• Board of Trustees

  • The New School is governed by a board of trustees drawn from the ranks of leaders in civil society. The trustees’ capacity to chart a course for the university’s future is exemplified by the roles they have in business, education, philanthropy, government, media, and other fields. The board meets regularly throughout the year and participates actively in the rich array of public programs, performances, and university ceremonies that characterize The New School.

  • Trustees

    Chair Joseph R. Gromek

    Joseph R. Gromek

    Chair

    Retired President and CEO,
    The Warnaco Group, Inc.

    Joseph R. Gromek

    Retired President and CEO,
    The Warnaco Group, Inc.

    Joseph R. Gromek

    Mr. Gromek is the retired president and CEO of the Warnaco Group and is now a retail and apparel consultant. Mr. Gromek has received a number of awards for his contributions to the apparel field and for his philanthropic work.

    He is currently a director on the boards of Children’s Place, Guess?, Inc., the Stanley M. Proctor Company, Hudson Executive Capital, the Baker Retail Center at Wharton, and Wolverine World Wide. In addition to serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees of The New School, Mr. Gromek is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Ronald McDonald House of New York and a member of the St. Peter’s University Board of Trustees. Mr. Gromek’s commitment to the fashion industry led him to serve on the Board of Governors of Parsons School of Design.

    Henry H. Arnhold

    Henry H. Arnhold

    Chairman Emeritus,
    Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc.

    Henry H. Arnhold

    Chairman Emeritus,
    Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc.

    Henry H. Arnhold

    Mr. Arnhold joined Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder, Inc., in 1947 and served as chairman from 1960 to 2015; he is now chairman emeritus. From 1955 to 1959, he acted as president and subsequently chairman of General Ceramics and Steatite Corporation and its affiliates. He is president of the Arnhold Foundation and the Mulago Foundation and serves as emeritus board member of Conservation International.

    Mr. Arnhold is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Council on Germany, and serves on the advisory board of the World Policy Institute. In 2002, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from The New School. He is a recipient of the Grand Cross — Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and was awarded an honorary senatorship by the Technische Universität Dresden.

    Arnold H. Aronson

    Arnold H. Aronson

    Partner and Managing Director of Retail Strategies,
    Kurt Salmon

    Arnold H. Aronson

    Partner and Managing Director of Retail Strategies,
    Kurt Salmon

    Arnold H. Aronson

    Mr. Aronson began his career at Bloomingdale’s and went on to become CEO first of Saks Fifth Avenue and then of its parent company, the Batus Retail Group. He also serves on Ralph Lauren’s Board of Directors. Mr. Aronson remains deeply engaged in the retail and consumer products industries as a partner and managing director of the global management consultancy Kurt Salmon. Mr. Aronson’s experience in the fashion industry and his dedication to higher education led him to serve on the Board of Governors of Parsons, of which he served as chair for 13 years. He has also previously served as chair of the Board of Governors of Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. Mr. Aronson has enjoyed a 30-plus-year relationship with The New School and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

    Vice Chair Franci J. Blassberg

    Franci J. Blassberg

    Vice Chair

    Of Counsel,
    Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP

    Franci J. Blassberg

    Of Counsel,
    Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP

    Franci J. Blassberg

    Ms. Blassberg recently retired as a partner after a 35-year career with Debevoise & Plimpton, where she is currently of counsel. She spent much of her legal career advising private equity clients. Since her retirement, she has been teaching courses in private equity and corporate governance at Cornell Law School and Berkeley Law School.

    A skilled negotiator of complex transactions, Ms. Blassberg was named by the National Law Journal one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America (2007) and one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America (2006). Ms. Blassberg has also been recognized by Private Equity International as one of the 30 most influential lawyers in global private equity. She is a trustee of the New-York Historical Society and a trustee emerita at Cornell University and served as a board member of the New York City Ballet. She is on the boards of The Lazard Funds, Inc., and other funds managed by Lazard Asset Management and its affiliates.

    Steven H. Bloom

    Steven H. Bloom

    Steven H. Bloom

    Steven H. Bloom

    Mr. Bloom, CFA, has more than 30 years of experience in the alternative asset management business. He is currently managing his family investment office and is engaged in an advisory capacity with several hedge funds. In 1983, he was one of five founding partners of Susquehanna International Group, a global proprietary trading firm, and in 1999, he founded and managed Sagamore Hill Capital Management, a multi-billion-dollar multistrategy hedge fund. He worked as an environmental scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council for several years before entering the investment field.

    Mr. Bloom is chairman of the Binghamton University Foundation and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of the Michigan School of Public Health where he is active with social entrepreneurship initiatives. Mr. Bloom was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the State University of New York.

    Dominique Bluhdorn

    Dominique Bluhdorn

    President,
    The Altos de Chavon Cultural Center Foundation

    Dominique Bluhdorn

    President,
    The Altos de Chavon Cultural Center Foundation

    Dominique Bluhdorn

    Ms. Bluhdorn established the Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation in the Dominican Republic, with the mission of creating and supporting a multifaceted arts community that encompasses the visual and performing arts, craft workshops, an artist-in-residence program that also serves as the Caribbean site for the Davidoff Arts Initiative, an archaeological museum, and teaching programs in design and visual arts.

    At the center of the Cultural Center Foundation is the Altos de Chavón School of Design, with campuses in La Romana and Santo Domingo. Since its establishment in 1983 the school has been affiliated with Parsons. This two-year, university-level school has graduated nearly 3,000 students, many of whom now hold distinguished creative positions in fashion, graphic design, digital design, fine arts, and illustration around the world.

    Ms. Bluhdorn is a member of the Davidoff Art Initiative Advisory Council. She has served on the boards of the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, and the New York Academy of Art.

    Christopher J. Castano

    Christopher J. Castano

    Managing Director,
    Grosvenor Capital Management, LP

    Christopher J. Castano

    Managing Director,
    Grosvenor Capital Management, LP

    Christopher J. Castano

    Mr. Castano received his Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University and his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University. He is an alumnus of the Regis High School in New York City.

    Mr. Castano joined Grosvenor Capital Management as a managing director in 2010 and currently shares responsibility for business development. Before working at Grosvenor Capital Management, he served as head of business development at Sonar Capital Management, a long/short equity hedge fund. From 2001 to 2009, he held a number of positions at Merrill Lynch, including head of high net worth sales for alternative investments, head of the product platform for the Private Banking group, and head of private equity origination for the Private Client group. Mr. Castano served as a consultant at Square Foot, which specializes in managing urban revitalization and renovation projects. During that time, he also served as the associate director of the Downtown Newark business improvement district (BID). From 1995 to 1999, he was an attorney at Waters, McPherson, McNeill, P.C., which specializes in environmental litigation and urban redevelopment. Mr. Castano currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell. Mr. Castano joined the board of the Schools of Public Engagement in 2012.

    Jane DeFlorio

    Jane DeFlorio

    Retired Managing Director, Deutsche Bank

    Jane DeFlorio

    Retired Managing Director, Deutsche Bank

    Jane DeFlorio

    After a successful 16-year career providing financial advice to the world’s most notable apparel and retail companies, Ms. DeFlorio retired in December 2013 as a managing director at Deutsche Bank in New York. At Deutsche Bank, Ms. DeFlorio headed coverage of the U.S. retail industry sector. Her clients included The TJX Companies, Home Depot, and Nike. Ms. DeFlorio joined Deutsche Bank in April 2007 from UBS Investment Bank, where she worked on consumer sector transactions.

    Ms. DeFlorio’s current focus is serving on public company boards, private investing, and philanthropy. She is a director of DDR Corp (NYSE:DDR), an $11 billion real estate investment trust that owns and manages value-oriented open-air retail shopping centers, or “power centers,” on the U.S. mainland and in Puerto Rico. She is currently the lead independent director at Perry Ellis International (NASDAQ:PERY), a $350 million apparel wholesaler and retailer, where she serves on the Audit, Nominating and Investment Committees. In addition to serving on The New School’s Board of Trustees, Ms. DeFlorio serves on the Parsons Board of Governors.

    Beth Rudin DeWoody<br>BA '75

    Beth Rudin DeWoody
    BA '75

    President, The Rudin Family Foundations

    Beth Rudin DeWoody
    BA '75

    President, The Rudin Family Foundations

    Beth Rudin DeWoody<br>BA '75

    Beth Rudin DeWoody is chairman of the Rudin Family Foundations and executive vice president of Rudin Management Company. She has also curated shows for art galleries in New York City, New Orleans, London, and Vermont. Ms. DeWoody completed her studies at The New School for Social Research in New York City, where she received her BA in Liberal Arts.

    Ms. DeWoody’s board affiliations include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Creative Time, The New School, Design Museum Holon Israel, Empowers Africa, Save A Child India, Inc., and The New York City Police Foundation. Ms. DeWoody is also on the Advisory Board of The Glass House in New Canaan and the Board of Overseers of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and is an honorary trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Ms. DeWoody serves on the Advisory Board for New Yorkers for Children, Inc.

    Ms. DeWoody serves on the Parsons Board of Governors, is a member of the Committee for the University Art Collection, and is on the Photography Steering Committee at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her professional affiliations include charter membership of New York Women Executives in Real Estate.

    Ms. DeWoody is chairman of the Arts and Culture Committee of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) and is on the Council of Conservators of the New York Public Library, the National Leadership Council at United States Artists, and the Library Association of MoMA.

    Douglas D. Durst

    Douglas D. Durst

    Chairman,
    The Durst Organization

    Douglas D. Durst

    Chairman,
    The Durst Organization

    Douglas D. Durst

    Mr. Durst is the chairman of the Durst Organization, one of Manhattan’s top real estate development companies and a leader in developing environmentally friendly buildings. Mr. Durst is also a noted philanthropist and serves on the boards of several New York City organizations, including the Trust for Public Land and the Roundabout Theater Company. He is a director of the Real Estate Board of New York and a trustee of The Old York Foundation, which is committed to helping people understand the history of and issues facing New York City. Mr. Durst carries on his family’s long tradition of involvement with The New School—his grandmother Rose Friedwald Durst was an art student at The New School, and his grandfather Joseph and father, Seymour, were both contributors and volunteers.

    Fred A. Dust

    Fred A. Dust

    Partner, IDEO

    Fred A. Dust

    Partner, IDEO

    Fred A. Dust

    Fred Dust works with leaders and change agents to unlock the creative potential of business, government, educational, and philanthropic organizations. A partner at IDEO, the acclaimed international design firm, and a senior leader of IDEO’s New York office, Mr. Dust is a leading voice and practitioner of human-centered design and networked innovation. He is particularly invested in the increased overlap between the nonprofit, philanthropic, government, and private sectors and the new structures to be developed to help these diverse organizations move toward a collective impact.

    During his tenure, Mr. Dust has helped NBC redesign the TODAY show’s audience experience on Rockefeller Plaza, guided the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in helping students make smart decisions about paying for college, and collaborated with patients and staff to build innovative service models for the Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente. He currently serves on IDEO.org's Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees of the Sundance Institute, and the Board of Directors of NPR. He lectures widely on various topics, including design methodology, future trends, and social innovation and has taught at California College of the Arts and at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Environmental Design.

    Michael E. Gellert

    Michael E. Gellert

    General Partner,
    Windcrest Partners

    Michael E. Gellert

    General Partner,
    Windcrest Partners

    Michael E. Gellert

    Mr. Gellert is a general partner and co-founder of Windcrest Partners, an evergreen venture capital and private equity partnership. He is also a director of Dalet Technologies, director emeritus of Seacor Holdings, and chairman of the board of Smith Barney Worldwide Special Fund NV and numerous private companies.

    He serves on the boards of various nonprofits, including the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Human Rights Watch, and Carnegie Institution for Science (serving as chairman from 2003 to 2013). Mr. Gellert is chairman of the Roosevelt House Advisory Board, of the Social Science Research Council’s Visiting Committee, and of Handel House Foundation of America. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a trustee of the Michael E. Gellert Trust, which supports the arts and education. During his tenure as a New School trustee, Mr. Gellert has been active on nearly all of the university’s committees. His interest in the arts and public policy has kept him engaged with the university for more than two decades.

    Nancye Green

    Nancye Green

    Chief Design Officer,
    The Medicines Company

    Nancye Green

    Chief Design Officer,
    The Medicines Company

    Nancye Green

    Nancye Green is a designer, with a storied career addressing the strategies and complex communication challenges of large enterprises, startup companies and non-profit organizations. Nancye founded the design firm Donovan/Green with Michael Donovan. They designed and produced in multiple media for clients as diverse as Hoffman-La Roche, 3M, GM, P&G, Exxon, President Ronald Reagan, American Express, Sony and American Girl. After selling their firm, she served as CEO of Waterworks and on the Boards of Directors of several companies including Hallmark and Waterworks. She is currently Chief Design Officer of The Medicines Company. She is a past President of both the American Institute of Graphic Arts, receiving its Gold Medal with Donovan, and the International Design Conference in Aspen, and is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of EcoHealth Alliance. She holds degrees from Tulane University in Political Science and Parsons School of Design in Environmental Design, graduating as valedictorian, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The Corcoran School of Art.

    Jeffrey Gural

    Jeffrey Gural

    Chairman,
    Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

    Jeffrey Gural

    Chairman,
    Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

    Jeffrey Gural

    Mr. Gural is chairman of Newmark Family Properties, a commercial real estate firm currently managing 41 buildings in the metropolitan area, in which he maintains an ownership interest. He is also the owner of Tioga Downs Casino and Vernon Downs Casino, the president of American Racing and Entertainment, and the operator of the New Meadowlands Racetrack. He has received numerous awards for his philanthropic work in New York City and serves on the boards of several charitable organizations, including the Museum at Eldridge Street, the March of Dimes, the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan, Outward Bound New York City, and the Settlement Housing Fund. He is the president of the Starlight Children’s Foundation in New York, the chairman of the I Have A Dream Foundation - NY, and a trustee of Cooper Union. He is also a director of the Real Estate Board of New York. Mr. Gural was introduced to The New School by life trustee Eugene Lang.

    Susan U. Halpern MA '76

    Susan U. Halpern MA '76

    President, The Sirus Fund

    Susan U. Halpern MA '76

    President, The Sirus Fund

    Susan U. Halpern MA '76

    Ms. Halpern is the president of the Sirus Fund, a foundation that supports programs for needy children and their families. She is also an attorney specializing in legal issues associated with adoption and foster parenting.

    William E. Havemeyer

    William E. Havemeyer

    President, Havemeyer Management Services, Inc.

    William E. Havemeyer

    President, Havemeyer Management Services, Inc.

    William E. Havemeyer

    Mr. Havemeyer is president of Havemeyer Management Services, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in urban planning and downtown revitalization as well as nonprofit organizational management and governance. He currently serves as the part-time COO of the Skyscraper Museum in New York City and also chairs the board of the New York City Cultural Institutions Retirement System, a $1.63 billion pension fund. He recently completed 20 years as a trustee of Union Theological Seminary in New York City and was also a long-standing member of the board of the Brooklyn Museum. Mr. Havemeyer received The New School’s Distinguished Service Award in 1994 and served as interim director of the Parsons Paris program in 1995–1996.

    Mr. Havemeyer’s long involvement with historic real estate restoration helped him lead The New School’s Buildings and Grounds Committee’s work on the Greenwich Village campus for many years. Mr. Havemeyer appreciates the university’s focus on urban and progressive issues.

    Robert F. Hoerle

    Robert F. Hoerle

    Managing Partner,
    Stone Run Capital, LLC

    Robert F. Hoerle

    Managing Partner,
    Stone Run Capital, LLC

    Robert F. Hoerle

    Mr. Hoerle is a managing partner of Stone Run Capital, LLC, which he founded with his son Jeffrey in 2009. Previously he was managing director, executive vice president, and chairman of the Reich & Tang Capital Management Group; president of the Reich & Tang Equity Fund; and chairman of the Board of Reich & Tang, Inc. He is a life trustee of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a member of the board of trustees of Kent School, and a director of the Milbank Memorial Fund. Mr. Hoerle previously served on the Board of Governors of Parsons School of Design.

    Sheila C. Johnson

    Sheila C. Johnson

    Founder and CEO,
    Salamander Hospitality

    Sheila C. Johnson

    Founder and CEO,
    Salamander Hospitality

    Sheila C. Johnson

    Ms. Johnson oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties as founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts. The equestrian-inspired and luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, had its much-anticipated opening in August 2013, which was recognized by USA Today as among the world’s top eight hotel openings of 2013.

    Vice chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and president and managing partner of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, Ms. Johnson also serves on the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association. She is a partner in ProJet Aviation, an aircraft management and charter company, and in Mistral, the makers of fine bath, body, and home products. In November 2012, Ms. Johnson launched her own collection of luxury scarves, inspired by travels around the world and manufactured in Italy.

    Ms. Johnson was a founding partner of Black Entertainment Television and is a producer of documentary and feature films. She supports the arts and education as a board member of Parsons School of Design, serves on the board of the ANNIKA Foundation, and is also a member of the Leadership Council at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.

    Michael J. Johnston

    Michael J. Johnston

    Retired Executive Vice President, The Capital Group Companies, Inc.

    Michael J. Johnston

    Retired Executive Vice President, The Capital Group Companies, Inc.

    Michael J. Johnston

    Mr. Johnston retired as the executive vice president of The Capital Group Companies in 2009. Before joining Capital Group, he served as president of Paine Webber Capital Markets. A chair emeritus of The New School, Mr. Johnston is a trustee and former chair of the board of Claremont Graduate University and a trustee of both Union Theological Seminary and the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy. He also serves on the Solutions Council for the Rocky Mountain Institute and the national advisory council of the Harry S Truman Library institute. Mr. Johnston was drawn to The New School because of its commitment to excellence in progressive higher education.

    Bevis Longstreth

    Bevis Longstreth

    Retired Partner,
    Devevoise & Plimpton LLP

    Bevis Longstreth

    Retired Partner,
    Devevoise & Plimpton LLP

    Bevis Longstreth

    In 1993, Mr. Longstreth retired as a senior partner of the New York City law firm Debevoise & Plimpton to pursue other interests, including writing. Mr. Longstreth has always been attracted to teaching and values its role in democracies. Upon retiring, he served as a full-time adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where he had taught a seminar for six years. He has published three historical novels. During his professional career, he has often spoken and written on finance, corporate behavior, and the law. Mr. Longstreth has served on many boards of directors, including those of TIAA/CREF, Invesco, GMO, and the Center for Public Integrity. Currently he is a member of the finance committee of the Rockefeller Family Fund and an adviser to MDRC and the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System.

    Anthony Mannarino<br>BA '81, MA '83

    Anthony Mannarino
    BA '81, MA '83

    Executive Vice President,
    Extell Development Company

    Anthony Mannarino
    BA '81, MA '83

    Executive Vice President,
    Extell Development Company

    Anthony Mannarino<br>BA '81, MA '83

    Mr. Mannarino is executive vice president of Extell Development Company, where he oversees the firm’s extensive real estate portfolio of residential, office, hotel, and mixed-use projects. Extell is one of New York City’s most active developers and has owned and developed a portfolio of more than 20 million square feet. Before joining the Extell team, Mr. Mannarino served as managing director at Tishman Speyer, where he was responsible for development and new business initiatives in the New York region. Previously he was managing partner of Sony Center, a 1.3 million-square-foot mixed-use development in Berlin, Germany. Before joining Tishman Speyer, he served as the acting president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the city’s primary agency for economic development, business growth, and retention. He also served as the executive director of the New York City Industrial Development Authority.

    In addition to his involvement at The New School, Mr. Mannarino is a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission and a member of its Executive Committee. He also serves on the boards of the New York Building Congress, the NYU Furman Center, and the ACE Mentor Program. Mr. Mannarino is a member of REBNY and its Economic Development Committee. He has taught at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

    Daniel T. Motulsky

    Daniel T. Motulsky

    Managing Director,
    Moelis & Company

    Daniel T. Motulsky

    Managing Director,
    Moelis & Company

    Daniel T. Motulsky

    Mr. Motulsky is a managing director at Moelis & Company, a leading global independent investment bank. Previously, Mr. Motulsky was a managing director and global head of Consumer & Retail at Lazard, a global investment bank providing financial advisory and asset management services, from 2000 to June 2014, having joined the firm in 1998. Before his service with Lazard, Mr. Motulsky was a partner at Tanner & Co., Inc., a merchant banking and mergers and acquisition advisory firm. Before that, he served as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers Inc.

    Mr. Motulsky serves on the Board of Directors of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., a publicly listed retailer with sales of $3 billion, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of Mega Brands Inc.

    Robert H. Mundheim

    Robert H. Mundheim

    Of Counsel,
    Shearman & Sterling, LLP

    Robert H. Mundheim

    Of Counsel,
    Shearman & Sterling, LLP

    Robert H. Mundheim

    Mr. Mundheim is of counsel at the global law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP, where he advises on corporate governance and professional responsibility issues. He is also a professor of corporate law and finance at the University of Arizona Law School. He has been University Professor of Law and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and dean of its law school. Mr. Mundheim has been the general counsel of the U.S. Treasury, executive vice president and general counsel of Salomon Inc., president of the American Academy in Berlin, president of the Appleseed Foundation, and chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He is also a trustee of the Curtis Institute of Music, a director of the Salzburg Global Seminar, a founding trustee of the American College of Governance Counsel, and a council member (emeritus) of the American Law Institute.

    Charles R. Perrin

    Charles R. Perrin

    Former Chairman and CEO, Avon Products, Inc. and Duracell

    Charles R. Perrin

    Former Chairman and CEO, Avon Products, Inc. and Duracell

    Charles R. Perrin

    Mr. Perrin is the former non-executive chairman of the board of The Warnaco Group, former chairman and CEO of Avon Products, and former chairman and CEO of Duracell International, Inc. He is currently a member of the boards of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and the Campbell Soup Co.

    Mr. Perrin formerly served as chair of Save the Children International and is currently a trustee of Save the Children U.S. He is the co-founder and a trustee of the Perrin Family Foundation. He is also the former chairman and vice chairman of Ability Beyond Disability and a former trustee of Trinity College

    Mr. Perrin was introduced to The New School by board chair Joseph Gromek.

    Timothy L. Porter

    Timothy L. Porter

    Timothy L. Porter

    Timothy L. Porter

    Mr. Porter was formerly senior counsel and later chief client relationship counsel at Proskauer Rose, a global law firm. Before joining Proskauer, Mr. Porter worked at AT&T, where he was vice president – law and chief counsel for Labor, Employment and Environmental Matters. He served as a director of the AT&T Investment Management Company, the company’s pension and retirement benefits asset investment arm, and is currently a director of the Life Insurance Company of Boston and New York, a subsidiary of Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company. Mr. Porter is a trustee of Newark Public Radio (WGBO) and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He is a former board director of the YMCA of Greater New York and a former trustee of Holy Cross College, his alma mater. Mr. Porter first came to The New School as a student at the Guitar Study Center at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (now the School of Jazz), where he took courses and participated in the school’s music ensembles.

    Linda E. Rappaport

    Linda E. Rappaport

    Partner, Shearman & Sterling

    Linda E. Rappaport

    Partner, Shearman & Sterling

    Linda E. Rappaport

    Linda Rappaport is a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York City. She is a former practice group leader of the Compensation, Governance & ERISA/Private Client Group as well as a founding member of the firm’s Corporate Governance Advisory Group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of executive compensation and benefits, including corporate, securities, and tax laws and related corporate governance and regulatory matters. She has broad experience in the design and implementation of executive incentive programs and in the negotiation and preparation of executive employment contracts and severance arrangements, with an emphasis on the financial services and entertainment industries. Her practice also encompasses all compensation, benefits, and related governance issues associated with corporate acquisitions, divestitures, public offerings, restructurings, and bankruptcies.

    Ms. Rappaport has a special focus on the representation of global, U.S., and non-U.S. companies and their boards of directors and compensation committees in corporate governance matters, including CEO succession, public disclosure, and executive compensation. She also represents individual executives of public companies and private enterprises.

    Active in lecturing, Ms. Rappaport is the author of numerous articles on a variety of corporate governance and executive compensation issues. She has been ranked Band 1 for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation: New York in Chambers USA since 2007.

    Ms. Rappaport has been a partner of Shearman & Sterling since 1985. She has served three terms as an elected member of the firm’s Policy Committee through 2014 and has been a member of the firm’s Executive Group. She is also a founding member and advisor of the firm’s Women’s Initiative For Success, Excellence and Retention (WISER) and a member of its Diversity Committee and the firm’s Hiring Partner. Before joining the firm in 1979, she served as a law clerk to Chief Judge James S. Holden, U.S. District Court of the District of Vermont, from 1978 to 1979.

    Douglas H. Shulman

    Douglas H. Shulman

    Senior Executive Vice President, BNY Mellon

    Douglas H. Shulman

    Senior Executive Vice President, BNY Mellon

    Douglas H. Shulman

    Doug Shulman is senior executive vice president and a member of the Executive Committee of BNY Mellon. In that role, he heads service delivery for the company, which includes the key business functions and service delivery areas of BNY Mellon that help clients to conduct business, service assets, and engage in transactions in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. Before working at BNY Mellon, Mr. Shulman was a senior advisor with McKinsey & Co., where he worked with government agencies and financial services institutions on a broad range of strategic issues. Mr. Shulman was the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from 2008 until his term expired in 2012. Before working at the IRS, he served as the vice chairman of the Financial Industry Regulatory authority, and earlier in his career he was an entrepreneur and worked at a private investment firm.

    In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of The New School, Mr. Shulman currently serves on the board of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). He previously served as a director of the boards of the Mantas Corp. and the World Federation of Exchanges.

    Stanley P. Silverstein

    Stanley P. Silverstein

    President, International Development and Global Licensing,
    Perry Ellis International Inc.

    Stanley P. Silverstein

    President, International Development and Global Licensing,
    Perry Ellis International Inc.

    Stanley P. Silverstein

    Mr. Silverstein is the president of International Development and Global Licensing at Perry Ellis International. He leads an international executive team in expanding the global footprint of the company’s dynamic brand portfolio. During his 29-year tenure with Warnaco, he was responsible for successfully directing the company’s international expansion.

    In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of The New School, Mr. Silverstein also serves on the Board of Directors of Sovereign Health System.

    Mr. Silverstein was introduced to The New School by board chair Joseph Gromek.

    Malcolm B. Smith

    Malcolm B. Smith

    Retired President,
    General American Investors Company, Inc.

    Malcolm B. Smith

    Retired President,
    General American Investors Company, Inc.

    Malcolm B. Smith

    Mr. Smith joined General American Investors Company in 1948 and served there throughout his business career. He retired as president of General American in 1989 and remained on the board as vice-chairman and director until 1995. He is a director (emeritus) of Human Rights Watch and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Mr. Smith was chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New School from 1985 to 1995 and is now chair emeritus. He received an honorary degree from the university in 1995.

    Vice Chair Elliot Stein

    Elliot Stein

    Vice Chair

    Managing Director, Commonwealth Capital Partners, L.P.

    Elliot Stein

    Managing Director, Commonwealth Capital Partners, L.P.

    Elliot Stein

    Mr. Stein is chairman of Acertas LLC and Senturion Forecasting LLC and a Managing Director of Commonwealth Capital Partners. He is a member of the boards of directors of several public companies and is also a trustee of Claremont Graduate University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Stein’s personal and professional interests in politics, communications, the arts, and education have served him well as a New School trustee.

    Kay Unger<br>Fashion Design '68

    Kay Unger
    Fashion Design '68

    CEO, Kay Unger Family Foundation

    Kay Unger
    Fashion Design '68

    CEO, Kay Unger Family Foundation

    Kay Unger<br>Fashion Design '68

    Fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ms. Unger began her multifaceted career in 1968 as design assistant to Geoffrey Beene. Two years later, she founded her own dress firm, Kay Unger — the first of several successful global fashion concerns she founded and managed, including The Gillian Group, Kay Unger New York, Kay J’s Pajamas, and Phoebe Couture. In 2012, she formed Kay Unger Design as a means of focusing her boundless energy on unique design projects that benefit from her creative and leadership skills.

    A committed philanthropist, Kay is CEO of the Kay Unger Family Foundation (KUFF), with its mission of “venture philanthropy.” KUFF supports existing foundations for cancer care and research and also provides funding for scholarships to underserved youths who are talented in the arts.

    Born and raised in Chicago, Kay has lived in New York throughout her career; she currently lives in SoHo. She has two sons and five grandchildren

    David E Van Zandt

    David E Van Zandt

    President,
    The New School

    David E Van Zandt

    President,
    The New School

    David E Van Zandt

    Since becoming president of The New School in 2011, David E. Van Zandt has advanced a vision for the university that elevates its core values of creativity, innovation, and social engagement. He has written and lectured on higher education cost and accountability and its role in the creative economy. Prior to The New School, he was dean of Northwestern University School of Law from 1995 to 2011.

    With a background in sociology and law, Mr. Van Zandt has published and presented on international finance, religion, social theory, and legal education. He was an associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.

    Lillian Shiao-Yen Wu

    Lillian Shiao-Yen Wu

    Program Executive, IBM Global University Programs,
    IBM Corporation

    Lillian Shiao-Yen Wu

    Program Executive, IBM Global University Programs,
    IBM Corporation

    Lillian Shiao-Yen Wu

    Dr. Wu is a research scientist and a program executive for IBM Global University Programs. She serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the KECK Graduate Institute for Applied Life Sciences (one of the Claremont Colleges). In addition, she serves on the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources and on the board of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Public Agenda, both nonprofit organizations.

    William D. Zabel

    William D. Zabel

    Partner,
    Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP

    William D. Zabel

    Partner,
    Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP

    William D. Zabel

    Mr. Zabel is a founding partner of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and head of the Individual Client Services Group. He practices in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts, charitable foundations, income and gift tax planning, estate administration, and family law. He serves as chair of Human Rights First and Immigration Justice Corps and on the boards of Lincoln Center Theater and The Academy of American Poets, among other civic memberships. Mr. Zabel is keenly interested in the forces driving the worldwide movement toward democracy, an issue reflecting core values of The New School.

    Judith Zarin PhD '75

    Judith Zarin PhD '75

    Judith Zarin PhD '75

    Judith Zarin PhD '75

    Ms. Zarin devotes her time to philanthropic endeavors, primarily in the arts, academia, and politics. Ms. Zarin serves on the board of New York Live Arts and the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a founding trustee of The Impact Center, a young people’s leadership training and networking organization. She is also a majority trust member of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC), a founding member of the DSCC Women’s Senate Network, and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Democratic National Committee. Ms. Zarin is a majority council member of Emily’s List and Emily’s List New York. She served on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America for five years, during which she was on the development, nominating, and programs committees.

    Life Trustees

    Philip Scaturro

    Philip Scaturro

    PS06 Corp.

    Philip Scaturro

    PS06 Corp.

    Philip Scaturro

    Prior to his retirement, Mr. Scaturro had a long career at the investment bank Allen and Company. Until recently he served as vice chair of the Wolfsonian Museum at Florida International University. He is also a trustee emeritus at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. A Chair Emeritus of The New School, Mr. Scaturro also served as chancellor of The New School from 1999 to 2002.

    Bernard L. Schwartz

    Bernard L. Schwartz

    Chairman and CEO,
    BLS Investments LLC

    Bernard L. Schwartz

    Chairman and CEO,
    BLS Investments LLC

    Bernard L. Schwartz

    The chairman and CEO of BLS Investments, LLC, a private investment firm, Mr. Schwartz also manages the investments of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Foundation. The foundation invests in think tanks, universities, and advocacy organizations, targeting programs that promote U.S. economic policy initiatives. It also supports medical research and New York City–based cultural organizations. Before establishing BLS Investments in 2006, Mr. Schwartz served for 34 years as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Loral Space & Communications and its predecessor company, Loral Corporation. Mr. Schwartz is the proud father of a New School for Social Research alumna.

    Tomio Taki

    Tomio Taki

    Managing Partner,
    Takihyo LLC

    Tomio Taki

    Managing Partner,
    Takihyo LLC

    Tomio Taki

    Mr. Taki is a managing partner of Takihyo LLC, formed in 1999 after the sale of Anne Klein & Co. He was a founder of and partner in Donna Karan Co., which went public in 1996.

    Mr. Taki is an advisor to Takihyo Co., Ltd., a company created by his family 250 years ago in Nagoya, Japan. Today publicly traded, TCL has 24 subsidiaries in various industries including food processing, real estate, and chemical products.

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