UNH School of Law Board of Trustees
Lew Feldstein served for 24 years as the CEO and President of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the state’s largest foundation. During his tenure, the Foundation’s assets grew from $25 MM to almost $500 MM, becoming one of the largest community foundations in the nation. Feldstein was several times selected as one of the ten most influential people in the state. Before joining the Foundation, Feldstein was provost of Antioch University New England.
For ten years following the fall of the Soviet Union, he played a lead role in building community foundations across Europe, and for seven years worked on the World Bank leadership team as the Bank invested in, and tested, the role of community foundations and private philanthropy in the developing world. He co-chaired the Saguaro-Seminar “Civic Engagement in America” together with Robert Putnam at Harvard University and with him co-authored Better Together: Restoring the American Community, a book analyzing the grassroots development of civic engagement in the United States.
Feldstein participated in the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi and was an advisor to New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay. He was listed among the Top 50 nonprofit executives by the “NonProfit Times” and holds honorary doctorates from seven universities. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.