Advisory Board

The Patricelli Center Advisory Board, consisting of alumni, parents, faculty, students, and staff, guides the work of the Center. The board meets twice each year, and members serve as speakers and mentors for PCSE programs.

  • Syed Ali '13, urban planning graduate student at Harvard University

    Syed Ali

    Syed Agmal Ali is an urban planning graduate student at Harvard University. He is determined to employ urban planning and policy to help grow communities that are better connected and defy the socio-spatial determinants of health and wealth. This summer, Syed is supporting the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) with efforts to study and plan neighborhoods with affordable housing. Before graduate school, he spent 3.5 years setting digital communications strategy for FoodCorps, a national nonprofit connecting kids to healthy food in school. Syed graduated in 2013 from Wesleyan, where he led student government committees on community building and information technology as well as served as a student representative on the university’s Board of Trustees. He was an editor for Wesleying and briefly a staff writer for The Wesleyan Argus.

    (member since 2018)

    Photo credit: Andrea Lonas

  • Carl Byers '93, Venture Partner, Fidelity Biosciences; adjunct lecturer in public policy, Harvard Kennedy School

    Carl ByersCarl Byers is a Venture Partner at Fidelity Biosciences, a healthcare focused venture capital fund. In addition, he is Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he teaches a course in Entrepreneurial Finance. He serves as an adviser to early stage health and social ventures. From 1997 to 2010, Byers served as Chief Financial Officer at athenahealth, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHN), where he was a member of the founding team. He led the company’s Initial Public Offering in 2007, which The Wall Street Journal named as the year’s most successful. After athenahealth, Byers worked as a consultant in micro-finance (in Chile) and as the financial officer of a health and water related social venture (in India). Prior to the founding of athenahealth, Byers was a management consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton in New York. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where Byers earned a B.A. in the College of Social Studies. He was a Business Fellow at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He also earned a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Byers is on the board of the MINDS Foundation and is a trustee of Lexington Montessori School. He lives in Lexington, MA with his wife and three children.

    (member since 2013)

  • Sharon Belden Castonguay, Director, Wesleyan Career Center

    Sharon Belden CastonguaySharon Belden Castonguay, EdD, joined Wesleyan in May as the Director of the Career Center. She was previously the Director of the Graduate Career Management Center at Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, in Manhattan. She has also served as an assistant director for PhD career advising at Harvard, where she worked with students seeking to transition from academe to business. Prior to Harvard she was an assistant director of graduate career services at the Boston University School of Management, where she taught a course in career development. Through her career consulting practice, SBC Career Consulting, she has been an invited speaker at Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard Medical School, and the New York Academy of Sciences, among others. She received her doctorate in human development from Harvard, where her research focused on how businesspeople make career decisions. She also holds an MA in Education from the University of Michigan and a BA in Government from Smith College.

    (member since 2013)

  • Marcus Chung '98, Vendor Relations, Stitch Fix

    Marcus Chung

    An apparel sourcing and supply chain leader, Marcus has held roles focused on delivering value through strategic supply chain management. His experience includes partnering with suppliers to unlock innovation and mutual benefits, leading global teams to drive sustainability and protect garment workers' rights, and developing sourcing and product strategies to deliver exceptional quality, cost and delivery results.

    Marcus earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Wesleyan University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is a Trustee for Wesleyan University and served two terms on the board of directors for Net Impact, a non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in their workplaces and the world.

    (member since 2013)

  • Peter Frank '12, CEO, dev.to

    Peter Frank

    Peter Frank is a co-founder of dev.to, an online community where programmers share articles and ideas. Prior to dev.to, he founded a college textbook marketplace called Texts.com and worked as a jack-of-all trades associate at Hatch Labs, the firm that developer Tinder. While at Wesleyan, Peter expanded CollegeACB.com -- an anonymous discussion board -- to over 500 schools, eventually selling the business in 2011. In Summer 2011, he also completed a TAP Internship with Capital Group in Los Angeles.

    Peter is based in New York City, where he's also an emeritus member of the SHOFCO Leadership Council. He hopes to help students employ a lean startup methodology in validating, iterating, and scaling their social-impact projects.

    (member since 2015)

  • Lara Galinsky ’96, Entrepreneur in Residence, Future Laboratories
    Lara Galinsky '96

    Lara is an author, speaker, expert on working on purpose, and former senior vice president of Echoing Green, a groundbreaking nonprofit organization with the mission to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. She speaks and leads workshops at colleges, universities, corporations, and nonprofits around the world. Two themes run through Lara’s career: helping individuals identify their unique role within the ecosystem of social change; and recognizing and championing promising social innovators working to solve the mostly deeply entrenched social, political and environmental problems of our time.

    One of Lara’s favorite quotes sums up her career ideology: Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. - Basil King

    (member since 2011)

  • Sharon Greenberger '88 P'19, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York

    Sharon GreenbergerSharon Greenberger is the 10th President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York, a leading New York City non-profit organization serving over 500,000 children, adults and seniors annually through programs and services focused on nurturing potential, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. With 24 branches throughout the five boroughs, the Y is a movement for a healthier, stronger and more connected New York City. In her 20 years of experience in urban planning, development and education, Sharon has dedicated her career to executing initiatives that seek to improve lives and strengthen communities.

    Prior to joining the YMCA in July 2015, Sharon served as the Senior Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate at New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she oversaw $2 billion of active projects geared towards expanding and improving facilities to better serve the needs of patients and their families.

    She has also previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for the New York City Department of Education, where her responsibilities included managing operations and programs for 1.1 million children across 1,700 of the City’s public schools, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City School Construction Authority, where she oversaw the renovation and modernization of the City’s existing school buildings and the design and construction of more than 100 new school buildings. Other past positions include serving as chief of staff to the New York City deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding, and vice president for economic development at the Alliance for Downtown New York.

    Sharon received her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and holds a master’s degree in City Planning, with a focus in Housing and Community Development and Environmental Design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    She is a member of the Prospect Park YMCA and lives in Brooklyn with her husband Jonathan, with whom she has two daughters, Madelyn and Josie.

    (member since 2017)

  • Lily Herman '16, Founder of Rogue Sunday and Get Her Elected

    Lily Herman

    Lily Herman is the founder of Rogue Sunday, a digital strategy and marketing firm dedicated to helping people and brands that are making the world a better place. She's also the founder of Get Her Elected, a network of over 2,300 people offering skills like writing and graphic design pro bono to more than 230 progressive women candidates running for U.S. political office. In addition, Lily is a contributing editor at Refinery29, where she provides weekly political and social commentary, and in recent months, her writing has been featured in publications like Teen Vogue, Glamour, Allure, and more. Lily is putting that writing knowledge to good use as a Visiting Instructor in Public Policy at Wesleyan this year, where she's teaching students about the complicated world of digital media in the late 2010s.

    As a Wesleyan student, Lily founded The Prospect, which became one of the largest college access organizations in the world and helped over one million underserved students get into and thrive in college. She was named one of Glamour's College Women of the Year and received a Keds Career Grant for her efforts.

    (student rep in 2015/2016, member since 2018)

    Photo credit: Meagan Hooper

  • Ellen Jewett ’81 P'17 (Co-chair), Managing Partner, Canoe Point Capital; Trustee Emerita, Wesleyan University

    Ellen Jewett is Managing Partner of Canoe Point Capital, LLC, an investment firm focusing on early stage social ventures.  Prior to joining Canoe Point, Ms. Jewett was the Managing Director, Head of U.S. Government & Infrastructure for BMO Capital Markets, where she served on the Management Committee of the U.S. Fixed Income Division and the Operating Forum of the Debt Products Division, and represented the firm as a trustee for the Citizens Budget Commission.  Ms. Jewett spent more than 20 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. specializing in airport infrastructure financing, serving as head of the public sector transportation group, and previously as the head of the airport finance group.  While at Goldman, Sachs & Co., she was involved in a wide range of innovative project financings, including public private partnerships and also served as chief of staff of the Municipal Bond Department.  Ms. Jewett began her career at the NYC Department of Housing, Preservation & Development innovating an energy conservation program during the then energy crisis.   Ms. Jewett currently serves as President of the board of The Brearley School. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of JetBlue Airways and serves on its Audit Committee.  Ms. Jewett is the current Trustee Emerita of Wesleyan University and co-chair of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, where she previously served as Vice Chair of the board and Chair of its Investment Committee.  Ms. Jewett earned her Masters at the Yale School of Management, as well as an MSc from University College London (Psychoanalytic Theory) and her BA from Wesleyan University.

    (member since 2011)

  • Makaela Kingsley '98, Director, Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

    Makaela Kingsley
    Makaela Kingsley is Director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. She teaches Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and the Patricelli Center Fellowship, a year-long, project-based, cohort-style program for student entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and changemakers. A 1998 graduate of Wesleyan, Makaela previously held positions in Wesleyan’s advancement division focused on alumni relations, volunteer management, and event planning. She began her career at the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts where she worked in development and public relations. Outside of the Patricelli Center, Makaela volunteers on the boards of Open Communities Alliance and CTNext’s Higher Ed initiative, and as a Coach for AshokaU Commons, a mentor for Yale’s entrepreneurship programs, and a judge for Echoing Green and the Grinnell Prize. She lives in Hamden, CT, with her husband Matt, who is the Associate Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale, and their two children, Amelia (age 12) and Eli (age 9).  

    (member since 2015)

  • Anne Lebleu '00, Director of Philanthropy Management, Arabella Advisors

    [Anne Lebleu]Providing essential grant-making counsel and expertise, Anne Lebleu executes the philanthropic strategies and manages the operations of Arabella’s family and individual clients. Anne works with both new and established individual philanthropists and foundations to build their grant-making strategies, develop their grant-making portfolios, and set up and streamline their operations. Currently, she serves as program officer for a foundation focused on environmental health and green chemistry, supports a family focused on national early childhood development efforts, and is developing a strategy focused on adolescent youth leadership for an individual donor. Her experience is wide-ranging:  She has researched the concept of prize philanthropy and evaluated its usefulness in scaling innovation in green chemistry, and she has led her team in exploring opportunities for clients in fields such as early childhood development, arts education, social and emotional learning, and childhood obesity. Additionally, Anne has extensive experience supporting family foundations in essential governance matters. For example, she has facilitated meetings focused on how to include a family’s next generation in its philanthropy, led family-legacy exercises for foundation board members, and written operational and strategic succession plans for clients.

    Prior to joining Arabella, Anne was the executive director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, which encourages and supports the study of related to the preservation and rehabilitation of America’s historic, architectural, and urban heritage. Before that, she worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects, where she managed the launch of the book Think New York: A Diary of Ground Zero, which documented the firm’s involvement in the Ground Zero master planning competition.

    In addition to her work at Arabella, Anne contributes to the social sector as an advisory board member of Wesleyan University’s Patricelli Center For Social Entrepreneurship; as a steering committee member of Healthy Babies, Bright Futures; and as a member of the Facilities and Fine Arts Committee of the National Cathedral Chapter and the Vanguard Chapter of the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute. She also recently served on the grants committee for the French Embassy in Washington, DC.

    Anne is a 2006 recipient of a Getty Graduate Internship grant, which allowed her to pursue her interests in arts and cultural philanthropy at the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. She has a BA from the College of Letters at Wesleyan University and an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning.

    (member since 2015)

  • Robert Patricelli ’61 P'90 P'88, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health USA; Trustee Emeritus, Wesleyan University

    Robert E. Patricelli is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health USA, provider of business services to health care professionals. Its principal subsidiaries are Women’s Health Connecticut and In Vitro Sciences.

    Most recently, Bob founded and was CEO of Evolution Benefits until July of 2011; he still serves as Vice Chairman of the board. That company was sold to Genstar Capital in July, 2010. Prior to forming Women's Health USA and Evolution Benefits, Bob was Founder, Chairman, President and CEO of Value Health, a NYSE company and the nation's leading specialty managed care company. In 1997, Value Health was sold to Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation.

    From 1977 to 1987, Bob served in a variety of positions at Connecticut General Corporation and its successor, CIGNA Corporation, culminating as Executive Vice President of the parent company and president of its health care group. Prior to CIGNA, Bob held appointments in numerous positions in the Federal Government, starting as a White House Fellow and serving as Minority Counsel to a U.S. Senate Subcommittee, Deputy Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and as Administrator of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Wesleyan University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of the University of Paris.

    Bob is a member of the Board of Directors of Northeast Utilities, Newman’s Own Foundation, Newman’s Own, Inc., the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts (where he is chairman), and the Connecticut Science Center. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Executive Council of the Harvard School of Health Policy and Management. Bob and his wife Margaret are also board members (Margaret is chair) of Shining Hope for Communities, founded by Wesleyan students Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner.

    (member since 2011)

  • Jessica Posner Odede '09, COO & Co-founder, Shining Hope for Communities

    Jessica Posner Odede is the Chief Operating Officer & Co-founder of Shining Hope for Communities, an innovative non-profit that combats extreme poverty and gender inequality.  This year SHOFCO will serve over 76,000 beneficiaries and is spreading across Kenya’s urban slums with a model that links free schools for girls to holistic community services for all, making the school a portal for large-scale social change.  Jessica is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and activist.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from Wesleyan University, and is the youngest alumnae to receive the institution’s “Distinguished Alumni Award.” She won the 2010 Do Something Award and was named “America’s top-world changer 25 and under,” and received the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship. Jess speaks Swahili, and is the first known outsider to live for an extended period of time in Kibera.  Her work has been featured by President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton on NBC, and on five occasions by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times and in his book and documentary series "A Path Appears."  She is currently writing a book with her partner and husband, Kennedy Odede, called Find Me Unafraid, forthcoming from Ecco (HarperCollins) in October 2015. 

    (member since 2015)

  • Ferdinand Quayson ’20, Founder and CEO of Young Achievers Foundation Ghana

    Ferdinand QuaysonFerdinand Quayson is the founder and CEO of Young Achievers Foundation (YAF) Ghana, a nonprofit which works to create access to higher education for low-income students in Ghana through scholarship workshops and innovative in-school mentorship programs. For nearly two years, Ferdinand together with his YAF Ghana team has provided mentorship and scholarship information to over 10,000 students in Ghana. He hopes to bridge the education access gap in Ghana by providing relevant information on scholarships and funding avenues available in Ghana and abroad to help low-income students pursue higher education.

    In 2017, Ferdinand was selected by Junior Achievement Nigeria to help train Nigerian youth in work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. He also worked for the Middletown Refugee Resettlement Coalition, a diverse group of citizens and interfaith groups working to co-sponsor refugee families.

    Currently, Ferdinand is pursuing his B.A. in Government at Wesleyan University with concentration in International Politics. He serves as the 2020 Class Council President as well as a committee member for the Wesleyan Green Fund. He was also part of the 2017/2018 cohort of the Wesleyan Nonprofit Board Residency program where he served a year on the board of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.

    Prior to Wesleyan, Ferdinand spent 4 years working for several NGOs including the Ghana Volunteer Project, Rising Stars of Africa, Ghana and Compassion International to provide education for students from impoverished backgrounds.

    (student representative 2018/2019)

  • Ilene Rosenthal '74 P'17 CEO and Founder, Footsteps2Brilliance

    Ilene Rosenthal '74 P'17Ilene Rosenthal is the CEO and Founder of Footsteps2Brilliance™, a breakthrough Early Learning Mobile Game Platform for pre-K through 3rd grade that accelerates student achievement by uniting the power of mobile gaming with the latest in cognitive research. Footsteps2Brilliance™ recently won several prestigious awards including the SIIA award for “Innovative Company Most Likely To Succeed”, Codie finalist for “Best K-12 Instructional Solution”, AEP award for “Best ESL/ELL Educational Solution”, and “Golden Lamp Award” finalist.

    Ilene previously served as President of Strategic Initiatives for Achieve3000, and co-founded Lightspan, an educational software company that successfully bridged school and home using videogame technology. She is recognized as a leader for her innovative work using game methodology to increase time spent on learning and accelerate student achievement.

    Ilene began her career as a teacher, during which time she designed curriculum and authored textbooks. In her capacity as a lawyer, she has served as General Counsel to the Government Operations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia. She also served as General Counsel to the Software Publishers Association (now SIIA) and Special Assistant to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

    Ilene received her J.D. from Georgetown University and her B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. She serves on the Boards of the E L Haynes Public Charter School and New Futures, and has two daughters adopted from China.

    (member since 2013)

  • Peter Rutland, Director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, Professor of Government, Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Wesleyan University

    Peter RutlandPeter Rutland works on contemporary Russian politics and political economy, with a side interest in nationalism. Recent articles cover topics such as Russian "soft power," the structure of the Russian elite, and Russia's performance in science and technology. He blogs about nationalism around the world at Nationalism Watch, and is currently working on the project "Visualizing the nation," which explores how political nationalism has expressed itself through visual media – film, television and the internet.

    Peter Rutland has taught at Wesleyan since 1989. Before that he taught at the University of Texas at Austin, and at the University of York and London University in the UK. He has a BA from Oxford and a D. Phil from York. He has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University, and is an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Since 2013 he has been editor in chief of Nationalities Papers, the journal of the Association for the Study of Nationalities along with serving as associate editor of Russian Review.

    He was a visiting Fulbright professor at the European University in St. Petersburg in 2000 and at Sophia University in Tokyo in 2003. From 1995-97 he was on leave from Wesleyan and served as assistant director of the Open Media Research Institute attached to Radio Liberty in Prague. He was a visiting fellow at the University of York in 2014, Australian National University in summer 2015, and a Leverhulme Trust visiting professor at the University of Manchester in 2016.

    (member since 2017)

  • Jeffrey L. Shames '77, P'15, Executive in Residence at the MIT Sloan School of Management; retired Chairman and CEO of MFS Investment Management

    Jeff ShamesJeffrey is an Executive in Residence at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he lectures in finance, leadership and global health management.

    He is the retired Chairman and CEO of MFS Investment Management and the Board of Trustees of the MFS Funds.

    He joined MFS in 1983 as an Industry Analyst and was named a Portfolio Manager in 1985, Chief Equity Officer in 1987, President and a member of the board in 1993 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1998. In September 2002 he retired as CEO and retained the Chairman title until his retirement in February 2004.

    From 2010-2013 he was a Senior Adviser at Morgan Stanley where he advised the President of Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Wealth Management.

    After Wesleyan, he graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management in 1983. In between college and graduate school he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

    He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the X Prize Foundation, City Year, US 2020, Summer Search, Tufts Medical Center. He is Chairman of the Board of the Berklee College of Music and also serves as a member of the advisory boards of the MIT Sloan School of Management, MIT Masters of Finance Program, MIT Leadership Center, Service Nation and Kensho (a financial technology firm).

    (member since 2017)

  • Andy Weissman ‘88 P'21 (Co-chair), Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

    Andy WeissmanAndy Weissman is a partner at Union Square Ventures. Andy began his career in the Internet in the mid-90s. Prior to joining USV, in 2007 he co-founded betaworks, which both created and invested in social, real-time applications and services. Andy was born in New York City and has a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from Georgetown.

    (member since 2016)

  • Sarah Williams ’88 P'21, Co-founder, Propel Capital

    Sarah is also a lifelong activist. Working with a coalition of HIV+ organizers, educators, and health experts, she advocated for and then implemented the nation’s first comprehensive HIV/AIDS education and condom availability program in NYC high schools at the height of the epidemic. She also ran community organizing campaigns for NARAL’s pro-choice state legislature candidates in Missouri and volunteered with individuals and families affected by the criminal justice system throughout her life. She serves on a range of nonprofit boards, including the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Center for Prison Education, and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Sarah has a B.A. from Wesleyan University and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two sons.

    (member since 2011)

Thank you to these members who have completed their terms:

Phoebe Boyer ’89, President and CEO, The Children's Aid Society; former Trustee, Wesleyan University

John Feinblatt '73, Chief Advisor for Policy and Planning, Office of the Mayor of New York

Irma Gonzalez '78 P'09, Principal, Zoen Resources; Trustee, Wesleyan University

Joyce Jacobsen, Andrews Professor of Economics, Wesleyan University

Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, Former Vice President for Institutional Partnerships and Chief Diversity Officer, Wesleyan University

Bob Miller P’02 P’99, Former Silicon Valley CEO; Chairman Advisory Board Center for Social Sector Leadership, Haas School of Business UC Berkeley

Michael Sciola, Former Director of the Career Resource Center, Wesleyan University

David Gary Shaw, Former Dean of the Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Programs, Wesleyan University

Kennedy Odede ’12, Co-founder, President & CEO of Shining Hope for Communities; Trustee, Wesleyan University

Amir Alexander Hasson '98, CEO of Oxigen USA, Inc. and Serial Social Entrepreneur

Rob Rosenthal, John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology and former Director of the Allbritton Center, Wesleyan University

Muzzy Rosenblatt ’87, Executive Director, Bowery Residents Committee; Former Trustee, Wesleyan University

Alvin Chitena ‘19, Founder of ZimCode, student representative for 2016-2017

Claudia Kahindi '18, 2018 Newman Civic Fellow and 2015 David Projects for Peace grantee, student representative for 2017-2018