The NYU Board consists of voting Trustees, listed below, and non-voting Trustees.
Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
Ronald D. Abramson is shareholder at the law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC and specializes in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, real estate finance, real estate lending, tax planning, business and succession planning, and estate planning. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Abramson is a member of the NYU Faculty of Arts and Science Board of Overseers. He is president of the Board of Directors for the National Symphony Orchestra and chair emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He also serves on the boards of the Washington Airports Task Force, Spoleto Festival USA, the Historic Sixth & I Synagogue, and the DC Jazz Festival.
Chairman, Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi
Managing Director and Group CEO, Mubadala Investment Company
Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak is a member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, a government agency mandated to provide strategic policy advice to the chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Al Mubarak is also managing director and Group CEO of Mubadala Investment Company, the entity formed from the merger of Mubadala Development Company and International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), with assets valued at more than US $225 billion. The company seeks out commercial opportunities that are aligned with the Government’s efforts to diversify the economy of Abu Dhabi by developing projects, creating new businesses, and investing in existing enterprises to generate financial returns and sustainable benefits for the Emirate.
CAS '04, Stern '13
Co-Founder and Chief Fit Officer, Thando Holdings, LLC
Taffi Ayodele co-founded Thando Holdings, LLC, a Lagos, Nigeria- and NY-based fashion/tech company that is creating a platform for African artists to design unique fashion products for the world through a crowdsourced process. Thando Holdings, LLC shares profits with their featured designers and seeks to have a positive impact on the image of the African continent across the globe. Ayodele also serves as an alumni trustee of New Jersey SEEDS. Since its inception in 1992, SEEDS continues to change the lives of motivated, high-achieving students from low-income families by transforming their educational opportunities.
Phyllis Putter Barasch served as vice president in the Multi-National Lending and Commodities Lending Groups of the International Division of the Bank of New York before joining the BNY-Mellon’s Personal Trust and Investment Division. Prior to her career in banking and finance, she was a speech pathologist at NYU Langone Health’s Rusk Institute and at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Barasch is a member of the NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center Advisory Committee, the NYU Silver School of Social Work Dean’s Council, and the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research Advisory Committee. She is a former president and a current member of the NYU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Barasch is the secretary of the board of Town Hall of New York.
Anchor and Global Markets Editor, FOX Business Network – FOX News Channel
Maria Bartiromo is a two-time Emmy award-winning journalist who has covered business and the economy for more than 25 years. She began her career at CNN business news as a writer and producer during the first Gulf War. She went on air in 1993 for CNBC, where she became the first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. After 20 years of being the face of CNBC, Bartiromo moved to FOX. She is the anchor of Mornings with Maria on the FOX Business Network (FBN) and Sunday Morning Futures on FOX News Channel. She is also the anchor for FBN’s weekly primetime investing program Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street.
Founder, Marc Bell Capital Partners, LLC
Marc H. Bell is founder of Marc Bell Capital, chairman and co-founder of Terran Orbital, and co-founder of Armour Residential REIT. He is also a two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer for Jersey Boys (Best Musical) and August Osage County (Best Play). In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, he is a member of the NYU Langone Health Board of Overseers, the NYU Stern Center for Real Estate Finance Research Advisory Board, and the NYU College of Arts and Science Dean’s Advisory Council. Bell is also chairman of the Boca Raton Police Foundation and serves on the boards of SOS Children’s Villages Florida and the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
Executive Chairman, W. R. Berkley Corporation
William R. Berkley founded W. R. Berkley Corporation, a Fortune 500 property-casualty insurance holding company, in 1967. During his career, he has also founded a number of other public and private companies. He has been a member of the NYU Board of Trustees since 1995 and was elected chair in October 2015. He also serves as a member of the NYU Langone Health Board of Trustees, NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers (former chairman), and NYU President’s Global Council. He has served as vice chairman of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University, where he helped create the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, which is devoted to fostering interreligious dialogue with a goal of improving global cultural understanding. Berkley served as chairman of Achievement First, a group of charter schools operating in the New York Metropolitan area, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, until November 2015 and continues to serve as a director. He is also a former vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Connecticut.
Founder and Chairman, Investindustrial
Andrea C. Bonomi is founder and chairman of Investindustrial, a leading European private equity group that provides industrial solutions and capital to mid-market companies in Europe. Its mission is to actively contribute to the development of the companies in which it invests, by creating growth opportunities and offering global solutions through offices in London, New York, Barcelona, Madrid, Lugano, Luxembourg and Shanghai. In addition to serving on the NYU Board of Trustees, Bonomi is a member of the NYU President’s Global Council.
Gallatin '08, Wagner '11
Executive Director, Land is Life
Casey Box is Director of Land is Life, a global network on the frontlines of safeguarding the rights of Indigenous Peoples to protect lands, cultures, and biodiversity for all humanity. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, he is a member of the NYU Langone Health Board of Trustees and the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study Dean’s Council. Box serves on the board of the Inova Health Foundation and has been named an abc* fellow on the Americas Business Council. He is the managing member of Kellar Investments LLC and treasurer of the Kellar Family Foundation.
Steinhardt '95, TSOA '98
Founder, Future Architects
Managing Trustee, TTSL Charitable Foundation
Sharon Chang is a Future Architect, an expert generalist armed with a unique collection of building blocks to construct positive change in the world. Her work focuses on reframing the relationship between capital, creativity, and impact through carefully calibrated collaborations. A philanthropist, entrepreneur, and investor in transformational ideas and technologies, Chang is also trained as an artist, designer, and architect. Her wide-ranging endeavors challenge and rebuild the systems that govern our everyday activities. From a film that inspires gender equality to a fashion brand that drives conscious consumption; a smart city operating system to a fair-trade apparel factory in West Africa, all her projects challenge the status quo and delve into life-changing subjects with a gentle touch of optimism.
Arts '70, Law '75
Chairman, Cravath, Swain & Moore LLP
Evan R. Chesler is chairman of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. He handles a wide variety of litigation, including antitrust, intellectual property, and securities, for clients in virtually every industry. In addition to serving on the NYU Board of Trustees, Chesler is chair of the NYU Faculty of Arts and Science Board of Overseers and a member of the NYU School of Law Foundation Board of Trustees. He is an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law, founder and chair of the NYU Lawyer Alumni Mentoring Program (LAMP), and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center on Civil Justice at NYU School of Law. He is also chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York Public Library and president of the Institute of Judicial Administration.
Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Steven M. Cohen is chief administrative officer and general counsel of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, which owns and operates businesses spanning a wide range of industries, from global leaders in cosmetics and digital entertainment to biotechnology and military equipment. He served as secretary to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, in addition to serving as counselor and chief of staff in the Office of the New York Attorney General under Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. He previously was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Cohen serves as chairman of the Gateway Development Corporation and on the Board of Bank Leumi USA and the Perelman Center for the Performing Arts. He previously served as vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Law '95, '96
Founder, Conversion Venture Capital
Stuyvie Comfort is the founder of New York-based Conversion Venture Capital, which he started in 2014. Conversion invests in both mid-market private equity as well as expansion capital. Prior to Conversion, he co-founded Stirling Square Capital Partners, a pan-European mid-market private equity group. He began his career in the mergers and acquisitions group of Microsoft. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Comfort is a trustee of the NYU School of Law Foundation.
Executive Director, Seward & Kissel LLP
Michael Denkensohn is executive director at Seward & Kissel LLP, a law firm with over 160 attorneys. He is responsible for the firm’s non-legal operations and has functional responsibility for, among other things, the firm’s finance, human resources, benefits, recruitment, marketing, technology, office operations, and space and facilities activities. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Denkensohn is a member of the NYU Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Chairman, Shanghai HiTime Real Estate Group
Jinsong Ding is the chairman of Shanghai HiTime Real Estate (aka Haitai Real Estate) Group, a real estate development and management company which he founded in 2001 on the shoulders of the Shanghai Haitai Steel Tube Group, a company that he built in the 1990s. An active volunteer in civic activities, Ding serves as vice chairman both of the Shanghai Federation of Industry Commerce and of an anti-poverty NGO known as the Shanghai Guangcai Program. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, he is a member of the NYU President’s Global Council.
Small Business Owner, FD Gallery
Fiona Druckenmiller is founder and president of FD Gallery, which offers a carefully curated collection of jewelry, books, and art. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Druckenmiller is co-chair of the NYU Langone Health Board of Trustees. She is also vice chair of the American Museum of Natural History Board and a member of the Bloomberg Foundation Board.
After receiving her doctorate degree in audiology, Gale Drukier served as a tenured professor in the field of audiology at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey) for 17 years. When she retired from teaching, she joined her family's business, BD Hotels, where she managed properties on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for more than 12 years. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Drukier is a member of the Dean’s Council for the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Much of Drukier’s philanthropy centers on university programs, medicine, and the arts.
Law '61, '63
Senior Partner, Ehrenkranz Partners L.P.
Joel S. Ehrenkranz co-founded the law firm of Ehrenkranz & Ehrenkranz LLP in 1966 and currently serves as a senior partner of Ehrenkranz & Ehrenkranz LLP and Ehrenkranz Partners L.P., a wealth advisory firm. He is vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Mount Sinai Medical Center and of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art. He is a life trustee of the NYU School of Law Foundation and an honorary trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was previously the president of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Archives of American Art, and the Jewish Communal Fund of New York. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Chairman, Yufeng (F&E) Capital
Lun Feng is chairman of Yufeng (F&E) Capital, independent director of both Haitong Securities Company Limited and China Everbright Bank Company Limited, vice chairman of the China Real Estate Association, and vice chairman of the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce. In June 2004, Feng, together with nearly 100 renowned Chinese entrepreneurs, established the Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology (SEE), an organization committed to desertification control and environmental protection.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, Inc.
Laurence D. Fink is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of BlackRock, Inc., a global leader in investment and technology solutions to help investors build better financial futures. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Fink is co-chair of the NYU Langone Health Board of Trustees. He serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Nature Conservancy. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing and is an executive committee member of the Partnership for New York City.
Co-Founder and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Private Equity, Gávea Investimentos
Luiz H. Fraga co-founded Gávea Investimentos in 2003. He is the co-chief investment officer of the Private Equity Group and sits on the Private Equity Valuation and Real Estate Investment Committees. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Fraga is a member of the NYU Langone Health Board and the NYU President’s Global Council.
Chairman, Waxx Tech
Jeffrey S. Gould is co-founder and chairman of Waxx Tech, a company specializing in patented sound-sourcing technology. He serves on several philanthropic boards, and with his wife, Lenore, established the 3E Fund to support education, expression, and the environment. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Gould is a member of the NYU Alumni Association Board of Directors and the NYU College of Arts and Science Dean’s Advisory Council.
Partner, Asia Alpha Private Equity
Lisa Hahn is a partner of Asia Alpha Private Equity, a family office investing in venture capital and technology in diverse sectors including software and life sciences in Silicon Valley, Israel, and China. She also has over 25 years of experience in the art world and is a director at Hahn Fine Art. Hahn and her husband James are philanthropists and actively support scholarships and medical research. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Hahn is a member of the NYU President's Global Council.
President, New York University
Andrew Hamilton is the 16th president of NYU. He is an award-winning and widely published research chemist with a proven record of success as a leader in higher education, having served as provost of Yale University and vice chancellor of Oxford University. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and serves on the Board of the American Council on Education. Hamilton is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association of American Universities. He is the recipient of the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society and the winner of the International Izatt-Christiansen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry.
President, Beverly Hyman, Ph.D. and Associates
Beverly Hyman is the founder and president of Beverly Hyman, Ph.D. & Associates, which provides consulting services on senior leadership and organizational development, strategic planning, executive coaching, communications training, team building, and facilitation to international firms and organizations and their boards. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Hyman is a former president and a current member of the NYU Alumni Association Board of Directors and chair of the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development Dean’s Council. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Shakespeare & Company.
Non-Executive Chairman, MSC Industrial Supply Co.
Mitchell L. Jacobson serves as non-executive chairman of MSC Industrial Supply Co. (Fortune 1000 company), a premier distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations products and services to industrial customers throughout North America. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Jacobson is a member of the NYU School of Law Foundation Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Board of Directors of TriMark USA, the country’s largest provider of equipment, supplies and design services to the foodservice industry. He serves as a trustee for New York-Presbyterian Hospital, co-chairs the Quality and Performance Improvement Committee, and is a member of the Hospital’s Investment Committee and the Patient Experience Committee.
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Sputnik Group
Boris Jordan is the founder, president, and CEO of the Sputnik Group, a private equity and advisory group with investments across the United States and Europe. He is also the president of Renaissance Insurance, a leading regional insurance, pensions, and asset management business. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Jordan is a member of the NYU President’s Global Council. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
David A. Katz is a corporate partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law, and co-chair of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Law Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School and at the Owen Graduate School of Management. He is a member of the NYU School of Law Foundation Board of Trustees, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Board of Directors, and the Advisory Board at the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is co-chair of the Tulane University Corporate Law Institute.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Redbadge Pacific
Principal, Miya Capital
Jonathan C. Kim is the co-founder and managing partner of Redbadge Pacific, the Asia-Pacific office of Redbadge, which invests in and strategically works with innovative growth and expansion-stage companies. He is also the co-founding principal of Miya Capital, a multi-family investment platform that focuses on Real Estate and Venture Capital Investments in the United States and Asia. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Kim is a member of the NYU President’s Global Council, an adjunct professor at NYU's Tisch Center for Hospitality, a Vice President of the NYU Alumni Association Board of Directors, and a steering committee member of NYU’s Young Alumni Leadership Circle. Kim also serves on the Korean American Community Foundation Associate Board.
SPS '93, Stern '94
Chairman, Chailease Group
Andre Koo is chairman of Chailease Group, which is comprised of Chailease Holding and Yellowstone Holding. Founded in 1977, Chailease Holding is the market leader in leasing and installment sales in Taiwan, a top solar energy developer in the country, and the largest foreign-owned independent leasing company in China. Chailease Holding has operations in Taiwan, United States, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Through its subsidiaries, Yellowstone Holding is engaged in investment, trading, real estate development, interior design, hospitality, property management, and security. Koo is also a member of the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers and the NYU President’s Global Council, and president of the NYU Pan-Asia Alumni Association and the NYU Alumni Club in Taiwan.
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Warburg Pincus LLC
Joseph P. Landy is co-CEO of Warburg Pincus, where he has been engaged in all aspects of private equity investing since 1985. He has been jointly responsible for the management of the firm since 2000, including the formulation of strategy, oversight of investment policy and decisions, leadership of the firm’s Executive Management Group and the coordination of limited partner communications. During his tenure at the firm, his principle areas of investment focus have been information technology, Internet applications and infrastructure, communications applications and structured investments. Landy currently serves as a director of CrowdStrike.
Managing Director, Leslie Ventures
Mark Leslie is currently the managing director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company. He is also a lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship, ethics, and sales organization. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Leslie is a member of the NYU Faculty of Arts and Science Board of Overseers, the Tandon School of Engineering Board of Overseers, and the Executive Board of the NYU Innovation Fund. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Stanford Health Systems (Stanford Hospital and Medical School), along with a number of privately held high-technology corporations.
GSAS '03, Med '08
Practice Director, Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine New York
Brian A. Levine, MD, is the founding partner and practice director of Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM) New York. He is board-certified in both reproductive endocrinology and infertility and obstetrics and gynecology. Levine is currently the technology editor of Contemporary Ob/Gyn magazine and has lectured nationwide on how physicians and laboratory personnel can adopt common technologies to improve clinical efficiency. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Levine is President of the NYU Alumni Association Board of Directors and a member of the NYU College of Global Public Health Advisory Board.
Director/Producer, Amanda Lipitz Productions
Amanda Lipitz is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and documentary filmmaker. She is the director and producer of the award-winning documentary STEP, released by Fox Searchlight in August 2017. She served as executive producer and creator of MTV's groundbreaking series "Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods." Lipitz has created more than 30 shorts for organizations such as the Young Women's Leadership Network, Citymeals on Wheels, College Bound Initiative, The Tory Burch Foundation, Barnard College, Turnaround for Children, The Gateway School, and many more. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Lipitz is a member of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dean’s Council.
Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Martin Lipton, a founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, specializes in advising major corporations on mergers and acquisitions and matters affecting corporate policy and strategy. In addition to serving as chair emeritus of the NYU Board of Trustees, he is a former chair and a current trustee of the NYU School of Law Foundation and a trustee of NYU Langone Health. He is an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law. He is also an emeritus member of the Council of the American Law Institute, a member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute of Judicial Administration, and an honorary chair of the American College of Governance Counsel. Lipton is a former co-chair and a member of the executive committee of the Partnership for New York City, a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a member of the International Advisory Council of Guanghua School of Management of Peking University, and a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur. Lipton is an emeritus chairman of Prep for Prep, a leadership development program for students of color.
President, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group
Kelly Kennedy Mack is president of Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, a recognized industry leader in the planning, design, marketing, and sale of luxury residential development. She has played a significant part in the company's expansion and has worked with some of the most distinguished leaders in luxury real estate, including renowned developers, architects, and designers. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Mack is a committee member for the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at NYU Langone Health.
President, Texas Civil Rights Project
Mimi Marziani is the president of the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP), which provides Texas lawyers for Texas communities to serve the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. She has an extensive background in civil rights advocacy and nonprofit management, and is widely considered a national expert in voting rights and election law. Before moving to Texas, Marziani spent several years as counsel for the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she litigated election law cases in federal courts across the country. She teaches “Election Law and Policy” at the University of Texas School of Law and has taught constitutional law at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and NYU Abu Dhabi.
Chairman, Quexco Incorporated
Howard M. Meyers is chairman of Quexco Incorporated, the world’s largest producer of the metal lead, operating 38 facilities (i.e. smelters, refineries, rolling mills) located throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa producing aluminum, zinc, silver, bentonite, anodes, and various plastic products. He is also chairman of Burger Boat Corporation and served in the U.S. Navy and reserves from 1964 through 1970. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, his board affiliations include the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing Board of Overseers, Horatio Alger Association Board of Directors, University of Texas MD Anderson Board of Visitors, Southwestern Medical Foundation Board of Trustees, and Battery Council International Board of Directors.
Professional Singer and Actor
Ruthie Ann Miles made her Broadway debut in Lincoln Center Theatre's revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I as the King's head wife, Lady Thiang. Her performance garnered the 2015 Tony Award for “Best Featured Actress in a Musical” as well as a 2016 Grammy nomination as a principle singer on the cast album. She became the first Korean-American performer to win a Tony Award, as well as the first Asian-American to win in the category. Miles next performed on Broadway in 2017 in the revival of Sunday In the Park With George, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford. Miles has also appeared on television and has performed with esteemed conductors and orchestras.
Principal and Co-Founder, Ogden CAP Properties, LLC
Constance J. Milstein is an attorney and co-founder of Ogden CAP Properties, LLC, a premier real estate, hotel, and property development and management company. She also co-founded Dog Tag Bakery, a nonprofit that provides critical education and training for wounded veterans and their spouses who are seeking to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality. Milstein serves on the boards of New York Presbyterian Hospital, Blue Star Families, National Symphony Orchestra, Ford’s Theatre and the American Australian Council. She is chair of the French-American Cultural Foundation and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations. She previously served on the boards of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy and the Washington National Opera.
Senior Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell
David C. Oxman is senior counsel of the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell where as a partner he was the practice coordinator of the firm’s Trusts and Estates Department. He served four years as an officer in the United States Navy. In addition to NYU where he is chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee, Oxman’s current and former charitable activities include serving as a trustee or officer of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, a Connecticut charity working to advance equity in education, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Westchester County, Jurodin Fund, Inc., and a number of private foundations.
President, Paulson & Co., Inc.
John Paulson is the president and portfolio manager of Paulson & Co. Inc., an investment management company specializing in global merger, event, and credit strategies. He is involved in many philanthropic activities through the Paulson Family Foundation and serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Partnership for New York City, and the Deans Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Paulson serves on the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers.
Learning & Development Partner, Facebook
Dasha Rettew is the Learning and Development Partner for Facebook's Global Sales Organization, where she advises the business on its approach to developing leaders. Prior to joining Facebook, Rettew co-founded and served as president of Reservoir Advisors, Inc., which provides CEOs with executive coaching, team facilitation, and organizational leadership advisory. She continues to serve Reservoir as a board member and advisor. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Rettew is a vice president of the NYU Alumni Association Board of Directors. She also guest lectures on leadership and entrepreneurship at NYU, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and Columbia University.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation
Catherine B. Reynolds is chairman and CEO of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to help educate young people, to inspire them to believe in their power to make a difference as individuals, and to motivate them to reach their greatest potential as citizens and productive members of society. Reynolds has served as a trustee of Vanderbilt University, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art, Dance Theatre of Harlem, DC College Access Program, National Geographic International Advisory Council, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and the American Academy of Achievement. She also funded the MIT YouPitch Entrepreneurship Competition, served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education during the administration of President George W. Bush, and was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe as a member of Virginia’s State Board for Community Colleges.
General Partner, CRV
Brett Rochkind leads the growth investing efforts at venture capital firm CRV (Charles River Ventures). Prior to joining CRV, Rochkind worked for 15 years at General Atlantic (GA), a global growth equity firm, most recently as the head of the Palo Alto office and co-head of the global Internet and technology sector. He also spent time working in GA’s Hong Kong office, focused on opportunities in China and the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to GA, Rochkind was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley and helped to establish their presence in Israel. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Rochkind serves on the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers and is a member of Tipping Point’s Leadership Council.
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 strategy, operations and business development. She is currently senior director of strategy for Pfizer. Prior to this role, Swartz served as vice president of business development and operations for Regenovation, a preclinical-stage regenerative medicine biotech. She previously served at Pfizer as the director of neuroscience competitive intelligence, as well as at IMS Consulting Group, specializing in product and portfolio strategy and organizational benchmarking. In addition to her work at Pfizer, Swartz currently serves as the national chair of Executive Women In Bio and on the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute Advisory Board.
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 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.
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 currently vice president at Credit Suisse in the investment banking division, covering pensions and financial institutions. Previously she was an investment analyst at the Ford Foundation, responsible for managing the foundation's hedge fund and public equity investments. Yuan is an active volunteer within the NYU alumni community and holds leadership roles with NYU's Young Alumni Leadership Circle and the NYU Alumni Association.
GSAS '77, '05
Founding Partner, Bloomberg, L.P.
Charles 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 donates to numerous causes including science and medicine; environment; justice and human rights; human services and economic opportunity; nutrition and health; education; and arts, culture, and heritage.