The President’s Leadership Council is an advisory group of alumni, parents, and friends of the University. This important leadership group meets on campus in the fall and spring semesters to discuss issues and challenges, as well as the future direction and activities of Brown University.

  • Wendy M. Abrams '87 Highland Park, IL
    Wendy Abrams is an environmental activist and founder of Cool Globes, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of global warming solutions. Ms. Abrams earned an AB in organizational behavior and management from Brown, and an MBA from Northwestern University.
  • Norman D. Atkins '84, P'10 AM'10, P'14 New York, NY
    Norman Atkins is co-founder and president of Relay Graduate School of Education, a nonprofit institution of higher education that trains 1,700 teachers and principals to drive student achievement in US public schools. Mr. Atkins earned an AB in history from Brown University, and an MA from Columbia University's Teachers College.
  • Charles L. Babcock IV '71, P'05, P'06 Houston, TX
    Chip Babcock is a partner of the Jackson Walker LLP law firm, where his practice focuses on Civil Business Litigation including intellectual property, entertainment and media matters, appellate work and First Amendment law. Mr. Babcock earned an AB in political science from Brown and a JD from Boston University School of Law.
  • Christopher M. Barter '90 London, England
    Christopher Barter is a managing partner of CKA, a global technology investment platform based in London. Mr. Barter earned a BSc in physics and a BA in Russian literature from Brown University and an MSc in physics from Harvard University.
  • Orlando Bravo '92 San Francisco, CA
    Orlando Bravo is a managing partner at Thoma Bravo LLC, a private equity firm focused on software and technology businesses. Mr. Bravo earned an AB in economics and political science from Brown and a JD and MBA from Stanford University.
  • Bernard V. Buonanno III '88 Providence, RI
    Bernard "Bernie" Buonanno III is a managing director at Nautic Partners LLC, a Providence-based private equity firm that focuses on industrial, healthcare and outsourced services companies. He holds an AB in history from Brown and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Roy J. Carver III '93 Fort Myers, FL
    Roy Carver is the founder and chief executive officer of R3 Composites Corporation, which develops and manufactures composite and plastic components for the automotive, construction, and RV industries. Mr. Carver earned an AB in international relations from Brown, and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
  • Alexander W. Casdin '91   New York, NY
    Alexander “Alex” W. Casdin, founder of Reneo Capital Management LP, is a successful healthcare investor and executive with over 18 years of experience in leadership roles. He earned an AB in political science from Brown and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
  • Edith W. Cooper P'15   Greenwich, CT
    Edith W. Cooper is partner, executive vice president and global head of human capital management at Goldman Sachs & Co., where she is responsible for the well-being, development and promotion of more than 30,000 people. Ms. Cooper earned an AB from Harvard University and a MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
  • Glenn M. Creamer '84   Barrington, RI
    Glenn Creamer is a co-founder and senior managing director of Providence Equity Partners, a leading private investment firm specializing in media, communications, education and information industries. Mr. Creamer earned an AB in international relations from Brown and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Cheryl Effron '87     New York, NY
    Cheryl Cohen Effron is a member of the City Planning Commission for the Department of City Planning in New York, focused on neighborhood revitalization. Ms. Effron holds an AB in semiotics from Brown.
  • Andra Bowman Ehrenkranz '87   New York, NY
    Andra B. Ehrenkranz is a former group vice president of consumer insights and strategies for Macy’s Corporate Marketing, where she was responsible for managing the ongoing flow of integrated consumer and market analyses. Ms. Ehrenkranz earned an AB in international relations from Brown, a MA in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • John B. Ehrenkranz '87      New York, NY
    John Ehrenkranz is the chief investment officer of Ehrenkranz Partners, a wealth management firm. Mr. Ehrenkranz received his AB from Brown University and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Michael P. Esposito '86  New York, NY
    Michael P. Esposito is partner and managing director of Goldman Sachs. Mr. Esposito earned an AB in political science from Brown University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Jeffry Esquivel '09  Stanford, CA
    Jeffry Esquivel is an MBA candidate at Stanford University Graduate School of Business (2014-2016) and MPA candidate at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2015-2017). Mr. Esquivel earned an AB in applied mathematics and economics from Brown.
  • Gregory G. Flynn '86, P'20, P'20   San Francisco, CA
    Greg Flynn is founder, chairman and CEO of Flynn Properties, Inc. and Flynn Restaurant Group.  Mr. Flynn earned an AB in history from Brown, an MA in American history from Yale, and an MBA from Stanford.
  • Thomas J. Gahan '84, P'12, P'17   Locust Valley, NY
    Thomas J. Gahan is chief executive officer of Benefit Street Partners (BSP), a $10+ billion multi-strategy credit manager and affiliate of Providence Equity Partners. Mr. Gahan earned an AB in economics from Brown University.
  • David E. Gochman '87    Palm Beach, FL
    David Gochman is president and managing member of Inclenberg Investments, a private investment firm he established in 2011. Mr. Gochman earned an AB in history from Brown, an AM in East Asian studies from Harvard, and a JD from the University of Texas.
  • Xochitl Gonzalez '99   Brooklyn, NY
    Xochitl Gonzalez is co-founder and creative director of A.a.B Creates, a design and production firm focusing on social and strategic corporate events and co-founder of Just About Married, a "day-of" wedding coordination service company operating in New York and Los Angeles. Ms. Gonzalez earned an AB in history of art and architecture and visual arts from Brown University.
  • Oliver Haarmann '90   London, England
    Oliver Haarmann is founding partner of Searchlight Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm operating in North America and Europe. Mr. Haarmann earned an AB in history and international relations from Brown and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Craig F. Heimark '76, P'11, P'14, P'17   Palo Alto, CA
    Craig Heimark is an entrepreneur, private investor and strategic consultant in Silicon Valley.  He is the chairman and founder of Cohesive, a virtual networking company that enables Enterprises to securely manage applications in private and public cloud infrastructures. He has an AB in economics and an ScB in biology from Brown University.
  • Karen Ho Smith '75, P'11, P'13   Weston, CT
    Karen Ho Smith is founder and president of KMH Management Inc., a private investment firm she established 1982. Ms. Ho Smith earned an AB in economics from Brown and a MBA from Columbia University.
  • Philip E. Hult '93   London, England
    Philip Hult is co-chairman of EF Education First, a privately held international education organization. Mr. Hult earned an AB in international relations and comparative literature from Brown.
  • Earl E. Hunt II '03   New York, NY
    Earl Hunt, II is vice president of distressed sales at Goldman Sachs and Company. Mr. Hunt received an AB in economics from Brown University.
  • Robert M. Keith, Jr. '82   Darien, CT
    Robert M. Keith, Jr. is a partner and head of the global client group at AllianceBernstein LP (AB). Mr. Keith earned an AB in political science from Brown University.
  • Pamela Keld '83, P'20   New York, NY
    Pamela J. Keld is a partner in global skincare company Tracie Martyn LLP. Ms. Keld earned an AB in economics from Brown and an MS in speech-language pathology.
  • Shiv V. Khemka '85, P'19   New Delhi, India
    Shiv Khemka is vice chairman of SUN Group, a principal and private investment group active in various industries including mining, oil & gas, real estate, infrastructure, renewable energy and technology in several transforming and emerging markets across the world. Mr. Khemka earned a BA in economics from Brown, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute, both at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Lauren J. Kolodny '08   San Francisco, CA
    Lauren Kolodny is a principal with the venture capital firm Aspect Ventures, where she leads investments across consumer and enterprise mobile technology. Ms. Kolodny holds an AB in international relations from Brown, an MS in sustainable design and an MBA from Stanford University.
  • Charles H. Kroll '01   New York, NY
    Charlie Kroll is the cofounder and President of Ellevest a NYC-based online financial advisory startup. Mr. Kroll earned an AB in organizational behavior and management from Brown.
  • Shefali Luthra '14   Washington, DC
    Shefali Luthra is a web reporting fellow at Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service covering health policy issues at the federal and state level.  Ms. Luthra earned an AB in English from Brown University.
  • Paul “Jay” L. Maddock, Jr. '72, P'04   Palm Beach, FL
    Jay Maddock is president and CEO of Palamad, LLC, a diversified private real estate, investment and securities holding company based in Palm Beach, FL. Mr. Maddock earned an AB in English from Brown.
  • Dania Matos '03   Arlington, VA
    Dania Matos is an attorney with the Federal Government, specializing in indigent defense. Ms. Matos earned an AB in international relations from Brown and a JD from Catholic University.
  • Haakim Nainar '14  New York, NY
    Haakim Nainar is in the Global Asset Finance group at Credit Suisse, advising on and structuring financing for a range of special situations, M&A and other asset-backed opportunities. Mr. Nainar earned an AB in physics and economics from Brown.
  • Daniel J. Pipkin '14  Stamford, CT
    Daniel Pipkin is a Management Associate at Bridgewater Associates, LP in Westport, CT. Mr. Pipkin earned an AB in international relations from Brown.
  • Abigail “Abby” Plummer '15   Cambridge, MA
    Abigail “Abby” Plummer graduated from Brown with an ScB in mathematical physics. She is currently pursuing a PhD in physics at Harvard University as an NSF graduate fellow, focusing on theoretical soft condensed matter.
  • Pamela Reeves '87   Washington, DC
    Pamela R. Reeves advises international organizations, foundations, and companies on ways to build public-private partnerships and develop gender strategies. She is an advisor on global gender issues for the Executive Office of Melinda Gates. Ms. Reeves earned an AB in international relations from Brown and a MA in international relations from Yale University.
  • Carmen M. Rodriguez '83, P'14, P'17   New York, NY
    Carmen M. Rodriguez is a retired attorney; she practiced in New York City in the areas of corporate and real estate law. Ms. Rodriguez earned an AB in organizational behavior and management from Brown and a JD from Columbia Law School.
  • Charles M. Royce '61, P'91, P'94, P'08   Riverside, CT
    Charles M. Royce is president and co-chief investment officer of Royce & Associates, an investment advisory, and president of The Royce Funds, which specializes in small-cap mutual funds. Mr. Royce earned an AB in economics from Brown and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
  • Pablo J. Salame '88   New York, NY
    Pablo J. Salame is a partner of Goldman Sachs & Co., where he serves as global co-head of the Securities Division. Mr. Salame earned a Sc.B. in applied math and economics from Brown.
  • Zachary J. Schreiber '95   New York, NY
    Zachary Schreiber is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of PointState Capital, a global macro-focused hedge fund. Mr. Schreiber holds an AB in international relations from Brown.
  • Ruby Shang '71, P'12  Singapore
    Ruby Shang served most recently as Senior Advisor to the Clinton Foundation. Ms. Shang earned an AB in art history from Brown.
  • Alexandra E.F. Shapiro '94   New York, NY
    Alexandra E. F. Shapiro is executive vice president, marketing and digital, for USA Network, a division of NBCUniversal. Ms. Shapiro earned an AB in history from Brown.
  • Mark L. Shapiro '64   New York, NY
    Mark L. Shapiro is a private investor. He received an AB in philosophy from Brown and LLB and MBA degrees from Columbia University.
  • Beth Kobliner Shaw '86   New York, NY
    Beth Kobliner Shaw is a personal finance commentator and author of the New York Times bestseller “Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties”. Ms. Shaw earned an AB in English and American literature from Brown.
  • Matthew I. Sirovich '87    New York, NY
    Matt Sirovich is co-founder and managing partner of Scopia Capital Management LP, an institutional alternative asset management firm. Mr. Sirovich earned a ScB from Brown and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Anne M. Sweeney P'12    Los Angeles, CA
    Anne M. Sweeney is the Dean’s Distinguished Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, where she lectures on media. Ms. Sweeney earned a BA in English from The College of New Rochelle and an Ed. M. from Harvard University.
  • Bina J. Venkataraman '02   Boston, MA
    Bina J. Venkataraman is a Carnegie Fellow at New America and Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Ms. Venkataraman holds an AB in international relations from Brown, and a master's in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School.
  • Mark L. D. Wawro '75  Houston, TX
    Mark L.D. Wawro is a partner at Susman Godfrey LLP, a commercial litigation law firm. Mr. Wawro earned an AB in literature from Brown and a JD from the University of Texas.
  • Michael W. Wu '92  Hong Kong
    Michael Wu is chairman and managing director of Maxim’s Group in Hong Kong, a privately-held diversified food and beverage service comprising Chinese, Asian and European restaurants, fast food shops, cake shops, institutional catering, sushi outlets and coffee shops in Hong Kong, China and Vietnam. Mr. Wu earned an ScB in applied mathematics and economics from Brown.
  • Dana G. Zucker '90  New York, NY
    Dana G. Zucker is the executive director of the Gray Foundation, a private foundation committed to maximizing access to education, healthcare, and opportunity for low-income children in New York. Ms. Zucker earned an AB in political science from Brown and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
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