The Altman Advocacy Award

Honors past board chair and community leader, Jennifer Altman, Ph.D. This award acknowledges the impact that commitment and passion for change can have on an individual, a community, and an organization.


Katrine Aliha Beck is co-founder of White Plains-based litigation firm Fullerton Beck LLP. She focuses her practice on general liability claims, municipal law matters and commercial disputes and trials. She successfully handles all phases of litigation in state and federal court and is equally skilled in the courtroom, arbitrations, and mediations. She represents individuals, small businesses, public and private corporations, property managers, condominium and co-op boards, and insurance carriers.

Katrine defends high-exposure cases involving negligence, construction accident claims under New York Labor Law, motor vehicle accidents and premises liability claims. She is OSHA-10 certified, which elevates her understanding of matters related to construction, contracts, insurance procurement, and indemnity requirements.

Katrine’s practice goes beyond representing clients. As co-founder of Fullerton Beck, she has been instrumental in cultivating and nurturing a collegial firm culture founded in diversity, equity and inclusion, collaboration and mentoring. In addition, she and her partner, Eileen Fullerton, have established training protocols that transform young, inexperienced lawyers into effective, seasoned litigators. The firm supports organizations such as the Dominican Bar Association and serves as a sponsor of its annual scholarship gala. In 2022, the organization presented the firm with the Law Firm of the Year Award. The firm also sponsors the Northeast Region Black Law Students Association at its annual Gala and job fair. 

Committed to giving back, Katrine has incorporated her personal tenet of community service, giving and volunteerism into her law firm. The firm supports nonprofits such as Feeding Westchester, the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, Family Reach Foundation, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, First Steps to Heal, Four Block, and Toys for Tots, among others.  With Katrine’s leadership, the firm is also a proud supporter of Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S. and Equal Justice USA, a national organization that works to transform the justice system by promoting responses to violence that break cycles of trauma.

Fullerton Beck is also a longtime supporter of Girls Inc. of Westchester, where Katrine served as a board member for two terms before being elected Chair.  Katrine’s love for mentoring young women led to her volunteerism as a mentor with Her Honor Mentoring, which provides learning opportunities and resources for young women who are the first in their families to pursue higher education.

Katrine’s professional and personal accomplishments and altruistic personality have not gone unnoticed. She has been named to New York Metro Super Lawyers and recognized by Super Lawyers as a top 25 attorney in Westchester County. She also has been named to the prestigious Crain’s New York Business “Notable Women in Law” twice,” was selected as a 2020 Westchester County Business Journal (WCBJ) C-Suite Awards honoree, and was named to the Business Council of Westchester’s “40 under 40” Rising Stars. In 2021, Katrine was awarded the coveted Ruth Bader Ginsburg Vanguard Award by the New York State Bar Association for her extraordinary efforts in addressing and raising awareness about equity, diversity, and inclusion issues.


With an outstanding track record in leading, innovating and collaborating Katrin Adams is a woman of many firsts. The first African American to lead the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the first two term Chairman and President(2015-2018) of said organization and the first former player to hold that honor.


Tracy Brown became President and Hudson Riverkeeper in 2021. She is the fourth person to lead the organization as President since its founding in 1966 as the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association. A recognized leader in clean water advocacy, she brings a multidisciplinary approach to Riverkeeper, prioritizing data-driven, community-oriented strategies to realize our mission.

Tracy previously served as Regional Director of Water Protection at Save the Sound,
establishing their New York office which delivers science-based projects that protect Long
Island Sound and increase community resilience. During her tenure, she established water
quality monitoring programs and reporting tools that helped increase federal funding to the Sound estuary program tenfold. She integrated the Long Island Soundkeeper into Save the Sound, continuing and expanding upon the legacy of a fellow Waterkeeper organization.

Prior to joining Save the Sound, Tracy worked at Riverkeeper for seven years. She was
instrumental in developing Riverkeeper’s water quality monitoring programs between 2009 and 2014, and its communications efforts between 2007 and 2009. Among other achievements, she was an architect of New York’s Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law, enacted in 2013, which led to a historic state reinvestment in our sewage infrastructure.

A resident of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., Tracy is a founder of the Peabody Preserve Outdoor
Classroom, a nature preserve for hands-on, outdoor education for the students of the
Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow public schools. She has served on numerous boards and policy
committees and is currently co-chair of the Water Committee for the Westchester County
Climate Crisis Task Force. Earlier in her career she worked in the fields of fine art, web design, interactive media and community organizing. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. In her free time she can usually be found swimming or paddling in the Hudson, or hiking somewhere within the watershed.