Board of Trustees 2016/17

Board Officers

  • Chair - Donna S. Morea '76, P'06

    President, U.S., Europe and Asia (Retired), CGI Technologies and Solutions



    Professional History: Donna Morea is the retired President of CGI Technologies and Solutions, a role in which she led CGI’s multi-billion dollar software and services business in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Her clients included many of the world’s largest and most complex organizations in financial services; healthcare; telecommunications and government.

    She currently serves as an independent director on public and private corporate boards, as well as in the not-for profit sector. Donna is an Independent Director of SAIC, and an Independent Director of SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI). She also served on the Board of Directors of CGI, one of the largest global independent technology firms. In 2015, she was elected a Trustee of the Inova Health System, the largest healthcare system in Northern Virginia, serving over 2 million patients annually.

    She has also served as Chair of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the nation's largest technology council with over 1000 member companies.

    She received an MBA, with Distinction, in Finance from Wharton.

    At Wesleyan: She is the parent of Emily Chandler ’06. Donna has participated in many Wesleyan alumni events, was a member of the Leadership Gift Committee for her 25th Reunion and served as an associate agent for WAF. She received a Distinguished Alumna Award in 2006.

  • Senior Vice Chair - Karen J. Freedman '75, P'05

    Executive Director, Lawyers For Children, Inc.

    New York


    Professional History: Karen is the founder and executive director of Lawyers For Children, Inc., (LFC) a non-profit child-advocacy organization in New York City that provides free legal and social work advocacy to children before the courts in abuse, neglect, termination of parental rights, foster care and custody proceedings. Since founding LFC over twenty-five years ago, Karen has created several projects at LFC to serve particularly vulnerable young people in the foster care system. In addition, LFC maintains a division devoted exclusively to impact litigation and child welfare policy.

    Karen serves as a member of the New York University School of Law Board of Trustees. At NYU, Karen was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Law Scholar and was also awarded the Hays Civil Liberties Fellowship.

    At Wesleyan: Karen transferred from Bowdoin to Wesleyan after spending a year at Wesleyan as part of the twelve-college exchange program. As a religion and sociology major, she received the Robert Lynd Award her senior year and the Distinguised Alumni Award in 2000.

  • Vice Chair - Darryl B. Hazel '70, P'03

    Senior Vice President (Retired), Ford Motor Company



    Professional History: Darryl is the principal of the Darryl B. Hazel Consulting LLC. After a 37 year career he retired from Ford Motor Company as a Senior Vice President.

    Darryl currently serves on the board of Alliant Energy Corporation.

    At Wesleyan: As an undergraduate, Darryl was a member of the wrestling team for four years and held numerous positions in the leadership of Psi U. Darryl was honored in 2005 with the Distinguished Alumni Award and he was a recipient of the Bishop Welch Award, conferred by the Xi chapter of Psi Upsilon for service to Wesleyan and society.


  • Secretary - Alford A. Young Jr. '88

    Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan



    Professional History: Al is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Michigan (he is also appointed in Afroamerican and African Studies). He received an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has published three books and over thirty articles on low-income African Americans, African American intellectuals, and diversity and multiculturalism in higher education. He created and directs the Scholars Network on Black Masculinity, a nation-wide, cross-disciplinary assembly designed to influence social policy and re-shape public understanding about the condition of African American males.

    Al has served as consultant to the Urban Institute, the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, and Mathematica Policy Research. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Morehouse College Research Institute and is Vice Chair of the Board of the YMCA of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received that organization’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2003 and its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

    At Wesleyan: Al majored in sociology-psychology and in African American Studies (with honors). He was Co-Chair of Ujamaa, the Black students’ association, member of the Wesleyan Student Assembly, a student representative to the board of trustees, and member of the Presidential Search Committee of 1988. He was awarded the Butterfield Prize and the Robert Lynd Award (sociology), the Alumni Service Award in 2008, and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. He served as an alumni-elected trustee from 1998-2001.

Board Members

  • Leo Y. Au '71

    Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer (Retired), Mellon Financial Corporation



    Professional History: Leo is a retired senior vice president and corporate treasurer of Mellon Financial Corporation, a global financial services company previously headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. At Mellon, he held senior positions in finance, foreign exchange, and capital markets. As treasurer, Leo had primary responsibility for asset/liability management, capital management, currency exposure management, corporate risk management, and employee benefits finance functions. He retired in 2007 after the completion of Mellon’s merger with the Bank of New York.

    Leo serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Club of Naples. He served as the participation chair for his 25th reunion class gift at Harvard Business School in 2001. Leo received a MA from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    At Wesleyan: Leo was a sociology major. He was involved with WESU and was a Wesleyan volunteer. He received a Wesleyan Service Award in 2011.

  • Carlton B. Barnswell '83 ,P'14

    Physician/Urologist, Advanced Urology Centers of New York

    New York


    Professional History: After leaving Wesleyan, Carlton obtained his medical degree and Masters in Public Health from the Yale School of Medicine. He is a founding member of Integrated Medical Professionals. This multi-specialty medical organization provides comprehensive urologic and oncologic care in Greater New York. A national expert on prostate cancer and voiding dysfunction, Carlton has been a principal investigator in many national and international clinical trials. He currently serves on two nonprofit boards and is a recipient of the United States Congressional Achievement Award for Community Service.

    At Wesleyan: Carlton double majored in biology/psychology at Wesleyan. He was a resident advisor and head resident. He served as chairperson of the Student Budget Committee and director of the Community Tutorial Program for disadvantaged Middletown elementary students. He was elected vice president of the Class of 1983 and was the recipient of the Class of ’41 Fischer Prize for Academic Achievement and Community Service in 1982. As an active volunteer, Carlton served as an alumni interviewer, speaker/presenter for Career Services and Parent Programs and was a member of the Class of 1983 25th Reunion Committee.

  • Phoebe C. Boyer '89, P'19

    President & CEO, The Children's Aid Society

    New York


    Professional History: Phoebe is the 11th president and chief executive officer of The Children’s Aid Society, a multiservice non-profit founded in 1853, that is dedicated to helping children in poverty succeed and thrive.  Prior to Children’s Aid, Phoebe worked for the Robertson Foundation, a $1 billion family foundation created by Julian Robertson and his family that takes a targeted approach to supporting critical national issues, including education reform. She spent more than a decade at the foundation, most recently as its executive director, where she oversaw operations and grant-making of more than $100 million annually. During her tenure there, she developed and executed the foundation’s national K-12 education reform strategy.

    She also served for 12 years as the executive director of the Tiger Foundation with a mission to break the cycle of poverty in New York City. During her tenure at the Tiger Foundation, the organization provided more than $112 million in funding to New York City nonprofits in the areas of education, youth development, job training, and social services. Phoebe earned her Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, where she won the Joanne Martin Academic Award for Public and Nonprofit Management.

    At Wesleyan: As an undergraduate, Phoebe majored in art history, played on the varsity lacrosse team, edited the yearbook and was a senior interviewer.  As an alumna, she has been involved in all of her reunions, was awarded the Wesleyan University Service Award in 2004, and served as an alumni-elected trustee and on the advisory board of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

  • Andrew M. Brandon-Gordon '86

    Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.



    Professional History: Andy is global chairman of Investment Banking Services (IBS), head of the Investment Banking Division’s West Region and global head of media and telecommunications for Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) Investment Banking. He also serves as head of the IBS Leadership Group. Andy is a member of the Americas Diversity Committee, the Partnership Committee and the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee.

    Andy joined Goldman Sachs in 1986 in Mortgage Finance in New York after working as a trainee in Fixed Income Sales in 1984. He worked in Mergers & Acquisitions and Financial Institutions in New York and Los Angeles before joining Investment Banking Services in 1994. Andy was named partner in 1998.

    Andy is the founding chairman of the Sierra Canyon School, an early kindergarten through grade 12 college preparatory school. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Wesleyan University and is co-chairman emeritus and Trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    Andy earned a BA from Wesleyan University in 1986 and a general course degree from the London School of Economics in 1985.

  • Marc N. Casper '90

    President and CEO, Thermo Fisher Scientific



    Professional History: Marc joined Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2001 and has been president and chief executive officer since October 2009. Thermo Fisher Scientific is the largest company serving the life sciences industry with revenues in excess of $17 billion and 53,000 colleagues working in 40 countries.

    Prior to joining Thermo Fisher, Marc served as president, chief executive officer and a director of Kendro Laboratory Products. Previously, he worked for Dade Behring Inc., a leading clinical diagnostics company serving as president–Americas. Marc began his career at Bain & Company and Bain Capital. 

    Marc serves on the boards of trustees of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is on the boards of the U.S. China Business Council and U.S. Bancorp. Marc earned an MBA with high distinction from the Harvard Business School. 

    At Wesleyan: Marc earned his bachelor’s degree in economics. He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was co-director of WESU FM sports, was an avid fan of ice hockey and was the manager of the Cardinals men’s ice hockey team

  • Marcus B. Chung '98

    Head of Vendor Relations, Stitch Fix



    Professional History: Marcus has built a career focused on strategic product sourcing in the apparel industry. He has led company efforts to protect human rights for factory workers, empower and educate women in developing countries, and reduce the environmental impacts of company global operations. At Stitch Fix, Marcus partners with a global vendor base in order to ensure the company delivers high quality product to its clients in a timely, cost-competitive, responsible manner.

    Marcus served two terms on the board of directors of the global nonprofit Net Impact and serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. 

    At Wesleyan: Marcus majored in English and French Literature, served on the English Majors’ Committee and was awarded the Wesleyan Mann Prize for outstanding studies in Romance languages (French). He wrote for the Argus and was elected Class Secretary during his senior year. Marcus also competed on the Men’s Varsity Swim Team, of which he was elected tri-captain during his senior year, and he was awarded the Roger Maynard Award as a superior senior scholar-athlete.

    Marcus serves on the advisory board of Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and is co-secretary for the class of 1998

  • David G. Davenport '88

    Managing Principal at Urban Greenfit LLC, Managing Director at 5 Stone Green Capital LLC

    New York


    Professional History: David is the sole proprietor of Harlem Greenfit Management, which provides financial advisory and management services to two companies: 5 Stone Green Capital LLC and Urban Greenfit, LLC. He is Managing Director of 5 Stone Green Capital, a real estate private equity fund that acquires existing properties and develops new properties in urban markets to achieve sustainable energy efficient performance. He is also the Managing Principal of Urban Greenfit LLC (UGF), an energy service company working with building owners in New York City to finance, develop and operate energy efficient, onsite power generation in existing multifamily housing.

    For 10 years prior to forming HGM and related companies, David was a Vice President and Investment Officer at CitiCommunity Capital. Prior to Citigroup, He worked as a Credit Analyst in the Higher Education Group at Moody’s Investor Service, and as a Project Manager with Apogee Research, a DC based think tank / consulting firm focused in environmental infrastructure finance. He also worked as an Assistant to the President at the New York City School Construction Authority, and as a Special Assistant to Manhattan Borough President/ Mayor David Dinkins.

    David received an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he was a Corporate Executive Fellow (part of the National Urban Fellows).

    David presently serves as Mayoral Appointee to the Green Buildings Technical Working Group in New York City. David is a Director of Project Find and a past Director of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, two of the largest owner/operators of affordable housing in New York City. He is also the President of the Howard Memorial (scholarship) Fund and Member of the 100 Black Men of New York.

    At Wesleyan: David served on the WSA for two years, wrote for the Argus, co-founded the Ankh literary magazine and a black men’s discussion group, and served as Treasurer of the Psi Upsilon fraternity.

  • Diana Farrell '87

    President & CEO, JPMorgan Chase Institute

    District of Columbia


    Professional History: Diana Farrell is founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the JPMorgan Chase Institute. The new JPMCI is a thought-leading initiative, which utilizes the firm’s expertise, data, broad relationships and resources to develop cutting edge global economic research. Previously, she was a director at McKinsey & Company and led the McKinsey Center for Government (MCG), McKinsey’s global research, innovation and collaboration center for government effectiveness. She served in the Obama administration as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, where she led White House and interagency initiatives across a range of issues including financial reform, housing finance, innovation and competition. She was also a member of the President’s Auto Task Force, charged with restructuring the US auto industry and supporting the affected communities. Prior to her government service, she was a director of McKinsey & Company, and led the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey & Company’s economics research arm. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    At Wesleyan: Diana received her B.A. from Wesleyan in 1987, majoring in the College of Social Studies and in Economics. While at Wesleyan, Diana co-founded the Wesleyan Economics Journal, the first such undergraduate economics publication, and performed in plays at ’92 Theater and at the Center for the Arts. She received a Distinguished Alumna Award at her 25th year reunion.

  • John B. Frank '78, P'12

    Vice Chairman, Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.



    Professional History: John is Vice Chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, a leader among global investment managers specializing in alternative investments. He joined Oaktree in 2001 as General Counsel and was named Oaktree's Managing Principal in early 2006, a position he held for about nine years. Prior thereto, John was a partner of the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP focusing on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate counseling. Prior to joining Munger, Tolles in 1984, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank M. Coffin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1983 to 1984 and, prior to attending law school from 1980 to 1983, as a Legislative Assistant to the Honorable Robert F. Drinan, Member of Congress from 1978 to 1980. John holds a B.A. degree with honors in History from Wesleyan University and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Michigan Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. John is a member of the State Bar of California and, while in private practice, was listed in Woodward & White's Best Lawyers in America. He is also a trustee of XPRIZE Foundation, Polytechnic School in Pasadena, and Good Samaritan Hospital of Los Angeles.

    At Wesleyan: As an undergraduate, John was the president of his class, a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity, and was also active in the debating club. As an alumnus, he has hosted several events for Wesleyan and was a member of the Los Angeles Campaign Council.

  • Michael T. Fries '85

    President & CEO, Liberty Global


    Professional History: Mike is Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Global, a company he helped found over 25 years ago and which today is the largest international cable company in the world with 27m customers, 40,000 employees and revenue of $18 billion. Mike is a telecom governor and steering committee member of the World Economic Forum, and a member of World Presidents Organization. He currently chairs the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver and the Denver Biennial of the Americas, and is a trustee of several other philanthropic and professional organizations including Teach for America, Colorado Academy, CableLabs and The Cable Center. Fries was named entrepreneur of the year in media, entertainment and communications in 2012 by Ernst & Young; inducted into Cable Television Pioneers association in 2011; and this year, selected to the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. He holds an MBA from Columbia University.
  • Anne S. Goldrach '79, P'12

    CEO/President, Greystone Management Corp.

    New York


    Professional History: Anne is CEO and President of Greystone Management Corp., a fifth generation family business that owns and manages a diverse group of commercial, retail and residential properties in Manhattan. In an earlier life, Anne was an art historian and curator specializing in nineteenth century painting and costume.

    Anne serves on several boards, including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a leading New York arts advocacy group, where she is a member of the Real Estate and Finance Committees. She is also a member of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan Library and Museum.

    At Wesleyan: Anne received her B.A. with High Honors in 1979, majoring in the History of Art. While at Wesleyan, she worked in the Print Room at the Davison Art Center and was a Teaching Assistant in the History of Photography. After graduation, she continued her studies in the History of Art at Yale, and later obtained a Masters of Finance from NYU/Schack Institute. Her younger son Noah is a member of the Class of 2012.
  • Irma V. González '78, P'09

    Principal, Zoen Resources



    Professional History: Irma has been principal of Zoen Resources since 1995, specializing in change and transition management in support of social justice advocacy. Zoen provides strategy and portfolio development, research, program and organizational evaluation, strategic planning, organizational development, and project management services to national foundations and non-profit organizations. Irma’s work is primarily focused on domestic human rights issues in the areas of racial justice, gender equity, juvenile justice, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, immigration rights, and post-9/11 civil liberties issues.

    At Wesleyan: Irma majored in religion and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She played lacrosse, sang in the choir and stage-managed plays at the '92 Theater. As an alumna, she co-chaired her 25th, 30th and 35th reunion committees and received a Wesleyan University Service Award in 2008. She was an alumni-elected trustee, has served on the Nominating Committee, was vice-chair of the Alumni Association, and chaired the Binswanger Committee.

  • John H. Hall '65, P'92

    Of Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    New York


    Professional History: John is Counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City. His current work for the firm is focused on providing post-conviction representation to persons sentenced death in Alabama and Texas. In this context, he regularly works with the Equal Justice Initiative, headed by Bryan Stevenson.

    John started his career at Debevoise in 1969, became a partner of the firm on January 1, 1979. He served as head of the firm’s litigation department and chair of its pro bono program and was a member of the Management Committee. During 1972 and 1973, he was Associate Director – Criminal Defense of the Community Law Offices (“CLO”) in East Harlem. John has served on the boards of many legal services organizations (including CLO, The Legal Aid Society, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and The National Center for Law and Economic Justice). He has been on the Board of Prep for Prep since 1985 and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nightingale-Bamford School in NYC from 2012 to 2016.

    John attended Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Stone Scholar. He graduated magna cum laude in 1969.

    At Wesleyan: John was an English major concentrating in modern American literature. He was a member of the lacrosse team and the Chi Psi Lodge. He graduated in 1965. John was part of the planning (and execution) group for the recent 50th Reunion of the Class of 1965. He has been active in fund raising from his class.

  • Edward J. Heffernan '84

    CEO, Alliance Data



    Professional History: Ed is currently the CEO of Alliance Data. Following Wesleyan, he attended Columbia Business School and subsequently worked in New York City and, later, in Silicon Valley. He moved to Dallas, Texas in 1998 to join a small, privately held company (Alliance Data). Alliance went public in 2001 on the NYSE (ticker: ADS) and has grown into a multi-national large-capitalization growth company. The company currently has 17,000 employees and is included in the S&P500 index as well as being a member of the Fortune 500. Its stock performance is in the top 1 percent of all public companies over the past decade, registering a gain north of 2000 percent since its IPO Alliance is among the world’s largest players in the high growth world of Big Data and Digital Marketing. Ed was named CEO in 2009.

    Ed serves on the boards of Columbia Business School, Children’s Hospital of Dallas, and The Shelton School in Dallas (for children with learning differences).

    Ed is committed to expanding Wesleyan’s reach into Texas and has a strong belief in the ongoing value of a liberal arts education. To that end, one of Alliance’s subsidiaries, Epsilon, began hiring graduates two years ago and training them in the world of Big Data and Digital Marketing.

    At Wesleyan: Ed majored in mathematics and economics and played varsity hockey

  • Saeyun D. Lee '93

    Education Consultant


    Professional History: Saeyun is an education consultant, contributing to the development and implementation of state and national initiatives to enhance access to transformative learning opportunities for children and students across the birth through postsecondary continuum; close persistent attainment and achievement gaps; increase college and career readiness for all students; and enhance policy alignment, collaboration, and organizational coherence across the early education, K-12, and higher education sectors. She previously served as the Senior Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, and served as the Policy Director in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education and managed the development and implementation of statewide policies across the early education, elementary, and secondary education, and higher education sectors. She also was an Adjunct Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A former Assistant Dean of Admission at Wesleyan, she has been Tri-Chair of the Wesleyan Alumni of Color Network, chair of the Wesleyan Asian Pacific American Alumni Council, and a class agent for the Class of 1993. She earned an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University.

    At Wesleyan: Saeyun was a philosophy major with a concentration in ethics. She was an active contributor to the student of color community on campus, and served as the Chair of the Wesleyan Asian/Asian American Student Union and as the Tri-Chair of the Student of Color Council. She was a Resident Adviser in Clark Hall, a Cardinal Key Tour Guide for four years, a member of the Ebony Singers, a Senior Interviewer, and was also involved in both music and studio arts.
  • Douglas T. Linde '85, P'15, '20

    President, Boston Properties, Inc.



    Professional History: Doug is president and a member of the Board of Directors of Boston Properties, Inc. Boston Properties is a publicly traded real estate investment trust with major commercial office buildings in Boston, Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Prior to his appointment as president in May 2007, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from 2000 until November 2007. He joined Boston Properties in January 1997 as Vice President of Acquisitions and New Business. Prior to joining Boston Properties, Doug served from 1993 to 1997 as President of Capstone Investments, a Boston real estate investment company. From 1989 to 1993, he served as Project Manager and Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer of Wright Runstad and Company, a private real estate developer in Seattle, WA. He began his career in the real estate industry with Salomon Brothers’ Real Estate Finance Group. Doug is a Director Emeritus of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is co-chairing its current capital campaign. He is a member of The Real Estate Roundtable and is a director of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau and Jobs for Massachusetts. In addition, he serves on the Urban Studies and Planning Visiting Committee at MIT. Doug received a BA from Wesleyan University in 1985 and a MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989.

    At Wesleyan: Doug graduated from Wesleyan in 1985 with Honors and was a mathematics and history major. He ran on the Wesleyan Indoor and Outdoor track teams. His oldest daughter, Kate, is a member of the class of 2015 and his son, Sam, is a member of the class of 2020.

  • Marc O. Nachmann '91

    Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Company

    New York


    Professional History: Marc is head of the Global Financing Group and head of Latin America for Goldman, Sachs & Company. He serves as co-chair of the Investment Banking Division (IBD) Risk Committee and the IBD Americas Operating Committee. Marc is a member of the Management Committee, Firmwide Risk Committee, Firmwide Capital Committee, Firmwide Investment Policy Committee, Firmwide Suitability Committee, IBD Executive Committee, IBD Operating Committee, and the Securities Division Client and Business Standards Committee. Marc joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 in the Investment Banking Division. Prior to assuming his current role, Marc was co-head of the Global Natural Resources business. He was a member of the firm’s Strategy Committee from 1998 to 2002. Marc was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2004. Marc earned a BA from Wesleyan University in 1991 and a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard Business School in 1994. Marc and his wife, Luanne, have two children.

    At Wesleyan: Marc entered Wesleyan as an exchange student from Germany in 1988. He graduated in three years with University Honors and a degree in Physics and Mathematics-Economics in 1991.

  • Kennedy Owiti Odede '12

    Founder & CEO, Shining Hope for Communities

    Nairobi, Kenya/ New York


    Professional History: Kennedy Odede is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur, a New York Times best-selling author and the founder of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). SHOFCO combats extreme poverty and gender inequality by linking free schools for girls to a set of high-value, holistic community services for all. A former street child who lived most of his life in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slum, he founded SHOFCO with savings from his $1 per day factory job. SHOFCO’s programs will collectively serve over 76,000 individuals in 2015. The organization is scaling across Kenya’s slums with a model that links free schools for girls to holistic community services for all, currently focused on the Kibera and Mathare slums. He and his wife recently released their New York Times best-selling memoir, titled Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in An African Slum.

    At Wesleyan: Kennedy received a full scholarship to Wesleyan and graduated with honors in sociology as the commencement speaker for the senior class. He was a Residential Advisor, founded SHOFCO-Wesleyan, and engaged with diversity issues on campus. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

  • Robert A. Pruzan '85

    Founding Partner, Centerview Partners

    New York


    Professional History: Robert is a partner and co-founder of Centerview Partners. As an investment banker with over 25 years of experience, he has advised on many of the largest and most complex mergers, acquisitions and strategic restructuring transactions around the globe. He has completed over $400 billion of transactions in his career across a broad range of industry sectors. In addition he is a leading advisor to Boards of Directors in shareholder activist defense and special committee assignments.

    Prior to Centerview, Robert was Head of Global Investment Banking and CEO of North America at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and President of Wasserstein Perella & Co. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University and graduated with distinction from Harvard Business School. He is a former member of McKinsey & Company where he specialized in strategic consulting for consumer products companies and financial institutions. Robert is a steadfast supporter and board member of various artistic, educational and cultural organizations. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Museum and is a former Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Robert serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of ArtsConnection, a leading not-for-profit organization that provides arts education to New York City public school children and is a Trustee on the Board of Wesleyan University. He is married with two children and lives in New York City.

  • Hong Qu '99

    Media Entrepreneur

    New York


    Professional History: Hong most recently served as Chief Technology Officer for Fusion. He has worked on the startup teams of YouTube and Upworthy. At YouTube, he designed, coded, and launched key features of the product. For Upworthy, he built a state of the art content management system optimized for social sharing and real time analytics. He specializes in helping media companies transform and growth through design thinking. Hong volunteers as a board member of the Asian American Arts Alliance.

    At Wesleyan: Hong majored in East Asian Studies and Economics. He spent the summer of his sophomore year on campus working in the library and volunteering to give campus tours. In his senior year, he was the online editor for the Wesleyan Argus.

  • Philip J. Rauch '71

    Partner, Brown Advisory



    Professional History: Philip is a partner at Brown Advisory, an independent investment firm located in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining Brown Advisory, Philip worked at Alex, Brown & Sons, T. Rowe Price, and Morgan Stanley. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Public Accountant, and a graduate of the Harvard Business School.

    Phil serves as a trustee of CenterStage, a Baltimore theater company; the Rauch Foundation, a private foundation; and several other non-profit organizations.

    At Wesleyan: Phil graduated from Wesleyan in 1971 as a government major, cum laude and spent a semester abroad in Germany. He was a member of the crew team and Beta Theta Pi.

  • David L. Resnick '81, P'13

    President, Third Avenue Management, LLC

    New York


    Professional History: David is president of Third Avenue Management, a value focused investment advisory firm that manages public mutual funds and alternative investments. Prior to joining TAM in September 2012, David served as chairman, Global Financing Advisory, for Rothschild Inc., a leading international investment banking firm. During his 12- year career at Rothschild, David was also head of the global restructuring business and co-head of investment banking for North America. Mr. Resnick began working in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in 1985. He has a MBA and JD from the University of Chicago. He serves on the boards of The Jewish Museum and Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City.

    At Wesleyan: A European History major as an undergraduate, David was a student member of the Board of Trustees, a member of the WSA, wrote for the Argus, and was a teaching assistant in art history and a senior interviewer and tour guide for the Admissions Office. David has been an active volunteer serving as a class agent, alumni interviewer, reunion committee member, and member of the current Capital Campaign Committee.

  • Muzzy Rosenblatt '87

    CEO and President, BRC

    New York


    Professional History: Muzzy is the CEO and President of BRC (Bowery Residents’ Committee), a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive and integrated housing and services to over 11,000 homeless New Yorkers each year. Since arriving at BRC in 2000, Muzzy has led the agency through a period of fourfold growth that has strengthened its financial condition, improved the quality of services provided, and established BRC as a leader and innovator among not-for-profit social services agencies. In 2015, BRC was selected as a winner of the NY Community Trust’s Nonprofit Excellence Award, and in 2016 was a finalist for the Drucker Prize for Innovation.

    Prior to BRC, Muzzy held several positions in NYC government under Mayors Koch, Dinkins, and Giuliani, including First Deputy Commissioner and Acting Commissioner of the NYC Department of Homeless Services. In addition to his BA from Wesleyan (1987), he earned his MPA at NYU Wagner (1992).

    At Wesleyan: During his years on campus, Muzzy served as an RA, managed the student event staff at the President’s Residence, coxed men’s crew, and brought the Cardinal suit back to life while pursuing his major in Government. He presently serves on the advisory board of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship; is a WEServe planner and host; a member of Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service; is a supporter of the Career Center, sponsoring winter/summer interns, and offering career guidance whenever needed; and was a member of his 25th and 30th Reunion committees.

  • Michael S. Roth '78

    President, Wesleyan University



    Professional History: Michael S. Roth '78 became the 16th president of Wesleyan University in 2007, after having served as Hartley Burr Alexander Professor of Humanities at Scripps College, Associate Director of the Getty Research Institute, and President of the California College of the Arts. At Wesleyan, he has increased grant support for students who receive financial aid and has overseen the launch of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Shapiro Creative Writing Center, and four new interdisciplinary colleges emphasizing advanced research and cohort building: the College of the Environment, the College of Film and the Moving Image, the College of East Asian Studies and the College of Integrative Sciences. Under his leadership, Wesleyan completed its most ambitious fundraising campaign ever – raising over $450M, mostly for the endowment.

    Author and curator (most notably of the exhibition “Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture,” which opened at the Library of Congress in 1998), Roth describes his scholarly interests as centered on “how people make sense of the past.” His fifth book, Memory, Trauma and History: Essays on Living with the Past was published in 2012 by Columbia University Press. His most recent book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, (Yale University Press, 2014) won the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ Frederick W. Ness award for a book that best illuminates the goals and practices of a contemporary liberal education. Roth regularly publishes essays, book reviews, and commentaries in national newspapers, scholarly journals, and the Huffington Post. He continues to teach undergraduate courses and through Coursera has offered MOOCs, the most recent being “How to Change the World.”

  • Elizabeth H. Schmidt '89

    Chief Curriculum Officer & Innovation Officer, Ascend Learning, Inc.

    New York


    Professional History: Betsey is the chief curriculum and innovation officer for Ascend Learning, Inc., a non-profit charter school management organization in Brooklyn that runs nine K-12 schools in low-income neighborhoods in central Brooklyn. The mission of Ascend is to provide children from central Brooklyn with a word-class liberal arts education that equips them with then knowledge, confidence, and character to succeed in college and beyond. Betsey holds a PhD in American literature from New York University and has taught literature in the New School, Sarah Lawrence College, and Barnard College, Columbia University. An expert in modern and contemporary American poetry, Betsey also worked in publishing at both the New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review, where she edited poetry, and has published literary journalism and cultural criticism widely.

    At Wesleyan: Betsey was an English major at Wesleyan and received an Olin Fellowship to extend her senior thesis into an in depth study of Elizabeth Bishop’s juvenilia and her mature writing about childhood.

  • Jeffrey L. Shames '77, P'15

    Executive in Residence, MIT Sloan School of Management



    Professional History: Jeffrey 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).

  • Harold R. Sogard '74, P'17

    Retired Advertising Executive



    Professional History: During Harold's long career in advertising, he held leadership positions at some of America’s most prestigious agencies, including Vice Chairman at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and Chairman at Publicis & Hal Riney. He worked for a broad range of Fortune 500 clients, and campaigns he led won every major industry award multiple times over. Among his favorites were American Express, AT&T, Budweiser, E*TRADE, Goodyear, got milk, Hewlett Packard, Frito Lay, Nike, Pepsi, Porsche, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

    Prior to his life in advertising, Harold spent several years in professional theater, working in management positions at a variety of regional, off-Broadway, and Broadway theater companies. Harold earned his MBA in non-profit management at the University of Chicago, where he was a Charles Merrill Fellow. In addition to his work for Wesleyan, he serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the Food Bank of San Francisco and Marin.

    At Wesleyan: Harold entered Wesleyan thinking he would be a physics and astronomy major and ended up majoring in theater, graduating with Honors in 1974. He served as President of WESU-FM and Treasurer of the Class of '74. He is thrilled that his daughter–with no pushing from her old man–chose to go to Wesleyan also and is now a happy member of the Class of '17.

  • Adam Usdan '83

    Founder, President and General Partner, Trellus Management Co., LLC


    Professional History: Adam is a general partner in Trellus Management, a fund that he founded in 1994. From 1994 to 1997, he served as an advisor to Neuberger and Berman, a firm of securities analysts and pension managers. Prior to that, he spent seven years at Odyssey Partners, where he primarily was responsible for investment decisions concerning small to medium capitalization securities.

    Adam is a member of the Board of Overseers at the Graduate School of International Economics and Finance of Brandeis University. He is a board member of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and has been a member of the board of the Park Avenue Synagogue. He is also a member of the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veteran’s Healthcare Advisory Board and the Weill Cornell Dean’s Council.

    He holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University with majors in Finance, Marketing, and Accounting (1987). He is an owner of Winter Hill Farm in Freeport, Maine. He serves on the Board of Griffin Mining, a zinc and gold producer as well as the Board of Juhl Energy.

    At Wesleyan: As an undergraduate, Adam lived in Foss Hill. Before joining the board, Adam served on the Portfolio Subcommittee.

  • Donna S. Zilkha P'10, '10, '16

    Executive Director of College and International Services, Aristotle Circle

    New York


    Professional History: Donna is currently Executive Director of College and International Services at Aristotle Circle, an education technology company. Donna started her career 35 years ago as a lawyer with Shearman & Sterling. When she moved to France and had children, she became involved in education policy, as a member of the board of education of the town of Neuilly and as head of a national public interest group for parents of students in public education. She sits on the board of a private school in New York City, is a member of the Head’s advisory council at another. She graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and Columbia Law School.

    Donna is an expert on educational policy and U.S. school and college admissions and has been invited to speak about college admissions before large student, government, and family groups in many countries around the world.

    At Wesleyan: Donna is the mother of three Wesleyan alumni: Alexis ’10, Rebecca ’10, and Laetitia ’16.