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Board of Trustees Bios

Learn more about our distinguished board of trustees below. 
 


KAREN C. ALTFEST, Ph.D.

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.
Development Committee, Co-Chair

Karen Altfest is Executive Vice President of Altfest Personal Wealth Management where she advises women and widows. She has been named a Top Woman Wealth Advisor by Forbes and the Financial Times, a Notable Woman on Wall Street by Crain’s New York Business, and one of the Most Influential Women to Watch by Investment News. She is founding Chair of the New York Common Pantry where she received the Founder’s Award created for her. She has led many nonprofit and financial boards, including the Financial Planning Association of NY and NAPFA Northeast.

Dr. Altfest holds a Ph.D. in History from The Graduate Center, an M.A. and B.A. from Hunter College, is a graduate of McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and is a CFP® certificant. She is author of many books, articles, chapters and courses about personal finance. Her husband, Lewis Altfest, is also an alumnus of The Graduate Center and holds a Ph.D. in Finance.


LIN I. BILDNER

Vice Chair, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Lin Bildner is Director, President and CEO of the Philippine Communications Satellite Corporation; Director and Vice Chair of Philippine Overseas Telecommunications Corporation; Director, CFO and Treasurer of Philcomsat Holdings Corporation; and Director and Executive Vice President of the Montemar Beach Club and the Baguio Country Club.

Mrs. Bildner holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Her late husband, Albert Bildner, was a long-time member of The Graduate Center Foundation Board.


JAMES P. BLANCO

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

James Blanco is Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at OneMain Financial. He was formerly Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group of Barclays Investment Bank. His background is in advising finance companies and real estate investment trusts on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and asset finance.

Mr. Blanco holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia Business School, a M.S in Systems and Management from New York University, and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.


HELEN BODIAN

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Helen Bodian is a photographer based in New York City. Her photographs have appeared in both English and Russian language publications, and she has exhibited in New York and Washington, DC.

Formerly as an attorney, Ms. Bodian specialized in civil and human rights law. She assisted in founding the Prisoners Legal Services of New York. She is Board President of HELP (Haitian Education & Leadership Program).

Ms. Bodian holds a J.D. from New York University and a B.A. in Art History from New York University.


PETER H. DARROW, ESQ.

Chair, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Peter Darrow is Senior Counsel at the New York based international law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Previously, he was a partner in the European-based private equity firm HMD Partners, and an advisor to the women’s fashion company Escada, Inc.

Mr. Darrow is Vice Chair of the new World Trade Center Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. He was chair of the Board of Trustees of WNYC Radio, former president of the Board of Trustees of the Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, New York, and former vice-chair of the Board of Directors of PRI.

He holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College.


MILES GERSTEIN

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Miles Gerstein is President of Uppercut Images, a company that licences visual imagery to the creative community.  Prior to that, he founded three companies in the visual media space including Artville and Punchstock, which he sold to Eastman Kodak and Getty Images respectively.  He previously worked in a marketing and sales capacity for AT&T.

Mr. Gerstein is a member of the Board of Visitors, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of History. He established the Davis-Gerstein Research Award for Undergraduate History Majors and is a founding member of SuccessWorks, a career counseling service for Letters & Sciences undergraduates. He formerly served on the Boards of the Wisconsin History Association and the Madison Repertory Theater.

Mr. Gerstein holds an M.B.A. from Baruch College, a M.A. in Comparative History from Brandeis University and a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


SAMANTHA H. GILBERT

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Samantha Gilbert is an experienced leadership advisor and an expert in talent development and human resources management in international organizations, working at the executive level on human capital and organizational culture strategies.

Prior to forming SH Gilbert Advisors, a leadership coaching and human resources consulting practice, Ms. Gilbert served as Vice President of Talent and Human Resources at the Ford Foundation.  She served as Chief Human Resources Officer at the Rockefeller Foundation and spent 15 years working in the arts sector as a Human Resources professional including a decade at Christie’s International. Ms. Gilbert studied behavioral sciences and holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University as well as a certification in organizational and executive coaching from New York University.

Ms. Gilbert serves as the Chair of Cool Culture, a non-profit organization that provides underserved NYC families with educational learning programs and free access to NYC’s premier museums and cultural institutions. She also served on Christie’s Education Art World Advisory Board where she advised students and staff administration on career development.


MYRON S. GLUCKSMAN

Treasurer, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Myron Glucksman is President of Myron Glucksman Consulting. He was formerly a Managing Director in Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank.

Mr. Glucksman is a member of the Structured Finance Industry Group, and is an Executive Committee member, Treasurer and Director of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

He holds a LL.M. in Corporation Law from New York University, a J.D. from Fordham University, an M.B.A. in Finance with distinction from New York University Stern School of Business and a B.S. in Engineering from Columbia University.


ROBERT B. GOLDSTEIN

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Robert Goldstein is Vice Chairman of North America Financial Institutions Group (FIG) of Citibank, overseeing corporate banking for the U.S. Banks Industry. Previously, he was Vice President for the Bankers Trust Company.

Mr. Goldstein is a member of the Lafayette College Northeast Advisory Council and a former member of the Lafayette College Leadership Council.

He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Baltimore and a B.A. degree in Economics from Lafayette College.


ELIZABETH FELLEMAN HAMMEL

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Elizabeth Felleman Hammel, Ph.D., is a licensed New York State psychologist in private practice in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to starting her private practice, Dr. Hammel worked as a psychologist treating children and their families at The Roosevelt Children's Center, part of YAI-National Institute for People with Disabilities. She has extensive experience in working with couples and supporting family systems in stress or conflict. 

Dr. Hammel earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York and received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. She has intensive training and supervision in family and couples therapy from The Ackerman Institute for the Family as well as clinical training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from The Beck Institute. Dr. Hammel is an adjunct professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Brooklyn College where she teaches undergraduate courses as well as supervises fieldwork placements. 


CRAIG J. KAPLAN, ESQ.

Chair Emeritus, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.
Audit & Risk Management Committee, Chair

Craig Kaplan is Of Counsel to Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, P.C. where he represents nonprofit organizations and specializes in the area of trusts and estates. Previously, he served as Counsel to the Voter Protection Project of America’s Families United.

Mr. Kaplan is on the board of Project Vote, and was on the boards of Harlem’s Neighborhood Defender Service, Longvue Foundation, Bill of Rights Foundation, and the Board of Governors of the Antioch Law School. He was also appointed by Mayor Dinkins’ to the Mayor’s Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Kaplan holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, a M.S. in Political Science from The New School for Social Research, and a B.A. from Boston University.


CHRISTOPH M. KIMMICH, PH.D.

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.
Development Committee, Co-Chair

Dr. Christoph Kimmich is Professor of History at The Graduate Center and a German-American historian. He served as Interim Chancellor of the City University of New York, and was former president of CUNY’s Brooklyn College. Previously, he was professor of history and chairman at Columbia University before being appointed vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Dr. Kimmich is a recipient of several fellowships including a Fulbright, a Guggenheim, and a visiting fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University (Phi Beta Kappa) and a B.A. from Haverford College.


DWIGHT E. LEE

Secretary, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.
Committee on Trustees, Chair

Dwight Lee is a Partner of Gagnon Securities LLC and Managing Partner of Upland Associates LLP. Previously, he was Managing Partner of Barker, Lee & Co. and a founder of First Arbitrage Management Company.

Mr. Lee serves as Chair of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and has served on the boards of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Political Economy Research Center, and The Jackson Laboratory. He was a member of the Visiting Committee of the Actors Studio, and was a Director and Treasurer of the New York Nature Conservancy.

He holds degrees from Columbia University School of Business and Columbia College.


JOANNA M. MIGDAL

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.
Investment & Finance Committee, Chair

Joanna Migdal is the founder and president of JM Money Matters, Inc., a consulting firm offering asset allocation advice to institutional and individual clients. Previously, Ms. Migdal was Senior Vice President of Paine Webber and was Executive Vice President at Peter Kimmelman Asset Management.

Ms. Migdal has served on the board of the Bard Music Festival in New York. She has done graduate work in social work and finance at New York University and holds a B.A. in History from Vassar College.


VIVIAN PAN, PH.D.

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Vivian Pan retired as Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Hamlin Capital Management. She was also co-senior partner and owner of Hamlin-Crest GP, LLC, where she oversaw their portfolio managers and investment committee and provided sector and market analysis.

Prior to her career in finance and investments, Dr. Pan worked as an analyst with the U.S. Department of Energy and was a Congressional Science Fellow with the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. She was also a Faculty Research Associate in the geology department at Arizona State University.

Dr. Pan serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Studio in a School. She holds Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University and a B.A. in Chemistry and Geology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.


RAYMOND J. QUINLAN, PH.D.

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Raymond Quinlan is former chairman and CEO of Sallie Mae, the student loan bank. Previously, he was executive vice president of banking at CIT Group Inc., executive chairman of Coastal South Bancshares, Inc., business manager at Goldman Sachs, and CEO of Citigroup’s Retail Division North America. He has been a board member of Iceland’s Coastal States Bank, Islandsbanki, and Puerto Rico’s Doral Financial Company and Doral Bank.

Dr. Quinlan was an adjunct professor and on the advisory board of Sacred Heart University and Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from The Graduate Center, M.B.A. degrees from Columbia University and the New York University Stern School of Business, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University.


ROBERT F. RAUCCI

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Robert Raucci is the Chairman and Founder of Sensoriant and the CEO of FORTH Management, an investment management firm. He is co-founder and managing partner of Newlight Management, LLC, a venture capital firm, and founding general partner of Newlight Associates Venture Funds.

Previously, Mr. Raucci was CEO of Wasabi Systems and Metis Technologies and vice president of Alliance Capital Management Corporation (Alliance Bernstein LP). He is on the Board of Advisors to Scorpion Capital Partners, formerly with videoNEXT Federal and RAMCO Capital, and is a member of IEEE and ACM engineering societies.

Mr. Raucci holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. in Computer Science from New York University.


JIDE J. ZEITLIN

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Jide Zeitlin is founder, principal and CEO of The Keffi Group, Ltd., a private investment group focused on emerging markets in telecommunications infrastructure in India and energy and life science investments in Israel, the U.S. and Africa. Previously, he founded Independent Mobile Infrastructure Ltd., was a partner at Goldman Sachs, and former CEO of Tapestry.

Mr. Zeitlin serves on the board of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc., Vascular Biogenics Ltd., and is Chairman of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority. He is on the board of Playwrights Horizon, Saint Ann’s School, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He is also Chairman Emeritus of Amherst College.

Mr. Zeitlin holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and an A.B. magna cum laude in Economics and English and an Honorary Degree from Amherst College.
 


ELLEN ZENTNER

Trustee, The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Ellen Zentner is Chief US Economist and a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and sits on its Research Diversity and Inclusion Council. Ms. Zentner currently serves on the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, as well as the Economic Advisory Panel for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the American Bankers’ Association. She is a former member of the Academic Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, past Chair of SIFMA’s Economic Advisory Roundtable, Director of the National Association for Business Economics as well as the NABE Foundation.
 
Ms. Zentner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado.