Ted W. Beneski '78


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.

Prior to her confirmation as Deputy Secretary, Raskin served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve Board. For this position, she was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Sept. 30, 2010. As a Governor of the Federal Reserve Board, Raskin conducted the nation’s monetary policy as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, regulated banking institutions, monitored threats to financial stability and oversaw the nation’s payment systems. In addition, she chaired the Committee on Federal Reserve Board Affairs as the board’s Administrative Governor and chaired the Board of Neighborworks, Inc.

Rafael Campo ’87


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. 

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

Susannah Grant

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


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.