Ted W. Beneski '78

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Ted Beneski '78 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2012. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Insight Equity Holdings LLC.

Insight Equity currently manages three buyout equity funds and a mezzanine debt fund. Insight’s total capital under management is approximately $1.4B. Its institutional investors consist primarily of insurance companies, academic endowments, foundations, state investment funds and pooled funds.

Beneski is currently chairman of the board at the following Insight Equity portfolio companies: Emerge Energy Services, Direct Fuels, Hirschfeld Industries, Superior Silica Sands, Berry Family Nurseries, Versatile Processing Group, A.P. Plasman, Flanders Corporation, and New Star Metals.

Jeff Bleich '83

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Jeff Bleich ’83 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2017. He leads the diplomatic practice for Dentons, where he has been recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers. He previously served as special counsel to President Obama in the White House, and as the 24th U.S. Ambassador to Australia from 2009 to 2013.

After receiving his B.A. in political science, magna cum laude, Bleich earned an M.P.P. from Harvard with highest honors in 1986, and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law with highest honors in 1989. At Berkeley, he served as editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. He clerked for Judge Abner Mikva on the D.C. Circuit and Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court, before clerking at the international tribunal in the Hague.

Sarah Bloom Raskin ’83

Closeup of Raskin smiling and wearing a black shirt abd black-and-white patterned jacket The Hon. Sarah Bloom Raskin ’83 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2017. She is the former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Making history as the highest-ranking woman in the history of the Treasury Department, Raskin was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 12, 2014. As the department’s second-in-command, she was responsible for all the domestic and global policy and operations at Treasury and its bureaus, including the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the United States Mint, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Comptroller of the Currency, as well as the main policy-making arms at Treasury including what are referred to as Domestic Finance, International Affairs, Tax Policy, Economic Analysis, and Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. As Deputy Secretary, Raskin chaired the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. She was also vice chair of the Millennium Challenge Corp. and was ex officio to the board of directors of the National Gallery of Art.

Mary Elizabeth Cisneros '89

Cisneros Mary Elizabeth Cisneros ’89 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2018. She is vice president and deputy general counsel of the American Red Cross.

Based in the organization’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, she joined the Red Cross in 2001 as senior counsel for labor and employment. She was previously an associate at Epstein, Becker and Green. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University.

A cum laude graduate of Amherst, Cisneros majored in American studies and was a co-captain of the women’s soccer, squash and lacrosse teams. Her honors thesis was titled, Mrs. Smith Tries to Go to Washington: The Impediments Hindering Women’s Access to the United States Congress. An active alumna, she has served as associate class agent and has provided career advice to students. 

Patrick Fitzgerald '82

Patrick Fitzgerald '82 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2013. He is a partner in the Chicago office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates.

As the United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 2001 to 2012, Fitzgerald led numerous high-profile investigations and prosecutions, including the convictions on corruption charges of two successive governors of Illinois—George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich. As a special counsel, Fitzgerald was selected to lead the investigation of leaks in the Valerie Plame matter, and he tried the case of United States v. I. Lewis [“Scooter”] Libby. From 1996 to 2001, Fitzgerald was national security coordinator for the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in which capacity he served on a team of prosecutors investigating Osama bin Laden and was chief counsel in prosecutions related to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. As assistant U.S. attorney in New York City from 1988 to 1996, he prosecuted Mafia figure John Gambino, as well as Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and 11 others charged in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Susannah Grant '84

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Susannah Grant ’84 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015. She is a screenwriter, director and producer. She received Academy Award, Writers Guild and BAFTA nominations for best original screenplay for Erin Brockovich (2000). She wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for Pocahontas, Ever After, 28 Days, In Her Shoes, Charlotte’s Web (based on the book by E.B. White) and The Soloist. In 2007 she wrote and directed Catch and Release.

From 1995 to 1998, Grant was a writer-producer-director on the popular television series Party of Five, which received a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Drama. In 2011 she created and executive-produced A Gifted Man for CBS. Grant wrote and produced Confirmation, a movie for HBO about the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings. She also co-wrote The 5th Wave, released in 2016.

Douglas C. Grissom ’89

Douglas Grissom

Douglas C. Grissom ’89 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015. He works at Madison Dearborn Partners as a managing director on the Business and Government Services team, focusing primarily on software and software-enabled services. In this capacity, he serves on the Boards of Directors of BlueCat Networks, CoVant Technologies II, Fleet Complete and LGS Innovations. He was formerly on the boards of @stake, Aderant, Asurion, Cbeyond, Fieldglass, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, Intelsat, and Neoworld.

Outside of work, Grissom also serves on the Boards of Directors of Lincoln Park Zoo, METROsquash, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and Churchill Downs.

Phillip A. Jackson ’85

Closeup of Jackson outdoors, smiling and wearing eyeglasses and a black garment with white collar The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson ’85 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2017. He is the vicar of Trinity Church Wall Street in Manhattan, where he leads the Mission and Ministry programs that touch upon every aspect of parish life, including service liturgies, a broad-based music program, faith formation programs, pastoral care services, Trinity’s preschool, membership development,  fund development and church properties.

Before coming to Trinity in February 2015, Jackson was the rector of Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley, Ariz., where he led reconciliation, congregational growth and community engagement in the Phoenix area.

Arthur Koenig '66

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Arthur Koenig ’66 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2012. He graduated from Amherst cum laude in political science and is involved in various philanthropic activities focused on education.

He supports the Koenig Scholars program at Amherst, which brings students from Africa and Latin America to the college. He is a trustee of the New York Public Library and a member of the executive committee. His focus is on development of the educational programs in the branch libraries. He also supports Educate!, an educational and mentoring program in Uganda, and ARTLINK, a community action and education program in Baltimore.

Simon Krinsky ’96

Simon Krinsky

Simon Krinsky '96 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2014. He is a managing partner at Hall Capital Partners LLC, an independent investment advisor that manages multi-asset class investment portfolios. Krinsky serves on the firm's executive committee and investment review committee. He joined Hall Capital in San Francisco in 2002, later transferring to New York. He was promoted to managing director in 2006 and into his current role as managing partner in 2016.

Kimberlyn Leary ’82

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Kimberlyn Leary ’82 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2016. She is an associate professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School and an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she directs the Enabling Change program. She is also the executive director of policy outreach at McLean Hospital and a faculty affiliate at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. As a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, she served as an adviser to President Obama's White House Council on Women and Girls, developing the Advancing Equity initiative focused on improving life outcomes for women and girls of color. She completed an extension of her fellowship at the White House Office of Management and Budget in the Health Division’s public health branch, where she served as the division lead on the Flint water crisis.

Eunei Lee '89

Eunei Lee ’89 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2018. For the past 24 years, she has been living in Hong Kong, where she is involved with nonprofit work. After graduating from Amherst magna cum laude in fine arts, she received her M.A. from Columbia University in the Department of Art History and Archaeology and continued as a graduate fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in American art before moving to Hong Kong.

Christopher S. Lehane ’90

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Christopher S. Lehane ’90 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008 and appointed a term trustee in 2014. In August 2015 he joined Airbnb as head of global policy and public affairs. He is a founding partner of the San Francisco-based public relations firm Fabiani and Lehane and has advised corporations, entertainers, professional athletes and politicians in finances, communications, government affairs and the law. He has also worked on several political campaigns, including the U.S. Presidential campaigns in 1992 and 2000. Between these two campaigns, he was special assistant counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1997 and then press secretary to Vice President Al Gore from 1997 to 2000. He is also the co-author of Masters of Disaster, a book on crisis management, and screenwriter/co-producer of the theatrically released film "Knife Fight."

David W. MacLennan '81

David MacLennan portrait David W. MacLennan ’81, P’14 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2018. He is chairman and chief executive officer of Cargill. He was elected to the Cargill Board of Directors in 2008 and previously served as the chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

Joining Cargill in 1991, he has held management positions within the financial, risk management, energy and animal protein platforms, living in both London and Geneva. Prior to joining Cargill, he worked in the futures and securities sector in Chicago and as president of fixed income capital markets at USBancorp Piper Jaffray.

John S. Middleton ’77

John S. Middleton ’77 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009 and has been the chairman of the buildings and grounds committee since 2012.  In that capacity, he has overseen the Greenway Project from its inception.  He is the managing partner and principal owner of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Middleton majored in economics at Amherst, graduating magna cum laude, and then earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979. He and his wife, Leigh, gave Amherst’s Beneski Museum of Natural History a nearly complete skeleton of a Dryosaurus altus dinosaur, one of only two on display in the world. Among his alumni activities, Middleton was president of his class and honorary president of the college’s Society of Alumni from 2001 to 2002. He also served on the presidential search committee for President Martin. Amherst awarded Middleton its Medal for Eminent Service in 2004 in recognition of his dedication to the school.

David A. Novak '91

Dave Novak David A. Novak ’91 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2018. He is a partner at the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), and is based in London. He joined the firm in 1997 and moved to London in 2000. He is responsible for CD&R’s European business and is a member of the firm’s management and investment committees. Prior to CD&R, he worked at Morgan Stanley in the private equity and investment banking divisions.

Since graduating from Amherst, Novak has served as international chair of Amherst’s Lives of Consequence campaign, chair of the executive committee of the Alumni Council, class agent, associate class agent, member of the 25th Reunion Gift Committee and volunteer for the Amherst Alumni Outreach Volunteer Program.

Christine Noyer Seaver ’81

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Christine Noyer Seaver '81 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015. She started her professional career in foreign exchange sales and trading at Irving Trust Co. After receiving her MBA, she worked in a progression of industries and functional capacities in the Bay Area, including as associate development director for the San Francisco Ballet, in marketing and strategic planning for a computer start-up, and for a boutique executive search firm in Silicon Valley.

Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85

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Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85 has served on Amherst College's Board of Trustees since 2010, as an elected Alumni Trustee for six years prior to being appointed a term trustee in 2016.  He was elected Chair of the Board in 2018. He is a partner in the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions and corporate governance.

Nussbaum was a Russian major at Amherst, a varsity swimmer, and a summa cum laude graduate. He earned a master’s degree from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, and later a law degree from the University of Chicago. He was a law clerk to Ruth Bader Ginsburg from 1991 to 1992, while she was on the U.S. Court of Appeals, and to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia from 1992 to 1993. 

Dwight Poler '87

Dwight Poler

Dwight Poler ’87, P'19, was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2015. He joined Bain Capital in 1994, was named managing director in 1999. Dwight moved to London in 2000 to open Bain Capital’s European private equity business, which he managed for 18 years through four funds totalling €8.5 billion. He retired at the end of 2017 and remains a Senior Advisor to Bain Capital.

Previously he was a consultant at Bain & Co. in Boston and London, and before that, was in the mergers and acquisitions practice at Morgan Stanley & Co., working in both New York and Tokyo.

Joseph F. Quinn '69

Closeup of Joseph Quinn Joseph F. Quinn ’69 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014. He has been a member of the Department of Economics at Boston College since 1974 and has filled various administrative roles at the college, including department chair, faculty athletics representative, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim university provost.

Quinn’s research, writing and teaching focus on public policy and the economics of aging. He is the co-author of two books—Passing the Torch: The Influence of Economic Incentives on Work and Retirement (1990) and The Economics of an Aging Society (2004)—and author or co-author of about 100 journal articles, monographs and book chapters. In addition to a B.A. in economics from Amherst, he holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Paul Smith '76

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Paul Smith ’76, P’09, was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor from Practice at Georgetown Law School and Vice President for Litigation and Strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, which seeks to protect voting rights, to defend reasonable campaign finance regulation, and the enforce government ethics rules.  Before taking these positions in 2017, he practiced law at the firm of Jenner & Block LLP, where he became one of the most prominent Supreme Court advocates of his generation.  He has handled many cases involving civil rights and civil liberties, notably in the areas of free speech, voting rights and gay rights. He has argued 21 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the landmark gay-rights case Lawrence v. Texas and Brown v. EMA, which established the First Amendment rights of video game producers.

A political science major at Amherst, Smith graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa before earning his law degree at Yale. He began his career as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr.

David Sutphen '91

David-Sutphen-150x150.jpg David A. Sutphen ’91 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2014. He joined 2U in July 2017 and serves as chief strategy and engagement officer overseeing the communications, impact, public affairs, strategic partnership, events and corporate brand teams. He is a former partner at Brunswick Group where he advised Fortune 500 companies and major charitable organizations on reputational, stakeholder engagement, crisis, litigation, diversity and public affairs matters, with a particular focus on the media, retail, technology and education sectors. Prior to Brunswick, he was a senior executive at Viacom and the Recording Industry Association of America.

Shirley Tilghman

Shirley Tilghman was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2013. She was president of Princeton University from 2001 to 2013, during which time she oversaw the hiring of more women to the faculty, extensive growth in the role of creative and performing arts on campus, multiple major initiatives in the sciences and engineering, an expansion of the undergraduate student body and the addition of four-year residential colleges, as well as the university’s $1.88 billion Aspire campaign.

Nicolas Zerbib '93

Nick Zerbib ’93 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2018. He is a senior principal at Stone Point Capital, a private equity firm based in Greenwich, Conn. Nick joined Stone Point in 1998. He is a member of its investment committee and is actively involved in all of Stone Point’s portfolio investments.

After Amherst, Nick worked as an analyst in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs and as a summer associate at the Boston Consulting Group. A history major, he played on the varsity tennis and squash teams. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.