fundraising efforts for The New York Botanical Garden, The Public Theater, The National Institute for Reproductive Health, and Theater Communications Group, among others, raising millions of dollars in the process. Nearly a decade ago, he founded Hudson Ferris Inc., a bottom-line-focused fundraising firm that has since grown to become one of New York City’s premiere boutique development consultancies for nonprofits. In 2018, he co-founded GreaterSpace, a groundbreaking platform that pairs workspace with shared support services to create efficiency, promote financial health, and increase the effectiveness of nonprofits. A creative thinker, his entrepreneurial approach to fundraising often breaks the mold of convention. Ed specializes in major gifts, board development, corporate sponsorship, and campaign strategy.
HANNAH LOWERY ODELL, Managing Director
Hannah Odell is a nonprofit fundraising professional with more than ten years of experience helping growing nonprofits around the world to achieve sustainability. She has been a formative member of the Hudson Ferris team for more than six years, playing an integral role in the firm’s expansion. In 2018, Ms. Odell and her partner, Edward Leibman, developed plans for the nonprofit operations platform, GreaterSpace Inc., which launched in New York City in October 2019 and has generated a big buzz in the business and philanthropic communities.
Her strategic insights and highly focused approach have impacted more than 75 nonprofits during her time at Hudson Ferris. Prior to this role, she served as Director of Development for Brooklyn-Based Children of the City. Her career began fundraising for international human rights, working both in South Africa and El Salvador to implement community organizing initiatives and provide access to clean water and health resources in rural communities.
JENNIFER LEIBMAN, Founding Partner
Jennifer Leibman oversees all compliance, accounting, client relations and business development. Prior to founding Hudson Ferris, Jennifer served in two consecutive mayoral administration, where she specialized in intergovernmental community relations, press, legislative affairs, and public-private partnerships. Jennifer subsequently pursued a commercial real estate career and worked as a Senior Associate with Vicus Partners. Jennifer is a graduate of New York University – Tisch School of the Arts.
ELSUIDA BRUNGA, Director of Research
Elsuida Brunga is a MA of International Affairs at the New School and holds a BA in International Relations from Iona College. She brings more than two years of nonprofit experience, superb research skills and a passion for international development to the Hudson Ferris team. She gained invaluable experience working in the field in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on a Monitoring & Evaluation project for a national nonprofit organization that targets the most vulnerable women in Ethiopia. She also interned at the Consulate General of Kosovo as well as for Edmund Rice International.
Terrie Sultan, Museum Strategist
Terrie Sultan is recognized as a thoughtful, innovative museum professional with strong expertise in energetic leadership, fundraising, strategic planning, donor relations, staff and trustee mentorship. She is highly regarded internationally for her curatorial projects and is a published author of a number of books and publications. As Director of the Blaffer Art Museum (2000-2008) and the Parrish Art Museum (2008-2020) Sultan developed and implemented major capital campaigns for endowments, program initiatives, and for the Parrish, completed a $33 million campaign for the design and construction of a new facility that opened in 2012. Throughout her career she has specialized and excelled in shaping and guiding major gift campaigns, preparing and implementing strategic plans, building strong staff and trustee teams, and enhancing and expanding the missions, visions, goals and services to the communities of the institutions she has led.
Robin Nicholson, Museum Strategist
Robin Nicholson is an innovative ‘outside of the box’ museum professional and art museum director: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Deputy Director (2006-2014); Frick Pittsburgh: Executive Director (2014-2019); Telfair Museums, Savannah: CEO and Executive Director (2019-2020), who also brings experience of working in the for-profit and gallery worlds. His strengths are imaginative strategic thinking, fund-raising, and re-envisioning of the art museum model for both the near and long-term future. Nicholson has led several multi-million- dollar campaigns and independently developed two major strategic plans. He has directed the outward-facing aspects of American art museums over the last 16 years: collections, exhibitions, programs, digital initiatives, education, research and scholarship, community outreach, and audience engagement. Nicholson is committed to the future of art museums as diverse, equitable, and inclusive institutions that reflect the community they serve.
Lauren Hunter, Senior Account Executive
Lauren Hunter is an experienced fundraising professional with a passion for creating polished and compelling messaging for clients. An expert writer and researcher, Lauren spent six years fundraising in Washington, D.C. while completing her Master’s in Communication at the University of Maryland. During that time, she gained significant experience in grant management, strategic planning, corporate sponsorship, and donor relations. Prior to starting her career in the nonprofit sector, Lauren taught public speaking, writing, and Spanish.
Alison Reenock, Account Executive
Alison Reenock holds a BA in Global Studies with a concentration in Global Security from Temple University. She gained valuable experience in international development serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, with many of her projects focusing on education development in rural communities. She also interned for Emerge America, a political nonprofit organization that recruits and trains women to run for office. She is very passionate about development work in the nonprofit sector and the intersection between politics and social service.
SCRUFFY, Director of Morale Improvement Initiatives
Scruffy’s distinguished career in human resources administration spans more than 7 dog years. Core competencies include The Dog Face, stretching to the full extent of his physiology, chew toy management, mid-meal floor grazing, and scratching head with hind foot maneuver proficiency. Scruffy holds an MA in Cuteness Arts from Vanderbuilt University, and BA in Canine-Human Relations from Swarthmore College.