JOHN ABODEELY ’01
John Abodeely was appointed 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 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. Before its operations ceased in September 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 also holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.
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, D.C., where she teaches courses on race, inequality and public policy. Ajinkya earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College.
CHRISTINE BADER ’93
Christine Bader ’93 examines the role of work and business in our lives and societies. She 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 at 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, Bader joined BP and proceeded to work in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., managing 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 from 2008-11. Bader 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, Bader 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 young twins, which is tough in the humidity of Bali, Indonesia, where she relocated in July 2018 to enroll them at the Green School.
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. Banner 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. At Amherst, Banner received the Crowell Prize for Classics.
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, Banner 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 financial aspects of the network’s flagship broadcast. For a decade, Banner was executive producer of ABC World News, and the youngest producer in ABC history to run the evening news. Banner’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 ’68
A passionate advocate of patient-centric, quality-driven healthcare, Stephen Bonner has championed putting patients in control of their own medical decisions by empowering them with comprehensive, unbiased information about their conditions and clear explanations of the care options available. 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 a four-year appointment as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, where he mentors students on health care, health policy, and health care innovation. He has also assisted Prof. Regina Herzlinger in teaching a second-year MBA course on healthcare innovation.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), he led pioneering work on integrated, holistic oncology. The company published over 200 abstracts of research on the scientific value of nutrition, naturopathic medicine, psychological support, spiritual support, exercise, and other therapies when combined with traditional cancer care. Bonner joined CTCA in 1999 as President and Chief Executive Officer and served as a member of the CTCA Board from 1996 - 2015, after completing his role as CEO in February 2014.
Bonner is an advisor to Health Care Private equity firms Triple-Tree, Brown Legacy Group; Chicago Pacific Founders; and VCapital. He 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. He just completed his role as a member of the Amherst College Committee to Nominate Alumni Trustees.
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.
MICHAEL A. BRADLEY ’71
After a 35-year career with Teradyne, Inc. ($2 billion annual revenue), Michael Bradley retired as Chief Executive Officer in 2014. In his tenure as CEO beginning in 2004, Teradyne attained the leading market position in semiconductor chip testing and expanded into the testing of smartphones, tablets, and other 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 now also competes in the collaborative robotics market.
At Teradyne, 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.
Bradley received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1975. 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, Bradley was elected a director of Avnet, Inc., one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components. He also serves on the Philanthropic Advisory Council for Boston Health Care for the Homeless.
SONYA CLARK ’89, H'15
Sonya Clark recently joined the Amherst College faculty as a Studio Art professor in the Art and History of Art Department. Just prior to returning to Amherst, she served as Chair of the Craft and Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University for over a decade. 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 its first Mid-Career Distinguished Alumni Award. She also 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 more than 350 museums and galleries worldwide. Her work is in many 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 the New York Times, Mother Jones, Time Magazine, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, and Huffington Post. She has received awards such as 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.
Clark returned to Amherst with her husband Darryl Harper ’90, who is a professor in the Music Department.
Catherine Epstein has been Amherst’s dean of the faculty since 2014, and became the college’s first provost and dean of the faculty in 2019. A professor of history at the college since 2000, she is a scholar of German history and the author of four books, including Model Nazi: Arthur Greiser and the Nazi Occupation of Western Poland (Oxford, 2010) and a textbook, Nazi Germany: Confronting the Myths (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). Provost Epstein has taught a wide range of European history classes, including courses on the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, and World War II.
The provost and dean of the faculty is the chief academic officer of the college and has primary responsibility for matters of academic policy and for the academic budget. The provost serves as secretary to the Committee of Six, the executive committee of the faculty, and as secretary to the faculty. She oversees the Robert Frost Library, the Mead Art Museum, the Beneski Museum of Natural History, the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Office of Institutional Research and Registrar Services, the Center for Community Engagement, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the college’s international programs (including study away), the Office of Fellowships, the Grants Office, and the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning. The provost has joint responsibility for the Department of Physical Education and Athletics. She serves as the college’s Five College deputy.
Nelson Gonzalez is CEO of Liminal, a global social impact innovation firm that created Whole Child Lab, an accelerator, fund, and corporate innovation platform integrating healthcare and education for product, service, and business model innovation in birth-18 whole child development. Liminal also created Agile Labs, which applies Improvement Science/Agile development methods in learning spaces. Liminal has been retained by Teach for America to design its Innovation Lab and by several private equity firms for education M&A initiatives. He is also on the faculty of the Education Entrepreneurship Program/Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.
Gonzalez was one of two co-founders of Declara, a venture-backed adaptive social learning platform that accelerates informal adult learning through personalized content delivery using cutting-edge machine learning. In just four years, Gonzalez led Declara’s four-continent public education system and Fortune500 growth, which resulted in a $40m series-A and recent sale of the company. He also served as Chief Strategy Officer of the Stupski Foundation, where he created a multi-state innovation lab to scale personalized learning that became a policy-shaping reference for the Obama Administration. as well as Advisor to the former Colombian President Manuel Santos on national IT innovation and poverty reduction strategies.
He was in the PhD program at the London School of Economics, was tutored at Oxford in philosophy and theology, and graduated from Amherst magna cum laude in Political Science. He has been a Fellow at Columbia, NYU, and Leuven. A native Colombian, first-generation immigrant, first-generation college graduate, and English language learner, he is fluent in Spanish and French.
DOUGLAS C. GRISSOM ’89
Douglas Grissom is a Managing Director and Head of MDP’s Business & Government Software and Services team. Prior to joining MDP, he worked at Bain Capital in private equity, McKinsey & Company, and Goldman Sachs. Grissom currently serves on the Boards of Directors of BlueCat Networks, CoVant Technologies II, Fleet Complete, LGS Innovations, and LinQuest Corporation. 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.
JAMIE HOROWITZ ’98
Jamie Horowitz serves as President of Winning Time Productions, a Los Angeles-based company that helps CEOs with strategy as they pursue new content in sports, music, and movies. Previously, he was President of 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 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 Los Angeles with their three boys, Jake, Will, and Cooper.
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 on 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 courts in Illinois.
ARTHUR KOENIG ’66
Arthur Koenig ’66, an Amherst College Trustee, is an independent investor and philanthropist who retired from the physical commodity trading industry. Koenig 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 mentoring program in Uganda (founded by Boris Bulayev ’07 and Eric Glustrom ’07 while they were students, and involving many Amherst alumni connections).
At Amherst, Koenig is an Ex-Officio member of the President’s Campaign Board and a current member of 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 Koenig 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. Koenig is also a Trustee of the New York Public Library.
CHARLES LEWIS ’64, P’93, H'03
Charles Ashby 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.
Lewis was educated at Amherst and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He received honorary degrees from Amherst and Grinnell College. Lewis is a Life Trustee of Amherst and was a Trustee of the University of Chicago for ten years. He is involved with the UChicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) and many of its units; a life member of the UChicago College Advisory Council; and a member of the UChicago 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. Lewis 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 ’77, P’21
Michael Loeb is a serial entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Loeb.nyc.
After starting his career at Time Inc., Michael co-founded the Synapse Group with then partner, Jay Walker. Under Michael’s direction, Synapse grew to become the largest seller of consumer magazine subscriptions worldwide, with its patented credit card-based Continuous Service model. Michael and Jay went on to incubate Priceline.com at Synapse, leveraging a shared team of operations and capital.
When Synapse Group was sold to Time Warner for $800mm in 2006, Michael formed Loeb Enterprises with partner Rich Vogel to ideate and develop new business concepts. The largest of those ventures was ScriptRelief, a first-of-its-kind pharmacy discount provider that has a membership in excess of 12 million Americans that saves patients billions on their prescriptions. ScriptRelief was recently sold to United Healthcare for an undisclosed amount.
As of 2019, self-funded Loeb Enterprises, rebranded to Loeb.nyc, is building and managing a portfolio of over 20 curated companies, most of which are domiciled at Loeb headquarters in Manhattan and half of which are executions of Loeb concepts. Under Michael’s leadership, Loeb.nyc has established a new model for startups by pairing exceptional strategic and executional talent with passionate founders, CEOs, and capital. Loeb.nyc significantly derisks startup launches of the 20 companies, Loeb expects enough bonafide unicorns to populate a small corral.
STEPHEN MUGFORD ’89, P'22
Stephen Mugford is Executive Vice President, Head of Strategy, at Capital One Financial Corporation. One of the fastest growing Fortune 500 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, Mugford is responsible for the long-term vision and strategic growth of Capital One.
Before joining Capital One in 1998, Mugford worked at the Boston Consulting Group, a strategy consulting firm in Los Angeles and later in Boston. While at BCG, Mugford led strategy engagements with Fortune 500 clients in a variety of industries, including retail, consumer goods, telecommunications, and hi-tech. Mugford 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 one of the highest performing middle schools among all public middle schools in the state of Massachusetts.
Mugford received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and English from Amherst College. He is a competitive masters swimmer and enjoys beach volleyball, golf, and singing. Mugford is also the father of three daughters and resides in Wellesley, MA.
ANNA MULLEN ’09
Anna Mullen is Principal at Brave Warrior Advisors. Prior to joining Brave Warrior in 2017, she was an Analyst and Associate Portfolio Manager at Select Equity Group, a Managing Director at SQ Advisors and a Research Associate at Fidelity Management and Research.
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 ’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. Ralph joined Freeman Spogli in 1989 and became a partner in 1998. Prior to joining the firm, 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, Ralph has been involved in the acquisition of more than 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).
Ralph graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in History. Ralph currently lives in Manhattan Beach, Calif., with his wife, Patty. They have two children, daughter Jessie (24) and son Jack (22).
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, Reed worked at Goldman Sachs in its technology investment banking group in San Francisco. Reed graduated from Amherst College (B.A. with distinction), majoring in Classics and Economics.
PAUL SCHNELL ’76, P’11
Paul 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 as a leading lawyer in areas such as M&A (having the highest Band 1 ranking in leading survey of lawyers), private equity, corporate governance, corporate finance, health care, and Latin America. Surveys that recognize Schnell include Chambers 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.
Schnell was recently named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer and the only lawyer to lead two M&A deals in the same year ranked by the Financial Times among the most innovative transactions of such year. He has worked with a large number of the most prestigious companies and financial institutions in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Schnell has chaired the editorial board of The M&A Lawyer, a leading M&A publication, since its founding in 1997. Schnell serves in leadership positions at numerous educational, arts, social justice, and other not-for-profit organizations.
Schnell graduated from Amherst in 1976, and he and his wife, Joanne, are parents ‘11 of Samantha Schnell. 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 serving on the Board of Advisors of the Mead (which Schnell became Chair of in October 2018).
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 in 2006 and received her doctorate from Boston College in 2011.
Sisson serves on the Boards of Directors for WDN Action, the political giving arm of the Women’s Donor Network, and Pacific Primary, her children’s preschool. She is currently chairing the 50 by 2020 Expansion Campaign for Emerge America, working to ensure Democratic women across the country have access to training and networks necessary to run for office.
Sisson lives in San Francisco with her husband, Andrew McCollum, and two young sons.
EMILY STERN ’83, P’18
Emily Stern M.D. 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. 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 underlying 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, 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.
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, having served as Co-Leader of the BWH Women’s Leadership Program and having taught research leadership in the HMS Leadership Course.
BETH SWANSON ’96
Beth Swanson is CEO of A Better Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund changing how Chicago fights poverty by investing in bold ideas that create opportunity for youth. A Better Chicago has raised more than $30 million, engaged nearly 1,700 donors and impacts more than 37,000 lives annually through program investments.
Prior to joining A Better Chicago, Beth was the vice president of strategy and programs at the Joyce Foundation. At Joyce, she oversaw an annual grant portfolio of $50 million, provided strategic direction to all programs and drove foundation-wide innovation initiatives. Beth had previously 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. Earlier in her career, Beth was executive director of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation and worked at Chicago Public Schools with CEO Arne Duncan as director of the Office of Extended Learning Opportunities and then leading the district’s Office of Management and Budget. Beth is vice chair of the City Colleges Board of Trustees, board chair of The Partnership for College Completion, a board member of Thrive Chicago, and serves on the Illinois P-20 Council. 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.
ADRIENNE WHITE-FAINES ’82
Adrienne White-Faines, MPA, FACHE, most recently served as CEO of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), providing executive oversight for the professional association that represents more than 150,000 U.S. trained osteopathic physicians and medical students. She led the AOA’s strategy for accreditation of 51 medical campuses, residency program accreditation, and specialty board certification, in addition to promotion of public health, research, public policy, and membership engagement in the U.S. and Internationally.
Prior to joining the AOA, White-Faines served as Chief Health Officer at the American Cancer Society-Illinois, and in senior roles as a health care management and physician practice management consultant; as a strategy planning executive at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; and strategy manager for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation.
A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, White-Faines holds a MPA from the University of Southern California and a BA from Amherst College. She holds honorary doctorates from A.T. Still University; and Western University of Health Sciences. Her current board service includes: Innovaccer Technologies, Erikson Institute; Otho Sprague Foundation; Loeb Center of Amherst College; and Harriet’s Daughters.
White-Faines resides in Chicago, IL, with her husband, Larry Faines, MD, ’82.
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. Wong has presented on impact investing before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. State Department, the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, Exponent Philanthropy, and others.
Wong earned her MBA at UCLA Anderson and BA magna cum laude at Amherst College.
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 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 serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego.