Carol Ostrow joins the National Psoriasis Foundation Board of Trustees

PORTLAND, Ore. (December 17, 2012)—National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) elected Carol Ostrow of New York City to its Board of Trustees in recognition of her support as a volunteer, member and donor to the organization.

As a member of the NPF New York City Division, Ostrow helps the Psoriasis Foundation plan events, mobilize volunteers, raise funds for research, advocate for a cure and educate New Yorkers about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. She and her husband, Michael Graff, were instrumental in the success of the Psoriasis Foundation’s inaugural Commit to Cure Gala—held in New York in June 2012—serving as event chairs and spearheading efforts to raise $1 million for psoriatic disease research.

Currently, Ostrow is the producing director of the award-winning Flea Theater, an off-off-Broadway theater in Lower Manhattan. She is heavily involved in the arts and education as a member of the president’s advisory committee of Vassar College, the board of advisers of Yale University School of Drama and as treasurer and board member of LAVA, an acrobatic dance collective in Brooklyn. Additionally, Ostrow sits on the executive committee of Central Synagogue, one of New York City's oldest congregations.

Ostrow has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Drama.

"As someone with family members living with psoriasis, I am thrilled to be part of an organization that works to better the lives of millions of Americans with psoriatic diseases and fights for a cure," Ostrow said. "I look forward to helping the Foundation achieve its mission and goals."

The National Psoriasis Foundation volunteer Board of Trustees helps direct the organization by evaluating and approving long-term plans, determining goals and providing financial oversight. Board members also work with Randy Beranek, president and CEO of the National Psoriasis Foundation, to accomplish the organization's goals.