Marilyn Gelber (2015, 2016) was the founding president of the Brooklyn Community Foundation where she led a major investment initiative in support of exceptional and promising not for profit organizations in Brooklyn. Her philanthropic career was preceded by a long career in urban planning, where among many responsibilities, she oversaw the development of a watershed protection plan for NYC’s vast water system. Writing has played an important part in her many professional roles. The writings of young people came to her attention at BCF, which funded young writers’ scholarship projects. The Mohbat Prize is administered by the Brooklyn Community Foundation as the Mohbat Fund. Marilyn lives in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.