Moving Comunities Forward: Lawyers Alliance's 2021 Business Law & Leadership Gala
Craig Katerberg, Darilyn T. Olidge, and Roderick Jones, Ed.D recognized for community service leadership
New York, NY, June 1, 2021
On May 26th Lawyers Alliance for New York held its annual Business Law & Leadership Gala online. This Gala is the premier annual event for business and transactional lawyers committed to pro bono legal services for nonprofits that are improving the quality of life in low-income communities and raised more than $500,000.
This year’s Gala theme was Moving Communities Forward. “Nonprofit organizations are at the forefront of New York’s reemergence. They are working hard to return our City’s neighborhoods to their full potential. But they will need legal help. We are grateful to our honorees and donors for supporting the Gala and Lawyers Alliance’s efforts to make such assistance possible,” says Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance’s Executive Director.
The distinguished honorees were:
Craig Katerberg, Budweiser APAC
Craig Katerberg is the Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer for Budweiser APAC, a $42B USD publicly-listed brewer focused on sustainable growth in Asia and one of the largest companies on the Hong Kong stock market. Since 2012 he has served in legal, finance, and senior leadership positions within the AB InBev family of companies in different countries around the globe, including as General Counsel of Anheuser-Busch. He has consummated over $130B of complex transactions in the beverage sector, working on negotiating and integrating some of the largest global M&A transactions in the beverage sector, including for businesses in Australia, China, India, Korea, and the United States. Prior to his career in beer, Mr. Katerberg worked in public and private practice, where he served the City of New York under Mayor Bloomberg and at law firms in New York, Brazil, and Peru.
Mr. Katerberg was a standout Lawyers Alliance volunteer while an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He won a Cornerstone Award in 2011 for his exceptional pro bono work with local nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children, social entrepreneurs, and immigrants, and remains in contact with many of these nonprofit clients.
Darilyn T. Olidge, Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC
Darilyn T. Olidge is the Partner, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer of Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC, a private equity firm that provides debt and equity capital solutions to companies located throughout the United States. Ms. Olidge also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining Brightwood, Ms. Olidge was a Managing Director in the General Counsel Division of Credit Suisse serving as lead counsel to its Prime Services Division. Ms. Olidge joined Credit Suisse from Morgan Stanley where she advised on matters in its institutional equities businesses. After obtaining her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review, Ms. Olidge clerked for the late Hon. Constance Baker Motley, United States District Court, S.D.N.Y. and worked as a corporate associate at Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP. She began her career as a CPA at Arthur Andersen after earning her B.B.A. degree from Loyola University of New Orleans.
Throughout her professional career, Ms. Olidge has been engaged in numerous nonprofit organizations, including serving as a trustee of New York University School of Law, a board member of the LGBTQ Center of New York, and, most recently, being elected to the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools.
Roderick Jones, Ed.D, Goddard Riverside
Roderick Jones, Ed.D has been the Executive Director of Goddard Riverside since February 2017. Previously, he spent nine years as President and CEO of Grace Hill Settlement House in St. Louis, Missouri, putting the organization on sound financial footing while increasing measured impacts. Before his time in St. Louis, he served as President and CEO of the Community Place of Greater Rochester (NY). Dr. Jones was named Not-for-Profit Leader of the Year in 2011 by the Regional Chamber of Commerce and The St. Louis American.
A multi-service nonprofit organization, Goddard Riverside first became a Lawyers Alliance client in 1983, and has been receiving pro bono legal assistance from Lawyers Alliance consistently since 2002. Goddard, and its affiliate the Stanley M. Isaacs Center, serves more than 26,000 people a year on the Upper West Side and throughout New York City with a variety of programs for all ages. Its roots date back to the settlement house movement of the late 1800s, and Goddard’s programs continue to support families at every stage of life. The organization works within a social justice framework to create a fair and just society where all people have the opportunity to make choices that lead to better lives for themselves and their families.
Lawyers Alliance Board Chair Peter M. Labonski states, “As we reflect on the circumstances of the past 14 months and look forward, it is important to pause and recognize those whose dedication and leadership is enabling positive change. Craig, Darilyn, and Rod are working tirelessly for their local and global communities and for that we applaud their efforts and their results.”
For event details, visit www.lawyersalliance.org/gala.
Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps nonprofits to provide housing, stimulate economic opportunity, improve urban health and education, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs that benefit low-income New Yorkers of all ages. During the past year, staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance worked with more than 2,000 volunteer attorneys to represent 700 nonprofit clients on more than 1,350 matters.
Contact: Emily Crossan, Lawyers Alliance for New York, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-219-1800
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