Improving child and adolescent mental health.

About

For nearly three decades, the KTGF has awarded post-doctoral fellowships for innovative scientific research that improves our understanding of the causes, prevention, and treatment of depression and ADHD in children. More recently, the Foundation has expanded its funding to include research aimed at increasing access to children’s mental health care. To enhance physicians’ knowledge of mental health and build the pipeline of psychiatrists, the KTGF also funds programs at select medical schools to bolster medical students’ knowledge and interest in mental health.

Our Mission

The KTG Foundation seeks to improve the understanding and treatment of child and adolescent ADHD and depression, and to improve access to mental health care for children and their families.

History of the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation

In 1993, Joseph Klingenstein’s eight grandchildren established the KTGF, initially to focus on the need for further research in childhood and adolescent depression. The Foundation later included funding for research in child and adolescent ADHD.

In honor of Donald Cohen, the chair of the KTGF’s advisory committee and longtime Director of the Yale Child Study Center, a program was created at medical schools to teach students about child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health. Its goal was to produce more child and adolescent psychiatrists and to improve the mental health awareness of all doctors who treat children. Fourteen medical schools now participate in this program. 

For over 20 years, the KTGF’s fellowship program has been at the center of our work. We are vitally interested not only in our fellows’ scientific achievements, but in their careers and personal development. We connect our fellows with one another and with the more senior researchers and providers who make up our advisory committee.

Given the complexity of many mental health conditions and the lack of mental health resources in a large number of communities, the Foundation wants to improve access to mental healthcare for children. In 2015, the Foundation created a fellowship targeting access to mental health care. We later added an access to mental health care RFP aimed at funding researchers further along in their careers.

Until recently, Sally Klingenstein Martell has served as the KTGF’s longtime Executive Director and Andy Klingenstein as its President. Eliot Brenner, Ph.D. now serves as its Executive Director. Additional trustees include other members of the third generation of the Klingenstein family.

Leadership

Board of Trustees

Andy Klingenstein
Andy Klingenstein
Chairman and CEO
As Chairman and CEO of Klingenstein Philanthropies, Andy guides our work, advising on strategy and direction and helps carry out all of our collective philanthropies. He is a longtime investor in early stage companies, where he has provided legal and business assistance to companies in the healthcare and technology. Previously, he was principal and co-founder of a Virginia-based venture capital firm specializing in the creation and management of companies in those fields. Andy practiced law for a number of years, both in a commercial law firm and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. He holds a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He and his wife have four daughters and live in Washington, D.C.
Kathy Klingenstein
Kathy Klingenstein
Trustee
Kathy Klingenstein has been involved in many community organizations through the years, not only as a volunteer but in leadership positions as well. She is currently on the board of trustees of The Homeless Children’s Foundation of Indian River County., Florida. She has previously served on the boards of Temple Sinai in Stamford, Connecticut; Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut; and The Young Women’s League of New Canaan, Connecticut. Kathy is an advocate for children’s mental health issues as well as education in general. She received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University and her M.S. in Special Education from Dominican University in California.
Nancy Klingenstein Simpkins
Nancy Klingenstein Simpkins
Trustee
Nancy Klingenstein Simpkins is a founding Trustee and current Board Chair of The Wild Center, a natural history museum in the Adirondacks. She is Chairman of the Board of Miss Porter’s School and a Trustee of Teachers College, Columbia University. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is president of the HABE Foundation and a Trustee of the Esther A and Joseph Klingenstein Fund, the Klingenstein Third Generation Fund and the Sadie and Harry E Davis Fund. She earned her BA from Smith College.
Sally Klingenstein Martell
Sally Klingenstein Martell
Trustee
From 1994 – 2019 Sally was the Executive Director of The Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation. She earned her BA at Tulane University and MFA at Stony Brook University. Sally has served on the boards of the 92nd Street Y, Emma Willard School, The Town School and Art Start. She is now a full-time novelist.
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Thomas Klingenstein
Trustee
Since 1989, Tom Klingenstein has been the managing partner of Cohen, Klingenstein, LLC, a New York City investment advisor. Before that he was the Chief Executive Officer of a Colorado financial institution, a Wall Street securities analyst and Peace Corps volunteer, teaching agriculture in Swaziland. Tom is a playwright and is closely involved with a number of non-profit organizations.

Staff

Eliot Brenner, Ph.D.
Eliot Brenner, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Prior to joining the Klingenstein Philanthropies, Dr. Brenner held leadership positions at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut. He serves on advisory boards of the Children’s Mental Health Network and the Praesidium National Advisory Council. Dr. Brenner has maintained a small private clinical practice for more than 20 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University and his Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Chicago.
Grace McCreight
Grace McCreight
Administrative & Program Assistant
Grace comes to Klingenstein Philanthropies from New American Leaders and the Prospect Park Alliance, where she executed projects from fundraising events to publicity tours. She graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in History and is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at Baruch College.
Kathleen Pomerantz
Kathleen Pomerantz
Chief of Operations & Director of Fellowship Programs
Kathleen has worked for two decades with multiple generations of the Klingenstein family. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Albany and was previously employed by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York.