Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC Names Barbara R. Mendelson as New Board President

Mendelson continues the tradition of strong female leadership at NYC's largest mentorship organization

NEW YORK--()--Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (BBBS of NYC), the country’s first and New York City’s largest mentoring organization, welcomes Barbara R. Mendelson, Partner at Morrison & Foerster, as its new board president. Mendelson follows Lucy Lopez, Head of Legal for the Americas & Deputy General Counsel at McKinsey & Company, who served as board president until summer 2021.

Mendelson held the role of Executive Vice President on BBBS of NYC’s Board of Trustees prior to becoming board president. She is the third woman in a row to be elected as Board President. This decision is a continuation of the organization's commitment to upholding diverse representation in the youth development sector. Under her new role, Mendelson will ensure consistency across board policies and establish the agenda for organizational board leadership.

“At BBBS of NYC, we champion gender inclusivity,” said Alicia Guevara, the first female CEO of BBBS of NYC. “We are delighted to welcome Barbara as our new Board President, continuing to advance the leadership of executive women, and look forward to how her presidency will shape our organization’s future.”

Recently recognized as one of the Notable Women in Law, Mendelson applies her trusted judgement and longstanding familiarity with the NYC community in this new position.

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS of NYC), the nation’s first and New York City’s largest youth mentoring organization, has served the changing needs of NYC youth since 1904. The organization’s mission is to build and support mentoring relationships that ignite the biggest possible futures for youth. BBBS of NYC serves more than 2,500 NYC youth through a variety of specialized mentoring programs that reach all K-12 grade levels and extend through their sophomore year of college. The organization’s evidence-based approach to youth mentoring offers tailored and specialized support to each young person (Little) and a caring adult mentor (Big). Its proven one-to-one Community-Based and Workplace Mentoring programs offer the city’s next generation of leaders increased access to invaluable opportunities and essential guidance that enable them to achieve their full potential.

BBBS of NYC’s city-wide impact is made possible through the support of individuals, foundations and corporations, who recognize the urgent need for all youth to have access to mentors. All contributions enable BBBS of NYC to deepen the investment in current match relationships and expand its reach. Approximately $3,500 funds the establishment of a new one-on-one match relationship for one year. To learn more, become a mentor, donate and/or offer support, please visit


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC Names Barbara R. Mendelson as New Board President