George Rosenfeld’s experience in the nonprofit sector encompasses health, education, and the arts. For more than two decades he has championed Odyssey House, a residential and outpatient treatment program for people fighting substance abuse. He served as Chairman of the Board (2002-2012) and is currently Chairman of the Odyssey House Foundation. His recognition of the distinct needs of elderly substance abusers led to the founding of Odyssey’s ElderCare Program. After the renovation and repurposing of a former psychiatric hospital on Manhattan’s Wards Island, the George Rosenfeld Center for Recovery opened in 2017—home to the ElderCare program and to a ground-breaking program designed for mothers with young children. George was a board member of Greenwich Village Nursing Home (now VillageCare) during its initiative to open and operate Rivington House, the country’s first free-standing HIV/AIDS nursing home. He has served on the boards of Little Red School House/Elizabeth Irwin High School and FairTest, a national organization devoted to fairness in school testing; helped launch two poetry initiatives: the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prizes with Persea Books in 2006; and in 2014, initiated the Poetry Project at New York City’s Urban Academy Laboratory High School, where he enjoys volunteering as a writing tutor. George worked in the financial sector for 40 years.
Alice Whitwham is a former teacher at Harlem Village Academy High School and Westchester Community College. From 2012-2016 she worked as the events manager at McNally Jackson Books, where she programmed all readings, events, and festivals. For the past four years, she has worked as a literary agent at The Cheney Agency in New York, and has written for The Guardian, the LRB online, Harper’s, and Interview Magazine.