Will Ginsberg

Ginsberg-WillPresident & CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven since 2000, Ginsberg has devoted his career to community issues, working at the local and national levels in community economic development and philanthropy.

He serves on the governing boards of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the John B. Pierce Laboratory and the John B. Pierce Foundation, The Connecticut Council on Education Reform, New Haven Promise, the Valley Community Foundation and the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. From 2008-2014, he served on the board of the Council on Foundations, the national trade association for the philanthropic sector. In recent years, he served as the Gubernatorial appointee to commissions addressing early childhood policy and the K-12 educational achievement gap.

In 2011, Ginsberg received the Community Leadership Award from the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, the community’s highest recognition for lifetime civic leadership.

Serving the Clinton Administration from 1994 to 2000, he was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in 1994 as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development in the U.S. Department of Commerce, and served in 1995-96 as Chief of Staff to the late Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown. Ginsberg was Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Housing Finance Board, the Federal regulatory agency for the 12 regional Federal Home Loan Banks, from 1997-2000.

A 1976 graduate of Trinity College, Ginsberg lived and worked in New Haven for a decade before going to Washington. As Development Administrator under Mayor DiLieto from 1984 to 1988, he was responsible for all development-related activities of New Haven’s municipal government. He was President of the Science Park Development Corporation, a non-profit inner-city technology economic development entity, from 1988 to 1994. A graduate of the Columbia Law School in 1980, Ginsberg practiced law in New York City from 1980 to 1984.