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Benjamin Schall is the CEO and President of AvalonBay. Prior to becoming President, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Seritage Growth Properties and the Chief Operating Officer of Rouse Properties, from 2012 to 2015. At Rouse, he oversaw the redevelopment and operations of a $2.5 billion portfolio of 35 regional malls, totaling 25 million square feet across the country. Prior to that, Mr. Schall was Senior Vice President with Vornado Realty Trust. At Vornado, his responsibilities included overseeing Vornado's suburban retail shopping center business, consisting of 18 million square feet in 140 assets representing a value of over $3 billion. Prior to his private-sector real estate career, he worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation and MDRC, the public policy think tank.Mr. Schall holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College.

Renée Eubanks is currently a Managing Director at Investment Management Private Markets. She was recently counsel at SNR Denton US LLP, an international law firm with
offices throughout the US, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. As head of the Distressed
Investing Group, Renée worked with hedge funds, private equity funds and other alternative investment entities who focus on special situation debt and/or equity investments. She earned her BS in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a law degree from Boston College Law School. She also holds an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Renée’s other charitable activities include hosting test prep sessions for students seeking admission to her alma mater, Stuyvesant High School.

Ronni Fisher recently retired after spending 38 years in Early Childhood programs at University Settlement, where she was an Assistant Executive Director and was in charge of all the programs for young children, the after-school programs, and the adult literacy program. During her tenure, she oversaw the creation of the nation’s first truly integrated childcare center, blending Head Start, Universal Pre-K, and City-funded daycare programs into one, unified program. Ms. Fisher has served on numerous boards and commissions shaping the City’s childcare initiatives.

Thomas Morgan has been a private equity investor and advisor for nearly 30 years.  After beginning his career in investment banking with First Boston, he spent most of the 90s with Bain Capital as it grew from a single strategy, single office firm with $300M AUM and 20 employees to a multi-strategy, multi-office firm with $5B AUM and over 100 employees.  He then joined New Mountain Capital at inception and over 15 years there New Mountain raised over $15B AUM and invested capital across three strategies: private equity, private credit and public hedge.  Mr. Morgan left New Mountain in 2015 to found Hycroft Capital, the first firm ever formed solely to make minority (non-control) investments into the management companies (GPs) of private equity and other private capital firms (“GP Stakes”).  He later merged Hycroft Capital into Magnetar Capital, a $14B multi-strategy asset manager, forming and heading Magnetar Strategic Capital.  Most recently, Mr. Morgan helped co-found Aviditi Advisors, an alternative investment bank focused on private capital firms and their investors, offering advisory services in capital formation, capital markets and other capital-driven firm initiatives.  Mr. Morgan is a partner and senior member of the management team heading Aviditi’s Liquidity Solutions business line.

Mr. Morgan grew up in Scarsdale, NY, and graduated Williams College in 1991 with a B.A. in History and Political Science, magna cum laude, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1998.  He lives in Manhattan’s Upper East Side with his wife and three school-aged children.

Aviva Will is Co-Chief Operating Officer of Burford Capital, overseeing the firm’s global origination, marketing and underwriting functions. She has over a decade of experience
investing in and managing the world’s largest portfolio of commercial litigation and arbitration risk. In her role at Burford, Aviva has overseen the continuing innovation of its offerings to law firms and companies. At Burford, Aviva developed and launched The Equity Project, a groundbreaking initiative designed to help close the gender gap in law by providing an economic incentive for change through a $50 million pool of capital earmarked for financing commercial litigation matters led by women. Prior to joining Burford in 2010, Aviva was a senior litigator and Assistant General Counsel at Time Warner Inc. and before that, practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Aviva earned a J.D. cum laude from Fordham University School of Law, where she was an Editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. She earned a B.A. from Columbia University. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Stewart G. Pollock on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Alan Winters is the founder of his own executive coaching company, Alan Winters Coaching. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Principal of Kingdon Capital Management, LLC. In his 25-year association with the firm he also worked as an Analyst, Portfolio Manager and as Chief Investment Officer. During an extended sabbatical from 1997-2002, he moved to Paris with his family and, upon his return, taught fifth grade for two years in a Bronx public school. In addition to his commitment to University Settlement, Mr. Winters is a trustee of the Winters Family Foundation. He has three daughters: Sloane, Haley, and Rose. He received the Charles B. Stover Lifetime Achievement Award from University Settlement in 2011 for his decade-long commitment to the organization.


Leonard (Len) Berman is a Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at First Manhattan Co. with more than 20 years of experience in the investment industry. He provides wealth planning and investment management services for individuals, families, professional partnerships, business owners, and charitable trusts. Prior to joining First Manhattan, Len was a Research Analyst in Lehman Brothers’ Principal Investing Group and at Eton Park Capital Management. 

Len holds a JD from Columbia Law School, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and an AB from Princeton University. 

Len is actively involved at The Jewish Center, where he was previously an officer and currently serves on the Administrative Committee and as a trustee. Previously, Len was a longtime board member of Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life/Hillel. 

Len, his wife, Lori Zeltser, and their three sons live on the Upper West Side. 

Christina Chiu is Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer for Empire State Realty Trust, responsible for capital markets, financial planning & analysis, financial reporting, tax, treasury, investor relations, technology, legal and human resources. 

Ms. Chiu joined ESRT following an 18-year career at Morgan Stanley where she served as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Global Listed Real Assets Investing business, responsible for business development and capital raising efforts, institutional investor and consultant relationships, oversight of the day-to-day investing business, and execution of strategic initiatives. Additionally, she was responsible for Canadian REIT investments and served as a member of the MSIM Sustainability Council and Listed Real Assets Investment Committee. She began her career as a real estate investment banking analyst on both principal investing and strategic advisory transactions. 

Ms. Chiu is a member of The Real Estate Roundtable Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee and ULI Technology & Real Estate Council, and also a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Partnership for NYC. She earned a B.S. in Finance and Accounting summa cum laude from NYU Stern School of Business. 



Hale Gurland is a multi-disciplined artist. His work in sculpture are monumental pieces that go from the figurative to the abstract. His paintings follow the works in sculpture and use heavy colors against bright to achieve his ideas. He has been photographing around the world for over forty years capturing diverse cultures, their daily lives, conflicts and religions. His work has been shown in Europe, Asia, India, South America and North America. Mr. Gurland lives and works in New York City.

Ken C. Joseph, Esq. is a managing director and Global Leader of Kroll’s Disputes practice. He is also a Fellow in the Kroll Institute, providing thought leadership on a variety of financial services and regulatory matters, as well as Head of the firm’s Cryptocurrency Task Force. Ken focuses on serving clients who need informed and proven strategies to successfully navigate a broad spectrum of threats arising from investigations, compliance examinations, litigation, and crisis scenarios. Prior to joining Kroll, he served with distinction for a total of over 21 years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including service as one of the inaugural supervisors in the Division of Enforcement’s specialized asset management unit, and most recently as a senior officer in the Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. Ken holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, a B.S., MBA, and post-graduate degrees in Marketing Management and International Finance from St. John’s University, New York. He also completed executive education programs at Georgetown University Law Center (through the SEC), and through Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as in the States of New York and Connecticut.

Debbie Madden is co-founder and Chairwoman of Stride Consulting, an Agile software development consultancy. She is a mother of two, a wife, and a cancer survivor. She has built five companies from the ground up and has been CEO of three of them.

Because of her reputation as a passionate woman executive in technology, Madden is a sought-after speaker and writer, having appeared in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, CNBC, Huffington Post, FoxTV, and more.

Richard Médor is the Founder of 742 Ventures, a private venture firm focused on acquiring and operating diverse real estate assets and entrepreneurial owned companies. Previously, he was a finance executive at Viacom to help lead a global finance transformation effort. Prior to his time at Viacom, he was a Partner at EY serving Fortune 500 clients, which included time spent in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles. He was selected by EY senior leadership to build a consulting practice in Europe. As such, he spent 5 years based in Paris, and successfully built a multi-million dollar consulting practice from the ground-up that extended throughout Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to his time with EY, he worked at Time Warner and began his professional career at KPMG’s New York office focused primarily on financial service clients. He is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Steve Perricone is the founder and Managing Partner of Pilot Mountain Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in early stage companies. Previously, Mr. Perricone served as a Managing Director and the Head of the Hedging and Monetization Group within the Equity Derivatives Division of Deutsche Bank. Mr. Perricone began his career as a technology consultant with Accenture in their Financial Services Group. He was involved in numerous bank mergers, advising clients on the many operational and technology challenges involved. Mr. Perricone has enjoyed living in New York’s East Village for over 20 years. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Wake Forest University.

Steve Schall is a partner in Schall & Russo Planning Works, a firm that helps non-profits and government agencies envision and implement change. To that end, Schall & Russo provides executive search, business consulting, consensus-building and real estate consulting. Prior to establishing Schall & Russo in 2002, Mr. Schall held positions as a non-profit executive overseeing child care, supportive housing, and HIV/AIDS services; a senior level consultant and planner for community-based human service programs; and senior level planning positions in the HIV/AIDS and healthcare fields. Mr. Schall began his social work career in the late 1970s, first as a counselor at University Settlement’s Beacon, NY summer camp, followed by several social work positions in children’s services, criminal justice, and emergency room services. He has a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Social Work from Hunter College CUNY and a Bachelors degree from Swarthmore College.

Steven Green is an associate in the Corporate Department of the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  Steven received a B.A. magna cum laude in English Literature and Cinema Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a forum editor of the Harvard Law Review.  Prior to joining Wachtell, Lipton, Steven served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra S. Ikuta of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Harly D. Stevens is a Senior Vice President at CBRE Group, Inc., the largest full service commercial real estate firm in the world. Mr. Stevens is a skilled practitioner in solving for the complex equation of corporate image, prestigious locations and economic deal terms for corporate Manhattan headquarters requirements. Mr. Stevens is the youngest executive to ever win the Real Estate Board of New York’s “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award,” the industry’s highest honor. Additionally, Harly was nominated for the same award in 2015 for representing MediaMath, Inc. in planning, negotiating and executing the technology companies new 4 World Trade Center Headquarters. Recent transactions and consulting services were concluded on behalf of: Anderson Kill & Olick, LLP, Aspen Insurance Holdings, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MediaMath, New York Magazine, Oscar de la Renta, LUKOIL, Rodale, The London Stock Exchange, Trimaran Capital Partners, Vinson & Elkins, LLP and Wells Fargo. Mr. Stevens joined the University Settlement Board in 2015.

Frederick Yee is Managing Director and Head of East Region Underwriting for the Commercial Real Estate business at Capital One. He previously served as Head of Underwriting – North America Commercial Real Estate at Hudson Advisors, an affiliate of the Lone Star Real Estate Funds (LSREF). A graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he previously served as Treasurer of the Board of the Hunter College High School Alumnae/i Association. Fred spent his early years Manhattan’s Chinatown and now lives in Forest Hills, Queens with his family.

Andrew is an Investment Associate at BC Partners, a leading international private equity firm. Prior, he advised on mergers and acquisitions transactions, most recently at Centerview Partners. Andrew Zhu graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and is bilingual, fluent in both English and Mandarin.

Ian Zilla is Executive Managing Director at Savills, working on a team that bridges the worlds of commercial real estate, corporate finance and management consulting. His prior background in computer science, technology and finance compliments his team’s quantitative strategic planning approach and financial consulting services, particularly as it relates to clients’ mission critical facilities and complex headquarters transactions. He has been an active volunteer in the City since arriving in 2000. Mr. Zilla holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University.

Honorary Directors

Gary Baumann

Paul W. Brandow

Sarah Britton

Nancy Drosd

James K. Finkel

James Kagen

Janice Lee

Richard Rieger

Ellen Schall

Heather S. Goldman

Gail Schargel

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