Elbrun Kimmelman has served the non profit sector for more than 30 years in development, culture preservation, education, and foreign policy. She founded several organizations which raise funds in the United States, to be used abroad for supporting for example, the restoration of Osmania Woman ‘s College in India, expansion of the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland, overseas performances of the London Philharmonic and a College in Istanbul, Turkey.
She served as Chairman of the New York Council for the Humanities, is a trustee of Hunter College and Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, which are both part of CUNY. She is a 20 year board member of Foreign Policy Association, a new trustee of the National Institute of Social Science and more recently Fulbright.
Elbrun’s business career was in advertising, market strategy and new product development. She was a pioneer in the use of American marketing and advertising techniques for helping to achieve development goals in nations throughout South and Central America, the Philippines, Mexico and India, advising key governmental agencies, implementing and evaluating on-the-ground projects.
She attended Hunter, a public school for gifted children, and went on to graduate from Hunter College with a B.S. in Economics. For most of her life she has spent three months a year traveling and working in more than 125 countries. She is a world citizen, a full time volunteer and has always been involved in reaching out to the world to teach, to learn, to help and to share.
She and her husband, Peter, a private investment advisor, have two married children and two little grand daughters.