Meet Our Team
ED 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’ experience helping growing nonprofits around the world to achieve sustainability. She has been a formative member of the Hudson Ferris team for more than give years, playing an integral role in the firm’s expansion. In 2018, Ms. Odell and her partner, Edward Leibman, developed plans for the nonprofit coworking platform, GreaterSpace Inc., which just launched in New York City in October 2019 and has already generated a big buzz in the business and philanthropic communities.
Her strategic and highly focused approach has impacted more than 60 nonprofits during her time at Hudson Ferris, and 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 bring democracy, water and health resources to rural communities in need.
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, Account Executive
Elsuida Brunga is a MA Candidate of International Affairs at the New School and holds a BA in International Relations from Iona College. She gained invaluable experience working in the field in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on a monitoring and Evaluation project for a national non-profit 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. She brings her international background, passion for non-profit development, and excellent research skills to the Hudson Ferris team.
GIFTI ABAKOYAS, Account Associate
Gifti has international experience working on non-profit projects on issues ranging from human rights, women’s economic empowerment and capacity building for local communities. She is skilled at identifying the needs of stakeholders and finding tailored solutions. She has a master’s degree in International Affairs from The New School and a Law degree from Addis Ababa University. She is an avid reader, enjoys her yoga practice and loves the great outdoors.
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.