Board of Trustees 2017/18

Board Officers

  • Chair - Donna S. Morea '76, P'06

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

    Virginia

    Bio

    Professional History: Donna Morea is the retired president of CGI Technologies and Solutions, a role in which she led CGI’s multibillion-dollar software and services business in the United States, 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 operating advisor at the Carlyle Group and is an independent director on 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 1,000 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

    Bio

    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 25 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 12-college exchange program. As a religion and sociology major, she received the Robert Lynd Award her senior year and the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2000.

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

    Senior Vice President (Retired), Ford Motor Company

    Michigan

    Bio

    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 Alumnus 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

    Michigan

    Bio

    Professional History: Al is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Chair of Sociology and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. He received an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has published three books and over 30 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 nationwide, cross-disciplinary assembly designed to influence social policy and reshape 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 past 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, a member of the Wesleyan Student Assembly, a student representative to the board of trustees, and a 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 Alumnus 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

    Florida

    Bio

    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, Pennsylvania. 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-FM 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

    Bio

    Professional History: After graduating from Wesleyan, Carlton obtained his medical degree and master's in public health from the Yale School of Medicine. He is a founding member of Integrated Medical Professionals. This multispecialty 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 and 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

    Bio

    Professional History: Phoebe became The Children's Aid Society's 11th president and chief executive officer in October 2014.

    Phoebe came to Children’s Aid from 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 (1999-2012) as the executive director of the Tiger Foundation, founded by Julian Robertson as well, 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 also raised more than $200 million to support the foundation’s work.

    Before her work with foundations, Phoebe worked at Inwood House, a nonprofit in Upper Manhattan, where she spent four years helping distressed teens take charge of their lives by educating them in making sound decisions, preventing pregnancy, and building self-esteem. She was the assistant executive director during her final two years at Inwood House, where she was responsible for overall administration and the organization’s financial management. She also restructured and expanded a community-based adolescent pregnancy prevention program in the South Bronx and served as a liaison with a number of city agencies.

    In addition to her work forging partnerships between the private sector and nonprofits, Phoebe also has experience working in city government. She worked for the New York City Department of Corrections, managing emergency prison construction and other related projects. She then went to the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Bridges, where she rose to the position of deputy director of the Management Analysis Unit.

    Phoebe graduated from Wesleyan University, on whose board she serves, and 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.

    California

    Bio

    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 co-head of the IBS Leadership Group and is a member of the Partnership 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 and 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 founding chairman of the Sierra Canyon School, an early-kindergarten-through-grade-12 college preparatory school. He 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 B.A. 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

    Massachusetts

    Bio

    Professional History: Marc Casper has been president and chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific since October 2009.

    He joined the company in 2001 when it was Thermo Electron, serving as president of the Life and Laboratory Sciences businesses. He was named senior vice president in 2003, and in 2005 assumed responsibility for all of the company’s operating divisions. In 2006, when Thermo Fisher Scientific was created through the merger of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific, Marc was named executive vice president and president of its Analytical Technologies businesses. He became chief operating officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific two years later and served in that role until being named president and CEO.

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

    Marc serves on the boards of trustees of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Wesleyan University. He is also vice chair of the U.S.-China Business Council and serves on the board of U.S. Bancorp. He was previously a director of the Advisory Board Company and Zimmer Holdings. He earned an MBA with high distinction from 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

    California

    Bio

    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 products 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

    Bio

    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 D.C.-based think tank/consulting firm focused on 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 currently 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.

  • Karen E. Donfried '84

    President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

    District of Columbia

    Bio

    Professional History: Karen is president of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), a nonprofit organization focused on strengthening transatlantic relations headquartered in Washington, D.C., with seven offices across Europe. Before assuming this role in April 2014, she was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. Her government service spans a wide range of additional positions in Congress and the Executive Branch, including the State Department and National Intelligence Council. She holds a master of arts degree from the University of Munich and a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She serves as a senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    At Wesleyan: Karen received her B.A. with high honors from Wesleyan in 1984, majoring in government and German. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, received the Prentice Prize for excellence in German, and was a Keeney Scholar. She received a Distinguished Alumna Award in 2014.

  • Diana Farrell '87

    President & CEO, JPMorgan Chase Institute

    District of Columbia

    Bio

    Professional History: Diana is the founding president and chief executive officer of the JPMorgan Chase Institute. Previously, Diana was the global head of the McKinsey Center for Government and the McKinsey Global Institute.

    Diana served in the White House as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant to the President on Economic Policy from 2009-2011. During her tenure, she led interagency processes and stakeholder management on a broad portfolio of economic initiatives. Diana also coordinated stakeholder engagement around the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act and served as a member of the President’s Auto Recovery Task Force.

    Diana has a B.A. from Wesleyan University and 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 Reunion.

  • John B. Frank '78, P'12

    Vice Chairman, Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

    California

    Bio

    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 JD, 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

    Colorado

    Bio

    Professional History: Mike is chief executive officer of Liberty Global, a company he co-founded 27 years ago and has led to become the largest international TV and broadband company in the world with 25 million 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 Young Presidents' Organization. He currently serves on the boards of CabelLabs, The Cable Center, Grupo Televisa and Lionsgate, and is the chairman of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Biennial of the Americas. Recognitions for his achievements include EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications, Industry Leader of the Year by Digital TV Europe, inductions into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and most recently the Cable Hall of Fame. He holds an MBA from Columbia University, where he is a member of the Board of Overseers for the Business School.

    At Wesleyan: Mike double-majored in Economics and Government, rowed varsity crew and was a Psi U member. He has generously endowed the Charles W. Fries Professor of Film Studies and Curator of the Wesleyan Cinema Archives in honor of his father, and recently opened the Fries Center for Global Studies.

  • Anne S. Goldrach '79, P'12

    CEO/President, Greystone Management Corp.

    New York

    Bio

    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 master's of finance from NYU/Schack Institute. Her younger son, Noah, is a member of the Class of 2012.

  • John H. Hall '65, P'92

    Of Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    New York

    Bio

    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 to death in Alabama and Texas. In this context, he regularly works with the Equal Justice Initiative, headed by Bryan Stevenson, Hon. 2016.

    John started his career at Debevoise in 1969 and 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, P'21

    CEO, Alliance Data

    Texas

    Bio

    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&P 500 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 Wesleyan 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.

  • Kiki Kennedy P'16, '20

    Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University

    Connecticut

    Bio

    Professional History: Since 1992, Kiki has been an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University Medical School. She currently leads an advocacy training initiative for the Yale Department of Psychiatry and also supervises psychiatry residents in psychotherapy for the Connecticut Mental Health Center and the Yale Long Term Psychotherapy Clinic. In addition, Kiki is a current member of the Council on Advocacy and Government Relations for the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the Committee on Psychotherapy for the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry and on the executive committee for the Austen Riggs Center, a nonprofit psychiatric hospital in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Since 1991, she has seen outpatients in her private psychiatry practice in New Haven, Connecticut.

    Kiki graduated from Brown University with a bachelor of science in psychology, and received her MD from the University of Connecticut. She completed her psychiatry residency and a fellowship in psychotherapy at Yale University.

    She also serves as a board member for Connecticut Fund for the Environment, The Connecticut Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and The Festival of Arts and Ideas.

    At Wesleyan: Kiki volunteered during the WesFest parent panel event in 2015 and also hosted the “This is Why” Campaign donor recognition event in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, in 2013. Her daughter, Kiley, graduated from Wesleyan in 2016 with high honors in physics and served as co-captain of the track and field team. Her son, Teddy, Class of 2020, rowed on the men's crew team this past year and is a member of Psi Upsilon. 

  • Douglas T. Linde '85, P'15, '20

    President, Boston Properties, Inc.

    Massachusetts

    Bio

    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, Washington. 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 B.A. 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 eldest 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

    Bio

    Professional History: Marc is co-head of the Investment Banking Division (IBD) for Goldman, Sachs & Company. He serves as co-chair of the IBD Risk Committee and is a member of the Management Committee, Firmwide Risk Committee, Firmwide Capital Committee, Firmwide Investment Policy Committee, and IBD Executive Committee. Prior to assuming his current role, Marc was head of the Global Financial Group and head of Latin America for the firm. Before that, he was co-head of the Global Natural Resources business. Marc was a member of the firm's Strategy Committee from 1998 to 2002. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 in the Investment Banking Division and was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2004. Marc earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1991 and a Ph.D. 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.

  • Robert A. Pruzan '85

    Founding Partner, Centerview Partners

    New York

    Bio

    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 B.A. 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 he 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

    Bio

    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 Argus.

  • Philip J. Rauch '71

    Partner, Brown Advisory

    Maryland

    Bio

    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

    Senior Advisor, Third Avenue Management, LLC

    New York

    Bio

    Professional History: David is senior advisor to Third Avenue Management, a value-focused investment advisory firm that manages public mutual funds and alternative investments, where he previously served as president until July 1, 2017. 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. David 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, a writer for the Argus, a teaching assistant in art history, and a senior interviewer and tour guide for the Admission 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.

  • John B. Rhea '87

    President, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC

    New York

    Bio

    Professional History: John is president, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC, a full-service investment banking company founded in 1996. Prior to his current role, he was a senior advisor to The Boston Consulting Group. John is also a founder and managing partner of RHEAL Capital Management, LLC, a real estate development and investment firm based in New York. From 2009 to 2014, he was chairman and CEO of the New York City Housing Authority, appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Before serving in the Bloomberg administration, John spent 15 years in the financial services industry, most notably as a managing director and investment banking group head at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Barclays Capital (formerly Lehman Brothers). Early in his career, John also worked at PepsiCo, Inc.; The Boston Consulting Group; and UBS Securities. 

    John serves on the board of directors of Invitation Homes (NYSE:INVH) and is a member of the compensation committee and chairman of the audit committee. He is a founding investor and current director of WhistlePig LLC, a leading producer and marketer of straight rye whiskey. John has a long record of nonprofit service and in addition to serving as a trustee of Wesleyan, he is currently a director of Red Cross Greater New York, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, and the University of Detroit Jesuit High School & Academy. A recipient of numerous honors and awards, John was twice listed in 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate and 75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street.

    John is a graduate of the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan and the Harvard Business School.

  • Michael S. Roth '78

    President, Wesleyan University

    Connecticut

    Bio

    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’ Frederic 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

    Bio

    Professional History: Betsey has been active in the progressive education reform movement since she graduated from Wesleyan and has taught at every education level, kindergarten through college. She began her teaching career as a lower school homeroom teacher and 8th grade writing tutor at the Children’s Storefront School in East Harlem in the early 1990s and most recently served as chief curriculum and innovation officer at Ascend Learning Public Charter Schools. Ascend runs ten schools in low-income neighborhoods in central Brooklyn and provides a world-class liberal arts education to over 4,500 children. During her seven years at Ascend Betsey led the design and implementation of a new, inquiry-based K-12 curriculum and in-house assessment system that between 2015-2017 helped Ascend students achieve the highest average proficiency gains among New York City charter organizations with at least 1,000 students in tested grades. On the 2017 state exams, proficiency was higher among Ascend black students than white students statewide in both English Language Arts and math, thereby closing the achievement gap of race in New York State. She continues to work with Ascend as a consultant on curriculum and ed tech innovation and on developing strategic partnerships with institutions of higher learning and with arts and cultural organizations.

    Betsey is currently transitioning to a new role at an international startup of PreK-12 schools where she leads the development of a network of Global Centers of Excellence, linking schools with host cities through experiential learning, mentorships, incubators, and community service in areas of expertise for which the host city is renown.

    Betsey holds a Ph.D. in American literature from New York University and has taught literature at the New School, Sarah Lawrence College, and Barnard College, Columbia University. Her academic research has focused on modern American poetry and world literature. Betsey also worked in publishing at both the New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review, where she edited poetry, and she 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.

  • Shana A. Simmons '03

    Corporate Counsel, Google Inc.

    California

    Bio

    Professional History: Shana is a corporate counsel at Google Inc., where she manages a team that supports Google’s growing Cloud business and also brings her commitment to diversity and inclusion to the work place. Before Google, she was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Stein and Hamilton LLP in its New York and London offices. Shana received a law degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she served as the diversity editor of the California Law Review; development editor of the Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy and co-president of the Law Students of African Descent. While in law school, Shana also interned at the East Bay Community Law Center, where she focused on projects that would empower low-income communities of color to build long-term solutions to poverty through the advancement of community-owned cooperative businesses and affordable housing. Before law school, Shana taught for three years (one year in Washington, D.C., at a public charter high school geared towards disadvantaged black youth and the next two years at the American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland, California, where her seventh-grade students received the highest scores in Alameda County on the standardized state math tests). Shana was recognized in 2009 for her work with Oakland youth with a proclamation from the Mayor of Oakland.

    Shana has served on the boards of the YMCA of the East Bay and Harlem Week, Inc., and currently sits on the board of Lawyers for One America.

    At Wesleyan: Shana was a College of Social Studies major and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. She was an active contributor to the student of color community on campus, served in leadership positions with Ujamaa, the Student of Color Council, and she also coordinated the Students of Color Pre-Frosh Weekend during her four years at Wesleyan, receiving the Vanguard Prize for her efforts. She was a resident advisor in Malcolm X House and WestCo, and the head resident of the Affinity Program Houses. She was also a senior interviewer.

  • Franklin Sirmans '91

    Director, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

    Florida

    Bio

    Professional History: Franklin is the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Prior to his recent appointment, he was the department head and curator of contemporary art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from 2010 until fall 2015. At LACMA Sirmans organized Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada, previously on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts. He also curated Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting; Futbol: The Beautiful Game; Ends and Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and the Broad Art Foundation; and co-organized the exhibition Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection. From 2006 to 2010, he was curator of modern and contemporary art at The Menil Collection in Houston, where he organized several exhibitions, including NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, Steve Wolfe: Works on Paper, Maurizio Cattelan: Is Their Life Before Death? and Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-1966. He is the 2007 David C. Driskell Prize Winner and he was the artistic director of Prospect.3 New Orleans from 2012-2014. He is the curator of the forthcoming exhibition Toba Khedoori.

    At Wesleyan: An undergraduate English and art history major, Sirmans wrote his honors thesis on Jean-Michel Basquiat working with Professor Peter Mark. Professor Mark’s dual interest and role in teaching African and African American art had a profound influence on the thesis and later work. Shortly after graduating from Wesleyan, Sirmans’ thesis became the chronology for the 1992 Whitney Museum show and catalogue on the artist. 

  • Harold R. Sogard '74, P'17

    Retired Advertising Executive

    California

    Bio

    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, Comcast, 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 nonprofit 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 alumna,Class of '17.

  • Adam Usdan '83

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

    Bio

    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

    Bio

    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.