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, P'21 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 is also a principal shareholder of Medline, the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care supplies in the U.S. Ms. Abrams earned an AB in organizational behavior and management from Brown, and an MBA from Northwestern University. She is a member of the board of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Action Fund, and a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance Trustee Council.
Christian J. Anthony '96 Greenwich, CT
Christian is currently the Co-CEO / Co-Founder of ListenFirst, the leading social media analytics SaaS solution for the world’s largest companies. Christian is a multi-time entrepreneur who has been at the forefront of technology and digital media for over two decades. He co-founded Insound.com and Special Ops Media, and served as CEO of LBi North America. Christian earned his AB in classics from Brown University. He is an active Advisor and Board member, currently serving on the Board of Directors for Venture For America and Civics Unplugged, and as an Advisor with Brown University’s President’s Advisory Council on Entrepreneurship and The Advisory Council on the College. He is a longtime member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Metro New York Chapter.
Chiamaka “Chichi” A. Anyoku '14 Cambridge, MA
Chiamaka “Chichi” A. Anyoku, a 2014 Brown graduate, is currently an MBA and MPP candidate at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, she worked on New York Economic Development Corporation's real estate transactions team and A.T. Kearney's management consulting practice. Ms. Anyoku also worked at Cambridge Associates, where she advised universities and foundations with assets ranging from $40 million to over $3 billion. At Brown University, Ms. Anyoku received an AB in Economics and an AB in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. As an alum, she is an alumni interviewer and serves as a member of the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Participation Council. Ms. Anyoku is a Trustee Emerita of Brown University.
Mark Attanasio '79, P'11 Los Angeles, CA
Mark Attanasio is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Crescent Capital Group LP and Chairman and Principal Owner of the Milwaukee Brewers. Founded in 1991, Crescent is an employee-owned alternative asset manager and SEC-registered investment advisor. Mr. Attanasio holds positions on several not-for-profit boards, including Heal the Bay, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Harvard-Westlake School. In addition, he is currently a member of Major League Baseball's Finance and Compensation, Investment, and Labor Policy Committees, and the Board of Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM). He received an AB from Brown University and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.
Sloan Lindemann Barnett '89, P'24 San Francisco, CA
Sloan Barnett is the author of the NY Times best-selling book: Green Goes with Everything: Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and a Cleaner Planet. The book outlines how the next wave of green is about the health of our families in addition to the health of our planet. Ms. Barnett has been a television and print journalist for more than fifteen years, appearing on-air as a consumer and green contributor on NBC’s Today Show as well the consumer editor for the NBC affiliate in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has also appeared twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show, been a legal and consumer expert for Fox, CNN and ABC, and hosted women’s talk shows for Lifetime and Oxygen. Ms. Barnett began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan and went on to write a legal and consumer advice column for the New York Daily News for nearly a decade. She also wrote a legal column for Mirabella Magazine. Ms. Barnett is the chair of The California Pacific Medical Center Board and a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also a member of the board of her alma mater, The New York 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. He was previously at Goldman Sachs for 19 years, based in Frankfurt, London and Moscow where he was the CEO of Russia and CIS from 2007 to 2012 responsible for the securities, investment banking and private equity investing activities. He originally joined Goldman Sachs in Frankfurt in 1993. He was named a managing director in 2000, made partner in 2004, and served on the Firmwide Growth Markets Operating Committee. Mr. Barter is Chairman of the Board of BenefitHub (US benefits SaaS) and is a director of Etech (UK B2B property SaaS) and GreenSync (Australian energy services technology). Mr. Barter earned a BSc in physics and a BA in Russian literature from Brown University and an MSc in physics from Harvard 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 has been with Nautic and its predecessor since 1993. He holds an AB in history from Brown and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Buonanno is currently the President of the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame and previously served on Brown’s Advisory Council on Athletics. He was nominated in 2015 by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to serve on the Board of Directors of the Commerce Corporation of Rhode Island, where he also serves on the Investment Committee. In addition, Mr. Buonanno also serves on the boards of directors for Applied Consultants Inc.; CWS Holding Company LLC; NLS Holdings LLC; IPS Group LLC; Aerostar Aerospace, Inc; and Vantage Mobility Holdings LLC.
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. Additionally, Mr. Carver is president of Carver Pump Company, and serves on the boards of Carver Aero, Harrington Signal, and Carver Hardware. Mr. Carver earned an AB in international relations from Brown, and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Carver served in the United States Navy.
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 20 years of experience in leadership roles: investment, operational, and advisory. He earned an AB in political science from Brown and an MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma, from Columbia Business School. He currently serves as an Advisor to Luna DNA and is a board member of Erasca, Inc. He is a board member of The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School, the External Advisory Board, Center for Biomedical Engineering at Brown University’s School of Engineering, and the Advisory Board of the Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Pediatric Oncology and Blood Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Rajat Dhanda '89 Cherry Hills Village, CO
Raj Dhanda is Chief Executive Officer for Black Creek Group, a leading real estate investment management firm. Mr. Dhanda joined the firm in 2016 as President and was named Chief Executive Officer in April 2018. Mr. Dhanda also serves on the Board of Directors for Black Creek Diversified Property Fund Inc. and as Co-President of both Black Creek Diversified Property Fund Inc. and Black Creek Industrial REIT IV Inc. Since joining Black Creek, Mr. Dhanda led the evolution to a one firm brand, as Black Creek Group had previously been recognized by a variety of names including Dividend Capital and Industrial Income Trust. Additionally, since joining, he has overseen more than $3.4 billion of capital raise and over $3.7 billion of acquisitions and developments. In January 2020, under Mr. Dhanda’s leadership, Black Creek closed on the sale of the wholly-owned assets of one of its sponsored real estate funds, Industrial Property Trust Inc., to affiliates of Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD) in a transaction that was valued at approximately $4 billion. The transaction included 236 industrial properties, totaling 37.5 million square feet, across 24 Unites States markets. Prior to joining Black Creek, Mr. Dhanda spent 26 years at Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), where he held a variety of leadership roles, including leading key divisions of their institutional and wealth management platforms, Head of Investment Products and Services for their wealth management division, and serving on the Executive and Operating Committees for their wealth management division. Throughout his career at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Dhanda helped develop strategies for changing regulations and technology to advance the company’s wealth management channels.
David A. Ebersman '91 Burlingame, CA
David Ebersman co-founded Lyra Health in 2015 and serves as its CEO. Prior to Lyra, David served as the Chief Financial Officer of Facebook, where he oversaw Facebook's finance, accounting, investor relations and real estate functions. Before Facebook, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Genentech. David serves on the board of directors for SurveyMonkey and Castlight Health. David holds an A.B. in Economics and International Relations from Brown University.
Cheryl C. Effron '87 New York, NY
Cheryl Cohen Effron spent most of her career as a New York-based real estate developer. Ms. Effron was president of ATC Management, known for its contributions to New York City’s emerging neighborhoods---including for its creation of Chelsea Market. Ms. Effron left full-time real estate work to dedicate her time to tri-sector (government, non-profit and corporate) solutions for urban issues. She currently sits on the City Planning Commission as an appointee of the Mayor. Ms. Effron is currently board chair of Greater NY, a non-profit she co-founded during the financial crisis in 2009 which pairs civic leaders in the business world with the heads of non-profit organizations in two-year one-on-one strategic partnerships. Additionally, Ms. Effron is the immediate past-president of the board of the Dalton School, a trustee and member of the executive committee of the Brookings Institution, a trustee of New York Public Radio, a new trustee at the American Museum of Natural History and an honorary trustee of New York Cares where she was a founding director. She received a BA from Brown University and she is a member of the advisory council of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Among her philanthropic roles, she is the founder of the Conjunction Fund and chairman of the board of the Charles H. Revson Foundation. Ms. Effron has served on a variety of New York City and State task forces and commissions. She is currently a board member of the Trust for Governors Island.
Hythem T. El-Nazer '00 Wellesley, MA
Hythem T. El-Nazer is a Managing Director with TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm that has raised over $33.5 billion of capital. He is a member of TA’s Management, Core Investment, and Portfolio Committees and is Co-Head of TA’s Technology Group. He has led or been involved with over 20 investments in leading technology companies across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Aptean, Digicert, Gamma, Idera, Ivanti, insightsoftware, Mitratech, MRI Software, Netsmart, PDI, and Sovos. Prior to joining TA Associates in 2004, Mr. El-Nazer worked at McKinsey & Company and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Hythem is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Egyptian-American Enterprise Fund, and a member of the Board of Directors of SEO. Hythem graduated from Brown University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Columbia Business School.
Michael P. Esposito '86, P'21 New York, NY
Michael P. Esposito is partner and managing director of Goldman Sachs. He serves as global co-head of the financial institutions group, a part of the firm's investment banking division, which provides financing and advisory services to numerous institutions worldwide. Mr. Esposito earned an AB in political science from Brown University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is vice chair of the board of the Hospital for Special Surgery, a member of the board of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and former board member and treasurer of the Convent of the Sacred Heart School in New York.
Jeffry Esquivel '09 Boston, MA
Jeffry Esquivel is an MPA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Formerly, Mr. Esquivel was an analyst in the Municipal Markets division at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He began his career teaching high school mathematics in McAllen, TX - a town along the US-Mexico border. Mr. Esquivel holds an MBA from Stanford University and an MPA from Harvard University. He earned an AB in applied mathematics-economics from Brown. Upon graduation from Brown, he joined Teach For America as a high school Math Teacher in McAllen, TX. Currently, he is an Associate at Codina Partners a real estate investment and development company in Miami, FL. Jeffry is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.
Kathryn Q. Flores '90 New York, NY
Kathryn Quadracci Flores, M.D. is President of the Windhover Foundation and a Director of Quad. Dr. Flores is currently Vice President of the Board of Collegiate School in New York where she was Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign and Secretary of the Board in the past. She is also a member of the Brown University Advisory Council on Athletics and is a Steward of Brown Crew. Dr. Flores has previously served on the board of trustees for the Marymount School of New York, the Brown University Sports Foundation and the advisory board for Quad/Med. Kathryn holds a ScB in Aquatic Biology and an AB in Women’s Studies from Brown University and an MD from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
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. Established in 1994, Flynn Properties is a real estate investment firm which acquires, develops, and manages commercial properties in the western United States and Mexico. Flynn Restaurant Group is the largest restaurant franchise operator in the U.S. Mr. Flynn earned an AB in history from Brown, an MA in American history from Yale, and an MBA from Stanford. He is a director of the Exploratorium, past chairman of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, and past co-chair of the Schools of the Sacred Heart’s recent capital campaign. He also serves on the Strategic Advisory Group of Goldman Sachs’ West Street Capital Partners VII and the Executive Advisory Board of Cove Hill Partners, L.P.
Kenneth Gaw '92 Hong Kong
Kenneth co-founded Gaw Capital Partners in 2005, and has been its President and Managing Principal. Gaw Capital is a uniquely positioned private equity real estate fund management company focusing on selected markets globally. The firm has raised six commingled funds targeting the Greater China and Asia Pacific region since its inception and manages opportunistic funds in Vietnam and the US along with a Pan-Asia hospitality fund and European hospitality fund. In addition, the firm also provides services for separate account direct investments globally. It has raised equity in excess of USD$ 14.2 billion so far and currently commands assets of USD$ 24.8 billion under management. Kenneth joined Pioneer Global Group (224: Hong Kong Exchange) since 1994 and remains to be Managing Director. Notable transactions under his direction include acquisition and repositioning of Pullman Hotel G Pattaya and Pullman Hotel G Bangkok, Thailand; AIA Tower in Macau; and Global Gateway, 68 Yee Woo Street building, Club Lusitano building, Kowloon City Plaza, and the InterContinental Hotel in Hong Kong. Additionally, Kenneth holds directorship at the Hong Kong Thailand Business Council. Kenneth graduated with a B.Sc degree (Magna Cum Laude) and began his career at Goldman Sachs.
Patricia Tung Gaw '92 Hong Kong
Patricia "Patty" Tung is a partner at Ferastyle and co-founder of GA1NSCLUB, both active apparel companies. Based in Hong Kong, she specializes in apparel development and trendspotting, creating products that combine function, ease and aesthetics. Previously Patty was Director of New Media for ELLE Greater China and General Manager of online ticketing company Cityline. She started her career in the finance industry as an Analyst with Goldman Sachs, first in New York and then Singapore and Hong Kong.
Patty earned a dual BA (International Relations/History) with honors from Brown and holds certifications in Nutrition and Sports Nutrition. She is an active supporter of InspiringHK and Splash, organizations that provide sports opportunities for underprivileged communities in Hong Kong. Patty has been a longstanding alumni interviewer for Brown University and also serves on the USC Architecture School Board of Councilors.
Gary L. Ginsberg '84, P'21 New York, NY
Gary Ginsberg is Senior Vice President and Global Head of Communications at SoftBank Group Corp., where he is responsible for leading SoftBank’s corporate communications strategy and overseeing all of the Company’s external and internal global communications functions. Before joining SoftBank, Mr. Ginsberg served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Time Warner and as Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs at News Corp.
Xochitl Gonzalez '99 Brooklyn, NY
Xochitl Gonzalez is currently the Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she is completing work on her debut novel, set in her native Brooklyn. Prior to beginning her M.F.A. she had been working as the Executive Director for Institutional Advancement at Hunter College in New York City. She is a founding board member for Sad Girls Club, a non-profit mental wellness community for young women of color. At Brown she sat on her 20th reunion gift committee and was a recipient of the BAA’s 2018 Alumni Service Award.
Yvette Ma Ho '87, P'22 Hong Kong
Yvette Therese Ma is Vice Chairman and council member of Changing Young Lives Foundation, a non-profit institution which serves 23,000 underprivileged young people in Hong Kong and China through educational and developmental programs. She is also a School Council Member of Diocesan Girls’ School, a council member of the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation, and a member of the Hospital Governing Committee for Tuen Mun Hospital, which provides recommendations and plans to improve service quality for the acute hospital with 1,800 beds. Ms. Ma is a Trustee of Design Trust, a grant funding platform that aims to actively accelerate creative design initiatives and development of meaningful interdisciplinary design projects in Greater Pearl River Delta Region. Ms. Ma received an AB in Business Economics from Brown University and was conferred Honorary Fellowship by St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford.
Philip E. Hult '93 London, England
Philip Hult is Co-Chairman of EF Education First, a privately held international education organization. He oversees the strategy and operations of EF’s 15 business units, which specialize in language training, educational travel, academic degrees, and cultural exchange. Previously, Mr. Hult served as CEO of English Live in Hong Kong, an EF subsidiary. Mr. Hult earned an AB in International Relations and Comparative Literature from Brown. He is a member of the board of both EF Education First and Hult International Business School.
Carl M. Kawaja '86 San Francisco, CA
Carl M. Kawaja is a partner and board member at the Capital Group Companies. Carl has 29 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 25 years. He is also the vice chairman and president of EuroPacific Growth Fund, the largest international mutual fund. He holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in history from Brown University.
Pamela J. Keld '83, P'20, P'22 New York, NY
Pamela Keld is a retired Speech-Language Pathologist. She is a member of the Sports Foundation Board of Directors and previously served on the Women's Leadership Council. She serves on the board of Susie's Senior Dogs, an organization promoting adoption of senior dogs from shelters. Ms. Keld earned an AB in Economics from Brown and an MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Hunter College.
Lauren J. Kolodny '08 San Francisco, CA
Lauren is a Founding General Partner at aCrew Capital. Lauren leads investments in fintech and SaaS. Prior to founding aCrew, Lauren was a partner at Aspect Ventures. Her investments include Chime, Divvy, Evident ID, Future Family, Pie Insurance, Gusto, Tara, and TalkIQ (acquired by Dialpad). Previously, Lauren worked in product marketing at Google, where she led a number of launches for GSuite, including Google Drive. Lauren began her career building tech and finance partnerships for the Clinton Foundation in India. Lauren is a Trustee Emerita at Brown University where she served as the university’s youngest board member. Lauren was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Venture Capital in 2016.
Charles H. Kroll '01 New York, NY
Charlie Kroll is a serial entrepreneur and operator, having founded and built two successful fintech businesses over 20 years. He currently serves as an EIR at Bessemer Venture Partners. Most recently Kroll was Co-founder and President of Ellevest, a leading consumer finance company on a mission to close the gender wealth gap. Before launching Ellevest, Kroll was Founder and CEO of Andera, a digital account opening platform for the financial services industry, acquired by Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ: EPAY) in 2014. A consistent theme throughout his career has been a focus on financial inclusion and accessibility, and using technology to open up the financial system to more people. Kroll is passionate about entrepreneurship and actively involved in the startup community, as a founding board member of Venture for America, former chair of the Brown University Entrepreneurship Program, Techstars mentor, and advisor to a number of startups. He was named New England Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the SBA, and is a past Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Outside of work, Kroll enjoys spending time with his wife Ginger and four kids. Kroll has a BA from Brown University and currently serves on the Brown University President’s Leadership Council.
Liz Lange '88, P'23 New York, NY
Liz Lange is an entrepreneur and private investor. She is the founder of Liz Lange Maternity, Liz Lange for Target and Completely Me by Liz Lange for HSN. Ms Lange is also the author of "How To Look Fabulous During the Most Fashion-Challenged Time" published by Random House. Ms. Lange was named "one of the most powerful female entrepreneurs in the country" by Time magazine and was a recipient of Crain's 40 under 40, a past Ernst and Young's entrepreneur of the year finalist, and has been profiled in almost every business magazine including the Wall Street journal, the Harvard business review, The New York Times, Fortune, Time and Newsweek. Ms. Lange is an in-demand keynote speaker at business conferences and has appeared on Oprah, CNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg and The View. Since selling her business to private equity Lange focuses on investing and mentoring entrepreneurs. Ms. Lange received a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and resides with her family in NYC.
Carlos A. Lejnieks '00 Hoboken, NJ
Carlos Lejnieks is CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters based in Newark, NJ and is immediate-past Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NJ. Prior to that, Lejnieks was an administrator of North Star Academy (Uncommon Schools), a National Blue Ribbon School. Lejnieks serves on the boards of Jersey City Medical Center, the Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee for RWJ Barnabas Health, and is Co-Founder of Democracy Prep Public Schools, a network of schools serving 5,500 youth based in Harlem. He also served on News Corporation’s Diversity Council from 2009-14. Lejnieks has an AB in international relations from Brown, an MSc from London School of Economics and an honorary doctorate from Saint Peter’s University. In December 2016, he delivered the graduate degree commencement address for the London School of Economics. Lejnieks chaired the inaugural First-Generation & Mentoring Committee of the Brown Alumni Association ('16-'19) and is currently the BAA's President-elect.
Shoukang Lin AM'87 PhD'91, P'23 Beijing
Shoukang Lin is the chairman and founding partner of Octo Rivers Asset Management, a Hong Kong based hedge fund. Dr. Lin joined China International Capital Corporation (CICC), China’s largest investment bank in 2000. He was appointed as Member of the Management Committee in 2007. He has held several positions at CICC, including an Executive Director of the Asset Management Department, the Head of the Capital Markets Department, Chief Operating Officer, Acting Chief Executive Officer and Acting Chairman of the Management Committee. Prior to joining CICC, Dr. Lin served as an instructor in mathematics at Xiamen University in China from September 1983 to August 1985 and assistant professor at University of York in Canada from July 1990 to July 1991. He joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in August 1991 and held several positions, including economist and desk officer of Malawi of the African Department until June 1996. He served as a senior manager of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority from July 1996 to December 1997, the head of the Greater China Economic Research at Deutsche Bank Hong Kong from January 1998 to May 1999 and deputy director of the international department of China Cinda Asset Management Corporation from May 1999 to October 2000. Mr. Lin obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Xiamen University in July 1983, master’s degree in economics and a doctoral degree in economics from Brown University, in August 1987 and May 1990, respectively.
Nicola M. Miner '92 San Francisco, CA
Nicola M. Miner is an instructor in Language Arts at City College of San Francisco. Previously, she co-founded and co-owned the Quotidian Gallery, an exhibition space which focused on emerging artists, from 1999 to 2005. Ms. Miner earned an AB in history from Brown, an MS in journalism from Columbia University, and an MA from Mills College. She is a trustee of Earthjustice, an appointed member of the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission, a former director of the Presidio Trust, and a former trustee of San Francisco University High School, the San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Woodhull Institute.
Margaret Munzer Loeb '94 New York, NY
Margaret Munzer Loeb earned her undergraduate degree in history and visual art from Brown University and her master’s degree from the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is a member of the boards of Prep for Prep and PEN America and both the President’s Leadership Council and President’s Advisory Council on the Arts at Brown University. A strong supporter of reproductive freedom, Margaret previously served on the boards of the National Institute for Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Together with her husband, Daniel Loeb, she has supported numerous organizations to improve access for all children to high quality education, reform the criminal justice system, secure the freedom to marry for LGBT Americans, and promote the performing and visual arts. Margaret began her career in commercial film production and recently found her way back to film. She founded and manages MML Productions and is currently executive producing and directing a documentary feature film, Chasing Childhood. Margaret has executive produced several other recent or upcoming documentary films including Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, Found, Driving While Black, and New York: Episode 9: The Future of Cities.
Ajay Nagpal '90 Short Hills, NJ
Ajay Nagpal is Millennium’s Chief Operating Officer overseeing the various business areas of Millennium’s global activities. Prior to joining Millennium in 2013, Mr. Nagpal was the Global Head of Prime Services at Barclays. He occupied this position since 2008, having transitioned to Barclays as part of the acquisition of Lehman Brothers’ U.S. businesses. Mr. Nagpal was a Managing Director with Lehman Brothers from 2001-2008. He began his career at JP Morgan in 1992. Mr. Nagpal has a BA from Brown University and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Daniel H. O'Keefe '97 New Canaan, CT
Daniel H. O’Keefe is a Managing Partner at Apax Partners, a global investment firm, where he founded and leads the Apax Digital Fund, a $1.1B growth equity fund investing in leading technology companies globally. Prior to founding Apax Digital, Dan was a General Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures, a leading growth equity firm, where he co-led its Consumer Internet group. Dan holds a Fellowship with the Foreign Policy Association and serves as Chairman of The Opportunity Network, an education focused non-profit serving nearly 1,000 high potential students throughout NYC. Dan holds an MBA with High Distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School, where he serves as President of its Alumni Board, and an AB from Brown University.
Susan Patterson P'20 Palm Beach, FL
Sue Patterson P'20 (Jack), has a BS/MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she currently serves on the Foundation Board of Directors as well as the School of Education Board of Visitors (BOV). While at Wisconsin, Sue was captain of the Badger swim team, Big 10 record holder and an All American. Sue spent many years in advertising as an art director/SVP at J. Walter Thompson USA/New York. Sue is a NYTimes best-selling co-author of children's books with her husband, James. The Patterson family lives in Palm Beach, Florida where Sue is a trustee at Palm Beach Day Academy and Dreyfoos School of the Arts as well as a Town of Palm Beach Landmarks Commissioner. Summer months are spent in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
Holly Peterson '87, P'21 New York, NY
Holly Peterson is the New York Times best-selling author of six books, most recently her fourth novel, It’s Hot in The Hamptons, published in spring 2019, and Wellington: The World of Horses in February 2019. She writes a weekend column and Manhattan Diary for the Financial Times. She was a Contributing Editor for Newsweek, an Editor-at-Large for Talk magazine and an Emmy Award–winning Producer for ABC News, where she spent more than a decade covering everything from global politics to trials of the century. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Town and Country, Vogue, Departures, Elle Décor, The Daily Beast, Harper’s Bazaar, and numerous other publications. Ms. Peterson earned an AB in History and Russian language and literature from Brown. She serves as a member of the University's Advisory Council on Communications and as president of the Joan Ganz Cooney and Holly Peterson Foundation. In addition, Ms. Peterson is a Trustee of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and Storefront Academy Harlem, a tuition-free private school.
Daniel J. Pipkin '14 New York, NY
Daniel Pipkin is a graduate student at King’s College London where he studies financial economics. Most recently, Daniel held roles at Citadel LLC where he worked with the firm’s senior leadership to drive initiatives related to its investment offerings, data strategy, and operational functions. Prior to joining Citadel, Mr. Pipkin began his career at Bridgewater Associates LP; undertaking market-facing and managerial projects. While at Brown, Mr. Pipkin served as a student representative on the 2013 Provost Search Committee and the University Resources Committee along with various student government positions. Daniel was Co-Chair of his 5th Reunion Committee and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Brown Annual Fund Young Leadership Council and a member of the Brown Annual Fund Executive Council.
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 has been the CEO of The Royce Funds since 1972, and is known as one of the pioneers of small-cap investing. Mr. Royce earned an AB in economics from Brown and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the New York Historical Society, the Frick Collection and the Bruce Museum. At Brown, Mr. Royce established the Royce Fellowships and the Royce Family Professorships for Teaching Excellence. He is a fellow emeritus of the Corporation and formerly served three terms as a trustee.
Andres Santo Domingo '00 New York, NY
Andres Santo Domingo is the founder of Kemado Media Group that includes Mexican Summer Records, Anthology Editions and Anthology Recordings. Responsible for the release of a wide variety of of recordings and books by artists ranging from Best Coast and Lou Reed to Ariel Pink and Jonas Mekas. Andres sits on the board of various companies in his native Colombia including the national broadcasters Caracol Televison, national daily El Espectador, and CineColombia. Andres received an AB in Comparative Literature at Brown. He is involved in various philanthropic activities and sits on the board of Conservation International, The New York Public Library, The Shed, and the Valentin Fuster Mt Sinai Foundation for Science Health and Empowerment. He lives with his wife and two children in New York City.
Robert F. Savage, Jr. '90, P'22 New York, NY
Mr. Savage is Co-founder and President of KSH Capital LP (“KSH”). KSH Capital provides real estate entrepreneurs with capital and expertise to seed or grow their platform. KSH is focused on the deployment of the principals’ capital in domestic and international strategies that offer compelling long-term returns. Prior to founding KSH, Mr. Savage was Co-founder, President of KTR Capital Partners (“KTR”), an investment, development and operating company focused exclusively on the industrial property sector in North America. At KTR, Mr. Savage was co-head of the firm’s Investment Committee and responsible for management of the firm’s day-to-day operations, including oversight of capital deployment, portfolio management and capital markets activities. Previously, Mr. Savage was a Partner at Hudson Bay Partners, L.P. a private equity firm. Mr. Savage also worked in the Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch & Co. where he specialized in corporate finance and M&A advisory services for REITs, private equity funds and hospitality companies. Mr. Savage is Chairman of the Board of Directors of VolunteerMatch.org, a San Francisco based 501(c)(3) that operates the largest volunteer network in the nonprofit world and is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of New Senior Investment Group (NYSE: SNR). Mr. Savage is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Sinai Health System in New York, The Taft School and is a Director of Environmental Waste International, Inc. (TSXV: EWS). Mr. Savage received an A.B. in Urban Studies and Business Economics from Brown University. Robert and his wife Sara live in Manhattan and Warren, CT and have two daughters.
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. She is responsible for the creative oversight of the network, which includes consumer and strategic marketing, digital, brand initiatives, promotions and business development for the network. Most recently, Ms. Shapiro launched the new original drama “Mr. Robot” for the network. The show received the coveted audience award at the annual South by Southwest Festival, and has been renewed for a second season. Prior to joining USA Network as vice president of consumer and affiliate marketing in 2001, Ms. Shapiro was director of marketing at Zoggle.com and held marketing positions at Leo Burnett and Calvin Klein. Ms. Shapiro earned an AB in history from Brown. She serves on the board of Scenarios USA, an organization that empowers underprivileged youth through writing and filmmaking projects and consults for RARE, an international conservation organization.
Mark L. Shapiro '64 Palm Beach, FL
Mark L. Shapiro is a private investor. After retiring from Schroder & Co. Inc. in 1997, where he was an executive committee member and managing director in corporate finance, he was a senior consultant to the Export-Import Bank of the United States through 1998. He began his career at Bankers Trust Company and then joined E.F. Hutton as a vice president in corporate finance. Mr. Shapiro currently serves as a director of W.R. Berkley Corporation and a trustee of the Greenacre Foundation. 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 one of the nation’s leading authorities on personal finance for young people. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties, as well as a forthcoming book for parents, Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You’re Not). She has been a columnist for Money, Glamour, and Redbook magazines, and a contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Reader’s Digest. Her writing also appears on The Huffington Post, SheKnows.com, and Money.com. Beth has appeared on TV, including NBC’s Today show, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CBS’s Early Show, and on radio shows, including National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Ms. Shaw has been a regular contributor to MSNBC as well as NPR’s The Takeaway and Marketplace. In 2010 she was selected by President Obama to be a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, where she created MoneyAsYouGrow.org. Ms. Shaw graduated from Brown University with an AB in English and American literature.
Barry A. Sholem '77, P'18 Santa Monica, California
Barry A. Sholem is a partner at MSD Capital, L.P., the family office of Michael Dell, and head of MSD Capital Real Estate Investment Group, the firm’s real estate fund. Previously, he was co-founder, chairman and managing director of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Real Estate Capital Partners, a real estate fund formed in 1995. Prior to that, Mr. Sholem spent twelve years at Goldman Sachs where he led the West Coast real estate principal investment area and had national responsibility for real estate-related investments in the hospitality industry. Mr. Sholem earned an AB in economics from Brown and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the UC Berkeley Real Estate Advisory Board, and is a former trustee of the Brentwood School.
Viraj Sikand '17 Washington, DC
Viraj Sikand is an Associate Product Manager at Optoro. Optoro is the market leader in reverse logistics, revolutionizing the way retailers manage their inventory whilst decreasing landfill waste through its innovative, cloud-based returns optimization software. Previously, he co-founded Kulisha, a start-up that takes organic waste from food and beverage companies and converts it into a sustainable, insect-based animal feed. Viraj studied environmental studies at Brown, and has been admitted into Harvard Business School having received admission through the 2+2 program.
J. Russell Triedman '91, P'21 New York, NY
J. Russell Triedman is a partner at Lindsay Goldberg, a New York-based private equity firm. Previously, he worked as a principal at Bessemer Holdings and as a director at Fox Paine & Company. Mr. Triedman also worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and in the private equity group of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Mr. Triedman earned his ScB in applied mathematics and economics from Brown and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School. He currently serves as a director of Axeon Specialty Products LLC, Crown Paper Group, Inc., ECS Federal, LLC, WoodSpring Hotels Holding LLC and Second Spring Healthcare Investments, Inc., and he is a director and treasurer of the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
Melissa Roth Triedman '91, P'21 New York, NY
Melissa Roth Triedman is a retired attorney. She practiced in the litigation department at Latham & Watkins in New York City. Ms. Triedman earned an AB in Comparative Literature at Brown and a JD from the University of Southern California.
Bina J. Venkataraman '02 Boston, MA
Bina J. Venkataraman is the new Editorial Page Editor of The Boston Globe and the author of The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age (Riverhead, 2019.) She is the former Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and senior lecturer in the program on science, technology, and society at MIT. In 2013 and 2014, Ms. Venkataraman served as Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation in the Obama White House, where she forged partnerships across sectors to support resilience to climate disasters. From 2010-2015, she also served as chief advisor to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology, where she co-developed national policy reforms for epidemic preparedness, biomedical innovation, and science education. Ms. Venkataraman is a former science journalist for The New York Times and The Boston Globe. She holds an AB in international relations from Brown, and a master's in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School. Her talk from the 2019 TED mainstage, "The Power to Think Ahead in a Reckless Age," has been viewed by more than a million people worldwide.
Tyler Wolfram '88, P'22, P'22 Riverside, CT
Tyler Wolfram is CEO of Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity firm with over $11 billion of committed capital and offices in New York, Stamford and Menlo Park. Mr. Wolfram earned an A.B. degree from Brown University in 1988 where he played varsity football and varsity baseball for four years. He received an M.B.A. degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. Mr. Wolfram lives in Greenwich, CT with his wife, Michele, and their four children, Alexis, Greyson, Jackson and Peyton.
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, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand and Philippines. Mr. Wu also serves as a non-executive director of Hang Seng Bank Ltd., Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd., and Hong Kong Land Holdings Ltd. Mr. Wu earned an ScB in applied mathematics and economics from Brown. He is a member of the governing board of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and is a director of the Community Chest of Hong Kong.
George (Woody) H. Young III '82, P'20, P'23 New York, NY
Woody Young is a Partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, an independent investment banking advisory firm in New York. He focuses on advising clients in the Telecommunications and Media sector. He previously served as the Head of Global Telecommunications, Media, and Technology Investment Banking at both Lazard and Merrill Lynch and from 1993 to 2007 he was a Managing Director and Head of the Global Communications Group at Lehman Brothers. He was appointed as a White House Fellow from 1991 to 1992 and began his career on Wall Street in the M&A Department of the First Boston Corporation in 1987. Mr. Young earned an AB in international relations from Brown, a Master’s in international relations from Cambridge, and an MPPM from the Yale School of Management.
Dana G. Zucker '90, P'21 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. The foundation is also focused on funding initiatives to advance the care of individuals living with BRCA gene mutations. Previously, Ms. Zucker was a vice president at Lazard Asset Management and a consultant with Bain & Co. She has served as an independent consultant working with a number of educational organizations in New York and New Jersey. Ms. Zucker earned an AB in political science from Brown and a MBA from Harvard Business School. She is chair of the NYC board of overseers for Peer Health Exchange, and serves on the regional board for Teach for America in New Jersey, the Lincoln Center Art Committee, and the Basser Research Center Leadership Council.