Brown Women in the News


Rachel Solotaroff, MD '92 will assume the role of president and chief executive officer of Central City Concern, a nonprofit health clinic and low income housing provider, at the end of September. She is currently the organization's chief medical officer.

Co-founder and managing director of Rebel Kitchen, Tamara Arbib '05, announced her company's launch of a new non-dairy drink containing six ingredients, including coconut cream, to mirror the richness of milk, and brown rice for sweetness. Named 1L, the product is available in whole, semi-skinned, and skimmed fat varieties.

Kathy Bloomgarden '70, P'94, P'00, CEO of Ruder Finn, has launched a new Alexa Skill available through Amazon's Alexa Skills Marketplace. "Kathy's Thoughts" features thoughts and perspective on leadership, company culture, innovation, stategy, and inspirational quotations. Dr. Bloomgarden is a regular contributer of thought leadership to Fortune, Forbes, and Entrepreneur.

University of Pennsylvania athletic director, Grace Calhoun '92, was awarded the Division I FCS Administrator of the Year. Since the beginning of her tenure as Penn's athletic director, Ms. Calhoun has overseen 13 Ivy League team championships, 49 Icy individual champions, and 56 All-Americans.

Ruthanne Fuller '79 is campaigning to be the 31st major - and first woman mayor - of Newton, Massachusetts. She currently represents Newton as an At-Large City Councilor.

Singer/songwriter Karen Pittelman '97 leads Karen & the Sorrows, a three-member country music band who are openly queer and are working to make country more welcoming for queer artists. Their new album, "The Narrow Place," is scheduled for release on August 25. 

Anna D. Rothschild '07 will be joining the video department at the Washington Post as host/editor for health and science. Currently, she is the creator and host of Gross Science, a YouTube series from NOVA and PBS Digital Studios, which has garnered more than 183,000 subscribers.

JULY 2017

Bana Hadid '18 is among 54 people who spent a week in Jordan in July with the Syrian American Medical Society offering medical care of refugees.

Stephanie E. Bruneau AM'06 recently published The Benevolent Bee: Capture the Bount of the Hive through Science, History, Home Remedies and Craft! She is owner and beekeeper of The Benevolent Bee, a small business selling honey, beeswax candles, herbal body care products, and other handcrafted and hive-derived items.

Emmy-award nominated writer Bridget Carpenter '91 MFA'95 has been named winner of the 2017 Princess Grace Award. The awards, which will be given at a gala in October, support emerging artists pursing their artistic goals and comes with a $25,000 unrestricted gift.

Patricia L. Andrade MD'89 RES'95 has joined the medical staff at Morton Hospital and Morton Surgical Associates. A general surgeon with a special interest in breast surgery and laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Andrade was previously affiliated with St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, MA.

Emily Conway '99 MD'03 has joined Sutter Health in Santa Rosa, CA as a cardiologist. She previously practiced at the Adventist Heart Institute.

Barbara Jeremiah '73, former executive vice president of corporate development at Alcoa Corp., has been appointed to the board of directors of Weir Group, a Scotland-based engineering company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Christine Leahy '86 was promoted to chief revenue officer at CDW Corp. In this newly created role, she is responsible for all customer-facing units of the company, including its corporate, public, small business, international, and strategic solutions and services organizations. Ms. Leahy joined CDW in 2002 as the company's first general counsel.

Vice President of Community Relations at UMass Memorial Health Care, Monica Lowell '77, has been appointed to the Latino Advisory Commission. The Commission, established by Governor Charlie Baker, will assess the priorities of the Latino community on a statewide basis and identify up to three priority areas to be addressed by the Commission over the course of the next two years.

Sena Zorlu '04 is co-founder of the B2B startup Instapio, which was selected to participate in a new program launched by SAP.iO, SAP's business unit focused on driving new business. The SAP.iO Foundry program, which supports female founders and increasing their presence in the tech industry, will provide selected founders with mentorship and workshops to support their companies' growth.

Laura Linney '86 DFA'03 hon. stars in the new Netflix crime drama Ozark about a money manager who takes his wealthy family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he much launder millions to appease a drug boss and save his family from danger.

Elizabeth Newman '00, president and CEO of Centers for Families and Children, was profiled as one of Crain's 2017 Women of Note. Her organization is a group of 500 people who provide early learning, health and wellness, and workforce services to 25,000 people in the Cleveland area.

Cecile Richards '80 LHD'10 hon., president of Planned Parenthood, is writing a memoir about her own experiences as an activist and her time at Planned Parenthood "making trouble and organizing change." The currently untitled book is scheduled to be released next spring.

Taryn Simon '97, an American multidisciplinary artist, is one of 31 women artists being honored by the Smithsonian's Hishhorn Museum at their annual gala in November. The group of artists, which represents three generations of women, is being celebrated for their contributions to the field and for having "transformed the way we look at art and set the states for generations of creative talents to come."

Kori Schulman '08 is editor-in-chief and director of digital partnerships at the Obama Foundation in Chicago. She describes the process of building the foundation's digital team as a kind of "startup for citizenship." Ms. Schulman previously worked on social media initiatives under former President Barack Obama. 

Mary Lou Jepsen '87 PHD'97 SCM'14 hon. is creating a hat-like device that would enable people to transmit their thoughts to a computer or to another person just by thinking them. In an interview with CNBC, Ms. Jepsen predicted this kind of telepathy will be possible within weight years. Ms. Jepsen is the former Google[x] engineering executive and founder of Openwater.

Mirana Kaiser '95, granddaughter of the late David Rockefeller GP'95, GP'02, GP'03 and co-president of the Refugee Center Online, organized the organization's strategic planning retreat this year in Kykuit, the 177-acre Rockefeller estate in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Ms. Kaiser discussed how welcoming refugees and supporting them to establish themselves on their own merit was an idea familiar to her grandfather who, as one of his last philanthropic acts, pledged two years of financial support for the Refugee Center. 

Cara Morey '01 was promoted to head coach of Princeton University's women's hockey team. She had been associate head coach for the Tigers for six years.

JUNE 2017

Beth Tuttle '81 was named president and CEO of the American Horticultural Society (AHS). Ms. Tuttle, who will join the AHS on October 30, 2017, is currently president and CEO of DataArts, a national resource for in-depth data about the finances and activities of cultural nonprofits.

Sarah Morris '89 is having her second social exhibition at Capitain Petzel, a contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition is titled "Cloak and Dagger" and will run through August.

Daisy Johnson '10, a portrait photographer, was name to the Observer's 2017 Young Social Power List, a list of 20 young socialites making a name for themselves.

Sabrina Gschwandter '00 is the featured artist in a solo exhibition titled "Hands at Work," at the Shoshana Wayna Gallery in Santa Monica. The exhibition of Gschwandtner's quilts, which are made from 16-mm instructional films on the textile arts, runs through the end of July.

Sarah Flack '89 serves as editor of Sophia Coppola's latest drama, The Beguiled, starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman. Ms. Flack is serving on the grand jury of the 2017 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czechoslovakia.

Dr. Cathy Budman '79, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and a founding member of the New York State Consortium for Tourette, was honored by the New York City Chapter of Tourette Syndrome (TS) Association of America for her service to the TS community. Dr. Budman is now director of the LI Center for Tourette and Related Disorders.

Amy Spencer '95 has joined the Washington, DC office of the law firm Blank Rome LLP, where she is an associate in the insurance coverage group. She came to Blank Rome from Cohen Mohr, and was previously an insurance coverage attorney with Dickstein Shapiro, LLP.

Andrea Newborn '84 has been appointed executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of ABM Industries, a publicly traded provider of facility solutions with revenues of approximately $5.1 bullion. 

Anne Kronenberg '82, P'17 has been appointed to the baord of directors of the Kinsale Capital Group, Inc., a specialty insurance group headquartered in Richmond, VA. Ms. Kronenberg was most recently a managing director at J.P. Morgan.

Rebecca Yeldham '90 will be executive producer of the new film Boy Erased. Based on the memoir Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family by Garrard Conley, the movie is set to star Nicole Kidman, Lucas Hedges, and Russell Crowe.

Caitlin Mehner '06 has landed a supporting role in the civil rights biopic, The Best of Enemies. The film, based on the novel The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson, is about a civil rights activist who battles KKK leader CP Ellis over the segregation decree in 1970s Durham, North Carolina.

Louise Chen '98 has joined Cantor Fitzgerald, a global financial services firm, as senior research analyst and managing director. Chen will focus on speciality pharmaceuticals equity research.

Providence Business News released it's 2017 "40 under 40" list of successful, engaged young professionals in Rhode Island. Honorees include Briannan Bintz ScM'08 of Semma Therapeutics; Elizabeth M. Goldeberg ScM'17 RES'13 of Brown University; and Diana Permodo MAT'13 of United Way.

Ophelia J. Wilkins '02 was promoted to the position of associate at Kuth Ranieri Architects in San Francisco. Ms. Wilkins joined the firm in 2015 as a project architect and was previously with the firm Robin Chiang & Company.

Founding member of Maverick Collective and contributer to the Huffington Post Caitlin Heising '12 reflected on her experience at 125 Years of Women at Brown in her article "From 1892 to Today: 8 Lessons from 125 Years of Women at Brown." Ms. Heising was also a panelist at the conference.

Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for the Rhode Island State Senate, Marie Ganim P'12, has been appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo to be the state's next Health Insurance Commissioner.

Sharon Stern Gerstman '72, P'05 assumed the office of president of the 72,000-member New York State Bar Association on June 1.

Seema Nanda '92 has been named vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Lynn Nottage '86 DFA'11 hon., P'20 will premiere her play Mlima's Tale in March 2018 at the Public Theater. Ms. Nottage most recently won her second Pulitzer Prize for her play Sweat.

MAY 2017

Lisa Donohue '87 has been appointed to the board of Synacor, a publicly traded technology company. Ms. Donohue serves as president of the board of trustees of Milton Academy and is also a board member of She Runs It and The 4As.

Victoria Nuland '83 will join the global strategy and commcerial diplomacy firm Albright Stonebridge Group as senior counselor in September.

Vice President of Women & Diversity B2B Marketing at IBM, Denise Evans '77, will serve as a strategic partner to host Wells Fargo for The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) inaugural business summit. The summit is targeted at the 105 members of the organization who generate annual gross revenues of $40 million or more.

Vice President of Innovation and New Business Development at Land O'Lakes, Raquel Melo '93, announced the launch of the new Land O'Lakes Dairy Accelerator, a program aimed at growing the total dairy industry. Accelerator participants will have access to resources on financing, brand building, manufacturing, sales and distributio, and leadership development, and each will receive a $25,000 stipend.

Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital Ann-Christine Duhaime '77 is researching connections between brain chemistry and consumption. Her interest in the neurobiology or sustainable behavior led her to develop a blueprint for a "green" children's hospital that would be cost- and energy-efficient and act as a living lab for studying whether and how such buildings might affect the reward system of patients and health care professionals.

Lorine Pendleton '91 is the keynote speaker at the third annual OWN IT! Entrepreneurial Women's Conference at SUNY Ulster Community College in June. Pendleton is an active angel investor.

Lisa Margenson '84 has been hired by Bank of America Merrill Lynch to lead their newly formed Retirement Client Experience & Communications Group. She was previously the head of marketing and creative services for retirement solutions at Voya Financial.

Italian-born chef Nina Clemente '03 will return to The Standard, High Line in New York City during the summer. The chef at Los Angeles' Di Alba will create a menu for the outdoor plaza of The Standard running through mid-October.

Vice President of Global Markets for IBM Denise Evans '77 is one of 40 women board directors and executives who helped open the stock market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange on May 10 to celebrate Japan's hosting of the 2017 Global Summit of Women. The three-day summit gathered 1,500 international leaders in government, business, and civil society with the theme "Beyond Womenomics: Accelerating Access."

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb '90 will make her debut at The Carlyle Hotel in New York. She will be performing at Cafe Carlyle from June 6-17.

Rebecca Yeldham '90 will produce an Amazon Studios' movie, as yet unnamed, starring Paris Jackson, the 19 year old daughter of the late Michael Jackson. The dark comedy is about a mild-mannered American businessman who crosses the line from citizen to criminal.

Stephanie Brag '08 and Nedenia Hutton Craig '08, co-founders of the made-to-order dress label Dee Hutton, were profiled in Brides magazine. The two were married within just a few months of each other, and both wore gowns designed by Ms. Craig. Since their weddings, the duo has launched a custom wedding gown and bridesmaid dress program for Dee Hutton.

Holly Peterson '87, P'21 released a new novel, It Happens in the Hamptons, about a young, single mother who moves to the Hamptons, has a love affair, and experiences some of the friction between the locals and the jet-setters. Tina Brown wrote that with this book, Ms. Peterson "seals her place as the Proust of the beach blanket."

Billie Tsien '71 and her husband and partner, Tod Williams, are the architects behind the proposed design of the Obama presidential library scheduled to open on the South Side of Chicago by 2021. The center will have classrooms, a library, an auditorium, and public garden.


"The world needs a great deal from us," said Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson, unversity chaplain, during a community gathering on the Main Green to reflect on tragic events in the summer.

The Washington Post featured a guest column written by President Christina H. Paxson titled "Brown University president: A safe space for freedom of expression." The column rides on the heels of a country-wide debate about colleges and universities preparing students for difficult and complex issues today.


In a short documentary that explores the possibilities of delaying cognitive decline in old age, Brown neurologist Suzanne De La Monte joins other scientists in suggestion people have the power to lower their chances of getting Alzheimer's disease.

Professor of Economics Emily Oster gives her take on cutting through the noise of available health advice for expecting mothers.

Maria T. Zuber, Ph.D. SCM'83 PHD'86 SCD'08 hon., P'11 is the first woman to run a NASA spacecraft mission, saying she has a "genetic predilection" to explore space.

Women's Crew alumna and three-time All-American Tessa Gobbo '13 takes home an Olympic gold medal in women's coxed eight.

Christy Law Blanchard is Director of Program Outreach and Development at Brown University's Pembroke Center. Her audio essay, "This I Believe Rhode Island: Fleeting Moments," is featured on RINPR.

Nicole Pollock '08 appointed next Chief of Staff by Providence Mayor.

JULY 2016

Goldie Corash Michelson '24 was the oldest living American when she passed away at 113 years old.

Actress Yaya DaCosta '04 stars in her first full-time cast role on NBC's Chicago Med.

Incoming first year Nicolaia Rips '20 publishes memoir about growing up in the infamous Chelsea Hotel.

Photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra featured Brown's Varsity Women's Rugby Team in her exhibit "The Bears."

Mary Gluck, Professor of History and Judaic Studies, spoke with Forward about the assimilation of Jews in Budapest.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Lindsay Oberman researches transcranial magnetic stimulation, which has the potential to make emotion-related information accessible to people with autism spectrum disorder.

Holly Case, Associate Professor of History, comments on Hungary's plan to welcome foreign "guest workers" after politicians announced a severe labor shortage in the country.

Kate Schapira, a Providence poet and lecturer in English at Brown, sits behind a small booth at the entrance to Burnside Park and gives passersby the opportunity to air their climate change anxieties. Her project attracts people who are worried about the environment but feel left out of the national conversation.

Sarah Fox, a professor and researcher at Brown University, comments on the state of obstetric training and the reasons why, for many women, childbirth-related injuries go undiagnosed.

JUNE 2016

Women's Crew Alumna Tessa Gobbo '13 will represent the US at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Jill Furman '90, Tony-winning producer of Hamilton, on trusting her gut, the two greatest productions of her life, and what's next.

Kimberly Wolf is Founder and Chief Education Officer of Girlmentum Media, supporting girls' health around the web and around the world.

Extreme pilot Emily Biss Wilson '96  tests planes before airline delivery.

MAY 2016

Katia Lund '89 has joined the advisory board of a new non-profit production company, We Do It Together. The company was created to finance and produce films dedicated to female-driven film content. 

Jean Howard '70, a loyal Brown alumna, was one of eight Brown University honorary degree recipients this year. Howard is an advocate for diversity in higher education and has made significant contributions to the fields of early modern literature and the history of drama.

APRIL 2016

WLC member Joelle Murchison '95 named Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at UCONN.

Alissa J. Rubin '80 and Kathryn Schulz '96 are awarded Pulitzer Prizes. Rubin was recognized for a series of articles about the daily lives of Afghan women. Schulz was recognized for her feature story "The Really Big One" about earthquake threats in the northwestern US.


Amara Majeed '19 is interviewed about The Hijab Project, which she started to fight Islamophobia and challenge sterotypes.

Louisa Chafee '14 qualifies to represent the U.S. in the 2016 Summer Olypic Games in Rio.


Marie Langlois '64 LLD'92 hon. elected Chair of Rhode Island Foundation.

C.D. Wright, visionary poet and beloved member of the Brown family, passed away.


Mary Lou Jepsen '87 PHD'97 SCD'14 HON., executive director at Facebook and head of display technologies at Oculus, will deliver the closing keynote at the inaugural  "Women Transforming Technology" conference being held in February in Palo Alto, California.


Congratulations to Holly Gildea '16 on her co-authorship of an article published in Science, the nation's top scientific publication. 

Cecile Richards '80 LHD '10 HON, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America was recognized by Glamour Magazine at the 25th Women of the Year award ceremony.


Celebrating two dedicated WLC members, Nancy Fuld Neff '76, P'06, P'14 with 2015 Brown Annual Fund Co-Chairs' award recipientAlexandra E. Mandis '95.


Emma Watson '14 is helping to make a positive change in the fashion industry.

Sabrina De Santiago '00, former aide to the Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California, was recently appointed as the new director of government affairs at the Center for American Progress (CAP). 


Author Casey Schwartz '04 published a new book, In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysiswhich explores the conflict between the fields of neuroscience and psychoanalysis. 



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