Board of Directors

Benjamin Schall, Co-Chair, Seritage Growth Properties 

Benjamin Schall is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Seritage Growth Properties. Prior to becoming CEO and President, he served as 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.

Alan P. Winters, Co-Chair, Alan Winters Coaching* 

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.

Thomas W. Morgan, Treasurer/Vice President for Finance, Greylock Capital Partners LLC

Thomas W. Morgan is currently Managing Partner at Greylock Capital Partners LLC.

Ronni Fisher, Vice President for Programs

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.

Renée Eubanks, Vice President for Programs, The Eubanks Law Firm, PLLC

Renée Eubanks 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.

Steve Schall, Vice President, Schall & Russo Planning Works, LLC  

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.

Ian Zilla, Secretary, Savills Studley

Ian Zilla is a Senior Managing Director at Savills Studley, 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.

Emma Bloch, Assistant Treasurer/ Audit Committee Chair, American Express

Emma Bloch is a Client Manager for Global Merchant Services at American Express. She's responsible for managing partnerships with seven strategic oil merchants, including Chevron, BP, and Sunoco. Prior to that, she worked at Global Network Partnerships as a Business Development Lead.
Emma has her B.A. from Bates College and her M.B.A. from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Her father, Michael H. Zisser, was the Executive Director, then Chief Executive Officer of University Settlement for nearly three decades. She joined the board in 2016.

Rich Medór

Rich Medór 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.


Stefanie Batten Bland, Company SBB

Stefanie Batten Bland is a choreographic artist and artistic director of Company SBB. New York Resident Magazine in 2012 wrote "When it comes to tackling demanding subject matter, there are few choreographers as intellectually ambitious as Stefanie Batten Bland."

2016 Jerome Robbins Awardee Stefanie Batten Bland is a choreographic artist. Her interdisciplinary creative practice is embedded in human relationships. She investigates people, our communicative choices and how we fit into space and place. Her work is situated at the intersection of installation and dance theatre in live performance settings.

In 2008 while head choreographer at the Paris Opera Comique, Stefanie founded Company SBB so that she could impact her local and global community. Her social and philosophical messages are visceral and accessible to a diverse public, enabling people to embrace emotional content from a place of kinetic empathy. Her works for stages and spaces have performed throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. Company SBB also creates for gala and VIP events such as Guerlain Perfumes, Van Cleef & Arpels, Louis Vuitton, SYTYCD-Poland and for the 2012 French Presidential gala in Cannes France. Her cinematic dance films have been recognized with inclusion in the West Fest Film Marathon of New York City, the Thessaloniki film festival in Greece, Danca em Foco in Rio de Janerio, Sans Souci dance film festival in Colorado, Athens Video Dance Project in Greece, Dance on Film of Richmond VA, FMB Dance Umbrella of South Africa and Tanztendenzen of Germany.

SBB has been commissioned by the Modlin Center for the Arts, Transitions Dance Company of London, Danceland of Singapore, Zenon Dance Company, Second Avenue Dance Company and Alvin Ailey ll. SBB residencies include NYU Tisch School Of The Arts, Wayne State University, Spelman College, Santa Fe College, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Ohio University, Middle Tennessee State
University, Guest Faculty at Ithaca College and Guest Artist Lecturer and Resident at Rutgers University.

As a performer SBB danced for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Sean Curran Company, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Angelin Preljocaj and Julie Taymor, Compagnie Georges Momboye, Cie Linga, Pal Frenak and Pina Bausch Tanz Theater Wüppertal among others. SBB currently performs for PunchDrunk SleepNoMore,
teaches Dance-Theatre at Rutgers University and is completing her Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts with a concentration in Performance Creation at Goddard College in Vermont.

James K. FinkelDuff & Phelps, LLC

James K. Finkel is a managing director and head of the Disputes and Investigations practice at Duff & Phelps, a leading financial advisory and investment banking services company. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Dynamic Credit Partners, LLC which managed a variety of funds totaling at its height approximately $5 billion. Prior to establishing DCP, Mr. Finkel was a Managing Director with Deutsche Bank in London. He is an avid wine collector and translates French books and articles on wine, is the Chairmanof the Wine Committee at the University Club, and is a Chevalier du Tastevin and a Commandeur de Bordeaux and Commandeur des Costes du Rhone. His other charitable interests involve the Lymphoma Research Foundation and The Colorado College. Mr. Finkel received the Charles B. Stover Lifetime Achievement Award from University Settlement in 2011 for his efforts chairing seven annual wine dinners which have grossed over $5 million in donations.

Hale Gurland, Artist

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

Ken C. Joseph, Esq. is a managing director and Global Leader of Duff & Phelps' Disputes practice. He is also a Fellow in the Duff & Phelps 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 Duff & Phelps, 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.

David ShapiroWachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz *

David E. Shapiro is a partner in the Corporate Department of the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Prior to this, he held finance and business development positions at technology-based firms. He earned a BS in finance from the Wharton School and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the recipient of the Peter McCall prize awarded to the first in the class.

Andrew Zhu

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. 

Steve Perricone, Pilot Mountain Ventures

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.

Clayton Pope, Austin Pearce

Clayton Pope is the founder and principal of Austin Pearce, a privately-owned investment entity focused on global debt and equity securities, real estate investment, and early-stage venture financing.  Prior to establishing Austin Pearce in 2018, Mr. Pope worked for 16 years in investment banking, most recently as Managing Director for the Emerging Markets Debt Syndicate Group at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, based in New York.  At Credit Suisse he was responsible for overseeing the primary structuring, distribution, and pricing of all international bond issuance out of Latin America into the global markets.  Clayton joined Credit Suisse from HSBC Securities (USA) Inc, where he served in a variety of roles across the Emerging and US corporate investment grade debt markets.  He received his BA in Economics from McGill University in Montreal and is a CFA Charterholder.  In addition to his involvement with The Door,  Clayton also serves on the Board of Directors of the University Settlement Society of New York.  Mr. Pope resides in TriBeCa with his wife and two sons.  He is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada.

Harly StevensCBRE Group, Inc.

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.

Aviva Will

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.

* Door Board Member

Honorary Directors:

Gary Baumann

Paul W. Brandow, ETrade Financial

Sarah Britton

Nancy Drosd

James Kagen, The Chartis Group

Janice Lee

Richard Rieger, Kingdon Capital Management

Ellen Schall, New York University

Heather S. Goldman

Gail Schargel

University Settlement Senior Management:

Melissa Aase, Executive Director

Rachel Levine, Chief Operating Officer

Irma Gonzalez, Chief Financial Officer


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