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.

John S. Middleton ’77

John S. Middleton ’77 started his six-year term on the Board of Trustees in 2009. He is the chairman and CEO of Double Play, Inc., the principal owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, where he chairs the partners’ committee, and is chairman and CEO of Dock Street Capital.

Middleton majored in economics at Amherst, graduating magna cum laude, then earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979.  Amherst awarded him its Medal for Eminent Service in 2004 in recognition of his many years of dedication to his alma mater.

Cullen Murphy ’74

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Cullen Murphy ’74 has served on Amherst College's Board of Trustees since 2000, as an elected Alumni Trustee for six years prior to being appointed a term trustee in 2006. He was elected Chair of the Board in 2012. He is a freelance writer and editor-at-large of Vanity Fair magazine.

Murphy holds a B.A. in European studies from Amherst. Before arriving at Vanity Fair, in 2006, he was an associate editor of Change magazine (1975 to 1977), senior editor of The Wilson Quarterly (1977 to 1985) and then managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1985 to 2005). His books include Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage, with co-author William L. Rathje (2001); The Word According to Eve: Women and the Bible in Ancient Times and Our Own (1998); Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America;(2008) and, most recently, God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World (2013). 

Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85

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Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85 has served on the Board of Trustees since 2010. 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 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. 

Hope Eighmy Pascucci ’90

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Hope Eighmy Pascucci ’90 has served as a Trustee of Amherst College since 2005.  She is president of the Boston-based hedge fund Rose Grove Capital Management, LLC.

Pascucci graduated from Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Throughout the 1990s, she worked for Merrill Lynch in both New York and London. She joined Deutsche Bank in 2000 and ran their global capital markets business from London.  In 2007 she moved back to the U.S. to take on her role at Rose Grove. She was the highest-ranked woman on the Financial News list of the 100 most influential people in finance for 2006. The Hedge Fund Journal named Pascucci on of The 50 Leading Women In Hedge Funds for 2015.

Dwight Poler '87

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Dwight Poler ’87 began his term on the Board of Trustees in July 2015. He joined Bain Capital in 1994 and was named managing director in 1999. He lives with his family in London, where he opened and manages Bain Capital’s European private equity business. He currently oversees investment of the €3.5 billion Bain Capital Europe Fund-IV.

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Poler worked as a consultant at Bain & Co. in Boston and London. Previously, he 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 The alumni elected Joseph F. Quinn ’69 to a six-year term on 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 faculty athletics representative, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim 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 90 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.

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.

Paula K. Rauch ’77

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Paula Rauch ’77 has been an Amherst College Trustee since 2005. She is a consultation child psychiatrist and director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)  Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program and Director of the Family Program at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.