Dan Leventhal & Edward Skyler
Dan Leventhal is the Founder and Executive Director of Bronx Lacrosse. Bronx Lacrosse serves over 200 middle and high school students in the South Bronx, one of the most underserved congressional districts in the U.S. Program participants are fierce competitors, committed teammates, and hard working student athletes.
As a Teach for America ’15 Corps Member, Dan worked as a special education math teacher at Highbridge Green Middle School in the South Bronx. During his time there, he launched the school’s first ever after school lacrosse program. Seeing an immediate and dramatic impact on the students’ behavior and academic performance, and as a means to deepen his connection with his students, he formally launched Bronx Lacrosse. Soon after he expanded the program’s reach to three other schools in the area.
Dan was a member of the Men’s Lacrosse Team at Tufts (‘14), which won the 2014 DIII National Championship. There, he worked with Team Impact, a non-profit that connects children facing serious illnesses with college athletic teams. He remains an active member of the organization. He received his Masters in Education from Fordham University and currently resides in Manhattan.
Edward Skyler joined Citi as Executive Vice President in 2010 and is now Head of Enterprise Services and Public Affairs. Reporting to the CEO, he oversees the primary functions that shape the reputation of Citi, including Communications, Government Affairs, Marketing, Sustainability/ESG, Community Investing and Development and Citi’s compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). He has responsibility for managing certain global operations, including Aviation, Colleague and Client Services, and Citi’s Real Estate portfolio. He chairs Citi’s Reputation Risk Committee and the Board of the Citi Foundation. He also shares leadership of Investor Relations and Regulatory Affairs.
Prior to joining Citi, Edward served as a member of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration from 2002 to 2010, rising to the position of Deputy Mayor for Operations for the City of New York. In that capacity, he oversaw the performance of the City’s main operational agencies and served as a top budget, legislative and labor negotiator. He oversaw four consecutive balanced and on-time City budgets; negotiated legislation to reform lobbying and “pay-to-play” practices; and spearheaded critical initiatives such as the overhaul of the City’s 911 system and its sustainability agenda.
Previously, Edward served as Press Secretary and Communications Director during Mayor Bloomberg’s first term. Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, he worked in the Corporate Communications group of Bloomberg LP. He also served as Deputy Press Secretary to Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Public Information Director at the Department of Parks & Recreation.
Edward has stayed involved in civic life and served as Chairman of the Citizens Budget Commission. He is also an Executive Committee Member of the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund and is a Trustee of The Paley Center for Media. He has been honored by several organizations, including Global Kids, Graham Windham and the YMCA of Greater New York.
A member of the New York State Bar Association, Edward is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Fordham University School of Law.
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