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Meet the Dean’s Advisory Board: Advisors, Ambassadors, and Philanthropic Supporters
The membership of the Dean’s Advisory Board includes alumni, parents, and other friends of CAS distinguished for their commitment to CAS, higher education, and the liberal arts and sciences; the skills, knowledge, and experiences they can bring to bear on being constructive members of the Board; and their leadership.
Bonnie T. Feld, Chair (CAS’73, Parent COM’02)
Feld is the chair of the board of directors of the Tony Award Signature Theatre, in Arlington, Virginia, the chair of the CAS Dean’s Advisory Board, and the campaign chair for CAS. Prior to these appointments, Feld served on the Holton-Arms School Board of Trustees for nine years and was acting president of the Corporation.
Arshad Ashraf (CAS’96, ENG’96)
San Francisco, CA
Ashraf is the founder and chief investment officer at One Market Capital. Prior to this, Ashraf was the Head of the Middle East and North Africa Investment Team and Portfolio Manager at Passport Capital LLC.
Bryan T. Biniak (CAS’90)
Pacific Palisades, CA
Biniak is the CEO and founder of Connected Travel, a connected vehicle platform and applications services company developing and operating next-generation infotainment, commerce, and advertising solutions for the auto-ecosystem, including Honda Dream Drive™ and USAA’s HyperDrive™.
Carol Ann Bischoff (COM’82)
Bischoff currently serves as the managing director at Pacific Compass Ventures, a strategic consulting and investment firm specializing in commerce between the United States and the Asia Pacific. Bischoff is a telecommunications, media, and technology (TMT) policy attorney and an education advocate whose career spans service in government, private sector law firms, and the nonprofit arena. She serves on the Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH) Board of Directors and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Board of Trustees.
Nick Cernese (CAS’99)
Jersey City, NJ
Cernese is a principal with EY’s Advisory Services practice and presently serves as the global and Americas advisory health sciences and wellness industry market leader, setting strategy and direction for a network of over 10,000 advisory services professionals serving the world’s largest pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical technology companies.
Amy H. Chiu (GRS’97)
San Diego, CA
Amy Chiu is the chief project development and asset management officer for Sempra LNG. In this role, Chiu leads the project development activities for all current and future LNG projects and oversees the management of both Cameron LNG and Energía Costa Azul joint ventures. She is also responsible for LNG operations.
George A. Clay (GRS’64, GRS’68)
Clay was an executive in the pharmaceutical industry, where he worked in drug discovery, clinical drug development, drug registration, and corporate management for more than 30 years. Before working in the industry, Clay worked as a fellow in the Heart and Lung Institute at the National Institutes of Health and then was an assistant professor of pharmacology at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine.
Marc Crisafulli (CAS’90, Parent MET’21, CAS’18, Questrom’16, CGS’16)
Crisafulli is the managing partner of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP and a member of the firm’s corporate and business law group. His practice is focused in the area of corporate and business law, with extensive experience handling a variety of corporate and financial transactions and issues including corporate acquisitions, sales, mergers, corporate restructuring, contracts, and corporate governance issues.
Jeanne Curtis (CAS’87, LAW’91)
Curtis is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group of the law firm Ropes & Gray and assistant head of the Litigation Department. Her main focuses are litigation and counseling in the areas of patents, antitrust, false advertising, and unfair competition.
Melissa Ferchill-Swingos (CAS’91)
Rocky River, OH
Ferchill-Swingos is the founder and president of MCM Company, Inc. Nationally recognized for its expertise in historic tax credit redevelopment, MCM was established in 1992 as a full-service construction management firm. Over the course of the last two decades, the firm successfully expanded its body of work to include program management, strategic planning, pre-construction services, project consulting, historic preservation, owner’s representation, and real-estate development.
Gerald Gitner (CAS’66)
Boynton Beach, FL
Gitner is a principal of Cross Continental Capital LLC, an investment company he cofounded. He serves as chairman of Global Aero Holdings Ltd. and D.G. Associates, Inc. He is a past member and chairman of the Financial Advisory Board of the Town of Highland Beach, Florida.
Marc Grabowski (CGS’97, CAS’99)
Grabowski is currently serving as executive vice president of global supply at Criteo, a publicly-traded data science company in the advertising technology space. Grabowski joined Criteo after the successful sale of Persio, the company where he served as CEO for over two years.
Jonathan Hodge (CAS’97)
Los Angeles, CA
Hodge earned a BS in economics from the College of Arts & Sciences and has enjoyed more than two decades helping clients manage their capital. He currently is a senior vice president for wealth management and an endowment and foundations consultant at UBS Financial Services.
Judith S. Hurwitz (CAS’73, COM’75)
Hurwitz is president and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates LLC, a research and consulting firm focused on emerging technology including big data, cloud computing, service management, software development, computing management, and security. She is a technology strategist, thought leader, and author.
Paul Kaplan (CAS’73)
New York, NY
Kaplan is a partner at Offit Kurman Attorneys at Law in the New York office. He concentrates his practice on business litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust litigation and counseling, class action defense, and white-collar defense and criminal and civil investigations.
Steve Karbank (CAS’79, Parent CAS’12)
Kansas City, MO
Karbank is chairman of Karbank Real Estate Company, a Kansas City-based development and brokerage company specializing in industrial, office, and mixed-use properties. He is a member of BU’s Board of Overseers and former President of the BU Alumni Association.
Anukool Lakhina (CAS’01, GRS’01, GRS’07)
San Mateo, CA
Lakhina founded Guavus, a software company located in San Mateo, California, that produces an operational intelligence platform that analyzes streaming data and data at rest. In founding Guavus, Anukool had the vision to provide solutions for dynamic, data-driven decision-making.
Stephen Malekian (CAS’77, Parent CAS’15, COM’15)
Malekian has over 35 years of experience in the global financing markets, having run Global Fixed Income Finance and Prime Services at Citi and European and Asian Fixed Income Finance at Barclays. Steve has been chairman of SIFMA’s Executive Committee of their Funding Division, member of the New York Federal Reserve Task Force on Triparty Reform, as well as a member of the European Repo Council and the LCH Risk Committee.
Tasneem Mayet (CAS’95)
Tasneem Mayet CCBI Green Finance consults on projects and with businesses that are working hard to repurpose the role of finance to include social and environmental returns. Her commitment to sustainable investing follows 15 years of global investment banking experience. Tasneem serves as an ambassador for Business Fights Poverty, a UK Founding B Corp, and advisor to MobiliseCare, a tech-for-good startup.
Robyn Metcalfe (GRS’06, GRS’10, Parent CAS’12)
Metcalfe is formerly a farmer, management consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc., and an editor of Sunset magazine, a West Coast garden, food, wine, travel, home, and living magazine. She graduated with a Ph.D. in history in 2010 and taught European history at both the College of General Studies and College of Arts & Sciences. Her dissertation was about 19th-century urban markets, and she also earned her MA in history from GRS in 2006.
Ruth Moorman (CAS’88, Wheelock ’89, ‘09, Parent BUA’15)
Moorman is an educator who began her career as a secondary school special-education teacher for students with learning disabilities and behavior problems. Her current areas of interest include educational leadership, supporting university and community partnerships, increasing opportunities for students in higher education, and funding early-stage medical research.
Alicia Cannon Mullen (CAS’83, Parent CAS’19)
Palm Beach, CA
Cannon Mullen is a principal at Washing Pond Ventures, which focuses on growing technology-enabled companies through either internal incubation or external investment. Cannon Mullen has been an advisor/board member to numerous companies including Techweek, Beme, and Brave New Software.
Rebecca Norlander (CAS’91)
Norlander is the founder, CEO, and CTO of Health 123, Inc., a technology company that has developed a digital platform for tracking personal health and wellness via mobile fitness devices, employers and physicians groups, and other data sources. She also is executive in residence at Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm.
Ken Norton (CAS’93)
Mountain View, CA
Norton is a product partner at Google Ventures (GV), where he provides product and engineering support to start-ups. Prior to joining GV, Ken was a group product manager at Google. In his years as a product manager at Google, he led product initiatives for Docs, Calendar, and Google Mobile Maps.
Richard Park (CAS’00)
Park is a principal of Pelican Growth Holdings and founder of THINKdeal Training, a mission-driven educational firm helping underserved students and career professionals pursue roles involving global mergers & acquisitions, private equity, investment research, and investment banking.
Eswar Priyadarshan (CAS’87, GRS’97, Parent Wheelock’17)
Mountain View, CA
Priyadarshan is a long-time entrepreneur and technologist. He holds senior advisory roles at several startups both in the Boston area and Silicon Valley. Eswar was a senior director at Apple Inc., where he held product and engineering leadership positions on Apple iAd, iTunes Radio, and Apple TV. Eswar cofounded Quattro Wireless, which was acquired by Apple in 2010. He also started companies that were acquired by Verisign (m-Qube Inc.) and LivePerson (BotCentral Inc.).
Aaron Rasmussen (CAS’06, COM’06)
Rasmussen is an American serial entrepreneur and cofounder of MasterClass, an online education platform whose instructors range from Annie Leibovitz to Martin Scorsese to Serena Williams. Currently, he is CEO and founder of Outlier.org, a venture-backed education company working to increase educational access and equity by creating the world’s best accredited online courses.
Brian Riley (CAS’95)
Marin County, CA
Brian Riley is the Managing Director of the Pacific Northwest Division at Rockefeller Capital Management. In this role, Brian is responsible for leading and expanding Rockefeller’s business and stable of elite Private Wealth Advisor teams in the Pacific Northwest. Brian joins Rockefeller from boutique investment firm First Republic Bank, where he served as an Executive Vice President on the Private Wealth Management team, catering to high net worth individuals.
Robert Schulze (CAS’86, GRS’88, MED’92, Questrom’16, Parent MED’19, CAS’16, CGS’14)
Schulze is an assistant professor of surgery and director of surgical nutrition and surgical critical care in the Division of General Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He completed his surgical residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1998 and his fellowship in trauma/critical care at the University of Maryland in 1999.
Julee Stephenson (CAS’94)
Stephenson is a corporate affairs and communications leader. She most recently served as senior vice president of corporate affairs at NiSource Inc. and has served in other leadership roles in public affairs, communications, customer experience, and marketing at the company. Stephenson consults with individuals and organizations to guide and develop integrated communication and engagement strategies. Her commitment to service and engaging in communities is the foundation of her current work and career, which has included leadership roles in public affairs, communications, customer experience, marketing and nonprofit program management
Thomas (Tom) R. Tritton (GRS’73)
Tritton is a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a senior fellow at the Science History Institute. He is the former president of Haverford College and former president and CEO of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, an organization headquartered in Philadelphia as a library, museum, and center for scholars. Prior to joining CHF, he was president-in-residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Scott Webster (CAS’93)
Webster is a partner at the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP and is chair of its ERISA & Executive Compensation Practice. Mr. Webster specializes in a range of ERISA and executive compensation matters, including representing myriad financial service organizations and private investment fund sponsors on issues arising in connection with the investment of pension plan assets, as well as structuring and developing new investment products for retirement plans.
David Weinstein (CGS’70, CAS’72)
Weinstein is the founder and CEO of Write the World LLC, an international online community of teenage writers, which he developed as a Senior Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.
Sonali Wilson (CGS’78, CAS ’80)
Wilson is a member of the general counsel at Cleveland State University. She was first affiliated with the University in 1996 as a lecturer in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where she taught advanced brief writing. She became assistant university legal counsel in 1997 and board secretary in 2000, a position she held until 2011.
George Zac Zac (CAS’95, Parent CAS’19, CGS’19)
Zac Zac is originally from Brazil and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School through its Owners/President Management Program (OPM33); he was the youngest to ever graduate from the program at the time. In December 1997, Zac Zac established ABP Caribbean, Inc., today known as Bread Partners Holdings. He served as president and CEO of the unit from its inception, growing and developing the Au Bon Pain brand in the South Florida region.
- Warren Adelson (CAS’63, GRS’64, Parent CAS’12, CGS’10)
- Mark (CAS’74) & Marsha Bookman (SAR’74)
- Alice Godfrey (CAS’74, Parent LAW’12)
- Robert Hildreth (Parent CAS’13, Questrom’13)
- Kenneth Slater (Parent Questrom’12)
- Matthew Smith (CAS’70, Questrom’72)
Purpose & Roles
The Dean’s Advisory Board was founded in 2008 to advise the dean on broad matters of policy and planning within the college. The alumni, friends, and parents who comprise the board are tasked with three principal responsibilities: as advisors, ambassadors, and philanthropic supporters of the college. They will serve as a leadership group for advancing the quality and qualities of CAS that help it fulfill its mission as expressed in Creating Our Future, 2010-2020: The Strategic Plan of the College of Arts & Sciences:
The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to nurture the discovery, creation, transmission and application of knowledge and understanding across the humanities and the social, natural, and computational sciences. This mission applies to all of the college’s members, from the most decorated senior scholars to our matriculating undergraduates, and unifies our three great core tasks of undergraduate education, graduate education, and pioneering research. CAS is Boston University’s standard-bearer for the proud and successful tradition that is liberal education. We also must choose to be active, engaged citizens of the larger communities to which we also belong—the University, the region, the country, and the world—in order for this mission to succeed.
Dean’s Advisory Board members have three main roles: as advisors, ambassadors, and philanthropic supporters of the college and its mission.
As advisors, board members individually and collectively serve as a sounding board for the dean and college leadership, helping them to lead the college with wisdom, skill, and creativity. They provide a rich perspective drawn from their varied experiences and knowledge bases outside Boston University. They review, evaluate, and provide insight on improving academic programs, research, student recruitment and student development, operations, alumni relations, fundraising, marketing, and other issues of importance to CAS. Board members are kept well informed of current developments in the college and more widely at Boston University and have interesting opportunities to interact with students, faculty, and college and University leaders.
As ambassadors, board members keep themselves well informed in order to help spread the good word about CAS and BU in their communities and workplaces. Board members help bridge and foster relationships and connections with potential students and their families, other alumni, potential employers of our alumni, and with individuals, corporations, and other organizations that might be in a position to support the college, its students, faculty, and its mission. Board members facilitate and attend events, and engage others with CAS and BU.
As philanthropic supporters, board members make gifts to support the advancement of CAS through the Annual Fund every year at a level agreed through discussion with the dean and her development staff, and where possible, they make gifts at a leadership level that will provide perpetual support to critical goals of excellence. The Dean’s Advisory Board serves as the leadership for the Campaign for CAS and is committed to its success.
For additional information about upcoming meetings or other Advisory Board-related business, please contact:
Assistant Dean, CAS Development and Alumni Relations
Senior Development Coordinator, CAS Development and Alumni Relations