Terrence Meck

Co-founder ANd President

Terrence Meck is the Co-founder and President of The Palette Fund, a private foundation dedicated to advancing social change in communities that are under-resourced and facing significant challenges. The Palette Fund honors the legacy of his late partner Rand Harlan Skolnick who last his battle to pancreatic cancer in 2008. Since its inception, the foundation has granted more than five million dollars to over 125 organizations throughout the United States and abroad.

From 2003 to 2008, Terrence and Rand co-owned The Raven Resort Properties in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Prior to this, Terrence worked in Public Relations in the publishing and fashion industries. He currently serves as the President of Threshold Foundation and sits on multiple non-profit boards of directors including the Movement Advancement Project, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and God’s Love We Deliver. In 2012, Terrence was recognized as one of Out Magazine’s 100 most compelling people. He received his B.A. in political science from Princeton University and presently splits his time between Rowayton, Connecticut and New York City.   

Peter Benassi

Board Chairman

Peter attended Elmhurst College and Loyola University before pursuing a career in business. He has been a successful entrepreneur in the fields of advertising, marketing, and real estate development. He has been a major contributor to many nonprofit organizations including Bailey House, Project Angel Food, God’s Love We Deliver, Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Chrysalis Foundation and Human Rights Campaign. As a close friend and lifelong confidant of Rand Harlan Skolnick, The Palette’s Fund’s founder, Peter is uniquely qualified to help implement the last wishes of Palette’s benefactor.

 

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Kristin Resnansky

Treasurer And Secretary

Kristin Resnansky is currently a partner at Lamond Capital Partners, a hedge fund focused on investing in technology companies. Previously, Kristin was a professional at Robin Hood and Jumo and a Managing Director at Chilton Investment Company. She is also the founder of the Social Investment Council for Echoing Green, a provider of seed funding to social entrepreneurs. Kristin holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where she earned the Certificate in Public Management with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship and a BA in economics and French from the University of Virginia.  Kristin has been friends with Terrence since childhood and is honored to help Palette achieve its mission.

Todd Sears

Board Member

Todd Sears is the Founder and Principal of Out Leadership, a recognized global strategic advising firm that connects leaders across the world’s most influential industries to create business opportunities, cultivate talent, and drive LGBT equality forward. Todd began his career as an investment banker before moving to Merrill Lynch to become a Financial Advisor, where he created the first team of financial advisors on Wall Street to focus on the LGBT community and brought $1.5 billion of new assets to the firm. Todd then moved into diversity leadership, pioneering equality initiatives first at Merrill Lynch and then at Credit Suisse. A graduate of Duke University, Todd serves on the non-profit boards of the Williams Institute of UCLA, The Palette Fund, the Global Equality Fund of the United States Department of State and Lambda Legal; he was the founding chair of Jeffrey Fashion Cares, which he ran for 10 years.

Blaire Milanese

Board Member

Blaire Milanese is Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Aircastle Advisor LLC, a NYSE listed aircraft lessor based in Stamford, CT. Prior to joining Aircastle in 2012, Blaire has held roles in Human Resources at hedge funds Chilton Investment Company, Soros Fund Management LLC and compensation consulting firm McLagan Partners. Blaire began her career in financial services with Smith Barney Capital Management after graduating from Bucknell University with a BS in Business Administration. She is thrilled to be working alongside her brother Terrence in continuing Rand’s philanthropic legacy, a man she loved and admired throughout his life. Blaire is married with two children and lives in Norwalk, CT.