The NYU Board consists of voting Trustees, listed below, and non-voting Trustees.
SSSW '78, '79
Victory Ventures Inc.
Constance Silver is a teacher, a therapist, an artist, and a philanthropist. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, she is a member of the NYU Silver School of Social Work Dean’s Council and has served as a lecturer at NYU for many years. Her artwork can be found in private and corporate collections. Her 10-foot tall sculpture, Whoopie, is displayed on the Florida International University campus in the courtyard of the School of Architecture.
Chairman, Silverstein Properties, Inc.
Larry A. Silverstein is the chairman of Silverstein Properties, Inc., a Manhattan-based real estate development and investment firm that has developed, owned, and managed 40 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space. He has spent the last 17 years rebuilding the office component of the World Trade Center site, a $30 billion project that will consume the balance of his working life. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Silverstein is a member of the NYU Langone Health Board of Trustees and is the founder and chairman emeritus of the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate Advisory Board. He is a member of the New York Bar and a governor of the Real Estate Board of New York, having served as its chairman. He has served as chairman of the Realty Foundation of New York, chairman of UJA-Federation, and treasurer of National Jewish Health in Denver. He is a founding trustee of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York and a board member of the New York Philharmonic.
SPS '88, '89
Executive Vice President, Silverstein Properties, Inc.
Lisa Silverstein is an executive vice president and board member of Silverstein Properties, Inc. and oversees the firm's residential real estate portfolio. She actively participates in all aspects of residential real estate development from deal evaluation, analysis and pre-development planning to construction, marketing, operations, sales, and leasing. Silverstein sits on the board of UJA-Federation and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
Chairman, Jefferies Financial Group Inc.
Joseph S. Steinberg is chairman of Jefferies Financial Group Inc., a global investment banking firm. He is also chairman and a director of HomeFed Corporation and a director of Spectrum Brands, Inc. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Steinberg serves on the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Board of Overseers. He is chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Ann’s Warehouse located in Brooklyn Bridge Park and is a member of the National Film Preserve and its Board of Governors, presenter of the Telluride Film Festival. He is also on the Board of Directors of New York City Center. Steinberg served with the U.S. Peace Corps from 1966 to 1968.
Judy Steinhardt is chair emerita of the Board of Trustees of the NYU Institute of Fine Arts, as well as co-chair of the Board of Directors of American Friends of the Israel Museum. She serves on the board of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and is a member of the visiting committees of Greek and Roman and the Ancient Near East at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Senior Director of Strategy, Pfizer
Jessica Swartz is a biopharmaceutical professional with leadership expertise across R&D, commercialization, strategy, and business development. She currently leads the strategy and execution team for Pfizer’s vaccines and hospital business units. Prior to this role, she led strategy for Pfizer’s $22B essential health division. Swartz has also served as vice president of business development and operations for Regenovation, a preclinical-stage biotech dedicated to advances in regenerative medicine; at Pfizer as the director of competitive intelligence for neuroscience and pain; and at IMS Consulting Group, where she specialized in pharmaceutical product and portfolio strategy, clinical development, launch excellence, and organizational benchmarking. In addition to serving on the NYU Board of Trustees, Swartz is a member of the Advisory Board of NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute.
Gallatin '06, GSAS '08
President, Actlien Holding Inc
Adam Taki has been president of Actlien Holding Inc since its inception and continues to oversee the development of the company’s investment platform. In 2012, John Wiley & Sons published Zennovation: An East-West Approach to Business Success, which Taki co-authored. In addition to serving on the NYU Board of Trustees, Taki sits on the Dean’s Council at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Chair, Tandon Capital Associates
Chandrika Tandon chairs her advisory firm, Tandon Capital Associates, which focuses on measurable transformation of institutions to excellence. She also chairs the Krishnamurthy Tandon Foundation, which supports women, education, the arts, and spirituality, and Soul Chants Music, a not-for-profit label. A world-class producer, composer, and singer, Tandon is a Grammy-nominated artist, releasing four albums in support of wellness and community building. She is chair of the NYU President’s Global Council and chair of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Board of Overseers. Tandon also serves on the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers and the NYU Langone Health Board of Trustees. Tandon serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She is a member of the President's Circle of the National Academies, the Horatio Alger Association, the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University, and the President’s Advisory Council of the Berklee College of Music, where Berklee-Tandon Global Clinics connect faculty to underprivileged talent worldwide.
Managing Director, Three Mile Capital
David Tanner is the managing director of Three Mile Capital, a private investment company that was founded in 2017. He is chair of the NYU School of Law Foundation Board, trustee of Montefiore Medicine Academic Health System, director of Lawyers for Children, director of The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Montefiore Medicine Academic Health System and related entities from January 2007 through May 2018.
Managing Member, Towerview LLC
Daniel Tisch serves as the managing member of Towerview LLC, an investment fund of the Tisch Family. He was general partner of Mentor Partners, the predecessor to Towerview. He is currently a director of Tejon Ranch Company and is a trustee of Vornado Realty Trust. He is also a board member of Suffield Academy in Connecticut, where he previously served as board president for nine years. In addition to serving on the NYU Board of Trustees, Tisch is a member of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Board of Overseers.
Chairman and Founder, China Rilin Construction Group
Wenliang Wang formed China Rilin Construction Group in 1998. The company manages real estate and industrial projects and is affiliated with Dandong Port, which serves as a transshipment point for commodities from northeast China to southern China, Japan, and South Korea.
Executive Chairman, BlackIvy Group, LLC
Anthony Welters is executive chairman of the BlackIvy Group, LLC, which builds and grows commercial enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa, including logistics and infrastructure solutions and businesses that serve the growing consumer class. Previously he was senior adviser to the office of the CEO of UnitedHealth Group, which serves more than 100 million people worldwide through its health and well-being companies. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Welters is chair emeritus and a trustee of the NYU School of Law Foundation Board and a trustee of the NYU Langone Health Board. He is trustee emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine Board, trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a founding member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Welters is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
President, Garden Homes, Inc.
Leonard Wilf is president of Garden Homes, which owns and manages apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, and hotels throughout the country. He is also owner and vice chairman of the Minnesota Vikings Football Club. An active participant in the Jewish community, Wilf is a leading supporter for Jewish causes and is dedicated to the preservation of the memories of the Holocaust. He was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council in 1997. The Wilf family was among the original founders of the Holocaust Memorial in Washington, DC, the Heritage Museum in New York, NY, and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel. Wilf currently serves as chairman of the American Society for Yad Vashem.
Vice President, Credit Suisse
Sascia Yuan is a vice president at Credit Suisse in the investment banking division, based in New York. She leads coverage of international pensions, sovereign wealth funds, and financial institutions in the derivatives product area. Previously, Yuan was investment analyst at the Ford Foundation, where she managed the foundation's hedge fund and public equity portfolios. She started her career in equity derivatives at Goldman Sachs. In addition to serving on the NYU Board of Trustees, Yuan is a member of the Young Partner Board of the Public Theater.
GSAS '77, '05
Founding Partner, Bloomberg, L.P.
Charles (“Chuck”) Zegar is one of the original four founding partners of Bloomberg Financial Markets. He was the technical computer expert for this partnership, designing, programming, and managing development of the Bloomberg terminal system. Zegar serves as trustee and chief financial officer of his family foundation, the Zegar Family Foundation, which has a philanthropic focus in the environmental area as well as in justice and human rights plus contributes to science, health, arts and culture, and several other causes. Zegar also serves as a member of The Nature Conservancy in New York Board, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and the University of California Santa Barbara Foundation Board.