About Us

Columbia Community Service (CCS) seeks to inspire the faculty, staff, and retirees of Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College to help address the needs of underserved individuals residing in the neighborhoods surrounding the University. With funds raised through its annual campaign, CCS makes grants to local nonprofit organizations focused on education, food and emergency services, eldercare, the arts, and the environment and parks. Because the three schools cover all administrative expenses, 100% of funds raised are distributed through grants. CCS also facilitates in kind contributions, volunteer opportunities, and workshops that connect the University community to local nonprofits.

CCS is part of Columbia’s Office of Government & Community Affairs

Joan Griffith-Lee
Director, Columbia Community Service
Office of the EVP for Government and Community Affairs

Jonathan Comas
Administrative Coordinator, Columbia Community Service
Office of the EVP for Government and Community Affairs
(212) 854-3638 

Lee C. Bollinger
Chair
President of the University

Debora L. Spar
Co-chair
President, Barnard College

Susan H. Fuhrman
Co-chair 
President, Teachers College

John H. Coatsworth
Co-chair 
Provost of the University

Maxine Griffith
Co-chair 
Executive Vice President for Government and Community Affairs
Special Advisor for Campus Planning

Mark Kerman
President
Assistant Vice President, Residential and Commercial Operations
Columbia University Facilities

Jack McGourty 
First Vice President
Director, Community and Global Entrepreneurship
Columbia Business School

Yvonne Destin
Second Vice President
Associate Director, Student Activities and Programs
Teachers College

Andre Jones
Treasurer
Manager, Client Support Services
Information Technology, CUIT

DiAnn K. Pierce
Secretary
Special Assistant to the President
Barnard College

Jeannette Darby
Member
Security Guard, Public Safety
Barnard College

Ryan Hart
Member
Executive Director of Gift Planning
Office of Alumni & Development

Karen Jewett
Member
Vice President, Office of Government and Community Affairs
Columbia University

Nancy Streim
Member
Associate Vice President for School and Community Partnerships
Teachers College 
Special Advisor to Provost
Columbia University

Jean McCurry
Member
Retiree and CCS Ambassador
Barnard College

Anne Sullivan
Member
Executive Vice President for Finance
Columbia University

Scott Wright
Member
Vice President, Campus Services
Columbia University Facilities

Victoria Benitez
Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Roberto Collado 
Columbia University Information Technology

Joyce Jackson
Columbia Housing

Virginia Kaplan
CU Human Resources

Monica Kuth
Campus Services

Annette Lopes
Facilities

July Merino
School of International and Public Affairs

Radhy Miranda
Columbia University Facilities

Katy Saintil
The School at Columbia

Sue Spencer
CU Human Resources

Jake Strang
Alumni and Development

Abi Wright
Graduate School of Journalism