Elizabeth “Betsy” Dubovsky

Executive Director 1998-2021

Betsy Dubovsky served as the first executive director of The Staten Island Foundation in a career that would span 22 years. She managed the operations and the annual allocations of the $75 million foundation and was a champion of results for the least advantaged people on Staten Island, focusing on efforts aiming at population-level improvements in health, education, and financial security

Dubovsky’s entire professional life, after receiving a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University, has been in service to the not-for-profit community. She was also a graduate of the Columbia Business School Institute for Not-for-Profit Management Executive Education, and formerly held positions for the American Red Cross in Greater New York, the Community Agency for Senior Citizens, the Visiting Nurse Association, the Eger Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, the Staten Island Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York, and Wagner College.

Dubovsky gained extensive knowledge of community needs, as well as in the non-profit sector and its issues, from experience as a social worker providing services as a director and manager of services, as a fundraising and public relations professional, as an adjunct lecturer, and as a board management volunteer.

She passed away on February 9, 2021, from complications of pancreatic cancer. She was 69.