Our Team

Mark G. Ackermann

President and CEO

In December 2018, Mr. Ackermann was named as the first president and CEO of the Catholic Community Foundation of Long Island. In this role, Mr. Ackermann oversees the foundation that now coordinates fundraising, investment and distribution of philanthropic resources for the ministries within the Diocese of Rockville Centre and its surrounding communities.

For the previous ten years, Mr. Ackermann was president and CEO Lighthouse International and then executive vice president and chief operating officer of Lighthouse Guild International, a $1.2 billion nonprofit organization.

From 2007 through 2009, Mr. Ackermann served as the special assistant to Edward Cardinal Egan and executive director of the Office of the Papal Visit for the Archdiocese of New York. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of the pastoral visit to New York by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. In 2015, he assisted in the planning and execution of Pope Francis’s visit to New York and coordinated the Time/Fortune Global Forum at the Vatican in 2016.

Beginning in 1983, Mr. Ackermann served in various senior management positions at Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in Manhattan (SVCMC). He was chief administrative officer of the hospital and president of the SVCMC Foundation from 2002 until June 2007.

Mr. Ackermann holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Science in nonprofit management from New York University. He and his wife have six children and seven grandchildren.

Elsie Pallotta

Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Elsie Pallotta joined the Catholic Community Foundation of Long Island in 2019. Previously, she served as chief development officer for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, where she most recently led the organization’s first $100 million capital campaign.

Ms. Pallotta has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, having been a consultant for the Robert Ludwig Company and Changing Our World fundraising firms. Some of her clients included: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, Molloy College, Adelphi University, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Ms. Pallotta has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Skidmore College. She and her husband have three children.