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.

Rafael Campo ’87

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Dr. Rafael Campo '87 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012. He is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He graduated from Amherst magna cum laude in both neuroscience and English and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He directs the Office of Multicultural Affairs at BIDMC and was the inaugural faculty director of the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Humanism in Medicine Program in the BIDMC Internal Medicine Residency Program. He also serves on the faculty of the creative writing M.F.A. program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. He has also held appointments as Fanny Hurst Visiting Writer at Brandeis University and as scholar-in-residence at the Stanford Institute for the Creative Arts. 

Walter Donovan ’85

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Walter Donovan ’85, appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2011, is the chief investment officer and senior managing director of Putnam Investments in Boston.

Donovan graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and then double-majored in history and political science, and also played football, at Amherst. He began his finance career as a municipal bond trader and underwriter for the investment bank now known as Salomon Brothers before he moved on to Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, where he was a director on the corporate debt trading desk. Starting in 1995, he held a series of important positions at Fidelity Investments, ultimately becoming president of its Equity Division in 2007. He joined Putnam as CIO two years later.

Patrick Fitzgerald '82

Patrick Fitzgerald '82 was elected by his fellow alumni to serve a six-year term on the Board of Trustees starting 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

Susannah Grant

Susannah Grant ’84 joined the Board of Trustees in 2015, with a term beginning July 1. 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 is currently producing Confirmation, a movie for HBO about the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings. She also co-wrote The 5th Wave, which will be released in 2016.

Douglas C. Grissom ’89

Douglas Grissom

Douglas C. Grissom ’89 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015, with a term beginning July 1. 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 Aderant, Asurion, CoVant Technologies II, Fleet Complete and LGS Innovations. 

Outside of work, Grissom also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, the Lincoln Park Zoo, MetroSquash, the Museum of Science and Industry and UChicago Impact. 

Arthur Koenig '66

Arthur-Koenig

Arthur Koenig ’66 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, as well as fellowships at Human Rights Watch, with the goal of training fellows for senior research/advocacy  positions at HRW and similar organizations. 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 began his term on the college's Board of Trustees in 2014. He is a managing director and the director of portfolio management 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 director of portfolio management in 2013.

Kimberlyn Leary ’82

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Kimberlyn Leary ’82 joined the board of trustees in 2016, with a term beginning July 1. 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-Partners Healthcare 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 the 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.

Leary began her career as a clinical practitioner focused on improving access to diverse communities. Her early work on “negotiated transactions” in psychotherapy expanded to broader research on negotiation and conflict management. Leary’s global work on conflict negotiations includes studying “critical moments” in mediations to end armed conflict in Southeast Asia and researching social enterprise ventures in the Middle East. She teaches courses on leadership and conflict transformation to undergraduates at Harvard College, on advanced negotiation and mediation to senior executives at Harvard Law School and on physician-community engagement and the doctor-patient relationship at Harvard Medical School.  

Christopher S. Lehane ’90

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The alumni of Amherst College elected Christopher S. Lehane ’90 to a six-year term on the college’s Board of Trustees starting in 2008 and he was appointed a term trustee in 2014. 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.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in history from Amherst, Lehane holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.