Elaine Conway joined the Board of Directors of the Friends of Thirteen, Inc. in 1982. She was elected a Life Director in May 2010. In 1985 she received the National Friends of Public Broadcasting Elizabeth Campbell Outstanding Public Television Volunteer Award. In 1987, as founding chairwoman of the board, she incorporated The Friends of Thirteen as a not-for-profit corporation, independent of Thirteen/WNET, but existing only to support the station. Elaine served as Chairwoman from 1987 through June 1995 coordinating the activities of staff and over ten thousand volunteers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In June 2007 she became Chairman of the Nominating Committee of The Friends of Thirteen, Inc.
Governor George Pataki appointed Elaine Director of the New York State Division of Women in 1995 and she was a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. She retired from this position in March 2003. Elaine has had a long career of service in senior positions with civic, charitable and educational institutions. She serves as a Life Trustee of Thirteen/WNET New York, and she is currently Trustee Emeritus of the Board of the National Friends of Public Broadcasting. She served as Vice Chairwoman of the Westchester County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Board and is a long-standing member of the Board of the Senior Citizens Council of Bronxville/Tuckahoe. Elaine was named to the Board of the New York School of Interior Design in May 2001 and serves as Treasurer. She was elected to the Board of the Girl Scout Council of Greater NY in 2002. She also served on the SLE Board and is a Vice Chairman of the New York Transit Museum. She was for several years a board member for Friends Seminary in New York, and President of the Alumni Council. Elaine has been a member of the Board of Governors of Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, New York for over twenty years, and currently serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Board. She has served on several councils of the National Institutes of Health and the Federal Communications Commission. She is an Advisory Board Member of the American Museum of Natural History. She was appointed in September 1999 by Governor Pataki as a trustee of the State University in Purchase, New York and was appointed chair of the council in 2002. In 2003 the governor appointed her a member of the State Council on the Arts. She holds two Honorary Doctorates from Marymount College, Tarrytown and the State University of Buffalo. Elaine was the recipient of the 1995 The Friends of Thirteen, Inc. Frances P. Schuman Distinguished Volunteer Award. She is a member of the Women’s Forum, Inc. Elaine has received numerous awards from many organizations including in 2006 the Women’s Enterprise Development Center, Inc. Award.