Nancy Rauch Douzinas
Nancy Rauch Douzinas is President of the Rauch Foundation, the Long Island-based family foundation that invests in ideas and organizations that spark and sustain early success in children and systemic change in our communities. The Foundation was established in 1961 by Louis Rauch and Philip Rauch, Jr. with funding made possible by the success of the Ideal Corporation, an auto parts manufacturer founded in 1913 by their father, Philip Rauch, Sr.
As part of its mission, the Foundation funds the Long Island Index, a source of unbiased reliable data for businesses, nonprofits, civic organizations, educators, and townships throughout the region. Its overarching goals are to measure where we are and show trends over time, encourage regional thinking, compare Long Island’s situation with those in similar regions, increase awareness of issues and their interrelatedness, and inspire Long Islanders to work together to achieve shared goals.
Nancy became President of the Foundation in 1990, and under her leadership it has become a high-profile change agent on Long Island and in Maryland. In keeping with her broad range of community concerns and personal interests, Nancy serves on the boards of Stony Brook University’s Foundation; Teachers College, Columbia University; Accelerate Long Island; the Energeia Partnership and the North Shore Land Alliance.
Prior to devoting herself to expanding and guiding the Rauch Foundation, Nancy had a career of 20 years as a psychologist and family therapist. A lifelong resident of the New York area, she graduated from Smith College and received a master’s degree and doctorate from New York University in community psychology. She and her husband reside in Lloyd Harbor and have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
Patti returned to the Rauch Foundation, where she previously served as environmental program director, in 2016. She now serves as the Foundation’s Managing Director, advising trustees on the Foundation’s programs, grant making and strategy. Prior to the Rauch Foundation she spent a school year in Beirut, Lebanon working as campaign counsel to International College and later advised the Africa Governance Initiative on growing its U.S. stakeholder base. She served for nine years as head of advancement at the Cooke School and Institute where her responsibilities included bringing attention to the needs of children in Head Start and other early childhood programs.
Patti began her career in philanthropy at Morgan Stanley, where she headed up the firm’s U.S. foundation and helped to establish an international foundation in the U.K. Outside the office, Patti works with adult English language learners and is a founding board member of the India Group, a trustee of the Westhampton Historical Society and chair of the Westhampton Beach Conservation Advisory Council, working on regional preservation and water initiatives. Patti has a master’s degree in political science from Columbia University and a master’s in education from Stony Brook University.
Director of the Long Island Index
Ann has directed the Long Island Index since 2006, drawing on her background in research, statistical analysis, strategic planning, and knowledge management.
Ann joined the Rauch Foundation with 20 years of management experience at several Fortune 500 companies, including Chase Manhattan Bank, AXA Client Solutions (formerly Equitable Insurance), and Guardian Life Insurance Company. For six years, she oversaw an indicators project that monitored and measured overall service delivery at Chase’s 1,000-employee customer service center located in Jericho, New York.
Ann holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from City University of New York Graduate Center.
Technology Coordinator and Researcher
Ravi Ramkeesoon serves as the technology coordinator and researcher at Rauch Foundation. In this capacity he provides oversight over hardware and software assessment and implementation as well as technical support to staff. As a member of the Long Island Index Technical Committee he performs research for the project.
Outside of Rauch Foundation, Ravi has been a champion for connecting the Caribbean diaspora and an advocate for Caribbean investments. He is linked closely with various diaspora groups in New York City and the surrounding area and has played a key role in connecting the diaspora with both regional and national initiatives and investors–such as the World Bank’s Investment Survey and CARIRI’s Business Incubator Clients in Trinidad and has consulted for the Rockefeller-Aspen Diaspora Program and many others.
Ravi holds a B.S. in Management, is a graduate of the Global Entrepreneur program at MIT and has earned half an ALM in Information Technology from Harvard University.
Grants and Administrative Assistant
Emilia manages the many stages of the grantmaking process and is responsible for maintaining the Foundation’s grants database. She joined the Foundation in 2010.
Emilia’s prior work experience was in business, as an executive assistant, supporting senior management of NYNEX Corporation, Sesame Workshop, and Sodexo Healthcare. She holds a B.S. in management from St. John’s University and possesses a creative side: painting in watercolor, writing poetry, and volunteering in music ministry, singing in a folk group.
Maryland Program Consultant
Cathy serves the Foundation in a consulting capacity. She is also Executive Director of the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation in Baltimore.
She was formerly executive director of Volunteer Maryland, a statewide AmeriCorps program based in the Maryland governor’s office, and she has also worked for the Maryland Student Service Alliance, training teachers and developing curricula for service-learning.
Cathy has a B.A. in English and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin. She is Vice-President of the board of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers.
David Kapell served the Village of Greenport, NY for twenty-seven years in the positions of Community Development Director, Village Trustee, Planning Board Chairman and Mayor from 1994 until his retirement in 2007. In 1981, Mr. Kapell founded Kapell Real Estate in Greenport, which he continues to operate. Mr. Kapell is a public policy consultant on retainer to Cross Sound Ferry Services, Inc, operator of ferry service between Orient Point, NY and New London, CT; The Rauch Foundation of Garden City, NY, where he works on regional transportation, transit-oriented development, and environmental issues; and the Long Island Association, representing it as Executive Director of the Right Track for Long Island Coalition in support of governor Andrew Cuomo’s LIRR Enhancement Project. (www.righttrackforlongisland.org).
During his time as Mayor of Greenport, Mr. Kapell was credited with leading the successful revitalization of a depressed downtown through dramatic property tax reduction, the development of a family-friendly waterfront park in the middle of the business district, and relaxation of regulations governing small business development. In 2002-2003 he coordinated the village’s partnership with the NYS Dept. of Transportation in the complete reconstruction of NY Rte 25, the state highway that serves as the lifeblood of the village business district.
He holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.