Cornerstone and Morristown Neighborhood House name Wilson as C.O.O.

Ayo Sanderson Wilson
Ayo Sanderson Wilson


From Cornerstone Family Programs:

Cornerstone Family Programs & Morristown Neighborhood House Appoints Ayo Sanderson Wilson to New COO & EVP Position 
New COO Brings Extensive Experience as Former Philanthropy, Advocacy, Business and Legal Executive at Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, Novartis, BAE Systems, T-Mobile & Verizon 

Cornerstone Family Programs on Thursday announced the appointment of Ayo Sanderson Wilson to Chief Operating Officer & Executive VP.  

The 200-year-old, privately-run social service agency, which oversees the funding and delivery of services to over 7,000 people per year across Morris County, will benefit from Ms. Sanderson Wilson’s addition to the leadership team given her deep experience in senior philanthropy, advocacy and legal roles at major corporations and institutions. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Ayo as we embark on the next phase of our longstanding history in serving the beautifully diverse people across Morris County,” said Patrice Picard, CEO of Cornerstone Family Programs. 

“Given the growing needs of our communities and our vision to further expand our services, we will benefit from Ayo’s experience in navigating the various complexities of philanthropy to ensure we are delivering on the promise of our organization. 

“As a Morristown resident, Ayo knows our organization very well through her involvement in supporting the ‘Nabe’ over many years and her work on the Cornerstone board.  We look forward to working with her as we pursue our mission of strengthening our communities by helping people build better lives.” 

“This is an ideal opportunity for me to fully utilize my experience, skills and passion to make a difference in the community I love and where my family and I live and work,” said Ayo Sanderson Wilson.

“I have always been impressed by the range of services that Cornerstone Family Programs and Morristown Neighborhood House deliver. From children and families, to veterans and seniors, this organization leaves no stone unturned in its mission to make a difference in so many lives. 

“I am honored to join Cornerstone and the Nabe’s talented and committed leadership team in building on the organization’s 200-year-old history and expanding the impact of the critical and life-changing services we provide to our community through enhanced programming and increased collaboration with community members and organizations.” 

Ann Stachenfeld, board chair of Cornerstone Family Programs commented, “This is the right time to have Ayo join the team. We are embarking on our vision of expanding programming and facilities, perhaps even with a new building, and Ayo’s strengths will help us achieve this vision.” 

Ms. Sanderson Wilson was most recently Vice President, Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and Head of Strategic Operations and Giving for the Comcast NBCUniversal Community Impact team, where she advised on the funding and support of programs and nonprofits aimed at promoting community service, building tomorrow’s leaders and expanding digital literacy. 

Previously, she served as Executive Director and Head of Advocacy and Strategic Alliances at Novartis. She served on the US Pharma Senior Leadership Team responsible for strategy and innovation in supporting non-profit healthcare and philanthropic organizations dedicated to addressing the unmet needs of patients and caregivers to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. 

Prior to Novartis, Ms. Sanderson served as Legal Director – Electronic Systems at BAE Systems, where she was general legal counsel for the Communications & Controls Solutions business area. 

Earlier in her career, she held legal counsel and business positions at T-Mobile and Verizon, following roles at law firms, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Field LLP and Lowenstein Sandler PC.  

She holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law and a BA from The Johns Hopkins University.  Ayo and her husband, Mark Wilson, have been residents of Morristown for over a decade, raising their two children, Jana (21) and Taj (18) here for more than a decade. 

Cornerstone Family Programs and Morristown Neighborhood House joined forces in 2013 to strengthen communities by helping over 7,000 children, adults, families, seniors and veterans build better lives.

Cornerstone Family Programs is a private, non-profit organization and makes a difference in the communities it serves by educating children and youth and empowering teens, providing families and veterans specialized support, and encouraging seniors and their caregivers.    Please visit:

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