The newest College trustees are from ’80s classes.


SUSANNAH GRANT’84 is a screenwriter, director and producer. She received Academy Award, Writers Guildand BAFTA nominations for best original screenplay for Erin Brockovich (2000). She wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for such films as PocahontasCharlotte’s Web and The Soloist. In 2007 she wrote and directed Catch and Release. Grant was a writer producer-director on the Golden Globe-winning television drama Party of Five, and she created and executive-produced Gifted Man for CBS. She is currently producing Confirmation, a movie for HBO about the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings. She also cowrote The 5th Wave, to be released in 2016. Grant majored in English at Amherst and is also a graduate of the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies screenwriting program. She is a long time member of the board of Street Poets Inc., an arts-based violence-prevention program.


DOUGLAS C.GRISSOM ’89 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, and also outside of work, he serves on several boards of directors. Earlier, he worked at Bain Capital in private equity, McKinsey & Co. in management consulting and Goldman Sachs in investment banking. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard. Grissom has served as chair of the College’s Lives of Consequence campaign in the Midwest Region, co-chair of the class of 1989’s 25th Reunion Lead Gift Committee, co-president and treasurer of his class and associate agent for the Alumni Fund. He majored in European studies and German at Amherst, graduating magna cum laude. A member of the squash team, he served on the College Council and the Student Alumni Association. He received the College’s 2014 Medal for Eminent Service. 


CHRISTINE NOYERSEAVER ’81 started her professional career in foreign exchange sales and trading at Irving Trust Co. She then 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 with a boutique executive search firm in Silicon Valley. An active community volunteer, she hasserved primarily in her children’s schools and with educational causes in New Canaan, Conn., and Palo Alto, Calif. She is former chair of the board of trustees at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan. She is on the board of the New Canaan Library and is along time volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Seaver received the College’s Medal for Eminent Service in 2010. Her B.A. is in economics, magna cum laude. She earned an 1986 from Stanford Graduate School of Business.