Phil & Donna Satow

Phil and Donna

Phillip M. Satow ’63 is a University benefactor, a former director of the Columbia College Fund, a former president of the CCAA and a 2004 recipient of a John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement. He is a member of the Columbia Athletics Leadership Committee and the Columbia Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and is an emeritus member of the College’s Board of Visitors and the CCAA Board of Directors. An infielder for the Lions baseball team in all four of his undergraduate years, Phil and his family in 2010 funded Satow Stadium.

A successful entrepreneur and corporate executive in the pharmaceutical and healthcare fields for more than 40 years, Phil is currently chairman of the Board of Directors of JDS Therapeutics, an innovative drug development and marketing company that provides scientifically supported natural products to physicians and patients. JDS is the parent company of Nutrition 21, a leader in the nutritional supplement industry. Phil is also co-founder and the former chairman and CEO of JDS Pharmaceuticals, which developed and marketed psychiatric pharmaceutical products before it was acquired in 2007 by Noven, a publically traded drug company.

In 2000, Phil and his wife, Donna GS’65, co-founded The Jed Foundation, now a leading public charity committed to preventing mental illness, substance abuse and suicide among college students. 

Donna serves as Treasurer and Secretary of The Jed Foundation and was the organization's first Executive Director. Donna is also a founding and active member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention. She and her husband, Phil, have been honored with the HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy from the Hope for Depression Research Foundation in 2012, and with the annual award of the Mental Health Association of Westchester. Prior to devoting herself full-time to The Jed Foundation, Donna was the publisher of the Columbia College alumni magazine, Columbia College Today. Donna was also a member of Community Board #8 in New York City and a member of the board of Family Dynamics. Donna received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a Masters of Business from Boston University.