The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning Advisory Council consists of a dynamic group dedicated to expanding the Center’s reach and ability to connect students with experiential opportunities in order to translate their Amherst educations into a future career.

The council members include:

John Abodeely

JOHN ABODEELY ’01
Abodeely was appointed the CEO of the Houston Arts Alliance in November 2017. In partnership with the City of Houston, the fourth largest city in the country, the Alliance provides grants to area cultural organizations and artists, and manages the development of the City’s public art. Abodeely was most recently the Acting Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, a White House advisory committee that was established by President Reagan in 1982. While its operations ceased in September of 2017, the Committee executed special projects in cultural diplomacy, cultural economy, and education, with the First Lady serving as honorary chairperson. As Acting Director and hired as Deputy Director, Abodeely managed all aspects of the Committee’s work, including strategy, programs, fundraising, and relationships with the White House and other federal agencies. He graduated cum laude with a dual degree in Biology and Fine Arts from Amherst College, and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Julie Ajinkya

JULIE AJINKYA ’03
Julie Ajinkya, Ph.D., is the vice president of applied research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). Her research interests include equity in postsecondary education and innovative models that improve degree completion for underserved populations. Prior to joining IHEP, Ajinkya worked at the Center for American Progress (CAP), where she focused primarily on underserved populations and the impact that demographic change has on a diverse portfolio of policy issues. Her work at CAP culminated in the production of a book, All-In Nation: An America That Works For All, which argues that equity is the best model for economic growth and lays out a federal policy blueprint to close gaps between racial/ethnic groups and meet our future workforce needs. Ajinkya also serves as a visiting professor of government at Cornell University’s campus in Washington, DC, where she teaches courses on race, inequality and public policy. Ajinkya earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in government from Cornell University, a B.A. in political science from Amherst College.

Christine Bader

CHRISTINE BADER ’93
Christine Bader ’93 is the author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and numerous other publications. She has given talks to conferences, companies, and universities around the world, including a TED talk in July 2014. From 2015-17 she was Director of Social Responsibility at Amazon, where she built a global team working to ensure respect for the rights of workers in Amazon’s supply chains and operations.

After earning her MBA from Yale in 2000, Christine joined BP and proceeded to work in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., managing the social impacts of some of the company’s largest projects. In 2006 she created a part-time pro bono role as advisor to the United Nations Special Representative for business and human rights, a role she took up full-time 2008-11. Christine has also served as a corps member with City Year, a special assistant to the New York City Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, and a teaching fellow in community service at Phillips Academy Andover. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. At Amherst, Christine was a morning DJ and program director at WAMH, president of the women’s rugby club, and a varsity squash player. Her athletic glory now comes from running after her kindergartener twins.

Sara Banner

SARA BANNER ’89
Sara Banner ’89 is an independent television and film producer and director. For two decades, she produced breaking news stories for ABC News, World News Tonight and Nightline. Sara travelled globally while working for the network - covering wars, natural disasters and other major world events. For five years, she developed network-wide programming and numerous documentary programs for the network’s cable arm, ABC NEWS Productions. Recently, she co-produced a film on Clara Spence, a pioneer of single sex education for women, which showed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received a Masters degree from Columbia University School of Journalism.

Jon Banner

JON BANNER
Jon Banner is executive vice president of Communications for PepsiCo, leading the company’s communications and global strategy across all business units and global sectors. He is also President of the PepsiCo Foundation and sits on the executive committee of the company. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Jon spent more than two decades in journalism. He held senior-level executive and editorial positions at ABC News, where he led the rebranding of the news division, worked with the world’s leading anchors and controlled all editorial, creative and nancial aspects of the network’s agship broadcast. For a decade, Banner was executive producer of “ABC World News,” the youngest producer in ABC history to run the evening news. Jon’s work earned him 16 Emmy Awards. During his tenure, World News won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast in 2004 and 2005. The program was also awarded the George Polk Award (2008), the Overseas Press Club Award (2009) and the Peabody Award (2001).

Stephen Bonner

STEPHEN BONNER ’68
A passionate advocate of patient-centric, quality-driven healthcare, he has championed putting patients in control of their own medical decisions by empowering them with comprehensive, unbiased information about their medical conditions and clear explanations of the care options available to them. Mr. Bonner’s commitment to unsurpassed patient care earned him a place on Modern Healthcare magazine’s prestigious list of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” in 2012.

In September, 2014, he accepted an appointment as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He mentors students on health care, health policy, and health care innovation. He has also assisted Prof. Regina Herzlinger in teaching a course on healthcare innovation, as well as exploring Executive Education offerings in Healthcare. Bonner is an advisor to Health Care Private equity firms Brown Legacy Group; Chicago Pacifc Founders; and VCapital. In those roles, he may advise, serve as a board member; invest; and mentor the firms and the companies they invest in. At CTCA, he also led pioneering work on integrated, holistic oncology. The Company published over 200 abstracts of its research on the scientifc value of nutrition, naturopathic medicine, psychological support, spiritual support, exercise and other therapies when combined with traditional cancer care. Mr. Bonner joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in 1999 as President and Chief Executive Officer and served as a member of the CTCA Board from 1996 through 2015, after completing his role as CEO in February, 2014. He also serves as a Trustee Emeritus of Mitchell Hamline School of Law; as a Director of the Tennis Opportunity Program; as a Mentor for One Million Degrees; and as a member of the Amherst College Committee to Nominate Alumni Trustees. Mr. Bonner earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Amherst College and a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law. He lives in Chicago, and is the father of Ted, Ann, Leslie, Mark and Alexis.

M Bradley

MICHAEL A. BRADLEY ’71
After a 35 year career with Teradyne, Inc. ($2 billion annual revenue), Mr. Bradley retired as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2014. In his tenure as CEO from 2004, Teradyne attained the leading market position in semiconductor chip testing and expanded into the testing of consumer devices like smartphones, tablets, and a wide array of mobile communication products. Teradyne leads the worldwide electronic test equipment market with a broad portfolio of products that test mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial, storage, and defense electronics. The Company has recently entered the collaborative robotics market.

At Teradyne Mr. Bradley held a variety of finance, marketing, sales, and general management positions. He was the Company’s Chief Financial Officer from 1999-2001 and served as President of the Semiconductor Test Division, the Company’s largest unit, from 2001-2003. In 2004 he was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors, a position he continues to hold after retirement.

Mr. Bradley holds a BA degree from Amherst College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Since 2001
he has been a director of Entegris, Inc. a leading provider of products and systems that purify, protect, and transport critical materials used in the semiconductor fabrication process. In 2012 Mr. Bradley was elected as a director of Avnet, Inc. one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components. He serves on the Philanthropic Advisory Council for Boston Health Care for the Homeless, and is an advisor to the Tang Institute at Phillips Academy Andover.

Sonya Clark

SONYA CLARK ’89
Sonya Clark served as Chair of the Craft and Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2006 through 2017. In 2016, she was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award in Scholarship from the University. Formerly, she was Baldwin- Bascom Professor of Creative Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was awarded their first Mid-Career Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2015, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Amherst College where she received her B.A. in psychology.

Clark has exhibited in over 350 museums and galleries worldwide. Her work is in permanent collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Critics have favorably reviewed her work in several publications including the New York Times, Mother Jones, Time Magazine, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, and Huntigton Post. She is the recipient of awards including a Pollock-Krasner Grant, the Grand Juror’s Award at Art Prize for the Hair Craft Project, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, an 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, an Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and a United States Artist Fellowship.

Sonya and her musician husband, Darryl Harper, have returned to their alma mater as Visiting Artists-in-Residence at Amherst College during the 2017-18 academic year.

Catherine E

CATHERINE EPSTEIN
Catherine Epstein specializes in Modern German and Central European History. Since coming to Amherst College in 2000, she has taught a wide range of European history classes, including courses on the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, and World War II. Epstein is the author of four books on German history. Her textbook, Nazi Germany: Confronting the Myths, was published in 2015 (Wiley-Blackwell). Model Nazi: Arthur Greiser and the Nazi Occupation of Western Poland (Oxford, 2010) won the Arthur Kronthal Prize. Epstein also wrote The Last Revolutionaries: German Communists and their Century (Harvard, 2003) and A Past Renewed: German-speaking Refugee Historians in the United States after 1933 (Cambridge, 1993). For a decade (2004-2014), Epstein served as Associate Editor of Central European History, the leading journal in German history in North America. She is currently general editor for the Wiley-Blackwell textbook series Short Histories. In addition, she is an elected member of the Council of the American Historical Association (2014-2017). Since July 2014, Epstein has been Dean of the Faculty at Amherst College.

Nelson Gonzalez

NELSON GONZALEZ 
Nelson González works with senior leaders in private and public sector institutions to de- sign and implement strategies that leverage capital and technology for sustainable social impact, at scale. He is expert in innovation methods, social impact investing, organizational and network strategy, business and partnership development, technology strategy and product development, facilitation, writing, and public speaking.

Nelson co-founded Declara, a Silicon Valley venture-backed artificial intelligence-enabled social learning company that develops technologies being used globally for professional development and innovation in education and public health. A recent Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant has made Declara one of the world’s leading AI-enhanced adult learning platforms.

Nelson was Chief Strategy Officer of the Stupski Foundation, where he helped create a national innovation initiative to scale personalized learning through public education systems. With the White House, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Carnegie Corporation and Hewlett Foundation, he facilitated a network of schools, districts, and states education offices in an innovation process to design new systems of personalized public education. He was Founder/CEO of Advent Strategy, a global social impact innovation strategy firm, where he led dozens of engagements with global corporate, media, international development, education, and philanthropic institutions. There, he advised the Colombian President and Minister of Technology on national innovation strategy; developed investment portfolios for dozens of family offices, foundations, and social impact funds; and advised Board and CEOs of leading global social impact institutions working in media, public health, K12/higher education, and international development. Nelson was Director of the Royal Institution World Science Assembly, a global initiative on pandemic preparedness that engaged pharmaceuticals, the UN, ministries of health, and the media on vaccine development innovation and disease surveillance.

He managed the campaign of Afghan Finance Minister, Ashraf Ghani, current President of Afghanistan, for UN Secretary General, and began his career as an Associate at the Ulanov Partnership, Analyst at Booz Allen, and Consultant at the British Royal Household, through his work for the Revd. Dr. John R.W. Stott.

Nelson has served on the Boards of Directors of Grantmakers for Education; Boundless, a social impact innovation platform; Growth Sector, a leading workforce development organization; and StartOut, a national organization that fosters LGBT entrepreneurs. He served on the Advisory Boards for the Burberry Foundation on innovation and design thinking for education and youth development, and the NYC iZone on research for learning innovation.

He was in the doctoral program at the London School of Economics, and was tutored at Oxford University. He graduated from Amherst College with high honors. He has been a Fellow at Columbia, NYU, and Leuven. A native Colombian, he is also fluent in Spanish and French.

Doug Grissom

DOUGLAS C. GRISSOM ’89
Doug Grissom is Managing Director and Head of Madison Dearborn Partner's (MDP) Business & Government Software and Services team. Prior to joining MDP, he was with Bain Capital in private equity, McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs. Doug currently serves on the Boards of Directors of BlueCat Networks, CoVant Technologies II, Fleet Complete and LGS Innovations. In addition, he was formerly on the Boards of Directors of @stake, Aderant, Asurion, Cbeyond, Fieldglass, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, Intelsat, and Neoworld. Outside of MDP, he is a Board Member at Amherst College, the Lincoln Park Zoo, METROsquash, the Museum of Science and Industry, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and Churchill Downs.

Erin Gunn

ERIN GUNN ’01
After graduating from Amherst College, Erin joined Ron Howard & Brian Grazer’s production company, Imagine Entertainment, starting as an assistant in their television department, before working her way up to become Executive Vice President of TV development & current—developing and working on shows such as PARENTHOOD, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, 24 and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. In 2012, following a brief break from the industry after the birth of her son Will, Erin joined forces with David Shore, the creator of Fox’s hit show HOUSE, to run his production company SHORE Z PRODUCTIONS at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Over the past five years, Erin has produced such shows as BATTLE CREEK, HOUDINI & DOYLE, and SNEAKY PETE. Currently, Erin is working with Shore on ABC’s new hit drama THE GOOD DOCTOR. Erin lives in Pasadena with her screenwriter husband Brian Gunn and their two sons, Will & Ryder.

Jamie Horowitz

JAMIE HOROWITZ ’98
Jamie Horowitz is a tv producer in Los Angeles. He recently served as Executive Producer for “See It/Skip It” a 10 episode movie debate show made by Rotten Tomatoes for Facebook Watch. Previously, he was President, FOX Sports National Networks. At FOX Sports, Horowitz was named 2016’s Multichannel News Sports Brand Executive of the Year and was honored in the Sports Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” Class of 2016. Before joining the network, Horowitz served as Executive Producer for Film 45, working with acclaimed director Peter Berg on a documentary series for HBO. Prior to that, Horowitz was an executive with ESPN and NBC News. He established himself as an innovative developer of provocative sports programming during his many years at ESPN, winning six Sports Emmy Awards while serving in a variety of capacities. Horowitz began his career in sports television as an Olympics researcher for NBC Sports during the 2000 Sydney Summer Games.

Horowitz serves on the board for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the first and largest organization for new veterans and their families. In addition, he works with two other veterans organizations - Operation Mend at UCLA and American Corporate Partners in NYC. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Compass Charter School, a progressive elementary school in Brooklyn, New York. Horowitz graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, with a B.A. in Political Science. He played on the Amherst basketball team but suffered from an inconsistent jump shot. He and his wife, Kara, reside in Pacific Palisades, CA with their three boys, Jake, Will, and Cooper.

Laura Jarrett

LAURA JARRETT ’07
Laura Jarrett joined CNN in September 2016 as a reporter based in the Washington, D.C. bureau. Prior to joining CNN, Jarrett worked as a litigation attorney in Chicago. In private practice, Jarrett focused on defending companies and individuals in government investigations brought by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as complex commercial litigation. Jarrett also devoted significant time to pro bono cases, including the representation of a sex trafficking victim who successfully used a new Illinois law to expunge her past convictions.

Prior to practicing law, Jarrett served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer on the Northern District of Illinois and later for the Honorable Ann C. Williams on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Jarrett attended Harvard Law School where she was Articles Selection co-chair, an Article Editor, and a Technical Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, and published her own articles on the intersection of gender, violence, and the law. Upon graduating in 2010, Jarrett was admitted to practice law in both state and federal court in Illinois.

Arthur Koenig

ARTHUR KOENIG ’66
Arthur ‘66, an Amherst College Trustee, is currently an independent investor and philanthropist who retired from the physical commodity trading industry. Arthur and his wife Yvonne are involved in various philanthropic activities focused on education, particularly for disadvantaged students and those in the developing world. He has funded fellowships at Human Rights Watch, and supports Educate!, an educational and mentoring program working in Uganda (founded by Boris Bulayev ‘07 and Eric Glustrom ‘07 while they were students, and has many Amherst alumni connections). At Amherst, Arthur is an Ex-Officio member of the President’s Campaign Board and the Loeb Advisory Board. He established the Koenig Scholars program, which brings students from Africa and Latin America to the College. The first five Koenig Scholars graduated in May 2011, the year that Arthur received the Medal for Eminent Service. In May 2017, he traveled with admissions staff on a trip to Africa in support of this program. He became Term Trustee in 2012. He is a member of the Founders Society and the Noah Webster Circle. Arthur is also a Trustee of the New York Public Library.

Charles Lewis

CHARLES LEWIS ’64, P’93
Charles Ashby (Chuck) Lewis is chairman of the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation and Managing General Partner of Coach House Capital, his family office. He is a retired Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, of Merrill Lynch & Co.

Chuck was educated at Amherst College and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received honorary degrees from Amherst College and Grinnell College. Chuck is a Life Trustee of Amherst College and was a Trustee of the University of Chicago. He is involved with the UChicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) and many of its units. He is also a life member of the UChicago College Advisory Council and a member of the Division of the Social Sciences Advisory Council. He is a Life Trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a Trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. He is on the National Board of Directors of OneGoal and is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago. Chuck was a member of the National Finance Committee for both Obama presidential campaigns and has written numerous commentaries he calls “Obamagrams.”

He is married to Penny Bender Sebring, Ph.D., a Senior Research Associate at the University of Chicago and the Co-Founder of the UChicago Consortium on School Research, a principal component of UEI.

Michael Loeb

MICHAEL LOEB ’77, P’21
Michael Loeb is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor. After an 8-year corporate tour at Time Inc., Michael’s first entrepreneurial endeavor was Synapse Group which revolutionized the marketing and sustaining of magazine and newspaper subscriptions worldwide by leveraging its patented continuous service business model. Synapse was sold to TWX for $800 million in 2006. Incubated inside of Synapse was Priceline, which was founded by Synapse’s co-founder, Jay Walker, and co-funded by Michael. In 2007 Michael founded Loeb Enterprises (LE) with partner Rich Vogel. LE, and its lab Loeb.nyc, has been described as a ‘company factory’ – our ideas, our capital, our talent - developing both home-grown and early-stage external businesses. Today Loeb.nyc is building 10 companies, the biggest of which is ScriptRelief, a joint venture with United Health, now with over 11 million members and recently valued over $1bb. Marketed through many channels – from digital, mail to field forces – free ScriptRelief saves patients an average of half-off the rack rate of any out-of-network purchase of any prescription medication in any pharmacy nationwide.

Stephen Mugford

STEPHEN MUGFORD ’89
Steve Mugford is Executive Vice President, Head of Strategy at Capital One Financial Corporation. One of the fastest growing Fortune 200 companies in history, Capital One grew from its IPO in 1994 to be one of the largest and most profitable financial services companies in the country. Capital One pioneered the aggressive use of technology and analytics combined with breakthrough marketing and branding to drive innovation and growth in banking, and continues to lead the industry in growth today. As the Head of Strategy, Steve is responsible for the long-term vision and strategic growth of Capital One.

Before joining Capital One in 1998, Steve was with The Boston Consulting Group, a strategy consulting firm in Los Angeles and later in Boston. While at BCG, Steve led strategy engagements with Fortune 500 clients in a variety of industries, including retail, consumer goods, telecommunications, and hi-tech. Steve is an active member of the Board of Directors of Excel Academy, a public charter network in East Boston. Despite serving a predominantly low-income and non-English native speaking population, Excel ranks as the highest performing middle schools among all public middle schools in the state of Massachusetts.

Steve received an MBA from Harvard Business School and received a BA in Economics and English from Amherst College. Steve is a competitive masters swimmer and enjoys beach volleyball, golf and singing. Steve is the father of three daughters and resides in Wellesley, MA.

Anna Mullen

ANNA MULLEN ’09
Anna is a Principal at Brave Warrior Advisors, an investment manager in New York. Prior to joining Brave Warrior, Anna was an Analyst and Associate Portfolio Manager at Select Equity Group, an Analyst and Managing Director at SQ Advisors, and a Research Associate at Fidelity Management and Research.

 

 

Chaka Patterson

CHAKA PATTERSON ’90
Chaka Patterson brings over two decades of experience in law firm, government, and corporate settings to his position as Chief of the Civil Actions Bureau in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

 

 

Jon Ralph

JON RALPH ’86
Jon Ralph is a General Partner at Freeman Spogli & Co., a middle market private equity firm based in Los Angeles, and currently serves as the firm’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Ralph joined Freeman Spogli in 1989 and became a partner in 1998. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ralph spent three years at Morgan Stanley & Co. where he served as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division.

During his career at Freeman Spogli, Mr. Ralph has been involved in the acquisition of over 20 platform businesses, primarily in the consumer and distribution sectors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Café Rio (fast casual Mexican restaurants), ISN (distributor of auto repair tools and equipment), MicroStar (keg management services to craft breweries), Regent Holding (designer and wholesaler of home décor products) and Sur La Table (multi-channel retailer of kitchen/cook-ware).

Mr. Ralph graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in history. Mr. Ralph currently lives in Manhattan Beach, CA with his wife Patty. They have two children, daughter Jessie (23) and son Jack (21).

Andrew Reed

ANDREW REED ’12
Andrew Reed is a Partner at Sequoia Capital, a global venture capital firm known for past investments in Apple, Google, Cisco, Linkedin, Whatsapp and many others. He focuses on internet and software investments in North America, South America, and Europe, including GitHub, Namely, Orbital Insight, Prosper, and Sumo Logic. Prior to joining Sequoia, Andrew worked at Goldman Sachs in their technology investment banking group in San Francisco. Andrew graduated from Amherst College (B.A. with distinction), majoring in Classics and Economics.

Paul Schnell

PAUL SCHNELL ’76
Mr. Schnell has been recognized as a U.S. legal “legend” for being designated among the top 500 lawyers practicing in the U.S. in each of the last 10 years (Lawdragon). He also has been recognized globally and in the U.S. as a leading lawyer in areas such as M&A (having the highest Band 1 ranking in Chambers), private equity, corporate governance, corporate, nance, health care and Latin America. Surveys that recognize Mr. Schnell include Cham- bers Global, Chambers USA, U.S. News and World Report, The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, IFLR1000 and Chambers Latin America.

In 2015, Mr. Schnell was named as a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer. In 2014, he was the only lawyer twice named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer and the only lawyer to lead two M&A deals ranked by the Financial Times among the year’s most innovative transactions. Mr. Schnell coordinates the firm’s worldwide health care practice and has an active practice in all sectors of the industry, including pharmaceuticals, services, medical devices and life sciences. Mr. Schnell also chairs the firm’s Latin America practice. Mr. Schnell has chaired the editorial board of The M&A Lawyer, a leading M&A publication, since its founding in 1997. Mr. Schnell serves in leadership positions at numerous educational, arts, social justice and other not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Schnell graduated from Amherst in 1976 and he and his wife Joanne are Parents ‘11 of Samantha Schnell. Mr. Schnell and his wife have participated in various activities at Amherst over many years, including chairing the Parents’ Fund for three years (including during the last capital campaign) and they are both on the Board of Advisors of the Mead.

Gretchen Sisson

GRETCHEN SISSON ’06
Gretchen Sisson is a qualitative sociologist with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the University of California, San Francisco. She studies the social constructions and representations of reproduction and parenthood, including abortion and pregnancy decision-making, adoption and birth motherhood, and teen pregnancy and young parenthood. She graduated from Amherst College in 2006, and received her doctorate from Boston College in 2011.

Gretchen serves on the boards of directors for All-Options (formerly Backline), an organization that provides free, unbiased counseling and support around abortion, adoption, pregnancy, and parenting, and Pacific Primary, her children's preschool. She is also on the advisory boards for Emerge America’s expansion cabinet, working to train Democratic women for political office across the country, and the Adoption Museum Project, curating understandings of adoption from a social justice perspective.

Gretchen lives in San Francisco with her husband and two young sons.

Emily Stern

EMILY STERN ’83, P’18
Dr. Stern is the Director of Functional and Molecular Neuroimaging and Director of the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory in the Departments of Radiology and Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School (HMS). In addition, she co-chairs the Neuroscience Research Center in BWH’s Brigham Research Institute. Dr. Stern is a radiologist and neuroscience researcher with expertise in the design and implementation of functional and molecular neuroimaging studies in neuropsychiatric patient populations. Her laboratory develops and applies advanced neuroimaging techniques, using translational models, to examine systems-level neuropathophysiology underling psychiatric clinical phenotypes across a range of diagnoses. A major goal of this work is to better understand the neurobiology of these devastating disorders, as a basis for more effective, informed treatment approaches.

In her leadership roles, Dr. Stern has built a comprehensive functional neuroimaging infrastructure at BWH, including obtaining significant federal funding for, and overseeing construction of, dedicated facilities for human and animal studies. She has worked to educate BWH researchers, including those outside the neurosciences, regarding fMRI and PET scanning, and to build programs for the BWH neuroscience community to foster innovation, communication and collaboration.

Dr. Stern is deeply committed to mentoring and educating the next generation of biomedical scientific leaders.  She has developed a comprehensive training program in neuropsychiatric functional neuroimaging for trainees from high school through post-doctoral/MD fellowship levels and continually has learners in her laboratory. Many previous trainees now hold academic positions at major institutions.  She also develops programs in leadership education, serving as Co-Leader of the BWH Women’s Leadership Program and having taught research leadership in the HMS Leadership Course.

Beth Swanson

BETH SWANSON ’96
Beth helps guide an annual grant portfolio of $45 million, providing strategic direction to all programs and working on foundation-wide innovation initiatives. Beth also directs the Special Opportunities Fund and the Joint Fund for Education and Employment. The Special Opportunities Fund focuses on innovative initiatives that cut across program areas, and on forging partnerships with media organizations to amplify Joyce grant making. The Joint Fund for Education and Employment supports students from cradle to career, with a special focus on partnerships between high schools and postsecondary institutions to help students succeed in education, careers and life.

Before joining Joyce, Beth served as Deputy for Education in the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, working collaboratively with education and community leaders to define the city’s education policy agenda from birth through college. She served as the Mayor’s point person in expanding early learning opportunities, achieving a full school day, bringing quality school options to families and launching the city’s Summer of Learning initiative. Beth also worked closely with Chicago’s business community to ensure that City Colleges of Chicago, a network of seven community colleges, helped students learn skills relevant to the local job market. Beth had previously served as Executive Director of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, and worked for Chicago Public Schools with CEO Arne Duncan, serving as Director of the Office of Extended Learning Opportunities and then leading the District’s Office of Management and Budget.

Beth is Board Chair for Thrive Chicago, a collective impact initiative working to align efforts by service providers, city agencies and funders to help children succeed from cradle to career. She was appointed by Governor Rauner to the Illinois P-20 Council, and serves on the boards of the Chicago Public Education Fund and One Million Degrees. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies from Amherst College, and a master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Beth, her husband, and their three children live on Chicago’s North Side.

White-Faines

ADRIENNE WHITE-FAINES ’82
As CEO of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Adrienne White-Faines, MPA, FACHE joined the AOA in July 2013 to proudly represent the AOA’s professional family of more than 139,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students.  The AOA is the accrediting agency for 34 Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in 51 locations.

In this position, White-Faines leads the AOA’s strategic agenda, supporting the organization’s physician and student members by promoting public health and advancing research; serving as the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools; and provider of physician specialty board certification; and continuing medical education.

For 10 years prior to joining the AOA, White-Faines served as vice president of health initiatives and advocacy at the American Cancer Society (ACS), Illinois Division, where she was accountable for cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs. Prior to employment at ACS, she served as chief operating officer at Chicago-based Renwal Emergency Medical Services, a health care management consulting firm for hospitals and physicians, and at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she oversaw a $600 million hospital redevelopment project. She also worked as a health strategist with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and as a practice administrator for a large physician group practice in Whittier, California.

A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, White-Faines holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College (Massachusetts).  She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from AT Still University in Kirksville, MO and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, OR.

White-Faines remains active with numerous Chicago and national nonprofit organizations, including the Erikson Institute, American Field Service-USA, and Leadership Greater Chicago, where she is a Fellow.  In 2015 she was named an outstanding “Business Leader of Color,” by Chicago United, a civic engagement consortium focusing on business diversity and inclusion in the Chicago region.

White-Faines resides in Chicago with her husband Larry Faines, MD, and they have two adult children, Mari and Kamau.

Georgette Wong

GEORGETTE WONG ’91
As CEO of Correlation Consulting, Georgette Wong works with families, foundations and other asset owners to maximize their positive impact in the world through finance. She is a recognized trailblazer in impact investing. From 2007-2012 she convened and curated the Take Action! Impact Investing Summit, which, in its last year, brought together 125 pioneering asset owners and investors representing over $4.5 trillion in assets. Georgette has presented on impact investing before the US Senate, the US State Department, the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, Exponent Philanthropy, and others.

Georgette earned her MBA at UCLA Anderson and BA magna cum laude at Amherst College.

Julie Wright

JULIE WRIGHT ’10
Julie Wright is Development Specialist, Individual and Planned Gifts at San Diego Zoo Global. Over the course of her career, she has also worked at Pérez Art Museum Miami, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and Miami Children’s Museum. Julie obtained her bachelor’s degree in Art & the History of Art from Amherst College.

She presently serves as Immediate Past President of APRA FL. After recently relocating to San Diego from Miami, Julie looks forward to connecting with other alums in Southern California.