Leadership & Staff

Deborah Cogut (Chair)

Co-Founder and Vice Chair

The Polyphony Foundation Greenwich, CT

Deborah has served as the Chair of the Children’s Defense Fund – New York Advisory Board since 2017, while also Chairing its Beat the Odds Scholarship Selection Committee.  She served as a trustee of the national Children’s Defense Fund Board for more than six years before becoming a Trustee Emeriti in 2018. Deborah is widely recognized for her commitment to organizations focused on education and child advocacy. She co-founded and now serves as Vice-Chair of The Polyphony Foundation, a non-profit that uses the power of music to bridge the divide between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel. She also as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hormone Foundation.

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