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Ean Matthews

Ean Matthews is The Tow Foundation’s legal counsel. For over 10 years, Ean has worked with the Foundation on various legal matters. With a legal and business career spanning three decades, Ean has served as in-house counsel in a wide range of international and US roles as well as outside counsel roles at law firms … Continued

Diana Echevarria

Diana Echevarria is senior program officer at The Tow Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in May 2022, she was the senior director of grantmaking at the Newman’s Own Foundation. In her newly created role, Diana works closely with the president of the Foundation and the program team to envision, identify and cultivate potential grant … Continued

Diane Sierpina

Diane Sierpina joined The Tow Foundation in 1998 and currently serves as a program director. Prior to joining the Foundation, Diane was a newspaper and magazine journalist covering government, politics, and social issues. Diane is primarily responsible for the Foundation’s criminal justice reform strategy and investments, which average more than $5 million a year. Diane has … Continued

Nadia Alia

Nadia Alia is director of operations of The Tow Foundation. She is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s operations, grants and relationship management systems, and facilities. In her role, Nadia also oversees information technology and legal counsel. She works closely with Foundation’s president to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of day-to-day operations. Nadia joined … Continued

Eileen Wiseman

Eileen Wiseman is a program director at The Tow Foundation. She joined the Foundation in August 2015. Previously, she was the director of development at Long Wharf Theater and the executive director at the Westport Arts Center. Eileen’s experience creating collaborative projects and multi-disciplinary programs will help advance the Foundation’s cross-disciplinary projects and vision. Eileen … Continued

Susan Ransden

Susan Ransden (she/her/hers) is the director of finance and administration at The Tow Foundation and serves as the Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors. She joined the Foundation in June 2015. She is responsible for all of the Foundation’s financial, accounting, and reporting activities, including financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting, and oversight of human … Continued

Magdalena A. Cwintal

Magdalena Cwintal is finance manager for The Tow Foundation. She joined the Foundation in 2019. Previously, Magdalena was an accountant for Jornik Manufacturing Corporation and Law Offices. Magdalena is responsible for the Foundation’s day-to-day accounting functions, ensuring accuracy, completeness, and timeliness in the processing and reporting of the Foundation’s finances. She also prepares the Foundation’s … Continued

Ryan Yoch

Ryan Yoch is the senior communications associate for The Tow Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2020, Ryan was an assistant account executive at McCann New York, where he helped create and implement multimedia advertising campaigns. As the communications associate, Ryan is responsible for developing, executing and supporting strategic communications and other activities to … Continued

Sean Cade

Sean Cade is the grants manager and systems administrator for The Tow Foundation. Previously, Sean was a Salesforce administrator for Hearst Magazine Media and Fortune Magazine. In his role, Sean manages the Foundation’s information systems, reporting tools and all aspects of its grantmaking operations. Partnering with the program, finance and executive teams, Sean works to … Continued

Jessica Avellino

Jessica Avellino is executive assistant to The Tow Foundation’s president and board of directors. Initially hired in November 2020 as operations coordinator, Jessica transitioned to her current role as executive assistant in July 2021. Reporting directly to the president, Jessica plays a critical role in supporting the Foundation’s president and board of directors through administrative … Continued