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LIA Foundation


The LIA Foundation is a separate 501 c(3) that supports its parent organization, the Long Island Association Inc., a 501 c(6).

The mission of the Long Island Association Foundation is to support the well-being of all Long Island communities, businesses, and their employees which will help our region to thrive and prosper.


The LIA Foundation aims to implement programs, hold events, and conduct research that focus on areas critical to Long Island's economic development, including:

  • Fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive economy 
  • Supporting small businesses
  • Protecting Long Island's most vulnerable residents in need 
  • Encouraging workforce training to support employers and their employees
  • Cultivating innovation

Supporting Small Businesses

In 2023, the Long Island Association Foundation was awarded a $42,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation in partnership with the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce and Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to develop a plan for inclusive economic growth in our region.

This will build upon the LIA's Small Business Support Program launched in June 2022 and the collaboration among the LIA, LIAACC, and LIHCC to support and advocate for Long Island's diverse small business community.  The organizations are engaging with their members in quarterly joint membership meetings, roundtable discussions, and individual meetings to receive feedback and input on best practices for regional collaboration, marketing and outreach, and navigating challenges facing small businesses.


Pictured left to right: Luis Vazquez, President of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Matt Cohen, President & CEO of the Long Island Association, Phil Andrews, President of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce.

LIA Foundation Board of Directors

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Matt Cohen, Esq.

President and
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 631-493-3000

Lawrence J. Waldman

Lawrence J. Waldman

Board Chairman
CVD Equipment Corp.


Robert B. Catell 

Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center, Stony Brook University


Neela Lockel

President & CEO
EAC Network

Paule T. Pachter

Paule T. Pachter

President & CEO
Long Island Cares, Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank

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Dr. Chris Rosa

President & CEO
The Viscardi Center

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