Ted W. Beneski ’78

Ted BeneskiTed 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 or vice chairman of the board at the following Insight Equity portfolio companies: Versatile Processing Group, A.P. Plasman, Micross Holdings, MB Precision Holdings, Dustex Holdings, Panolam, Riverbend Investment Holdings, VirTex Holdings, Eddy Packing, Strauss Brands and CSAT Investment Holdings. Insight Equity’s current cumulative gross equity returns since inception is 2.7x with an IRR of 49% which is top quartile performance.

Jeff Bleich ’83

Jeff Bleich Jeff Bleich ’83 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2017. He currently serves as the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Cruise LLC.  He previously served as a Special Master for the U.S. Courts, arbitrator, and as the chair of the boards of PG&E Co. and Nuix USG, Inc.  He formerly 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

Sarah Bloom Raskin 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, is a visiting professor of the practice of law, a distinguished fellow of Duke Law School’s Global Financial Markets Center, and a senior fellow of the Duke Center on Risk in August 2020 after serving as a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University since 2018. 

As the second-in-command at Treasury, Raskin oversaw the various agencies of the entire Department and promoted innovative policy solutions to advance prosperity, fairness and resiliency throughout the American economy.

Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Cisneros ’89


Mary Elizabeth Cisneros Beth Cisneros ’89
was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2018. She is the deputy general counsel of The Obama Foundation.

Previously she was a vice president and deputy general counsel at the American Red Cross, where she supported Humanitarian Services. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, she was a labor and employment associate at Epstein Becker and Green. She received her J.D. from Georgetown.

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. An active alumna, she has served as an associate class agent and has provided career advice to students

Susannah Grant ’84

Susannah Grant Susannah Grant ’84 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015. She is an Academy Award-nominated writer, producer and director whose resume includes film, television and streaming platforms.

In features, Grant is perhaps best known for writing the screenplay for “Erin Brockovich,” which earned her an Academy Award nomination, a BAFTA nomination and a WGA nomination. Additional feature credits include screenplays for “The Soloist,” “In Her Shoes,” “28 Days,” “Ever After,” “Pocahontas,” “Charlotte’s Web” and “The 5th Wave.” Additionally in 2007, Grant wrote and directed “Catch and Release.”

Douglas C. Grissom ’89

Douglas C. 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 Software and 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, and Fleet Complete. He was formerly on the boards of @stake, Aderant, Asurion, Cbeyond, Fieldglass, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, Intelsat, LGS Innovations Lightspeed Systems, LinQuest Corporation and Neoworld.

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

Phillip A. Jackson ’85

Phillip Jackson The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson ’85 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2017. He is the priest-in-charge and 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

Arthur Koenig 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 serves on the Mead Art Museum Advisory Board and 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 ARTLINK, a community action and education program in Baltimore.

Chantal E. Kordula ’94

Black-and-white headshot of Chantal Kordula Chantal E. Kordula ’94 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2019. She is a partner at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where her practice focuses on international business and financing transactions, particularly involving Latin America. Kordula regularly represents Latin American sovereigns, state-owned entities and corporates in their M&A, financing and restructuring activity, as well as multinationals in their investments throughout the region.

After graduating from Amherst cum laude with a B.A. in political science, Kordula earned a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1997. At Amherst, she was a member of the women’s rugby team and was active in the French House and Students for Educational Equality. As a law student, she was involved with the Harvard International Law Journal and worked at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she represented clients in family, housing and administrative law cases.

Simon Krinsky ’96

Simon Krinksky 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

Trustee biography photo of Kim Leary Kimberlyn Leary ’82 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2016. She is the Senior Vice President at the Urban Institute. She is also 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, and Lecturer in Public Health. 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 also served as an advisor to the White House Office of Management and Budget in the Health Division’s public health branch and a senior polcy advisor to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Eunei Lee ’89

Eunei Lee Eunei Lee ’89 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2018. For the past 25 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.

Since 2011, she has served on the Board of Managers of the Hong Kong International School, where she chairs the committee on trustees. In 2012 she joined the Board of Directors of the Asia Art Archive, where she heads both the development committee and real estate committee.

David W. MacLennan ’81

David W. MacLennan David W. MacLennan ’81, P’14 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2018. He has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Cargill since 2013. He was elected to the Cargill Board of Directors in 2008 and previously served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer in addition to several operating roles in finance, risk management, energy and protein, 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 Middleton John S. Middleton ’77 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009.  He was chairman of the buildings and grounds committee from 2012-2020.  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

David Novak David A. Novak ’91 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2018. He is co-president 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

Christine Noyer Seaver 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.

Bill O’Malley ’84

Headshot of trustee Bill O'Malley '84 Bill O’Malley ’84 joined Amherst’s Board of Trustees in 2020. He is chief executive officer and co-chief investment officer at Income Research + Management, a Boston-based fixed-income investment adviser. He is a board member of the firm and also chairs the management committee and co-manages the investment team. He joined the firm in 1994 after five years with Wellington Management Co.

O’Malley is vice chair of Camp Harbor View, a nonprofit serving Boston’s youth. Previously, he was a board member of St. Sebastian’s School for nine years, co-chairing two capital campaigns and chairing the investment committee. He is also closely involved with Project Place and San Miguel School, both New England nonprofits focused on improving outcomes.

Dwight Poler ’87

Dwight Poler

Dwight Poler ’87, P’19, was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2015. Following roles at Morgan Stanley and Bain & Company, Dwight joined Bain Capital in 1994 and 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, successfully investing over €8.5 billion in equity. He retired at the end of 2017 and remains a Senior Advisor to Bain Capital.

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne '01

Headshot of trustee Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne '01 Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne ’01 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2020. She is a writer whose nonfiction has been published in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The New Republic and Amherst magazine, among other venues. Her short fiction has appeared in Broad River Review and Barren Magazine. Her debut novel, Holding On to Nothing (Blair, 2019), won a Gold Medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Regional Fiction from the South.   

For reporting on infectious diseases in Uganda and South Africa, respectively, Shelburne has held a Gates Family Foundation Fellowship at the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University and a Kaiser Family Foundation Global Health Reporting Fellowship. She was an interviewer for the Louisiana State Museum/New Haven Oral History Project after Hurricane Katrina. She has worked as a writing teacher and as an editor, including five years on the editorial staff of The Atlantic.

Paul Smith ’76

Paul Smith Paul Smith ’76, P’09, was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016. He is a 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 to 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.

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 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.