William W. Ginsberg
William W. Ginsberg has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven since 2000. Ginsberg serves on the boards of numerous local organizations including New Haven Promise, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and ReadyCT. He has also served on the boards of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology and the Council on Foundations, the national trade association for the philanthropic sector.
From 2006-2009, Ginsberg served as a Gubernatorial appointee to the Connecticut Early Childhood Policy and Research Council. 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. Ginsberg served in the Clinton Administration from 1994-2000. 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 1995-1996 as Chief of Staff to the late Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown. He 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.
Ginsberg lived and worked in New Haven for a decade before going to Washington, D.C. As Development Administrator under Mayor DiLieto from 1984-1988, he was responsible for all development-related activities of New Haven’s municipal government. Ginsberg was President of the Science Park Development Corporation, a nonprofit inner-city technology economic development entity, from 1988-1994.
Ginsberg graduated from Columbia Law School in 1980 and practiced law in New York City from 1980-1984. He graduated from Trinity College in 1976. He has been married for more than 40 years to Ellen Kelly Ginsberg, who is the past director of Yale University’s effort to create Asia’s first liberal arts college in collaboration with the National University in Singapore. They live in New Haven and have two children and three grandchildren.