J. Ronald Terwilliger (Chairman)
Chairman Emeritus, Trammell Crow Residential, Oyster Bay, NY
Ron Terwilliger is currently non-executive Chairman of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners which focuses on rental apartment development in the Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh/Durham markets. He is Chairman Emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential Company, a national residential real estate company and the largest developer of multifamily housing in the U.S. for several decades during his tenure as CEO.
Ron is an honor graduate of the United States Naval Academy. After serving five years in the Navy, he received his MBA degree with High Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business where he was elected a Baker Scholar.
Ron is past Chairman of the Urban Land Institute and currently serves as a Trustee. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Wharton Real Estate Center. Ron is additionally past Chairman of the International Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity and currently chairs Habitat’s Global Development Council. Ron serves as Chairman of the I Have a Dream Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to educating low-income children. He also serves as Chairman of the Enterprise Community Partners Board of Trustees. Ron serves on the boards of the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation, the Urban Institute, Horatio Alger Association and Colony Starwood Homes.
Ron’s philanthropic contributions include a $5 million gift to establish the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. Ron’s $5 million gift to the Enterprise Foundation created the Enterprise Terwilliger Fund – targeted to create 2,000 affordable homes annually. He has pledged and contributed more than $20 million to the U.S. Naval Academy. His $100 million legacy gift to Habitat for Humanity International will help 60,000 families access improved housing conditions.
Ron was inducted into the National Association of Homebuilder’s Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2009, Ron was honored by the National Housing Conference with the Housing Leader of the Year Award.
Ron was honored in 2009 by the United States Naval Academy as a Distinguished Graduate for his lifetime commitment to service, personal character and distinguished contributions to our nation. In 2012, Ron was honored with the National Patriotism Award by the National Foundation of Patriotism. Ron was the recipient of the 2013 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Ron was also selected for the Prestigious Horatio Alger Award – Class of 2014, bestowed upon individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education.
In 2014, Ron established the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families to recalibrate federal housing policy to more effectively address our nation’s critical affordable housing challenges and to meet the housing needs of future generations.
Principal, Arlon Group
Chris Allen is currently a Principal at Arlon Group, a food and agriculture investment firm with a global network that supports investments across the entire food supply chain in the Americas. Arlon focuses on identifying private equity opportunities in middle-market food and agriculture businesses in North America and Latin America. Chris currently serves on the board of The Coastal Companies and supports Arlon’s investment in Alico, Inc.
Prior to Arlon, he was a Vice President at GenNx360 Capital Partners, an operationally-focused middle market private equity firm. At GenNx360, he was responsible for sourcing, due diligence and investment execution in multiple industry sectors. Chris began his private equity career at Windjammer Capital Investors, a middle market firm investing in the manufacturing, distribution and business services industries. He also has work experience with Goldman Sachs & Co., The Home Depot and Bain & Company.
Chris was born in Tampa, FL and graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program at Hillsborough High School. He is also a graduate of the dual-degree engineering program at Morehouse College and the Georgia Institute of Technology with BS degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering, respectively. Chris graduated magna cum laude, was on the Dean’s List, and also was a recipient of the NASA Ronald E. McNair Scholarship. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a recipient of the Goldman Sachs MBA Fellowship.
Gregory F. Back
Managing Member, Free Sky Capital, San Mateo, CA
Greg Back is a technology investor and company builder based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an active angel investor, advisor, and occasional founder of early and growth stage companies, focusing on the software and Internet sectors. Previously, he was Managing Director at Warburg Pincus, the global growth-oriented private equity investor, based in New York. At Warburg, Mr. Back co-founded the Internet investment practice and led the application software practice. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President at InfoGroup, a publicly traded marketing data company, and an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in Chicago and Scandinavia.
Mr. Back has been interested in supporting the education of underprivileged youth for more than three decades. Most relevant to his IHDF board service, when fellow students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business began to form an “I Have A Dream” program affiliated with the school in the early 1990s, he helped form the tutoring program. The tutoring program was ultimately comprised of approximately seventy graduate students who supported at-risk elementary students in East Palo Alto, CA. One hundred percent of his Dreamer cohorts graduated from high school and the vast majority continued on to college.
Mr. Back graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, and has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Principal, Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Homrich Berg, Atlanta, GA
Andy is co-founder and chief executive officer of Homrich Berg. He founded the firm with the belief that high-net-worth individuals need access to personalized alternative investment vehicles that balance appropriately with the entirety of their portfolio. Andy offers his diverse clientele hands-on counsel and oversees the management and operations of the firm. He is credited with developing HB’s model for serving clients’ wealth management needs on a fee-only basis.
Andy’s expertise spans the wealth management profession and includes financial and estate planning, taxation and investment strategy.
Andy is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, North Atlanta Tax Council, the Georgia Planned Giving Council and the Atlanta Estate Planning Council. Additionally, Andy is a Registered Financial Advisor with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). Andy’s leadership extends beyond the office. Andy serves on the board of directors for the Andrade Faxon Charities for Children, the Leadership Council for the American Diabetes Association, the Corporate Advisory Board for the Georgia Goal Scholarship Program, Inc., the Atlanta Opera and the Buckhead Coalition.
He is a contributor to the financial media and has been profiled in Financial Planning magazine. Andy has been quoted on topics related to wealth management and investments in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Investment Advisor, Investment News, Financial Advisor and Investor’s Business Daily, among others. Additionally, Andy has been a featured commentator on television, radio programs and news features throughout the Southeast.
Andy was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s top financial leaders, first in their Who’s Who section and as Atlanta’s only representative from an RIA firm in the publication’s Power 50 Banking and Finance list. Additionally, Andy had been named by Catalyst magazine as one of Atlanta’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs, Worth magazine as one of the country’s top financial advisors and Barron’s as a top independent advisor. Andy was the recipient of the 2011 HONORS Award from the Financial Planning Association of Georgia.
He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in management accounting from Purdue University.
Braynard O. Brown
Senior Associate, Rockefeller & Company, New York, NY
After attending the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Brown played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns. After playing in the NFL, Mr. Brown obtained a real estate license and acquired an ownership stake in a real estate brokerage company. He then worked as a realtor at a nationally recognized real estate company.
Mr. Brown then entered the University of Notre Dame School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Brown served on the NCAA Faculty Board and the University’s Council on Diversity. In addition, he was a two term president of the Black Law Students Association and an active member of the Business Law Society. Mr. Brown then worked as an attorney with New Jersey law firm Shabazz & Associates, where he focused on sports and entertainment, real estate, labor and employment, corporate, public sector, traffic, criminal and civil litigation. He now serves as National Accounts Manager at The Direct Marketing Association.
Mr. Brown is committed to service in communities throughout the state of New Jersey. He is a board member of the YMCA located in Paterson, New Jersey and the Calvary Community Development Corporation in Morristown, New Jersey. He provides mentorship for young men at the Langston Hughes Elementary School in East Orange through the Ernest E. Justice mentoring Program. He is also the Regional Director of the Notre Dame Black Alumni Board.
Martin L. Budd
Mr. Budd is a retired partner of the law firm of Day, Berry & Howard, LLP. During his tenure at Day, Berry & Howard (now Day Pitney, LLP), Mr. Budd chaired the firm’s Business Law Department with particular expertise in federal securities laws, merger and acquisition transactions, and strategic joint ventures.
Mr. Budd has served as a Director of Atlantic Tele-Network since 2007, is Chairman of the Connecticut Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, and has served on the Legal Advisory Board of the National Association of Securities Dealers. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hartford Seminary and is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League. Mr. Budd also serves as a member of the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority.
Mr. Budd was born in Brooklyn, NY, and attended Erasmus Hall High School. He studied at Dartmouth College, where he earned his A.B., and went on to earn his B.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. After his time at Oxford, Mr. Budd served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, then completed his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review.
President & CEO, "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County, Boulder, CO
Lori Canova has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County since 1997. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from 2 classes to 14, serving over 700 students, making the Boulder County affiliate one of the largest in the country.
Lori helped start the local Mentors Matter group which focuses on recruitment of mentors, especially mentors of color. She also helped launch a county-wide collaborative school supply drive, Crayons to Calculators. Prior to joining “I Have A Dream, Lori was the Program Director for Big Brothers of Metro Denver; a Program Director for the Mental Health Association of Colorado; the Director of SB94 Juvenile Diversion Program for Jefferson Center for Mental Health; and an Adolescent Counselor for Human Services, Inc.
Lori has a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver and completed her undergraduate work in Social Work at Colorado State University. In 2010, Lori received the Woman of the Year award from the Boulder Professional Women group.
Partner, AEA Investments, New York, NY
Baron joined AEA in 2004 as a member of the Small Business Fund team and was promoted to Partner in 2011. He currently serves as a board member of Aramsco, Colony Hardware, Dayton Parts, Evans, Fluid Flow, Galco, SBP and Troxell Communications. He also served on the boards of former AEA portfolio companies Implus Footcare, In the Swim, PLZ Aeroscience and Sextant Education.
Prior to joining AEA, Baron was an associate at Arena Capital Partners, focusing on investments in business services companies. Prior to Arena, he was with GE Capital’s private equity investment division and was a member of the mergers and acquisitions department at Prudential Securities.
Co-Chairman, Bed Bath & Beyond, Union, NJ
Warren Eisenberg has a deep commitment to “I Have A Dream.” In addition to his role on the national Board of Directors, he serves on the boards of “I Have A Dream” Foundation – New York Metro Area and “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Plainfield, NJ. Mr. Eisenberg also sponsors the Temple Emanu-El “I Have a Dream” program in Westfield, NJ. In addition to his commitments to “I Have A Dream,” Mr. Eisenberg serves on the boards of Berkshire Hills – Emanuel Camps, Hand In Hand, and Gift of Life.
Mr. Eisenberg has more than 45 years of experience in the retail industry. He co-founded Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. and has served as a director since its start in 1971. He is currently the company’s Co-Chairman, and has also served as Chairman (1992 to 1999) and Co-Chief Executive Officer (1971 to 2003).
Managing Partner, Clarendon Group, North Potomac, MD
Mark Fornasiero became involved with “I Have A Dream” in 1992 as a business school student, helping to launch the athletic program for the East Palo Alto, CA Flood School. In the following year, he co-founded the after-school program, which provided supervision, academic support, and extracurricular activities for the students. In addition, Mr. Fornasiero served on the Board and as Director of Corporate Fundraising for The MBA Challenge for Charity, the largest MBA nonprofit organization worldwide.
Mr. Fornasiero is Managing Partner with Clarendon Group, a firm focused on developing investments and providing strategic advisory services to the transportation and logistics industry. In 2000, Mr. Fornasiero conceived and co-founded RoadLink as Clarendon’s first investment, which became the first national company focused on pick-up/delivery of intermodal (ocean/rail) containers. Mr. Fornasiero served on RoadLink’s Board and held the roles of CFO and Chief Strategy Officer until 2008, following the company’s sale. Previously, Mr. Fornasiero was a management consultant in the transportation/logistics practice of A.T. Kearney.
Mr. Fornasiero graduated with honors from Cornell University with bachelor’s degrees in operations research and economics in 1989. He earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1994, where he received a Public Management Program certificate and was named an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Jeffrey A. Fromm (Vice Chair)
Partner, VLP Law Group LLP, New York, NY
Jeff Fromm is a partner in the boutique Silicon Valley-founded law firm, VLP Law Group LLP. Mr. Fromm represents emerging and growth-stage technology companies, product and service businesses, and investment groups. He has experience both in the U.S. and globally with private equity and venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing and distribution arrangements, executive employment and compensation arrangements, and general corporate issues.
Mr. Fromm has substantial experience in four particular areas: education technology companies; cross-border transactions involving companies and investors in Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia; Israeli technology companies, both in Israel and the U.S.; and benefit corporations (“B corps”).
Mr. Fromm served as Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Quadrant-Amroq Bottling Company Limited (the exclusive Pepsi bottler for Romania), and founder and President of KnowledgeQuest Ventures LLC, a financial advisory and management consulting firm serving the education industry. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Quadrant European Beverages Limited (the exclusive Pepsi bottler for Bulgaria).
Mr. Fromm received his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from the University at Albany, his J.D. from New York University School of Law, and his M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He currently also serves as a Member of the Alpine Planning Board in Alpine, New Jersey.
Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation, Denver, CO
Rachael joined Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation in October 2012. She brings the organization 18 years of experience in education and advocacy, most recently as Executive Director of Say Yes to Education Syracuse. Housed in the School of Education at Syracuse University, Say Yes is a school district-wide organization serving more than 22,000 students in 31 schools. While at Syracuse, she was also an assistant professor for the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies. From 2001-08, Rachael was assistant director and then director of to the Office of Community Engagement and Integrative Learning, running an array of community-focused programs and initiatives operating within a social justice context located on campus. From 1999-2001, she was executive director of Near East Side Community Development Organization of Syracuse (NESCO), focusing on job placement, training, mentoring and youth programs. She began her career with Teach for America, serving as a special needs teacher in South Central Los Angeles for two years.
Rachael has a master’s in education from Harvard University; a master’s in social work from Boston College, where she focused on needs assessments, grant writing, nonprofit management and community mobilization; and a bachelor’s in speech communication from Syracuse University.
Rory Greiss (Secretary)
Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, New York, NY
Mr. Greiss has extensive experience in the areas of (i) mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of public and private companies representing both purchasers and sellers in widely diverse industries, (ii) leveraged buyout transactions, (iii) public and private equity and debt financings, (iv) corporate restructurings representing companies in bankruptcy proceedings or in “out-of-court” workout situations and (v) dispute resolution among partners and shareholders in closely held partnerships and corporations.
Recently, Mr. Greiss has handled several major acquisitions for a high-technology company in the high-brightness light emitting diode, solar, data storage and semiconductor industries, the sale of the assets of a juvenile furniture manufacturer, the acquisition of an urban not-for-profit hospital, the restructuring of a major health-care provider including the sale of its long-term care and contract rehabilitation business, a $220 million convertible subordinated note offering, and the representation of the audit committees of two separate public companies in connection with an internal investigation into accounting irregularities and alleged wrongdoing claimed in a “whistle blower” complaint.
Mr. Greiss also regularly represents companies in the entertainment and pharmaceutical industries and has extensive experience in intellectual property acquisitions and licensing agreements. Mr. Greiss’ pharmaceutical industry experience includes the settlements of patent infringement litigations.
Mr. Greiss has spoken at numerous seminars on topics including the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley on private companies, the design and implementation of disclosure controls and procedures, and the initial public offering process.
Jeffrey R. Gural
Chairman, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, New York, NY
Jeffrey Gural is Chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank is one of the largest independent real estate service firms in the world. Headquartered in New York, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and London-based partner Knight Frank operate from over 200 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents. Here in New York they currently manage approximately one hundred fifty buildings in the Metropolitan area of which the partners have an ownership interest in forty-one of these buildings.
Mr. Gural is responsible for all acquisitions and the managing and leasing of 8,000,000 square feet of properties that Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s partners have an ownership in. In addition he is responsible for the overall supervision of the company’s non-institutional portfolio.
Prior to joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in 1972, he was a member of the staff of Morse-Diesel Construction Co. for approximately six years where he was responsible for the supervision and construction of more than one million square feet of new office space in such notable buildings as 437 Madison Avenue and 645 Madison Avenue.
Mr. Gural is a member of the Board of Directors of The Real Estate Board of New York; President of the New York Chapter of The Starlight Children’s Foundation; Chairman of “I Have A Dream Foundation” – NY Metro Area and Co-Sponsor of the Chelsea-Elliot “I Have a Dream” Program; former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Times Square Business Improvement District; member of the Board of Trustees of Cooper Union and The New School; Chairman of the Board of Directors for Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York; member of the Board for Eugene Lang College; Vice President of The Broadway Association; member of the Board of Directors of the Eldridge Street Synagogue; member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of the Upper Westside; member of the Board of the Settlement Housing Fund; member of the Board of Directors of New York City Outward Bound; and member of the NYC Board of Directors for the March of Dimes. Mr. Gural is a member of the Board of Directors of the UJA-Federation, where both he and his father, Aaron Gural, were honored at the organization’s 1995 Annual Luncheon.
As a sideline, Mr. Gural is a major owner and breeder of Standardbred racehorses and has a farm in Stanfordville, New York. He owns two racinos in Upstate New York.
Mr. Gural is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is married, has three grown children, six grandchildren and resides in Manhattan.
Llewellyn P. Haden, Jr. (Treasurer)
President, Wales Business Management, Inc., Atlanta, GA
In 1987, Llewellyn P. Haden sponsored a class of 47 Dreamers in Atlanta, GA. Since then, he has gone on to serve as the President of “I Have A Dream” – Atlanta, and is a past Chairman of the national “I Have A Dream” Foundation.
Mr. Haden is president of Wales Business Management, Inc., an Atlanta based company that manages the business affairs of high income executives, athletes, and entertainers. In addition, he is president of Albemarle Corporation, also based in Atlanta, which facilitates the placement of money between small to medium-sized companies and real estate developers, and investors and/or lenders. Mr. Haden received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University, and he began his career in the banking field.
In addition to his commitments to “I Have A Dream”, Mr. Haden is a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and sits on the Advisory Board of Project Pericles. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of America’s Charities and is a former Chairman of the Atlanta-Fulton County Zoo, Inc.
Michael P. Huseby
Executive Chairman, Barnes and Noble Education, Inc., New York, NY
Michael P. Huseby is Executive Chairman of Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. He was previously Chief Executive Officer for Barnes & Noble, Inc., responsible for all business units including Barnes & Noble Retail, Barnes & Noble College and Nook Digital, LLC, and also served on the Board of Directors. Previously, Mr. Huseby was President of Barnes & Noble and Chief Executive Officer of Nook Digital, and before that Chief Financial Officer of Barnes & Noble. Prior to that, Mr. Huseby had a distinguished career in the media communications industry holding key executive roles at Cablevision Systems Corporation, Charter Communications, Inc., and AT&T Broadband. In addition, he spent 23 years at Arthur Andersen as a Global Equity Partner. Mr. Huseby holds a degree in Business Administration from the Leeds School at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Eugene M. Lang
Founder and Chairman Emeritus, New York, NY
President & CEO, “I Have A Dream” Foundation, New York, NY
Donna Lawrence has extensive experience in advocacy and policy development in support of disadvantaged children, youth and families. She spent many years at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) where she served in both a statewide role as Director of the CDF-NY office and in a national position as Vice President of National Field Operations. She also worked as Director of the Mayor’s Office for Children and Families under New York City Mayor David Dinkins, and was his Senior Policy Advisor on Children and Youth when he was Manhattan Borough President.
Donna most recently served as Vice President at the JPB Foundation, a relatively new family foundation with a grantmaking program that will grow to over $200M annually. Prior to this, Donna was the Children & Youth Programme Director at The Atlantic Philanthropies, responsible for directing a $100M global grant making program for disadvantaged children and youth, and the Executive Director of The Riggio Foundation, where she worked to develop a strategic social justice agenda and funding guidelines for the foundation, and served as a liaison to existing grantees. In that position she managed a $20M grant for building 150 homes for poor New Orleans families who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to joining the Riggio Foundation, she was the Executive Director of the New York office of the Susan Komen Breast Cancer foundation. In addition to these, Donna has held many other leadership and managerial roles in her professional career.
Donna has an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a B.S. in Social Work from Cornell University. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Revson Fellowship and Outstanding Women Achievers. Donna brings a wealth of experience in the foundation, government and not-for-profit sectors; strong organisational and managerial skills, and a commitment to work for social justice and equality for all people.
Principal, Oak Tree Management, New York, NY
Jere Lucey is a Managing Director in the U.S. Capital Markets group at Jones Lang LaSalle in New York, where he is a senior leader in Jones Lang LaSalle’s Special Asset Services unit – working with domestic and foreign banks and financial institutions in the valuation and sale of legacy commercial mortgage assets. JLL’s Special Asset Services has valued and/or sold over $44 billion in mortgage loans for financial institutions since 2010.
Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle in July 2006, Mr. Lucey worked in the New York office of Capmark Finance (formerly GMAC Commercial Mortgage), a real estate finance and commercial mortgage servicing company. In his six years at Capmark, Mr. Lucey originated more than $1.3 billion in debt and equity for his clients – which include opportunity funds, REITs and private real estate owners.
In the commercial mortgage finance business since 1986, while at Prudential Securities, Mr. Lucey was part of the team that advised the Resolution Trust Corporation on their first commercial mortgage-backed securitization.
Mr. Lucey received his BA from Georgetown University, and his MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Lucey is a Governor of the Urban Land Institute Foundation.
A graduate of the University of Arizona, Carol McGuire has taught students in public schools from kindergarten through high school. She has also owned and operated a small business. For the past 30 years, Ms. McGuire has been actively involved in her community, serving on numerous boards of the PTA, Little League, Creative Arts Group Alliance, Assistance League of Arcadia, Arcadia Tournament of Roses Association, Arcadia Educational Foundation, and Arcadia Boosters Club, among others.
A member of the “I Have A Dream” family since 1991, Ms. McGuire is the Sponsor of two “I Have A Dream” programs in Pasadena, California, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Los Angeles and the national “I Have A Dream” Foundations. More than 90% of her first class of Dreamers (“I Have A Dream” – LA Project 12) graduated from high school.
Senior Partner, Ironmont Advisors, Short Hills, NJ
Mr. Pande is Senior Partner at Ironmont Capital Partners L.P., a Singapore-based investor in power and energy infrastructure. He is responsible for the origination, negotiation, and execution of the Ironmont Partners’ investments in the energy infrastructure and power sectors, including investments in solar, wind and hydro opportunities throughout Asia. He is also on the Investment Committee of the firm.
Prior to Ironmont, he was Managing Director and one of three partners at American Capital Energy & Infrastructure, a private equity firm focused on energy and power investments in the emerging markets. While there, he led the establishment of the firm’s practice in Asia, and was member of the Energy and Infrastructure Investment Committee.
Prior to joining American Capital, he spent 16 years at Salomon Brothers / Citigroup, where he was a Managing Director in the investment banking department. While there, he held numerous positions, including co-head of Asian Energy Investment Banking and Head of Southeast Asia Industrials, as well as managing director for North America oil services and energy infrastructure. He has worked on over $50 billion in mergers & acquisition transactions and over 120 equity and debt transactions raising over $40 billion.
Prior to joining Salomon Smith Barney (later merged with Citi) in 1998, Mr. Pande was a Principal in the Transportation Strategy group at management consulting firm A.T. Kearney Inc. where he worked on mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy, and restructurings assignments for Fortune 500 clients.
Mr. Pande has an AB from Dartmouth College in quantitative economics, and an MBA with distinction in finance and strategy from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Richard B. Saltzman
President & CEO, Colony NorthStar, Inc., New York, NY
Richard B. Saltzman is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Colony NorthStar, Inc., having previously held the positions of Chief Executive Officer, President and a member of the Board of Directors of Colony Capital, Inc., the predecessor to Colony NorthStar. Prior to joining the Colony Capital business in 2003, Mr. Saltzman spent 24 years in the investment banking business primarily specializing in real estate-related businesses and investments.
Most recently, he was a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch’s investment banking division. As a member of the investment banking operating committee, he oversaw the firm’s global real estate, hospitality and restaurant businesses. Previously, he also served as Chief Operating Officer of Investment Banking and had responsibility for Merrill Lynch’s Global Leveraged Finance business. Mr. Saltzman was also responsible for various real estate-related principal investments, including the Zell/Merrill Lynch series of funds which acquired more than $3.0 billion of commercial real estate assets and where he was a member of the investment committee.
Mr. Saltzman serves on the Board of Directors of Kimco Realty Corporation (NYSE: KIM) and the Board of Trustees of Colony Starwood Homes (NYSE: SFR). Previously, he was also a member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), on the board of directors of the Real Estate Roundtable and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Land Institute, Treasurer of the Pension Real Estate Association, a Director of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate and a past Chairman of the Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee of the National Realty Committee.
Mr. Saltzman received his Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College in 1977 and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in 1979.
President Emeritus, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Atlanta, GA
Roxanne Spillett leads the largest network of facility-based youth development organizations in the world. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 1,100 local affiliates operate some 4,000 Club locations throughout the nation and on U.S. military installations worldwide. With a combined staff of more than 50,000 full- and part-time employees and some 200,000 board and program volunteers, the organization annually serves some 4 million children and teens. Club programs help young people achieve academic success and healthy lifestyles, develop good character, and engage in citizenship and public service.
Spillett’s 1996 appointment to the presidency of BGCA marked a new era. She led BGCA through a decade of major expansion, implementing a growth strategy that doubled the size and scope of the Boys & Girls Club network and tripled its revenues. Simultaneously, the organization unveiled a dynamic new brand strategy – featuring national spokesperson Denzel Washington – which is heightening the public profile of Boys & Girls Clubs. Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ranks among the Top 10 nonprofit brands in America.
Spillett also spearheaded the drive to increase services for children in nontraditional environments, including public housing and Native American lands. One of her most noteworthy achievements is the initiation of a unique partnership with the Department of Defense, which has chartered Boys & Girls Clubs on 390 U.S. military installations worldwide. She also initiated international efforts to assist other nations in establishing youth centers.
Under Spillett’s leadership, BGCA has created generation-changing initiatives in education, technology, financial literacy and civic engagement. The organization also significantly enhanced the capacity of local Clubs in technology, human resources, and board and resource development. Her proudest accomplishments include uniting Clubs behind a common agenda and helping to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support the Boys & Girls Club network. With a keen financial acumen, Spillett successfully implemented an aggressive and highly focused financial strategy to create new revenue streams for local affiliates.
Spillett also built one of the most prestigious and engaged nonprofit boards in America, establishing an enviable governing body that includes national leaders and key executives of Fortune 500 companies. Consistent with her efforts to recruit professional talent, Boys & Girls Clubs of America was selected as one of the top 50 “Best NonProfit Organizations to Work for” in 2010.
Her 1996 appointment to the presidency of BGCA marked a major milestone in a career spanning more than 30 years of Boys & Girls Club work. Spillett joined BGCA as director of the National Health Project. In the course of her career, she was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president of the Northeast division and senior vice president of Program Services.
In recognition of her numerous achievements, Spillett was selected as one of the “Power 50” by The NonProfit Times for three consecutive years. She also received the Excellence in National Executive Leadership Award presented by the National Human Services Assembly, an association of leading nonprofits in the fields of health, community development and human services. Newsweek has cited Spillett as one of the “15 People Who Make America Great,” part of the magazine’s annual Giving Back Awards.
President George W. Bush appointed Spillett to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, which promotes volunteerism, community service and good citizenship. She is past chairperson for Leadership 18, an alliance of executives from the nation’s most influential nonprofits, and serves on the boards of BoardSource and the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University in Atlanta and as a trustee of America’s Promise Alliance.
Spillett earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the State University of New York, and did graduate work in guidance and counseling at St. Lawrence University. She also studied public health administration at Hunter College in New York. Today, she teaches graduate students in the nonprofit management program at the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame.
In recent years, Spillett has received a number of honorary doctorate degrees: one in law, from the University of Notre Dame; and four in the humanities, from Trinity College in Connecticut, Bryant University in Rhode Island, Westfield State University in Massachusetts and Marian College in Indiana.
In 2008, Spillett led the launch of Impact 2012, a five-year strategic plan that positions BGCA more powerfully than ever as an advocacy organization of national scope and influence. The plan commits BGCA to ensure lasting impact in the lives of youth; increase high school graduation rates; build stronger revenues for Clubs; reach beyond Club walls to support families, and inspire generations of children to a level of civic engagement not seen since the founding of our nation.
Co-Founder, Williams Island, Miami, FL
Since sponsoring Miami’s first “I Have A Dream” program in 1995, Stephanie Trump has helped grow Miami into one of the largest “I Have A Dream” regions in the country, with nearly 800 Miami Dreamers ranging from second graders to college students. Ms. Trump was so inspired by the success of her first Dreamer class that, soon after their graduation from high school, she sponsored another class – this time serving 96 kindergarteners in North Miami Beach – and also co-Sponsors another cohort of Miami students.
Ms. Trump is part of the family of developers that conceived the 80-acre condominium enclave on the Intracoastal Waterway in South Florida known as Williams Island, as well as the Acqualina Resort and Spa at Sunny Isles Beach. She continues to play an integral part in the architectural, design, and training processes of these properties. In addition to her work with “I Have A Dream”, Ms. Trump is involved with the Greater Miami Federation, and was one of the founders of American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro, a nonprofit community center for the education and treatment of children with developmental and mental disabilities. Ms. Trump was born and educated in South Africa, and has a bachelor’s degree in English, speech and drama, and a master’s degree in education.
Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal, New York, NY
With more than three decades of corporate governance experience serving on numerous public and private corporations, Ms. Wattleton is an active member of the of the board of governors of the Pardee Rand Graduate School and serves on the board of directions of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Previously she has served on the board of trustees of Columbia University and on the boards of directors of public companies including: Ehrlich-Bober Financial Services (1886-1988), Leslie Fay (1993-1998), Estee Lauder Companies (1995-2003), Well Choice, Inc. (1993-2005), Quidel Corporation (1994-2006) and Savient Pharmaceuticals (1997-2007).
Ms. Wattleton earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ohio State University and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She holds fourteen honorary degrees and is the single honoree of the 2014 Ohio State University alumni medalist award for national or international career achievement
S. Steven Yang, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
Dr. S. Steven Yang is a Clinical Associate Professor at New York University School of Medicine and serves on the staff of NYU Langone Medical Center and The Hospital for Joint Diseases. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the hand and upper extremity and is a principal of the NYU Hand Center. Prior to that Dr. Yang was the Director of the Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He served on the Medical Executive Committee of MEETH/North Shore-LIJ Hospital System. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is also a member of the Performing Arts Medical Association.
Dr. Yang received a bachelor of science degree from Yale University, a medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine, and a masters degree in health policy and management at the Harvard University School of Public Health. He trained in general and orthopedic surgery at the Lenox Hill Hospital and received fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery of the Weill Cornell University Medical College. His research and scholarly work are published in numerous peer reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters. Dr. Yang is a frequent presenter and invited speaker at national and international conferences and is an opinion leader in surgical reconstruction of the upper extremity.
Dr. Yang is a member of the board of directors of the Korean American Community Foundation and acts as chair of the Community Grants Committee. He is also a board member of the Council of Korean Americans. He lives in New York City with his wife, an attorney, and his two children.